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Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 0, Redundant) 205

by Ustice (#33809858) Attached to: W3C Says Don't Use HTML5 Yet

Do these guys live on some other planet? These are technologies that people need NOW. Browsers are already implementing them. By saying that it won't be ready for 5 years is ridiculous. By the time that the standard is published, it won't be the standard that people use. W3C needs to get off their ass and see what is happening on the web TODAY, and set the standard for TOMORROW.

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Comment: The only way to fail due to piracy (Score 1) 1115

by Ustice (#32874122) Attached to: Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?
The only way that I could see a movie/album/song fail today BECAUSE of piracy is that it was terrible to begin with, and had REALLY good marketing before it was released. Such a movie might be able to make decent money on opening day despite being terrible, but if enough people see it before then, and it is no good then the word-of-mouth might kill it earlier than it would have been otherwise. I guess then what is still causing the movie to fail is not piracy even in this case, but that it is terrible. I've seen a few bootleg copies of movies before, and the only ones that I didn't see in theaters were ones that were either terrible, or ones that I had had no intention of see in theaters even before watching it.
Data Storage

"Digital Universe" Enters the Zettabyte Era 137

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the less-than-half-porn dept.
miller60 writes "In 2010 the volume of digital information created and duplicated in a year will reach 1.2 zettabytes, according to new data from IDC and EMC. The annual Digital Universe report is an effort to visualize the enormous amount of data being generated by our increasingly digital lives. The report's big numbers — a zettabyte is roughly a million petabytes — pose interesting questions about how the IT community will store and manage this firehose of data. Perhaps the biggest challenge isn't how much data we're creating — it's all the copies of it. Seventy-five percent of all the data in the Digital Universe is a copy, according to IDC. See additional analysis from TG Daily, The Guardian, and Search Storage."
Image

Salad Spinner Made Into Life-Saving Centrifuge 87

Posted by samzenpus
from the kitchen-and-lab-equipment dept.
lucidkoan writes "Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to diagnose diseases on the cheap. Created by Lauren Theis and Lila Kerr, the ingenious DIY centrifuge is cobbled together using a salad spinner, some plastic lids, combs, yogurt containers, and a hot glue gun. The simple and easily-replicated design could be an invaluable tool for clinics in the developing world, enabling them to separate blood to detect diseases like anemia without electricity."
Movies

Top 10 Things Hollywood Thinks Computers Can Do 874

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the upload-a-virus-and-win dept.
An anonymous reader writes "From blowing up your keyboards to developing a malignant sentience, Expert Reviews rounds up the things that movie makers believe computers can do, even though they use the same technology every day to write scripts." I like the summary of how you crack a password in movies. I hate that this page splits into multiple pages. Very lame.

Comment: Distraction vs concentration (Score 1) 342

by Ustice (#32033514) Attached to: FAA Says No More Minesweeper Or Solitaire In Cockpit
I will frequently do little things like play games while waiting for a software install or something to help me stay focused on the task, and keep my brain from losing focus and just floating internally. I would much rather a pilot play Minesweeper or whatever, than just sort of space out on that 10 hour flight where he is just sitting there.

Comment: Doesn't sound like there is any CoC here. (Score 2, Interesting) 280

by Ustice (#31792588) Attached to: Spamming a Judge Is Contempt of Court
This sounds more like a care of civil disobedience and protest. As long as he didn't encourage people to threaten the judge, I don't see anything wrong here. If your filters can't handle this, sounds like a personal problem. How many times have you heard something like, "Let your voice be heard. Contact your local Representative, Senator, etc.?"

Comment: Easy solution: prevent marketing altogether. (Score 1) 176

by Ustice (#31491764) Attached to: Pharma Marketing Faces a Character-Count Conundrum
EASY solution. Make it illegal to market prescription medication to consumers. Patients should not be going to their doctors asking for drugs. Doctors should be making diagnoses, and prescribing the appropriate drug for the patient's condition. It's dishonest and dangerous.

Comment: Opens a world of uses (Score 2, Interesting) 146

by Ustice (#31204622) Attached to: Considering Cheaper Pico-Projectors As Standard Equipment On Cell Phones
I would absolutely use a small projector on my phone. It would be great for sharing info, and would help with augmented reality apps. It also allows you to get outside of the limitations of a tiny screen. You could even use it as a replacement for a screen, and make the phone the shape of a pen that folds out with a screen that the interface gets projected onto. This is the next step, I think.

Comment: Re:Shooting bombs? No bombs trigger when shot? (Score 1) 929

by Ustice (#30457236) Attached to: Israeli Border Police Shoot US Student's Laptop
Sure. Have 2 conductive plates separated by an insulator. Each one should be connected to the circuit in the manner of a switch. Make sure that you have redundant circuitry in case a bullet hits a vital part of the circuitry. If the plate is compromised, then it will likely cause a connection, and subsequent triggering. Alternately, you could use a thin container of mercury which when compromised, would spill out and complete the circuit. Dear DHS/FBI, I am not a bomb maker, just a geek that likes to think about problems and hypothetical engineering like this, and express it through his First Amendment right of free speech. Please leave me alone, as I have NO intention of making/using a bomb (baring the odd firecracker or bottle rocket). I am not a threat, and I do not need to be dragged from my house in my underwear, and interrogated for hours on end. There is nothing to see here. Thank you, Ustice
NASA

+ - Solar Tsunami - Monster Waves on the Sun are Real->

Submitted by mike_v
mike_v (114748) writes "November 24, 2009: Sometimes you really can believe your eyes. That's what NASA's STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) spacecraft are telling researchers about a controversial phenomenon on the sun known as the "solar tsunami."
Years ago, when solar physicists first witnessed a towering wave of hot plasma racing along the sun's surface, they doubted their senses. The scale of the thing was staggering. It rose up higher than Earth itself and rippled out from a central point in a circular pattern millions of kilometers in circumference. Skeptical observers suggested it might be a shadow of some kind—a trick of the eye—but surely not a real wave."

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