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India To Send World's Last Telegram

bmuon Re:Service still available in Argentina (205 comments)

Yes, but I can't find any information that clarifies if the technology under the legal telegram is still the old telegraph or if it was replaced with something new.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can a Blind Singer 'See' the Choirmaster's Baton?

bmuon Re:Have someone next to you squeeze your arm (189 comments)

You're assuming the tempo doesn't change throughout the piece. This isn't true for a lot of musical pieces. This really needs a technical solution.

about 2 years ago

New NASA Spacesuit Looks Like Buzz Lightyear's

bmuon Saw it at the movies (81 comments)

Wasn't there a movie in which space suits were exactly like this? I can't remember which.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

bmuon Re:Get it from work (712 comments)

He uses regular Bic ballpoint pens (he said so in his DeviantArt page) which is simply amazing. I'm actually a fan of the basic Bic pen. Considering how cheap they are, they're very reliable.

more than 2 years ago

Google Awarded Face-To-Unlock Patent

bmuon Re:My lenovo laptop (194 comments)

How is that not obvious even under the understanding of obviousness by the USPTO?

more than 2 years ago

Nokia: the Sun Can't Charge Your Phone

bmuon Re:Why did they think this would work? (290 comments)

No idea. Mechanical energy -motion and/or sound waves- seems a more likely source of power for a phone.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Technical Advice For a (Fictional) Space Mission?

bmuon There was a Google Tech Talk... (203 comments)

...about a trip to "mars". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZo36huahoI Summary:

"Presented by David D. Levine.

In January 2010 I spent two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station, a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert. Although the Martian conditions were simulated, the science was real, as were the isolation, hostile environment, and problems faced by the six-person crew. Although my official title was Crew Journalist, I soon found myself repairing space suits, helping to keep the habitat running, and having interplanetary adventures I'd never before imagined. My talk on the experience is profusely illustrated with photographs and has gotten rave reviews. Please see http://bentopress.com/mars/ for more information."

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: To Hack Or Not To Hack?

bmuon EFF (517 comments)

Shouldn't he contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation? Isn't its purpose to provide advice in this cases?

more than 3 years ago

Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

bmuon Re:Reflections (960 comments)

That is true. Software developers don't know anything about maintaining a network and are probably a pain in the ass to support. But they do have special needs in that they need to be able to use the web freely, to try out software and keep their own up to date. They need to be able to have a nightly version of a browser updated and install the latest version of Node.js. When firewalls and policies get in the way the company is shooting itself in the foot.

more than 3 years ago

LHC Research May Help Explain the Universe's Matter/Antimatter Imbalance

bmuon Re:Observable universe (113 comments)

And where would the unobservable universe be? Unless you're thinking about antimatter being coiled up in extra spatial dimensions, everything points to there being a process by which the symmetry is broken.

more than 3 years ago

B&N Nook Tablet vs. Amazon Kindle Fire

bmuon Re:Amazon abandoning what was good about their pla (138 comments)

I'm not sure there can be anything done to improve the "support" of PDF files by the Kindle. I think we need better tools for mungling the PDF file and returning a good combination of plain text and images.

more than 3 years ago

Antitrust Case Over, Microsoft Ties IE 10 To Win 8

bmuon Re:What about iOS? (519 comments)

It is part of the core system. There are 3 ways you can use Mobile Safari: opening it, using an installed web app and through WebViews inside other apps. All of them are WebKit and to a certain level Mobile Safari. And Apple explicitly forbids the publication of browsers that don't use WebKit or that use another JavaScript runtime. That's why there's even talk about Firefox for jailbroken iOS devices.

more than 3 years ago

Siri Envy? Iris Brings Some Voice-Assistant Features to Android

bmuon Re:Speaking of missing the point... (402 comments)

I think the ones that missed the point were the developers and reporters. The whole point of an AI helper is that it behaves as if it were alive, and there is absolutely no way you can accomplish that in 8 hours of work. It's the details that matter for the life-like experience, not the general idea.

more than 3 years ago

DNA Sequenced of Woman Who Lived To 115

bmuon Re:Hopefully (175 comments)

States already make vaccination mandatory, including some during pregnancy. It's not that crazy to imagine a "vaccine" for Alzheimer's.

more than 3 years ago

MS Buying Yahoo? Bad Idea, Even At a Discount

bmuon Re:Who, exactly, is losing money? (141 comments)

Remember that most users are not technologically literate.

That used to be true. People are getting more and more tech savvy and everyone in the tech industry is aware of it.

more than 3 years ago

Algorithm Predicts New Superhard Materials

bmuon Re:can you patent a hypothetical material? (85 comments)

It will probably be patentable, and even the algorithm could be patented, but that would hardly be a useful patent. See what the creators of Graphene said about it

We considered patenting; we prepared a patent and it was nearly filed. Then I had an interaction with a big, multinational electronics company. I approached a guy at a conference and said, "We've got this patent coming up, would you be interested in sponsoring it over the years?" It's quite expensive to keep a patent alive for 20 years. The guy told me, "We are looking at graphene, and it might have a future in the long term. If after ten years we find it's really as good as it promises, we will put a hundred patent lawyers on it to write a hundred patents a day, and you will spend the rest of your life, and the gross domestic product of your little island, suing us." That's a direct quote.


more than 3 years ago


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