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Comment: Re:Here's a better article with actual photos (Score 1) 180

by AmiMoJo (#47447617) Attached to: Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

When I clicked on it there was provocative picture of a 16 year old in the sidebar. Technically legal in the UK but it still creeps me out to think of the old men at the Daily Mail admiring it.

Now I feel dirty for giving them advertising revenue. At least I had AdBlock turned on.

Comment: Re: Not France vs US (Score 1) 263

Maybe not. The law says they need to charge shipping costs, so unless their couriers are charging them â0.01 they are probably not complying. They are just hoping that it takes the authorities a long time to get around to forcing them to charge the real price, which will be obfuscated as much as possible, by which time the will have forced even more of the competition out of business.

Comment: Re: Not France vs US (Score 1) 263

They looked over the channel and saw what has happened in the UK. Most places are what we call "clone towns", which all have exactly the same set of chain shops. There are very few independents left in most places. Choice is non-existent, as even where there are multiple chains they both tend to carry the same products and only differentiate (slightly) on price.

Displays

Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best 119

Posted by timothy
from the enhance-enhance-enhance dept.
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The Retina displays featured on Apple's iPhone 4 and 5 models pack a pixel density of 326 ppi, with individual pixels measuring 78 micrometers. That might seem plenty good enough given the average human eye is unable to differentiate between the individual pixels, but scientists in the UK have now developed technology that could lead to extremely high-resolution displays that put such pixel densities to shame."

Comment: Re:smartwatch (Score 2) 358

by AmiMoJo (#47439909) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Google Now, or something like it. Forget about messing around with shortcut buttons and apps, I just want something that tells me what I need to know when I look at it. For example, as I get up to leave work I want to vibrate and notify me of traffic on my usual route. When I get to the airport I want my flight info displayed with the gate number.

Throw in some basic health monitoring (steps, maybe heart rate), a round face (square just looks stupid for some reason) and wireless charging. Most importantly it needs to be comfortable, and I'd expect it to be durable and waterproof so I can wash it off every now and then. Anti-bacterial coating would be nice too.

The Moto 360 is looking good on this front, except perhaps for the strap. It remains to be seen how well it works though.

Comment: Re:Not just iPhone (Score 1) 142

by AmiMoJo (#47437117) Attached to: Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

Actually, anything with practically opaque internals is a potential security hole

While true it doesn't change the fact that we know for sure that the NSA and GCHQ are extremely bad offenders. Maybe others are at it too, but all we can do is act on the information we have and that information says that American and British products are routinely bugged.

Comment: Re:We are winning! (Score 2) 177

by AmiMoJo (#47434637) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

And each bullet costs just two times the GDP of the entire village the terrorist is hailing from!

Each bullet creates two more "terrorists", or "freedom fighters" as they were known back in the 80s when they were our friends.

The best thing to do is provide aid from a distance, but otherwise don't get involved. No troops, no arming one side or the other, just food and medicine. The Islamists were losing until we destabilized those countries to the point where they could start winning.

Comment: Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (Score 1) 239

by AmiMoJo (#47434611) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

This is a common misunderstanding of how solar fits into the current grid. Demand is highest during peak solar hours. Even if you don't use the power in your own home it gets exported to the grid and runs the air-con and PCs where you work, or some industrial process.

Since the daytime peak consumption is supplied by sources that can ramp up and down, including coal, solar has a huge positive environmental impact.

Comment: Re:Buy Surge Protectors (Score 2) 78

APC used to be good, but these days most of their range is crap. They went the same route as DeWalt and many other once good brands, relying on their name to sell rather than continued quality.

Also, they are a US company making things that connect to your network/computer, so you have to worry about the NSA. A surge protector filtering your entire internet connection as it comes into your house would be a fantastic place for a bug.

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