DailyDirt: Six Million Dollar Man People

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Science fiction about bionics grossly underestimated how much advanced prosthetics actually cost to develop. The Six Million Dollar Man was off by at least a couple orders of magnitude. But bionic limbs have been getting a lot better over the years, and more Paralympic athletes are becoming famous for their achievements all the time. Here are just a few inspiring links about people and technology making awesome advances in bionics. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    Michael Long (profile), Oct 25th, 2012 @ 5:18pm

    Hey, that was six million in 70's dollars. Inflation, you know.

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    Ophelia Millais (profile), Oct 25th, 2012 @ 5:28pm

    Am I the only one here in the habit of closing my browser window the instant I discover that a link I clicked on takes me to a page that automatically starts playing a video? (...like 2 of the 3 stories linked to here)

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    Michael Ho (profile), Oct 25th, 2012 @ 5:46pm


    Hmm. Sorry about that Ophelia. I hate videos that play automatically, too. But I changed my browser settings so that I have to manually allow Flash to run, and that has prevented me from seeing this annoyance....

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 26th, 2012 @ 12:24am


    well that depends, if we have a new president who believes in reagonomics we will have stagflation on necessities and deflation on discretionary items as the top 5% drain the public dry

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    Niall (profile), Oct 26th, 2012 @ 2:47am

    One-armed woman

    The BBC's CBeebies (pre-school children's) channel has a presenter called Cerrie Burnell who is missing half of one arm. Many people (including myself) don't notice this for a while, and it is a thing of beauty to watch how deftly she uses her elbow instead of a hand, or makes it really non-obvious, or even 'natural'. Mind you, she's a 'thing of beauty' herself, which might add to the distraction level...

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    Gregg, Oct 26th, 2012 @ 7:13am

    Big Pharma companies will shut this down..... no more need for Viagra!

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