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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

tokiko Re:dupe (89 comments)

So chronologically ...

2012-06-?? Video filmed
2014-03-05 arXiv.org submission
2012-03-07 Video published on TED
2014-03-07 wired.com article
2014-03-08 pipedot.org story
2014-03-10 slashdot.org first story
2014-03-14 economist.com article
2014-03-15 slashdot.org second story

So, someone may have filmed the video a few years ago, but the video was only posted online recently. Afterwards the story made the rounds on various news sites over the next few weeks. Hardly that old of news...

about 8 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

tokiko Pixar (162 comments)

Apple already makes use of vast numbers of Linux workstations. That office, of course, goes by the name Pixar.

about 9 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

tokiko Dataries (888 comments)

Republic credits are no good out here. I need something more real.

about 10 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

tokiko Re:why not the new thing? (279 comments)

Correction: The original post about systemd was not complaining about using grep and awk on the scripts. The complaint was that the scripts where calling these commands way too often during the normal boot up procedure.

On my system the scripts in /etc/init.d call grep at least 77 times. awk is called 92 times, cut 23 and sed 74. Every time those commands (and others) are called, a process is spawned, the libraries searched, some start-up stuff like i18n and so on set up and more.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

tokiko More choices (168 comments)

Plus, the more you distribute the data, the more backups you have. I'd hate to loose gigabytes of family photos to a single hard drive failing. There are a few companies, like pogoplug, producing consumer friendly storage devices that are inexpensive ($20) and hide all the complex software pieces behind a nice web interface.

Also, I plan on making a slashdot-inspired site. The website will be called "Pipedot" and be reachable at pipedot.org or pipedot.com. The motto will be "News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character looks like a slash without the slant!

I'm committed to providing a free and independent resource without the influence of a parent corporate overlord. The site will be decidedly non-profit and have zero advertisements, zero adobe flash, zero google analytics, etc...

As a special bonus, the site can now be reached at fuckbeta.org! Stay tuned for more updates...

about 10 months ago
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The Individual Midnight Thread

tokiko Pipedot.org (40 comments)

I also plan on making a Slashdot-inspired site. The website will be called "Pipedot" and be reachable at pipedot.org or pipedot.com. The motto will be "News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character looks like a slash without the slant!

I'm committed to providing a free and independent resource without the influence of a parent corporate overlord. The site will be decidedly non-profit and have zero advertisements, zero adobe flash, zero google analytics, etc...

As a special bonus, the site can now be reached at fuckbeta.org! Stay tuned for more updates...

about 10 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

tokiko Re:SSC resurrected (238 comments)

They even specified a circumference between 80 to 100 kilometers. The Superconducting Super Collider was to be 87.1 kilometers!

about a year ago
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A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic

tokiko Pipedot.org (19 comments)

I also plan on making a Slashdot-inspired site. The website will be called Pipedot and be decidedly non-profit. The motto will be "News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character looks like a slash without the slant!

Regardless of how successful any of these alternatives become, the community will benefit for having several "escapes routes" for when Dice finally places that last straw on our backs. The official Slashdot site may be forced to actually listen to the community, or risk us jumping to an alternative site.

about a year ago
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Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild

tokiko Adobe Flash now rendering beta.slashdot.org! (187 comments)

Slashdot has taken the obvious next step and adopted Flash as the new interface for beta.slashdot.org! Adobe, the Industry leader of web technologies, hailed Dice Holdings, Inc. on their commitment to innovation and is in works with Dice to create a premium Dice Toolbar [TM] to further enhance the two companies' browsing authority.

about a year ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

tokiko Re: Uh? (734 comments)

My numbers were based off quotes from my own house solar system. From the installer that I ended up going with, I was quoted $6,073 for a 5.035 kW system or $9,136 for a 7.685 kW system. Some other installer quotes that I got where significantly cheaper, but I went with a local company with known 500+ installed customer base. I also used Enphase micro-inverters that are a bit more expensive than a standard inverter setup.

I have been using the 7 kW system since August.

about a year ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

tokiko Re: Uh? (734 comments)

In my 1000 square foot house I spend $1000 a year on electricity. How exactly would I pay for $15K - $20K worth of solar cells in 5 years?

At that price, you would be looking at a 15-20 kW system. You would also have a hard time fitting that many solar panels on a 1000 square foot house, unless you redesigned the roof specifically for solar. A more realistic estimate for your house would be $5-6k for a 5 kW system.

I guess I could go all electric, which would cost me another $5 in appliances.

A new 40 gallon electric water heater goes for $240 and a new freestanding electric range goes for $350 at Lowes. A new electric heat pump (Air Conditioner/Heater) would be a bit more, but still well under $5k (I'm assuming you meant five thousand with your $5 number)

I might break even in 15 years, about the time I would need to replace the solar cells.

Modern panels decrease their output by less than one half of one percent per year, often with a warranty backing up their claims. For example, the SunPower X-Series solar panel warranty guaranties a less than 0.4% decline per year for 25 years. So at 15 years, you are looking at panels that are still producing at least 94% of their original capacity - hardly needing replacement.

By then they should be cheeper and more efficient. So yea by about 2030 solar would probably take care of my needs.

Solar panels will continue to get cheaper (a few cents per watt) as production scales up. They will also get a bit more efficient (a few percent) as manufacturing processes improve. However, don't plan on any disruptive technology advancements to occur in the next 15 years that fundamentally change how home solar installations work.

about a year ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

tokiko Here are my numbers (734 comments)

In August, I put a 7.685 kW solar system on my small townhouse. The solar cells produce 10-40 kWh per day, depending on weather. In November, I purchased a 2013 Nissan Leaf. The Leaf can go 3-4 miles per kWh of electricity.

Combining both my house and car's electrical usage together only amounts to around 20-30 kWh per day, leaving my electric bill decisively negative for the last 5 months. I'd expect an even greater difference during the summer months.

about a year ago
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Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

tokiko I think they just like making new project names (307 comments)

Maemo / Moblin -> MeeGo -> Harmattan -> Mer -> Tizen | Smeegol | Sailfish

Or, in other words, lets rename and start a new project every other week!

I got my N900 because it was based on the same GTK and Debian that I was familiar with on my desktop. But I never touched app development on it because of the promise of the "new" project completely obsoleting anything that I would create on the old. Why bother creating a GTK interface when the new UI gets rewritten in QT next month? Why bother creating Debian packages when the new system uses RPM? Meanwhile, the Osborne effect ensures that no mainstream apps get written for the current code base.

1 year,27 days
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

tokiko Re:Diffie was awesome (324 comments)

I've also been on a jury where the judge flat out tells the jury to disregard the sane result and that we must uphold the strict letter of the law. The fact that the defendant deliberately lied and stole $20k (with malice) didn't matter in the eyes of the state. I was the foreman and was seriously considering nullification until the judge made it very clear that coming to the "wrong" conclusion would have us all dismissed and the trial would just start over again with a new jury until she got the result that she wanted.

1 year,28 days
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Linux Format Magazine Team Quits, Launches New Profit-Donating Mag

tokiko LWN (90 comments)

They should just contribute their articles to Linux Weekly News so we don't need to setup another subscription.

about a year ago
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Tesla Planning an Electric Pickup Truck, Says Elon Musk

tokiko Texas: Fighting two battles at once (293 comments)

Most of Tesla's problems in Texas are from eliminating the dealership. For example, I had no problems when I recently bought my all electric Nissan Leaf from Gunn Nissan in San Antonio, TX.

About 50% of the human race is middlemen and they don’t take kindly to being eliminated. This [state]...we play nice. Got enemies enough as it is.

The far more important battle, switching from gas to electric vehicles, has less to do with Texas.

about a year ago
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

tokiko Further explained in second plot (732 comments)

In the second plot of the book, Peter and Valentine both take on anonymous political roles. After Ender defeats the bugs, Valentine eventually gets on a ship headed toward the dead alien planet to begin a new human colony. During the journey, Valentine (on the ship) ages just a few years while Peter (on Earth) ages a full lifetime.

about a year ago
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Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

tokiko San Antonio (470 comments)

I saw one in San Antonio last week!

about a year ago
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Pluto's "Thick" Air Isn't Going Anywhere

tokiko Re:Can you imagine living on Pluto? (42 comments)

Pluto's solar day is 6.39 earth days long, so for Pluto "tomorrow" would just be similar to "next week" here on Earth.

While sitting on Pluto and trying to refresh the fedex.com web page hosted on Earth, however, would be significantly more frustrating. A one-way radio transmission between the two currently takes 3.66 hours (increase that to 4.5 hours when New Horizons finally gets there.) I'm pretty sure a TCP connection attempt is going to timeout before the handshake process finishes.

about a year ago

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