I seem to remember early transistors being made of germanium - on the row below silicon and one to the right of gallium
This suggests less heat which means that chips could be packed in more densely, need smaller heat sinks. This could also remove some of the heat issues associated with multi layer chips.
A win in many ways!
The trouble with FM static is that your ''enemy'' could also observe what you observe and thus have a good idea of what you are basing your random numbers on.
In which case they will have to release the code that corresponds to binaries - would be useful for checking that there is not some little tweaks to help the NSA -- but if they have already put those into the system DLLs (eg for encryption) we would not really know. Maybe I am too cynical but I am very suspicious of what they did to skype.
Should not be that hard, slashdot HTTP headers contain: Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 and the HTML header contains the line: <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
for arranging this. It might be largely symbolic, but I heartily approve of what he has done. Something bright & positive, better than the trials of ancient concentration camp officials.
To make this work you take your open source Firefox and download the Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM) - a closed source ''black box''. Who knows what is in there, maybe Adobe took some dollars from the NSA and put some spyware in there -- you can't tell because the channel to download the video is encrypted. Maybe they have also taken some rubles and inserted some code from the FSB (KGB successor) and maybe from elsewhere ?
Who knows ? I don't -- it is closed source.
I can understand two or three, but I'm at a loss for how someone could have 6 or more GPS devices.
I have a drone with a GPS device, it will return to me if it loses signal from my controller.
Mod parent up
One right that should be absolute is to criticise a politician for their public actions. We elect them and if we don't like what they do we must be able to say so in clear terms. This includes saying that if think they are being stupid or duplicitous.
As regards personal insults: they should have the same protections and rights of redress for ad hominem attacks as the rest of us have - no more, no less.
it was the sales droid who lied - it is him who should be castigated for lieing - presumably to earn a few extra $ commission or bonus. All those who were conned into paying for something that they did not need should be able to seek compensation from the sales droid - the fine NOT to be paid by Verison. The droid's manager and managers all the way up should have to pay in proportion to their take home pay.
Unless there are consequences it will happen again. Not much different from the bankers who caused the rest of us so much pain and, by & large, have escaped personal penalties.
1) Tell us that it is not effective; thus we need not worry about loss of privacy; thus we might we well let them continue ?
2) It is not effective because they have not got enough money for XXX; so: please Mr congress critter - vote them some more money
3) It is not effective; you need not worry about encrypting your communications; hopefully enough idiots will believe that!
Pick one of the above or come out with more suggestions.
Was any attempt made to correlate people's views with the propaganda^w news sources that they viewed/read the most?
From the penultimate paragraph:
When the last star in the Universe flickers out, those photons—long since shifted into the radio and having diluted to be less than one-per-cubic-kilometer—will still be there in just as great an abundance as they were trillions and quadrillions of years prior.
and that is all that there will be left --- according to current theories at any rate!