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Comment: Re:Now it's the grid engineers' problem to solve.. (Score 1) 227

by gatzke (#46686777) Attached to: Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

I am not a EE, but a 10 MW generator is not physically that large. I have seen giant flywheels that store a lot of energy and are spun up by a smaller motor on the other end running continuously (TUM / IPP fusion reactor energy storage near Munich). You could imagine putting something like that in to avoid fouling the power grid with 30 second 10 MW spikes.

I think the problem is letting a human connect these things. Maybe if you automate all the connections, similar to the Tesla battery swap stations? That and lifetime of the electrodes.

Comment: Carolina Reaper is the hottest pepper! (Score 2) 285

by gatzke (#46582237) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...

Carolina Reaper from Pucker Butt. South Carolina has the verified hottest peppers in the world!

1,600,000 SHU average with peaks of 2,200,000 SHU for the reaper. Jalapeno peppers are under 10,000 SHU.

I bought some powder for a chili contest and it made my face go numb and tingly.


+ - Wine On Android Starts Allowing Windows Binaries On Android/ARM->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Wine on Android is happening slowly but surely... Wine is now in a state to be able to run your favorite Windows (x86) game on your Android-powered ARM device, assuming the game is Windows Solitaire. Wine has been making progress on Android for allowing simple applications to run on Wine but they have run into some challenges, as noted in the annual talk at FOSDEM."
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+ - LinkedIn ditches feature that was a 'dream for attackers'->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "LinkedIn is shutting down Intro, its recently launched mobile service for connecting people over email, that raised security concerns. Intro was launched last October and described at the time as a 'dream come true for hackers' The service was made for the iPhone, and was designed to grab LinkedIn profile information and insert it into emails received on phones. The service displayed that information to the recipient from the email's sender if the sender was also on LinkedIn."
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Comment: Forget you- (Score 1) 2219

by gatzke (#46186517) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Most importantly, we want you to know that Classic Slashdot isn't going away until we're confident that the new site is ready.

Really? Is it that hard to have multiple front-ends forever?

On mobile I surf off the Palm front end. It works just fine. I assume you are going to kill that too?

Sometimes I use a RSS feed. Is that going to be killed as well?

Some of your management staff and IT folks should be publicly fired as a show of good will to the community.

Comment: Awful (Score 1) 237

by gatzke (#46176223) Attached to: Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

How do you post a top level comment?

Vertical space is an issue.

Titles are not set apart in any way.

User info is not displayed.

Fonts look terrible on my machine.

Generally awful all around. As an old-timer (UID 2977) since before they even had accounts, this may be the end of it all for many many people...

Comment: PC Jr in HS CS labs in 1989... (Score 1) 178

by gatzke (#46092049) Attached to: IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

We were using the PC Jr for Pascal in late 80s HS CS classes. They were completely adequate and had that distinctive higher end IBM look and feel. There were a bunch of terrible beige box PCs at the time and the IBMs actually looked ok and seemed to work fine for what we did.

My favorite though was the Compaq luggable beast. About 40lbs in a suitcase form factor, the thing was a beast! Dad splurged for dual 5.25" drives and we eventually got a 30 MB 1.5 slot HDD.

Comment: Magic Band Tech (Score 3, Informative) 124

by gatzke (#46011923) Attached to: A Data Scientist Visits The Magic Kingdom, Sans Privacy

We went down recently and got the Magic Bands. Disney uses them in five ways:

1. Ticket into the park
2. "Fast pass+" for some rides in the park
3. Purchases (with a pin, if your card is tied in)
4. Room access if staying on resort.
5. Photo pass (photos shot by in park employees)

In most cases, these are actions that for >95% of us would be tied to our credit card transaction. Even the old paper fast passes would have been tied to your park ticket (which is probably tied to your credit card).

The photo pass is one that previously was not tied to your credit card in any way. You would take pictures and get a code, if you never bought the code or tied the code to your online disney account they would not have your picture. But I am sure Disney has plenty of CCD in place and could tie in your entering the park to a picture if they wanted.

I really doubt they are tracking people in the park. Their RFID sensors stink! You have to orient the band just right to get the RFID close to the sensor. You have to hold it still and sometimes swipe two or three times. I doubt they are long range scanning your RFID in the park without your knowledge.

Also, you only get three of the new fast pass+ "experiences" in the park each day. So they really will only see you in three spots. For them, this stuff is probably more useful for load leveling than privacy invasion.

BTW, problems with the system have been all over the place. Disney invested almost a billion in it and they were considering dropping it, but it worked pretty well for us.

So in summary, if you are skeevy about this at Disney World, pay cash or use gift cards to buy your tickets.

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -- Charles Duell, Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899