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Comment Re: Won't allow forwarding? (Score 3, Informative) 199 199

It's thought to be a Japanese invention.

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25...

Nice info.

Being a scientist, the first day the new $20's came out, I withdrew $300 and examined the bills under a microscope. The pattern quickly became obvious.

As did two other features. One is public. The other — while chatting with the head of R&D at the US Mint during a conference, I brought it up. He would only deny it, but a fresh sample of 15 is statistically significant. I checked again recently and they've quit using it, as it wears off.

Comment Re: Won't allow forwarding? (Score 3, Informative) 199 199

It seems strange, but even right now, some software will prevent you from modifying photos of certain things (Photoshop and hundred dollar bills for example).

Nah, you can get around it. Just do it in sections. Assemble resultant TIFF (or whatever) in IRFAN-View, or some of the numerous open-source image-editing programs.

The trick to "out-witting" the US Mint's genius bill-recognition scheme is to move some of the circles around –the yellow ones. They are 5-circle constellations, which is how Photoshop recognizes them as US currency. This has been known since the 'new' $20's came out about 15 years ago.

Comment Re:COTS and no internal redundancy (Score 1) 15 15

hardware capable of getting men to Mars might be considered "unachievable".

They said nothing about a Mars mission. They do Earth imaging.

Get your goals straight. "Space" is not one monolithic goal, but myriad goals, each with their own design-optimization parameters.

Comment Forearms parallel, low-profile mouse (Score 2) 340 340

I have always pushed my monitor as far away from my face as possible, so that I can rest my entire forearms flat on the desk (not just the wrists or elbows), to write, code, or mouse.

Also, I only use low-profile mice, meaning that my wrists are always resting on the desk's surface, not bridged to accommodate a high-backed mouse. This allows mousing by motion of the fingers alone. Track-pads are even better. Our wrists provide range of rotation and bending — they are not good for fine-motor control actions. Our fingers are for fine-motor dexterity actions, such as mousing: Mouse with your hand & fingers, not your wrists!

These two modifications have saved me from any discomforting symptoms after three decades of spending both work and free time in front of computers.

The rub is this approach is this:
    * Back muscles need-not support the arms to mouse or type.
    * Fore-arm muscles need not be used to mouse or type.
    * With a laptop track-pad, you can do everything without ever lifting your wrists from rest on a surface.
The Result: No gorilla arm.

Comment Re:Won't compare well to decade-old conventional t (Score 1) 134 134

Very cool. I had always wondered how they accelerate those gigantic loads so slowly but surely, without burning-out transmission gear-boxes.

Now if only they carried on-board batteries for regenerative braking, then rail would be even more superior to any other land-based transportation system.

Comment Re:Won't compare well to decade-old conventional t (Score 1) 134 134

'Torque is what matters' is the cry of the ye olde V8 lovin redneck.. but provably stupid.

It is clear that you know nothing of engineering. The drive turns the wheels, which at point-of-contact constitute a lever-arm. Force that this lever-arm exerts on the road (making car accelerate) is precisely the definition of torque.

Pound-for-pound, a Nissan Leaf will beat my Jaguar off the line. . . but only for about 10 meters. The Leaf will never make it to 160 mph, although my Jaguar does. This is because a Leaf, as with any electric-motor car, has a linear power curve, delivering the same power at any speed – hence the higher the speed, the less torque it can apply. If you can do simple math, it is obvious.

As for "V8–lovin' rednecks": V8s just put out lots of HP (energy/time, as in Watts) — thus requiring a gearbox to optimize torque at a given speed. This is why drivers rev and 'pop the clutch' for torque at 0 mph (off-the-line). From an engineering standpoint, it requires an overly complex mechanical system for power transmission – gearbox and all.

You still do not understand the definition of torque. May I suggest Wikipedia?

Comment MS Office Re-treading (Score 2) 145 145

I have the current version of MS Office. No choice in my profession.

But – WAY BACK in 2000, I created myriad keyboard shourtcuts and customized toolbar strips. The current version of Word is stupider than any predecessor — 15-year-old bugs have never been corrected, but they took away keyboard shortcuts everyone had adapted to using.

Well, with two hours of hacking, I banished the Ribbon, and made Word operate the exact same way as I've been used to for 15 years – same keystrokes, Styles, etc.. I did not have to re-learn how to do what I already knew how to do. Unless MS has some improvement on the level of Gutenberg's, they should please stop changing the way typical things are done!

This ability came from experience hex-editing EA games in the 1980's to make them actually playable.

I recommend any alternative: Mellel, OpenOffice, Corel WorPerfect, Nisus Writer Pro, LibreOffice, MachWrite, Pages, or any RTF or PT editor. I can even open & edit WordStar files from 1988!

Comment This is why (Score 1) 181 181

This is why, as President of my condo-complex HOA Board (c.a. 100 units), I made sure that Verizon fiber was wired to every unit, just like Time Warner Cable had been years prior.

The result was real market competition. I switched. My bandwidth increased by about 15x (symmetric), with a reduction in price over the service TWC had formerly been (intermittently) providing.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie

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