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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

gaelfx Re:Licensed? (395 comments)

Dare to dream!

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

gaelfx Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

...Prof Chen's new cross-linked titanium dioxide nanotube-based electrodes eliminate the need for these additives and can pack more energy into the same amount of space.

Seems like it should be, at the very least, on par with current capacities, if not greater. You are correct though, there does not seem to be a direct statement regarding capacity, making me very suspicious.

about a month ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

gaelfx Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Let me just try to get this straight: You are opposed to government regulation of ISPs because you think that they will violate our anonymity on the internet, even though this article seems to point to the private companies that are currently unregulated disallowing online anonymity?

Does that seem like a pretty accurate description of your argument, or have I missed some subtle nuance here?

about 2 months ago
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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

gaelfx Re:Is the expense of electrolysis the main inhibit (113 comments)

There are a few changes that jump out at me as being significant:

    • 1. This process works at atmospheric pressure (so there is no need for it to be pressurized)
    • 2. The resulting hydrogen can be stored in the liquid sponge, so it too would not need to be pressurized (this is probably good for transporting it)
    • 3. This process requires less electricity than current methods using PEME's (unless I misread something)
    • 4. The extraction is much faster using this method (so it will probably scale up much more easily)

about 2 months ago
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After NSA Revelations, Why Aren't More News Organizations Using HTTPS?

gaelfx Why? (2 comments)

I don't get how that would stop the NSA from spying on you?

about 2 months ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

gaelfx Backup a sec... (174 comments)

...when did Colorado become part of the Midwest?

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Release First SSD With 3D NAND

gaelfx Re:USD/GB? (85 comments)

But that's all the way at the end of the article! How are you supposed to get all the way there? I mean, I could see myself doing it if they had some sort of handy drop down menu, but come on, who has that???

about 5 months ago
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Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

gaelfx Counter-offer (54 comments)

I would like to offer them eight ningys in exchange for one of these devices. I just hope they're willing to deal in small change.

about 6 months ago
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Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

gaelfx Re:Yes (54 comments)

One byte is eight bits. Better luck next time.

about 6 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

gaelfx Tell me.... (249 comments)

The only percentage regarding Windows that I care about is what percentage of a reasonably priced SSD it will take up. Now, I realize that metric is subjective ("reasonable" being relative), but honestly, that's the worst part of the Windows tax: on a 240GB SSD, the footprint is something like 10%. Am I the only one who feels that's absurd?

about 10 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

gaelfx What I could change (559 comments)

Well, one thing that I always felt was missing from Nintendo's disc-based consoles is the ability to play DVDs and/or Blu-rays. I mean, it doesn't make much sense to buy a device you can put a disc into that can only be used to interact with a VERY limited number of discs.

They could also release apps for Android/iOS to allow phones and tablets to be used as a controller of some sort, or at the very least to interact with the consoles.

A whole other direction could be to let go of the hardware market; they do have some pretty successful names that would probably do very well on the app stores. If they really wanted to keep the hardware, they could make side-games that influence the console titles with accomplishments on other devices.

I think their biggest problem is the way they've isolated themselves from all other media/devices. They just can't survive alone, they need to realize that it's better to embrace others than it is to fear them.

about 10 months ago
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Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

gaelfx Re:Recurring theme? (346 comments)

You haven't read much news lately, have you?

1 year,10 days
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Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

gaelfx Notify GoDaddy (381 comments)

Am I the only one that gets the GoDaddy.com spiel when I try to go to xboxone.com? Seems shenannigansy.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

gaelfx Re:This would be totally awesome (125 comments)

Three questions:

1. What are you on?

2. How much?

3. Where can I get some?

about a year and a half ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

gaelfx Re:How? (125 comments)

Ok, here is the actual answer to your question. Sorry about the other posts.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

gaelfx Re:How? (125 comments)

Well, a few clicks confirms that suspicion. No word on weight, but I think the scale of the thing says it all, really.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

gaelfx Re:How? (125 comments)

Sounds like the wing itself is modeled after a turbine blade, so the wind is simultaneously holding it up and causing it to generate power. From the pictures, the thing looks pretty small (not much longer than the truck in the same pic) and it's presumably really light, depending on what materials they're using to construct them. My guess is carbon fiber, but I'm no engineer.

about a year and a half ago

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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen from Water

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  about 2 months ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "Researchers at Glasglow University have an interesting method of separating the hydrogen out of water: Liquid Sponges. Most methods of extracting the hydrogen involve some form electrolysis, but these generally require some pretty expensive materials.The researchers claim that they can accomplish this using less electricity, cheaper materials and 30 times faster to boot. With both Honda and Toyota promising hydrogen fuel cell cars in Japan within the next few years (other manufacturers must be considering it as well, if not as publicly), does this spell a new future for transportation technology?"
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Sexism in Gaming

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "The NYTimes has an interesting article up about sexual harassment in the gaming industry. While the article seems to place most of the responsibility on the industry's shoulders, it fails to discuss what other gamers might be able to do in such situations. What are the options for those of us in the gaming community who witness such situations but don't have moderator privileges or other such powers to handle it?"
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Solar Chargers for cellphones?

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "I recently ran across a very interesting device almost completely by accident and it has piqued my interest. The device is basically a portable power generator that can be used with most small electronic devices and uses both solar and wind power to charge its battery. Since I live in China, I can't purchase this particular device unless I go back to the US to receive the package, so I was wondering if any of my fellow slashdotters have tried any such device, and if so what are your thoughts on this technology? Is it still in its infancy and not worth adopting, or is this a healthy new class of devices worth getting into now? Obviously, I'm eager to find greener ways to do exist with all of my fun little gadgets (I realize this is perhaps a little ironic), since I stumbled on the device whilst looking for pictures of a particularly elusive eBook reader that was recently released by a Chinese company, so if there are any other ideas in this realm, I'm all ears."
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China to pull 2D Avatar from its cinemas

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "The China Daily has a story up about the Chinese government pulling the 2D version of 'Avatar' from Chinese cinemas due to its overt popularity and the soon to be released 'Confucius'. According to the article, the 3D version will still be available to moviegoers, though it should be noted that tickets for that particular version are significantly more expensive.

Reportedly, part of the reason is to reduce competition for China's homegrown films, like the state-backed biopic of Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher, starring Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat, which opens this Thursday. The Beijing Youth Daily on Tuesday quoted UME International Cineplex assistant manager Liu Hui confirming the pullout at theaters in the capital. She said it won't affect the cinema's revenues. "In UME, the 3D and Imax version make up 90 percent of our box-office income, so it won't affect the majority of viewers. With the pullout of the 2D version, movies like Confucius will gain some room for showing," she said. Next month is Lunar New Year, the nation's biggest holiday. With a week of vacation or more, many Chinese are expected to flock to the country's theaters. China boasts about a dozen IMAX screens, another 800 3D screens and an estimated 4,500 regular screens. It's unclear how many 2D screens Avatar was playing on.

Another thing I've noticed since this announcement is that IMDB seems to be inaccessible in China. I wonder if this is another prong of the attack against foreign films in China or just a coincidence. I'm uncertain exactly how long it has been inaccessible."
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Torrents & Schedules

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "I live in China, and as such, my connection to the outside world is largely upheld by downloading torrents (for some reason, it's much more reliable than downloading things from webpages), but recently I have noticed that most things tend to download faster at night-time here, which is daytime in most western countries. Most of what I download comes from western peers, so it seems that many people use a scheduler for their torrent program and that they set higher bandwidth for uploads during day-time hours. Now, I'm assuming that most of the people uploading anything to me are using a broadband internet connection, so I wonder what is the advantage of using the scheduler? Which of you ./ers use scheduling in your torrent program and what times do you allow higher upload bandwidth? Why?"

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