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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Twinbee Re:Price not yet announced (426 comments)

Like as if you'd want to use Windows own search. It's poor compared to third party search programs.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Twinbee Re:wow (453 comments)

We don't control robot vacuum cleaners either, yet it makes more sense to buy one than to rent one because although it seems tempting at the time to only pay small amounts weekly/monthly, you'll lose money in the long run.

4 days ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

Twinbee Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (114 comments)

The observer doesn't need to be conscious.

It's less mystic than even that AFAIK. I think the word 'observer' is misleading, and it's better to say some atoms (or photons) got in the way of some other atoms (or photons) and affected the result in an expected way. Right?

about a week ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

Twinbee Re:240km/hr? (418 comments)

Magic of trains: you can stop midway at stations throughout the main journey to let people off.

about two weeks ago
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An Applied Investigation Into Graphics Card Coil Whine

Twinbee Re:The Cause (111 comments)

What would typically be the source of the whine/buzz behind a convector heater (non-fan), and an LCD monitor, and an LED bulb?

about two weeks ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Twinbee Re:This really sucks (443 comments)

But 3 failures out of 19 launches doesn't sound bad at all (?) I'm trying to reconcile your post with this post which claims half of the launches are failures.

about a month ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Twinbee Re:This really sucks (443 comments)

I don't expect perfection at all. Just curious why there was such a huge contrast between the two posts, and what errors or misjudgments along the way (by either you or him) might explain it.

It'll be interesting to see what percentage of SpaceX's launches fail.

about a month ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Twinbee Re:This really sucks (443 comments)

I'm trying to reconcile your post bout bing the 'best' with this post which claims half their rockets go up in smoke.

about a month ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Twinbee Penny-wise, pound foolish (286 comments)

Penny-wise, pound foolish.

Instead of removing windows, it'd be better to make the windows bigger to bring about a sense of awe to passengers. Or is it better to take out any wonder or joy in life and replace it with mere functionality?

They'd be far better investing in and researching electric planes like what Elon Musk has spoken about.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Twinbee Idiocracy (720 comments)

The world turning into Idiocracy, one step at a time.

about a month ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Twinbee Aero in season again yet? (209 comments)

More eye candy? How about making it look less flat - you know, how like Aero used to look? You could distinguish windows and panels and widgets more easily, and didn't have to squint to be productive.

Or.... you could be Edgy!! Yeah let's go with edgy...

about a month ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Twinbee Re:Performance (283 comments)

Do you have a reference for the coal rollers thinking this or are you going by your own experience? Be interested to hear more.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Twinbee A few options... (294 comments)

Speedtest.net used to be good at one stage. But when I tried them relatively recently, I found that they measure the speed once it gets going, and ignore the regular dropouts that may occur. Speedtest.net claimed about 1gigabit, but in reality it was a tenth or even a fiftieth of that.

I had more luck with the following:

http://speedof.me/ - HTML5 Internet speed test (no Flash or Java needed). It claims to be the "smartest and most accurate online bandwidth test".
http://testmy.net - Nice graph and intelligent picking of the size of the test file to download.

about a month and a half ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

Twinbee Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

Because it's just so hard to cover that LED with a small piece of tape?

about 1 month ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Twinbee Re:I think it's a power and propulsion issue (203 comments)

Maybe they could have some kind of guided manual mode where you could fly it wherever you wanted but a set of safety and guidance systems kept it from crashing into objects or other cars

You're on the right track. This is the second or third time I've said this in the thread, and I've said it numerous times elsewhere, but it's worth emphasizing again.

Flying a car using AI to drive would be great, but how much more enjoyable would it to drive by yourself? A solution to the safety problem is to have a repelling motion inversely squared proportional (or cubed maybe?) to the distance between your car and another object (whether it be a building, or another flying car.), and also inversely squared proportional to the relative speed of the objects (so if you're going slow, you can be quite close to another flying car, and if you're going fast, then the repelling motion would be much greater, and if you're both going fast in the same direction, you can be quite close again, because the relative speed is almost zero).

This would allow for safe, and immensely fun, freestyle flying - we'd just need decent maneuverability from the flying car.

about 1 month ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Twinbee Re:Perhaps misnamed (203 comments)

Just wait until Tesla / Elon Musk tries to create a flying car. He's the only person I'd trust to get the qualities the average person would expect in a flying car (pure electric, low noise/sound and excellent maneuverability control, as well as VTOL).

about 1 month ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Twinbee Re:Right. Yet another, "There ought to be a law... (203 comments)

I followed some jerk whose brake lights didn't work last week.

You would become that jerk if your lights failed mid-way through a drive, or you didn't check them every single journey.

about 1 month ago

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The Insidious Creep of Latency Hell

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Twinbee writes "Gamers often find 'input lag' annoying, but over the years, delay has crept into many other gadgets with equally painful results. Something as simple as mobile communication or changing TV channel can suffer. Software too is far from innocent (Java or Visual Studio 2010 anyone?), and even the desktop itself is riddled with 'invisible' latencies which can frustrate users (take the new Launcher bar in Ubuntu 11 for example). More worryingly, Bufferbloat is a problem that plagues the internet, but has only recently hit the news.

Half of the problem is that it's often difficult to pin down unless you look out for it. As Mick West pointed out: "Players, and sometimes even designers, cannot always put into words what they feel is wrong with a particular game's controls.....Or they might not be able to tell you anything, and simply say the game sucked, without really understanding why it sucked.""

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Top 20 Apps for an Infinitely Fast Computer

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Twinbee writes "What would you do if you had access to an infinitely fast computer with infinite memory and zero latency? The question has rarely been asked before, but the implications could prove interesting. Some of the applications include more obvious things such as weather prediction, and games featuring incredible path-traced graphics with worlds made from molecules. But more subtle ideas explore what a programming language may look like, how graphics creation may fundamentally change, and the chance to use sheer brute force to find a Grand Unified Theory for the universe."
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Renoise 2.1 Goes Gold

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Twinbee writes "The music DAW — Renoise 2.0 (and more recently 2.1) has been released for Mac, Linux and Windows. For those not familar with the 'tracker' style of music editing, many would say it's a welcome change from programs such as Logic, Cubase or Reason due to the sheer speed of editing and navigating notes, which are fed into a compact and information-rich spreadsheet-like structure. Although the learning curve may be a little steeper at first than the aforementioned (keyboard shortcuts are king), trackers have come a long since the early days of Protracker, OctaMED, FastTracker et al.

Essentially, it's suitable for create anything from classical to electronic, to jazz. Standard features include full VST/LADSPA/AU support, PDC, multi-core load balancing, rock-solid GUI, envelope automation, MIDI i/o, and a decent community/forum. The latest 2.1 version offers ReWire / Jack Transport support, and pattern 'scheduling' to allow for live performance mixes."

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Existence of Real 3D Mandelbrot?

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "Could there ever exist a true 3D analogue of the Mandelbrot which isn't just an extruded mountain, lathed rotation or Quaternion cross section? If such an object did exist, it could look indescribably beautiful. This site goes in search of the mythical beast, and gives us hope that we may even find it one day. There's also a nice 'cream of the crop' collection of 3D fractal pics on display at the end (from many artists) which are well worth a look."
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MP3 Player Comparison - Winamp vs iTunes vs WMP

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "Skytopia recently featured a comparison of four of the most popular music organizers for Windows, including Winamp v5.51, iTunes v7.6, Windows Media Player v11.05, and MediaMonkey v3.01. The review focuses on "basic operation, including file types, searching features, tagging, and the speed of the program", and goes into quite some depth over the five pages.

Winamp turned out to be the winner, but only just. According to the writer, all of the players may be close enough to warrant sticking with for now, especially if you're used to their way of working."

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Greatest Widget Toolkit for C/C++

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "I'm a C/C++ programmer looking to expand into the world of the GUI. The ideal widget toolkit should be cross-platform, but adhere to the native widgets where possible. It should also be simple to use with the shortest code possible, yet flexible and mature to suit large-scale projects. Finally, the applications should all run like greased lightning and have decent WYSIWYG GUI editors if possible.

After a cursory look, it would seem there are so many; wxWidgets, Ultimate++, JUCE, GTK, QT, V, Fox, Lgi, WTL, ZooLib, and SmartWin. After experiencing some of the horrors with the Win32 API, which of these are worth trying out?"
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Aerogel Hailed As New Wonder Material

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "The amazing properties of the space-age material aerogel have been known for some time, but only now is it beginning to be manufactured for widespread use. Highlights of the news article include resistance from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C, and how "6mm of aerogel was left almost unscathed by a direct dynamite blast". Perhaps the most obvious use for the 'super-sponge' like material is for insulation, whether we're talking about mountain boots, house insulation, or any winter wear.

Quote: "However, it has failed to convince the fashion world. Hugo Boss created a line of winter jackets out of the material but had to withdraw them after complaints that they were too hot.""

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Record Cost/watt for Solar Panels

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "We've just had a Slashdot story which reports the efficiency of solar panels has increased yet again, this time from 40.7 to 42.8%. However, what's surely more important is the price per watt statistic. It's the benchmark which more than anything else, will help propel us into a cleaner energy age.

So, Slashdot readers, what is the current record? From a quick Google, I find a few results to get us started: $26.60 per watt (Maplins). $4.40 per watt (the-green-company) $4.16 per watt (GE Energy GEPV-173 Solar Panels)

I have zero affiliation with the above companies, and no, I have no idea why Maplins panels are so expensive.

Can anyone find anything better $4.16 per watt?"
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Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  about 8 years ago

Twinbee writes "I was wondering what you lot would consider the best 2+ player games of all time. Apart from games for mixed skill players, this has never been asked on Slashdot before, so it would be interesting to see. From my own experience and research, it looks as though a top 50 would include games such as Streetfighter 2, World of Warcraft, Speedball 2, Super Mario Kart, SWIV, Ikaruga, Stunt Car Racer, Super Monkey Ball, Puzzle Fighter, and Mario Party. Whether they are competitive or cooperative, Slippery slope or Perpetual comeback, 2-player or multiplayer, retro or cutting edge, I want to hear them! I would prefer MMOG games not to be included, unless there is a good deal of interaction between the people in the 'same house' (e.g. perhaps they can team up and play against the world)."
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Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Twinbee writes "Well 57 to be precise. Ever wondered how far off we are to creating a working flying skateboard, disintegrator disc, or anti-sleep pill? Mysteria Onera from Skytopia.com is a rather strange, but entertaining article that sets out to discover how useful these gizmos would be, the closest we've got so far, and a prediction date for when (or if) we can expect it to appear. As always with these kind of things, it's not going to be 100% accurate, but it's an interesting and humorous look at some of the weirder technologies out there."

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