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Biodegradable Fibers As Strong As Steel Made From Wood Cellulose

berchca Space elevator strong? (82 comments)

The big question is: strong enough to tether the space elevator?

about 3 months ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

berchca I am ready! (583 comments)

Who else is ready for completely self-driving cars? Time for a Slashdot poll!

about 4 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

berchca Learn from the felines. (290 comments)

This is certainly how my cat handles invasive species...

about 4 months ago

Printing 3-D Replicas of Human Beings with a Home Brew Printer (Video)

berchca The future is so close! (41 comments)

Almost there:

about 4 months ago

With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

berchca Re:Not really a laptop replacement (379 comments)

Whoops, I meant '_lacking_ a hinge', not barring...

about 4 months ago

With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

berchca Not really a laptop replacement (379 comments)

It might seem fussy, but I don't really think it is: the biggest trouble with MS's claim that the Surface can double as a laptop is how poorly it fits on your lap. Barring a keyboard hinge, you have to hike the thing in close so that you can use the stand on the back, which, for me, is too close (arms bent like I'm mocking a chicken). Also, it doesn't allow me to get the proper angle of the screen, plus the whole device is really wobbly.

I guess this doesn't matter if you never put your laptop in your lap, but if you do, there are far better keyboards available for the iPad.

about 4 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

berchca Re:Downsides (190 comments)

I think the point it Sac is still vaguely local to SV/SF. If you needed to be there say, once a week, you could jump on the Capital Corridor Express. But it's far enough away that prices are significantly lower, and it already has a fair amount to offer as it houses our reasonably-to-well paid state government.

about 4 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

berchca This is not a dig... (190 comments)

I repeat, this is not a dig. A gut-reaction for me is Sacramento lacks the attraction of the Bay Area, which is heavy on coast (and cooler coastal weather) and year-round greenery, and which is pre-stocked with cultural diversions. But most of the tech industry happens in Silicon Valley which, frankly, doesn't have those either.

about 4 months ago

Stanford Bioengineers Develop 'Neurocore' Chips 9,000 Times Faster Than a PC

berchca Mirroring the human mind... (209 comments)

At last: a computer that will be as frustrated by computers as I am!

about 5 months ago

The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

berchca Sounds like it's still pretty far off... (117 comments)

"Google is currently courting select app developers to create apps and games for Android TV"

"Earlier reports suggested Google would build Android TV itself, which would put it in direct competition with its hardware partners."

Seems like maybe they're just letting people know there's something in the pipe, so maybe some folks will hold off on buying a Fire TV, but there's not much about what the thing might look like or do.

about 5 months ago

NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

berchca Really? (127 comments)

Multiple choice questions always miss the most important option: none of the above

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

berchca There's a book for that. (384 comments)

Just read, Dealing with Dummies for Dummies...

about 7 months ago

Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

berchca 25 missed calls? (153 comments)

Maybe the thing doesn't ring very loudly?

about 8 months ago

There's Kanye West-Themed Crypto-Currency On the Way

berchca What about 50-cent? (237 comments)

The cryptocurrency for smaller purchases?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Cloud Service On a Budget?

berchca Glacier (121 comments)

Amazon has a low-cost version of S3 called Glacier, the downside of which is slow data retrieval time.

Also, on the extremely unlikely chance you're using Apple, there's a solid tool called Arc which will front-end for Glacier, and add encryption and automation to boot.

1 year,4 days

Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

berchca hrm. (132 comments)

It strikes me as ironic that the company who has marginalized domain names is trying to hoard a bunch of TLDs.

(I mean, do you ever type in ',' or do you just toss 'thing I want' in the Google bar?)

1 year,16 days

Maybe Steve Ballmer Doesn't Deserve the Hate

berchca Stack ranking? (240 comments)

There are always two sides to every argument, but this one is particularly damning:

(Kurt Eichenwald traces the “astonishingly foolish management decisions” at the company that “could serve as a business-school case study on the pitfalls of success.”)

about a year ago

Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage

berchca Typical. (176 comments)

Not the first time they've made such blunders:

If only Redmond had some sort of calendar system to help them remember this stuff.

about a year and a half ago

MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

berchca Same as it ever was (513 comments)

Pot meet Kettle. Kettle, this is Pot:

about a year and a half ago


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