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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

treeves Re:Loved the original (457 comments)

I thought the whole thing was great, story, action, special effects. John Wiliams' score!, but in retrospect the, special effects weren't any better, and maybe not as good(!), as those of 2001: A Space Odyssey -- filmed 8 years earlier.

about 3 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

treeves Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

Hey, this is /. LibreOffice Writer!

about 3 months ago
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Algorithm Distinguishes Memes From Ordinary Information

treeves Re:Memes (38 comments)

Well, when I go to https://imgflip.com/memegenera..., there are three font choices: Impact, Arial , and Comic Sans. At http://memegenerator.net/ it looks like Impact is the only option. Being the default choice at these sites, I suspect Impact gets used the most by far. I think I have never seen Comic Sans used.

about 3 months ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

treeves Re:Bush (248 comments)

it seems like whenever someone says "Here comes the modding down and a wreaking of my karma, in three.... two..... One...." they get modded *up*.
  Anyone else notice that? Maybe it's just confirmation bias on my part, but I don't think so. Well, just in case, I'm prepared to be modded down in three, two, one....

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

treeves Re:No... (328 comments)

LOL. Literally.

about 3 months ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

treeves Re:Funny host (193 comments)

It used to be funny. Back when it started and for a while after that. I stopped watching, oh, in the mid nineties?

about 4 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

treeves Re:Two questions (630 comments)

I realize after a mile probably not so hot yet, since that takes only about half a second!
How hot does it get after 50 miles at Mach 7?
There, I fixed that for myself.

about 4 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

treeves Two questions (630 comments)

1. How loud is it?
2. How hot does the projectile get after a mile at Mach 7?

I'm guessing:
1. Really loud.
2. Really hot.

about 4 months ago
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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

treeves Re:treatment (71 comments)

But isn't "draining the swamps" now called "wetlands destruction", so people don't want to do it?

about 4 months ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

treeves Re:Mind = Blown (268 comments)

I think the definition is a little narrower than that. I.e. there is some music that is neither popular nor classical, e.g. jazz (of the John Coltrane or Miles Davis sort, not Kenny G)

about 5 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

treeves Re:Is it an alkaline soap ? (794 comments)

alcohol is a VERY weak base, but most alcoholic beverages are acidic. I don't care though.

about 5 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

treeves Representing the people (366 comments)

Most comments here seem to be opposed to the ban, but the majority of the public are in favor of it, so the Congress is just representing them in passing this. I would prefer to let the airlines set their own rules and let the market work, but I'm giving a devil's advocate position to all the libertarian comments here.

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology is a Science

treeves I'm a Virgo (2 comments)

...so I don't fall for BS like this!

about 6 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

treeves Re:Laws server their purpose (248 comments)

If the law is "working" as it should, you know what you can and cannot do *before* you do it, and you are dissuaded from doing what you *know* you aren't supposed to do. This situation is nothing like that.

about 6 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

treeves Re:Common sense? In MY judiciary? (457 comments)

I totally agree. I got it one day last week and I hated it. Too much whitespace. Among other things.

about 6 months ago
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Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating

treeves Re:What are the questions? (313 comments)

example
1. When should you launch a missile?
a. Whenever you feel like it.
b. Now.
c. Never.
d. When your commanding officer tells you to launch.
e. None of the above.

2. Who can authorize a strategic launch?
a. Anyone.
b. The mailman.
c. County sheriff's deputies.
d. The POTUS
e. The tooth fairy.

 

about 6 months ago
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Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating

treeves What does it even mean (313 comments)

How can part of a missile cheat at anything? And what does "half a wing" mean? Aren't the fins on the missiles one-piece?

about 6 months ago
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23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

treeves Re:How many Libraries of Congress is that? (449 comments)

actually, a microwave oven will heat up a cup of water in one second. Just not very much.

about 6 months ago

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IBM's Watson to compete on Jeopardy

treeves treeves writes  |  more than 3 years ago

treeves (963993) writes "AP reports that an AI program from IBM will compete on "Jeopardy" against that game show's biggest winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. It will air Feb. 14-16, 2011.
They mention that the computer will be represented by a round avatar. If it includes voice recognition and synthesis it should be quite impressive. It has been tested pretty thoroughly and no one is saying how well it's done in the testing. If Alex Trebek can be snarky to an AI program, maybe this could become a regular feature. Instead of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader?" we might see "Are You Smarter Than A Supercomputer?"
IBM calls their project DeepQA (I think QA means "question and answer", not "quality assurance")."

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Secret code in US Cybercommand's new logo

treeves treeves writes  |  about 4 years ago

treeves (963993) writes "

The U.S. military'(TM)s new Cyber Command is headquartered at Ft. Meade, Maryland, one of the military'(TM)s most secretive and secure facilities. Its mission is largely opaque, even inside the armed forces. But the there's another mystery surrounding the emerging unit. It's embedded in the Cyber Command logo. On the logo's inner gold ring is a code: 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a It is not just random numbers and does decode(TM) to something specific, a Cyber Command source tells Danger Room. oeI believe it is specifically detailed in the official heraldry for the unit symbol. While there a few different proposals during the design phase, in the end the choice was obvious and something necessary for every military unit, the source adds. The mission. Read More at Wired

I hope it takes a little while, or better a long while, to crack it. It won't be too impressive if someone figures it out tomorrow."
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Sergey Brin has gene for Parkinson's

treeves treeves writes  |  more than 5 years ago

treeves writes "Apparently, Sergey Brin, one of Google's founders, started a blog he calls Too, a little play on words, and in one of the first posts he reveals that has discovered that he has a gene that predisposes him for Parkinson's disease. He found out when he had his wife's company, 23andme (a reference to the 23 chromosomes in humans), do some genetic testing on him. And while I'm sure he's quite rich and well-connected, it looks like any of us could get some pretty extensive genetic testing done for only $399. I don't know if I would. Would you?

[I don't have any connection to Google or 23andme. I just read about it today.]"
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Applke excludes iTunes from $100 iPhone rebate

treeves treeves writes  |  more than 6 years ago

treeves writes "Apple announced they're going to specifically exclude iTunes songs from the list of things that can be purchased using the $100 rebate credits given to early buyers of iPhones, and didn't say why they're doing it.

It is reasonable to assume that one reason is that it will force people to buy more expensive items (only a few items under a hundred dollars can be had) and that people will have to spend more than $100 in most cases, or not use all of the rebate. If they could buy songs, they could spend right up to $99.99.

Seems like another way to anger those same people you were trying to assuage by giving the rebate in the first place, no?

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ach7AweWoeyo&refer=home"
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treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago

treeves writes "Radioactive nuclei that hang around for a mere half-minute before falling apart hardly seem stable. Yet compared with the fleeting lifetimes of their superheavy atomic neighbors, the roughly 30-second period that transpired from creation to disintegration of four atoms of a newly discovered isotope of element 108 qualifies those atoms as rock solid.

Theoretical physicists predicted years ago that some nuclei of elements much more massive than uranium should survive for a relatively long time — possibly long enough to probe their chemical properties — if they could be synthesized. On the chart of nuclides, theoreticians pinpointed a region with coordinates corresponding to 114 protons and 184 neutrons and indicated that nuclei with those "magic" numbers of subatomic particles should lie at the center of an island of stability. The nuclear longevity, according to the models, is due to the closing of proton and neutron shells, which renders the particles stable against spontaneous fission much the same way that a filled outer electron shell endows noble gases with chemical inertness. Experimentalists, though, haven't yet found a route to reach the center of the island.

Other theoreticians calculated the effects of subshell closings in other superheavy nuclei. They concluded that an isotope of hassium containing 108 protons and 162 neutrons (270Hs) should survive a long timemuch longer than the millisecond or shorter lifetimes typical of most of the heaviest nuclides.

Now, an international team of experimentalists has detected four of those atoms and probed some of their chemical properties during the roughly 30 seconds the nuclei survive (Phys. Rev. Lett. 2006, 97, 242501). The findings confirm the predictions and provide new statistical data with which such theoretical models can be refined. The team includes 24 scientists from 10 research institutions, including the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Institute for Heavy-Ion Research (GSI), both in Germany, as well as institutions in Russia, the U.S., Switzerland, Japan, China, and Poland.

As TUM graduate student Jan Dvorak explains, the hassium nuclei were formed by firing a high-energy beam of 26Mg projectiles into a target enriched in 248Cm. [http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/84/i52/8452hassium.h tml]"
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treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago

treeves writes "You can read Chapter Four for free here, but the whole book is fifty bucks. Sounds like it's worth it if you're interested in CPU architecture.

Inside the Machine, from the co-founder of the highly respected Ars Technica website, explains how microprocessors operatewhat they do and how they do it. The book uses analogies, full-color diagrams, and clear language to convey the ideas that form the basis of modern computing. After discussing computers in the abstract, the book examines specific microprocessors from Intel, IBM, and Motorola, from the original models up through today's leading processors. It contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available (online or in print) on Intels latest processors: the Pentium M, Core, and Core 2 Duo. Inside the Machine also explains technology terms and concepts that readers often hear but may not fully understand, such as "pipelining," "L1 cache," "main memory," "superscalar processing," and "out-of-order execution."
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treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago

treeves writes "This story says that a patent that Apple scored for speech recognition technology hints that apple is planning to introduce a cell phone. I'm not sure why it has to mean that, but I guess there are already some rumors to that effect.

Proving that it is not content to rest on the laurels of the success of the iPod and adding fuel to the always-rampant speculation as to what the company will do next, Apple Computer Inc. won a patent this week for speech-recognition technology.

Encouraging thoughts of a future launch of an "iPhone" product, Apple filed for "assigning meanings to utterances in a speech recognition system" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in February 2004. The technology can be used for "assigning meanings to spoken utterances in a speech recognition system," according to the patent's documentation with the PTO.

Apple-watching blog Mac News Network speculated this week that since "the granted patent discusses the use of this system in relation to a user calling up a document, license, memo and/or a producer's agreement, it's apparent that this patent could easily apply to a future iPhone."

An iPhone would be another addition to the Apple-branded arsenal of products the company has designed to serve customers in seemingly every facet of their lives. Last month, the company debuted an Internet Television (iTV), set to hit stores in January, which will allow consumers to view iTunes and other content on their televisions via a Wi-Fi link to their personal computers.

[Source: Electronic News]"
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treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago

treeves writes "In an attempt to take a bite out of Apple Computer's stronghold on the digital music player realm, Sony Electronics has debuted a new digital version of its Walkman player with built-in noise-canceling technology.

The NW-S700F Walkman player comes with an FM tuner, a 50 hour battery life and a "quick-charge" feature which offers up to three-hours of playback with just a three-minute charge, Sony said. The player also comes with 13.5 mm diameter headphones with a built-in microphone that Sony claims reduces most ambient noise. In addition the new Walkman has embedded noise-canceling technology in both the player and headphones that Sony claims eliminates the need for listeners to "pump up the volume." [from http://www.edn.com/article/CA6380827.html?partner= enews&nid=2019&rid=896806482%5D

If it were 8mb, instead of 1 or 2, I'd like the quick-charge and noise cancelling features, especially if it also has a good display.
Still, who knows what kind of DRM or malware comes bundled with it?"
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treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago

treeves writes "A dissection of Apple Computer Inc.'s new iPod Nano player conducted by market research firm iSuppli Corp.'s teardown analysis service reveals a new design that delivers reduced cost and greater capability compared to the previous-generation product, the firm reported this week.
Due to design changes and component price declines, iSuppli estimated that Apple has reduced the bill-of-materials (BOM) cost for the new $199 retail-priced 4GByte Nano to $72.24, less than the $89.97 that was estimated for a first-generation 2GByte Nano upon its release.
iSuppli concluded that with its latest product releases, Apple has succeeded at "developing products that deliver both high consumer value and enviable margins.""
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treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago

treeves writes "Biodegradable Fabrics a Hit at Conference
A full-fledged fashion show, complete with professional models and a runway, nabbed the attention of the scientific community in Toronto over the summer. Attendees at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing were treated to a fashion display that included garments from top designers, including Halston, Oscar de la Renta and Stephen Burrows. The occasion for a fashion runway at a technical conference was to show off the biodegradable Ingeo fabric, which is spun from polylactide, a biopolymer made from dextrose corn sugar."
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treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago

treeves writes "Simply RISC, a company based in U.K. and Italy, has become the first to produce a microprocessor from Sun Microsystems' open-source Sparc design.
Formed by a team of British and Italian designers, formerly of STMicroelectronics, Simply RISC said it has shipped the S1 Core. S1 is a 64-bit Wishbone-compliant CPU Core based upon the OpenSPARC T1 microprocessor released by Sun Microsystems a few months ago.

While T1, codenamed Niagara, contains eight processors, S1 has just one of the cores plus the Wishbone bridge, a reset controller and interrupt controller. Even this single core can execute four threads simultaneously.
Simply RISC said it is aiming the device at embedded designs such as handheld computers, set-top boxes and digital cameras.

The S1 Core is released under the same license of the T1, the GNU General Public License (GPL), and the design is freely downloadable from the Simply RISC Web site www.srisc.com with no registration required.
One of the main aims of Simply RISC was to keep the S1 Core environment as simple as possible to encourage developers. Most of the simulation and synthesis activities are now performed with simple push-button scripts and system requirements are very easy to meet, said the company. link"
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treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago

treeves writes "Your name in lights, on your body

Philips Research has demonstrated jackets featuring its Lumalive textiles, which integrate flexible arrays of LEDs into the fabric. The jackets feature 200×200-mm color panels and discreetly concealed battery and electronics packs that the user can, we hope, remember to disconnect and remove before washing.

The company states that the production-ready technology can scale to illuminate drapes, cushions, or even an entire sofa "to enhance the observer's mood and positively influence his behavior." We wonder how long it will be before an entrepreneurial hacker couples one of the jackets with a wireless connection and becomes a walking billboard."

Journals

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Polymer Electronics

treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago Second-generation printed electronics have arrived and their impact on society will be immense. A major new industry is born. Transparent solar cells will be on watches by year end and vast areas of printed flexible photovoltaics will be available within the next few years. Polymer alternatives will have lower efficiency but often be lower in cost.
article
Light emitting moving color displays, vehicle and room lighting on flexible substrates, the electronic book and many forms of disposable electronics are near to mass rollout.

Some new versions are flexible and use printed polymer thin film transistor circuits (TFTC) from Plastic Logic as back plane drivers. Working samples of these have been widely available in 2006. None of them require a voltage to retain the image.

This year saw smart drug packs with printed sensors and sometimes printed batteries. These have unique electronic identification and they record which pill was removed when, because 50 percent of patients take their medication incorrectly. Initially they are being used to improve drug trials such as the National Institute of Health trial of Azithromycin and a Novartis trial this year. We already have flexible, electroluminescent color displays from billboards to animated watch backgrounds.

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NY Center for Nanotech Research

treeves treeves writes  |  more than 7 years ago New York State is fast on its way to becoming a center for nanotechnology, with employment at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) now exceeding 1,000 - a ten-fold increase in four years.

Based at the University of Albany, the CNSE has attracted many leading nanoelectronics companies to the area, the university said in a statement. There are now currently more than 1,350 scientists and researchers in the area from organizations including IBM, AMD, Qimonda, Micron, Sematech, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Sony, Toshiba and Honeywell.

Since 2001 - the same year CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex was designated as New York State's Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology - more than $600 million has been invested by New York State government in programs and initiatives at the University of Albany Nanocollege, which in turn has attracted over $2.5 billion in private investment, according to the University.

Employment is projected to reach 2,000 upon completion of CNSE's newest building, NanoFab 300 East, which will provide additional state-of-the-art office, virtual classroom, conferencing, laboratory and business incubation space and serve as home to the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration, a $435 million initiative that focuses on cutting-edge nanotechnology research for future generations of transistor technologies.

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