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+ - Architect Eli Attia Blames Google for Stilling His Life's Work->

derGoldstein writes: Israeli-American architect Eli Attia (77) is accusing Google for stealing a construction concept that may be worth $120 billion annually. The story was first published in Globes, an Israeli business site (as well as on Jewish Business News): "architect Eli Attia, an expert in skyscrapers ... recently contacted Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google senior advisor and former US Vice President Al Gore, and Google’s board of directors, accusing the company of stealing his invention and making illegal use of his knowhow, a revolutionary technology in the design and construction of large buildings and skyscrapers". Google's spokesman said in response, "We are not aware of any formal complaints levied against us by Mr. Attia at this time."
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Comment: Re:oops (Score 1) 154 154

I was waiting for someone to bring up the RAM alternative so I could ask my stupid question: If it's 8Gb, why didn't they just use DDRx instead of flash? I get that the OS will live on the flash part so that booting up is faster, but once you've buffered the data RAM will last 100 times longer than flash, and it's faster. How often do you reboot a desktop?

By the way, I have 16Gb on my machine and I do a lot of content creation. I *easily* fill it up to 14Gb+, and I'm guessing that it only stops there because the software isn't getting the green light from the OS to carve up even more. I'm just guessing but I'm pretty certain that if I had 64Gb of RAM I'd occasionally pass the 32Gb mark.

Comment: Re:Apropos lowest retail cost (Score 5, Insightful) 322 322

This is an article that's deigned for SEO. Anyone with any inkling of how these things work and the quality of the products would call BS instantly. An iPhone case? You can get a beautiful, highly-detailed case for your phone for $2 on ebay, but you're going to opt for a rough, "pixelated", bad-fit 3D-printed one? This study would only apply if you looked for the stupidest possible way to buy things -- the equivalent of buying a soda in a movie theater.

Comment: Re:Apropos lowest retail cost (Score 5, Insightful) 322 322

Yep. At which point forget reprap, makerbot, and all other similar designs. They'll figure out how to manufacture these things the same way that inkjet printers are manufactured:
1) A handful of injection-molded parts that can be manufactured at 10 cents a part, and at a rate of tens of thousands per-day
2) Super-dedicated electronics with just a couple of significant ICs -- the logic chip (probably some MCU initially, and eventually an ASIC) and the motor-driving chip
3) Optimized motors which they buy in groups of 100,000 from another manufacturer in the same province
4) compact, light-weight designs so that they can pack countless units into a single shipping container

All this aristocratic "Look at me! I spent $2000 on a Makerbot!" bullshit will disappear. Oh, and just like printers -- the most expensive part will be the "ink".

Comment: Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (Score 3, Interesting) 470 470

That was what really bugged me in Speaker for the Dead -- they labeled him as the worst human being to ever live, the "Xenocide". Were people not told of the circumstances? Did they intentionally hide the context? If so, why would they do that? To save the skins of the people who orchestrated the events in the first book? It was left unexplained.

Comment: Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (Score 4, Interesting) 470 470

Speaking of the plot, the part in the trailer when he says "now" is the climax of the book (though arguably the revelation that comes afterwords is the "punch line"). Why the hell did they put the finale of the book in the trailer?
(and no, this isn't a spoiler post, because if you haven't read the book then you won't know what you're seeing or what it means)

+ - Quadrocopters throwing and catching an inverted pendulum->

derGoldstein writes: "We've seen some very impressive aerobatics performed by quadrocopters before, but this is getting ridiculous. Robohub points to the latest advancement from the Flying Machine Arena, which developed algorithms that allow quadrocopters to juggle an inverted pendulum."
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