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Comment Re:Declare SSID's expensive (Score 3, Informative) 181

"When setting up an access point, it should be possible to designate it as "expensive", and by default devices should adhere to this and try to limit unnecessary data usage"

Android has a feature (settings / data usage / menu / mobile hotspots) to do exactly that. Android also seems to detect if it is tethered to another Android phone but I'm not sure how that works. iPhones certainly don't recognize Android hotspots, as a I learned when my friend's iPhone downloaded 50 MB roaming data in 3 minutes when she just wanted to check her email.

Comment Re:Not a "Design Flaw"/a Testing Flaw (Score 1) 157

"These tests should have been part of the product test and qualification plan."

I suspect that they don't test the device in their final assembled form because of the tight development and release schedule for thus kind of devices. Redesigning the spring mechanism and setting up the production lines could mean months of delay.

They need to trust their engineers to catch this kind of problem while the design only exists as a CAD model. Unfortunately that didn't happen this time...

Comment Purpose of split keyboards (Score 1) 240

"Because people who type all the time don't like to have their wrists twisted"

I use a regular(*) keyboard and my wrists are straight. In the home position, my index fingers are a bit more stretched than my pinky fingers to correct for the angle. I used a MS Natural keyboard around 1997, but I felt that it made my rsi issues worse. Learning about proper desk height and arm/wrist position helped much more, but back then it wasn't so common to have adjustable desks.

(*) Actually, I use a thinkpad keyboard with trackpoint, in Dvorak layout. I even attached an external thinkpad/trackpoint keyboard to my non-thinkpad docking station because I hate that hp elitebook keyboard.

Actually, i'm typing this with my right thumb on a 5-inch phone, in portrait mode... 6666... yep, right hand.

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score 2) 467

"A gun can puncture the pressure hull of the plane, and considering it's altitude, that would be both unpleasant and potentially life threatening"

That's not the real problem. A 1 cm2 hole will leak around 20 liters of air per second, which is negligible to the 500+ l/s of air that needs to be refreshed in a typical 200-passenger aircraft to keep the passengers from suffocating.

A bigger problem is that the bullet can damage electrical and hydraulic lines on the way out.

Submission + - Lightning wipes storage disks at Google data center->

An anonymous reader writes: A lightning storm in Belgium last Thursday hit Google’s St Ghislain data center causing power loss and damage to disk storage, leaving some customers without access to data. The facility was hit directly by four successive lightning strikes which immediately took down the centre’s operations from Thursday 13th until Monday 17th August, according to Google. Despite the uncontrollable nature of the incident, Google has accepted full responsibility for the blackout and promises to upgrade its data center storage hardware, increasing its resilience against power outages.
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Comment Re:PET, CAT and MRIs Are Cheap. We Overpay in the (Score 2) 311

A $1500 MRI in the United States is about $150 elsewhere. Same machine, same cost of living. The excess costs are come from time the machine isn't in use, how much we pay specialists to review the scans and how the machines are generally used as a profit center for providers.

I once talked to a PhD student in medicine who worked on MRI or CT (don't remember), who had plenty of machine time outside office hours. She said that most of the cost and waiting list is because of the medical specialist who needs to interpret the images. The machine cost/depreciation is relatively small, apparently. If the facility (room plus machine) costs 1.5M EUR and lasts for 15 years, 2500 scans per year, then the depreciation cost would be EUR 40 per use.

Comment Re:Hearing aids (Score 1) 311

the hearing aid industry is very frustrating for a young person with hearing loss. Not just the $7000/pair cost every few years,

What?? Here in the Netherlands, hearing aids are available starting from EUR 450, up to EUR 1300, including fitting, and of that price, usually 75% is paid by your insurance. I think I've even seen hearing aids in a household store (without fitting or frequency response adjustment) for well under EUR 100.

Comment Re:A few more links (Score 1) 80

Check Micron

ah, but now I get so many hits on inassignee:micron non-volatile memory even for only patent (applications) that were published since 2014 that I don't know where to start...

Probably this new technology is somewhere among those, but who knows which ones...

Comment Re: A few more links (Score 1) 80

That's because common practice is to crease a subsidiary and assign the patent to that entity. This is precisely to foil competitors who are keeping tabs on you.

Hmm, I work in the semiconductor industry (equipment supplier to Intel and the likes) and I have never noticed this. As far as I know, we apply for patents under our own name (at least the ones that I'm listed on as an inventor) and our main competitors do so, too (judging from the search reports that I get to see).

If this were a common practice, the names of the inventors must be listed, and it would not be so hard to search for inventor names that also appear on Intel patents. For a casual searcher on Google Patents, like me, this would not be practical, but the companies that maintain proprietary patent databases for professional searchers would have no problem adding special queries.

Comment Re:A few more links (Score 1) 80

Given the amount of time that it takes to work out the details, convince management that this is a feasible idea, make litho masks, process the wafers, and build an integrated prototype device, I would expect patent applications to be published by now, 18 months after the initial filing.

But I don't see obvious recent patent applications by Intel.

Comment Re:How US medical research is published (Score 1) 131

Of course, $3000 is an amount that is completely disconnected from the actual costs for the publisher; $500 would be more realistic (editor communications, language corrections, handling the layout, maintaining servers). The whole point is to create more incentives to get that fee down. (I think that fee only applies to STM fields; researchers in the humanities wouldn't be able to pay such amounts anyway.)

Comment Re:Perfect Name (Score 1) 91

"If you search for "debian 8 " I could get any kind of old crap, because the number eight has so many other uses like that this page was made the 8th of August 2008 or whatever."

I think you underestimate the capabilities of Google of recognizing word collocations that often occur in queries and web pages. Right now, your statement is true because nobody starts a forum thread or mailing-list subject with "fubar issue in debian 8".

If you google something like "fedora 22 nvidia", you won't see much posts dated 22th of June or whatever.

Comment How US medical research is published (Score 3, Interesting) 131

Somehow, a lot of US medical research is published as open access. I think one of the major funding agencies has simply demanded that the research must be published as OA. If all funding agencies do so, I'd expect that publishers will have to compete not only on prestige, but also on publication fees.

"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis