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Comment: Re: May want a disclaimer here... (Score 1) 304 304

Laptop cooling systems are designed to border on insufficient. Improved cooling demands things that are avoided in todays laptop designs: physical volume (both for air flow and mechanical components), weight, noise, complexity and/or manufacturing cost.
The 360 was just an engineering screw-up.

Comment: Re: name and location tweeted... (Score 3, Interesting) 928 928

That was my knee-jerk reaction as well. Thinking it though, SouthWest must have a group dedicated to monitoring social media postings in order to respond that quickly. Surely this group is familiar with the Streisand Effect, and would not take such action against the passenger. Rather, I suspect the punitive action came from the same gate attendant that the passenger complained about.
Gate attendant gets pissy with passenger -> passenger posts complaint -> SW social media group reads complaint -> SW calls gate attendant and tells her to fix it (i.e. apologize) or it will come up at her performance review -> pissy gate attendant calls passenger back to the gate and threatens him.

Comment: Re:what could he possibly have seen? (Score 1) 138 138

Perhaps when it comes to simple ball handling and player-on-player action, that's true. However, like all team sports, strategy can be applied with respect to general placement of players, passing and the like. Ideally, these strategies should leverage each player's individual strengths, thus making them unique to a given team. Opposing teams could extract much of this strategy from existing game footage, but not newly developed strategies (such as those designed to counter a specific opposing team) or tactics that are being kept 'up their sleeve' to be used in a pinch.

Comment: Re:Fraud? Try Idiot. (Score 1) 99 99

Which makes it all the stranger. High-profile area of research, likely to be checked, major journal... It's like a checklist of ways to get caught. The tinfoil hat region of my brain makes me wonder if the research is genuine, but other researchers are refuting it out of fear that the funding for their own research will be cut. After all, who needs an expensive, complex (and patented) method of creating stem cells when a cheap and easy solution produces similar (or superior) results?

Comment: Re:Blue screen of death (Score 5, Interesting) 87 87

That came to mind for me. The "display" they appear to be demonstrating uses a projector to illuminate desired areas of nanoparticles. The new technology here is that the particles respond to a specific bandwidth of light, letting others through. If one had a bright light of that specific bandwidth (say, a deliberately de-focused laser), he/she could illuminate the screen from another location, blinding the driver if the screen covered a large enough area of the windshield.

Comment: Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (Score 3, Insightful) 698 698

In all seriousness, I was thinking the exact same thing.
As others here have pointed out, the premise of a BIOS-flashing piece of malware seems tenuous, and even laughable to those familiar with the subject. So why would the NSA make such a claim? One strong possibility in my mind is that they really have produced such a piece of malware (keylogger, packet sniffer, whatever) and are afraid of the public backlash and/or damage claims (my motherboard failed! it must be the NSA!) that would arise when its existence is made clear by a Snowden release. As such, they are desperately trying to spin it off on China before said release can be made.

Comment: Re:Who uses mice? (Score 1) 361 361

I've been using Kensington trackballs since the early '90s. I actually prefer the old mechanical Turbo Mouse line over the current optical Expert Mouse design. The Turbo's large stainless steel rollers didn't collect nearly as much gunk as the little plastic beads in the Expert Mouse.

Comment: Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (Score 1) 622 622

While I generally agree with your statements, the article is discussing the authorities' abuse of power. Pointing to the victim's lack of preparation for such abuse as some form of wrong-doing in the context of discussing the abuse itself is pretty solidly an ad hominem attack.

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