top Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues
Can't we use some already known Ebola fataility rate, i.e. 50%? Then use this as a baseline to determine the effect of a vaccine without a placebo group, i.e. if vaccine A results in 90% survival, and vaccine B gives 55% survival, we can already draw some conclusions..
top Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?
Perhaps more of a concern is the issue where the car will fail in rain/snow, both of things people in the Bay Area rarely experience.
top Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco
There is a paper application supposedly, from what I've heard on the radio. There are people whose job it is to help those who are less knowledgeable sign up for the health care.
top US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force
Took a look at the article; their conclusion is that a significant reduction of the Casimir force can be achieved using metal gratings, at relatively large separation distances (> 200 nm). Unfortunately this does not solve the problem of high nano-scale adhesion in MEMS devices, because that implies the state is in contact (which is ~1 nm separation, depending on how you define how the atoms of different surfaces "touch" each other). At these small contact distances, the adhesion forces do not reduce with the grating approach. However, using the gratings can slightly reduce the risk of a MEMS component from collapsing when at larger distances from an opposing surface. Essentially, the approach can a device that should not touch an opposing surface, but will not help a device that needs to touch an opposing surface (i.e. a MEMS RF Switch).
top Looking Beyond Corn and Sugarcane For Cost-Effective Biofuels
Actually it isn't that terrible on cloudy/rainy days. We have a solar panel installed on our house in the pacific northwest of the US, which is 100% cloud/rain in the winter months. Energy generated is 100-300 kWh per month in the winter, 500-700 kWh per month in the sunny summers. Obviously nothing in the nights. Excess production in the summer pays for the shortfall in the winter (paid by utility company), so it works out.
about a year and a half ago
top Google's Engineers Are Well Paid, Not Just Well Fed
What kind of housing did you have in OH compared to what you have in SF? I find it hard to believe you can get away with equal housing without the dramatic salary increase. Just looking up a 2 bedroom houses on zillow, it's $4k/mo in SF, $1k/mo in OH. You'd need $36k more in SF just to have the same quality house, which is more like $55k pre-tax, which lines up with the 117% estimate from a $50k salary. Mortgage on a 3 bedroom house would be similar.
top TSMC To Spend $10B Building Factory for 450mm Wafers
Also I should add, a fab is a considerable investment, they create chips for more than one process generation. Thus when it's time to update the fab to a newer process generation, all the tools are essentially ancient. For example, Intel has older 65 nm fabs running (obviously not producing i7s but for other items such as system controllers).
top TSMC To Spend $10B Building Factory for 450mm Wafers
Because all of the tools improve over time. The next generation plasma etching system will provide cleaner, more consistent etches. The next generation metal deposition systems deposit more quickly and more uniformly. As we move process generations, the tolerances and requirements on all these other processes also increases, and better processing is required to support a smaller process and result in good yields.
top Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock
If anyone actually read the patent, one could see that infringing on the patent can easily be resolved (say on an Android device) by simply not showing the unlocking animation, or implementing it in a very different way. Apple is not patenting the swipe to unlock feature by itself... it seems to me more like a look & feel thing over strictly functionality, so it isn't nearly as serious as people are making it out to be. But still if this was done before in the exact way Apple has done it, then it should be invalidated.
top Intel and AMD May Both Delay Next-Generation CPUs
Ivy bridge does include Intel's solutions to ARM offerings in the lower power areas, which they need to come out with as soon as possible. The reasons for the delays may be more than just AMD.
top Ergonomic Mechanical-Switch Keyboard?
I've had my Nat keyboard 4000 for 4 years now, and it's been holding up quite well (nothing wrong with the padding). It's not as responsive as a buckling spring keyboard, but still isn't that bad.
top Barnes and Noble Bookstore Chain Put In Play
You hit the nail on the head, at least for me. I didn't read a book I actually liked until I was 12 or so, but that was far too late to get me really into books. I only read a book or two a year at my current rate.
top The Curious Case of SSD Performance In OS X
FWIW, I've been using an Intel X-25M 160 GB SSD on my Mac Pro for over half a year, and my read/write speeds are essentially unchanged from when I got it... this is using xbench to check.
top A Close Look At Apple's A4 Chip
Actually the A4 does have quite a few optimizations done to it, by Intrinsity (which Apple bought); this allowed the standard Cortex core's performance to be boosted considerably. I believe Intrinsity worked with Samsung to create the processors (since Samsung actually has the fabs), and Samsung has a license to use Intrinsity's proprietary optimizations to the core. And now that Apple bought Intrinsity, they too are using the optimized version of the cortex (again, made by Samsung).
top iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking, Ad Framework For Apps
You've never heard of impressions?
top Young Men Who Smoke Have Lower IQs
Of course you enjoy it, that's why it's so damn addictive. You have to enjoy it, otherwise how is the Tobacco company going to make money off of you?
top Will Smith In For
Independence Day 2 & 3
Speaking of which, Will Smith was initially asked to play Neo in the Matrix, but declined (and did Wild Wild West instead). I think the world would be a very different place if that happened...
top Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?
I use gobby a lot at work for collaboratively editing latex documents with my co-authors. I particularly like that it is cross-platform, so I can be using linux and they can be using windows, no problem.
It just doesn't have an undo feature, which is frustrating! And some weird bugs occasionally.
top The 100 Degree Data Center
Well to be fair, 0 F was supposed to be the freezing temperature of water when fully saturated with salt (I believe), though it turned out to be less than 0 F later. 100 F was supposed to be body temperature, which of course isn't quite right.
I like Farenheit because of the finer divisions per integer and the 0-100 intuition, but moreso because I grew up with it. Oh well.
Lets switch to metric time while we're at it, what's this 24/60 crap?
top What to Fight Over After Megapixels?
If we're talking about price, keep in mind that the cost of a 22 MP is about the same as a 12 MP sensor of the same size, given the same fabrication process. It's the area of silicon used that matters, which is why DSLRs with their larger sensors are more expensive (and of course, larger sensor = higher SNR = good). I really hope companies will start pushing point & shoots to have bigger sensors/photosites, thus starting a sensor size race, which would actually be beneficial.
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