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+ - Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz barrier

Submitted by jenningsthecat
jenningsthecat (1525947) writes "DARPA's Terahertz Electronics program has created "the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured". The TMIC, (Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit), boasts a gain of 9dB — previously unheard of for a monolithic device in this frequency range. Plus, the status of "fastest" has been certified by Guinness — seriously! ('Cause you might not trust DARPA, but you gotta trust Guinness — right?).

In related news, DARPA has also created a micro-machined vacuum power amplifer operating at 850 GHz, or 0.85 THz."

Comment: Re:Do you charge your phone every day? (Score 1) 393

by iluvcapra (#48273437) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Battery life for phones is getting better again, after 4-5 years of steep decline.

The G2 is a 5.2" smartphone. Battery life has been on the mend across the industry ever since the body sizes started enhugening.

(Of course, a consequence of phablets is that they're obnoxiously big to dig out of your pocket constantly, so people are like, "I want something more casual that I can just glance at while I leave my phone in the bag." Thus watch.)

Comment: Re:H1B applicants are people too (Score 5, Informative) 184

by jenningsthecat (#48268049) Attached to: Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

The article doesn't seem to point out the obvious explanation, ie that H1B applications contain personal data (of the type Slashdotters are usually passionate about protecting), and that it is good practice not to keep such information hanging around once it has served its primary purpose.

Given the recent reports of how H1B workers are treated as slaves in abuses reminicent of human trafficking, the timing of this seems more than a bit suspicious. And at least one source has the DOL saying "will no longer respond to inquiries to search for records in response to FOIA requests". Explicitly pre-empting the FOIA process without even the suggestion that the data might be anonymized to allay privacy concerns is, again, more than a little suspicious.

There are presumably solutions to the research concerns, such as aggregating the data before it is deleted or collecting the specific data necessary before the records are deleted.

Yes, there are solutions, but will they be implemented? And is the Dept. of Labor so tone-deaf, and so ignorant of the controversial nature of this decision, that they didn't think to put an anonymization program in place in advance of this announcement? Somehow I doubt it.

Comment: Re:Random observation, on Google vs. Apple payment (Score 4, Insightful) 263

by iluvcapra (#48263387) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

I wonder why Apple is seen as a threat more? Their network of friends? Number of potential users can't be it - many more Android phones than iPhone 6s.

My understanding is that even on NFC-equipped Android phones, Google never had a proper deployment strategy; they only partnered with a few card issuers, they didn't really work with any merchants to get them on board, Verizon blocked their app on their phones, it was only limited to the US, etc.

Over that first weekend, we know now that ApplePay adoption was in the millions, and in those first few days CVS probably saw this deluge of NFC transactions and were like, the jig is up, the train is leaving the station, and if we continue to allow NFC transactions through the 2014 Christmas season the Payments War will be over and CurrenC won't have even been a contender.

Comment: Re:Nonsense. Again. (Score 1) 404

by jenningsthecat (#48259865) Attached to: Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

If that were true. We wouldn't be able to put these genes in there in the first place. Just because it is too complex for you, or you are ignorant of what we can and do model. Doesn't mean other can't.

You are looking at FAR too narrow a scope. Can geneticists predict the immediate and close-in effects of what they do? Yes, most of the time they can. Can they accurately predict what will happen many generations down the line, in combination with cross-breeding, spontaneous mutations, and the environment? No, they cannot. And then there is always the "we don't know what we don't know" factor - and that's why people like Taleb urge caution. Hell, Monsanto put the whole Roundup-Ready juggernaut in motion while seeming to not even consider that weeds might develop resistance to glyphosate. Guess what? We now have glyphosate-resistant weeds. Monsanto dropped the ball on that relatively simple matter - do you really think their predictive capabilities are any better when they're doing something really hard like genetic modification?

You seem to have a pretty simplistic view of the vastly complex world we live in.

Comment: Re:Why would I use it? (Score 1) 629

by iluvcapra (#48254075) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

They add 3% to all prices, give you a 0.5% kickback and you're so happy for the money you "saved" that you act as their pro bono salesman too.

There's really no "playing" involved. If you are consumer, credit cards are simply better than store loyalty programs, on the merits.

BankAxept is better than credit cards, but Americans don't have BankAxept. Scandinavians have BankAxept, because the company that clears effectively every financial transaction in northern Europe, Nets Group, is a tolerated monopoly with a protected market, and banking regulations in Denmark clearly delineate transactions fees to be paid by the consumer.

Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 87

by jenningsthecat (#48249723) Attached to: Firefox OS Coming To Raspberry Pi

Thanks for the tips. I haven't installed CyanogenMod because it doesn't support some of my phone's hardware features, but I'll choose my next phone more carefully. Paranoid seems to have an even narrower range of hardware that it supports. I could possibly do some tinkering with either of these to make them work on hardware not already supported. But as with my desktop computer, I'm past the stage where I want to put a lot of effort into that kind of thing - I'm more focused on what I can do WITH my devices than TO them. Also, as far as I've been able to tell, (please correct me if I'm wrong), using Cyanogen or Paranoid still won't address many of the app permissions problems, as many apps won't work when certain permissions are denied, even when those permissions are absolutely not needed for the app to do its job.

As for enabling mass storage and stripping out stuff myself, I've not done very much programming, and learning how to program just so I can have a secure and useful phone seems a bit much. Besides, AFAIK, (and again, please correct me if I'm wrong), most apps are not open source, so I couldn't readily modify them evem if I wanted to do so and had the skills.

My point about FFOS was that it has the potential to be a less toxic ecosystem than Android, with perhaps fewer privacy and security holes baked in.

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