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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Steve Newall The 57% in the title is misleading. (182 comments)

The article explains that the light extraction is increased from 3% to 60%. This is a factor of 20 increase in light output. So compared to a "normal" LED, this new technology is actually 2000% more efficient.

5 days ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

Steve Newall EMV IC Cards (222 comments)

As most of the world has moved to EMV smart cards to reduce fraud (the US still has to move), this is a "solution" to a problem that doesn't exist for most of us. Also, the EMV standard already supports multiple applications on a chip card.

about a year ago
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YouTube Removes Video of Reactions To Being Videoed

Steve Newall Cyborg Steve Mann details alleged McDonald’s (229 comments)

This sounds similar to some of the problems that Steve Mann has run into. He has been experimenting with augmented reality headsets since 1980 and has documented quite a few incidents before and been on slashdot before.

about a year ago
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Another Raspberry Pi? $49 ARM Single-Board Computer With Android

Steve Newall Re:It doesn't say... (206 comments)

From the article "It features an 800MHz ARM SOC", so no, it's not x86

more than 2 years ago
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The History of the Videophone In Sci-Fi

Steve Newall Re:Call me a Luddite... (97 comments)

OK, you're a Luddite.

I believe that the issue you are referring to is the radiated emissions from cathode ray tube (CRT) screens. As these are all but obsolete now, this should no longer be a problem.

more than 3 years ago
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13 Countries On US "Priority Watch List" For Copyright Piracy

Steve Newall Re:speaking as a Canadian to the USTR (277 comments)

Looking at the wiki page and the Government of Canada Justice department web site http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/C-42/page-5.html#anchorbo-ga:l_VIII it looks like copying for private use is NOT piracy. "Copying for Private Use ... onto an audio recording medium for the private use of the person who makes the copy does not constitute an infringement of the copyright in the musical work, the performer’s performance or the sound recording." I guess it's not the file sharers the US doesn't like, it's the Canadian government.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Gives Printers Email Addresses

Steve Newall Re:Too late? (325 comments)

We thought it was in 1998 when we did it with our InnMail system http://www.thefreelibrary.com/AlphaNet+Hospitality+Systems+and+Loews+Hotels+Expand+Long+Standing...-a020787415 We had a fax server service that converted e-mail's to faxes. Anyone subscribing to our system received a dedicated e-mail address and a dedicated fax number. This could be forwarded to any fax machine where ever you were. We finally discontinued the service last year.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Pre Does Not Get US Tethering Either

Steve Newall Re:Ok...and? (232 comments)

In Canada I use Rogers as my Palm Treo and iPhone service provider, and as Rogers IS a greedy phone company I didn't expect them to allow tethering (so I use PDAnet on my iPhone), but now that the 3GS iPhone is out, Rogers seem to be quite open about allowing it.

From Rogers FAQ about the iPhone:- (scroll down to Tethering FAQs)

Can I tether on my iPhone?
To use tethering or wireless modem functionality you require the new iPhone 3G S, or an iPhone 3G that has been upgraded with the new iPhone OS 3.0 software. Until December 31, 2009, if you have subscribed to a data plan which includes at least 1GB of data you may use tethering as part of the volume of data included in your plan at no additional charge. Tethering cannot be used with data plans of less then 1GB.

more than 5 years ago
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Fraud Threat Halts Knuth's Hexadecimal-Dollar Checks

Steve Newall Re:This is getting old. (323 comments)

The "new" system is the EMVCo Smart Card (CHIP and PIN), and most of the western world already has this in place since 1999.

For some reason, the US believes that check (cheque) and credit card fraud is still manageable.

See EMVCo FAQ and Wikipedia CHIP and PIN

more than 5 years ago

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