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Lasers To Replace Sparkplugs In Engines?

Whispers_in_the_dark How will they keep the optics clean? (351 comments)

If "Real Genius" taught us anything, wasn't it to always keep your optics clean? I can't imagine a dirtier place to have a laser.

more than 3 years ago

Gtk 3.2 Will Let You Run Applications In a Browser

Whispers_in_the_dark FTFY (184 comments)

"Just imagine the vulnerabilities !"
This seems like the same sort of thing that gets Windows into trouble all the time (Flash in Excel for example).

more than 3 years ago

Potentially Great Sci-fi Films Still Due In 2011

Whispers_in_the_dark Re:Sci-fi isn't about the technology (342 comments)

I've never watched "Warehouse-13" but am I correct in assuming it's "Friday the 13th: The Series: The Next Generation"?

more than 3 years ago

Seagate Launches Hybrid SSD Hard Drive

Whispers_in_the_dark Huh? (224 comments)

FTA: "To put it simply, the most commonly accessed data on the platters get's copied to the much higher performing, SLC Flash memory, which results in a performance boost." Read more: http://hothardware.com/Articles/Seagate-Momentus-XT-Solid-State-Hybrid-Preview/?page=2#ixzz0orEbgttB This makes no sense to me -- that would seem to imply the most likely thing to end up on the SSD is my swap partition, which is the last thing I want on SSD. Yeah, read would be faster, but the wear would be awful. Maybe I'm missing something. I'd probably be happier if it just exposed the 4GB as a different partition...

more than 4 years ago

Mpeg 7 To Include Per-Frame Content Identification

Whispers_in_the_dark Re:First of all.... (273 comments)

So, MPEG-7 is a bitwise OR of MPEG-1, -2, and -4.

more than 4 years ago

Thoughts On the State of Web Development

Whispers_in_the_dark Re:Using Java for web development (253 comments)

Jython supports Django I've read, so again you can theoretically get the best of both if that's important. Personally, I dislike the Java ecosystem due to its bulkiness. However, for some particularly high-CPU tasks (complex search), it can fit into a larger REST environment nicely via Restlet or Django.

more than 4 years ago

Commodore 64 Primed For a Comeback In June

Whispers_in_the_dark Huh? (330 comments)

"During the same panel, Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs approached Commodore with an Apple II prototype, which was much more advanced in color, graphics, sound and games. Apple at the time didn't have the money to make and sell the Apple II, and was hoping Commodore would push the design to market. Commodore, however, preferred to develop the Commodore 64 as a simpler, lower-cost, black-and-white-only machine. "

AFAIK, the C-64 was never a black-and-white only machine and had a very good color spectrum (16 prinicple colors to apple's six -- 15 if you used "color mixing"). Yeah, there were limitations to which colors were assigned to which 8x8 pixel blocks on C-64, but game developers seemed to get by just fine. I have no clue where they got the idea that the Apple had better sound (or games for that matter).

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

Whispers_in_the_dark Deal. (577 comments)

Microsoft should get taxed every time one of their crappy products lets in yet another piece of malware.

more than 4 years ago

Virgin Galactic Unveils SpaceShipTwo

Whispers_in_the_dark Enterprise? (260 comments)

No way! It should have been the "Galactica"!

more than 4 years ago

EFF Warns TI Not To Harass Calculator Hobbyists

Whispers_in_the_dark Re:Here are da Keyz (405 comments)

Amazing! That's the same combination I have on my luggage!

more than 5 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee Is Sorry About the Slashes

Whispers_in_the_dark But what about netloc absolutes? (620 comments)

Okay, so noone uses them, but TBL's own RFC in section C.1 demonstrates the use of an initial double-forward-slash meaning change the netloc without changing the protocol. This could be useful if you're dealing with resources that have the same mapping on multiple protocols (like http and https). I know it's a corner case, but it is still technically a documented use case...

more than 5 years ago

Is Cloud Computing the Hotel California of Tech?

Whispers_in_the_dark Re:Simple (250 comments)

Ah, but can you turn up a bit more power in a matter of minutes not days?

One tricky part with managing the hosted hardware is figuring out how much you need. The beauty of cloud is that you don't need that calculation to produce a highly robust website. You _do_ need to still calculate and estimate costs, but if one uses reasonable worst cases one ends up with a model that's very close to normal hosting in price.

The difference is the disaster recovery, not the price (which you have to build into your software stack too!)

more than 5 years ago

Gravitational Currents Could Slash Fuel Needed To

Whispers_in_the_dark So if there was a 10-fold decrease (177 comments)

Does this work the other way around?

1. Take a craft that has the fuel and thrust to go from Earth to Mars without the tubes in X days.
2. Actively navigate the tubes instead of free-falling
3. Wouldn't this make for a shorter, more efficient trip?
4. Does navigating the currents have any effect on relativity? (Could a ship travel closer to c through these tubes?)

more than 5 years ago

Lawyer Demands Jury Stops Googling

Whispers_in_the_dark Just cut out the crap (517 comments)

The thing that takes the most time is all the procedure. In effect, the court wants the jury to absorb only the lawful facts and reach a decision based on that. However, the jury is still exposed to many biasing agents.

It just seems that the lawyers and the court should be able to come up with some agreed pre-recorded body of evidence and testimony, show the jury that, and let the deliberation begin. That's all the jury's allowed to consider anyway. It would make the window for outside influence shrink dramatically and make for far more willing (not to mention awake) jurors.

Just a thought.

more than 5 years ago

Nissan Unveils All-Electric LEAF

Whispers_in_the_dark Re:Before anyone panics (586 comments)

It's not just about the range. It's about the penalty for nearing or exceeding the range.

Think of it this way. In a Gasoline powered car, if I exceed the range (almost) I am penalized only as much as it requires me to call AAA or get to a gas station. I am not terribly penalized for missing it.

If I refuel near range (typical use case), then I am not put out at all. If I'm running late for work and I need to refuel it doesn't cost me much time at all, making me only marginally more late. And these are pretty much the worst cases.

In contrast, if I forget to recharge these electric vehicles, I'm penalized greatly. 30 minutes to get me to 80% of the way there doesn't sound that great. Plus I've never known a battery to live up to it's range specification so I'm thinking 100 miles is what you get the first month and then expect it to start going down.

Perfect for 97% of our driving needs? Until I can replace dead batteries with charged ones at something as convenient and ubiquitous as gas stations, maybe it's perfect for your needs. It definitely isn't perfect for mine.

more than 5 years ago

New Type of Particle May Have Been Found

Whispers_in_the_dark 1.21 Giga-electron-volts!?! (281 comments)

Okay, maybe not 1.21, but it was still a Doc Brown moment for me...

about 6 years ago



Do you feed forward or back?

Whispers_in_the_dark Whispers_in_the_dark writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Whispers_in_the_dark writes "An InfoQ article describes the relative benefits of providing both feedback and feedforward criticism. It suggests that in many cases, utilizing feedforward to gather managerial and user input is more productive than feedback as it defuses much of the emotional charge. Additionally, it also encourages future thinking over post mortem analysis which could help shorten the meetings surrounding such events."
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