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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
Home country: USA
Current location: USA
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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Plugging In Your Brain and Body – The Future Of Implanted Computers


Imagine a world where people buy products at the store by waving a hand near a sensor, where people “think” up a business report at work rather than typing one up, and where an augmented-reality gets projected in front of our eyes with specialty contact lenses. These ideas are closer to reality than you may realize.

It was only the 1980s and 1990s when science fiction movies portrayed people using handheld devices to navigate city streets or pinpoint one’s own location on Earth. These movies had characters who would state questions to a disembodied computer, which would intelligently provide the answers. They showed families having video-chat calls using flat-panel displays that made the tech geeks of the 1980′s drool.

In barely three decades, many of the things that science fiction writers could only imagine have become reality. Had someone predicted that these technologies would become reality this quickly, they would have been laughed at. Today, no one is laughing.

With the current trend of technical innovation and advancement, now is a good time to explore the state of the art in computer-human technologies, to try and gauge what the world may look like in the next 20 or 30 years.

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Ever been to Australia (or live there) ?

I have, in 1995. I was there for a week. I saw Sydney, Bondi Beach, Hunter Valley and Canberra. The people were great and generally warm. I never saw a kangaroo, which I am told is typical unless you go to the Outback (much further inland). I saw one Aborigine (I think that's the correct term) playing his digeridoo at the Sydney Harbor Quay (I think that was the place). In Canberra, it was interesting seeing the Australian Parliament and all the embassy buildings. Bondi Beach is very much like our beaches in Florida. Sydney was fun, very cosmopolitan.

How about yourself ?

*hopes people enjoy these quasi-travelogue threads*

As of 1120 AM EDT, Severe Thunderstorm warnings in parts of IL and WI

Network/IT people, please come help this thread in W&H.....


Skinner and Elad are on the case as well. Thank you kindly.


Happy mother's day to all

I hope it's a happy day for all of you here.

I got this tablet today for giggles and to use while on the road....


I'll give you the hands-on review after I've used it for a while. The dead tree version of Maximum PC magazine gave it a good rating overall (an 8 out of 10, they very very rarely give out a 10). Using my cell phone for the web SUCKS. Postage stamp sized screen, ugh. I could have gotten an IPhone but I don't care about all the IPhone stuff.

Wish me luck, amigos y amigas.

Reasonable rate of return on non-taxable investments ?

Advisor keeps throwing out 2.5% figure. Too high, too low, just about right, other ? My layman's guess is that tax-exempt is usually lower than taxable, true ? Needless to say, I am not part of the 1% or even remotely near being wealthy. Just curious as always.

Thanks for your time and thanks again, A Heretic I Am.


World of Warcraft film post-production will take about 20 months to 'get right'


The movie adaptation of Blizzard's massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, Warcraft, will wrap up later this month, but the movie will take an additional 20 months of post-production in order to "get this right," Legendary Films CEO Thomas Tull recently told CraveOnline.

Warcraft is currently in production as part of a partnership between Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures; the movie is being directed by Duncan Jones, who also directed sci-fi film Moon. According to Tull, the far-off release is part of getting the movie itself and its launch date "right."

"As you may have noticed, these next two years, there's pretty big titles coming out," Tull said. "We wanted to make sure that we got that right, but there are some sequences and some things that Duncan Jones has done that are truly on the cutting edge. You want to have plenty of time to make sure that we dial those in. So by the time they get home and set up, it'll be a little less than two years. It'll be about 20 months but we really want to take our time and get this right because the technology that's employed really is some next generation stuff."

Tull added that though the movie will feature a linear story, it's still a Duncan Jones film and has "that different flare, not just straightforward fantasy."

I hope they get it right !

Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work


There's plenty of anxiety in the U.S. over getting into a top college. But a suggests that, later in life, it doesn't matter nearly as much as we think. In fact, when you ask college graduates whether they're "engaged" with their work or "thriving" in all aspects of their lives, their responses don't vary one bit whether they went to a prestigious college or not.

The surprising findings come in a survey of 29,650 college graduates of all ages by Gallup pollsters working with researchers at Purdue University. The poll asked graduates a range of questions designed to measure how well they are doing in life across factors such as income and "engagement" in their jobs and careers.

The survey set a high bar. It found that 39 percent of college grads overall say they're "engaged" at work (which is ). And, while almost 5 in 6 self-report doing great in at least one sphere — whether sense of purpose, financial security, physical health, close relationships or community pride — only 11 percent are "thriving" in all five areas of well-being.

And here's the kicker.

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