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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

mknewman That's not DRM (150 comments)

That's spyware.

about two weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

mknewman Bought 1 LED, it died (602 comments)

One Sylvania 100w equivalent, nice bulb, had it in a heavily used area, in a ceiling fan, it died after about 1 year (not fully dead but when it warms up it starts flicking out). It's supposed to have a 5 year warranty, but I didn't save the receipt, so nobody will honor it.

about a month ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

mknewman Electrostatic Inertial Confinement Fusion (225 comments)

We should be pursuing the legacy of Robert Brusard https://www.youtube.com/watch?... like these folks http://www.talk-polywell.org/b.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P... It works, 15 year old students have made it work in a lab http://www.popsci.com/diy/arti... and $100m would build a proof of concept energy positive plant. I have no idea why we have not done this other than we may have already under the NAVY but they aren't talking. NASA should build one for interplanetary ion engines.

about 4 months ago
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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

mknewman Re:Bomb Philosophy (188 comments)

Dark Star is the best sci-fi film John Carpenter has ever made. Maybe the best anyone has made.

about 4 months ago
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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

mknewman Re: Planck trumps Moore (183 comments)

Schrodenger trumps Plank

about 4 months ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight

mknewman Re:Flyout and back plan (105 comments)

I believe the first stage makes an orbit before de-orbiting via a burn, comes in head first with an ablative heat shield, and flips over once it's roughly subsonic. The details are still sketchy but from what I heard the first real 'landing' on water was approximately 1 mile off course. Musk wants 300 ft on next flight and on a pad at the cape by end of the year.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

mknewman Lots of updates coming (136 comments)

Elon Musk has said there will be a roof rack for skiis and other things (bikes, canoe?) not sure how he's going to pull that off. He's also promised 400m batteries, self driving (entrance ramp to exit ramp), better seats, 4wd and of course the megafactory and a sub $40k car capable of 200m range. Oh and Mars missions. Got to hand it to him, he doesn't think small.

about 4 months ago
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The Disappearing Universe

mknewman Re:Foolish (358 comments)

The problem is that even with FTL speeds things are still too far apart. Assume you could do 10*C it would still take 3000 years to the center of the galaxy or 10,000 years to the outskirts of Andromeda. 100*C and you are still into many multiple lifetimes of travel just to get there. The distances are so great as to be unapproachable.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

mknewman Re:Radiation... (216 comments)

True, or a plasma jet (highly charged) coming out the back toward the sun. Brussard Polywell Fusion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P... reactors that the Navy is building for next generation of ships (electromagnetic catapults and rail guns) would build a nice infrastructure not only for the interplanetary ship but also for the on-planet outpost.

about 6 months ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

mknewman Re: On, to Mars! (216 comments)

SpaceX is going to radically change launch costs with reusable fly-back boosters.

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

mknewman Re: Sadly, Elon Musk is proof that (236 comments)

You will be able to in a few years when the Model E comes out!

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

mknewman Moved wife to Ubuntu (287 comments)

She seems happy enough, her Firefox works the same and Thunderbird works ok for her.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

mknewman My answer (860 comments)

For my wife's computer was to wipe Windows and install Linux. She's getting used to it, and other than the way it looks sees very little difference. For me, it's way more supportable and stable.

about 8 months ago
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

mknewman Sell Em (171 comments)

I sell my old phones.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

mknewman Re:But Does it Scale? (357 comments)

The Tesla Superchargers are not in heavily populated areas. They are along major routes in areas that aren't served by other charging possibilities. Also, if you look at http://www.teslamotors.com/sup... you will see that by 2015 they will have many, many more superchargers than the current cross country list. Eventually you will be able to do a battery swap. $60 and 90 seconds. Or you can wait for a charge and in an hour get a 'free' charge. Yes, I'm a fan, and no, I cannot afford one currently, but by the time the Model E comes out I will definately in the market. I just hope it doesn't look like a Smart and has performance similar to the current Model S.

about 9 months ago

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Tesla releases electric car patents to the public

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about 4 months ago

mknewman (557587) writes "Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology."

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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: 'Get Over It'

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about 6 months ago

mknewman (557587) writes "For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for those critics: "Get over it, to be blunt.""
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Elon Musknsays larger batteries on the way

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about 8 months ago

mknewman (557587) writes "ving a friendly chat with a group of Tesla owners in Norway, brand CEO Elon Musk intimated that more-powerful batteries could be on the way for the Model S. The most potent battery pack currently offered in the Model S holds 85 kWh of juice, or enough for 265 miles of driving.

Musk wasnâ(TM)t terribly specific, however: âoeThere is the potential for bigger battery packs in the future, but it would probably be maybe next year or something like that. The main focus is . . . how do we reduce the cost per kWh of storage in the battery pack?â In other words, Musk seems less concerned with stronger battery packs than making cheaper battery packs for the upcoming mid-size sedan, which is expected to be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

âoeOur goal is to drop the cost per kWh by 30 percent to 40 percent.â And for that, Tesla would need to build more production capacity in the form of a âoegigafactory,â capable of churning out 30 gigawatt-hours annuallyâ"which Musk claims is more than the entire worldâ(TM)s lithium-ion factory production in 2012."

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Virgin Galactic unveils it's other rocket engine

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about 9 months ago

mknewman (557587) writes "Two types of Newton engines have been designed for use on Virgin Galactic's two-stage LauncherOne rocket, which is destined to carry satellites into orbit from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane starting as early as 2016. Future generations of the Newton could conceivably send rocket planes from, say, New York to London in 45 minutes.

The NewtonOne, an upper-stage engine designed to provide 3,500 pounds of thrust, has been run for its projected full mission duration of five minutes, Ringuette told NBC News during a tour of the test site. The NewtonTwo, which would serve as LauncherOne's first-stage engine, has been hot-fired for just a few seconds at a time so far. When it's ready for prime time, Virgin Galactic expects it to blast away for about two and a half minutes, with 47,500 pounds of thrust."

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MoviePass institutes Countdown Timer "Feature"

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about a year ago

mknewman (557587) writes "MoviePass, the all you can eat, one movie per day service that models themselves after gym memberships where people buy the service and never use it, has driven one more stake through their user's hearts (gratuitous post-Halloween reference) in a 10/31/2013 email message where they describe new Features (?!) added to the apps:

"We're also excited to introduce a new feature: The Countdown Clock. This clock counts down the time until your next available screening. You will still be able to go to a movie each day, but there will be a 24-hour period between screenings. Your MoviePass app has already been updated, and you will notice these changes the next time you see a movie."

This constitutes a change in the terms of service and after a phone call they have confirmed that another announcement will allow users currently under contract to drop out within 14 days. There is heated discussion going on the MoviePass Facebook page."

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Samsung pays Apple $1 billion in 5 cent coins

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about a year ago

mknewman (557587) writes "This morning more than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Initially, the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way."
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WIMPs found?

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mknewman (557587) writes "Between 2006 and 2008 about four dozen physicists buried 19 Germanium-based detectors and 11 silicon-based detectors deep in a mine in Minnesota. They believed the Germanium detectors might be just right to capture the rare, but theoretically possible collision between a WIMP and an atomic nucleus. The silicon detectors were just there to confirm the result — i.e. if a Germanium detector recorded such a collision and a silicon detector did not, that would be good evidence for a WIMP.

After taking their data for three years the scientists got a ho-hum result — the Germanium detectors recorded two events, when on average they would have expected to see 0.9 events during the time period. This was not statistically significant, and moreover, they later concluded these events were attributable to the leakage of electrons.

Since the primary detectors showed no significant results, data collected by the silicon detectors, which could only detect WIMPs up to a mass of about 15 GeV were not analyzed.

Then, after some considerations, the physicists came to believe that maybe the WIMPs weren’t really, really big. So they went back and studied the silicon detector data and found three events, when they would have expected just 0.7 events during the time period of data taking. This is statistically significant.

So they published their results on Monday (see paper). Based upon their statistical analysis, they are 99.8 percent sure they have observed some WIMPs at a mass of about 8 GeV. But in particle physics, certainty doesn’t come until they are 99.9999 percent sure."

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Space station's antimatter detector finds its first evidence of dark matter

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mknewman (557587) writes "Scientists say a $2 billion antimatter-hunting experiment on the International Space Station has detected its first hints of dark matter, the mysterious stuff that makes up almost a quarter of the universe.

The evidence from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, revealed Wednesday at Europe's CERN particle physics lab, is based on an excess in the cosmic production of anti-electrons, also known as positrons. The AMS research team can't yet completely rule out other explanations for the bump, but the fresh findings provide the best clues yet as to the nature of dark matter."

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SiriusXM arbritrarly restricting mobile apps to it's high speed data service

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mknewman (557587) writes "I am a Lifetime member on SiriusXM and have low speed Internet access, which is free with the account. It works fine on desktop platforms but not on mobile devices. The Android app says to upgrade to High Speed Data when I log in. Talking to the tech support they acknowledge this and basically say to upgrade, at $3.50 per month. Three problems with this, I don't want to pay $3.50 per month for service I already bought, and don't need the high speed fidelity as the low speed sounds just fine, especially on talk shows, and lastly the high speed data will use up more of my monthly allotment.

I have created an onliine petition to request them to unrestrict this. Please sign it if you agree.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/siriusxm-should-allow-low-speed-internet-on-its/"

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NASA considering L2 outpost

mknewman mknewman writes  |  about 2 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes "NASA has secretly been working on a plan to develop a manned outpost on the far side of the moon, but the lofty plan has been kept quiet until after the presidential election, according to media reports.

According to Space.com, the plan has probably already been cleared by the Obama administration. Officials kept the plan under wraps in case Mitt Romney won the presidential election.

The plan would set up a manned station in an area of space called the "earth moon libration point," CNN reported. The spot is a point in space where the gravitational forces of the moon and Earth are roughly balanced."

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NRO gives NASA two space spy telescopes more powerful than Hubble

mknewman mknewman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes ""The U.S. government's secret space program has decided to give NASA two telescopes as big as, and even more powerful than, the Hubble Space Telescope. Designed for surveillance, the telescopes from the National Reconnaissance Office were no longer needed for spy missions and can now be used to study the heavens. They have 2.4-meter (7.9 feet) mirrors, just like the Hubble. They also have an additional feature that the civilian space telescopes lack: A maneuverable secondary mirror that makes it possible to obtain more focused images. These telescopes will have 100 times the resolving power of the Hubble, according to David Spergel, a Princeton astrophysicist and co-chair of the National Academies advisory panel on astronomy and astrophysics.""
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Did the universe begin as a simple 1-D line?

mknewman mknewman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes "A refreshingly simple new idea has emerged in the complicated world of high energy physics. It proposes that the early universe was a one-dimensional line. Not an exploding sphere, not a chaotic ball of fire. Just a simple line of pure energy.

Over time, as that line grew, it crisscrossed and intersected itself more and more, gradually forming a tightly interwoven fabric, which, at large distances, appeared as a 2-D plane. More time passed and the 2-D universe expanded and twisted about, eventually creating a web — the 3-D universe we see today.

This concept, called "vanishing dimensions" to describe what happens the farther one looks back in time, has been gaining traction within the high energy physics community in recent months."

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AT&T agrees to drop bid for rival T-Mobile

mknewman mknewman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes "AT&T says it is ending its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA after facing fierce government objections.

The cellphone giant said Monday that the actions of the government to block the deal do not change the challenges of the wireless phone industry, which it says requires more airwaves to expand."

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Europeans report contact with Russia's stranded Ma

mknewman mknewman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes "The European Space Agency reported Wednesday that a ground station in Australia has re-established contact with Russia's Phobos-Grunt probe, two weeks after a mysterious post-launch glitch.

On Tuesday, the Interfax news agency quoted Russia's deputy space chief, Vitaly Davydov, as saying that "chances to accomplish the mission are very slim." Then ESA said its tracking station in Perth, Australia, made contact with the probe late Tuesday (20:25 GMT, or 3:25 p.m. ET).

"ESA teams are working closely with engineers in Russia to determine how best to maintain communication with the spacecraft," the agency reported on its website Wednesday."

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CERN on the track of Hibbs Boson?

mknewman mknewman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes "CMS spokesperson Guido Tonelli dangled an intriguing teaser in today's release: "As we speak, hundreds of young scientists are still analyzing the huge amount of data accumulated so far; we'll soon have new results and, maybe, something important to say on the Standard Model Higgs Boson.""
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Cheesy Poofs to be available

mknewman mknewman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes "n honor of South Park's 15th season, Comedy Central, in conjunction with Frito-Lay, will begin selling Cheesy Poofs on August 28 in Wal-Mart stores across the country. They will be available through September 18.

Leigh Anne Brodsky, President of Nickelodeon Consumer Products, described the soon-to-be released product as "a salty snack that's cheesy in flavor," and she expects that they will be well-received by fans. Co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, themselves, were on-board and involved with the development of real-life Cheesy Poofs to ensure the snack remained faithful to the iconic animated version."

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Hacker attack cripples al-Qaida web communications

mknewman mknewman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes "Computer hackers shut down al-Qaida's ability to communicate its messages to the world through the Internet, interrupting the group's flow of videos and communiqués, according to a terrorism expert."
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Galactic births came early

mknewman mknewman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mknewman (557587) writes "A distant galaxy with stars that began forming just 200 million years after the big bang has been discovered. The finding addresses questions about when the first galaxies arose and how early the universe evolved, scientists report.

The galaxy was spotted with the Hubble Space Telescope. It is visible through a cluster of galaxies called Abell 383, whose powerful gravity bends the rays of light like a magnifying glass. The so-called gravitational lens amplifies light from the distant galaxy, making it appear 11 times brighter and allowing detailed observations.

Infrared data from Hubble and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the galaxy's stars formed when the universe was 200 million years old. Observations with the W.M. Keck Observatory on Muna Kea in Hawaii revealed the observed light from the galaxy dates to when the universe was 950 million years old. The universe formed about 13.7 billion years ago."

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