Plasmonic Nanostructures Could Prove a Boon To Solar Cell Technology
If I had a dollar for every time a uni came up with a new solar cell. The reality is that most of what you can buy is stil monocrystalline silicone, same as 50 years ago. Why is nothing commercialised?
Oracle Claims Dramatic MySQL Performance Improvements
Slightly off-topic, but I recently had the oppurtunity to test the speed of a MySQL in-memory database. I have some frequently queried read-only data that simply would not handle the load in MS SQL and was looking for an in-memory solution. MySQL provided the simplest implementation - simply tell the table to use memory storage and configure the server to allow the amount of data you want to host (~250MB in this case). You also have to remember to reload the data from normal InnoDB tables every time you restart the server. I used the same table structures, keys indexes and stored procedures (almost the same) to query the data and linked it through MS SQL so that my applications never new the difference. On exactly the same hardware the speed increase was at least 50X over MS SQL.
Radar Beats GPS In Court — Or Does It?
How the court can even consider comparing stationary technology that operates up to a few hundred meters with something that is 20,000 kilometers away traveling at 14,000 km/h is beyond me. GPS accuracy is effected by builings, mountains, etc.
$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out
...compelling data visualizations and tools for customizable visualizations and widgets...we have rich expertise in knowing how users can best view and comprehend data...codify the incoming data-stream into cohesive, relevant data points...and they are building it on Sharepoint.
I guess the USA will get a lot of web 2.0 stats, etc. but will you be able to see who got that contract for fitting the golden faucets in the governor's loo, and how much they were paid?
Linux-Friendly Label Printer Recomendations?
The Zebra printers have built in barcode fonts, no need to buy another printer or seperate fonts.
A typical line of EPL code looks like [font],[position],[texttoprint], where the font can be any number of barcode fonts built into the printer firmware. Printing a barcode ends up using about 30bytes, much faster than sending the barcode as raster image, and works the same on any OS.
RMS Says "Software As a Service" Is Non-free
And which PHB idea was it to do POS over the internet?
Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More
They already fsckd up Freecell in Vista. Luckily you can still copy the older version over from XP. Probably violated their license agreement doing that as well.
Phantom OS, the 21st Century OS?
Isn't this what Microsoft wanted to do with WinFS? Bold idea, but little difficult to implement?
Bionic Hand Makes it to Market
Why does everything these days have to be prefixed with an i?