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UCLA Engineers Create Energy-Generating LCD Screen

Paradyme Solar power (108 comments)

I somehow think that the point was NOT to convert the backlight into energy. But rather to convert external light sources, such as the sunlight into extra battery. I almost thought it was obvious.

about 3 years ago

Verizon Cracks Down On Jailbreak Tethering

Paradyme Re:Pick one or the other (286 comments)

Either you get rid of unlimited accounts and charge by the GB, in which case it shouldn't matter to you whether those GBs are from the phone or tethered. Or you restrict tethering because people on unlimited accounts are using too much bandwidth while tethered. Charging for tethering while at the same time charging per GB is trying to have your cake and eat it too. The FTC should step in and make it illegal to advertise bandwidth as "x GB" if the carrier puts restrictions on exactly what is and isn't allowed in those GB. At the very least it should come with an asterisk and a disclosure of limitations at the bottom of the ad. That way people know not to compare GB* to GB.

Good luck trying to impose that. I might be shooting my karma, but what the phone companies are doing is not illegal, and it isn't unexpected. Just like a private person has the right to decide whether you agree to the terms set by contract, the company has right to decide whether to sell you the contract or not. If you do not agree and think this style of contract is making them lose huge amounts of business... Go ahead and start your own telecom company.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Cracks Down On Jailbreak Tethering

Paradyme Re:How do they tell? (286 comments)

Assuming they are doing it by packet inspection: Just run a strongly encrypted VPN to your home server, and use that internet connection. All Verizon will see is VPN traffic, which is legal.

At the point that you connect to VPN using cell phone, it's semi-obvious you're tethering.

more than 3 years ago

UAV Helicopter Flies 12 Hours Charged By Laser

Paradyme Clarification needed! (83 comments)

I understand the concept behind this, but how do they keep the sharks pointed at the helicopter?

more than 3 years ago

IdeaPad U1, What We Wanted the iPad To Be

Paradyme Re:But what did Apple want? (401 comments)

Then again, I don't own any mp3 players or phones with cameras.

Sorry, Sir! I will get off your lawn momentarily!

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Invents Price-Gouging the Least Influential

Paradyme Hmmm... (259 comments)

When Microsoft starts to emulate Mafia Wars to entice people random-invite, I start getting worried

more than 4 years ago

NASA's LCROSS Mission Proves Lunar Ice Suspicions

Paradyme Re:"other intriguing substances"? I'm intrigued. (177 comments)

I hear there's vast supplies of Unobtainium, Neverfindium and Nanananaimgettingpaidforthissium to be found on the moon.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Patents Sudo's Behavior

Paradyme Re:Penalties (657 comments)

Coders often want to get paid by their PHBs as well. Unless a company can maintain atleast some sort of competitive advantage against the rivals, guess what'll happen to the coders.

more than 4 years ago

Why Doesn’t Exercise Lead to Weight Loss?

Paradyme Diet and exercise (2 comments)

So exercise without changing from very high calory diet didn't work that well?
Don't expect just exercise or just changing your diet to do miracles. Every single diet (not counting surgical procedures) is STILL resting on exercising more and reducing the calorie intake.

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

Paradyme Re:What's in it? (1698 comments)

Immigrants and illegal immigrants are not the same thing. America was not built on illegal immigrant labor.

Tell that to the indians.

more than 4 years ago

Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier Women

Paradyme Re:Idiocracy is classist bullshit (411 comments)

DNA does not care about what a person does for living, nor about their wealth. But suggesting that those who breed less are genetically inferior is jumping to absurdity.

Even natural selection doesn't care particularly about how many offspring an animal gets, what matters more is the chance that the genes will have passed to the future. Even though the rich are a smaller group with relatively little contact to the poorest segments, they are unlikely to disappear as they can afford to defend their rights, both now and for their future offspring.

If natural selection was simply a function of numbers, we (and all mammals at that) have already failed in comparison to bacteria and viruses.

more than 4 years ago

Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia

Paradyme Re:Dear content producers... (256 comments)

Your countries are often at fault themselves. For example, many European nations insist on translating US programs into the local language.

That's mostly just France you're thinking of.

more than 4 years ago

Xerox Claims Printable Electronics Breakthrough

Paradyme Interesting (166 comments)

So, how long till people start downloading designs to print them out at home?

more than 4 years ago

The Monrovian Analog Blogger

Paradyme Re:what a great idea! (117 comments)

While the joke was appreciated, he did mention that many of the people there that use his service are the ones too poor to pay for newspapers. That was the original reason why he decided to go with this. There are places where people actually cannot afford the paper that the news would be printed on.

more than 4 years ago

Russia Develops Spaceship With Nuclear Engine

Paradyme Engine or generator? (297 comments)

Is it really a direct nuclear engine, or just the generator to power something like a VASIMR or Hall Effect Thruster? There's a pretty big difference. For the second, as a power source, nuclear power has already been used for a while. Not as a full-blown fissile reactor, but rather a nuclear battery.

more than 4 years ago

Why AT&T Killed iPhone Google Voice

Paradyme Re:LOL! Where's Your God Now Apple Fanbois? (304 comments)

For the record, MS actually did allow user to have other companies providing key services, and allowed even before MS was forced to separate IE from the system. Also you're completely free to fill up a pepsi bottle with Coke for your own private use. No-one's going to stop you. Unlike when you wish to use a program/service Apple isn't particularly fond of.

about 5 years ago

Ten Ways To Destroy a Hard Disk

Paradyme Re:Magnesium (289 comments)

Made once something like that using 1.4kg of that stuff (don't ask). The pillar of fire was impressive and it burned for about 10 seconds. Even the forest some kilometer away looked almost bright like during daylight. Only after the awe was over realized how dangerous the stuff was, as it managed to vaporize 12 layers of aluminum folio and just about half a meter of earth from under it. I'm willing to bet it could do something nasty to a harddrive though.

about 5 years ago


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