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I believe humanity will first achieve ...

The Bender Re:Dependency (637 comments)

No, once you're down to one person you have peace. Extinction inevitably follows some time later.

more than 2 years ago

Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

The Bender McMurdo seems crowded today (515 comments)

42 residents so far, and that's just the Slashdot readers...

more than 4 years ago

My favorite electrical unit is ...

The Bender Re:Hmm... (436 comments)

I just looked at the results and saw 2500 / 2487.
Then I voted for one and it came out as 2500 / 2488.

It seems to have all been down to just plain old slashdot dumbditude.

more than 6 years ago

RED's New Digital Stills and Motion Camera Pushing the Limits

The Bender Re:Actual Red URL (219 comments)

There is no analog -> digital conversion involved. Digital can be shot directly to digital sensors (rather than film), so it can certainly surpass analog.

more than 6 years ago

PHP Gets Namespace Separators, With a Twist

The Bender Re:Going back to DOS style... (523 comments)

Geez, you have a website that just mirrors Wikipedia and dumps google ads all over it? You must be some kind of a business genius. Particularly since you seem to think that spamming /. will get you clicks. Bandwidth usage and hatred maybe, but clicks, nope.

more than 6 years ago

"Black Silicon" Advances Imaging, Solar Energy

The Bender Re:So what's the catch? (114 comments)

You don't need to wait until a patent is granted to read it. US patent applications (for example) are published 18 months after they are filed, which is often years before they are granted (or not, as the case may be).

more than 6 years ago



InPhase Holographic storage finally dead

The Bender The Bender writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Bender (801382) writes "It appears that the eternally "few years away" holographic storage developer InPhase Technologies has finally curled up and died, culminating a couple of years of gradual decline and questionable activities in its attempts to stay solvent. The company was spun out of Lucent 10 years ago on a wave of promise in new optical data storage technologies, almost all of which have quietly rolled over, and dutifully worked its way through well over $100M of investment. We have discussed them and their promises of TB-capacity removable discs many times before, but it looks like this could be the last one."

Dr Who composer wrote dance music in the 60s

The Bender The Bender writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Bender writes "The BBC has uncovered a vast archive left by the composer of the original Dr Who music. Delia Derbyshire, a Cambridge maths and music graduate whose favorite instrument was a green lampshade, had already left the BBC Radiophonic Workshop by the time syntheizers were invented. All the same, she managed to produce a track that Paul Hartnoll (of Orbital) said "could be coming out next week on Warp Records". The link contains plenty of audio clips."

Six-way kidney op opens door to more transplants

The Bender The Bender writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Bender writes "The BBC is reporting a 6-way kidney transplant operation. Six people needing new organs all had willing donors that did not match them, but did match another member of the group. They therefore "swapped" donors, and all six operations were carried out simultaneously to avoid any last-minute backouts. Doctors speculate that this method of group matching could allow far more life-saving transplantations to take place in the future."

Largest planetarium in the UK opens to the public

The Bender The Bender writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Bender writes "The new dome at INTECH will open to the public tomorrow in a ceremony featuring Terry Pratchett and Patrick Moore. It has a rack of computer equipment with a total of 32 TB ram running a 6 full-color digital projectors facing an 16.5-meter diameter 360 degree aluminium screen with mm-accuracy. What's more exciting is that it's a public attraction rather than a tightly controlled university or research instrument. Now, how do you fire up Doom on that thing?"
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