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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Sven-Erik Available in Amazon UK (210 comments)

I see that I can preorder The Lego Movie in the Amazon UK website, with a release date on July 21, so looks like this is limited to the US market.

about 3 months ago

Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions

Sven-Erik No success (97 comments)

Not so sure this will take off since they have applied for a patent and wants users to pay a license fee to use it.

about 7 months ago

European Space Agency Picks Plato Planet-hunting Mission

Sven-Erik ESA page (32 comments)

Here is the ESA Plato page.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Sven-Erik Try the new Synology that is soon coming out (168 comments)

The next version (beta version released) of the system that runs the Synology NAS will offer synchronizing from one NAS to another. And the available products from Synology are very reliable. I have been using their products for a few years now and is a very satisfied customer.

You can read about this new feature her.

about 7 months ago

Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

Sven-Erik Re:Will they also bill me? (243 comments)

Yes, I know they can't bill me, I was just making a silly joke... ;-)

about 8 months ago

Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

Sven-Erik Will they also bill me? (243 comments)

Well, as long as they will not bill me before I have ordered I have no problems with this...

about 8 months ago

SpaceShipTwo Sets a New Altitude Record

Sven-Erik Re:Is it really worth it? (117 comments)

You also get to experience weightlessness (or technically free falling), and as you can see from pictures taken in that altitude, the view is really spectacular!

about 8 months ago

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

Sven-Erik Bullshit! (698 comments)

This is just bullshit! If they stopped this attack by "closed this vulnerability by working with computer manufacturers", this would only fix the vulnerability on new computers built after the fix was created, but not on machines already produced and sold.

This sounds more like a PR campaign to garner positive support after all the negative impact of the releases of the documents Edward Snowden leaked.

about 9 months ago

GovernmentAttic Publishes Declassified Survey of Worldwide Bio-War Research

Sven-Erik Re:No Russia? (62 comments)

Actually, Russia is in both Asia and Europe. West of the Ural mountains is Europe, and east of Ural mountains is Asia.

about a year ago

Expect a Flood of Competitions As US Tries To Spur Public Inventions

Sven-Erik Re:And... (75 comments)

Probably about one million...

more than 2 years ago

Localizing Language In the Brain

Sven-Erik SciAm just tweeted about something similar (79 comments)

Quote: "Researchers in Israel, Canada and France used brain imaging to observe the neural activity of eight blind subjects as they read Braille. They found that although the blind subjects were using their sense of touch, their brains showed activity in the same so-called visual region that sighted people use when they read."

More at

about 3 years ago

PC Designer Says PC "Going the Way of the Vacuum Tube"

Sven-Erik Re:supposedly obsolete tech (685 comments)

Amplifier for your stereo system...

more than 3 years ago

Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

Sven-Erik Norway (618 comments)

In Norway with its 4,5 million inhabitants, in 2010 50% off all mobile phones sold (2,5 million phones) was a smartphone. And they expect it to climb to 70% this year.

more than 3 years ago

Wikileaks Founder Arrested In London

Sven-Erik Re:Hahaha, what (1060 comments)

Actually, he is of Australian nationality.

more than 3 years ago



Samsung gains tablet market share as Apple lead narrows

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "Samsung, which makes the Galaxy range of tablets, sold 7.9 million units, up from 2.2 million a year ago, taking its market share to 15.1%.

Market-leader and iPad-maker Apple saw its share slide to 43.6% from 51.7%, despite also seeing a jump in sales."

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Tractor beam built from rings of laser light

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "Stand aside, Wesley Crusher: there's a new tractor beam on deck that pulls objects using nothing more than laser light. The device has already grabbed NASA's attention as it could one day prove useful on space missions."

Solar System might have had 5 gas giants

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "The solar system once had five giant gaseous planets rather than the four it has today. That's the conclusion from a computer simulation of the solar system's evolution, which suggests the fifth giant was hurled into interstellar space some 4 billion years ago, after a violent encounter with Jupiter.

Astronomers have struggled for decades to explain the solar system's current structure. In particular, Uranus and Neptune couldn't have formed where they are today – the disc of gas that congealed into the planets would have been too thin at the edge of the solar system to account for the ice giants' bulk.

A more likely scenario is that the planets were packed close together when they formed, and only spread out when the disc of gas and dust from which they formed was used up. The tighter orbits of extrasolar planet systems support this idea."

Life-like cells are made of metal

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  about 3 years ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "Could living things that evolved from metals be clunking about somewhere in the universe? Perhaps. In a lab in Glasgow, UK, one man is intent on proving that metal-based life is possible.

He has managed to build cell-like bubbles from giant metal-containing molecules and has given them some life-like properties. He now hopes to induce them to evolve into fully inorganic self-replicating entities.

"I am 100 per cent positive that we can get evolution to work outside organic biology," says Lee Cronin at the University of Glasgow. His building blocks are large "polyoxometalates" made of a range of metal atoms — most recently tungsten — linked to oxygen and phosphorus. By simply mixing them in solution, he can get them to self-assemble into cell-like spheres."

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Base-jumping robot throws itself off buildings

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  about 3 years ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "Adrenalin junkies, step aside: a new base-jumping robot can climb up buildings before deploying a paraglider to fly back down to earth. It is also equipped with an on-board video camera to film the jump.

The robot — named Paraswift — is a collaboration between Disney Research and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and was initially built for entertainment purposes. But as the first compact robot that can both climb and fly, it has practical uses too, such as gathering aerial footage for 3D modelling systems."

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Algorithm arranged Names on the 9/11 Memorial

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  about 3 years ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "Underlying the memorial's seemingly random layout of nearly 3,000 names is a complex and deeply human order.

At first glance — and even after deep scrutiny — the names on a new memorial to those killed on September 11, 2001, seem randomly arrayed. The names are not arranged alphabetically nor, for the most part, are they presented in labeled groups. But the memorial's layout is anything but random.

The 2,983 names etched across bronze panels surrounding two memorial pools of water, one north and one south — are strung together in a way that reflects thousands of complex interpersonal relationships forged before the attacks and, on at least one occasion, during the immediate aftermath."

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Ammonia cleans up - powers cars

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  about 3 years ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "FORGET hydrogen: ammonia could be the answer to developing an emissions-free fuel for cars.

Ammonia produces just nitrogen and water vapour when burned and, unlike hydrogen, it is relatively easy to store in liquid form. That means transporting ammonia will not require costly new infrastructure, says John Fleming of SilverEagles Energy in Lubbock, Texas.

Fleming and Tim Maxwell at Texas Tech University, also in Lubbock, are developing a system to produce ammonia that can be installed in filling stations. Powered by mains electricity, it first produces hydrogen from water using electrolysis, then combines it with nitrogen from the air to produce ammonia."

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Meat without slaughter

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  about 3 years ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "Who needs animals when you can grow burgers and sausages from scratch and do your bit for the environment too.

First we hunted animals for their meat. Then we developed ways to raise them on farms. Now we are on the verge of the next breakthrough. Within months labs could be growing synthetic meat for the table — and not just the usual steaks and burgers either. Meat from exotic animals could one day widen our culinary choices, for those adventurous enough to try."

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Space junk could be tackled by housekeeping spacec

Sven-Erik Sven-Erik writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sven-Erik (177541) writes "Scientists have proposed a viable solution to the growing problem of space junk.

The idea involves launching a satellite to rendezvous with the largest space debris, such as spent rocket bodies.

The satellite would then affix a propellant kit, driving the debris to its doom in the Earth's atmosphere."

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