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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

PaulBu Moon is a harsh mistress... (213 comments)

I would say that an entity that managed to get there and posess some mined material up the Earth gravity well can probably deal with attempts to de-legalize it rather efficiently. ;-)

Paul B.

about two weeks ago
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Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

PaulBu ~1000 *Bits* per square inch? (147 comments)

I thought that in 21st century we are talking about Gbits/inch^2, not just bits...

Paul B.

about 5 months ago
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Meet the MOSS Modular Robots (Video)

PaulBu Thanks for your inquery! (22 comments)

Electronics there is probably not rad-hard... Bioagents should be OK though!

Paul B.

about 8 months ago
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New Headphones Generate Sound With Carbon Nanotubes

PaulBu Re:Yes, but... (102 comments)

Could be nice way of sidestepping the Chinese and their "rare earth" near-monopoly.

Judging from the author's names and affiliation, I quite doubt that it was their main motivation... :)

Yang Wei *, Xiaoyang Lin , Kaili Jiang *, Peng Liu , Qunqing Li , and Shoushan Fan
Department of Physics and Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China

But, it's still VERY COOL!

Paul B.

about a year ago
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Keeping Data Secret, Even From Apps That Use It

PaulBu And, SElinux was given to us by which org? ;-) (59 comments)

I think it was in the news recently, a lot, but not for their Linux contributions...

Though, maybe those were referenced too, along with some other contribs to MS, standards organisations, etc.

If anything, I am sure that someone is giving close and fresh look into SElinux parts right now...

Paul B.

1 year,12 days
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

PaulBu Re:Zero is Still Zero (1145 comments)

'Zero' is still 'zero' whether measured in metric or standard.

Well, no!

Not if you are talking about temperature measured in degrees C vs. F vs. K!

Agreed with the rest of your comment though...

Paul B.

about a year ago
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Researchers Report Super-Powered Battery Breakthrough

PaulBu Re:That was the most worthless infomercial ever. (244 comments)

If my cell phone can transmit 30 times farther, I'm guessing that the power will drain from the battery 30 times faster.

Assuming that your cellphone transmit unidirectionally (as it's natural for a cellphone to do!), is not getting 30 times the 'r' requires 'r^2' more power, i.e., your battery will drain 900 times faster? ;-)

Paul B.

about a year and a half ago
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Crowdfunding Open Source Software Enhancements and Bug Fixes

PaulBu Re:GitHub for the greedy? (46 comments)

No, it does not -- the site is already /.ed, at 4 comments into this discussion... ;-)

Paul B.

about a year and a half ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

PaulBu Re:US Metric System (1387 comments)

But, 1/32 of an inch is represented *exactly* in binary (0.00001) as opposed to its value in mm (0.11001011001100110011001101), where one little bit past wordlength might, indeed, die... ;-)

Paul B.

about a year and a half ago
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Supercomputer Repossessed By State, May Be Sold In Pieces

PaulBu Imagine... (123 comments)

A Beowolf clusted of these! :)

Paul B.

about a year and a half ago
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Laser Fusion Put On a Slow Burn By US Government

PaulBu Re:Another lie about the NIF (143 comments)

In the context of this article, I misread your last words as "and reigniting our leaders", which might be appropriate too! ;-)

But, I am cheering for General Fusion anyway! http://www.generalfusion.com/

Paul B.

about 2 years ago
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The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

PaulBu Re:Booby trap time (402 comments)

Good idea!

Now, let's try to implement it... I suggest to start with Lenovo laptops, and we only need to outsource USB dongle and exploding battery production somewhere, I suggest China, they have experience mass-producing thing!

Wait! All your matching parts (laptop, dongle, battery) are made where? In... China? ;-)

Paul B.

about 2 years ago
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Gate One 1.1 Released: Run Vim In Your Browser

PaulBu Re:Not even /.ed yet! ;-) (150 comments)

Good job! ;-)

I liked ATDT5551212 touch... Feeling nostalgic today, I'd guess...

Paul B.

about 2 years ago
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Gate One 1.1 Released: Run Vim In Your Browser

PaulBu There is an X11 server written in Java... (150 comments)

... I think made by Citrix, and it "runs" in your browser, but I would not really recommend it to anyone. Total steaming POS...

The maskhouse we deal with uses(d) that for customers to verify that the layers are what they expect. The program they run on the other end is something from Apollo workstations era, window manager in that session was TWM (we are talking now, a decade into 21st centiry! :) ), and it was slower than when I first tried running X over dial-up modem in 90s, without compression... ;-)

So, I am not having high hopes about useability of X11-over-HTTP, but who knows...

Vim demo was impressive through!

Paul B.

about 2 years ago
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Gate One 1.1 Released: Run Vim In Your Browser

PaulBu Not even /.ed yet! ;-) (150 comments)

Was suprised...

Paul B.

about 2 years ago
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Flexible Circuits By the Slice

PaulBu Re:Yes, and they seem to re-invent wafer thinning. (10 comments)

Sorry, the paper that you are referring to was not posted by me, but by another person in this thread -- and no, I could not read it either.

I do know (from my previous life ;-) ) that, I think, 6" III/V wafers were routinely thinned to 1 or 2 mils (25-50 um), yes, those were not 8-12", but then they were not exactly mass-produced either, and, needing backside vias and backside metal they *had* to be that thin.

And yes, I am skeptical about the yields of that "cracking" process myself, even without invoking reusing the remainder of the wafer for actual fab again, just wanted to point out that thin enough substrate will, indeed, bend, not break (at first! :) )!

Paul B.

about 2 years ago

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