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Justices Question Microsoft's Vision of Patent Law

raistlinwolf Re:... and Microsoft will pay for its own success (106 comments)

Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents.

And yet it has never done anything about that. It hasn't sued all the distros to stop the operating system. They did use the claim for a bit of FUDdery, but that is not being a patent troll.

They claimed Linux violates their property which may have the effect of scaring off potential users, how is that nothing?

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Plans Mission To Study Martian Atmosphere

raistlinwolf Re:You may not know this but... (61 comments)

You make a big ring surrounding the planet, and when it is completed you can remove the support pillars so that it floats. Then maybe you could make a transformer by winding a conductor around it... Mars is a good candidate because you don't have as much terrain sticking up in the air.

more than 4 years ago
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New Material Can Store Vast Amounts of Energy

raistlinwolf Re:Batteries (253 comments)

I was thinking of this because of a silicon based explosive that I was under the impression (wrong impression), was compressed and a powerful explosive. It is not compressed, just extremely cold and when exposed to liquid oxygen, releases a lot of energy. Still pretty interesting:

An accidental explosion in a German physics lab has led to the identification of a superpowerful explosive. The substance - an exotic form of silicon - releases seven times as much energy as TNT, and explodes a million times faster.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1103-superpowerful-explosive-arrives-with-a-bang.html

cool stuff.

more than 4 years ago
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New Material Can Store Vast Amounts of Energy

raistlinwolf Re:Batteries (253 comments)

I think if it were possible to disrupt the lattice holding a diamond together that that energy could be unleashed with the diamond decomposing into normal carbon? Maybe this stuff (or some yet discovered stuff) isn't nearly as stable...

more than 4 years ago
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Ursula Le Guin's Petition Against Google Books

raistlinwolf Re:Which corporations does Le Guin mean? (473 comments)

Then we all realise that mathematical illiteracy has just gone a step lower... Thanks edumacation system!

Does that mean math literacy has gone a step upwards?

more than 4 years ago
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Next-Gen Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Unveiled

raistlinwolf Re:There's more than efficiency to consider. (155 comments)

I've seen those small solar yard lights using some kind of polycarbonate like stuff 'protecting' the silicon - it becomes milky white & powdery with exposure to the sun in just a few years.. And... I picked up this 70W/20V panel on ebay once that worked for a while until the sticky plastic backing wrinkled up (which wreaked havoc on the delicate layer of silicon it was supposed to protect). So yeah, they can and will make crappy solar panels. Although that really doesn't change the fact that solar panels could potentially last for hundreds of years with a little effort, they are still very delicate.

more than 4 years ago
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Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

raistlinwolf Re:US Electrical system is better (1174 comments)

I know people like to say 'its the current that kills', but how does this apply here? If I touch a live wire, nothing is going to happen to me unless/until I ground - from that point the shock I receive will be a circuit and will have a certain amount of resistance.. If the voltage is double, then won't twice the current flow through that part of the body?

more than 5 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

raistlinwolf 4.4.1 (1231 comments)

It's running GCC4.4.2 & linux-2.6.31. That's pretty hardcore.

oops, thats 4.4.1 gcc, but still..

more than 5 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

raistlinwolf Re:Release cycles? (1231 comments)

It's running GCC4.4.2 & linux-2.6.31. That's pretty hardcore.

more than 5 years ago
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Integrating Wikipedia With a Local Intranet Wiki

raistlinwolf Re:Solution (121 comments)

Dumps go stale

what about periodic dumps of an LTS wikipedia release.

more than 5 years ago
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BYU Prof. Says University Classrooms Will Be "Irrelevant" By 2020

raistlinwolf Re:Sure it will. (469 comments)

I'm not saying he is right but Einstein would not have got very far with General Relativity if his argument had been "I'm Einstein and you all know from my 1905 papers that I'm really smart so this must be right too.".

I'd like to think he would have managed somehow without his MIT degree or whatever, like for instance, by presenting his theory instead of asking people to believe it.

more than 5 years ago
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New ICANN TLDs May Cause Internet Land Rush

raistlinwolf Phone book? (443 comments)

Or maybe .pa or maybe even .penn or maybe even .hist or maybe even .bells or maybe even .revwar?

I really hate the Yellow Pages because of this.

more than 5 years ago
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The Underappreciated Risks of Severe Space Weather

raistlinwolf Re:I call bullshit... (361 comments)

How are you going to trust the enamel on the wire after a short, and how do you splice thick copper wire repeatedly (even once) and have anywhere near the same number of turns - you have to get it back in the canister.. Because it's spooled up - when it burns you're going to have discolored/salvageable stripes along the length, thick bumpy kinks everywhere. I think it would take an awful long time and resources just to to make hacked up ork transformers. Time better spent making new ones.

more than 5 years ago
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Solar Panels Reach $1 a Watt

raistlinwolf Re:How to lie with numbers, part MCMMXII (381 comments)

All panels will need glass and frame, even $2,3,../watt ones (assuming they didn't achieve $1/watt by neglecting to calculate the rest of the manufacturing cost!). Some people just mount them flat on their roof - this is why the price per watt is such an important factor, they need to become cheap enough to justify using twice as many to double the output instead of using complex mounts/trackers.

more than 5 years ago
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London Police Seek To Install CCTV In Pubs

raistlinwolf Re:At least (293 comments)

Worse than that - people are banned from wearing "obstructive headwear".

What about one of these?

more than 5 years ago
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DIY 1980s "Non-Von" Supercomputer

raistlinwolf Re:Virtualization vs Hardware vs Verilog (135 comments)

Oh well, when I actually thought about solving a mathematical problem that needed hundreds of cycles... I realized why, lol.

more than 5 years ago
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DIY 1980s "Non-Von" Supercomputer

raistlinwolf Re:Virtualization vs Hardware vs Verilog (135 comments)

A million cores running at one instruction per second generates 1 MIPS, so does a single core running at a million instructions per second.

You will use less die real estate and less power with a general-purpose processor designed for the second case than you will with an FPGA that implements the first case...

That's why I clicked on this article right there - why not have a 1MHz gigacore cpu?

more than 5 years ago
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Russia Aims Towards Mars

raistlinwolf Re:Moving ISS not a crazy idea at all (161 comments)

It's just not a good idea. I can see that you value efficiency and find waste distasteful. However, you are just not considering the situation carefully...

Well, consider how much refined materials cost in space, what is wrong with sending it to the moon or to Mars? Somebody might want a bolt or some wire one day, aboard whatever ideal craft they follow up with.

more than 5 years ago

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