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Comment Re:Energy in? (Score 1) 79

Actually, it sounds like a perfect process for clean coal or other already existing energy production. The cooling towers alread carry enough heat to raise the temperature. As for pumping, well the generating already runs a bit under capacity so turning it up a little more shouldn't be too costly.

With a little tweaking, it could relatively easily reduce the carbon footprint of existing power plants.

Comment Re:Density is nice, but what about longevity? (Score 1) 159

Of course there are, but it was a direct answer to the question: "would a current-technology SSD last as long before it ran out of write cycles in the flash memory?"

I've heard of lots of SSDs die, none of which would have come close to approaching the flash write limit. But then we've had a myriad of different failure modes in standard HDDs too.

Comment Re:Sad state of affairs (Score 1) 75

Indeed official staff names, titles, emails, and phone numbers are ALL things that are available to the public through staff directories or FOIA. Much about nothing, and if the "hackers" actually think they hacked something secret, they are most likely just script kiddies who found a public server of a honey pot.

Comment Re:Visual vs wall of code (Score 1) 154

The drag-n-drop languages teach loops and if-then-else trees pretty easily- case statements are a bit harder, but I know of one drag-n-drop language that has them as a feature.

What they don't teach is how do debug 5 levels of CSS on a website. These kids are going to hate coding when they get down to the actual work.

Comment Re:Corruption at every level (Score 1) 113

This is Net Neutrality, like it or not.

Network neutrality is a concept that works great in first world countries where the problem is corporate price gauging for content. It's the idea of restricting content to already paying customers. Here however we are talking about providing content for otherwise non-paying customers. The lack of network neutrality in this argument is a good thing.

It's actually quite telling that the Free Internet Basics is being met with criticism of network neutrality violations but Wikipedia Zero is not.

Comment Hindsight is grand (Score 4, Informative) 103

Well yes, you really would think that they might be used to it by now and perhaps even prepared for it.

Thanks for your opinion Mike. I wonder if you were in position where you sold 200000 of something, and then proceeded to develop a hugely cut down baby version of it, completely missing some of the most used features (USB ports) of the previous products, what do you think the initial run should be? Oh enlighten us?

Quite frankly I'm surprised they sold out, it's quite telling that one of the most popular projects on Hackaday is to add a USB hub back in to make it more useful.

Comment Re:How is this newsworthy? (Score 1) 292

If you need examples, ask every victim of every revolution or warzone who suddenly had saw their rights disappear when the men with guns showed up.

Their rights didn't disappear, their rights were denied. Infringed. Interfered with.

Governments don't give rights. Governments impose limits on them, or protect against that happening. But they don't create them. Hopefully you're not confusing rights with entitlements like so many people do.

Comment Re:Not a USB 3 problem (Score 1) 134

You probably won't break anything shorting D+/D- to Vbus or Gnd, but <0.3V signals SE0 reset on USB, and the voltage thresholds are set at 0.3V and 2.8V relative to Gnd. Ethernet permits common mode voltages of +/-20V and 40kHz (802.3 section 12.5.3.2.5).

Another interesting cable technology is MIDI, which was designed to connect instruments are are intentionally ungrounded. They use current signalling designed to directly drive opto-isolators!

You definitely won't. There's specific states of the system defined for shorted D+/- lines to GND and Vcc.
Ethernet needs to contest with common mode voltages too. When your cable run is 100m in a tray next to power cables you can inductively pick up quite a bit of voltage.

But that isn't in itself a requirement or a result of using pulse transformers.

Comment Re:Anything the US does is suspicious (Score 1) 267

The reason North Korea exists in the first place is because China didn't want the west at their borders due to the stance on communism.

China likely would deal with them in a more subtle way rather than having to take over the country or risk other countries doing it. My understanding is that to even raise NK standards of living to the levels the rural poor in China have, it would be costly to China. Not doing anything could be costly to. I think China will walk a fine line and do as little as possible until it cannot pussy foot around much more. Hopefully it is taken care of before it gets to that level.

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