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Comment: Say hello to the memory hole (Score 1) 125

by eightball (#35014672) Attached to: 'Universal' Memory Aims To Replace Flash/DRAM

I didn't know they axed duplicates now..

"Memory On Demand" Cuts Energy Use
Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday January 26, @09:00AM
from the cut-it-off dept.
judgecorp writes
"Researchers are testing memory that can be powered down when not in use. This could slash the power used by computer memory, combining the benefits of DRAM (speed) and Flash (low power, non-volatile). The memory could also allow "instant-on" computers, according to an IEEE Computer Society report of the research at Carolina State University."
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http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/01/26/1342246/Memory-On-Demand-Cuts-Energy-Use

Comment: Re:yes, the government is corrupted by corporation (Score 1) 571

by eightball (#32763776) Attached to: Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs"

Threshold too high..

You have the option of dealing with which corporations you wish to do business with. The government is not optional, it is at best slightly changeable.

If a corporation violates your rights*, that is a good place for the government to step in. For example, if corporation destroys your property, they are just as liable as an individual that does the same.

*no, not violate your sense of moral outrage

Comment: Re:We're forgetting someone (Score 2, Informative) 184

by eightball (#32617660) Attached to: Afghan Tech Minerals — Cure, Curse, Or Hype?

The Taliban has only existed since 1994, so that gives them at most 7 years of funding opportunity before they ran afoul of the US. Even so, I can only remember some anti-drug money going to the Taliban.

Ok, so you respond, we armed and funded the mujahedin, part of which eventually formed the Taliban. This is not what you stated in this post, though. Glad to know you never made a decision that went against your initial hopes, though.

Comment: Annoucements are PR (Score 3, Insightful) 184

by eightball (#32616780) Attached to: Afghan Tech Minerals — Cure, Curse, Or Hype?

That much is true. However accounting requires discovery, then investigation.

If the US government had announced three years ago a large estimate of mineral wealth based on the fact that some soldiers noticed a lot of ore lying around, would we be saying "at least they are not trying to make a big deal out of 3 year old news!"?

My impression is politically, POTUS would rather be saying "so Afghanistan, you got the check? I'm outta here" as opposed to "great another set of targets to defend!".

Comment: Re:MPG and GPM are both useful (Score 1) 1042

by eightball (#32504952) Attached to: 2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

Exactly, sometimes you know how much gas you have and sometimes you know how far you need to go. One number is not innately superior to the other.

As far as the situation goes, if someone really has a 10mpg and a 33mpg car and both are driven roughly equal miles (or even the 10mpg car somewhat less), they are reminded quite often which of the two cars costs the most if the guzzler needs to be filled three times as much as the other car.

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