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Why is it that as I get older, I am more easily trolled? I would expect it to be the other way around.

+ - New Mineral Reserves In Afghanistan-> 1

Submitted by shriphani
shriphani (1174497) writes "From the article: "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials."
This of course comes with its problems. Afghanistan, with its highly illiterate and impoverished population, might be a victim of a resource curse, where wealth in natural resources leads to bad socio-economic situations like ethnic violence, authoritarian regimes and so on. It will of course be highly interesting to see how the US government now views the Afghan war. On one hand, it is imperative that the Taliban doesn't regain control and on the other, it is hard to justify being responsible for the development of a state that has $ 1 Tr. in mineral reserves."

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Power

Can Transistors Be Made To Work When They're Off? 89

Posted by timothy
from the off-on-what's-the-difference dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Engineers at the Belgian research institute IMEC are looking at the use of silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region of their operation as a way of pursuing ultra-low power goals. A chip the engineers are designing for biomedical applications could have blocks designed to operate at 0.2 or 0.3 volts, researchers said, according to EE Times. The threshold voltage is the point at which the transistor nominally switches off. Operating a transistor when it is 'off' would make use of the leakage conduction that is normally seen as wasted energy, according to the article."

Comment: Re:conundrum (Score 1) 464

by Jace of Fuse! (#30624544) Attached to: Man Tracked Down and Arrested Via <em>WoW</em>

If you think the police don't care that much then you must not know how they can take everything you own over simply having an immature plant in your home. Dealing or not dealing, if you're manufacturing they will probably own you and all of your possessions.

What's worse is they will also take your WoW account, shard all of your purples, and sell all of your gold for money to fund their War on Weedcraft.

Idle

Student Killed By Exploding Gum 10

Posted by samzenpus
from the last-chew dept.
A 25-year-old Ukrainian student, who had a habit of dipping his chewing gum in citric acid, died when the gum he was chewing exploded. An examination of the gum showed that it was covered in an explosive substance. Officers found citric acid packets and a substance which looked similar, believed to be some kind of explosive material, on a table near the young man. It is suspected that the student forgot which packet was which.

Comment: Re:I could see buying one (Score 1) 462

by dsyu (#28582759) Attached to: New Video of Tesla's Mass-Market Electric Car

I personally don't like the big video screen being used for controls. In my "analog" car I can change the radio station, adjust the temperature, and turn on the AC with convenient knobs and buttons that I know where to find without even looking and I get good tactile response. My in-law's Lexus has a smaller screen to do this and it was always in the wrong mode and difficult for the driver to quickly change the temperature or radio due to having to change modes.

That said, the screen would be nice for watching videos, but please, not to control the car's functions.

I completely agree. The touch-screen panel reminds me of the BMW iDrive system -- it's technically neat, but flawed in practice. I'd rather not be touching buttons on a touch screen or dialing around to navigate menus while driving for my own (and others') safety.

PlayStation (Games)

Sony Makes It Hard To Develop For the PS3 On Purpose 616

Posted by Soulskill
from the how's-that-working-out-for-you dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "CNet reports on a bizarre comment from Sony's Computer Entertainment CEO in response to complaints from developers on how hard it is to develop games for the Playstation 3. 'We don't provide the "easy to program for" console that (developers) want, because "easy to program for" means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is, what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years?' Given that games heavily drive console sales, and the fact that the PS3 is already 8 million units behind the Xbox 360, I think making a developer's job harder is the last thing Sony needs."

Comment: Re:Just a thought... (Score 1) 151

by Jace of Fuse! (#20861025) Attached to: Adding Capsaicin Improves Anesthetic Treatment
Bell Peppers are not Capsicums, I'm pretty sure.

Capsicums include some pretty violently hot (and delicious) peppers, such as the Bhut Jolokia.

I was able to obtain some Bhut Jolokia seeds and will be attempting to grow them next year. :)

As for your claim that the word "pepper" is reserved for peppercorns, I'm pretty sure http://www.chilepepperinstitute.org/ might disagree. But that is probably, as you say, a difference in common names and probably a regional thing.

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