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Qualcomm to Build Neuro-Inspired Chips

MassiveForces Obligatory (43 comments)

"At the MIT Technology Review EmTech conference, Cyberdyne announced that the company and partners will design and make neural processing units or NPUs starting next year."

about 9 months ago
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What Will Ubiquitous 3D Printing Do To IP Laws?

MassiveForces Re:Right to produce your own (347 comments)

I guess we will get to know what it feels like to be Chinese, and just take pictures of the things we want produced :o)

At least it will be more environmentally friendly printing tidbits at home than having them manufactured, packaged and imported from overseas and the overstock dumped.

about 10 months ago
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Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

MassiveForces Re:201 mph (226 comments)

A rare reverse-car analogy folks

about 10 months ago
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Apple Now Relaying All FaceTime Calls Due To Lost Patent Dispute

MassiveForces Re:What patent? (179 comments)

How about an idea for fixing it as follows...

If you create a patent, you are responsible for finding infringements of the patent in products (as usual) and once you do, you can only claim a royalty of a maximum 90% of the revenue from the product less marginal costs from once the infringement was found, no previous damages or anything and the company is still allowed to continue production. This 90% however is divvied up between all patent holders who find infringements.

So that should cut patent troll revenue since litigation is expensive, and without the immediate lump sum payouts they are unlikely to undertake a loss-making exercise and simply have a stake in maintaining a useful endeavor of their patent. Furthermore, people who are creating products that they know violate a patent are free to slip in as many infringements as they please if they know their product is just going to be so good that they can survive on 10% of any profit it generates.

about a year ago
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Request to Falsify Data Published In Chemistry Journal

MassiveForces Probably meant fabriate (163 comments)

The semi-important data would be in the NMR, the elemental analysis would be more of a formality to show they are working with what they said they were working with. I think that is reason to believe they would have worded it in such a way suggesting they needed a real NMR result but some pain in the but boring work they have an expected answer for is to be just made up. Obviously bad practice, probably doesn't have much bearing on the paper itself though, assuming their materials suppliers are trustworthy.

about a year ago
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The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

MassiveForces Formulaception (384 comments)

Wow, I love the way that piece drops a bomb at the end. I am definitely going to work this formula into my toxicology thesis which is due in the next few months. I cannot fail!

1 year,3 days
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Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

MassiveForces Wakefield's Patent (668 comments)

A lot of "antivaxxer" dolts trumpet Wakefield in that he's a victim of a hush-up and that he shall be exonerated. A good stick in the eye of these people is that Wakefield himself only sought to discredit MMR so that he could sell his own vaccine, they assume that he is anti-vaccine altogether like them. There are articles stating this but the patent iteself is difficult to find so they ignore that. Of course, once you present the actual patent material they will go on to disown him and yet in the same fell swoop continue using his "evidence". Sometimes you can't win...

For your convenience, here is one of Wakefield's actual patents

1 year,3 days
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Interview: Ask Jimmy Wales What You Will

MassiveForces Interactive tours and applications (161 comments)

Some of my fondest memories as a child was firing up the old 486 and playing through the interactive quests and games in Encarta. Some of them were timelines and guided learning experiences, others were programs that simulated things like gravity and orbits, and I liked playing with some software that could model particle behavior based on your parameters to describe gas diffusion and so on.

My question is, will Wikipedia ever be able to flex any interactive multimedia muscle, and create a more interactive and guided experience for young learners? People may be willing to devote their time writing out separate articles in the pages of an encyclopedia, but I imagine attracting multimedia development would be difficult (unless you can find whoever has been wasting their time writing a plethora of useless apps for browsers and mobiles).

1 year,27 days
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2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon

MassiveForces Whatever gave them that idea? (470 comments)

rumor has it they got their x-ray training right under the nose of the TSA without raising suspicion

about a year ago
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Intel Removes "Free" Overclocking From Standard Haswell CPUs

MassiveForces CRU tool and getting 75 Hz out of an LCD (339 comments)

Not being able to see 60 Hz on an LCD is a myth, if the LCD can pull it off (many can!). I can easily tell whether a game with fast motion e.g. a First Person Shooter like BF3 or Counter Strike is running at 60 Hz or 75 Hz, particular when panning, and probably wouldn't be satisfied completely until the refresh rate gets to 85 Hz (that's when I stop noticing flicker on CRTs like many other people).

The myth arises because LCDs don't flicker, and because studies that showed people can't tell the difference are based on watching movies on celluloid where there is motion blur. Where there is no motion blur (or good motion blur) like in most games, an object such as a cursor moving acrross the screen appears to the eye as teleporting at discrete locations accross the screen based on the amount the cursor can move in between frames at a given speed - not a continuous motion.

I have managed to get 75 Hz out of my pretty ordinary Samsung BX2440 1080p monitor using this:Custom Resolution Utility

The reason 60 Hz is usually given as the top refresh rate for LCD monitors is more to do with the DVI standard than capability, so by sacrificing a few margin pixels many monitors will be able to handle a higher frequency within the bandwidth specifications of DVI.

about a year ago
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Engineering the $325,000 Burger

MassiveForces Terrible idea with today's tech. (353 comments)

Growth media is made out of a lot of different compounds, much of which is extracted from animals. For example, the media will be between 10 and 20 percent fetal calf serum. And the quantities of media needed will be huge, it will have to be changed out every week to grow and keep alive until harvesting and will probably take 2 weeks to grow to confluency.

So in effect this is going to be the world's most unvegetarian animal intensive hamburger.

about a year ago
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Low Levels of Toxic Gas Found To Encourage Plant Growth

MassiveForces Wait wait.. (103 comments)

If plants have evolved this and kept this feature... isn't it only a matter of time oceanic clathrates explode or whatnot and the toxic gas extinction washes over us?

about a year ago
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Nano-Suit Protects Bugs From Vacuums

MassiveForces MasterChef Mania (75 comments)

So what you're saying is, fry them a little to seal in the juicy goodness?

about a year ago
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Lab-grown Kidneys Transplanted Into Rats

MassiveForces Not the revolution you are looking for. (55 comments)

The printing of cells into organs using inkjet technology, and biological/artificial scaffolds is not new. Yes it's nice that they were able to start with just a particular scaffolding and a bunch of cells and turn it into an organ that functions, but this isn't the real challenge in regenerative tissue engineering.

The cells they chose were from the same type of organ from newborns, therefore there was a large number of stem cells in that particular mix which were already programmed to develop into a new kidney anyway.

The biggest problem is getting cells from your patient, then turning them into stem cells, and then setting them off with some sort of signal or series of signals to develop into a given tissue type. This avoids many host rejection problems and ethics considerations. It would also be useful in in-vitro lab work. For example, I am trying out scaffolds to see if I can get certain cell lines to differentiate into something that better resembles the functionality and complexity of lung tissue. If I could do that, we could reduce experimenting on animals to find out the effects of inhaling pollutants and so on.

about a year ago
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Mendeley Acquired By Elsevier

MassiveForces Worried (87 comments)

I currently subscribe to Mendeley. They have been slowly but surely improving the quality of their software the last three years I have been using it, and I couldn't live without it. There are a few things I would like they've just never bothered to implement, even though many people have requested them, but then again at least they have a good forum and request system. I like to have my library of references synced with me wherever I go, so when I open a word document on any of my computers all the referencing works correctly.

Maybe this will mean they have more support and be able to do things like spend the time on their mobile versions so they actually work. But really I think this is the beginning of the end. Elsevier just doesn't seem to have any incentive to keep Mendeley easy to use with any publisher and have all the sharing capabilities it currently does. What if they don't like the fact I can import any open source format referencing styles for any journals? Maybe they will just make it awfully expensive to keep the current functionality, the price has been going up anyway on storage space. I deal with hundreds of papers in PDF, and Mendeley has the best solution for making notes, highlighting content and organizing PDFs with it's inbuilt viewer which makes it easy to keep up with my research. Zotero lacks these tools I'm not sure what the alternatives would be should Elsevier wreck Mendeley somehow.

about a year ago
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Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives

MassiveForces Re:Okay hang on, (171 comments)

+10 internets for making me burst out in random laughter at work

about a year ago
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Most Popular Human Cell In Science Gets Sequenced

MassiveForces HeLa cells are the dominant life form (63 comments)

Compared to Henrietta Lacks, it's interesting to note that her cell line is a much more successful offspring, in a way, being cultured up to thousands of times her body weight in labs around the world. Anyway in my work modelling toxicological processes I like to avoid depending just on carcinoma data. All of them have shotgunned DNA and I really don't think the data they give is that useful other than for very basic ball park measurements. This is partly because they are too resilient and partly because they don't exhibit certain types of metabolism. Fortunately there are a number of normal human cell lines that can be used instead, which I prefer. The only draw back is they are more expensive as they need to be repurchased frequently and are more difficult to culture.

about a year ago
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Android Botnet Infects 1 Million Plus Phones

MassiveForces Computing Power (92 comments)

Imagine if botnets were put to benevolent uses, like distributed computing projects. Seriously forget credit card data - nobody has any money these days. Process some folding at home and collect some Nobels.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Teams To Build Gyroscopes 1,000X More Sensitive Than Current Systems

MassiveForces Re:*$1.8 million contract (91 comments)

Also, the article is a little "light" on details, is it meant to be similar to the following?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_laser_gyroscope

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibre_optic_gyroscope

about a year and a half ago

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