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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2011 5:13:59 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
"Key Facts

-You should *ONLY* take potassium idodide (KI) on the advice of emergency management officials, public health officials, or your doctor.

-There are *HEALTH RISKS* associated with taking KI."

No one in the US or Canada should be taking anything because of the Japanese power plant situation. Period.

Just more American-brand ignorance and gullibility.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2011 7:44:33 AM PDT
M. Helsdon says:
"There are *HEALTH RISKS* associated with taking KI.""

Mainly cardiac and thyroid related, with the more immediate symptoms including skin rashes, salivary glands swelling, nasty metallic taste in the mouth, sore teeth and gums, diarrhea, and others similar to having a head cold.

Of course, some of these symptoms are similar to the immediate symptoms of radiation sickness...

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 8:35:31 PM PDT
Check this out on making t-shirts, books, etc all interactive via your cellphone ->

As someone who's done more than his fair share of putting furniture together, I liked the idea of getting additional video this way.

OK, I have the killer app for this that everyone will buy. A body-shirt that you give your significant other than transforms him/her into a supermodel's body.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 8:03:20 AM PDT
In today's NY Post was a big 2-page spread article from Dr. Michio Kaku on "The World in 2100". I searched and you can read it online at

Most of the predictions we've seen before, but the first item was new to me. It states that we will hook up to the Internet (and everyone and everything) via contact lenses. Ex. "Tourists will love this, for example, since they will be able to see the glory of the Roman Empire resurrected in their contact lens as they walk among the ruins of Rome." (It sound a bit like an extension of my post directly above, actually.)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2011 12:09:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2011 12:10:08 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
@Bob, there's not much SF I've seen on the subject (relating to augmented reality and its ilk), but "Idolon" (Budz) is an exception.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 1:23:20 PM PDT
R. L. MILLER says:
In the early 1960s Ford produced a hovercraft-style car called the "Levacar". Huge fans underneath and all. Artists' renderings of the thing made it resemble the Ford Falcon of that era from the rear, huge round "taillights" and all. The problem that killed the thing off was cross-winds, if you can imagine getting "blown" into oncoming lanes.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 10:06:54 AM PDT
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SPEED-OF-LIGHT FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS COULD ENABLE MIDWAY POINTS IN THE OCEAN OR REMOTE LAND AREAS (Rght now, financial transactions that depend on split-second decisions, flash around the world at 90% of lightspeed. And certain financial markets have an edge, based only on their locations. In the future, when financial transactions might reach lightspeed, building mid-points in ocean may be feasible. And mid-points on land in poor countries could be an exploitable "natural resource".)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2011 10:18:21 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
"In the future, when financial transactions reach lightspeed..."

It does not say that in the article. Current transactions occur at 90% of the speed of light and "an upper limit for further technological innovation is close at hand." Implying, to most readers of English, that 100% will not be obtainable.

Hmm... maybe on second thought you *shouldn't* try to summarize the content of your linkies...

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 10:49:34 AM PDT
It's all those Quants on Wall Street at it again with their split second transactions. One of their tricks for making money is to watch for very slight price differences on the various markets around the world, and they buy/sell huge amounts for a few seconds. So if one Quant can get in there a split second before the others, he/she will make a killing.

Is this really how we want to run our financial economy?

BTW...IBM announced today the ability to have both light components and electrical components on the same chip, speeding things up with less power and heat. The new technology is called CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics (cool word!!).

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 10:50:43 AM PDT
Read a good quote in today's paper:

"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses."
... Carl Sagan

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2011 4:55:25 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Or even mere "truth-seekers"? LOL. Nice one.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 5:17:02 AM PDT

I have an article in today's edition of "Computor Edge", about "gray area" computer crime everyone should be aware of. (Also my usual bi-weekly humor column.)

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 7:23:23 AM PDT

Did you realize the irony in your story where you wrote that there is a T-shirt on the market with "Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V/ (copy-paste) Is Not A Crime"??

Guys, I think we need to chip in and buy Marilyn this shirt->,89327455

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 8:11:19 AM PDT
Bob -


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 10:38:32 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
HA? (You don't get what he's saying, do you?)

You're too inept to manage to copy-paste URLs and your response is "HA!"?

That website must be pretty desperate for content if they're letting YOU write about computer topics. HA! indeed. LOL.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 6:42:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2011 6:42:58 AM PDT

"TechStars" of Boston gives seed money and mentoring for chosen start-ups, who have three months to come up with something to attract investors.

From March 2010, another multiple-million dollar government contract to the University of Rochester Medical Center, to develop a quick and simple blood test for radiation exposure after a nuclear accident.

From 2008, UofR was working on a pill (eltrombopag) to counter radiation's effects on the body.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 3:55:04 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:

+1 LOL.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 11:04:32 AM PDT
Here are some recent discoveries that could have big implications for future technology:
How Neutral Atoms Can Be Made To Act Like Electrically Charged Particles
A successful test of a spray-on material that both detects and renders harmless liquid terrorist explosives carried on board airplanes.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2011 6:39:59 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
"Big" implications? For example?

(Come on, aren't you the Queen of "Speculation"? Let's hear some.)

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 10:08:47 AM PDT

LASERS COULD REPLACE SPARK PLUGS ("Lasers, which ignite the air-fuel mixture with concentrated optical energy, have no electrodes (to erode with increased spark energy) and are not affected.")

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2011 4:53:03 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Of relevance in hybrids but of no value at all in electric automobiles. :)

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 7:52:07 PM PDT
I was thinking the same thing, Ron!

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 8:16:38 PM PDT
Are there other things this same sort of tech could be used for? Rocketry? Jets? Laser light shows?

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 10:28:01 PM PDT
Machine guns?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2011 11:00:59 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
"Are there other things this same sort of tech could be used for? Rocketry?"

Nah, they already use leftover Fourth of July sparklers to fire them suckers up. ;)
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