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DNSChanger Shut-Down Means Internet Blackout Coming For Hundreds of Thousands

Malcolm Chan Re:Why don't they... (264 comments)

OK, so it'll probably work, then? These were the users who were willing to do it the first time, so why not a second time?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?

Malcolm Chan Re:I'm no expert. (629 comments)

Exactly, so make it look like a bluetooth headset! Actually, it could even function as a bluetooth headset as well. So, rather than being a sign saying "I'm old", it'd be a sign saying "I'm connected!"

more than 2 years ago

Publicly Funded GMO Research Facing Destruction In Italy

Malcolm Chan "Kiwis" (245 comments)

male kiwis produce transgenic pollen

In NZ, "kiwis" are only either the people (New Zealanders) or the birds, but never the kiwifruit plants! Very confusing...

more than 2 years ago

Adobe Warns of Critical Zero Day Vulnerability

Malcolm Chan Foxit (236 comments)

Unfortunately, Foxit Reader doesn't seem to support many localised versions, unlike Adobe Reader.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Malcolm Chan Browser window width (2254 comments)

Does the browser window really have to be so wide? I get horizontal scrollbars using my normal window size, which is quite annoying.

Also, please add Unicode & SSL support!

about 4 years ago

Cassandra 0.7 Can Pack 2 Billion Columns Into a Row

Malcolm Chan Re:Typical applications? (235 comments)

I know that was meant as a joke, but such data would be stored in the rows of the table, not the columns of the individual rows.

about 4 years ago

Scientists Discover Solar Powered Hornets

Malcolm Chan Re:What does the wasp do with it? (177 comments)

From the original paper:

The xanthopterin pigment found within the cuticle has been proven to be a suitable absorber of light for the harvesting of solar energy by a demonstration of its use in an organic solar cell, with a conversion efficiency of 0.335%.

I assume this was just a "proof of concept" organic solar cell, so the efficiency could probably be increased, but 0.335% doesn't sound like much!

more than 4 years ago

Next Generation SSDs Delayed Due To Vista

Malcolm Chan Re:File swapping destroys SSDs (600 comments)

Although the article *is* low on details, there are a few clues as to what the problem is:

The next generation of SSDs will use multilevel cell (MLC) technology, which will require a more sophisticated controller--a crucial component in solid-state drives.

IIRC, MLCs do have a much lower number of allowable writes, so this could actually be the problem!

more than 6 years ago


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