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Submission + - Boeing patents laser-powered fusion-fission jet engine->

Proudrooster writes: From Ars Technica. The patent, US 9,068,562, combines inertial confinement fusion, fission, and a turbine that generates electricity. It sounds completely crazy because it is. Currently, this kind of engine is completely unrealistic given our mastery of fusion, or rather our lack thereof. Perhaps in the future (the distant, distant future that is), this could be a rather ingenious solution. For now, it's yet another patent head-scratcher. Will the patent office will demand to inspect a working device?
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Comment Re: How much you got? (Score 1) 184 184

It's not so much hand holding as the rare bug that deadlocks a business critical database that needs 99.999% (5 nines) uptime. Even with clustering and replication, Oracle support has had to produce kernel patches to fix semaphore freakouts and/or spinning on lock waits. Software was created by humans and there are bugs and flaws (like race conditions on locks for atomic resources) which were not foreseen in testing (or foreseen but not handled). When this happens you need the almighty Oracle to bail you out so that this problem never happens again and you can sleep at night.

The question is, "Is Oracle worth the money?" and the answer depends on your needs: scalability, reliability, and of course uptime.

Oracle has been playing the licensing game for years. First it was the network license (how many connections), then the running process license, then the CPU license, then the virtualized environment license, and now the cloud license. Oh, and if an Oracle salesdroid asks if they can come onsite and analyze your systems so they can help save you money on licensing, repeat after me, "NO!"

Comment The fickle finger of fate..... (Score 5, Insightful) 95 95

Boys and girls there is a lesson in this story. Each of us has a karma bucket. When that karma bucket is depleted the "fickle finger of fate" may reach and touch us causing untold calamity. Hacking Team's karma bucket has a giant hole in the bottom and can never be refilled. All of their tricks and source code have been laid bare, and are now in full view of the Internet.

If someone has a link the to torrent, please post it.

Comment Use for 3D printing (Score 3, Interesting) 266 266

Custom Model Rockets
Movie Props (Make your own light saber)
Prototypes
Inventions
Robot Parts (FIRST Robotics)
Phone Cases (with gears)
Thingiverse
Custom connectors for Legos

The biggest questions you have to answer are 1) what material do you want to use, and 2) what the max size of your part? Personally, I like ABS. It is flexible and more forgiving and assembles easily with acetone. My favorite lowend 3D printer is the Makerbot 2X, however you won't get an iron man costume out if it with the 6x9x12 build volume. However, with a few mods you can print, ABS, Ninjaflex, and even PLA.

The Ultimaker 2 is a great printer for PLA, nice resolution, however it uses 3mm filament which is not as common as at the 1.7mm that most of the other printers use.

My lease favorite low end 3D printer is the Makerbot Z18.

It's all good fun, go for it!

Comment Supreme court to DOJ, Challenge Accepted (Score 4, Funny) 223 223

DOJ: We recommend you don't take this important copyright case.
SCOTUS: Oh really, why is that?
DOJ: Corporate interest mostly, we are looking to create a new form of monopoly power, and Larry Ellison has some really cool Sailboats.
SCOTUS: Thanks for your recommendation, we are looking forward to hearing this case and just added it to the docket.

Comment Re:this isn't going to make you safe. (Score 1) 114 114

Here is what is going to happen. They will invest in license plate trackers while autonomous cars start to hit the roads. Soon, autonomous cars will be driving by themselves. I can even envision the day where multiple families timeshare an autonomous vehicle. Why park a car in a lot when someone else could be using it? The day of the autonomous taxi is not far away.

Meanwhile we need a clever way to defeat the license plate readers. Since they are fixed tech, how hard could it be? Spraying the plate with IR reflective coating and then mounting HID (High Intensity Infrared Leds) to complete blow out the IR filter in the camera sensor. It seems like these things could be defeated.

Any ideas?

Submission + - Chance to Destroy Your Printer->

An anonymous reader writes: The office products dealer, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced its "Motor City Copier Crush" competition will take place on 22 April. Administrative professionals from the local area can enter the competition to win a new Sharp Multi-Functional Printer, and the winner will get to keep the new device and have an unwanted copier or printer dropped from a 60-foot crane.
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Submission + - An Illustrated History of "iPhone Killers"

schnell writes: In June 2007, the original iPhone — with 2G-only connectivity, no native apps and $499 on-contract pricing for a 4 GB model — launched exclusively on AT&T in the US. At the time, the US smartphone marketplace was dominated by BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, with Palm and Symbian as afterthoughts and Android still in prototype — leaving the industry to wonder whether Apple's phone venture was a legitimate contender or a flash in the pan. Since then, dozens of phones have been lauded as "iPhone killers," and Yahoo! has a collection of sixteen of the most notable. These putative assassins range from the original Motorola Droid to the LG Voyager with the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry Storm in between. In retrospect, did any of these devices really have a chance? And what would a real iPhone killer require?

Comment But who will program the program..... (Score 1) 266 266

But who will program the program? Once the new amazing program is created, will users somehow be able to communicate requirements or will they just get a wizard?

The problem is not the lack of coders, the problem is that our species can not keep pace with our rate of technological innovation and expansion. Technology is ubiquitous as evidenced by people walking around like zombies starting at screens. Until we get a handle on technology, what it "is", where it is taking us, and how to adapt it to our species in a sane way, I doubt that programming will go away. It might morph, but it will still require advanced knowledge of business rules, databases, and processing.

As long as we are chasing the shiny ball of hardware, technology, and new functionality we will need programmers. When the ultimate platform is finally decided or all the players agree to use a platform neutral architecture, then we can run code generators. Oh wait, I think we tried that with JAVA and .NET.

Comment Building a good team is all about people (Score 1) 101 101

What are you hiring? Are you hiring a resume or are you hiring a person? In order to get a good team, you need to start with good people and let them carefully add who they think will mesh with the team. This usually results in long term team stability since the team gets along with each other and works well together. If you have a good team core in place and try to force the rockstar that HR found onto the team or alternately the low waged, inexperienced H1-B without input it could end badly. This could result in team dissatisfaction and abandonment.

What is a good team?

A good team eats lunch together, more often than not.
A good team protects each other and shoulders the work load together.
A good team plays together, voluntarily, not the BS team building stuff the companies artificially put together.
A good team builds bonds which leads to everyone be honest and open about problems, skillets, and new ideas.

Not every person on a good team has to be a rockstar but a team should have base talent, be willing to learn, and of course be willing to be part of the team.

A team is like a little family you spend 8-10 hours a day with.

And... it is nice to say thank you to your TEAM. TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves Money

Good luck building your TEAM.

Comment Re:where did Amazon service suffer as a result? (Score 3, Insightful) 155 155

So don't buy Amazon shares. Jeff Bezos is an innovative maniac always looking for the next hit and willing to gamble big. Amazon is down $100 since 2013, but if you are longer term (multi-year investor) that bought in Dec 2012 you are still up $50 a share or you still made 15% or 7.5% per year. Sounds pretty good to me. Seriously, if you want to cry go look at energy companies right now.

It is just whining from people who want more, more, more. We hear it time and time again: Apple isn't giving us important shareholders enough money, Jeff Bezos isn't giving us investors enough money. We want more, we're important, we're shareholders. Go buy a dividend stock and be quiet. It is a stock, there is no such thing as a sure thing. Just ask everyone who lost 10-years of retirement savings as the banks crashed the world economy and then were bailed out by the US Government. So much for the invisible hand of the market.

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