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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

cmeans Re:Time to get rid of inverters (isn't it?) (260 comments)

Thanks. I've learned something, and yes, this was much easier than Googling. Now I just have to Google to find out if you're blowing smoke up my kilt or not.

But, seriously....thanks!

about a month ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

cmeans Time to get rid of inverters (isn't it?) (260 comments)

I know nothing about electricity other than the fact that AC and DC are different, so feel free to mod this down.

Assuming that our DC sources of electricity are already somewhat efficient, why don't we just have other things that use that current be DC as well?

It would seem that inverters loose some "energy" in the conversion process, which is why we need this Google like X Prize to develop something more taking them out of the equation seems like it would be a good idea.

Is it just that we're so used to designing electronics etc. to use AC, or are there other benefits? and, if so, then why not put effort into designing AC sources of electricity?

about a month ago

Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

cmeans They buried the lead (162 comments)

Headline should have been: "Scientists gets Cocaine"

about 2 months ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

cmeans Less than impressed (308 comments)

These are supposed to be technical people, but their email list subscription system doesn't work... It's happy to send me an email, but denies that my email address is in the system. Very disappointing. Makes me wonder how well they're going to be spending the SuperPAC money if their own systems work no better than anyone else's.

about 3 months ago

Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

cmeans Revolution (the TV Show) (74 comments)

Feb. 27th, Revolution had code scrolling on the screen (yes they were debugging at light speed), but they stopped at a C function that did actually have a runtime bug that matched the story line (an unused/released C malloc). The only thing that spoiled it was that the same statement was missing a semi-colon, so the code wouldn't have actually compiled in the first place.
Oh was nice to see some code that did actually match what the characters were babbling about...even if there were other things that they did that didn't make any sense what-so-ever to someone who actually understood what they were seeing on the computer screen.

about 6 months ago

Storing Your Encrypted Passwords Offline On a Dedicated Device

cmeans Re:passwords are not the issue (107 comments)

I store the secret questions & answers in my KeePass file, and I make sure to use suitably different answers from the questions being asked, so there's no correlation between the two...they're like additional passwords.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

cmeans Re:Users... (473 comments)

We're a small shop...everyone wears many hats. They don't always fit, but we try to look fashionable :)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

cmeans Users... (473 comments)

And their ever changing specifications, indecisiveness, lack of comprehension of the time it takes to implement, then re-implement something, and their general reluctance to pay once it's done.

about a year ago

What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

cmeans The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (322 comments)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was first done as a radio show. Though I love the books, and the original TV show, they still didn't best my fond memories of the radio broadcast. It's probably just nostalgia, but it sure feels like it was the best way to bring Douglas Adam's vision to life. The movie sucked, not DA's fault. There's a reason they didn't release it until after his death. Do you know where your towel is?

1 year,18 days

Sequoia Supercomputer Sets Record With 'Time Warp'

cmeans Psychohistory (39 comments)

Finally, we can start computing where we're going to end up, and who/what we have to manipulate to end up somewhere else.

about a year ago

Drug Testing In Mice May Be a Waste of Time, Researchers Warn

cmeans 9 out of 10 mice agree... (148 comments)

they shouldn't be used for testing. The 10th mouse is actually the inventor of the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, and also has 42 good reasons to recommend mice as the perfect lab experiment creatures.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

cmeans Tweed or Herringbone... (432 comments)

A tweed or Herringbone jacket, and jeans should be enough. You can switch off on a collared shirt & T-shirt. I wouldn't bother with the tie either way.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable

cmeans Re:Copyright infringement? (183 comments)

That clearly wasn't factored into the earlier posts.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Build Graphene From Scratch, Atom By Atom

cmeans Beam me up Scotty! (185 comments)

So, now we can assemble the molecules, just add in disassembling (or at least being able to read/scan what molecules are present etc.) and we've got beaming technology. Sorry that we'll have to kill you after we copy you (once we've got confirmation that your copy has been assembled at the destination), but the copy probably won't mind.

more than 2 years ago

Manufacturing Dreams

cmeans Bad dreams have a purpose... (114 comments)

Maybe it would be a better idea to leverage the bad dreams...which are, among other things, ways that we cope with the real world or things in it that we're "afraid" of. I would think that simply denying/blocking someone's ability to have the bad dreams could be worse. We need to learn how to work with how things work, rather than assume they're wrong and try to change them.

Sometimes we're able to process the bad dreams and move forward, sometimes that's not as easy as it sounds...especially for those with PTSD. Forcing someone to have good dreams sounds like giving them a kind-of blocks the pain receptors (as I understand it) rather than fixing the actual problem.

Advil is OK for some things, but it won't fix a broken leg.

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid

cmeans Re:Sure, but... (481 comments)

Sure, as is the possibility that something would hit the earth. But, that's one way that we explain the dinosaurs going extinct. Though I'm no math-head, I would assume that our chances for being hit would increase...even a tiny, tiny amount.
I now refer you to Murphy.
I don't want to come off as a chicken-little, just want to voice an additional note of matter how unlikely it might be.

about 3 years ago

Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid

cmeans Sure, but... (481 comments)

even if they do get it into a stable orbit around us, what's to stop something else (another asteroid) that we'd usually not worry about (because it wasn't going to come too close) going ahead and hitting the orbiting asteroid, and possibly sending it our way (or just destabilizing it's orbit).

I guess there's lots of things they could do...but all of them have risks...does the reward out-weigh the risk (and the effort)?

about 3 years ago

Kickstarter-Like Service For Charities?

cmeans Fractured Atlas? maybe not... (87 comments)

They seem more geared towards art and artists, but maybe they'd be a good resource to connect with. They can certainly handle 501(c)3 donations as a Kickstarter project I backed didn't get funded in time, but they went through Fractured Atlas as an alternate source.

about 3 years ago



AIM is now available via GMail/GoogleTalk

cmeans cmeans writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cmeans writes "Ever since started redirecting to (early November), I wondered if this was a hint that Google was finally going to start supporting other transports via it's Jabber / XMPP based IM service. AIM is now an option under GMail's Settings/Chat. I've not yet been able to log into my AIM account, but this is at least a start. Hopefully, MSN and Yahoo! transports won't be far behind."



Trying out

cmeans cmeans writes  |  more than 8 years ago I'm probably way out of their core demographic, however, lots of people seem to think it's a great place to expose that's what I'm going to do...expose my...humor. (If I can find's kinda small.)

Read my lame jokes, what do you think, should I quit my day job? My MySpace.

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