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Phosphor E Ink watch giveaway (part 2) {Engadget}

Dec 27th 2007 7:59AM I wear a Timex Expedition in green with brown leather band. Its a good field watch. Not fancy tho.

Averatec shows off 12.1-inch 2500 laptop {Engadget}

Dec 26th 2007 9:56AM I'm typing this on my Averatec 1050eb1. Asside from the USB ports only being 1.1 and the fact that I can't get the cpu to speedstep in ubuntu, I love the thing. For the price I can overlook a few things. I like the look of the paisley, and if the price and size are small, I'd overlook the performance.

I think it'd be a good sized and stylish travel machine.

Happy Holidays!

Joyswag: Joystiq's Legendary Halo 3 Giveaway {Joystiq}

Sep 25th 2007 1:17PM I would say another human.
The enemy you know, and would see them coming at you. Another human would probably try and get me from behind or push me off a cliff. Not cool...

The hundred gadget giveaway: round 31 {Engadget}

Sep 11th 2007 12:47PM Contests are just like Engadget: Awesome! :D

SolidAlliance's Omellete mouse cover -- that's rice, not maggots {Engadget}

Mar 6th 2007 9:05AM Oh man! My mom used to make those omelettes! Good stuff!

Samsung's K3 in red {Engadget}

Feb 9th 2007 10:09AM Not all that bad looking of a player.

My first thought on that logo in the pic was "Oh look! A cute little face wearing headphones and carrying a flame thrower!"

Mario theme played on 15 different instruments {Joystiq Nintendo}

Feb 8th 2007 9:18AM That flute playing is freakin hard core!
Awesome!
Same for that massively stringed bass.

US Army using Xbox 360 controller in Future Combat Systems tests {Joystiq}

Feb 6th 2007 8:53AM ttoo, Terrorists was probably bad wording on my part, since it seems that the difference between freedom fighters, and guerrilla/insurgent/terrorists, depends on whos side you're on. It probably would be better to say we'd be no better than the guys bombing the civilians in the town markets and mosques.

US Army using Xbox 360 controller in Future Combat Systems tests {Joystiq}

Feb 5th 2007 9:37PM The Army (and the rest of the military in general) tries to economise the best they can. Why build a new control unit, when a suitable one like the xbox 360 controller exists? Not only is the controller familiar, they won't have to waste time and money designing a new controller when it could be spent on the rest of the project.

Another thing to note is the wired versus wireless. It looks like the controller goes to a pack on the soldier which communicates wirelessly to the robot. Not only does having a wired controller save on batteries, it simplifies the system, by only having one wireless system versus two, which cuts down on points of failure.

For ddpp33, every soldier has to make decisions, even with considering the legality of his or her commander's orders. It is the soldiers duty to not carry out unlawful orders, and to prevent violations against human rights, such as the murder of innocent civilians. Soldiers have to make decisions to determine whether or not the room they entered is filled with combatants or non-combatants (civilians, wounded, etc). If we did not, then we would be no better than the terrorists we are fighting. While the decision to go to war is made by others, the soldier makes decisions every moment in the battlefield.

Heres a little something on Lawful orders:

The military oath taken at the time of induction reads:

"I,____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God"

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) 809[890].ART.90 (20), makes it clear that military personnel need to obey the "lawful command of his superior officer," 891.ART.91 (2), the "lawful order of a warrant officer", 892.ART.92 (1) the "lawful general order", 892.ART.92 (2) "lawful order". In each case, military personnel have an obligation and a duty to only obey Lawful orders and indeed have an obligation to disobey Unlawful orders, including orders by the president that do not comply with the UCMJ. The moral and legal obligation is to the U.S. Constitution and not to those who would issue unlawful orders, especially if those orders are in direct violation of the Constitution and the UCMJ.

TurboLinux's Wizpy in the wild {Engadget}

Jan 31st 2007 1:39PM Heh. If I'm not mistaken, its got a "paperclip reset" button on the side!