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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Radical

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npeihl
47 days ago
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skorgu
46 days ago
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(*) I'm in this picture and I don't like it.
CallMeWilliam
47 days ago
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I feel this way everytime we look at the 401k balances.
jlvanderzwan
47 days ago
The what?
duerig
47 days ago
The irony is that the status quo is mostly being defended by the have-not outsiders who want to tweak the system around the edges by expanding medicare or whatever. While the people raging against and working to break the status quo are the haves who don't have a coherent ideology but somehow want to break the system that supports them but which forces them to pay some taxes and might sometimes help the have-nots. What an upside-down world we live in. It is as if Louis had tried to topple the monarchy while the assembly attempted to keep it in place.

Telemarket scammer talks to a bot for over 10 minutes

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The Jolly Roger Telephone Company is a subscription service that answers phone calls from suspected scammers and connects them to a bot that will happily chat with them for hours, days, or weeks. The idea is to keeps scammers busy talking to bots so they can't scam real people. Here's a recent recording of a scammer trying to talk a bot into signing up for some kind of medicare fraud.

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Cartoonist Joe Sacco on satire, and Charlie Hebdo

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Joe Sacco produced one of the most poignant and nuanced takes on the Charlie Hebdo killings, and on satire.

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Your Living Room Becomes Next Mario Kart Course

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RomoCart, Indoor Robot Racing

[Ken] likes his living room and he is on a continual mission to make it more interesting. Recently, he has made a giant leap forward with a racing game project he calls RomoCart. Think of it as a partially-physical game of Mario Kart. You are able to race others around a track while still having the ability to fire projectiles or drop defensive measures in efforts to win the race!

First, lets talk about the hardware required. The racers are standard Romo educational robots. Wireless game controllers provide the means for the drivers to control the Romos. Hanging from the ceiling is an Xtion motion sensing camera and a video projector, both pointed down at the floor.

To get started, the system scans the floor and determines a race course based on the room layout and any physical objects in the vicinity. A course is then generated to avoid the obstacles and is projected onto the floor. At this point it would still be a pretty neat project but [Ken] went way further. The ceiling-mounted camera tracks the motion of the Romos driving around the track and the video projector displays a smoke trail behind each racer. Randomly displayed on the track are items to help you win the race, including an acceleration item that makes your Romo go twice as fast for a short time.

Have a tailgater? No problem, just pick up some bananas and drop them on the track. If a following competitor drives into one, they spin out. If you want to get super rude, pick up some missiles and fire them at the racers ahead of you. A direct hit will stop them right in their tracks.

[Ken] is no stranger to HaD, he’s had a few of his projects covered here before. Check out his Tempescope, Moving Window and his Autonomous Lighting System.

Check out a video of the racing in action after the break. It is amazing!


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Holding the Door For Someone

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Holding the Door For Someone

Any good door-holding stories? Share them with us on Facebook.

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npeihl
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To increase awkwardness, slow down when someone is holding the door for you. Watch their face as they slowly realize what is happening.
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stefanetal
2096 days ago
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Yes, I hate it when people hold the door for me and I have to make them wait, even if I speed up. Very little of my time saved per unit of their time wasted. And the utility of thinking about it doesn't help. And I never use this to start conversations with people I don't know. Maybe I should, but that could get more awkward.
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Comic for March 31, 2013

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npeihl
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I honestly wonder if this is how my wife feels about conversations with me.
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