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Comment: Why is this story getting so much press? (Score 2, Interesting) 170

by Jadware (#44171649) Attached to: Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight
Someone told me this girl will become a billionaire if she can figure out how to make a heat-based car engine out of Peltier tiles. I replied with a long sigh and this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling_engine The Stirling engine was invented in 1816.

Comment: Re:MOD ABUSE above (Score -1) 262

by Jadware (#37758058) Attached to: RIM Unveils New OS Based On QNX

In order for QNX to meet the specialized requirements you're thinking of, every part of the OS has to be certified, which means nothing Blackberry produces will be useful to the military for 2-4 years at the soonest or it will be stripped down to the point that RIM will have no advantage.

Well, the Playbook got FIPS 140-2 certification back in July, and I believe is still the only tablet to have it. Which means when the government wants an approved tablet, there's only one on the list.

I'm kindof excited to finally have an rtos device in my hands, that I can develop for without learning proprietary C or ASM. 99cent iFart is great and all, but I want to build $99 iSecureMedialRecords or $99,999,999 iCIA

Comment: DEFENSE: StunRay deflector eye-shield apparatus (Score -1) 431

by Jadware (#35703202) Attached to: StunRay Incapacitates With a Flash of Light
The device is worn about the face such that the evil stun rays are deflected or neutralized with specially formulated optical shields. The shields are cut into larger-than-eye circles for moderate peripheral protection and counterbalanced against the defender's ears. Some sort of plastic composite is used for the frame to provide wearer comfort and reduce costs.

The official patent title is stated above but a nickname has already caught on around the office: "sunglasses"
Music

CD Sales Continue To Plummet, Vinyl Records Soar 431

Posted by timothy
from the warm-crackly-fidelity dept.
Lucas123 writes "Over the past four years, vinyl record sales have been soaring, jumping almost 300% from 858,000 in 2006 to 2.5 million in 2009, and sales this year are on track to reach new peaks, according to Nielsen Entertainment. Meanwhile, as digital music sales are also continuing a steady rise, CD sales have been on a fast downward slope over the same period of time. In the first half of this year alone, CD album sales were down about 18% over the same period last year. David Bakula, senior vice president of analytics at Nielsen Entertainment, said it's not just audiophiles expanding their collections that is driving vinyl record sales but a whole new generation of young music aficionados who are digging the album art, liner notes and other features that records bring to the table. 'The trend sure does seem sustainable. And the record industry is really doing a lot of cool things to not only make the format come alive but to make it more exciting for consumers,' Bakula said."

Comment: bee hives don't seem to mind GPS devices... (Score 0) 542

by Jadware (#32412720) Attached to: Study Claims Cellphones Implicated In Bee Loss
The very last words of the article: "There has been an increase in the number of thefts of hives across the world and in Germany beekeepers have started fitting GPS tracking devices to their hives." Obviously the bee hives seem to work out even when outfitted with GPS transponders, which would be useless without a cellular or other transmitter. Unless they use carrier pigeons to transport the gps position back to the original owners. That could explain the lack of bees, with them all getting scared away by said pigeons.

For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!

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