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Comment: All ads must not go. (Score 1) 1

by Z00L00K (#47718977) Attached to: An Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone £140-a-Year

As I see it - all ads doesn't have to go. Ads that are sensible (static images and a short catching message) and only a few of them per page will provide less incentive for AdBlock softwares.

The big thing here is that once you go AdBlock you rarely go back. Sites that denies access to AdBlocked clients will just get less visitors unless they have a very sharp edge and are unique that makes people willing to disable the AdBlock function for that site.

News sites with paywalls - well, it start to look like that more news sites have paywalls, but that just leads to shorter visit times and just reading the headlines - which may result in misinformed readers instead.

Comment: Re:Fire (Score 1) 72

by Rei (#47718877) Attached to: How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Nuh uh! There are also compressed air cars - they only explosively decompress upon tank failure! ;)

At least with batteries, flammability or explosiveness aren't a fundamental requirement of how you're trying to propel the vehicle, just an unfortunate side effect of some variants of the technology (even not all types of li-ions are flammable). There's lots of people who assume that flammability is a consequence of electrical energy density, but that's just not the case. The actual charge/discharge lithium batteries via intercalating into the anode or cathode is more an atomic-scale equivalent of compressing air into a tank, you're having little affect on the substrate flammabilities and you're not even changing their chemical bonding, you're just cramming lithium ions into the space between their atoms. The flammabilty of some types comes from side effects, such as flammable electrolytes or membrane failures leading to lithium metal plating out; these aren't a fundamental aspect of the energy storage process.

Now, li-air, that involves an actual lithium metal electrode, and that is fundamentally flammable. Of course, so is gasoline. I have no doubt that they can reduce fire risks on li-air cells and keep them properly contained to prevent failure propagations. My bigger issues with li-air are its terrible efficiency, lifespan, and cost. I'm certain the latter would come down, and I expect that they can improve the lifespan, but I'm a bit uneasy about how much they can improve its efficiency. Right now, they're as inefficient as a fuel cell. : Who wants to waste three times as much power per mile as is necessary?

Comment: Re:non sequitur? (Score 1) 72

by Rei (#47718833) Attached to: How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

It is a non-sequiteur. The energy density of a li-ion battery doesn't even approach the theoretical maximum storage for the element lithium shifting between ionization states. That's hardly the only way this article is terrible, mind you. My head hurt every time they said the word "efficiency", it's like they were using it to mean everything possible except for actual efficiency. And if I read it right - who knows, the article is such a total mess - the researcher isn't talking about reducing battery cost, but increasing longevity. But maybe that was mangled too.

+ - The first particle physics evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model?

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "It’s the holy grail of modern particle physics: discovering the first smoking-gun, direct evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model. Sure, there are unanswered questions and unsolved puzzles, ranging from dark matter to the hierarchy problem to the strong-CP problem, but there’s no experimental result clubbing us over the head that can’t be explained with standard particle physics. That is, the physics of the Standard Model in the framework of quantum field theory. Or is there? Take a look at the evidence from the muon’s magnetic moment, and see what might be the future of physics!"

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 3, Insightful) 60

by jandersen (#47718647) Attached to: China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Considering this is the country that put melamine in milk and cadmium in toys, this speaks volumes.

I would like to know their official justification.

China - the country as a whole or its government - can not be held responsible for crimes committed by private companies or individuals. In fact, these things happened because there was not enough governmental oversight - IOW too much freedom, rather than too little. This is what used to happen in the West, when companies were similarly unrestrained by legislation; things like adding chalk to bread and water to milk. Regulation is not all bad.

As for their official justification, they don't owe us any, but it seems likely that they are worried about the behaviour of the GM companies. Although GM holds huge potential in terms of nutrition, there are many things that give cause for concern: patented genes that spread to neighboring fields, genes that provide restitence to weed-killers spreading to wild species, modifications that hinder the production of viable seeds, so the farmers have to buy new GM seed from the producers rather than growing part of their harvest on next year, etc etc. I'm sure GM would be welcome in most countries if it was not for the companies producing them.

Another thing is that the Chinese are fully capable of developing or buying the technology themselves - so why should they allow in American companies that are only intent on siphoning off as much profit as possible to their share holders?

Comment: Re:Linus does not understand the size of the effor (Score 1) 480

by shutdown -p now (#47718581) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Just because they are signed by Microsoft, doesn't mean that Microsoft wrote them. For Vista, and even more so for Win7, large number of drivers was included out of the box to cover a wide range of hardware without needing driver CDs as often as XP did. Most of those are third party drivers, but because they are redisted by MS, they have the MS signature on them.

Basically, if you see MS certificate on some binary, it means that someone at Microsoft has built that binary. It doesn't mean that they wrote the source code for it.

Comment: Re:Linus does not understand the size of the effor (Score 1) 480

by shutdown -p now (#47718575) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Note that only 65k are in "engineering". This is across the entire company, working on numerous products (many of which you probably don't even know exist), and also internal infrastructure like build systems, test automation, and internal dev tools.

Quite obviously, one third of that cannot be working on the drivers, and even one tenth is an unreasonably high estimate.

Comment: Re:Linux could own the desktop... (Score 1) 480

by shutdown -p now (#47718561) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

To be more specific, what they need to do with Android is what Microsoft is doing with the next version of Windows (for store apps): put a full-fledged multi-window desktop there, complete with a taskbar/dock, and allow it to run existing Android apps in resizable, closeable windows. They already have fairly decent mouse support in Android, in fact (and the browser even understands hover), and most apps aren't that bad with a mouse, either. They just need to make the core UI around the same, and make it an official Android platform, so that people writing apps keep it in mind when doing UX design.

Comment: Re:Living in the country is an anachronism (Score 1) 242

by TheRaven64 (#47718515) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars
One word: Zoning. If you've played SimCity, you have a good idea of the structure of a lot of US cities. For some reason, they decided that places where people live, places where people shop, and places where people work should all be separate and so you need to drive to get between them. In most of the rest of the world, cities formed where villages grew until they were overlapping, so contain a mixture of homes, shops, offices, and so on. In the UK, it's hard to live in a city (or town) and be more than 5 minutes walk from a grocery store and usually a load of other small shops. A big supermarket may be a bit further away, but most deliver so you don't usually need to physically visit them.

Comment: Re:Better to starve I guess? (Score 1) 60

by Opportunist (#47718379) Attached to: China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Don't worry. China will be able to feed their population, no matter what. The question is whether you will be if they're pressed to hoover up the food around the globe. You'd be amazed if you knew just HOW much purchasing power the Chinese government has and how willing it is to avoid any kind of protests.

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