top Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light
No particle travel faster than the speed of light in vacuum. Light travels slower in certain materials to the point it is almost completely stopped (several experiments are studying such events). Cerenkov radiation occurs when a charged particle exceeds the speed of light in a certain material (e.g. water). See:
top First Successful Unmanned Drone Landing On an Aircraft Carrier
Maybe because it clearly states WITHOUT A HUMAN OPERATOR.
about a year and a half ago
top City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica
Ice has a density of only 9/10 of the water. That is why ice floats on water. You might know the expression: "only the tip if the iceberg". It means that there is 9 times more iceberg under the water level than above.
When ice becomes water its volume increases by 10%. Hence the sea level rises.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?
A simple browsing protection could be implemented using the
web of trust.
top New Signs Voyager Is Nearing Interstellar Space
Acutally it's the increase in the particles/sec measured by Voyager-1 in the last months compared to the lack of a similar increase in the same data for Voyager-2. V1 is further away form the Sun and the decrease in the sollar wind intensity probably translates in more GCR (galactic cosmic rays) reaching that region of space when compared to the position of V2.
top Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets
Don't blame the Gnome3 fiasco on Shuttleworth too. I agree Unity is not a success, but Shuttleworth saw people would move away from Gnome and thought to try and reinvent the desktop. IMHO he failed, but don't associate him with Gnome.
top Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets
For the best part of this year I've been waiting for a tablet with linux. A cross between a notebook and a tablet is the best of the two worlds. Imagine being able to run all Linux programs from your tablet. I figure there would be a decrease in the battery time, but with ARM processors you can have better power management.
So count me in as a potential customer.
top What If Aliens Came To Save the Galaxy From Mankind?
you must be OLD here!
top How To Steal ATM PINs With a Thermal Camera
As I cover my hand to hide the numbers I always touch more than the four digits whenever I input my PIN as I center my hand on the keypad. Most of the time I also fake pressing some digits by keeping my finger onto them. I never thought of the thermal way to recover PIN numbers but I think I am safe.
top New USB Specification Promises 100W of Power
They mention variable voltage in the next sentence so I think they assumed 900 mA at a voltage of up to 110 V (US version) and that gives 99W. I don't know it the 110 V is derived from the actual specification or it was assumed by the american author. I presum the later as a normal PC power supply provides DC current and the maximum drob between the most negative rail (-12V) and the most positive (+12V) is 24 V. You also have to take into consideration that the maximum current at -12V is in the hundreds of mA so it is safe to assume the new standard will allow voltage negotiation between 5 and 12 V. At 900 mA the maximum power is just below 11W. Which is more than 4 times larger than USB 2.0 spec.
top Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design
My phone is 1 year old. Yet I use the same SIM card I used more than 10 years ago.
Compatibility is a great feature and functionality should not be broken for the sake of coolness.
top Taking the Fun Out of
No. But from my own experience there are a lot of gamers who want to see competitive VODs in tourneys. Viewers of progames on the other side are turning into loyal buyers of other games and not only the SC franchise.
I was never very good at SC1 and neither am I for SC2, but I certainly enjoy watching good games between two progamers. For that the games needs to be balanced and game design needs to take that into account.
On a side note I still enjoy BW games more, but the old graphics don't attract new viewers who want to be able to zoom in to the bullet marks on the armor of a marine. The game designers did a pretty good job at making sure the new flashy effects won't affect the ability to see the action and react fast during a match.
top All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix
IMO DS9 is the best. I love the Cardassians. Garak is one of the greates characters in Star Trek, together with Quark.
I saw only TNG, DS9 and half of the first season of Voyager and from TOS I've seen few episode so I might not be a representative Star Trek fan.
top GNOME vs. KDE: the Latest Round
I used to have KDE 3.5 and I was very pleased with it. When the new revolutionary version came along I decided to try it and switched to Gnome. For KDE 4.0 to 4.5 I kept going back but I never could used it more than 30 minutes, so Gnome is what I use now and I am pretty comfortable with it. Now it seems I have to switch again.
I always hoped development on KDE 3.5 would be restarted due to the demand. After Gnome3 will be released I think the issue will be gaining some more traction (especially since reading about KDE 3.5 used in a 2011 release).
top AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs
I've recently had a broken MB on an older computer (3+ years). I had managed find an AM3 motherboard with support for the existing AM2 processor and support for the older DDR2 already installed on the machine. It is also good if I need to make an upgrade from the current processor or switching to DDR3.
If that would have been an Intel I would have probably had to search a used MB or replaced the processor, the MB and the RAM.
This situation might not be common but it is a relief when a computer fails and you only have to replace a single component.
top Firefox 4 RC1 Released
I am using the sync feature since it was Wave 0.3 and I had no issue with it ever. Previously I used the Google sync plugin that was discontinued. Sync worked flawlessly for me on two Xp desktop and an Ubuntu notebook. I would obviously prefer some kind of version support, but I settle for what I can get.
top Tolkien Estate Censors the Word "Tolkien"
You assume a single publishing house/movie studio. However the free market will always punish such behavior. The first one to publish (to agree on commercial rights with the author) will be the one making money.
top Google Hiring Android Devs To Close the 'Apps Gap'
Maybe they would have more apps if the App Market place would work all over the word. Paid apps don't work in some European countries because there is no unified payment system like with Apple's App store. Although the Android user base might be larger than that of iOS Apple still has more paying customers. Google needs to see that the Market needs a serious boost in functionality. If revenue will increase developers will come.
top NASA Parodies Reach New Level of Awkwardness
It depends on where these videos are shown. Recently I attended the IAC2010 in Prague and NASA's exhibition area was a just cinema theater with poster of these movies. They were also serving popcorn for free. I saw no actual data on the current or future missions. Considering the congress is a more technical one I don't think the pop science approach was very successful.
top Google Releases Chrome OS Tablet Concept Demo
Ok, so iPad isn't even out yet, but google still feels threatened enough to put out a hastly put together "concept art" as a "demo". Sheesh.
On the original chromium page the video is listed as uploaded on the 25th of January. If I am not mistaken that is two days before Apple's iPad event.
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