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Comment: Answer: because wider means smaller (Score 1) 1140

by skarhand (#33818194) Attached to: Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?
A monitor with a 4:3 aspect ratio has a 12.33% larger area than a 16:9 monitor with the same diagonal. We are not only losing vertical pixels, we are losing screen area! Therefore, the wider monitors are probably cheaper to manufacture, as they can make more monitors out of the same LCD substrate. Because they can still advertise the same diagonal, consumers don't notice...

Comment: Re:Perspective (Score 1) 277

by skarhand (#29648881) Attached to: Ex-Astronaut Developing Plasma Rocket To Revitalize NASA

VASIMR certainly has a lot of potential, but we are lacking the power source to drive it at reasonable power. Combined with photovoltaics, it will only open up the inner solar system, as the intensity of the sunlight decreases at the square of the distance to the sun. At mars, the intensity is already between a third and half of that near earth.

Unfortunately, everything that contains the word "nuclear" cannot be used for political reasons. There are even protests every time a probe uses an RTG. We would probably need something like this to make the best use of VASIMR.

With regard to the "age of sail", I would really like someone to develop solar sails and test them in space. Yes, I'm looking at you, NASA...

Comment: Re:But does it... (Score 4, Insightful) 175

by skarhand (#29600953) Attached to: Nvidia Discloses Details On Next-gen Fermi GPU
You could have read the link... Theoretically, you could use an ATI card for graphics and a second Nvidia card just for the physx. Well, not anymore. Nvidia disabled that possibility in the driver. So people with older Nvidia cards who choose to upgrade to the newest radeon 5800 series will lose physx. That kind of business practices remind me of a certain company from Redmond...
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid 652

Posted by kdawson
from the irreproducible-results dept.
Ponca City, We love you writes "The Telegraph reports that men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive. This leads to speculation that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks. Psychologists at Radboud University in The Netherlands carried out the study after one of them was so struck on impressing an attractive woman he had never met before, that he could not remember his address when she asked him where he lived. Researchers recruited 40 male heterosexual students and had each one perform a standard memory test. The volunteers then spent seven minutes chatting to male or female members of the research team before repeating the test. The results showed that men were slower and less accurate after trying to impress the women. The more they fancied them, the worse their score."

Comment: Stealthy Sukhois (Score 1) 611

by skarhand (#29259693) Attached to: India's First Stealth Fighter To Fly In 4 Months
There is an interesting post regarding stealth elements of sukhoi planes in a blog on the aviation week website: link. Supposedly, they apply radar absorbent material directly to the compressor blades and use spray-on RAM on the external stores. This alone does not make it a stealth plane, but the reduced signature is very useful when combined with jammers. The link about the "Have Glass" program contains further info about this kind of stealth features in russian and western planes.

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