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Comment: Re:Headline wrong, not invisible. (Score 1) 148

I was thinking of heatsinks - conduct better than copper (no doubt cheaper once manufacturing gets sorted out) and your shiny copper heatpipes will be replaced with not-shiny black ones that you can't see.

The said telescopes would be suitable for this, particularly expensive ones they put in space.

+ - So black you can't see it.->

Submitted by gbjbaanb
gbjbaanb (229885) writes "A British company is developing a new material that’s so black it absorbs all but 0.035 percent of the visual light, making it the darkest material ever created.

Of course, apart from making album covers, it conducts heat 7 times better than copper and is 10 times stronger than steel.

the pictures are the best, it looks like its sitting on some foil, but its grown on the foil which is all crinkled and bent — only people who have seen it say that it looks smooth because so little light is being reflected."

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Comment: Re:because drinking water is so pristine (Score 1) 225

by gbjbaanb (#47439075) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

pretty much everyone. Water that is treated is stored in reservoirs that are sent directly (with a little extra filtering and bleaching) to your tap.

Mineral water out a bottle is even worse.

but that said, this is the way its supposed to be. You don't want to live in a sterile bubble, you'd never be able to leave it if you did. A little bit of what you don't fancy does you good :-)

but though a reservoir is a lake, its not the same as the ones filled with untreated water - they're full of bad stuff, mostly produced by farming and other over-populated human practices.

Comment: Re: Murphy says no. (Score 2) 254

by gbjbaanb (#47432249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

so once a week you have to get up early and do some work.

big deal.

The benefit is that you get to go home early too - and that mean you're there to pick up little johnny from school instead of seeing him when you drag your sorry arse in from a full day of meetings and emails and stuff.

Frankly, I wouldn't want to do it every day, but I can't see how the occasional early is anything but a good thing for family life.

Comment: Re:Things like this rarely work out (Score 1) 177

by gbjbaanb (#47419843) Attached to: Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

it is, so there needs to be a compelling reason to get rid of javascript in favour of something else. A new language that is a bit like javascript anyway, and gets translated to javascript for most browsers anyway is really not it.

Now, if they could get native performance standardised and included in the major browsers I think people would be interested.
If they had a way to compile new controls into native binaries that could be dropped in a html form, maybe we'd be interested (I know,. ActiveX, but imagine it could be done right).

Dart... is nothing particularly exciting at all. Its a waste of effort. Standardise NaCl and get it out there for all, and maybe you'll have something. Dart, na.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 586

by gbjbaanb (#47419611) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I guess the old days we ignored the "cool new stuff" until it had proven itself capable. I don't know why that has changed - probably the web hyping crap at us from some corporate marketing department.

In particular I find Microsoft the worst offender. I mean, once upon a time we used ODBC to connect to databases. Then they came up with DAO, or Jet, or RDO, or ADO, OLEDB, or ADO.NET, or Linq2SQL, or EF or Native Client, or now they're preferred standard ... ODBC.

Or just ask any Silverlight developer what they think.

What we used to do years ago was basically stick to the tooling we knew and what would now be a new tool or framework was described in terms of documentation - a kind of "this is how you do it" article.

I know we have to have some development in technologies - but we don't have that, we have churn instead.

For web development, was old CGI perl that bad? Not really. Was PHP better? possibly. Was Perl scripts so bad that we had to change it all to PHP., then Java, then Python, then Ruby, then Node.js and now... I'm not sure what's flavour-of-the-month now. Probably ASP.NET MVC 5 with the MVVMMVM patttern.

You see, the difference is not that we have the tools that allow you to spend 20 hours throwing something together, you have a totally different stack that takes just as long as it used to.

"I'm not a god, I was misquoted." -- Lister, Red Dwarf