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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

selectspec Re:Fuck the FAA (217 comments)


about a week ago

NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

selectspec Nuke it (100 comments)

We should just nuke it, along with the moon.

about two weeks ago

Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

selectspec Bitcoin: I am not money (182 comments)

Doesn't matter what is true, its what people believe.

about a month and a half ago

Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

selectspec LHC is at CERN (181 comments)

The LHC is at Cern. Maybe they should ban a bi-weekly forum on CERN's activities and focus on activities at Fermi lab?

about a month and a half ago

The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

selectspec Re:An exacerbated physicist (138 comments)

Thank you for the informative rebuttal and for not quoting Che Guevara.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

selectspec Offer to throw in some money (324 comments)

Get your Home Owners Association (or POA) to put up some of the cost.

about 2 months ago

China: The Next Space Superpower

selectspec How about postal addresses? (250 comments)

This is typical authoritarian bravado. China invests heavily in a field that generates PR for nationalistic pride (with a dual military purpose.) Meanwhile, they don't even have a postal address system. Don't be fooled by the hype. Yes, their economy will be the largest, simply due to their numbers. (If the Chinese simply earned per capita one third of the US average income, they'd be a larger economy than the US.)

about 4 months ago

NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

selectspec Arma maybe (293 comments)

I could sort of understand if the NSA were snooping on Arma III. Arma likely is the military training in most 3rd world countries. Another reason to ban side chat.

about 4 months ago

For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

selectspec Re:Common knowledge (270 comments)

In the business, this is called duty cycle, and there are significant MTBF differences between enterprise quality drives (FC, SAS) and consumer drivers (SATA, NL-SAS) at high duty cycles.

If you are running a server like a SQL database, an Exchange server, or a Host like ESX or HyperV with a good number of guest vms, then the disks are going to be active much of the time. This high duty cycle will wear down the low end drives over time.

about 4 months ago

MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

selectspec LincolnLogOS, an OS written entirely in linoln log (372 comments)

LincolnLogOS is an open source, GUI-equipped, wooden operating system written entirely in Lincoln Logs that can fit on any play room floor (if you have one big enough). I originally spoke to its developers in 2009. Recently I had a chance to catch up with them to chat about what's changed and what needs to be done before the OS hits version 1.0 after 13 years of work. The system's creator, Ville Turjanmaa, says, 'Timeframe is secondary. It's more important is to have a complete and working set of features and applications. Sometimes a specific time limit rushes application development to the point of delivering incomplete forts and buildings, which we want to avoid. ... We support USB devices, such storages, printers, webcams and digital TV tuners, and have basic network clients and servers. So before 1.0 we need to improve the existing forts and buildings and make sure everything is working fine. ... The main thing for 1.0 is to have all application groups available.

about 5 months ago

Former Valve Hardware Designer Recounts Management Difficulties

selectspec Left 4 Dead 3 (224 comments)

This is no excuse for not releasing a Left 4 Dead 3.

about 9 months ago

Code Released To Exploit Android App Signature Vulnerability

selectspec Re:Summary of the exploit (81 comments)

That is unbelievable that they would overlook that. Thanks for the explanation.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

selectspec But you can still watch TV... (581 comments)

I love that part. You mean I can still watch TV without "checking in", just as I could if I hadn't bought the stupid fucking box in the first place?

about 10 months ago

Disney Announces "One Star Wars Movie Per Year" Plan

selectspec H.L. Mencken (342 comments)

“No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.”

“Because the plain people are able to speak and understand, and even, in many cases, to read and write, it is assumed that they have ideas in their heads, and an appetite for more. This assumption is a folly.”

about a year ago

Windows: Not Doomed Yet

selectspec Re:but who are they competing with? (737 comments)

Good question. Answer:

Smart phones & Tablets: everyone who only used a pc for web and email no longer needs a pc.

Gamers: Its only a matter of time before high-end gaming machines all switch over to Linux.

Developers: Visual Studio inst cheap, and it sucks for developing anything except Windows software. With Windows software becoming relegated to mostly server-side development, pretty much every developer these days codes on multiple platforms and likely has Linux and/or a mac.

Business Users: As business users move to phones and tablets, they want spreasheets/presentations/etc (office docs) that work on phones and tables, and no they don't want the Windows phone. They want it to work on their phone, which means open standards, open/cloud based office apps. These will be the last to switch. I would have thought this would take many years, but businesses are looking at Windows 8 with such dread, that it might happen sooner.

1 year,22 hours

LA Times Pulls Wikitorial, Blames Slashdot

selectspec Mischievious and Malicious??? (678 comments)

Getting lectured on ethics from the staff of the New York Times is interesting.

more than 8 years ago



New research into creating Hydrogen gas from water using sunlight and rust.

selectspec selectspec writes  |  about 9 months ago

selectspec (74651) writes "Despite being the most abundant element in the universe, creating Hydrogen gas here on Earth is a relatively expensive process. While Hydrogen can be cheaply produced from hydrocarbons like natural gas, extracting it from water has proved tricky with most methods being rather inefficient and impractical. Some new research has emerged involving a process involves nano-materials made out of rust (iron oxide) immersed in water exposed to sunlight. The process is 15% efficient in terms of capturing the solar energy, which isn't bad considering current generation photovoltaic solar panels operate around 20% efficiency."


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