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Comment Re:Why does anyone care? (Score 1) 113 113

Why should anyone care about the power level, as opposed to the pulse energy?
ie why does it matter if the kilojoule is spread over one or ten picoseconds? Without this vital piece of information, it is hard to get excited (pardon the pun).

Well, given that a 9mm has about the same energy as two or three punches... Yeah, I'd say the time and method of energy transfer/release is extremely important.


Comment Re: Here's what I heard: (Score 2) 81 81

Wireless and graphics are the two pieces of hardware Linux has occasional problems with, and that's become much more of a rarity in the past several years.
Many wireless chips require a non-free firmware package to be installed, so if you run a "pure" os like Debian, you'll have to manually tell it to do that.
Older and Intel graphics cards just work. The issue has always been getting good performance out of newer ATI and Nvidia cards.

Speaking as someone who uses Linux on my home machine, the most annoying part are peripherals like gaming mice and keyboards. Using all the buttons or changing settings is a pain in Linux. Companies like MadCatz and Razer just don't care. It will be interesting when people try to plug them into Steam machines and find they barely work

Comment Re:Probably not useful (Score 1) 91 91

Honestly the freaking out thing isn't that bad, but the issue isn't Zirconium in general. For most applications, when they use Zirconium they don't bother to extract the Hafnium. It has most of the same properties, and it's expensive to remove. It just happens to be that one of the main applications that requires pure Zirconium involves the word nuclear. Which, is something no politician wants to touch with a ten foot pole.

Comment Re:Probably not useful (Score 5, Informative) 91 91

Hafnium is about a dollar / gram. Nitrogen and carbon are plentiful and relatively cheap. Is this dramatically more expensive than current high temp materials?

442 stainless steel is US $1500.00 / Ton from Alibaba. Assuming metric, that works out to $1.5/kg, or $0.0015/g.
Plus that $1/g is just for the raw Hafnium. Alloys like the one proposed here tend to be expensive, time consuming, and finicky to get right.

Then you get into the fact that producing Hafnium leaves pure Zirconium. Which is typically used as cladding for nuclear fuel rods. Something that a fair portion of the world would freak out about, because anything that's good for nuclear must be bad. Plus there's this gem: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Why do browsers allow websites to do this? (Score 1) 365 365

This hasn't been the case for years. Mainly because users value privacy, and don't like being annoyed.
Perfect example: popup blockers. Every argument given for why browser makers should not stop annoying/malicious behavior has been made during that debate.
For a while there, websites could even change window size and position. I know of at least one script that would forkbomb a computer with popups of itself while telling the user they were an idiot.

Comment Re:Why do browsers allow websites to do this? (Score 1) 365 365

While not said in the best way, AC is correct.

Use case 1 sounds like a problem, but one that should be fixed somewhere else.
Use case 2 is like popups and the blink tag. The times when users actively want that feature is dwarfed by its abuse. Further, it's easy to work around. Worst case, I've used a cell phone camera because a program I had to use locked down the entire pc.

Comment Why do browsers allow websites to do this? (Score 4, Insightful) 365 365

While it's true the site operators are at fault, I also blame the browser makers.

Many websites don't allow copy or paste, or even selecting/highlighting text.
While I can understand the draw of websites, especially ones with games, being able to grab keyboard input, it's a potential security disaster waiting to happen.

Browser makers should treat these kind of keyboard/mouse hooks the same way they treat websites asking for location data. With a message asking the user if they want to allow the behavior or not. Furthermore, they should do it in such a way that operators can not force users to click allow.

Comment Re:Buy some suntain lotion (Score 0) 230 230

You've hacked a bank and now you're a terrorist. Expect a visit from the FBI and a taxpayer funded trip to Cuba.

Vinegar Joe is, unfortunately, probably correct. The last time this happened the person was sent to jail and faced a hefty fine. http://appleinsider.com/articl...

Sorry mate, but reporting vulnerabilities puts you behind bars.

Comment Re:great news. (Score 1) 407 407

Under US Federal law it doesn't matter. If parent had any amount of drugs it's a felony, and in many areas comes with a mandatory minimum sentence. If parent has over an arbitrary amount of a drug then it's considered "possession with intent to distribute," which is a felony that can result in jail times longer than if parent had killed someone

Also, statistically, if someone arrested is not white then expect a harsher sentence in the US.

Comment Re:DRM on ... apps? (Score 1) 135 135

Actually that's a common justification for piracy. Ex: "I've already paid for it once, I'm not paying $XX just to get a Blue Ray version."

The thing to remember about phone apps is they tend to transfer within the same ecosystem. You buy an app for your old phone, and it'll pop up on your new phone as well.

PC software piracy is alive and well. Just look at any college where the students have to use proprietary software. Sure they could go to the labs, but they want it on their PCs and can't afford the $1000s per copy licence fee.

Comment Re:Boeing says not a theoretical problem ... (Score 1) 142 142

The funny part being that iPads and the MS Surfaces are rated for Cockpit use. Pilots are now using these all the time because it saves them from having to carry around 30lbs worth of paper charts. It's kind of a big deal if the pilot isn't allowed to double check where he or she is going because the plane might break. Oh, and when I say carry around I mean it. Things like charts are per pilot, not per aircraft.

Comment Re:The real breakthrough - no more electrolytic ca (Score 3, Informative) 182 182

While it seems like a good idea to have a low voltage circuit, there some unfortunate realities that have to be taken into consideration. Mainly you need much thicker wiring to keep your resistive losses low. It's actually cheaper to have a transformer in the light fixture itself than it is to run heavy guage wire everywhere. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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