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Submission + - Object seen in skydiver's helmetcam unlikely to be a meteorite 3

The Bad Astronomer writes: The viral video showing what looked like a meteorite falling past a skydiver made quite a splash, with many people assuming it was true. However, further analysis shows that it's also perfectly consistent with being a small (1-3 cm) rock that fell out of the parachute itself, which is a far more likely explanation.

Comment Re:I am for more content. Quality content. (Score 1) 143

Not even DRM- Stallman would get mad because the artists were releasing their music under the heretically un-Freeâ Creative Commons license, instead of GPL, the One True License Forever And Ever Amen.


Comment Re:How about they.... (Score 1) 321

Anybody who's in private sector IT who thinks public school district IT is an endless field of dollar bills needs to come and work it for a month or two.

We're non-union, so the administration likes to treat us differently for raises each year- one year we're considered with this union group that gets screwed, next year we're considered like administrators so we get screwed, and so on.

We've had a number of people in important jobs leave for greener pastures recently (email guy/programmer, DBA, jr. server admin) who we haven't replaced. We look better on budget but it also looks easier to outsource us.

Comment Re:Big Difference though between..... (Score 1) 424

Removal of scroll bars on OSX is not a big deal, Apple hardware had scrolling devices (magic mouse and multitouch pad) for a long time. so scrolling is not affected on that platform. Removal of scroll bars on Ubuntu was the stupidest move ever. I dont have a multitouch device to scroll with, so now I have to hit a 2 pixel bar on a window. WTF is that??!?!?! ROWARRGH!

So you don't have a mouse with a wheel?

Dumbification of the UI needs to be optional. Let me have a "professional mode" to switch to a power users multiple window setup.

Full screen is most definitely off by default- you need to explicitly click the widget in the upper right corner of the window to make it full screen.


Submission + - External Thunderbolt graphics card on its way->

An anonymous reader writes: Last week, as the result of a straw poll on Facebook, Village Instruments agreed to begin development of an external Thunderbolt-connected graphics card enclosure. Village Instruments already has experience with its ExpressCard-connected ViDock graphics card chassis, which provides extra GPU juice for Windows and Mac laptops, and the Thunderbolt version is expected to be the same kind of thing — but faster. The only problem is, Thunderbolt is only 4x PCIe 2.0, so you won't be using this to connect modern, desktop-class GPUs to your laptop — and more importantly you need to carry around a second monitor to actually use a ViDock. So why not just buy a proper gaming laptop...?
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Building Material Absorbs and Releases Heat 98

Zothecula writes "Researchers at the Ningpo, China campus of the University of Nottingham (UNNC) have created a new heat-regulating material that could be used to cut the heating and cooling costs of buildings. The non-deformed storage phase change material (PCM) can be fixed so that it starts absorbing any excess heat above a pre-determined temperature and releasing stored heat when the ambient temperature drops below the set point. The researchers say the material can be manufactured in a variety of shapes and sizes, even small enough so that it can be sprayed as a microscopic film to surfaces in existing buildings."

Comment Re:Just give up. (Score 1) 250

Ever since I was assigned a HTC Touch Pro on Verizon for work (awful, awful, *AWFUL* phone, it is.) I've looked around at the state of Windows Mobile devices. One thing in particular struck me: a large part of the competition between devices is in different ways to cover up or hide WindowsMobile underneath the manufacturer's own interface. HTC has TouchFlo 3D, Samsung has TouchWiz, and there are others.

But isn't Android doing the same thing with HTC's Sense, Motorola's MOTOBLUR? No. Those are relatively slight augmentations to the base Android interface. When you use a smartphone with Sense or BLUR, it's still obvious you're using an Android device. TouchFlo 3D and TouchWiz are all about insulating the user from the nasty, stylus-required interface of Windows Mobile.

Microsoft, listen closely:
When companies are competing to see how much of your interface they can hide/replace/cover up, You're Doing Something Wrong.

Comment Re:Great. :( (Score 1) 484

I just want flash to work

On what handheld platform does Flash just "work"? Even Android 2.2 doesn't have Flash out of the box.

I just want apps that have been rejected for adult content.

Fair point.

I just want tethering.

Apple wants you to have tethering- the software has supported it since 3.0. Carriers around the world do it- AT&T won't.

Comment Re:What happens when the laser is turned off? (Score 5, Interesting) 72

Interesting theory, but where does this energy go ? Is it converted to sound, heat, mass, or some other form ?


And if we could completely "sap all the energy" away from the beam, wouldn't this imply we could create 100% effecient solar cells ?

As long as you're happy with heat as output, 100% efficient solar cells are quite trivial.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.