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Comment: Re:this can't work for long (Score 0) 559

by anonymousmeatbag (#28186121) Attached to: Laser Blast Makes Regular Light Bulbs Super-Efficient
Interesting. While reading the article again, I have noticed that they have treated a small fraction of filament with laser, leaving the rest of it untreated. What do You think, is the increased brightness of the treated part of filament result of increased skin effect or just an hot spot caused by locally reduced cross section?

Comment: Re:Incandescent will never be called efficient. (Score 0) 559

by anonymousmeatbag (#28185815) Attached to: Laser Blast Makes Regular Light Bulbs Super-Efficient
Um, make that 2-3% for standard incandescent, 3.5% for quartz halogen lamps, and 5-6% for high temperature halogen lamps (hint: they last hours).

They say they have increased efficiency 2-3 times for standard incandescent, that is still below 10%. CFL have 20-25% and LED are 30% efficient.
Transportation

Freshman Representative Opposes "TSA Porn" 620

Posted by Soulskill
from the things-we-really-really-don't-want-to-see dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Not content to simply follow the 'anything to protect American lives' mantra, freshman Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has introduced a bill to prohibit mandatory full body scans at airports. Chaffetz states, 'The images offer a disturbingly accurate view of a person's body underneath clothing ... Americans should not be required to expose their bodies in this manner in order to fly.' He goes on to note that the ACLU has expressed support for the bill. Maybe we don't need tin-foil sports coats to go with our tin-foil hats. For reference, the Daily Herald has a story featuring images from the millimeter wavelength imager, and we've talked about the scanners before."

Comment: Re:From the article... (Score 0) 580

by anonymousmeatbag (#27886747) Attached to: German Gov To Ban Paintballing After Shooting
Having 16 legally registered pistols at home is clearly a sign of madness or an need to open an museum. Having a son that shoot 15 people dead clearly shows that it is something that flows trough the bloodlines.

The bottom line is the paintball is going to be outlawed! It is like banning the bicycles because people die in airplane crashes!

It takes one madman to make a tragedy, and more than a one to pass the stupid law.

Comment: Re:Dancing bunnies (Score 0) 405

by anonymousmeatbag (#27851605) Attached to: Let Big Brother Hawk Anti-Virus Software

Experience. Education. Software should be downloaded only form official sites and mirrors listed on official site, a home user should know that. No downloading form warez sites. White lists and black lists wouldn't help much. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware reported whole collection of glow-icons from my Amiga archive as an trojan an hour ago, it is either false positive or bad black list. Besides, malware changes rapidly, black lists only keep up, barely.

Comment: Re:Dancing bunnies (Score 0) 405

by anonymousmeatbag (#27846891) Attached to: Let Big Brother Hawk Anti-Virus Software

During the Trojan War, the people of Troy were said to have installed dancing horses, which came pre-infected with the special forces of Greece.

Damn autorun feature. Allows an Trojan horse to automatically install special forces.

Nowadays, users install dancing bunnies, which come pre-infected with viruses and worms and other sorts of malware.

Smileys used to be big hit. I guess that bunnies are more infectious now. TweakUI seems to be able to prevent user form installing unwanted software ( any software ), however it can't prevent form unintentional infection while surfing script loaded web pages.

Comment: Re:people should have to buy a anti-virus license (Score 0) 405

by anonymousmeatbag (#27845723) Attached to: Let Big Brother Hawk Anti-Virus Software

I also think the OS makers should be forced to create sandbox technology around all user installed processes the prevent them from executing outside of well-defined profiles.

Users do not install viruses. Viruses install themselves trough gaping security holes / backdoors. There is no reason for an OS to allow an application to download and activate *any* application without user approval.

All activities should be logged (every file accessed, every network connection made, every registry key accessed, etc).

Sorry, that is unacceptable. Logging is not needed, is waste of storage space and intrusion of privacy.

Comment: Re:whatcouldpossiblygowrong! (Score 0, Offtopic) 255

by anonymousmeatbag (#27809937) Attached to: Small Nuclear Power Plants To Dot the Arctic Circle
No, no no. It certainly is not all like that. I am not an nuclear scientist but years of reading posts on slashdot convinced me that nuclear fission is all clean, safe and reliable, and with breeder reactors it is renewable too.
Yes, ti might be somewhat radioactive, but hey it is only gamma ray here, gamma ray there, nothing really to wary about.
PlayStation (Games)

Tekken 6, Soul Calibur Coming To the PSP 32

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-all-in-the-hands dept.
Two recent announcements lend support Sony's promise to bring a stronger game lineup to its PSP console this year. Tekken 6, which was already known to be in development for the 360 and PS3, has now been confirmed for the PSP as well. "... the portable version of the game is set to release alongside the other console iterations and will pack additional stages, content, items, and an ad-hoc multiplayer mode using 'original' and 'fan favorite characters.'" We've also found out that Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny is being specifically designed for the PSP, and will include "arcade, versus, and survival modes, as well as a character creation mode." In addition, 1Up reports on the latest rumors surrounding a redesigned PSP (possibly called the "Go!"), which they say will be unveiled later this year at E3.
Operating Systems

Europe Funds Secure Operating System Research 376

Posted by kdawson
from the software-heal-thyself dept.
narramissic writes "A Dutch university has received a $3.3 million grant from the European Research Council to fund 5 more years of work on a Unix-type operating system, called Minix, that aims to be more reliable and secure than either Linux or Windows. The latest grant will enable the three researchers and two programmers on the project to further their research into a making Minix capable of fixing itself when a bug is detected, said Andrew S. Tanenbaum, a computer science professor at Vrije Universiteit. 'It irritates me to no end when software doesn't work,' Tanenbaum said. 'Having to reboot your computer is just a pain. The question is, can you make a system that actually works very well?'"
Medicine

Senate Bill Calls For Open Source Electronic Health Records 170

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the wider-adoption-can-only-help dept.
An anonymous reader optimistically writes that new legislation has been introduced in the Senate that would call for a nationwide adoption of electronic health records built on open source. The bill does not seek to supplant proprietary alternatives, but instead to either augment or offer a cost effective alternative. "'We need advancements in health information technology across the board to improve the quality of care Americans receive,' said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. 'To make this happen, we need universal access to affordable and interoperable health information technology — from small, rural health clinics to large, urban hospitals.'"

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