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Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

ziani Here's a video of the system in action (202 comments)

At the University of British Columbia, Canada.

more than 3 years ago

Ideas For a Great Control Room?

ziani Hire an experienced architect or interior designer (421 comments)

This is going to be a massively expensive exercise...

I don't want to misread your post, but assume you're asking for input from those "in the trenches," so to speak, which I heartily applaud. Spend some "quality time" with the project architect and/or interior designer. If they've been chosen well (not always a safe assumption), they should be able to tell you - in plain English, not "designer-speak - exactly what they've taken into account and their prior experience designing 24/7 secure facilities. You'll be surprise about the things you haven't considered (which they have). OTOH, if they sound like someone who designed the CEO's house (and nothing like what's planned), sound the alarm bells. Good luck with your project.

more than 4 years ago

Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Chips To US Navy

ziani Grammar Police (mod me down!) (327 comments)

"The government would have probably went on for a few more years . . ." should be rewritten as, "The government probably would have gone on for a few more years . . ."


more than 5 years ago

Black Holes May Not Grow Beyond Certain Limit

ziani Real limits on black holes (201 comments)

Personal experience has shown that black holes expand to about the size of a corporate accounting department.

They may actually be one and the same thing.

more than 6 years ago



Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Begins Move to Google

ziani ziani writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ziani (255157) writes "The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has started utilizing Google Apps for its online needs, joining scores of other government agencies and businesses also making the switch. Is it just me, or do the terms of service suggest this might make students in the dorms sleep with one eye open. ("THE SERVICE IS NEITHER DESIGNED NOR INTENDED FOR HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES. . . " “High Risk Activities” means uses such as the operation of nuclear facilities, air traffic control, or life support systems, where the failure of the Services could lead to death, personal injury, or environmental damage."
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Federal Court says "Tweeting" Ban Constitutional

ziani ziani writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ziani (255157) writes "A federal court in Columbus, OH has upheld a ban against "tweeting" from the courtroom during criminal trials. The decision appears to be the first time "tweeting" has been referred to in a court decision in a non-avain sense."
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Programmers charged in Madoff affair

ziani ziani writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ziani (255157) writes "Attention fellow geeks: Know your clients. In this case, they probably know Mr. Madoff too well. "Jerome O’Hara and George Perez allegedly helped construct Bernie Madoff’s house of cards. The computer codes and random algorithms they allegedly designed served to deceive investors and regulators and concealed Madoff’s crimes,” Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.""
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Nokia Trademarks Classical Guitar Tune

ziani ziani writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ziani (255157) writes "Nokia transmogrifies a public domain classical guitar melody into a trademark. What's next, AT&T snags the Star Spangled banner? See here."

ziani ziani writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ziani (255157) writes "At some point in the not-too-distant future, a moth may take flight in the hills of northern Pakistan, and flap towards a suspected terrorist training camp. But this will be no ordinary moth. Inside it will be a computer chip that was implanted when the creature was still a pupa, in the cocoon, meaning that the moth's entire nervous system can be controlled remotely. Get the story here."


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