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Comment: Re:Garbage in Garbage out (Score 1) 433

by ZZane (#47066295) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

This study assumes they know who they are killing. Considering the number of wedding parties they have struck and also admissions that they sometimes do not even know the names of who they are killing there is an alternative conclusion.

Come on, sometimes people just look like they need killing. Only pansies need names to act, true heroes go with their gut!

Comment: Re:People forget the massive power in numbers (Score 1) 465

by ZZane (#46901053) Attached to: Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

That's all well and good if the general population was just up against Bill Gates. However, the wealth distribution in the US is such that the top 1% control 34% of the wealth, the next 4% controls 27.3% and the next 5% controls 11.2%. All told the top 10% controls 73.1% of the wealth. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

Those figures are from 2007 and given the fact that the gap has been widening since then it's probably 75% of more by now. So how exactly are the non-wealthy with 25% of the wealth in the US going to outspend those with 75% of the wealth?

Power

Laser Fusion's Brightest Hope 115

Posted by samzenpus
from the coming-together dept.
First time accepted submitter szotz writes "The National Ignition Facility has one foot in national defense and another in the future of commercial energy generation. That makes understanding the basic justification for the facility, which boasts the world's most powerful laser system, more than a little tricky. This article in IEEE Spectrum looks at NIF's recent missed deadline, what scientists think it will take for the facility to live up to its middle name, and all of the controversy and uncertainty that comes from a project that aspires to jumpstart commercial fusion energy but that also does a lot of classified work. NIF's national defense work is often glossed over in the press. This article pulls in some more detail and, in some cases, some very serious criticism. Physicist Richard Garwin, one of the designers of the hydrogen bomb, doesn't mince words. When it comes to nuclear weapons, he says in the article, '[NIF] has no relevance at all to primaries. It doesn't do a good job of mimicking secondaries...it validates the codes in regions that are not relevant to nuclear weapons.'"

Comment: Re:This is already the case with in-dash GPS. (Score 2) 445

by ZZane (#42134239) Attached to: The Coming Wave of In-Dash Auto System Obsolescence

AppRadio 2 is out now with support for Android phones as well as iPhones. Also, with a rooted Android phone you can run ARLiberator and it mirrors your phone entirely on the AppRadio 2 including multi-touch support. Steering wheel controls still work as well, so using this in combo with Car Home Ultra (to give a large car-centric UI) and Pandora or Slacker, etc.. works great so you're not messing with the touch screen when on the road.

See this demo on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYFTjMkBCpY

Comment: Re:watch this video (Score 4, Informative) 673

by ZZane (#35793252) Attached to: Japan Raises Nuclear Plant Crisis Severity To 7

100uS/hr = 2.4mSv per day = 876mSv/year

So while the journalists didn't risk their lives with that dose, it's definitely not a livable area at those radiation levels. However, depending on the source of the radiation those levels could go down fairly quickly or it could remain at those levels for quite a long time. Of course that assumes no further contamination from the plant.

Comment: Re:Cheapest (Score 1) 123

by ZZane (#29954628) Attached to: New XBMC Port Promises ARM-Powered HD In the Palm of Your Hand

Acer Aspire Revo. You can pick one up for $200 at Best Buy in store or buy online at Newegg, Amazon, etc.

Specs: Atom 230, nVidia ION LE, 1GB RAM (expandable to 2 or 3), 160GB HD, HDMI & VGA, 6 USB 2.0, 1 eSATA, 1 Gigabit ethernet port, SD slot. Pulls 65 watts max and physical size is 7.1"x7.1"x1.2".

This can play back full 1080p without dropping frames and will run XBMC or Boxee under both Windows and Linux.

I purchased one yesterday and so far I've run XBMC under Linux and Boxee under both Windows and Linux and will be sticking with Boxee running under Ubuntu 9.10. The performance is great and currently the only down side is that flash playback isn't very good but Flash 10.1 will fix that.

Space

Stephen Hawking Thinks Aliens Likely 579

Posted by timothy
from the they-think-much-the-same dept.
OMNIpotusCOM writes "Noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking thinks that alien life is likely, albeit primitive, according to a lecture delivered at George Washington University in honor of NASA's 50th anniversary. It begs the question of if we need to consider a Prime Directive before exploring or sending signals too far into the depths of space."

Real Programmers don't write in FORTRAN. FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies. FORTRAN is for wimp engineers who wear white socks.

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