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Cell Phone Powered By Urine

TedRiot Battery died? (88 comments)

Having it work on microbes takes the phrase "my battery just died" to a new level.

about a year ago
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HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

TedRiot Re:Makes sense (566 comments)

BSON is more efficient!

Because it's binary. Binary is good.

about a year ago
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Leaked Microsoft Video Parodies Chrome Ad

TedRiot Re:Insightful video (243 comments)

I don't understand? If he/she needed a tampon and managed to buy one with help of advertising on google, how did he/she loose? In your example IMO everyone won.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

TedRiot Re:It's like deja vu all over again (786 comments)

I haven't extensively used Win8, but I've tried it for a while and the thing that is the most frustrating about the new UI whatever it is called this week is the dual nature of it. If Metro can be used just as a start menu, that's fine for it, but having desktop applications and metro applications side-by-side or well, on top of each other kind of made me feel lost. I'm sure I could get used to this, but it isn't a good UI because the metro and desktop are so far philosophically from each other. I think I could even feel more comfortable with ALL windows running full screen than having a desktop feel like it's just one metro application.

about a year ago
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Meet Drone Shield, an Ambitious Idea For a $70 Drone Detection System

TedRiot Re:Shield yourself with text messages? (159 comments)

The next version will also include a directional EMP device that will automatically fire at the drone. Too bad, if the Rotax it hears is a manned ultralight.

about a year ago
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Meet Drone Shield, an Ambitious Idea For a $70 Drone Detection System

TedRiot Re:And then what? (159 comments)

Fire your (directional) EMP generator at the drone, of course.

about a year ago
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EU Car Makers Manipulating Fuel Efficiency Figures

TedRiot Re:Human Nature (431 comments)

VAG cars have windows that can be opened by remote. Holding the open door locks button will roll down all the windows and holding the lock doors button will close them. Problem solved for Audi, Skoda, Seat and Volkswagen. And maybe Bugatti.

about a year and a half ago
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Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York

TedRiot Re:Quadcopter (339 comments)

Well, it is very cold above 30 thousand feet and the Turkeys are struggling not to freeze up there.

about a year and a half ago
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AirBurr UAV Navigates By Crashing Into Things

TedRiot Re:Bad picture (74 comments)

Replied already to an earlier comment, but my first thought really was "that's what things look like after it has done its navigating"

about a year and a half ago
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AirBurr UAV Navigates By Crashing Into Things

TedRiot Re:That's the way my wife drives... (74 comments)

My first thought on the first picture "A rendering of a future version of the crash-proof AirBurr, navigating a disaster site" was if that's the way things look after it has done its navigating.

about a year and a half ago
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1967 Gyro-X Car To Be Restored

TedRiot Re:It just don't make no sense (140 comments)

I don't think statistics work like that. If a single tire has a 5% chance of failing in 50000 miles doesn't mean that if you have 20 tires, one will fail in 50000 miles. Each of them still has individually just 5% chance of failing.

about a year and a half ago
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Dennis Tito's 2018 Mars Mission To Be Manned

TedRiot Re:Very VERY stupid idea... (233 comments)

Q: "Why climb Mount Everest?" A: "Because it is there."

Sometimes also in form of "Because I can", which is almost equivalent

about a year and a half ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

TedRiot Re:What. The. Fuck? (618 comments)

Isn't it the other way around? The illiterate masses think that 1 GB is 0.9313 Gigabytes, while 1 GB really is 10^9 bytes and 1 GiB is 2^30 bytes, so the conclusion is that 1 GiB is the capacity you (and lots of software) are mistakenly refering to as 1 GB.

This is the way I see it. Besides, I like the fact that in the normal scenario where I'm assessing wether some chunk of data will fit the free space I can easily convert the units in my head. Will a file the size with reported size of 3221225473 fit reported free space of 3.0 gigabytes?

about a year and a half ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

TedRiot Re:Yeah yeah, this is old news.. (618 comments)

Funny how everyone knows pretty much what the manufacturers mean by their giga and still is complaining that they are being ripped off.

What next? I didn't get the amount of free space stated on the cover of the box after I formatted the disk with a file system?

about a year and a half ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

TedRiot Re:Yeah yeah, this is old news.. (618 comments)

Octal would be nice.

There are enough fingers for that. Except when we realize that we can calculate in base 2 and easily change the result to octal, we could use fingers for binary calculations.

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla Makes Prototype of Firefox OS Available

TedRiot Re:What Is To Be Gained? (101 comments)

I switched completely to Chrome soon after I got a new laptop and switched clients to one that doesn't require me to use IE or Firefox. On Win7 on an i7 with 8GB of memory, Firefox still is constantly saying "Not Responding" on the top of the window. Well, it's probably Windows that is actually saying it, but it really means it and I really can't take it. And no extensions.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

TedRiot Re:It wasn't time (663 comments)

That's how I use Win7. Except it keeps my desktop visible.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

TedRiot Re:Physics (590 comments)

> The most efficient aircraft are gliders. Even they require a lot of power to maintain flight.

But since the gliders maintain flight after takeoff just by using thermals, they could actually be called solar powered flight.

Though, I have no idea how to calculate how much power they consume when climbing in a thermal, so I cannot really judge wether they require a lot of power or not to maintain flight.

about a year ago
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Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

TedRiot Re:What did I tell you? (867 comments)

This exotic matter that you speak of is of course melange?

about 2 years ago

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