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Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available

lurking_giant Re:Just what I wanted (127 comments)

So can it print the magazine for a mini-gun? No, wait, mini-guns are belt fed.

about a year and a half ago
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Buffalo Bills Going the Moneyball Route With Analytics

lurking_giant Re:Results (94 comments)

No sir Inspector Gadget... I do not... and by the way that would not be a bomb threat... it would be a "Hail mary"

about a year and a half ago
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Disentangling Facts From Fantasy In the World of Edison and Tesla

lurking_giant Re:Edison to Deforest ... ALMOST! (386 comments)

“If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor.” Nikola Tesla

more than 2 years ago
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Should There Be a Sci-Fi Category At the Oscars?

lurking_giant Re:Every time a bell rings (309 comments)

Please don't mention "The Core"... one of the poster children for bad Sci Fi.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama May Toughen Internet Privacy Rules

lurking_giant Re:and thus goes the transfer... (222 comments)

So the AC is all up in my grill about my UID... My handle says all. I started lurking on chips and dips back when many of you were just a gleam in your parents eye. I've paid my dues and my taxes for decades so screw you.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama May Toughen Internet Privacy Rules

lurking_giant Re:and thus goes the transfer... (222 comments)

"We the people of the US" funded the inception and development of the Net thru the use of "our" tax dollars which DARPA invested into cutting edge communications research. Here's a quarter ($.25)to go buy a clue. All content is regulated even if you think otherwise. In fact... I'm sure you're doing it yourself at the moment. Self regulation is still regulation!

more than 3 years ago
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Jammie Thomas Hit With $1.5 Million Verdict

lurking_giant Re:Jury made the same mistake as before (764 comments)

Perhaps if the files were uploaded to the cloud... Ala Microsoft 7 advertizing... then when the RIAA lawyers kick up the dust and sue, the rain can settle it.

more than 3 years ago
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9 Ideas For Coping With Space Junk

lurking_giant Impactor Ballistic Missle? (149 comments)

Launch a simple rocket on a ballistic trajectory that impacts the item you want to de-orbit. Only aim it to hit the target on the way back down so that the added momentum pushes them into a lower orbit... Another thought would be to use a gravity tractor concept like the one being proposed for moving asteroids. In this instance the goal would be to send a simple thruster device on a path to "not impact" the object you want to move... only use it as a gravity sling which alters the path of both objects in proportion to their mass. If you choose the path correctly, the target heads into the atmosphere and you have the thruster heading for another target. Work it out to do a grand tour style path so you get the most bang for your thruster fuel buck.

about 4 years ago
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National Park Service Says Tech Is Enabling Stupidity

lurking_giant Re:Tech enabling? (635 comments)

Antilock brakes and traction control have had little effect on the number or severity of accidents since the idiots will just drive to the limit of the equipment. The number of late model SUV's found in ditchs after the first snowfall of the season can provide all the proof necessary.

about 4 years ago
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Long In Development, Toshiba 'SCiB' Battery Debuts

lurking_giant Re:Supposed to work well below freezing... (284 comments)

Cept when you're car won't start cuz the old lead acid battery is too weak to crank and you are trying to call AAA for a jump.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Adds Delete Account Option

lurking_giant Re:Reality still wins. (249 comments)

4 words... Look before you leap.

more than 4 years ago
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Do Scientists Understand the Public?

lurking_giant Re:There is a good reason for that (511 comments)

There in no differentiation between the "News Media" and the "Entertainment Media"... It's all for show. No one from the "Media" can be trusted to be presenting information in an objective manner. Throughout history the news "As presented by the media of the time" has been slanted by the views of the presenter. In ancient days in the western world, the news was presented by the story teller "bard" who told the tales he had heard to the gathered croud in a village. Then came the crier who read from the scroll provided him by the scribes. Move on the the pamphlet and print media and the newspapers. All skewed to the views of the publishers whim. It's no different today except that the ease of content creation and the transitory nature of the "News". This has created a world where the infomation provided is so abundant and at times contradictory that no one can determine the truth about anything...

more than 4 years ago
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DTV Transition - One Year Later

lurking_giant And yet there's money to be made... (431 comments)

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on May 31st that http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100531/NEWS01/6010323/Forger-s-company-got-562K-stimulus-contract/ a local company, Tekreation Center LLC, recieved $562K in federal stimulus money to provide installation demonstration services to those who needed help getting the converter boxes to work. Demonstrations! Not actual installations. Tekreation reportedly performed 1,453 demonstrations for installing a digital-to-analog converter. $562,000/1453=$386.79 per demo. The could have bought a decent digital TV for that price. Another massive waste of your tax dollars.

more than 4 years ago
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"Green" Ice Resurfacing Machines Fail In Vancouver

lurking_giant Re:Summary & Article Leave a Bit to Be Desired (356 comments)

It seems that the Seattle Times article substitutes the name "Zamboni" with the generic "Ice grooming machine" much like people refer to "Google" as a generic web search no matter what search engine they use. The machines that failed were not made by "Zamboni" but were made by "Resurfice" which is a completely different company. Obviously a breakdown in the Times editorial (fact checker) department.

more than 4 years ago
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One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption

lurking_giant Re:To much reinvention (257 comments)

Perhaps the drive manufacturers could design a drive so that the it wrote the same data to multiple platters (give up capacity for redundancy). If you are writing to a 1 terabyte platter stack and it writes 3 platters of the identical data with the same signal to 3 write heads on one arm, you could store 333gb of double redundant archive. The controller would compare the 3 bit reads and choose the bits that match. Of course the bearings and motors and pickups could be made redundant or at least of the highest MTBF. Not RAID... "RAIP" (Redundant Array of Individual Platters).

more than 4 years ago
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SGI Rolls Out "Personal Supercomputers"

lurking_giant Killer app... (303 comments)

The system code named DESCH (named for Joseph Desch, who led the secret WWII project which developed a decoder for the Nazi Enigma encrypted messages.) collects terabytes of raw data gathered by the USAF Gotcha's synthetic aperture radar equipped UAV's orbiting over an area of interest in a war zone. The system images a 5km dia "city sized" view and processes the result into 3D image maps while recording to disk for review. The 400 Megapixel per second streaming images allow zooms into areas of interest, observation of minute changes and the ability to track personel and vehicals in the urban battle field. http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123165818/

more than 4 years ago
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Air Force One Flyby Causes Brief Panic In NYC

lurking_giant Re:It wasn't Air Force One. (898 comments)

Actually, The designation of "Air Force 1" is only used when the commander in chief (See President) is onboard. Otherwise it is refered to by it's tail number. Any aircraft flown by a branch of the US military can carry the designation of "1" when transporting the president. Hence the designation on the presidential helicopter as "Marine 1"...

more than 5 years ago
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Small Robots Could Build Landing Site For Moon Base

lurking_giant Re:Don't lift the mass from earth... (199 comments)

There's a difference between skimming a posting and reading it. If you actually read the post you would have understood that your described needs are not what I'm talking about. You want to build semiconductor manufacturing and I'm talking about earth movers. (I guess we need to come up with a new term for that.) You need to walk before you run and we don't have an infrastructure to crawl yet. I don't want Von Neumann's machine. I want to start by moving rocks around.

more than 5 years ago

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Data Mining errors can hurt people.

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "Although I've seen few other reports of this happening, I personally witnessed the emotional distress it causes. My sister and brother-in-law had been receiving phone calls and mailings offering college placement test classes to help improve their daughter's test scores. The callers assume my niece to be a high school junior.

It's apparent they were working from data derived only from birth records, not cross referenced against any other data. It seems to me that competent data mining and cross checking of simple public records could have avoided this situation.

My niece is autistic and although she is of the appropriate age, given her developmental conditions, she will never attend college or even high school.

Instead of celebrating the marginal improvements in my niece's abilities as she grows, my family gets "innocent" calls from people that remind them of just how far behind her peers she really is.

If you work in the data mining field you need to remember how even simple failures or sin's of omission can effect others."
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"Green" Ice Resurfacing machines fail in Vancouver

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "The Seattle Times is reporting that the Men's 500 meter speed skating was delayed or more than an hour Monday evening by the breakdown of the 2 ice grooming machines at the skating oval. The real story is that the machines that failed were the latest state of the art Resurfice — Fume Free Electric Groomers leased to the Olympics committee. An old propane powered Zamboni had to be brought out to fix the ice. This makes 2 nights in a row with ice re-surfacing machine failures.If you're going to spend twice as much on electric devices to replace non green designs at least test the things first."
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Another bad battery idea for electric vehicles...

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "From an article on PHYSORG.COM, "Researchers from Imperial College London, UK, and their European partners, including Volvo Car Corporation, are developing a prototype material which can store and discharge electrical energy and which is also strong and lightweight enough to be used for car parts. In addition, the researchers believe the material, which has been patented by Imperial, could potentially be used for the casings of many everyday objects such as mobile phones and computers, so that they would not need a separate battery."

Great... Now you can be killed by the rapid discharge of the electrical energy in your car's battery from a fender bender or shopping cart scratch. (Although I would pay good money to see somebody attempt to "key my car" and get electrocuted in the process.) *Note to Carrie Underwood..."

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Mainstream press "Cringes" at Windows & launch

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lurking_giant writes "Well... Microsoft has done it again with the youtube Windows 7 launch party video...YouTube video and it's turning the stomachs of even the Mainstream press with it's clueless and campy marketing style. A Washington Post reader was quoted as saying "If Microsoft had been put in charge of marketing sex, the human race would have ended long ago, because no one would be caught dead doing something that uncool.""
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Big Brother over the battle field?

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  about 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "

For anyone who doubts the graphics processing power of Linux, the US Air Force is introducing their latest real time 3D graphics processing system built around the SGI Altix ICE 8200 supercomputer. Rated as one of the 500 most powerful computers in the world.

The system code named DESCH (named for Joseph Desch, who led the secret WWII project which developed a decoder for the Nazi Enigma encrypted messages.) collects terabytes of raw data gathered by the USAF Gotcha's synthetic aperture radar equipped UAV's orbiting over an area of interest in a war zone.

The system images a 5km dia "city sized" view and processes the result into 3D image maps while recording to disk for review. The 400 Megapixel per second streaming images allow zooms into areas of interest, observation of minute changes and the ability to track personel and vehicals in the urban battle field.

From the article — Dr. Michael Minardi, program manager for the Gotcha radar, said the Desch supercomputer is analogous to the lens of a highly sophisticated camera. "A camera takes a coherent light field and bends it through a series of curved glass lenses to create an image," Dr. Minardi said. "We've replaced the lens with a supercomputer which uses algorithms to mimic what a lens does in creating an image from Gotcha's raw radar data." —

It's purpose is to identifty and track insurgents and use the recorded image data to backback their movements and identify points of origin. This will allow the detection of future activity originating from the same locations.

"The Police" said it best with "Every breath you take, every move you make, I'll be watching you!""
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US Air Force unveils "Gotcha Radar" image

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  about 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "You don't want to be an "Enemy of the State" with the new radar imaging system unveiled at Wright Patterson AF base in Dayton Ohio yesterday. [Dayton Daily News] The new system can reportadly image a 5km circle at 400 megapixels per second thru cloud cover and record it to be reviewed. It's intended purpose is to allow backtracing of the movements of combatants to determine their origin by reverse replay of battles/attacks/bombings. [Image — wpafb.af.mil] The data processing and storage needed to do this would make Google shudder."
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Look Ma... Hi-Def 3D without glasses!

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "A researcher at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a way to make Oganic LED's that emmit circularly polarized light in the visiable spectrum. Although this has been done before with infared LED's, this is the first visiable light device known.

From the article on Tech-ON!: "For the future, Shikoh intends to increase the degree of circular polarization so that two components, the right and left circularly polarized light, may be clearly differentiated. Through this method, he aims to realize 3D display by producing parallax images that have different information in each component."

Remember those 3D lenticular postcards with the fresnel surface that had 3D photos on them? Are we finally looking at the technology to produce paper thin computer/video displays that produce the same type of image only in Hi-DEF?"

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4M Euros committed to keep games working...

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "If you think that government isn't looking out for our future, you need to read this:

KEEP (Keeping Emulation Environments Portable) A project funded by the European Union was created to: "facilitate universal access to our cultural heritage by developing flexible tools for accessing and storing a wide range of digital objects." Obviously written by someone who knows how to turn the phrase "But my games don't work anymore" into the buzz word babble of government funding requests. Developers take note: word it right and they throw money at you."

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Coffee really get's you going!

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "Researchers at the University of Nevada-Reno say that 340 million gallons of biodiesel could be added to the worlds fuel supply without replacing crops or impacting food production. In a recent study reported by PHYSICS.ORG, They claim that 10-20% by weight of spent coffee grounds are usefull oil. (The stuff that makes coffee tast bitter) Traditional crops for it's production such as Soybean and rapeseed produce similar levels of oil. Since we already consume more than 16 billion pounds of coffee each year, if we recycle the spent grounds to make biodiesel we could see a net gain in the worlds fuel supply without any loss of food production. So all you java heads drink up, we can save the world and get jazzed at the same time."
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Future of Space Elevator looks Shaky

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "In a report on NewScientist.com, Researchers working on development of a space elevator ("Fountains of Paradise" by Aurther C. Clark) have determined that the concept is not stable. Coriolis force on the moving climbers would cause side loading that would make stability extremely difficult while solar wind would cause shifting loads on the geostationary midpoint. All of this would likely make it necessary to add thrusters, which would consume fuel and negate the benefits of the concept.

"There's no limit to what you can accomplish, if you don't demand credit!" Author Unknown"

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Cheap Catalyst for Solar - Hydrogen Production

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "PhysOrg.com reports that an inexpensive, easily manufacturability catalyst has been developed that can separate hydrogen and oxygen from water over a wide range of wavelengths of sunlight. From the article: "The group's tests show that polymeric carbon nitride absorbs both ultraviolet and visible light and, although its performance yielded varying H2 production rates from batch to batch, that it is an effective catalyst even without the presence of platinum or other noble metals." The study's corresponding scientist is Xinchen Wang said: "Our result opens new pathways for the search of energy production schemes, using polymeric organic semiconductor structures that are cheap, stable, and commonly available." Now all we need is to find a way to transport and store the hydrogen in a safe and efficient manor.

"There's no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't demand credit"... Author Unknown."

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Superconducting transitster material developed

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "NewScientist.com is reporting that a group from the University of Geneva in Switzerland has discovered a material junction that acts as field effect transistor (FET) at 0.3 degrees Kelvin. The material is a single crystal containing two metal oxides, strontium titanate and lanthanum aluminate, as separate segments. At the interface of these materials, the team found a layer of free electrons called an electron gas in the material switches from superconductor to non-conductor (insulator) with the application of a voltage at the interface... Can't imagine anyone able to over clock this since they only hav .3 degrees to work with but you never know. "There's no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't demand credit"... Author Unknown."
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Diet of fast food and candy may cause Alzheimer's

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "According to Reuters, Swedish research shows that a diet rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol could increase the risk of Alzheimer's. At least in rats. "These mice showed chemical changes in their brains, indicating an abnormal build-up of the protein tau as well as signs that cholesterol in food reduced levels of another protein called Arc involved in memory storage". So maybe that pile of fast food bags, candy wrappers and soda cans should be a warning. Get out of the basement and eat healthy and exercise.

"There's no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't demand credit"... Author Unknown."

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Kill em cuz they're inconvienient

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "At a time when the scientists in the western world are concerned with honey bee colony collapse and the possibility of crop failures due to insufficient pollinators to support the food growing regions of the world; we have this genius who was bright enough to document his actions but unable to appreciate the ramifications of them. Images and Text"
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Do you see what I hear? Cha-Ching$$$

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  about 6 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "Reuters is reporting that just off their latest settlement with Time Warner and AT&T, http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/04/1859214/ Klausner Technologies filed another patent lawsuit Tuesday in District Court in Tyler, Texas, this time against Google and Verizon as well as LG Electronics and others. In anticipation of this latest round of lawsuits, Verizon filed against Klausner two weeks ago in the U.S. District Court (New York)seeking to declare Klausner's "Visual Voicemail" patent invalid."
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So your Hybrid car get's 40mpg huh? Sucks for you!

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "While most cars get less than 40 miles per gallon of gas, VW has a 2 seat diesel concept car called the 1-litre car that gets up to 100 kilimeters/liter. (That's 285 mpg for the metric challanged) It's made of carbon fiber and magnesium and was designed to meet GT racing safety standards. BTW... it's not a hybrid!"
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Chinese plan to "STOP THE RAIN" during Oly

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "Like something out of a Stanley Kubrick movie, "The "National Weather Modification Office", a branch of China's Meterological Administration plans to stop the rain during the Beijing Olympics... with supercomputers, bombers and artillery.

Impactlab.com reports:

    "To prevent rain over the roofless 91,000-seat Olympic stadium that Beijing natives have nicknamed the Bird's Nest, the city's branch of the national Weather Modification Office-itself a department of the larger China Meteorological Administration-has prepared a three-stage program for the 2008 Olympics this August.

First, Beijing's Weather Modification Office will track the region's weather via satellites, planes, radar, and an IBM p575 supercomputer, purchased from Big Blue last year, that executes 9.8 trillion floating point operations per second. It models an area of 44,000 square kilometers (17,000 square miles) accurately enough to generate hourly forecasts for each kilometer.""

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Is your personal data worth $54 million?

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

lurking_giant (1087199) writes "BEST BUY is being sued for $54 million by a women for loosing her laptop. She took it in for extended warrenty service and they lost the laptop. Over the next few months she contacted them numerous time and was never told that they lost it but was given a variety of repair status reports. She lost her tax records and music collection. http://redtape.msnbc.com/2008/02/a-lost-laptop-a.html#posts"

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How much is your personal data worth? $54 million?

lurking_giant lurking_giant writes  |  more than 6 years ago BEST BUY is being sued for $54 million by a women for loosing her laptop. She took it in for extended warrenty service and they lost the laptop. Over the next few months she contacted them numerous time and was never told that they lost it but was given a variety of repair status reports. She lost her tax records and music collection. http://redtape.msnbc.com/2008/02/a-lost-laptop-a.html#posts

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