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Submission + - USA Elitists Favor Efficiency Over Equality (

LuxuryYacht writes: A team of four researchers from four different universities in the U.S. has conducted a study intended to discover why policymakers in the USA continue to make decisions that favor the elite, despite an electorate that would seemingly prefer the opposite. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their study and results and suggests that what they found may help explain the growing gap between the haves and have-nots.

In studying the results, the researchers found the Yale students made decisions based on efficiency on average of 80 percent of the time, compared to 50 percent for the general population. They were also found to be much more likely to make purely selfish decisions. This, the authors claim, helps explain why policymakers in the USA make decisions that benefit them and their peers more so than the general population.

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Submission + - Samsung to Buy Amd

LuxuryYacht writes: According to South Korean media reports, Samsung is interested in AMD’s CPU and GPU properties and using AMD’s IP to ramp up its growth and stand against companies such as Intel and Qualcomm.

Comment Re: The real reason (Score 1) 52

Combining different deposition technologies to manufacture items with multiple materials has been possible for quite some time. The problem is mostly with the patent system in the west. It's a patent minefield of obvious claims by patent holders that aren't even using the tech or are not interested in anything other than prototyping at slow print rates with very high profit margins on the materials. I expect an explosion of the tech in China or after a few more of the patents expire in the west.

Comment RadioBaba or AliShack (Score 1) 294

Too bad Alibaba didn't make an offer to buy their stores. They could stock them with the top 250 or so electronics gadgets that sell. They could also handle all the local returns or warranty issues. Oh well, it was nice while they lasted from the 60's as Allied Radio and as Radio Shack until the late 80's

Comment Re:Liberated? What about the hardware? (Score 1) 229

The main cost in developing a laptop is the high cost of tooling for the injection molding. plans on rapidly printing laptop cases to get around this problem and making all the main components as modules. SLA resolution is in the sub-100 micron range vs well over 100 micron for FDM. It's also an order or two of magnitude faster.

Comment The "Engineers" really don't know how to design .. (Score 1) 325

..them to run cooler.

They don't teach thermal management to EE's or ME's. The two groups each work on their own portions of the laptop and then cram a heat pipe and fan assembly into the case that the heat pipe supplier says might work. Thermally conductive thermoplastics have been around for decades yet they never seem to make it into laptop enclosures. Some are more thermally conductive than aluminum and are are not too costly for them to be incorporated into the design.

There is a new open laptop project at Open Lunchbox starting up that intends to provide open reference designs for enclosures that use the enclosure as part of the cooling system.

Comment Re:It's about time. (Score 1) 24

The main concern with most laptops is having to use closed binary drivers, closed binary firmware/BIOS and not having schematics. This project has all open source drivers, coreboot and schematics, PCB files and a BOM (bill of materials). They can use it the way they want and modify it if they wish.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison