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Can Fotobar Make Polaroid Relevant Again?

January 6th, 2013 01:38 admin View Comments

Businesses

The years have not been kind to Polaroid. The company has gone through a couple of bankruptcies, and has tried to reinvent itself with a number of less-than-popular products including: an Android powered “smart camera”, and a digital camera that incorporates instant printing. They hope to reverse their fortunes now by partnering with a startup called Fotobar and plan “to open a chain of retail stores where customers can come in and print out their favorite pictures from their mobile phones. The first is scheduled to open in February in Delray Beach, Florida, and the goal is to open 10 locations across the country before the year is out.”

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Fuck the Second Amendment

December 16th, 2012 12:12 admin View Comments

Recent events in schools, movie theaters, and supermarket parking lots show that it’s way too easy for the lone psychopath to get his hands on lots of guns and start shooting down good, innocent people. For some reason America has become the only country in the world where that kind of thing happens pretty regularly, where for no apparent reason one minute you can be eating your Denver Omelette and then in the next someone’s sticking a gun in your face. Is that the kind of society anyone wants to live in? {Further questions and a poll inside}

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NCTC Gets Vast Powers To Spy On U.S. Citizens

December 13th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments

Government

interval1066 writes “In a breathtaking new move by (another) little-known national security agency, the personal information of all U.S. citizens will be available for casual perusal. The ‘National Counterterrorism Center‘ (I’ve never heard of this org) may now ‘examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them.’ This is different from past bureaucratic practice (never mind due process) in that a government agency not in the list of agencies approved to to certain things without due process may completely bypass due process and store (for up to 5 years) these records, the organization doesn’t need a warrant, or have any kind of oversight of any kind. They will be sifting through these records looking for ‘counter-insurgency activity,’ supposedly with an eye to prevention. If this doesn’t wake you up and chill you to your very bone, not too sure there is anything that will anyway.”

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Tour the Turn of the Century Electrotherapy Museum (Video)

December 6th, 2012 12:55 admin View Comments

Medicine

Since he was a teenager, Jeff Behary’s been interested in the work of Nikola Tesla, and has been collecting antique electric devices of a particular kind: ones that send electricity through the human body to effect medical benefits, many of which do so with the aid of Tesla coils. Tesla’s not the only inventor involved, of course, but his influence overlapped and widely influenced the golden age of electrotherapy. Behary’s day job as a machinist means he has the skills to rehabilitate and restore these aging beasts, too, along with a growing family of related devices. He’s assembled them now, in West Palm Beach, Florida, into the Turn of the Century Electrotherapy Museum. This is a museum of my favorite kind: home-based and intimate, but with serious depth. Though it’s open only by appointment, arranging a visit there is worth it, whether you’re otherwise part of the Tesla community or not. Behary knows his collection inside and out, with the kind of deep knowledge it takes to fabricate replacement parts and revamp the internal wiring. The devices themselves are accessible, with original and restored pieces up close and personal — you need to be mindful about which ones are humming and crackling at any given moment. (There’s also an archive with books, papers, and other effects relating to Tesla and other electric pioneers, not to mention glowing tubes that predate the modern vacuum tube, and the oldest known surviving Tesla coils, recovered from beneath their maker’s Boston mansion. Electrotherapy is the organizing principle, but not the extent of this assembly.) And while Behary isn’t fooled by all the therapeutic claims made by some machines’ makers about running current through your limbs or around your body, he also doesn’t discount them all, either, and points out that some of them really do affect the body as claimed. Yes, he’s tried most of the machines himself, though he admits he’s never dared taking the juice of his personal Tesla-powered electric chair. View the first video for a tour of part of this astounding collection; the second video is an interview with Jeff Behary.

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Building the Ultimate Safe House

November 3rd, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments

Security

Hugh Pickens writes “Candace Jackson writes that an increasing number of home builders and buyers are looking for a new kind of security: homes equipped to handle everything from hurricanes, tornadoes and hybrid superstorms like this week’s Sandy, to man-made threats ranging from home invasion to nuclear war. Fueling the rise of these often-fortresslike homes are new technologies and building materials—which builders say will ultimately be used on a more widespread basis in storm- and earthquake-threatened areas. For example, Alys Beach, a 158-acre luxury seaside community on Florida’s Gulf Coast, has earned the designation of Fortified…for safer living® homes and is designed to withstand strong winds. The roofs have two coats of limestone and exterior walls have 8 inches of concrete, reinforced every 32 inches for ‘bunkerlike’ safety, according to marketing materials. Other builders are producing highly hurricane-proof residences that are circular in shape with ‘radial engineering’ wherein roof and floor trusses link back to the home’s center like spokes on a wheel, helping to dissipate gale forces around the structure. Deltec, a North Carolina–based builder, says it has never lost a circular home to hurricanes in over 40 years of construction. But Doug Buck says some ‘extreme’ building techniques don’t make financial sense. ‘You get to a point of diminishing returns,’ says Buck. ‘You’re going to spend so much that honestly, it would make more sense to let it blow down and rebuild it.”

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Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?

October 28th, 2012 10:22 admin View Comments

Technology

An anonymous reader writes “What would you do to ‘go geek’ if you had a major remodel on your hands? My wife and I are re-modeling my in-law’s 3000 sq foot single-level house, and we’re both very wired, tech-savvy individuals. We will both have offices, as well as TVs in the bedroom and dining room. My question to the community is: What would you do if you had 10-20,000 to spend for this kind of remodel project? What kind of hardware/firmware would you install? I’d love to have a digital ‘command center’ to run an LCD wall-calendar for the family, and be able to play my PS3 from anywhere in the house (ie, if everyone wants to watch Netflix while I’m in the middle of some Borderlands). What else have geeks done/planned to do? This is a test run for a much, much nicer house down the road, so don’t be overly afraid of cost concerns for really great ideas. We will be taking most of the house down to studs, so don’t factor demolition into costs. For culinary-minded geeks, I’d love any ideas you have to surprise my wife with cool kitchen gadgets or designs.”

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Third Party Debates Moderated by Larry King: Discuss

October 23rd, 2012 10:32 admin View Comments

Politics

Since the two big guys got their three debates covered, and the last third party debate kind of fizzled due to technical difficulties, we invite you to discuss the third party debate happening at 9 p.m. EDT tonight. Candidates from the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, and Justice parties will be debating in the same room with Larry King moderating. It would appear that C-SPAN is rebroadcasting it, so you catch it using rtmpdump if you happen to not use Flash. Since third party politicians are still politicians, remember to print out some Logical Fallacy Bingo. Topics for the debate include climate change, the drug war, and civil liberties.

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Physicists Propose “Perpetual Motion” Time Crystals

October 15th, 2012 10:40 admin View Comments

Science

First time accepted submitter b30w0lf writes “It is commonly understood that crystals exist in a state of matter that is periodic in space. Meanwhile, relativistic physics tells us that we should think of time as being a physical dimension, given similar status to the other spacial dimensions. The combination of these two ideas has lead researchers at the University of Kentucky and MIT to propose special manifestations of matter which would be periodic in both space and time, dubbed ‘time crystals.’ Time crystals would continually transition between a set of physical states in a kind of perpetual motion. Note: the articles stress that this kind of perpetual motion in no way violates the established laws of thermodynamics. While time crystals remain theoretical, methods have been proposed for creating them. The most obvious application of time crystals is the creation of very precise clocks; however, other applications to time crystals have been proposed, ranging from quantum computing to helping us understand certain cosmological models.”

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Indian Minister Says Telecom Companies Should Only Charge For Data

September 30th, 2012 09:39 admin View Comments

Businesses

bhagwad writes “In the US, telecom carriers are trying their best to hold on to depleting voice revenues. Over in India, the telecom minister urged carriers to stop charging for voice calls and derive all their revenues only from data plans. Is this kind of model sustainable, where voice becomes an outmoded and free technology, and carriers turn entirely into dumb pipes which have no control over what passes over them? This is a step forward and hopefully will make Internet service more like a utility.”

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Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?

September 13th, 2012 09:20 admin View Comments

Communications

Razgorov Prikazka writes “There is a lot of technology involved in sailing these day’s. EPIRB, FHV-DSC, GPS, NAVTEX, Inmarsat, fishfinders/depth sounders, different kinds of radar (with MARPA or ATA) you name it and there are dozens of manufacturers out there willing to provide, all of them with a range of different products. Right now I am planning a ’round-the-world-trip and my ship (an 18 meter Skerry Cruiser sailing yacht) is in its early construction phase, so I need to shop for some hi-tech gear and basically I got lost in all the possibilities. What kind of hardware would you recommend as necessary for a trip of this kind? What would you have installed in your ship in order to have a safe trip?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?

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