If you’ve ever driven a car in a video game, you’ll almost certainly be familiar with the fact that it’s way easier to avoid running into stuff if you’re using a third person view. That is, viewing the car from outside (slightly above and behind) as opposed to from behind the steering wheel. A third person perspective lets you see not just most of the car itself, but also what’s going on around the car, in areas that would otherwise be blind spots.
A Taiwan company called SPTek has figured out a way to use an array of cameras to generate a 3-D “Around View Monitor” that can show you multiple different views of the outside of your car. Use a top-down view for tight parking spaces, a front view looking backwards for highway lane changes, or a see-through rear view for pulling out into traffic. It’s not a video game, it’s the next step in safety.
SPTek is relying on just four cameras, each with a 190 degree field of view, to cooperatively capture a high resolution 360-degree view of everything that’s going on around your car. A total of 100 megapixels of images are stitched together to form the virtual view that you, the driver, can explore from whatever angle you need to:
A Kansas advocate of the healing powers of medicinal marijuana lost custody of her son Monday after police earlier seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia from her home in March and placed her child in protective custody.
Garden City police said the case of 37-year-old Shona Banda was forwarded Monday to prosecutors for a decision about any charges. Police said in a statement that possible charges include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. No arrests have been made.
A child in need of care proceeding was held Monday in Finney County District Court, involving an 11-year-old boy taken into protective custody on March 24 by the Department of Children and Families and the Garden City Police Department.
“What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,” Rodriguez said. He noted that “when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.”
Rodriguez added that police had “no evidence” of any use of excessive force at this point, including from the preliminary results of the autopsy.
Gray’s death has prompted authorities to launch a criminal investigation as protesters continued searching for answers and city officials expressed frustration and pleaded for calm.
“We are a community on edge right now,” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said at the news conference
Monday was another dark day for Kansans hoping to see better state services in the future.
Officials announced that state revenues would come in almost $90 million short of expectations over the next three months of the year — and almost $200 million less than once predicted in the next two budget years.
What’s that mean?
First, the income tax cuts approved by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature in 2012 still aren’t bringing in nearly enough new tax revenue through additional jobs once bravely predicted by Republican lawmakers.
Second, Brownback and the Legislature will have to keep cutting services, borrowing money and/or raising other taxes just to balance the budget.
Will California follow other states and go recreational? I certainly hope so and not necessarily so I can smoke. Let’s take that off my argument. My point is two fold. One is the sheer overlapping hypocrisies of legal alcohol and illegal marijuana for adult consumption. Two-Tobacco is legal and far more harmful by most any practical measure. If relative harm has any merit marijuana should be legal for adults.
Also I’d like to see the waste of law enforcement, court and custodial resources that attach to simple possession or sale of small quantities. Focus on heroin maybe.
Then of course we have newer tech that makes the act of smoking so much less harmful, odious and worrisome by way of secondhand smoke. Ever heard of second hand steam? Me neither.
I’m not here to suggest anyone start that has not. No more than I suggest tobacco or alcohol. Billions manage to have a good time & cope without inebriants. But if you are going to indulge, enjoy responsibly as they say. Support local growers.
Medical Marijuana Program
The California Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card (MMIC), along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers. Participation by patients and primary caregivers in this identification card program is voluntary. The MMP Web-based registry allows law enforcement and the public to verify the validity of a qualified patient or primary caregiver’s MMIC as authorization to possess, grow, transport, and/or use medical marijuana within California. The verification website is available on the internet at mmic.cdph.ca.gov
NOTE: The California Department of Public Health’s MMP does not have jurisdiction over medical marijuana cooperatives, dispensaries, or collectives. For questions related to these areas, please contact your local city or county business licensing office.
Rebecca Watson takes on Sea World, and their attacks on John Hargrove. She takes them to task for attacking him, rather than even trying to refute his allegations, and in the process gives us a lesson in critical thinking.
I’ve railed about the inability to share amazon.com bookshelves with family members for years, so it’s incumbent on me to pass on Kudos to them now for enabling shared accounts. Even though this happened way back in January, I just discovered it now.
Before you jump for joy there are some drawbacks: videos don’t seem to share, however all of our books and some apps do. If you aren’t comfortable sharing your credit cards across the two accounts, this is not the droid you are looking for.
For my wife & me this works just fine however, and we can add the kids (up to 4) as well. Amazon also allows you to register up to … well several devices. We have multiple pads, phones, and kindles, as well as our PC’s as devices on the account. I’m sure there’s some kind of limit there somewhere, but we haven’t found it yet.
also there’s a sale on Fire HD7’s right now, 79 bucks is a great deal
There’s big news in the ebook world. For the first time, you can share your Amazon ebooks, audiobooks, and apps with other family members. (See How ‘Family Sharing’ Can Save You a Ton of Money on Apple and Amazon for an overview.) Here’s how to set it up.
Be warned: A lot of this gets more complicated than it should be — the setup, the restrictions, the relationships between accounts, and so on. If you value your money, though, it’s worth the slog.
For Amazon’s version of the instructions, click here; note, however, that Amazon’s help page doesn’t include any illustrations, and the wording of buttons is wrong in a few spots. For my version of the instructions, read on.
Here’s a very fun, funny and informative video By Tom Reimann from cracked, on conspiracy theories.
What was already an open secret has now been confirmed (apparently accidentally) by one of Microsoft’s partners in the PC supply chain. Thanks to offhand remarks from AMD’s president and CEO Lisa Su, we now know that Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 10 at the end of July.
But what will actually happen when the appointed date rolls around? That poses some interesting logistical questions for Microsoft.
The Windows 10 upgrade program is going to be one of the largest software delivery projects in history. Microsoft is offering full, free upgrades for every PC currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Service Pack 1 (excluding those running Enterprise editions, which don’t qualify for the free upgrade).
That means a 2GB+ upgrade package downloaded to each PC.
So just how big is the eligible Windows 10 upgrade base? It is certainly measured in the hundreds of millions, representing PCs running Windows in dozens of languages, all over the world.
When we last left David Barton, the Religious Right’s favorite pseudo-historian and “Christian nation” advocate , he was under fire for claiming that he had played on a record-setting basketball team at Oral Roberts University (ORU) in the mid- 1970s.
Warren Throckmorton, a prominent Barton critic and a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, was skeptical of the claim. He called ORU. Officials at the school said they had no record of anyone named David Barton ever playing basketball there.
Now Barton is back with another startling assertion from his college days: He claims that he served as a translator for the Russian National Gymnastics Team in 1976. Once again, Throckmorton did some digging. Once again, there is ample reason to believe that Barton is telling tall tales.
Throckmorton learned that Barton did take a basic course in Russian at ORU, but it was hardly the type of class that would have led to fluency in a difficult language.
A Russian gymnastics team did tour the United States after the 1976 Olympics. But they did not visit ORU or any cities in Oklahoma, and Throckmorton found that the team brought its own translators.
Perhaps Barton was thinking of some other type of Russian sports team? As it turns out, a Russian trampoline team did come to Oral Roberts University in July of 1976 as part of an international competition. It was also accompanied by its own translators. Remember, this was during the Cold War. There is no way the Soviets were going to risk a defection by using translators provided by the United States.
Throckmorton tracked down Leigh Robson, an American who performed in that event. She bluntly said, “Rest assured, David Barton did not translate Russian at the 1976 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at ORU.”