My son had one of those. He managed to crash it :-)
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About bloody time. my kid has CP and a basic eye tracking system, that doesn't even work as a general purpose mouse type device, costs in the region of £10,000. I can employ a whole human for 4 hours a day for a year at that rate! (and in fact, his school do just that)
I had a crack at doing this with glasses mounted cameras - the tricky bit is to work out where the head is pointing and subtract the difference - otherwise, my 'hacked together in my back shed' prototype actually worked quite well, provided you didn't move your head! You don't /really/ need to track both eyes, though if you have normal vision it'll give you some depth clues. Nystagmus sufferers are more likely to get problems if their vision is partially occluded, so two cameras might set it off worse than one. Anyway, that's why the good lord invented Kalman filters.
My 3 year old's pretty good at getting round websites and he can only just read. a 5yo would have no trouble. He's also really good at clicking on wildly random stuff that breaks things - which is why he has his own desktop account and I watch him like a hawk - a couple of close shaves with facebook and ebay taught me that in a real hurry!
So, I've got one set of security researchers telling me to use different passwords everywhere, and another saying we should have one central repository for authentication with some wierd scheme that involves bouncing text messages about. I must log in to different unix boxen 50+ times a day - how's this going to help?
A one square metre solar panel will give you roughly 100W if you park it in the sun. So to charge your 85KWh battery would take about a solid month of sunshine - ie, a whole year if you live in the UK :-) If you're lucky a full day of sunshine might get you to the end of the street, assuming that 17" panel doesn't draw more than 100W of course.
None of my customers is using IE for business (in the last 5 years), only Firefox. This idea of corporate using IE is quite far fetched. Unless they are some weird hippy corporation that hasn't yet learned better (not because IE has a problem per se, just because a lot of business software still doesn't work 100% properly in it).
If I'm calling Dell, it's because my computer has failed. If my computer is working well enough to make a video call over the internet, then it hasn't failed.
For application support it might be worth while - provided you can send the desktop rather than a mugshot of an angry customer.
Parents of kids with ASD or indeed any other disability are so used to their children being criticised or abused or generally treated badly that they get very, very defensive, neurotic even. Someone mentioned 'majorly traumatic event' - an autistic friend likened something like that to feeling as bad as the death of a close relative. Don't ever pretend to understand how brains work, especially non-typical ones!
"non-speaking disorders such as cerebral palsy" - one does not imply the other. Our local pool manager has cerebral palsy. My son has CP. They speak to each other in a way perfectly understandable to any other english speaker. CP is primarily a motor cortex disorder so although speech can be affected it's by no means a given.
I got through about 4 ink jet printers before getting the HP CP1215N - it's shocking how much better it is, compared with fishing damp bits of paper out the out tray, endless cleaning cycles, nasty drivers, ink cartridges that last for, oh dozens of of pages. I tend to print 50 pages, once every 6 weeks or so, so inkjet printers tend to dry out and you end up with a crappy first page. I plugged it into my network, and all my (linux) boxes just popped up a little box to say they had found it and would I like it to be my default printer. Still barely a quarter through the 'demo' toner cartridges after 1000 pages or so.
Photos are OK; agreed ink jets on coated paper do a better job for that, but it's good enough and besides, not what I bought the printer for.
Doesn't practically everyone have a landline - even if they don't use it for voice? Surely this should be added on to general taxation - then those on silly salaries (ie, the bankers that the gvnmnt bailed out) get to pay a bit more, and those of us earning peanuts don't have our nuts squeezed, so to speak.
@Giles Jones "Yet another reason why we need more fibre and less copper. You can't really sell glass fibre for scrap."
That doesn't seem to stop the usual suspects from digging it up - someone I know runs the IT at a chemical plant and they had all their fibre dug up a while back, by, how shall I put it, the residents of a local unauthorised encampment.
So your password list gets nicked along with the wallet. Exactly how do you change your password then if your list of passwords has been nicked? Especially if you have to change it before the thief looks at the contents of the wallet and logs on to your bank - I can imagine your bank's response when they find out you kept your password with your bank card!
In north kent about 30 miles east of Bromley, all was well last night and has been fine all day today - I'm a network engineery type working from home so if anything goes down all merry hell breaks loose! I'm in an ex telewest area and the service here has been rock solid for the last 5 years.
My quad core box draws about 45w when doing the usual work chores - reading el Reg, email, wordprocessing etc, and about 80w at full tilt. It also goes from silent to 'Jet Engine' and warms the office up nicely - to the extent that in winter, if it gets cold I just fire up a FaH process.
Do commercial systems really hard code the vat rate ? I wrote my own as none of the commercial/FOSS ones quite suited. Here's my cron job for next sunday at midnight:
update products set vat=1.15 where vat=1.175
covers all the zero rated stuff too. Magic. Perhaps I should book 4 hours just to make it sound complicated...
How on earth does this database prevent someone from abusing their own chilldren ? We're not quite in a 24hr domestic surveilance society (yet) and as far as I know there aren't cameras in my home watching me bath my baby checking that I'm not taking /too/ much care washing his bottom...
Re "an (arguably) obvious idea" - you're forgetting that prior art only exists in the USA - the US patent office doesn't count anything invented outside the US.
Now if we could only get the reverse to apply, ie that US patents could safely be ignored if you are not based in the US, then we could let them patent themselves into oblivion and let them go the same way as their bankers.