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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

red_dragon Re: Magnetic strip? (78 comments)

What I gather from this is that they managed to print the memory and the circuitry to read/write it. So, instead of requiring a mechanical transport and a magnetic head, you simply connect wires to contacts along the edge of the circuit, and use electrical signals to access the data, eliminating the need for moving components.

about 2 months ago
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BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology

red_dragon Re: nissan or mazda? (137 comments)

The i-MIEV is made by Mitsubishi.

about 3 months ago
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Glamor, X11's OpenGL-Based 2D Acceleration Driver, Is Becoming Useful

red_dragon Re:Reminder (46 comments)

So do I. Before I start the X server I put my Quaker hat on and then say "HA! HA! I AM USING X11!" and everyone around looks at me saying "WTF is this weirdo talking about?" so I have to put the hat away and shut up. Nobody appreciates good software and hats these days.

about 6 months ago
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Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

red_dragon Re:Nokia? (207 comments)

I came here hoping to see the N900 listed. Thanks for not letting me down. I still miss my N900, two years after inadvertently walking into the Atlantic Ocean with it in my trunks. If the Neo900 manages to produce something within a reasonable time frame, I'll be able to resuscitate it.

1 year,6 days
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New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use

red_dragon What happened to MNG? (246 comments)

Can someone explain why APNG would be preferable over MNG, besides wider application support? I haven't followed these projects closely, and it seems counterproductive to me to develop a new standard when an apparently serviceable one already existed.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bypass Gov't Spying On Cellphones?

red_dragon Re:HAM Radio? (364 comments)

Encrypted communication on amateur radio bands is prohibited by law in the US, so transmitting an encrypted signal just invites spooks to triangulate your transmitter's position.

about a year ago
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MariaDB vs. MySQL: A Performance Comparison

red_dragon Jeff Cogswell is a three-year-old (112 comments)

My son used to play a silly little match game that he picked up from pre-school when he was three years old. In it, he would take two toys -- cars, action figures, Lego blocks, staple removers, whatever -- hold them in his hands, and ask "Which one are you, X or Y?" After the other person (usually me) answered, he'd act out some sort of epic battle between the two toys in his hands, and then declare one or the other the victor. I always pointed out to him the pointlessness of the game. He didn't care.

Jeff Cogswell's reviews remind me of that game. They're pointless. He doesn't care. And my son grew out of it.

about a year ago
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Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured

red_dragon Re: Wow (409 comments)

Another explanation that I've heard is that insurance fraud is rampant over there, so people have taken to the dashcams in order to protect themselves.

about a year and a half ago
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Stanford Uses Million-Core Supercomputer To Model Supersonic Jet Noise

red_dragon Re:For those who can't afford that type of equipme (66 comments)

Slashdotters don't have sex, and so they cannot have slashdaughters. Ergo, slashdaughters do not exist. QED.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

red_dragon Re:Language is hardly relevant (437 comments)

If you're going for speed, you'd be better off serving the HTTP direct from Tomcat and cutting Apache or IIS out of the loop entirely.

Tc-native supports HTTP, HTTPS, and AJP, so you still get native code to handle your sockets whether you want to put a separate HTTP in front of Tomcat or not. The Java-based connectors might be fast, but the native connectors are even faster.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

red_dragon Re:Language is hardly relevant (437 comments)

... he then completely does an about-face and deploys the Tomcat on Windows-- a configuration I've actually never seen and which has to give C# a bit of an advantage...

The official Tomcat installer for Windows (as in, the one that you'd download from tomcat.apache.org installs the Tomcat Native Connector, which improves performance considerably. And there's a lot of vertical market applications for Windows that bundle Tomcat.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Reportedly Luring Ex-Google Mappers With Jobs

red_dragon Re:I thought he died (334 comments)

Just in time for Halloween. Thanks!

about 2 years ago
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Asus Delivers Speed Boost With USB Attached SCSI Protocol

red_dragon Re:SCSI over USB?! (93 comments)

The seven-layer cake is a lie.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

red_dragon Re:no does the speed limit today on most roads (650 comments)

I-80 in Pennsylvania is posted at 65 mph, yet trucks routinely travel at 80+ mph on it. It makes one think that the drivers are confusing the route markers for speed limit signs. Even during heavy snow storms they're still going plaid.

more than 2 years ago
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Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions

red_dragon Re:Good luck with that. (648 comments)

What independence? Hulu is owned by NBCUniversal, which is majority owned by Comcast. So they're not buckling per se, nor is there any independence to be tainted, just one more example of Comcast's unending greed.

more than 2 years ago
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Why New Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail

red_dragon Re:Nah! It's Facial hair... (274 comments)

I dread to think what Grace Hopper looked like.

Clams may have beards too, y'know.

more than 2 years ago
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Engelbart's Keyboard Available For Touchscreens

red_dragon Re:EMACS? (160 comments)

Seven modifier keys. Seven.

I've always wondered what kind of moderation would result if one pressed Hyper-Super-Meta-ThumbsUp while clicking the Moderate button here on Slashdot.

more than 2 years ago
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New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

red_dragon Beware the source (954 comments)

FTA:

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.

Re. Heartland:

About us:
Heartland's mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such solutions include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies.

In other words, Heartland is a mouthpiece for the Tea Party.

more than 3 years ago

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1TB Blu-ray-compatible Optical Disc Announced

red_dragon red_dragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

red_dragon (1761) writes "An article on The Register tells the news of an announcement of a new 1TB optical drive and disc that will be backwardly compatible with Blu-ray discs. The technology, developed by Call/Recall in partnership with Nichia, uses a rhodamine-type dye in a 200+-later recording medium that gives off light when excited by a laser beam, along with a single fluid-filled lens to read multiple layers by varying the amount of fluid to change the focal length. The technology is designed to work with Nichia's blue-violet laser diodes, which are already used in Blu-ray drives."
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Google to bid on chunk of 700 MHz spectrum

red_dragon red_dragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

red_dragon (1761) writes "The Register has a story up where they report on Google's confirmation that they'll bid for a chunk of the US radio spectrum when the auction starts in January. The announcement is slightly ahead of Monday's deadline for all bidders to register their interest with the FCC. According to El Reg: 'It also seems likely they'll face competition from incumbent network operators such Verizon and AT&T, who are likely to file an interest with the FCC on Monday. Verizon's recent decision to open their existing network to third-parties demonstrates they have no problem with that restriction, so their decision will be based on if they think owning part of 700MHz will get them more customers, and how much they're prepared to spend getting those customers.' The block Google is bidding for, known as 'C Block', has a reserve of $4.6 billion."
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red_dragon red_dragon writes  |  about 8 years ago

red_dragon writes "An article in the 1 September issue of Optics Letters (reported by Dominican Today and BBC Mundo (Spanish), amongst others) describes a "low-cost, electrically tunable diffraction grating that is driven by a dielectric elastomer actuator". The invention consists of a diffraction grating made from a rubbery, one-tenth of a millimeter wide membrane, with one side molded into a shape that resembles microscopic pleated window shades. The membrane in turn is made from a polymer that contracts when voltage is applied. By adjusting the voltage applied to the membrane, it stretches or relaxes accordingly, thus varying the spacing between the grooves in the grating. From the article's abstract: "We show that in combination with a white light source, the presented diffraction grating can be used as a wavelength-adjustable luminous source. Such an illuminant has a potential application in inexpensive color displays that could reproduce all perceivable colors.""

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