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Vostochny Launch Building Built To the Wrong Size 73

schwit1 writes: The Russians have just discovered that their Soyuz 2 rocket does not fit in the building just finished at their new spaceport at Vostochny: "The cutting-edge facility was meant be ready for launches of Soyuz-2 rockets in December, but an unidentified space agency told the TASS news agency late Thursday that the rocket would not fit inside the assembly building where its parts are stacked and tested before launch. The building 'has been designed for a different modification of the Soyuz rocket,' the source said, according to news website Medusa, which picked up the story from TASS." The rocket had just been delivered to Vostochny for assembly, so this report, though unconfirmed at this time, fits well with current events.

IBM Scientists Find New Way To Shrink Transistors 98

MarcAuslander writes that IBM scientists have discovered a way to replace silicon semiconductors with carbon nanotube transistors, an innovation the company hopes will dramatically improve chip performance and get the industry past the limits of Moore's law. According to the Times: In the semiconductor business, it is called the 'red brick wall' — the limit of the industry's ability to shrink transistors beyond a certain size. On Thursday, however, IBM scientists reported that they now believe they see a path around the wall. Writing in the journal Science, a team at the company's Thomas J. Watson Research Center said it has found a new way to make transistors from parallel rows of carbon nanotubes.

Comment Re:How should a site gain the user's trust for JS? (Score 2) 117

He have a point, you do not. Why I should have a... paint-like "webapp"? Why the webpage, sorry, "user interface" should rely so much on scripts to show any usefull content? Hell, I found many sites that are supposed to provide static content where all they can display without scripts is a blank page, this is ridiculous.

Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 163

Grotesque errors of logic to put the plot in progress, such as the biologist who despite clearly being a fearful guy he completely ignores the danger of dealing with an alien serpent, the contamination with the alien goo, etc. The theme itself is interesting, but it could easily be rewritten in a much more plausible and convincing way

Comment Re:The Science In a SciFi movie... (Score 3, Insightful) 163

The hype is because the book on which the film is based is very good and apparently the director - this time - is actually making a movie based on the book rather than simply copy the name of the book and taking from his ass a completely different story.

Comment Re:This is why I don't go to movie theatres (Score 2) 278

It's worse when your local cinema have such poor image quality that it is preferable to see the movie in your home with a decent setup. Seriously, how they will make people see the movie in the theater is what you get for your ticket is a mediocre image with a distorted sound and overpriced popcorn?

Apple's 16GB IPhone 6S Is a Serious Strategic Mistake 324 writes: Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox that Apple's recent announcement of an entry level iPhone 6S is a serious strategic mistake because it contains just 16GB of storage — an amount that was arguably too low even a couple of years back. According to Yglesias, the user experience of an under-equipped iPhone can be quite bad, and the iPhone 6S comes with features — like the ability to shoot ultra-HD video — that are going to fill up a 16GB phone in the blink of an eye. "It's not too hard to figure out what Apple is up to here," writes Yglesias. "Leaving the entry-level unit at 16GB of storage rather than 32GB drives higher profit margins in two ways. One, it reduces the cost of manufacturing the $649 phone, which increases profit margins on sales of the lowest-end model. Second, and arguably more important, it pushes a lot of people who might be happy with a 32GB phone to shell out $749 for the 64GB model."

But this raises the question of what purpose is served by Apple amassing more money anyhow. Apple pays out large (and growing) sums of cash to existing shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks, but its enormous cash stockpile keeps remorselessly marching up toward $200 billion. "Killing the 16GB phone and replacing it with a 32GB model at the low end would obtain things money can't buy — satisfied customers, positive press coverage, goodwill, a reputation for true commitment to excellence, and a demonstrated focus on the long term. A company in Apple's enviable position ought to be pushing the envelop forward on what's considered an acceptable baseline for outfitting a modern digital device, not squeezing extra pennies out of customers for no real reason."

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." -- Dave Bowman, 2001