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Newly Discovered Greenhouse Gas Is 7,000 Times More Powerful Than CO2

matty619 Magic Smoke (216 comments)

Source of the magic smoke identified?

about 8 months ago
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ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028

matty619 Why Didn't I think of that? (232 comments)

Generating power by generating power. Brilliant!

about 10 months ago
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SXSW: How Emotions Determine Android's Design

matty619 Re:Casual vs serious users (68 comments)

And yes....it's "been in the bathroom". :P

about a year and a half ago
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SXSW: How Emotions Determine Android's Design

matty619 Re:Casual vs serious users (68 comments)

I bought a Transformer Prime, really just on a whim, I just wanted to play with a tablet. I was honestly worried that it would end up just collecting dust, but it turns out I use it all the time. It's almost always on the coffee table, and when we have guests over, it invariably gets passed around the group as people look up random facts, or showing people Youtube videos. One thing that has become really popular at my house, is using Youtube in Chrome to remote control the youtube app on the PS3 on the big screen TV. Passing around a laptop is awkward, and no one really wants to hand someone else their phone. But passing around a tablet just *feels right*. And of course, when alone, relaxing on the couch with a tablet is quite addicting.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike

matty619 Re:How long before.. (727 comments)

Lol...SaladShooter....FTW!

about a year and a half ago
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Florida Sinkhole Highlights State's Geologic Instability

matty619 Re:An Acceptable Risk (206 comments)

Ya, its the 5 gallon bucket effect. A small child is much more likely to die in a 5 gallon bucket with a few inches of water in it than many of the scary local news stories like cell phone radiation and power lines. Its the things that kill few people, but can't me mitigated by individuals that freak people out.

about a year and a half ago
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Florida Sinkhole Highlights State's Geologic Instability

matty619 An Acceptable Risk (206 comments)

Especially when you look at the loss of life and property caused by other natural phenomenon. If sinkholes in Florida are such a problem that we question the rationality of building homes there, then surely no one should live in Southern California where loss of life and property are several orders of magnitude higher than that caused by Florida sinkholes due to wild fires and earthquakes.

about a year and a half ago
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Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

matty619 Re:Lack of news? (367 comments)

Seriously. Mod parent up.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test

matty619 Re:You have to ask.... is NK's leader suicidal? (270 comments)

I really wonder if any other nuclear nation has the stones to launch a retaliatory nuclear response if PRNK were to nuke another country?

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

matty619 Re:Intel BIOS (467 comments)

I heard that they're getting out of the socketed CPU biz. All CPUs will be soldered directly to the board....but I had not heard they were planning on ceasing production all together. If true, I will be very sad.

I used to feel the same as you about bios updates....don't do it unless its broken, but Intel has the process so silky smooth now, its just standard practice for me to update the bios on any Intel board that I work on. Don't do much individual desktop work anymore, but it still happens occasionally.

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

matty619 Re:Name the products, please (467 comments)

Not a bad idea. I'm rather curious myself. Was it flashed with a Windows executable? Or from a boot disc? USB flash drive or cd-r?

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

matty619 Intel BIOS (467 comments)

I have never had a problem since switching to using only Intel boards with Intel bios. The upgrade process usually goes quite well (I've probably flashed 100 or so Intel boards over the past 3 or 4 years) and if there is ever a problem, it automatically rolls the changes back. Out of that 100 or so bios flashes, 0 have been bricked. That being said, when it comes to consumer grade boards, especially when they're out of warranty, I just assume I'm on my own and if something like that happens, its off to EBay or Craigslist.

about a year and a half ago
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Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

matty619 Seems like system failures (210 comments)

Are frequently caused by the devices installed to prevent them. Quite ironical.

about a year and a half ago
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Can Legacy Dual-Core CPUs Drive Modern Graphics Cards?

matty619 1995 era computer vs. 2000 era computer (159 comments)

Imagine trying to pair a graphics card from 2000 with a cpu from 1995. Not only would the 1995 CPU be wed to a motherboard with no AGP slot, but the real world benchmark of a 133 MHz Pentium Vs a 1 GHz Pentium III was HUGE. The clock speed alone was nearly 8x greater, not to mention the greatly improved instruction sets...and FSB improvements. I honestly thought that by now, there would have been some sort of "killer app" that would have really put the pressure back on the desktop, to where the average person would really *need* that Core i7 over the i3, but to the average user, it doesn't make a bit of difference. Even to me, my 4 year old Q9400 paired with DDR2 800 is still more than adequate driving 3 1920x1200 monitors and massive multitasking. It even handles the occasional gaming weekend quite well, as well as ripping HD video content. Not to mention today's video cards still physically fit in my PCI slots!

about a year and a half ago
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DMVs Across the Country Learning Textspeak

matty619 Stuff that matters? (178 comments)

*sigh*

about a year and a half ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

matty619 Re:A $billion coin (1059 comments)

And you're a coward. We're even ;)

about a year and a half ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

matty619 Re:A $billion coin (1059 comments)

So? This way you could mint fractions of a $Trillion. $1.2 Trillion for example. Or, maybe make it a $100Billion coin. Whatever.

about a year and a half ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

matty619 A $billion coin (1059 comments)

Would be more practical I think. But still, this sounds like madness. The end is near I'm afraid.

about a year and a half ago

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1,000,000,000,000 Frames per second camera captures light in motion

matty619 matty619 writes  |  about 2 years ago

matty619 (630957) writes "MIT researcher Ramesh Raskar recently gave a Ted Talk detailing their new ultra high speed camera system that can capture light in motion. The implications for this technology include new medical imaging technologies, as well as the ability to see around corners, as detailed in the video."
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Canadian firm plans 78-satellite Net service

matty619 matty619 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

matty619 (630957) writes "A CNET article is reporting on another try at low earth orbit satellites for internet access, reminiscent of Teledesic, an ill fated $9Billion Bill Gates/Paul Alen et al venture originally consisting of 840 low earth orbit satellites (LEO-SAT).

MSCI, which stands for Microsat Systems Canada Inc., is trying to be a bit of a maverick with its project, called CommStellation. The company said today that its approach of using small, inexpensive satellites in low orbit--about 620 miles above the Earth--means better coverage of the world's population, quicker launch, and better network capacity.

Specifically, the company is able to use more ordinary electronics with its lower-elevation satellites. Medium orbit satellites--about 5,000 miles above Earth--such as rival O3b need components with higher reliability in order to withstand the temperature and radiation rigors of space. MSCI's satellites are also relatively small, meaning that 14 can be packed into a single launch rocket compared with O3b's 4 satellites. And much less power is required to transmit data to and from the MSCI's satellites since they're closer to Earth.

Each MSCI satellite has a data-transfer capacity of 12 gigabits per second. The expected lifespan of each is 10 years, and they can be sent back into the atmosphere at the end of their lives to avoid more orbital clutter."

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Social Security Information Systems Near Collapse

matty619 matty619 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

matty619 (630957) writes "An Information Week article warns that the computer systems that run the Social Security Administration which were deployed in 1979 may collapse by 2012 due to increased workload, and a half $Billion upgrade which won't be ready until 2015.
One of the biggest problems is the agency's transition to a new data center, according to the report. The IG has characterized the replacement of the SSA's National Computer Center (NCC) — built in 1979 — as the SSA's "primary IT investment" in the next few years.
The agency has received more than $500 million so far to replace the outdated center, which is now so severely strained by an expanded workload over its time of operation that it may not be able to function by 2012, according to the report."

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Routine maintenance brings down intuit for 24 hrs

matty619 matty619 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

matty619 (630957) writes "A major site outage that knocked Intuit web sites offline for more than 24 hours was caused by a data center power failure during routine maintenance, the company said tonight. The downtime affected the Intuit.com web site and thousands of small business customers who host their websites on Quickbooks.com.
“Our preliminary investigation indicates the outage occurred during a routine maintenance procedure Tuesday night,” Intuit CIO Ginny Lee said on the company’s customer forum. ” An accidental power failure during that procedure affected both our primary and backup systems, taking a number of Intuit websites and services offline. While power was quickly restored, we’re working diligently to validate our systems and bring them back into full operation.”"

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