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Submission Ask Slashdot: What stands in the way of a truly solar-powered airplane?-> 2

centre21 writes: So I've been reading about solar-powered aircraft all over the Interwebs, as well as solar power in general, but I'm wondering, is it more than just solar cell efficiency that's preventing the creation of a solar-powered airliner? Conspiracy views aside (which may be valid) it seems to me that if I were running an airline the size of United or American, eliminating the need for jet fuel as a cost would be HIGHLY appealing. So I'm asking: what stands in the way of creating true solar-powered airliners?
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Submission FTC bombs online tech support scammers ->

coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission today said it cracked down on tech support scammers who used telemarketers masquerading as major computer companies including Dell, Microsoft, McAfee and Norton to con consumers into believing that their computers are riddled with viruses, spyware and other malware."
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Comment What would you like to see developed next? (Score 3, Insightful) 109

I'm curious what technologies you would like to see developed next, or what you think would be most important to develop next. In other words, what do you think researchers should work on now that would be most significant?

Oh, and thank you for changing my life!

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Submission Cheap ARM laptop released by Genesi-> 2

An anonymous reader writes: Genesi has been selling a 10.1-inch "smartbook" for a while now. They just cut the price from $350 to $200. This laptop runs Ubuntu 10.10, has 16gb of solid state storage, contains no moving parts, and consumes only 12 watts. Compared to other netbooks, this is less than 2/3s the height while being on the upper end in terms of the other dimensions. It seems to be a decent cheap linux smartbook sold by company that develops linux products and gets the community concept down a lot better than any others I've seen.
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Submission Falling Demand for Brains?

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Paul Krugman writes in the NY Times that information technology seems to be reducing, not increasing, the demand for highly educated workers (reg. may be required), because a lot of what highly educated workers do could actually be replaced by sophisticated information processing. One good recent example is how software is replacing the teams of lawyers who used to do document research. “From a legal staffing viewpoint, it means that a lot of people who used to be allocated to conduct document review are no longer able to be billed out,” says Bill Herr, a lawyer at a major chemical company who used to muster auditoriums of lawyers to read documents for weeks on end. “People get bored, people get headaches. Computers don’t.” If true this raises a number of interesting questions. "One is whether emphasizing education — even aside from the fact that the big rise in inequality has taken place among the highly educated — is, in effect, fighting the last war," writes Krugman. "Another is how we [can] have a decent society if and when even highly educated workers can’t command a middle-class income." Remember the Luddites weren’t the poorest of the poor, they were skilled artisans whose skills had suddenly been devalued by new technology."

Comment Re: What's missing from this article? (Score 4, Informative) 757

The thing is, if a group of engineers discusses an idea, sooner or later an idea pops up that everyone at the table agrees is the best possible solution, given the problem to be solved and the resources available to solve it. Then they go put their solution into practice. Politics isn't like this. There are always a few nimrods who will denounce even the sanest solution to any problem as "statist" or "communist" or whatever the appropriate political insult is at the moment, so the end solution is almost never the sanest one.

QUICK: Name the last president we had with an engineering degree.

A: J. Carter

He didn't work out too well, did he? :(

Carter inherited a disastrous economy, which resulted from a prolonged war funded by future earnings. When the bill came due at the end of the decade, the economy had massive problems. Sound familiar?

Submission Steve Jobs taking another medical leave->

techmuse writes: The New York Times and many other sources report that Steve Jobs will be taking another medical leave of absence. No indication has been given as to when he will return. Jobs will remain CEO, and will continue to be involved in making major decisions for the company. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will run the company in Jobs' absence.
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A sine curve goes off to infinity, or at least the end of the blackboard. -- Prof. Steiner