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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

arielCo Kardashev scale (80 comments)

So, they're looking for civili[zs]ations classified as Type 3 in the Kardashev scale:

A civilization in possession of energy on the scale of its own galaxy.

OK, suppose we find their galaxy, conspicuous like a flamingo. How do we hail in order to confirm?

about a week ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

arielCo Re:Right to be forgotten? (193 comments)

Educated guess: since some files will eventually have to be modified/deleted, and they aren't about to toss a disc every time, I'm guessing they log file (block?) invalidation for deletes/updates. Once the disc has too little valid data, the valid data (likely of several discs in the same condition) is copied to a new disc and the old one goes to the shredder.

If regulations internal or legal) specify that some data has to be effectively destroyed at the moment, then just skip the invalidation bit and replace the disc right away.

about a week ago
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

arielCo Re: Marginally better (64 comments)

I knew someone would bring up OCZ's reputation. News flash: they've been wholly owned by Toshiba since January. Why they decided to keep the tarnished brand is a mystery to me.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

arielCo Re: Annoyances (426 comments)

Then add the bloody exception, because a man-in-the-middle attack is out of the question and that's precisely what it's for.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

arielCo Re: Annoyances (426 comments)

Wow, someone's ulcer is flaring up.

FF never loaded my routers page because some stupid certificate bullshit at the time.

If you're using https, it's worthless without a trusted certificate. Blame who made your router. And psst... it can be bypassed with an exception, even permanently.

Opera, forced an update on me right in the middle of writing down stuff.

I don't use the Wonder from the North, but apparently the update can be postponed, and the whole auto-update mechanism can be disabled.

Why are developers so shit? You'd think they'd sit down and just think things out. PLAN THINGS YOU IDIOTS.

I know, right? So hard to find competent help these days. So fire them!

about two weeks ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

arielCo Re:This naming trend has to stop (188 comments)

Well, to be fair "shop" also means a place where things are crafted or repaired (compare with "workshop"). Visual Studio is visual in its design methodology, but no so much a studio.

about a month ago
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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

arielCo In before "$3,300 WTF?!" (42 comments)

From TFA:

Understanding the Workstation Market:

The first thing we need to talk about is the difference between workstation and consumer GPUs. The GPUs themselves are essentially identical -- NVIDIA's Quadro K6000 is based on GK104 (Kepler) the older Quadro 6000 is a GF100 (Fermi)-based chip, the W9000 uses the same GCN core that powers the HD 7970/R9 280X, and today's W9100 is essentially identical to the Hawaii XT core inside the R9 290X. What sets these workstation cards aside are the amount of RAM they carry (typically 2-3x as much as a consumer card), their validation cycles (workstation GPU cores are hammered on far more than the consumer equivalents) and the amount of backend vendor support and optimization that AMD and NVIDIA both perform.

This optimization process and long-term vendor partnership is what distinguishes the workstation market from the consumer space and the need to pay for some of those development costs is part of why workstation cards tend to cost so much more than their consumer equivalents.

about a month and a half ago
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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

arielCo Re:what? (42 comments)

Understanding the Workstation Market:

The first thing we need to talk about is the difference between workstation and consumer GPUs. The GPUs themselves are essentially identical -- NVIDIA's Quadro K6000 is based on GK104 (Kepler) the older Quadro 6000 is a GF100 (Fermi)-based chip, the W9000 uses the same GCN core that powers the HD 7970/R9 280X, and today's W9100 is essentially identical to the Hawaii XT core inside the R9 290X. What sets these workstation cards aside are the amount of RAM they carry (typically 2-3x as much as a consumer card), their validation cycles (workstation GPU cores are hammered on far more than the consumer equivalents) and the amount of backend vendor support and optimization that AMD and NVIDIA both perform.

This optimization process and long-term vendor partnership is what distinguishes the workstation market from the consumer space and the need to pay for some of those development costs is part of why workstation cards tend to cost so much more than their consumer equivalents.

From TFA.

about a month and a half ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

arielCo Re:Long time to boil? (204 comments)

That's so dark, I can't make out its shape.

about a month and a half ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

arielCo Re:Coanda effect? (204 comments)

Two were direct replies and the top-level post got me a nice reply from the developer's brother. Screw karma, I've got enough for whatever it's worth.

about a month and a half ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

arielCo Re:Long time to boil? (204 comments)

Not a good idea to haul one on a hike, I presume.

about a month and a half ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

arielCo Re: Coanda effect? (204 comments)

Nice! Can you lead us to a more technical article? Even the bit from Oxford is light on details.

I swear this is why I read /.

about a month and a half ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

arielCo Coanda effect? (204 comments)

It looks like there's more to it than increased surface area - the Coand effect may be at work here, making the plumes of hot gas creep along the "trenches" rather than flare out. There's a video where it kind of shows what I mean at (1'25").

Then again, this may be just a case of increased area for heat transfer. I'm not a rocket engineer.

about a month and a half ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

arielCo Re:Pot and kettle (204 comments)

Maybe there's more to it - the Coand effect may be at work here, making the plumes of hot gas creep along the "trenches" rather than flare out. There's a video where it kind of shows what I mean at (1'25"). Then again, it may be just more surface for transfer.

about a month and a half ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

arielCo Re:Maybe a good idea...maybe not. (204 comments)

It looks like there's more to it than increased surface area - the Coanda effect may be at work here, making the plumes of hot gas creep along the "trenches" rather than flare out. There's a video where it kind of shows what I mean at (1'25").

about a month and a half ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

arielCo Re:Long time to boil? (204 comments)

Ok, how about: "it boils colder, making cooking slower"? Because that's what mountaineers and other people at high altitude complain; e.g., pasta takes forever to cook properly (whatever they mean by it), resulting in a goopy consistency.

about a month and a half ago
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Indie Game Developers Talk About Why They Struck Out On Their Own

arielCo Re: Ads (49 comments)

I still have it (unchecked). You must have been naughty.

about 2 months ago

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Pussy Riot members jailed for two years for hooliganism

arielCo arielCo writes  |  about 2 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes "Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral. Judge Marina Syrova convicted the women of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, saying they had "crudely undermined social order".

On 21 February, as a part of a protest movement against the re-election of Vladimir Putin, four women from the group came to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, crossed themselves, bowed to the altar and began to perform a song asking the Virgin Mary to "drive Putin away" and describing the openly pro-Putin Russian Patriarch, Kirill I of Moscow, as someone who believes in Putin rather than in God, but after less than one minute guards cut short the performance and escorted them outside."

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Nokia hits junk credit rating

arielCo arielCo writes  |  about 2 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes ""Quoth the International Business Times UK, among other sources: 'Nokia has had its creditworthiness downgraded to junk status by ratings company Moody's Investors Service after the troubled Finnish communications giant announced thousands of jobs cuts and warned of second quarter losses that are likely to be worse than expected. [...] Moody's had already warned in April that Nokia faced a downgrade to Ba1 — junk status — from Baa3, with a negative outlook.'""
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Nokia's Credit Rating Slashed to Junk Status

arielCo arielCo writes  |  about 2 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes "Quoth the International Business Times UK, among other sources: 'Nokia has had its creditworthiness downgraded to junk status by ratings company Moody's Investors Service after the troubled Finnish communications giant announced thousands of jobs cuts and warned of second quarter losses that are likely to be worse than expected. [...] Moody's had already warned in April that Nokia faced a downgrade to Ba1 — junk status — from Baa3, with a negative outlook.'"
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Iran Discovers "World's Largest" Helium Reserve

arielCo arielCo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes "The managing director of Iran's Pars Oil and Gas Company said Iran has discovered the world's biggest helium reserve in its South Pars gas field in southern Iran, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Friday.

The volume of the world's helium reserves is 40 billion cubic meters and the South Pars gas field [reportedly] holds 10 billion cubic meters of the total amount."

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Venezuelan Govt seeks Internet content bill, NAP

arielCo arielCo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Ah, none is more coward! (995647) writes "Several local and international news outlets report that the overwhelmingly pro-Chávez Venezuelan National Assembly is considering to reform their Social Responsibility law to include Internet content. Besides regulations on mature content and mandatory airing of government messages, the existing bill includes broad prohibitions against "destabilizing" and "disquieting" content.

The Assembly will also propose a proposal for a single national Internet access point, "with a view to handling outgoing and incoming traffic in Venezuela"."
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Laser 'tattoos' for labelling fruit

arielCo arielCo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes "Those helpful-yet-annoying little stickers on fruits that tell the cashier the variety and brand may be replaced with a CO2 laser etching. Quoth the PhysOrg article: "the laser cauterizes the peel, much like when a laser is used on human skin. The cauterized area is impenetrable to pathogens and decay organisms and resists water loss". Demonstrated on a grapefruit, it is due for testing on "tomatoes, avocado and other citrus fruits". The original paper (abstract) requires a paid subscription."
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