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  • The very WORST design fails (and you'll wonder how they made it through quality control)

    12/14/2017 3:30:13 PM PST · by mairdie · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 December 2017 | Kerry Mcdermott
    At first glance, the compass point cushions seen in this photo seem entirely inoffensive. But look closer, and you'll notice a glaring mistake; the designer has gotten his south and east muddled up. And the fact they made it to the shop floor suggests the quality control department at the homeware store responsible leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Turnpike moves ahead with final design of Mon-Fayette Expressway

    11/28/2017 1:04:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 7, 2017 | Ed Blazina
    The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission authorized nearly $34 million in final design contracts Tuesday for an eight-mile stretch of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from Jefferson Hills to Duquesne. If final design goes as expected, construction could begin in 2022 for the first of three remaining segments needed to finish the last 14 miles of the highway from Jefferson Hills to the Parkway East in Monroeville at a projected cost of $2.1 billion. That’s more than the $1.68 billion cost of the first 60 miles of the highway, started more than 40 years ago in northern West Virginia. The commission’s action Tuesday increased...
  • Inside the VERY flashy Mar-a-Lago resort where Trump is spending the holidays surrounded [tr]

    11/24/2016 5:26:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2016 | Darren Boyle
    Donald Trump and his wife Melania are spending the Thanksgiving holiday at the business mogul's Mar-a-Lago resort.  Trump bought the estate for $10million in 1985 for his then wife Ivana. The resort was developed in the 1920s for heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.  After he acquired the resort, Trump redeveloped the main house and created his own private quarters - decked out in gold.
  • Your Brain Has More Memory Than the Internet

    02/05/2016 7:39:06 AM PST · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 2-4-16 | Brian Thomas
    Your Brain Has More Memory Than the Internet by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Whoever said the human brain is the most highly organized collection of matter in the universe was more correct than they could have known. New research modeled tiny structures within nerve cells and discovered a clever tactic brains use to increase computing power while maximizing energy efficiency. Its design could form the basis of a whole new and improved class of computer.
  • By turning medical scans into adventures, GE eases children's fears

    01/22/2016 3:41:34 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-22-16 | Guy Boulton
    Waukesha - The sight of a terrified little girl about to have an MRI scan gave Doug Dietz a different perspective on his work as an industrial designer at GE Healthcare - and led to a project that has turned imaging departments at 27 children's hospitals into small theme parks. The idea that eventually emerged from a mix of brainstorming and research - with some persistence thrown in - was to transform a frightening medical test into a voyage on a spaceship, a visit to a pirate island and other adventures. Imaging departments became elaborate sets. Technicians became amateur actors...
  • Epi-Genetic Data and Irreducible Complexity

    03/31/2015 11:25:10 PM PDT · by allessior · 20 replies
    Self | April 1, 2015 | Alessio Ventura
    Atheist physicists often refer to a "primordial soup" as a basis for the development of life on earth. However, they cannot precisely map from that soup, in a mathematical way, into an actual life form. Sure, there are plenty of theories about atmospheric conditions that are "ripe for creating life", but it remains conjecture, although the die-hard atheist physicist presents it as factual. They use the "authority" associated with their title, or their position within a university or other research organization, providing false fodder for young minds full of mush, who could not think critically of their lives depended on...
  • Critical Sharks Part IV: Fear of Apple

    03/26/2015 7:55:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 3 replies
    Critical Sharks ^ | March 24, 2015 | Eli Schiff
    There is an unfortunate climate of fear in the software community today. It is primarily in ephemeral video interviews and podcasts that we get any semblance of coherent criticism and even then it is reticent. Worse than the fact that this criticism is relegated to verbal discussions is that it is later renounced by the very same designers and developers when they are interviewed in the more permanent-seeming medium of the written word. In written interviews, these fair-weather critics go on to reverse their opinions and praise the products of modern minimalist UI design because it is more convenient not...
  • New guardrails turn into ‘rigid spears’ that ‘sever limbs,’ Ontario city alleges in $500M lawsuit

    03/05/2015 9:02:20 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | March 5, 2015 | Colin Perkel
    TORONTO — Authorities across Canada are awaiting test results from the U.S. before deciding what to do about thousands of safety devices with alleged defects that could cause guardrails to rip through cars and motorists instead of protecting them in crashes. In the interim, several provinces have stopped installing the units, which would cost tens of millions of dollars to remove, while the city of Stratford, Ont., has launched a proposed $500-million class action against the manufacturer. At issue is Trinity’s ET Plus — the end unit of the guardrail — which is supposed to absorb impact and guide the...
  • Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

    12/27/2014 4:52:35 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 146 replies
    wsj.com/ ^ | Eric Metaxas
    The fine-tuning necessary for life to exist on a planet is nothing compared with the fine-tuning required for the universe to exist at all. For example, astrophysicists now know that the values of the four fundamental forces—gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the “strong” and “weak” nuclear forces—were determined less than one millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction—by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000—then no...
  • Here’s Why You Hate Round (Catholic) Churches

    12/07/2014 5:36:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | December 5, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Have you noticed that nobody loves modern churches? Nobody. I mean NOBODY.Seriously. Have you ever met anyone who sees a church like this and and heard them whisper, “I just love that church! It is so inspiring!”.No. Never.Have you ever gone into a “worship space” like this and heard someone say how awed they were to be in the presence of God? I doubt it.  That’s because these buildings were not designed to inspire awe or to remind you about the presence of God. They are people centered, not God centered. They are auditoria not temples.There is a gut level...
  • Brain Bath: A Clever Design Solution

    10/20/2014 7:52:42 AM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 10-17-2014 | Brian Thomas
    Brain Bath: A Clever Design Solution by Brian Thomas, M.S. * What makes sleep so mentally refreshing? University of Rochester neuroscientist Jeff Iliff addressed the crowd gathered at a September 2014 TEDMED event and explained his amazing new discoveries.1 The words he used perfectly match what one would expect while describing the works of an ingenious designer.2 Other organs rely on the lymphatic system to remove metabolic waste that builds up in the spaces outside cells, but no lymph vessels exist behind the skull. Since the brain uses a fourth of all the body’s energy, there must be some other...
  • 'A little Graceland, a little Scarface..'70s' Meghan McCain reveals the inspirations..L.A.

    08/04/2014 6:46:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 4, 2014 | David McCormack
    The daughter of former Republican presidential nominee John McCain is adamant she isn’t about to join daytime chat show The View and instead is too busy enjoying the new life she has made for herself in Los Angeles, including a new job and settling into a fabulous new apartment that she has just had decorated.
  • Revolving Shotgun Concept Suited for 3D Hybrid gun

    07/16/2014 5:47:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This homemade revolving shotgun design seems well suited for a 3D printed/hybrid metal version.    While the version pictured uses cut off chambers from cast off 12 gauge barrels, the same effect could be accomplished by using sections of the appropriately sized water/gas pipe or tubing.  The same tubing/pipe could be used for the barrel.  The concept would be that the 3D printed parts would comprise the cylinder into which the chambers would be fitted and glued, and which would have the more difficult mechanical details to revolve the cylinder.   Perhaps a modification of the zig-zag revolver design by Yoshitomo...
  • The Studebaker that Woulda-Shoulda-Coulda

    12/30/2013 11:32:59 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 45 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 30 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Like most independent US automakers in the 1950s, Studebaker -at that point already in business for over 100 years, producer of Conestoga wagons that conquered the American west, and an automobile manufacturer since 1905- was simply unable to compete with the Big Three's economies of scale, access to capital, and profit-crushing price wars. The result was companies like Nash, Hudson, Packard, and Studebaker being forced to seek a merger in order to survive... So as Mitt Romney's old man did when he created AMC/Rambler out of Nash and Hudson, Studebaker teamed-up with ultra-luxury Packard, consolidated manufacturing, and eliminated redundancies. Yet...
  • How to Tell if You're NOT an Intelligent Design Proponent

    12/16/2013 3:23:41 PM PST · by Politically Correct · 54 replies
    Evolution News ^ | 16 December 2013 | David Klinghoffer
    Taking the publication of Stephen Meyer's bestseller Darwin's Doubt as his news hook, our colleague the University of Texas, El Paso, mathematician Granville Sewell smartly answers a good question: What do you have believe if you're NOT a proponent of intelligent design? Writes Dr. Sewell in an El Paso Times op-ed: So what do ID proponents believe? Perhaps the best way to answer this question is to state clearly what you have to believe to not believe in intelligent design. Peter Urone, in his 2001 physics text "College Physics" writes, "One of the most remarkable simplifications in physics is that...
  • Software, Design Defects Cripple Health-Care Website

    10/07/2013 6:12:55 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/6/13 | Christopher Weaver, Shira Ovide, and Louise Radnofsky
    Six days into the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the new health-care law, the federal government acknowledged for the first time Sunday it needed to fix design and software problems that have kept customers from applying online for coverage. The Obama administration said last week that an unanticipated surge of Web traffic caused most of the problems and was a sign of high demand by people seeking to buy coverage under the new law. But federal officials said Sunday the online marketplace needed design changes, as well as more server capacity to improve efficiency on the federally run exchange...
  • Aerodynamic, Retractable Tornado-Proof Homes that Look Like Something Right Out of 'The Jetsons'

    07/25/2013 2:28:53 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 July 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    What if your home could protect itself from dangerous weather  by retreating underground automatically long before it hits? If you think about it, a house -or entire neighborhood/town- that could withstand higher winds than boxy, frail wood structures -and actually hide underground if necessary- could have one heck of a lot of applications: not just in tornado alley, but avoiding fires in California, tsunamis in Japan, or of course hurricane season in the Carolinas. Why build an expensive underground shelter only to watch your house and belongings be scraped from the face of the Earth, washed-away, or turned to...
  • Photoshop CC turns software into a monthly rental

    07/09/2013 10:32:26 AM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 68 replies
    The Seatlle Times ^ | 7/7/13 | David Pogue
    The dawn of Software as a Subscription is now upon us. You have to pay $30 a month, or $240 a year, for the privilege of using the latest Photoshop version, called Photoshop CC. Or, if you want to use the full Adobe suite, you’ll pay $600 a year.
  • Morphing Flight: Beyond Irreducible Complexity

    06/06/2013 5:47:54 AM PDT · by kimtom · 78 replies
    www.apologeticspress.org ^ | Jan1,2011 | by Jerry Fausz, Ph.D.
    Researchers and observers have long recognized that birds and various other flying creatures change the positioning of their body structures in flight in order to perform specific maneuvers or adjust their aerodynamic profile to accommodate changing flight conditions. This adaptive orientation of body shape has been dubbed “morphing” in the popular literature. The words “morph” and “morphing” are actually digressive forms of the word “metamorphosis,” which derives from the Greek “meta” (to change) and “morfe” (form). This is an apt description of the ability that birds possess to change the form or geometry of their bodies for increased maneuverability, as...
  • Unix Architecture Showing it's Age

    05/16/2013 6:39:16 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 75 replies
    OStatic ^ | 14 May 2013 | Jon Buys
    High Scalability has a fascinating article up that summarizes a talk by Robert Graham of Errata Security, summarizing the development choices needed to support 10 million concurrent connections on a single server. From a small data center perspective, the numbers he is talking about seem astronomical, but not unbelievable. With a new era of Internet connected devices dawning the time may have come to question the core architecture of Unix, and therefore Linux and BSD as well. The core of the talk seems to be that the kernel is too inefficient in how it handles threads and packets to maintain...