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Experimental Batteries Charge In Minutes 335

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the but-i-want-it-now dept.
Zothecula writes "Of all the criticisms of electric vehicles, probably the most commonly-heard is that their batteries take too long to recharge – after all, limited range wouldn't be such a big deal if the cars could be juiced up while out and about, in just a few minutes. Well, while no one is promising anything, new batteries developed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign do indeed look like they might be a step very much in the right direction. They are said to offer all the advantages of capacitors and batteries, in one unit."
Education

CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain' 791

Posted by Soulskill
from the aside-from-reality-tv dept.
walterbyrd writes "Dr. Norman Matloff of the University of California-Davis computer science department argues that US citizens are avoiding 'Science Technology Engineering Math' (STEM) careers, because US citizens see those fields as being ruined by massive offshoring and inshoring. 'Despite widely publicized claims that foreign tech workers and scientists represent exceptional ability and are thus vital to American innovation, Matloff called that argument merely "a good sound byte for lobbyists" supporting industry proposals for higher visa caps. The data (PDF), on the other hand, indicate that those admitted are no more able, productive, or innovative than America's homegrown talent, he said.'"
Space

Massive Gamma Ray Bubbles Discovered In Milky Way 115

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the that-was-me-sorry-i-ate-beans dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Two huge, mysterious gamma ray-emitting bubbles have been discovered at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, US astronomers said... The structure spans more than half of the visible sky, from the constellation Virgo to the constellation Grus, and it may be millions of years old."

Comment: Re:ah... (Score 1) 271

by smurphmeister (#32298522) Attached to: ImageLogr Scrapes "Billions" of Images Illegally

If you store anything on the internet, what you are storing is a number. People most certainly are allowed to recreate the number 462826674840809873425894986513859764213550 even if I have declared it to be my own and stored it in a house with unlocked doors.

That's the same combination I use on my luggage! Takes me forever to get into my suitcase though...

Comment: Horrible idea... (Score 1) 143

by smurphmeister (#31823122) Attached to: Crowdsourcing the Department of Public Works

There was also one case of an arrest. The New Haven Police Department attributed initial reports on SeeClickFix to a sting operation that led to an arrest of two drug dealers selling heroin in front of a grammar school

Surely it's better for the kids to be able to get their heroin from the safety of their school steps than to make them travel to a seedier part of town, isn't it?

Comment: Portland (Score 2, Informative) 143

by mojatt (#31823104) Attached to: Crowdsourcing the Department of Public Works
Portland has been doing such a thing for a few months now through an iPhone app appropriately named "City of Portland Citizen Reports". Allows users to upload photos with descriptions and tag them with GPS coordinates. The description pulled from the iTunes page:

Citizen Reports is a direct result of Mayor Adams and the City of Portland’s call for more open data and interactions with the citizens of Portland. Citizen Reports is used by citizens to report and request service calls to city assets and infrastructure, including issues with parks, pot holes, traffic lights, street lights, catch basins, and graffiti. Additional city assets and service request types will be added over time.

Using an iPhone, citizens can access this easy-to-use interface to the City of Portland’s issue reporting infrastructure. Citizens select the type of issue to report, take a photo (or upload an existing one), geo-locate the issue via GPS or interactive map, add comments, and send their report directly to the responsible bureau for resolution. Citizens can also view issues they have previously submitted and check the status or resolution of the issue.

Citizen Reports is a small but important step in allowing citizens to participate in expediting the City of Portland's awareness and resolution of various issues. Citizen Reports is available for free within the Apple App Store.

Comment: Re:(off-topic) (Score 1) 27

by Red Flayer (#31822908) Attached to: More dishonesty from Pudge -- proven
It appears I left out a step in my post, part of the logic that I thought obvious and unnecessary to state.

You did state that the sight caters to the godless left, correct?

I happen to disagree, and think the site caters to the right much more than it caters to the left. I do agree, however, that the site caters to the godless -- because so much of the content here is user-driven, and quite a few of us are godless heathens.

As evidence of my belief that slashdot caters to the right, I posit that you'll find hardcore righties here as well as the godless lefties you mention. And given that one of the editors here is a vocal hardcore rightie, without a vocal hardcore leftie to balance him out, I think the editorial slant of the site is hardcore rightie.

Comment: Re:Quite the opposite (Score 1, Insightful) 397

by node 3 (#31822474) Attached to: Google Preparing iPad Rival?

"Yet iPhone dominates Android in the market."

Danger! I detect starry eyes! Well, it's that or out of date information.

Except for the fact that it happens to be true.

The truth is that Android phone sales are on a rocketship headed straight up. If they stay on pace Android handsets are expected to surpass the iPhone in 2011 or so.

If bacteria continued their growth at the same rate during their early growth phase, the entire universe would be made of bacteria in no time.

"Starry Eyes" indeed.

So Apple's iPhone is ahead yes

In other words, I'm correct.

Is it technically accurate to say that iPhone is "dominating"? Arguably yes, but to use that to justfy everything else you wrote is laughable in light of the competitions performance. It's also funny to hear about iPhone "dominating" when it's getting it's ass thorougly kicked by Symbian and RIM.

The iPhone is dominating them as well. Units shipped is a poor metric. Apple is by far the most popular smart phone in terms of usage, in terms of apps, in terms of customer satisfaction, in terms of profitability. You name it.

The iPhone is sexy and mostly functional but it is not the final word in smartphone development, it's not even close.

You're right. Year after year Apple finds a way to improve upon the smart phone, surpassing their last product.

However, it's pretty undeniable that Apple is the market leader. The only metric they don't have covered is most units sold.

Or put differently, do you not think there's a single handset make who wouldn't jump at the chance to trade places with Apple? There isn't.

The only real competition that Apple has right now is Google, and Google isn't competing on quality, but quantity, and they're presently even losing *that* battle. When they're not, that'll be an interesting milestone, but also largely irrelevant as Apple will still be the premier handset maker.

This is because Google doesn't care about quality or handset profitability. What they care about is ad revenue, and to get that, they need the *broadest* customer base they can get, not the *best* customer base, or the most directly *profitable* customer base, just numbers. A game which they are still losing at, btw.

Comment: Re:Quite the opposite (Score 2, Insightful) 397

by BobMcD (#31822430) Attached to: Google Preparing iPad Rival?

Since Apple never intended their OS for use on non-Apple hardware, and since Google never intended Android to be exclusive, these are indeed inherent traits, by the definition of the word.

This is part of tinkerability. You can put Android on whatever you want, including a PC.

If I buy a PC preloaded with Ubuntu, am I now tinkering?

Choice in hardware manufacturers is. If you want to break that out from tinkerability, I have no problem with that, but it doesn't really change anything.

Buying a shrink-wrapped product and using it without modification is never tinkering, period. This isn't being broken out to placate me personally. It is simply the proper uses of the words.

I think you're abusing the tinkering label to make your point, and I think you've gone so far with it as to strain logic.

As far as the bulk of your post discussing CDMA, that's not inherent to the iPhone, it's simply an implementation decision. There's nothing about the iPhone design or philosophy that precludes building a CDMA handset. In fact, the iPhone was originally offered to Verizon, to run on their CDMA network. But they turned it down.

The inherent philosophy behind the iPhone is, and has always been, 'the iPhone user experience'. Aka 'my way or the highway'. This specifically precludes using anything other than the stuff shipping out of Cupertino. If the new iPhone switches to TCP over Carrier Pigeon, you have no choice but to accept it, should you wish to stay on that platform. With Android, this cannot be - and this is intrinsic in the very concept.

This changes everything.

Comment: Re:Heroin? (Score 1) 143

by mcgrew (#31821970) Attached to: Crowdsourcing the Department of Public Works

My sarcasm detector is on the blink today, so ignore me if you were just being sarcastic.

Let's execute them. Haphazardly selling something seriously deadly for ingestion is akin to poisoning people.

You want the death penalty for brewers, distillers, tavern owners, bartenders, and liquor store owners and their sales clerks? More people die from alcohol overdose than overdose of all other drugs combined. Cigarettes kill almost all their users, too.

And if you want to kill yourself, or engage in risky behavior, how is that any of my business?

Comment: Re:I have a right to expect a pony for christmas (Score 1) 195

by mcgrew (#31821900) Attached to: Ex-Googler Obama Appointee Gets Buzz'ed

They were doing the same thing then, they were just called fiscal conservatives.

They were marginalized by the neocons, told to STFU, and did what they were told.

There wasn't any ratings in covering them.

Ratings? Newspapers got ratings? And when is "news" dependant on ratings?

Conservative protester are pretty boring and lack a good hot-chick ratio.

They're still boring, even at tea parties. The fact is, the teabaggers are simply there to get Democrats out of office. If they weren't newsworthy then, they still aren't.

Comment: Re:Then fuck it. (Score 1) 351

by vxice (#31821766) Attached to: US Rejects Demands For ACTA Transparency
First of all I was referring to many people here in the U.S. specifically fox but many of its followers. Second Ahmadinejad is not worth mentioning he can't have his post without permission of Khameni.I think allowing the purchase of billions of dollars worth of oil from 'tin-pot' dictators everyday is more damaging than looking 'pathetic' I'm just not sure pleasuring the king of Saudi Arabia with all of his oil money is hurting him as much as we would like to think. As for the emperor of Japan I'm not sure he is a tin-pot dictator anymore. Those are the only two cases I know of so one tin-pot out of how many does not exactly qualify as every one. Also for those non tinpots would it hurt for the U.S. to treat other world leaders as equals? I mean they are all leaders of their country and sometimes we can't just demand things sometimes asking for them works a lot better.

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