The RFID chip is an interesting thing. They put those in the badges at OSCon last year, which lead to some amount of informal protesting amongst convention goers and speakers. Some even ripped theirs out. That was a tech conference, though, so people were more in tune with what RFID tags are and how they might be used. Personally, I didn’t have any problem with it.
The thing OSCon had with every room you walked into was an RFID scanner across every door. The convention could use it to track how many people were coming and going into each room. For a convention like SDCC with the logisitics it faces, this could prove to be very valuable information in handling crowds and seeing where the most and least popular panels are being held.
That’s all assuming they have the scanners posted at the doors of every panel room. That’s an awful lot of scanners to bring in, but a convention the size of SDCC could (and probably should) pull it off. It would be very valuable information to have.
I bet the fire marshall would love to see a live feed of that data, too…
Since “The X-Files” is now back, the timing is perfect!
(Yes, Buffy fans. That’s Anthony Stewart Head. His turn on VR.5 is part of what made me watch the Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot when it aired a couple years later…)
That article I linked to above is from 1995, which explains this paragraph:
VR.5 may have one other thing going for it: Cybermania has been sweeping the nation in the last few years, with trendy coffee shops serving up Internet connections and e-mail addresses popping up everywhere from the White House to your local pizzeria. “I think people are becoming so isolated that they’re turning to their computers for intimacy,” theorizes Singer. “People go on-line and meet other people and play all sorts of games. I heard about a couple who met on-line and got married. It sounds strange, but people are using computers to build a new type of community.”
We never expected on-line dating services, did we? Or ordering pizzas by emoji over Twitter? Or Hillary Clinton having her own email server?
A cure for Type 1 diabetes is a step closer after scientists managed to halt the condition for at least six months thanks to insulin-producing cells.
Experts from US hospitals and institutions including Harvard University managed to transplant cells into mice, which immediately began producing insulin.
This sets a new record, I have to believe. It only took 25 days into the year before we got one of these stories.
I think I should tag these posts as YACFD – Yet Another Cure For Diabetes.
Keep your fingers crossed, but do NOT hold your breath.
The disease attacks insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas. Healthy people have billions of ‘peacekeeping’ cells called ‘T-regs’ which protect insulin-making cells from the immune system but people suffering Type 1 diabetes do not have enough.
Now researchers at the University of California and Yale have shown that the ‘T-regs’ can be removed from the body, increased by 1,500x in the laboratory and infused back into the bloodstream to restore normal function.
Bascially, you’d go into the hospital once a year, they’d take two cups of blood out of you, treat it, and put it back in. Then, you don’t need to take any shots or additional insulin for the rest of the year. I assume you’d just keep an eye on your sugar levels and eat healthy and all would be good.
Right now, I’m half in the mood to pull out “Treasure Planet” and “Dinosaurs” and watch those this week.
Maybe follow that up with “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”?
I watched all of those movies once when I bought their DVDs 10-15 years ago. Don’t remember much about any of them, to be honest. I remember only thinking that “Treasure Planet” felt like three episodes of a TV show strung together.
They couldn’t have been all bad, right? At the very least, there’s likely gold in those hills if you dig deep enough, right?