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Comment: Re:Meh (Score 2, Informative) 95

by Xiph (#45217655) Attached to: Silicon Supercapacitor Promises Built-in Energy Storage For Electronic Devices

Call me when a supercap has anything like the energy density - by any measure of cubic or weight - as a battery. Till then, they have only niche uses. I've seen various supercap articles that were about tech that was "About to change the world" for how many decades now? OK, sooner or later, they might...I'm still waiting, and I ain't gonna live for as many more decades as I've already been waiting. Till then, I'll drive my Volt.

DCFusor, you forgot one thing to be informative.

The article states their power density around 13wh/kg in one of their diagrams.
While l-ion batteries are up to 1500 wh/kg (common ones are however much less often around 500 wh/kg)

Comment: Re:can someone please explain (Score 1) 229

by Xiph (#40984617) Attached to: Researchers Seek Help Cracking Gauss Mystery Payload

I think the answer is, that the payload is a command and control utility.
That way, the people who deployed it can use it at any / from any location, which is infected.

It could be used to escalate privileges on the local computer or many more useful things, and would reduce the need to be tied.
Sure similar things have been achieved in different ways, this is just speculation

Comment: Re:Don't start planning that vacation just yet (Score 1) 245

by Xiph (#33361644) Attached to: Richest Planetary System Discovered With 7 Planets

As far as i remember, homo sapiens is about 200.000 years old.
Even assumnig that the technology was no problem, I wonder if we would survive such a trip, both on earth and on the ship, and how different we'd be when we arrived.
I think it would be fair to assume, that those in the ship evolved quite differently than those on the planet.

Comment: Re:Digital Ramming Molestation (Score 4, Interesting) 447

by Xiph (#33338112) Attached to: Tensions Rise Between Gamers and Game Companies Over DRM

Parent is right.

I've lost out of more or less a generation of games.
I stopped pirating after in my last year of uni, then realized that the drm was too intrusive.
I'm stuck playing civ 4 (all expansions, all paid) and a few steam-games, like defcon, some hl-mods and portal.

DRM has basically been a wedge against cultural proliferation, and as such it sucks much more. I almost cry, when I realize that there are games, that I would love to play, but I just will not install them on my computer, due to digital rights management. Bioshock, spore, assasins creed 2, company of heroes, silent hunter 5 and many many more.

DRM is the reason i buy music anymore, i got a sony-infected cd and apparently hadn't turned off auto-play after adding a new dvd-drive.

the people who do install this fit the description:

Bunch of cocksuckers ramming their shit up our asses.

Because they deprive the world of cultural enrichment. They do so without regards to the fact that promoting cultural enrichment is the very reason they have copyright in the first place.

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning