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Boston Tech Vs. the Bomber

nomel Re:What proprietary formats? (170 comments)

"different proprietary formats of video from security cameras"

Since when are iPhone and Android devices considered security cameras?

1 year,1 day

Dell Signs Agreement To Cap Icahn's Share Ownership

nomel I don't know *anything* about this (70 comments)

But how is this legal? Seems to me a truly public company wouldn't be able to limit the shares bought by any entity. I always assume public meant anyone could buy into the company...the more money you put in, the more of the company you own.

1 year,2 days

Navy To Deploy Lasers On Ship In 2014

nomel Re:An Infra-red laser? Why? (402 comments)

I realize that. I just find it interesting that if you changed a few sentences in the instruction manual, there would be, literally, no difference between the two.

1 year,2 days

Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

nomel Re:Or an economic drain? (595 comments)

I'm confused. Isn't the movement of a limited resource the definition of an economy and the foundation of currency? How is this any different?

1 year,3 days

Top Coders Tell Agents, "Show Me the Money!"

nomel Re:Follow the money (288 comments)

Genuinely curious...

How long did this take you to start making a reasonable income?

1 year,7 days

Navy To Deploy Lasers On Ship In 2014

nomel Re:An Infra-red laser? Why? (402 comments)

Maybe being invisible is a good thing, especially when you could try to reflect/douse the area in water if you saw where it was hitting.

You'd think all of this would be illegal under The United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

I imagine everyone on board will be blinded. I also imagine blinding a whole crowd of spectators would only take one piece of shiny metal.

1 year,10 days

CES: Using Eye Movements to Control a Computer or TV (Video)

nomel Re:Similar concept (43 comments)

This doesn't give full tracking, only gestures.

about a year ago

The Chromebook Pixel Is Real, and Expensive

nomel Netbook??? (392 comments)

Since when is Core i5, Intel HD 4000, and 4GB of ram, and a screen with an absurdly high resolution, considered a netbook?

Sure, it has a netbook os installed...but that doesn't mean anything. I could also install windows 3.1...big deal.

about a year ago

Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

nomel Re:Biomechanics (379 comments)

The paper debunks that the shape has anything to do with magic and clearly states the shape, on it's own, does nothing in the first few paragraphs. Even with the increased length for part of the revolution, I assume if you integrate over the whole downward push, for both, you would get the same numbers.

about a year ago

Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

nomel Re:Biomechanics (379 comments)

You didn't read the paper.

about a year ago

The Android Lag Fix That Really Wasn't

nomel Re:the placebo effect (226 comments)

I don't get it. There were no numbers posted in the thread. This doesn't mean placebo, this just means there are no numbers posted. The claim that it's placebo has just as much foundation that it's not. Write a benchmark and test it, you could get exactly 2 minutes of fame.

about a year ago

Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

nomel Re:Biomechanics (379 comments)

> have to do more work in order to do a single revolution.

It's inertia. It's not wasted. It'll create a force when the pedal decelerates. Since you always want the pedal spinning, this isn't so bad for cruising. It's only bad for transients, which this would help smooth out.

> related to pedals having 2 moments of inertial.
Would be no different than a straight pedal with more mass on the end.

about a year ago

Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

nomel Re:Biomechanics (379 comments)

An analysis, found on their webpage:

Claims that the benefit is from two side effects of the claim:
                The increased mass gives a flywheel effect, meaning the pedal goes through top dead center easier.
                The long shape bends under pressure, which does slightly increase the length of the arm under pressure.

So, by going to carbon fiber (lighter, and most likely stiffer), they'll most likely negate any benefits!

> so the cyclist's legs are in a different position during the pedal cycle
Only because of the bending. If it were stiffer, position would be exactly the same.

about a year ago

Samsung Reaches Milestone For 14nm Technology

nomel Re:Better than Intel (123 comments)

Depends on your cost metric. They're only cheaper if you don't consider cost per computation/second.

about a year ago

Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

nomel Re:3 things are good though 7 doesn't have (663 comments)

You don't have to use metro, you know. Click the little desktop tile when you first login, or use one of the metro bypassers like start8 (even puts the start button back). Not sure why anyone would miss the start button though. Something like Launchy for pre windows 7, or just start typing after hitting a button for windows 7 and on. I suppose if you're a non-keyboard user user, it almost makes sense.

about a year ago

Successful Engine Test in UK For Planned 1000 mph Car

nomel Re:The engine isn't the problem. (262 comments)

>The problem is keeping the "car" stably in contact with the ground.

If the thrust is around 30,000 lbs, and you point only 1% of that the wrong way, you have to come up with 300lb of force to keep the car going straight, on a dirt road...better be quick, because you're going 1000mph!


I would love to see the track marks after the run. I'm guessing there's all sorts of sliding around.

I wonder what percent of power goes to downforce.

about a year and a half ago

Intel Says Clover Trail Atom CPU Won't Work With Linux

nomel Re:"Killer" as "it could kill you" (434 comments)

In the future I see a harmonized ui.

When you stick your device into the desktop dock, it's a desktop, using an external graphics accelerator, mass storage, network, mouse, etc. When you pull it off of the dock (that isn't bound by one manufacturer)....

. .. it's a laptop with touchscreen. The keyboard is removable, maybe with some extra flash memory and battery built in. When you pull off the keyboard...

. .. it's a tablet, as you would expect.

But, *all of the software* is aware of the docking state. If you pull off the keyboard, the touchpad keyboard pops up when needed. The UI expands to be less "consumption" oriented use. When you attach it to the desktop, the UI changes and expands into more of a "developer mode" to accommodate a mouse and the extra horsepower built into the desktop dock.

Of course, this wont happen because it's not what people want...but it sure would be nice. :(

about a year and a half ago

What Windows Phone 8 Needs To Do To Succeed

nomel Re:Windows Phone 8 (246 comments)

Here here good Sir! You're not suggesting that he had some sort of privileged access to the thread before anyone else!? That would require an inside man, and we all know that the Slashdot editing staff would never allow such a thing! Surely you jest!

about a year and a half ago

MIT Research Amplifies Invisible Detail In Video

nomel Re:Everything (114 comments)

They'll just implement a "random wobble" algorithm after the first is found.

about 2 years ago

Astronomers Catch Asteroid In Near-Miss Video

nomel Re:1 Earth radii (120 comments)

How do they measure the distance of something like this?

about 2 years ago


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Slashdot Comment Quality?

nomel nomel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I was away from slashdot for a while. Is it just me, or have most of the comments turned from somewhat lengthy and on topic to little 5 word "witty" remarks (like found on reddit)?

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