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+ - Optical Mice Used to Detect Counterfeit Coins

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JimXugle
JimXugle writes: "El Mundo reports (Original Spanish article, Google Translate) that Spanish researchers at The University of Lleida have used a modified optical mouse to detect counterfeit €2 coins with a success rate comparable to that of an expert trained to do so. Details are to be published freely in the journal "Sensors"."

Comment: Re:So that means that by 2015... (Score 3, Insightful) 346 346

by DigiShaman (#29861365) Attached to: No Cheap Replacement For Hard Disks Before 2020

It's been my professional experience that a nice percentage of drive failures happen because of the logic board going out, not mechanical. Of course, it could be the heat that's killing them.

It's too soon to tell, but I'm a little skittish regarding SSD technology. It's getting better, but I'll wait a few more product generations before using them in SQL servers. With HDD crashes, at least the data can be professionally recovered to some degree. But what about SSDs? If the controller dies and/or a PSU fries every chip, I'm afraid all the data would be lost forever!

Only a historical record of this new technology will determine my level of trust in the future.

Comment: Re:Vodka (Score 1) 770 770

by shutdown -p now (#29861305) Attached to: A Tale of Two Windows 7s

The day that happens, a new operating system will be created so that programming geeks can have a usable operating system...

Not really - after all, we already have the BSDs.

Wich is why I really hope that Linux goes the "user friendly" way, while BSDs stay the way they are. Thing is, BSDs are much better at it - at least they're consistent. You don't see a lot of shiny with an occasional patch that looks and smells like it was written by a bearded guy in a basement; no, what you get is an entire OS, every single bit of which looks and smells like it was written by a bearded guy in a basement.

And consistency is good.

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