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Comment: Re:Don't be so far to believe! (Score 4, Funny) 84

Of course it's not a real thing, it's a stunt. It would never work in any practical sense, and the fact that they have publicised it doesn't exactly help them keep its nature secret from the police. It's just marketing. How much would this much coverage have cost if paid for as TV advertising?

Comment: Re:What /. doesn't want you to see -- (Score 1) 101

by AmiMoJo (#49796921) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

Strangely the SJW bullshit story about the IRC logs that GamerGate released, which prove beyond any doubt that it is all just manufactured outrage, astroturfing, sock puppets and misogyny was rejected too.

GamerGate is over. Nothing they do or say can recover from having their inner discussions exposed, which they were stupid enough to do on a public IRC server.

Comment: Re:The future of MIDI (Score 1) 101

by AmiMoJo (#49796913) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

We have most of those things.

Phones that aren't anorexic, instead being willing to be a bit thicker and sport two days' worth of battery life.

My OnePlus One can easily go three days on a charge, even with moderate use. It's a full smart phone, high end camera, Bluetooth, NFC, wifi, 4G, sensors etc. It's pretty thin too. Most manufacturers realized that there is "thin enough", it's only really Apple that needs to be 0.01mm thinner every year.

Phones with physical keyboards.

Just get a case with Bluetooth keyboard built in. That's the better solution now. You can choose a keyboard you like and easily replace it when needed. It also doesn't limit your choice of phone too much, because otherwise you would be stuck with one or two models at most.

Phones with intentionally lower DPI, for people with less-than-perfect eyesight that still want to use their phone.

Android lets you scale the UI easily enough for that purpose. You don't need a low DPI screen, you just need to make the font size bigger and have everything scale with it.

Phones with a better ability to leverage integrated storage

What does that even mean?

Phones with screens designed to be user-replaceable

Again, with the right case it is almost impossible to break the screen. High end cutting edge phones are only about £230 now, so it's easy to get the risk down to a level where you don't need insurance. If you paid £750+ for your phone, well...

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment: Re:Tesla enables Edison to win the endgame? (Score 1) 553

by AmiMoJo (#49791277) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

At the time it made sense to use AC, because high efficiency solid state DC-DC converters didn't exist. Nowadays high voltage DC transmission lines are used all over the world, with conversion to AC at the destination.

For home use it is a little trickier, because you still want high voltage until you get close to the device. Maybe you could have a DC line direct from the battery pack to your car or a central air conditioner or something, if you could keep them physically close together. You won't want to 48V/50A to your appliances that are tens of metres away from the source though. You could step the voltage up but then it might as well just be AC...


New Technique To Develop Single-Molecule Diode 35

Posted by timothy
from the micro-management dept.
William Robinson writes: Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, that has rectification ratio as high as 250, and 'ON' current as high as 0.1 microamps. The idea of creating a single-molecule diode was suggested by Arieh Aviram and Mark Ratner who theorized in 1974, which has been the 'holy grail' of molecular electronics ever since its inception to achieve further miniaturization, because single molecule represent the limit of miniaturization.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 311

by AmiMoJo (#49789609) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

They would love to just send you one large .png image of the page so that it renders exactly as they want it to, complete with ads. Well, it would probably be a seizure-inducing animated GIF actually.

The reason they don't is the same reason people don't make "websites" that are actually just big Flash animations any more. Search engines can't properly interpret them and tend to give them a low ranking. So they want it both ways - a high ranking for usefulness and information/bullshit ratio, but also total control over the display.

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