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+ - Supposed Battery Breakthrough. 70% charge in 2mins, 20yr life.->

Submitted by chaosdivine69
chaosdivine69 (1456649) writes "According to Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU), they have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes and have a 20 yr lifespan (10,000 charges). The impact of this is potentially a game changer for a lot of industries reliant on lithium ion batteries.

In the car industry for example, consumers will save huge on costs for battery replacement and manufacturers will save on material construction since they're using a nanotube structure of Titanium dioxide which is an abundant, cheap and safe material found in soil. Titanium dioxide is commonly used as a food additive or in sunscreen lotions to absorb harmful ultraviolet rays. It is believed that charging an electric car can be achieved in as little as 5 minutes making it comparable to filling up a gasoline based automobile."

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Comment: I don't Belkin - but can firmware be flashed? (Score 1) 191

by chaosdivine69 (#48087055) Attached to: Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

I just went to and did a quick scan of their firmware and the results are a bit spotty but possible for some types of routers. But if your router is on the list then I'd get the hell out of the Belkin umbrella altogether. Might wish to check out Tomato, OpenWRT or FreeWRT too. If your router isn't upgradeable, smash the fucker in a fit of rage (it'll feel good, I promise) and after you collect enough empty bottles, go buy yourself a new one that isn't made by Belkin and IS on on of these firmware upgrade lists.

Manufacturer Model Revision Supported Activation required
Belkin 7230-4 v6000tc not possible no
Belkin F5D7130 - yes no
Belkin F5D7130 ver 2001 yes no
Belkin F5D7130-4 v1010 yes no
Belkin F5D7130-4 v1112 yes no
Belkin F5D7130-4 v7002uk not possible no
Belkin F5D7130uk v2115uk yes no
Belkin F5D7130uk v3000ef, v3002uk yes no
Belkin F5D7230-4 1000fr, v1444, v2000df yes no
Belkin F5D7230-4 v1000, v1010, v1111, v1112, v1222de, v1223df, v122 yes no
Belkin F5D7230-4 v2000, v2000de yes no
Belkin F5D7230-4 v3000 yes no
Belkin F5D7230-4 v6000/v6002 not possible no
Belkin F5D7230-4 v7000 not possible no
Belkin F5D7230-4 v8000 not possible no
Belkin F5D7230-4 v9000 no no
Belkin F5D7230-4 vA000 not possible no
Belkin F5D7231-4 v1000df, v1000ef yes no
Belkin F5D7231-4 v1001 yes no
Belkin F5D7231-4 v1100de, v1102, v1103ee yes no
Belkin F5D7231-4 v1212UK, v1213 yes no
Belkin F5D7231-4 v2000, v2001yy, v2001df yes no
Belkin F5D7231-4P v1000 yes no
Belkin F5D7330 - yes no
Belkin F5D8230-4 v1001ea yes no
Belkin F5D8230-4 v1002 no no
Belkin F5D8231-4 - no no
Belkin F5D8232-4 1000, 1021uk wip no
Belkin F5D8233-4 ? not possible no
Belkin F5D8236-4 ? not possible no
Belkin F5D8633-4 v1 no no
Belkin F6D4230-4 v1000 not possible no
Belkin F7D3301 v1 yes no
Belkin F7D3302 v1 yes no
Belkin F7D4301 v1 yes no
Belkin F7D4302 v1 yes no
Belkin F7D7301 v1 yes no
Belkin F7D7302 v1 yes no
Belkin F7D8301 v1 yes no
Belkin F7D8302 v1 yes no

Comment: Re:Chromecast (Score 1) 106

I have a Sony TV and their Netflix App is actually pretty good. It even has a dedicated Netflix button on the remote. I don't use any of their Sony Entertainment services or anything else like that since I prefer the connected desktop computer route. Their web browser on the other hand is beyond brutal and it's the main reason I connect it to a desktop.

What isn't good is their Miracast implementation. It only works with Sony phones/tablets...this seriously pissed me off since none of mine are made by them. Instead of disclosing this information, they hid it and then discontinued the model of TV early in the new year because the blow back from unhappy customers over this feature not working with non Sony products was pretty big.

Their matching Blu Ray player has the exact same functionality as the smart TV so things are redundant.

Comment: Re:Chromecast (Score 1) 106

This is true. I have seen all my 3D titles in the theater and it is rather pricey (hence me wanting a copy of 3D Avatar after I saw it so I could repeat the experience on a whim) but I go to the theater to get out of the house and for the "event" nature of it all, granted it's not often I do this. I don't have kids though so I didn't consider that type of expense.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 1) 197

by chaosdivine69 (#48028897) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Just so you know, Corel's doing this sneaky renting bullshit too but they're just doing in peace meal with individual features. Coreldraw X6 was the QR code generator. X7 introduced a Hide Object feature. Both are "greyed out" unless you're a standard or premium member. Standard members don't pay but preemies do - aka, RENT. They'll continue to tie in more features this way also over time. Corel's not getting off easy on this one by any stretch.

Comment: Now get Illy and inDesign and I'll convert (Score 1) 197

by chaosdivine69 (#48028489) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

I'll hop on board the Linux train if Illustrator and inDesign make the switch too. I mean, Microsoft's doing its best to push me away from Windows so ya, if Adobe is going to put their flagship application on Linux, I'll seriously consider switching out. I'll even wear a Penguin t-shirt to prove my loyalty.

I do wish CorelDRAW would come over too though since I come from a sign design background and much prefer it over Illustrator but I would hunker down and take a few courses to really get good at Illustrator if I had to. It would be really sweet if Sketchup would do the same but there is Blender though so that is pretty freaking awesome.

Maybe this really is the year of Linux on the desktop after all? My curiosity is peeked.

Comment: Re:Chromecast (Score 5, Interesting) 106

I'll see your "smart TV" and raise you a "3D TV".

I have both features in my TV and I use neither of them - well, besides the built in Netflix app. Anyhow, I admit I fell for the hype, call me gullible. I have watched a grand total of 0 3D Blu Rays even though I own a 3D Blu Ray player and an unopened copy of Avatar 3D. The player is still in the box after a whole year. I hope it works because I think the warranty is about to expire in December. I don't buy Blu Rays since they're way more expensive than DVD and since Netflix came along, I don't really need to go on a wild goose chase to find a still operational rental store either. Too bad Netflix doesn't offer 3D capabilities on some of its titles. I might actually use the 4 pairs of stupid looking glasses that came with it.

For a real smart TV experience I connect my desktop computer to the big screen via HDMI cable and sit back with a wireless keyboard with built in touchpad. Now THAT'S a smart TV experience considering I can do everything and anything I desire with that kind of setup.

Moral of my story: If you can save a few bucks on a dumb TV then I'd seriously suggest you consider it. Connect your laptop or desktop to it via HDMI and go nuts if you really want a satisfactory experience.

Comment: I bought my first 3D printed parts 4 vinyl cutter (Score 2) 69

by chaosdivine69 (#48006717) Attached to: How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

My Copam CP-2500 vinyl cutter didn't have a really decent pen option for paper plots. Originally I bought a flimsy ballpoint pen adapter for $12 shipped and using it practically shred the paper since the point tip was so hard and fine. Almost useless. So I went to eBay and found someone who was selling a simple 3D printed rectangular shaped Sharpie pen adapter with a tapered conical holes in it for $5 shipped. It came with two adapters, one for fine tip Sharpies and one for the fatter kind. You simply swap out the knife holder, put in the pen adapter and adjust the cutting pressure to a lighter setting. Works amazingly well and it turned my vinyl cutter into a useful plotter for templates. In this instance, it was the best $5 I have ever spent. The quality is very good and I don't see them ever wearing out.

Comment: Re:You know what this means (Score 5, Insightful) 182

by chaosdivine69 (#48005411) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

This is quite funny. Though refrained taping my eyes shut (and I'm not a vampire), I did just last night, go around my room and put pieces of black electrical tape over every LED light I could find sans the clock (which dims in the darkness thank goodness). It's amazing just how sensitive your eyes are to light pollution at night. Every power bar I have has a glowing light of some kind. One even has two. I have a wireless extender that has several LEDs on it. Then there's the TV, the TV cable box, a heater...everything got the electrical tape band aid treatment. I even put a black screen wipe over my cell phone in it's charger cradle that likes to let me know it's charged by beaming me in the face with green light. Tablets get charged with their cases closed and the laptop charger goes face down into the carpet. When I charge my electric shaver or toothbrush, they get turned upside down to shine their light into themselves. Made a HUGE difference to the point where I have to feel my way around if I shut off the lights too soon.

I've had to get obsessive compulsive about this just so I can get a decent sleep...but it's worth it!

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