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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

Red Herring Where? (89 comments)

At ~1pW/cm^2, a 50x50cm verision of this will provide about 30mWh in 12 hours. Tiny cell phone battery. Heck, a tiny lithium coin cell will provide ~150mWh.

For contrast, a typical solar cell will give 130W/m^2 (-ish), so a 0.25m^2 solar cell will provide ~33W, while the sun shines, obviously.

I'm not sure where exactly on Earth is sufficiently "remote", dark, moist, and unreachable that this makes sense. (Yes, I though of that, but it's really uncomfortable to fit a camping cooler there...)

about a month and a half ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Red Herring Re:$30,000 per year (1040 comments)

While the libertarian in me agrees with you, the realist in me sees some problems with the argument. The problem with letting those who made the choices pay the piper is that usually, I (taxpayer me) still end up paying, and usually much much more, in the long run. The person who had kids who couldn't afford them usually cannot care well for them, which tends to lead to disadvantaged kids with no/minimal education, which leads to higher crime, more poverty, and a higher burden in the future.

The libertarian in me despises the idea of nationalizing most of health care, but I'll end up paying more if everyone without a job goes to the emergency room and I pay (much) more because of it.

If we can't find a way to help people afford houses, then they lose the houses, and I end up paying more property taxes to support the streets, water, and other things I like to have. And then we get Detroit.

In the end, I've decided that the "best thing for me" is to help other people screw me less... which means figuring out how to help them help themselves, not leaving them until they're a burden. I disagree with many of the tactics we use to achieve it, but leaving everyone who made a bad choice to flounder in the sewer costs me more in the long run.

about 3 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

Red Herring Re:Extensions? (411 comments)

When the new widgets are finally introduced in iOS18, it will be in the form of ActiveWidget, ActiveNotification, ActiveSiri... you know, ActiveX...

about 3 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

Red Herring Re:Not so late to the game (411 comments)


“DROPOUT JEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.”

about 2 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

Red Herring Re:Extensions? (411 comments)

Nah, Apple doesn't like Flash.

I think they've just invented something...let's call it the Component Object Model. Next release we'll get Object Linking and Embedding. I'm sure Microsoft couldn't innovate that!

about 2 months ago

Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

Red Herring "Independent" discovery? (62 comments)

> Google discovered Heartbleed on or before March 21 and notified OpenSSL on April 1. Other key dates include Finnish security testing firm Codenomicon discovering the flaw independently of Google at 23:30 PDT, April 2.

Doesn't it seem strange that the flaw has existed for a long, long time (years?) but Codenomicon happens to find it less than a day after Google notified OpenSSL, and, per the article, "some infrastructure providers under embargo"? That just seems... unlikely. Not impossible, but it kind of makes you wonder who is leaking information...

about 5 months ago

Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion

Red Herring Google is keeping all the IP... (172 comments)

Considering the $4.5B that the Rockstar group paid for ~4000 mobile-related patents, and that Google is keeping the "Vast Majority" of the Motorola patents, the bulk of the price difference may well be in the IP.

A quick google didn't quickly give me a number for how many patents Google is keeping, but if Lenovo is getting about 2000 patents, and that is not the "Vast Majority", then there are a LOT of patents.

I gotta get me some more patents.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To (or How NOT To) Train Your Job Replacement?

Red Herring Is training in the contract? (292 comments)

First, is training included? If not, well, make it worth your while. Generally when I've done (much smaller) projects, I generally make sure that the contract I sign lays out that the payment is for the code, and specifically covered training regarding the operation/implementation of the project. Bringing a fresh person up to speed on the code that I provide is not part of the contract, but can be for the right amount of money.

Since I also work full-time at my "real" job, are you sure that this isn't just them wanting to bring the project in-house, more under their control? It might not be about the money, specifically, which means that this might open other opportunities with them on other projects, or even a full-time job with them (if you want it.) Looking at it from the point of view of my real job, there are times when I want ta project done by a contractor/temp, and there are times when I want it done/supported in house. It's usually more about the strategic vs. tactical value of the project than the pure "how much am I paying the guy" number. Make sure that you understand the motivation of the client, so you can better position your next move...

about a year and a half ago

Missile Defense's Real Enemy: Math

Red Herring Re:That's retarded... (589 comments)

As long as there are Pastafarians in the world, his Noodley Goodness shall keep the strainers always full, but never running over.

Math has nothing on His Noodleyness.

about a year and a half ago

Missile Defense's Real Enemy: Math

Red Herring It's not about the long term survivability. (589 comments)

In the case of AEGIS and related defenses, the goal is not necessarily to be able to absorb/defend against anything and everything that the enemy throws against you. The goal is to survive long enough to turn the attacking launch site into a glass parking lot (or a steaming hole in the water) before they can destroy your offensive assets. In the mentioned case of Iran, I expect the goal would be to absorb one or two 'provocative' attacks. If there was full out attack, though, I'm pretty sure they would not have the opportunity to launch all the missiles...

Why so many of these stupid questions on /. over the last few days? I feel like I'm reading Digg. And not the good Digg.

about a year and a half ago

Vector Vengeance: British Claim They Can Kill the Pixel Within Five Years

Red Herring And cold fusion will be here in 6 years... (221 comments)

..."At the moment there’s very little information about VSV"... ..."there should be working demonstrations of VSV within the next three to six months"... ..."Performance is awful"...

Yeah, this is DEFINATELY the kind of thing that will cause all current digital cameras and monitors to be obsolete within 5 years.

Or, it may get them an investment from some gullible investors that will then disappear into 'continued research due to unanticipated complications" for a few years, followed by "the pixel industry establishment is suppressing us!"

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft-Funded Startup Aims To Kill BitTorrent Traffic

Red Herring **AA, always taking the hard road (601 comments)

They can spend lots and lots of $$$, effort, and time trying to make it harder to get access to content that people want... ... or, they could just make the content available for a reasonable price in a timely manner. But I guess that takes too many brain cells.

And why is MSFT so interested in making their platforms less useful for consumers? As a stockholder, I'd like to see them quietly funding 'legitimate' sharing sites to make the Windows OS the preferred content consumption platform, rather than keeping me from getting what I want.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech-Related Summer Camps For Teenagers?

Red Herring Re:One neat camp (177 comments)

Came here to say this.

I went for four years in the mid '80's, and had a great time every year. Everything from model rocketry, to robotics (building Hero), to Pascal. (Mid '80's, remember...). And the games of Capture The Flag that were held in the forest are still some of my best memories...

more than 2 years ago

Before the iPhone, Apple's Stunning Phone From 1983

Red Herring Re:alternatively (152 comments)

I wonder how many Nokia/Motorola/HTC/Samsung/Microsoft patents this provides prior art against?

I'm OK with that too... the sooner everyone realizes that all cell phone patents are "obvious" derivatives of Maxwell Smart's shoe phone, the sooner the lawyers will join the ranks of the unemployed. Flying cars will follow shortly thereafter, I'm told.

more than 2 years ago

Before the iPhone, Apple's Stunning Phone From 1983

Red Herring Prior art? (152 comments)

I wonder how many iPhone patents this provides prior art against?

more than 2 years ago

Nanotubes Form The Darkest Material Yet Created

Red Herring Re:It is kinda disterbing (324 comments)

"e to the x, dy/dx, e to the x, dx. secant, cosine, tangent, sine, 3.14159, square root, cube root, log of pi, disintegrate them RPI!"

Ah, for the days when the Big Red Freakout actually was...

more than 6 years ago


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