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Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

pushing-robot Not that much less (54 comments)

The base iPad Mini 2 lists at $299 and was as low as $229 during recent sales; the N1 is launching at $249.

2 days ago
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How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us To Greater Harm

pushing-robot What else is new? (113 comments)

Because we're on an irreversible trajectory toward integrating technology with our cars and houses, bodies and brains. If we don't control the software, then at some point, we won't control parts of our homes and our selves.

Last time I checked, humans today can't easily tinker with their own bodies and brains, they have plenty of known bugs and vulnerabilities, and many methods of altering their function are heavily regulated if not illegal.

While I support the author's idealism, what do you think will happen in this cyborg future when software can be physically addictive or kill you or change your personality? People have always been willing to give up a certain amount of freedom for a certain amount of security, and they will continue to do so.

3 days ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

pushing-robot Re:At a guess . . . (175 comments)

Good luck finding devices that get dim enough, though; manufacturers have focused on making screens brighter for daytime use at the expense of nighttime usability.

About the only devices I have that dim enough to tolerably use in a dark room are my Retina MBP and iPad, and even then I must use f.lux or light-on-dark color schemes to make it comfortable. I've tried screen filtering apps for Android, but they never seem to dim the soft keys and can cause unexpected battery drain.

Oh, and don't get me started on backlit keyboards.

5 days ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

pushing-robot Re:I blame Microsoft (148 comments)

Yeah, what's next? Case-insensitive email addresses and domain names?

Remember, the whole reason files have names and not sequences of random hex is for human legibility. For most applications, case sensitivity does not increase legibility.

about two weeks ago
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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

pushing-robot Damn (66 comments)

Nothing like a reminder that you live in the future.

I know we've been talking about biomechatronics for decades, but Moore's Law and developments in nanomaterials are making things possible that were the stuff of science fiction just a few years ago. Simply put, we're starting to build amazingly large numbers of amazingly complex structures at amazingly small scales out of amazing materials, amazingly cheap.

Mind you, that's not new either; biology has been doing that for eons. Yet being able to manufacture it, to mass-produce biological or biocompatible materials like BCIs and prosthetic organs, is a remarkable and wholly new development. I fully expect the next half century will see a medical revolution that rivals the computer revolution of the last.

about two weeks ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

pushing-robot Blah blah DRM blah blah (159 comments)

You can still buy a game in one location and play it in another, you just can't gift it to someone else's account in another region.

I'm okay with that; despite what some people here will argue (free market blah blah) I'd sooner see purchase restrictions like this than expect people in poor countries to pay a week's wages for a game or movie or album.

As long as they don't start making content only available in certain regions, they're making the best of a bad situation.

about two weeks ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

pushing-robot Re:Radical thought here (307 comments)

Also, even a beginner class should introduce good practices. Just because someone taught themselves to hack out javascript doesn't mean they have a clue how to code properly. Pushing them into an advanced class won't do them any favors.

about two weeks ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

pushing-robot Admit it. (307 comments)

You read it as "Harry Mudd College"

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

pushing-robot That's nice... (176 comments)

Now what would have been the environmental cost of manufacturing and transporting all those cars, and disposing of the ones they replaced?

about two weeks ago
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Titan's Dunes Took Tens of Thousands of Years To Form

pushing-robot Not too bad (12 comments)

Still ahead of Jodorowsky's Dune.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

pushing-robot Re:That Word (184 comments)

They keep it from breaking out.

about three weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

pushing-robot Not unexpected. (141 comments)

I've observed that flaws in Apple products seem to most affect those who do not use Apple products.

about three weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

pushing-robot Re:good (341 comments)

Human Life > Animal Life

While we're on the subject...

My race > other races,
My gender > other gender(s),
My religion > other religions...

Where should the line be drawn, exactly?

about three weeks ago
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The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second

pushing-robot Re:light speed (122 comments)

But of course a superluminal swallow cannot carry information. You'd need a pair of entangled swallows.

about three weeks ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

pushing-robot Re:for all this talk... where is it? (129 comments)

Yes, but airplanes were no more than experiments until more than a decade after the first powered flight, when WWI spurred refinement and mass production. Graphene has also been displayed and demonstrated, but not mass produced.

2D structures like Graphene are a new class of materials, and that takes time. Plastics were discovered decades before any practical product was made. Petroleum was known for millenia before we had a clue what it was capable of. Metals too. Spend some time on Wikipedia and learn how long it took to bring any material or technology to widespread use.

Yes, I know: We live in the Internet age now, and you can become a YouTube celebrity overnight, so come on already. Alas, you can't expect science to keep pace with 21st century ADHD.

about a month ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

pushing-robot Re:sane units - FYI (129 comments)

A Joule is equal to one newton-meter (or metre if you're so inclined). Force times distance.

Foot-pounds are the same: Force times distance (well, distance times force). The confusion comes from pound in this case referring to "pound-force" or lbf, a unit equal to one pound times g.

J/kg is a different measure, the specific kinetic energy of an object; the amount of energy per unit mass. The imperial equivalent would be ft*lbf / lb (foot * pound-force / pound)

Metric: J/kg = N*m/kg = (kg * m/s^2 * m)/kg = m/s^2 * m = m^2/s^2

Imperial: lbf*ft/lb = lb*g*ft/lb = g*ft = ~32.174 * ft/s^2 * ft = ~32.174*ft^2/s^2

As you can see, the choice of g rather than 1 ft/s^2 was unfortunate, but otherwise the systems are equivalent.

about a month ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

pushing-robot Re:for all this talk... where is it? (129 comments)

And this stuff and nonsense about aeroplanes! For ten years now they've claimed breakthrough after breakthrough vis-a-vis powered flight and yet here we are in the fine year 1914 and they still have nothing to show us but more of their ramshackle prototypes! Where are the great flying ships they keep promising to take us round the world in a week's time? The bloody Hun had the good sense to invest in dirigibles; there's a technology that's going places—aha!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

pushing-robot Re:Simple (720 comments)

The reason I picked it is because the Seasonics have a "hybrid fan mode" that switches off the fan entirely when below 30-50% of their rated output. Even at full load that system won't pull more than ~350W, so the fan should never turn on :)

Also, the link I gave was for a killer black friday deal; despite its high rating it's the cheapest platinum-rated PSU you'll find right now.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

pushing-robot Re:Simple (720 comments)

Came to say this. If you want a great build, include these:

An Asus Strix GTX 970
A Seasonic Platinum 1050w
A 120mm/140mm CPU cooler, at least a Hyper 212 Evo
A 4xxx Intel chip
A SSD
A case with lots of ventilation so you won't need extra fans. For maximum Wife Acceptance Factor, consider mini-ITX.

Noise? What noise? If your motherboard is willing to shut off your CPU fan at idle, you'll be at 0db (except for electrical noise). Even during heavy gaming the thing will barely make a whisper.

Need more help? SPCR has you covered.

about a month ago

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