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Silicon Supercapacitor Promises Built-in Energy Storage For Electronic Devices

Xiph Re:Meh (95 comments)

Call me when a supercap has anything like the energy density - by any measure of cubic or weight - as a battery. Till then, they have only niche uses. I've seen various supercap articles that were about tech that was "About to change the world" for how many decades now? OK, sooner or later, they might...I'm still waiting, and I ain't gonna live for as many more decades as I've already been waiting. Till then, I'll drive my Volt.

DCFusor, you forgot one thing to be informative.

The article states their power density around 13wh/kg in one of their diagrams.
While l-ion batteries are up to 1500 wh/kg (common ones are however much less often around 500 wh/kg)

about a year ago

Researchers Seek Help Cracking Gauss Mystery Payload

Xiph Re:can someone please explain (229 comments)

I think the answer is, that the payload is a command and control utility.
That way, the people who deployed it can use it at any / from any location, which is infected.

It could be used to escalate privileges on the local computer or many more useful things, and would reduce the need to be tied.
Sure similar things have been achieved in different ways, this is just speculation

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

Xiph Re:turn that frown upside down. (553 comments)

I was merely enjoying the retardness of the situation:
Al says Betty must be forbidden !
Betty says Al must be forbidden !
Carol realizes, they're both retarded for stating those things.

This is not a computer security class!

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

Xiph turn that frown upside down. (553 comments)

Anonymous Online person: Corporate people must go away !

more than 3 years ago

Smithsonian Celebrates 50 Years of COBOL

Xiph Re:Oh My... (178 comments)

Completely Obsolete Boring Old Language

more than 4 years ago

New Bill Would Put DHS In Charge of 'Critical' Private Networks

Xiph Re:What's the alternative (193 comments)

The problem is that this will mean that they end up forcing critical infrastructure projects to rely on rot13 encryption.

more than 4 years ago

Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

Xiph Re:Reflect? (553 comments)

Yes, but those are the Exception

more than 4 years ago

How Should Poll Numerical Increments Be Set?

Xiph Missing option (311 comments)

Fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,...

There are many others missing, but this is the most obvious.

(example: Yellow, G, Round, Striped, Toy Train, ...)

more than 4 years ago

How Will the Constellations Change In 50K Years?

Xiph Re:How Will the Constellations Change In 50K Years (69 comments)

what bothers me even more, is that the now picture for the little dipper, isn't even remotely near how it looks outside my window.
also she writes it won't be a dipper, which is wrong, it's just that two of the stars change roles.

more than 4 years ago

Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04

Xiph This (702 comments)

is clearly the year of the linux desktop commercial success

and this post was brought for you to test your sarcasm-meter!

more than 4 years ago

Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?

Xiph Re:Uh, what? (390 comments)

as many will presumably say: See a lawyer.

While slashdot can give you eggcelent legal advice, It'll hit you in the face that you don't play dice with the important parts of your life.

So please mods, don't put redundant to the people who say "Get a lawyer"

more than 4 years ago

Solar Cells Made From Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Xiph This is not as much of a hardhack (82 comments)

as it is a wethack.

Being made from jellyfish just makes for even more bad jokes about wethacks.

more than 4 years ago

Richest Planetary System Discovered With 7 Planets

Xiph Re:Don't start planning that vacation just yet (245 comments)

As far as i remember, homo sapiens is about 200.000 years old.
Even assumnig that the technology was no problem, I wonder if we would survive such a trip, both on earth and on the ship, and how different we'd be when we arrived.
I think it would be fair to assume, that those in the ship evolved quite differently than those on the planet.

more than 4 years ago

Tensions Rise Between Gamers and Game Companies Over DRM

Xiph Re:Digital Ramming Molestation (447 comments)

Parent is right.

I've lost out of more or less a generation of games.
I stopped pirating after in my last year of uni, then realized that the drm was too intrusive.
I'm stuck playing civ 4 (all expansions, all paid) and a few steam-games, like defcon, some hl-mods and portal.

DRM has basically been a wedge against cultural proliferation, and as such it sucks much more. I almost cry, when I realize that there are games, that I would love to play, but I just will not install them on my computer, due to digital rights management. Bioshock, spore, assasins creed 2, company of heroes, silent hunter 5 and many many more.

DRM is the reason i buy music anymore, i got a sony-infected cd and apparently hadn't turned off auto-play after adding a new dvd-drive.

the people who do install this fit the description:

Bunch of cocksuckers ramming their shit up our asses.

Because they deprive the world of cultural enrichment. They do so without regards to the fact that promoting cultural enrichment is the very reason they have copyright in the first place.

more than 4 years ago

Wipeout Recreated With an RC Car

Xiph Re:Now if only (90 comments)

Seriously dude....
It's wipEout
It doesn't lack any turtle shells, it lacks shields, turbo boosts, mines, shock waves, rockets or homing missiles
also the craft isn't an odd triangularish shape

more than 4 years ago

Fallout Online Website Arises Amid Legal Battle

Xiph Re:Not ready for public yet? (85 comments)

It's funny, you have to choose between your favorite fallout...
*fallout 2
*fallout tactics

They must realize that theres an omission (though of no consequence to my choice.
From Denmark i could sign up for the beta

more than 4 years ago

Russian ASCII Art Animated Cat From 1968

Xiph Re:ASCII? (125 comments)

however, in ascii-art ASCII is an abbriviation of "Abnormal String of Characters Is the Image"

more than 4 years ago

Russian ASCII Art Animated Cat From 1968

Xiph Pictures or it didn't happen! (125 comments)

I tried and failed.

Can someone please post a more direct link? (or possibly just the ascii)
aren't we all tired of looking for the article in a link in the article in a link in the article in a...

more than 4 years ago


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