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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

tomhath Re:COST (528 comments)

But you still need a touch screen or very few apps will work. The attached keyboard is just that, an attached input device on top of the existing touch screen.

2 days ago

Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

tomhath Re:$23k isn't crap to an oracle shop... (96 comments)


The 8895 is used in the Exadata Database Machine X4-8,an 8-processor rack system with up to 12 TB of system memory 672 terabytes of disk, 44 terabytes of high-performance PCI Flash, 240 database CPU cores, and 168 CPU cores in storage to accelerate data-intensive SQL.

The article implies it would be at least 8 processors (I hope they don't charge by CPU or CPU core). Anyway, it's at least $200k. But as you say, an Oracle shop is already in way deeper than that.

2 days ago

World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

tomhath Re:Why? (85 comments)

The Hercules wasn't misguided at all. At the rate U-boats were sinking Liberty ships and the possibility of battleships like Bismark and Tirtipz roaming the Atlantic a big transport plane would work. Problem was that it was ahead of it's time, without computers to help the pilot it wasn't safe to fly.

I suspect one use of this plane is along the same lines. Submarines are not a concern. Fly low, under radar and you have a reasonable chance of moving large numbers of troops or supplies quickly to an isolated invasion point, even if your air cover can't protect you.

2 days ago

Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

tomhath Re:Nudity (175 comments)

Should people have to compete in bare feet and naked?

Only in Beach Volleyball.

But as far as track and field sports, if one competitor can use springs or blades then why can't all of them?

3 days ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

tomhath iAnything = Status symbol (277 comments)

Apple markets and prices their products as status symbols. If you don't have the latest, shiniest gadget you aren't cool anymore, especially when your hipster friends are waving their latest toy in your face. So of course you need a reason to justify a new iAnything device.

3 days ago

Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

tomhath Have they tested musicians too? (157 comments)

They know music, they know their instrument, but a lot of thought goes into presentation. Would be interesting to see if they're running on autopilot or if their brain is totally engaged.

3 days ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

tomhath Re:T-Rex? (139 comments)

No, it looked like a big freaking monster with feathers and long teeth.

5 days ago

Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

tomhath administrative operations (290 comments)

For local government purposes the city is part of Toulouse Métropole (“Greater Toulouse”), which includes 37 neighbouring communities and has a total population of around 714,000. Toulouse Métropole employs some 10,000 staff to manage its administrative operations.

I don't know much about local government in the US or France. But that seems like a heck of a lot of administrators for that number of people.

5 days ago

Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

tomhath Re:Where's Snowden the second? (97 comments)

They already have everything a low level tech from NSA can provide. Probably something in there has piqued their interest in TOR.

5 days ago

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

tomhath Re:.7% (168 comments)

You have confused investing in the company's stock (profitable) with the company's operations (not so profitable). That said, it seems Amazon is rolling their money back into growing the business rather than building a cash hoard the way Apple did. It appears that investors are happy either way for a while, then they want to see some of the money.

5 days ago

China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

tomhath Re:Sometimes I am jealous (218 comments)

Envious of them because they're in the early planning stages of a collider that might be constructed almost 20 years after CERN's? It will be a nice step forward if they pull it off though.

about a week ago

For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

tomhath Re:Illigal or not? (143 comments)

Soon they will be called Undocumented Owners. Then they get immunity. Problem solved.

about a week ago

MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

tomhath Re:costly concentration (110 comments)

This process still requires some mirrors; it starts to work at about 10x maximum solar light. But that's still a couple of orders of magnitude better than any other system using mirrors.

about a week ago

Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

tomhath Re:We need competition, not mergers (63 comments)

What's wrong with AP and Reuters? Most news outlets (including Fox) get most of their news stories from the wire services.

about a week ago

Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

tomhath Re:No Decent Solution (82 comments)

In 2013 almost a million people immigrated to the US legally.

about a week ago

California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

tomhath Sacremento? (172 comments)

Sacremento is out in the California Delta. There's already a severe water shortage, plus that crop land is among the best in the world. Bad place to build a huge factory that will draw thousands of people into the area.

about two weeks ago



CEO out for blood patents idea, starts billion dollar company

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about three weeks ago

tomhath (637240) writes ""Holmes had then just spent the summer working in a lab at the Genome Institute in Singapore, a post she had been able to fill thanks to having learned Mandarin in her spare hours as a Houston teenager. Upon returning to Palo Alto, she showed Robertson a patent application she had just written. As a freshman, Holmes had taken Robertson’s seminar on advanced drug-delivery devices–things like patches, pills, and even a contact-lens-like film that secreted glaucoma medication–but now she had invented one the likes of which Robertson had never conceived. ""
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Girls' Brains Really Are Different From Boys' Brains

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 2 months ago

tomhath (637240) writes "Portions of the brain develop differently during puberty..

By the end of adolescence, females had significantly higher Cerebral Blood Flow than males, and this difference was most prominent in areas of the brain involved in social behaviors and emotion regulation, such as the orbitofrontal cortex. The findings give clues to sex-specific susceptibilities to certain psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia."

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Cold weather, common infections linked to stroke and brain function decline

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 6 months ago

tomhath (637240) writes "Cold weather and some common infections are suspected of causing unexpected health problems such as stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and decreased mental performance:

The results showed links between antibody levels caused by exposure to common infections and worsening cognitive performance in functions like memory, planning and reasoning ability, speed of mental processing and abstract thinking.


Berkely Lab makes artificial muscle from Vanadium dioxide

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 7 months ago

tomhath (637240) writes "Researchers find they can construct tiny muscles by using unique characteristics of vanadium dioxide as it changes phase. They also restrain themselves from making jokes about robots that look like nerds."

Supreme Court to decide if Monsanto GMO patents are valid

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 2 years ago

tomhath (637240) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an Indiana farmer's appeal that challenges the scope of Monsanto Co.'s patent rights on its Roundup Ready seeds.

Mr. Bowman bought and planted "commodity seeds" from a grain elevator. Those soybean seeds were a mix and included some that contained Monsanto's technology.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case over the objections of the Obama administration, which had urged the justices to leave the lower court rulings in place."

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New Official Worlds Hottest Temperature

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 2 years ago

tomhath (637240) writes "After an in-depth investigation by a team of meteorologists working for the World Meteorological Organization, the official hottest temperature ever recorded (134 F or 56.7 C) has been declared to have occurred in Death 1913. The previous record (136.4 F or 58 C) that was recorded in Libya in 1922 was found to be erroneous."
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Recent warming of Antarctica "unusual but not unprecedented"

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 2 years ago

tomhath (637240) writes "Ice core study concludes that climate change and associated melting of ice in Antarctica is more the norm than the exception, including rapid warming cycles as we appear to be in today.

Study concludes: Although warming of the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula began around 600 years ago, the high rate of warming over the past century is unusual (but not unprecedented) in the context of natural climate variability over the past two millennia. The connection shown here between past temperature and ice-shelf stability suggests that warming for several centuries rendered ice shelves on the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula vulnerable to collapse."

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Quantum network achieved

tomhath tomhath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tomhath (637240) writes "

Quantum connectivity between nodes is achieved in the conceptually most fundamental way—by the coherent exchange of a single photon. We demonstrate the faithful transfer of an atomic quantum state and the creation of entanglement between two identical nodes in separate laboratories.


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