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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Gravis Zero Re:Auto play audio? (142 comments)

just a joke, bro. if you listen to it, you would notice that it's actually a person reading the article as if they were a basic text-to-speech program. they could have made it better by excitedly yelling, "OH MY GOD, PONIES!" in the middle and then "oh uhh, the summary, right..." and finish reading the summary like the text-to-speech program.

about three weeks ago
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Spinoffs From Spyland: How Some NSA Technology Is Making Its Way Into Industry

Gravis Zero Time for a code review? (44 comments)

In 2011, the NSA released 200,000 lines of code to the Apache Foundation.

it may be time for people to start looking for the backdoors that the NSA may have put into Apache.

about a month ago
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Spinoffs From Spyland: How Some NSA Technology Is Making Its Way Into Industry

Gravis Zero stovepiping (44 comments)

i suspected but looked it up anyway.

A stovepipe is a system created to solve a specific problem

about a month ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

Gravis Zero Properly? Correctly? (167 comments)

How the universe acts is always correct and proper. If you disagree with the universe, TOO BAD.

about a month ago
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Nanoscale Terahertz Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

Gravis Zero Re:First sentence of summary is false. (35 comments)

Integrated photonics has its place, but it's never going to replace CMOS for computing.

you arent the first to make such a bold assertion. people have said similar things about just about every new technology.

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." -- Western Union internal memo, 1876.

just sayin

about a month ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Gravis Zero Re:As an RC pilot.. (131 comments)

please explain your logic behind asking a question that obviously cant be answered with any certainty?

about a month and a half ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Gravis Zero Re:Still a ways to go (131 comments)

I saw an interesting graph in Aviation Week some time ago about the energy density of batteries versus the same mass of hydrocarbon fuel.

the problem with that comparison is that it considers that the engines and motors will have the same efficiency which is not true at all. hypothetically, if your motor is four times as efficient as an engine but your battery has only half the energy storage of the engine's fuel, the motor is still going to run twice as long as the engine.

it's systems, not components that matter.

about a month and a half ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Gravis Zero the important questions (131 comments)

1) are these expensive to make?
2) can they be scaled up to be used as batteries in an electric car?
3) where are my keys?

about a month and a half ago
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Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

Gravis Zero Re:but i thought google was evil? (129 comments)

Dammit, slashdot took out the strikethru html code. Now I look like a user sheeple.

slashdot? nay! it was google!

btw, strikethrough has been gone a lone time which is why (more) people started using misconfigured terminal backspace char "^H"

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

Gravis Zero Re:Good-bye middle tier (178 comments)

When I read this story, I was excited because I thought it meant cheaper Windows for home users. I wouldn't mind running Windows 8 in Parallels on my mac

please get to a hospital NOW because you clearly have a fever of at least 105F.

about 2 months ago
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Why Is Dropbox Back On the Chinese Market?

Gravis Zero Re:isnt it obvious? (46 comments)

And that would be unlike the freedom from secret government surveilance we are used to in the free world.

here we can criticize, try to stop and (hopefully at some point) jail them. in china you get fast tracked to organ "donation".

about 2 months ago
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Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

Gravis Zero Re:but i thought google was evil? (129 comments)

Have you considered that people approve of Google when it does good things, and disapprove when it does things they find inconvenient for them?

ftfy

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

Gravis Zero better headlines... (178 comments)

Microsoft Becoming Desperate to Sell Window 8.1
Microsoft Losing Badly in Tablet Market
Chromebooks Out of Microsoft's Extortionary Reach
Microsoft Discovers Battery Life Is Very Important On Tablets
Microsoft Is Getting "Scroogled"
Microsoft Just Got the Facts

about 2 months ago
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Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

Gravis Zero but i thought google was evil? (129 comments)

where are the people that bark google has too much power and are "intrinsically evil" because of it? where are the people crying that their privacy is being breached because it scans their email for context? where are the people claiming they have been "scroogled"? where are you naysayer of every change google makes to a (free) product? where is your vitriol toward google for perpetrating a clearly heinous act? then again, you could just mod me down for your bitter repute.

have you considered that google actually tries to follow their "dont be evil" edict?

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

Gravis Zero Re:not a fan (79 comments)

And that's why python is only used for laying out the user interface, and all the heavy lifting is done by GStreamer and gst-editing-services. I invite you to research that ;)

it's fine for stock widgets but when it comes to custom gui elements, it's a cpu drain. the video/audio track representations are completely custom.

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

Gravis Zero not a fan (79 comments)

Python is not suited for every task and video editing is one of the things that should be exclusively in native code.

about 2 months ago
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Why Is Dropbox Back On the Chinese Market?

Gravis Zero isnt it obvious? (46 comments)

they gave the chinese gov full access to their (chinese) user identities and file access. i would not be surprised if their china gov approved system is completely contained within china.

about 2 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Gravis Zero solution (664 comments)

How can users protect themselves from sometimes life endangering software bugs?

there was a time when cars didnt have computers. there was also a time when the computers ran a single program instead of an operating system that executes other programs.

why do we have operating systems for the only important function of the car?

about 2 months ago

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Fusion Experiment Nears Self-sustainability

Gravis Zero Gravis Zero writes  |  about 8 months ago

Gravis Zero (934156) writes "On Aug.13, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) focused 192 ultra-powerful laser beams on a deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In nanoseconds, the capsule imploded and released a neutron yield of nearly 3 * 1015, or approximately 8,000 joules of neutron energy.

Early calculations show that fusion reactions in the hot plasma started to self-heat the burning core and enhanced the yield by nearly 50 percent, pushing close to the margins of alpha burn, where the fusion reactions dominate the process.

"The yield was significantly greater than the energy deposited in the hot spot by the implosion ... an important advance in establishing a self-sustaining burning target, the next critical step on the path to fusion ignition," said Ed Moses, principle associate director for NIF.

NIF has no plans to attach lasers to sharks."

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We the People do not want police to have UAVs

Gravis Zero Gravis Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gravis Zero (934156) writes "A "We the People" petition has been submitted to "[p]rohibit law enforcement from using UAVs and armed vehicles" which is a big issue. A recent article shows that police are right on their way to creating a true police state."
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IBM's 90nm phase-change memory tech unveiled

Gravis Zero Gravis Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gravis Zero (934156) writes "

IBM says it has produced 90-nanometer-size processors that can store multiple bits of data per cell over time without the data becoming corrupted. The multi-level phase-change memory (PCM) technology should lead to solid-state chips that can match NAND flash disks' 1TB capacities, but are about 100 times faster and feature a much longer lifespan, claims the company.

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Google hack 'directed by Chinese politburo'

Gravis Zero Gravis Zero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gravis Zero (934156) writes "BBC has a well written article about this revelation.

One cable, released by whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, cites a "well-placed" contact as saying the action against Google was "100% political".

A politburo member is said to have been angered after Googling his name and finding critical comments online.

The cable says it is unclear whether China's top leaders were involved.

There is also a video for all you tl;dr people.

I think it's only fair to ask China, "why so serious?""

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