Smokers could inadvertently damage the laser-based sensor that reads disks on the popular Wii video game, the Boston Herald reported today. The problem surfaced after a new video game, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, was released last week in Japan. Super Smash employs a double-layer DVD that reportedly requires a higher level of reader accuracy. Wii has offered to clean consoles at no charge.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
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