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Comment: Re:old tech (Score 1) 165

by olsmeister (#46750433) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi
Also, because I felt like on the C=64 I really understood what was going on at the hardware level. You knew the machine inside/out, top-to-bottom (at least a lot of people did). It's really hard to get that same kind of feeling these days with high level languages, code libraries and code bloat, and hardware abstraction layers.

It would be naive to think the same kind of system could exist in this day and age of networked computers and malicious hackers, but back then it was nigh impossible to get into something that a simple power cycle wouldn't fix.

Comment: Matter, anti-matter... (Score 1) 393

by olsmeister (#46677481) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?
If we were made from anti-matter, we'd call that matter, and call matter anti-matter. TFS summary starts out with the statement that the universe began with equal amounts of matter and anti-matter. Are we sure there were equal amounts? It seems like there must have been more of one than the other. Why that would be is the real question in my mind.

+ - Scientists Develop Solar Cell That Can Also Emit Light

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University have developed a solar cell that not only converts sunlight into electricity but also emits light as electricity passes through it. Tuning the composition of the solar cell enables it to emit different wavelengths of light, and because it is only about 1 micrometer thick, the material is semi-translucent and therefore could potentially be used in windows. The solar cell is comprised of the semiconducting mineral perovskite, which has been studied as a replacement for silicon in solar panels since 2009. Perovskite solar cells are not yet as efficient at energy conversion as silicon solar cells, but gains in this area of development coupled with cheaper manufacturing costs (10-20 cents per watt projected as opposed to 75 cents per watt with silicon solar panels and 50 cents per watt with fossil fuels) make perovskite a popular subject matter in the solar cell industry."

Comment: Re:Arcs are a lie (Score 2) 145

by olsmeister (#46499811) Attached to: US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost
Well that would present a problem! One would then wonder how those creative terrorists managed to get a jet engine to operate outside of an atmosphere. :)

But seriously, wouldn't you just compare the timing of the signals received from the jetliner of interest with the timing signals received from other, less hijacked, planes and based on their more reliable locations figure out what distance 370 must have sent from?

Comment: Re:Wrong target (Score 4, Informative) 295

Not only that, but student loans are one of the few types of debt that are not normally discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. It's pretty much with you for life. You'd be better off putting your tuition on a credit card than taking out a student loan for it. Starting off that far in the whole with student loans is one of the worst mistakes you can make, unless you really understand what you are taking on.

+ - Microsoft Releases TypeScript 1.0 RC->

Submitted by CMULL
CMULL (3439971) writes "Microsoft unveiled TypeScript 1.0 RC in its Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 today. TypeScript is the company’s programming language that is meant for application-scale JavaScript development. Unlike Google’s programming language Dart, which is a strategy to replace JavaScript, TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript designed to strengthen the language and make up for its missing elements like larger scale application structure concepts and static typing. According to the core developer of TypeScript Anders Hejlsberg, TypeScript enables projects, multiple files and cross-platform refactoring to give the look and feel of Java or C++. TypeScript 1.0 RC is the near final version of TypeScript 1.0"
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