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Comment: It's All Anout the Plane Waves (Score 2) 139

by willworkforbeer (#48886437) Attached to: Scientists Slow the Speed of Light
Well I did Read The Fine Article... in what must be the worst ever case of Casting Physics Pearls Before Illiterate Swine.

But I did get this from the abstract, and it summarizes the point of their results:
"Our work highlights that, even in free space, the invariance of the speed of light only applies to plane waves."

Comment: Altitudinally challenged? (Score 1) 207

by willworkforbeer (#48862613) Attached to: US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms
I did Read The Fine Article, and it referenced my first thought, which was "don't the cheap terrorists' drones fly low and slow?". Sure enough, the average third world drone is most likely of the variety limited to 500 feet and maybe full bicycle groundspeed. The F-35 on the other hand...

So is this really a military need? Or just an excuse to spend cash on a new defense system? If ISIS or ISIL or OASIS (didn't they break up after that last album?) or whatever gets drones to fly up to serious altitudes, they're going to be larger Predator-sized clones (clones of drones, as it were) which can be shot down with bullet-sized bullets from the aforementioned F-35 or F-Anything for that matter.

(Sidenote, the 'F-Anything' would be an awesome combat fighter designation.)

Comment: Re:Sell your Amazon stock now! (Score 1) 92

Ok, I grabbed one source here:
And here's the money shot quote:
"Currently, approximately $1B in production spending can be expected to deliver $500M-$600M in profits,” the letter says. “Through his continued focus on financial discipline, Doug hopes to improve that ratio to a point where $800-$900M in production spending delivers $500-$600M in profits.”

Comment: Re:Sell your Amazon stock now! (Score 5, Insightful) 92

Did anyone notice during the Sony Pictures mess a revealed a gross margin of around 50%? And it seems Amazon has a captivate market plus millions of eyeballs a day to freely impress marketing upon, whereas traditional studios have to pay-per-eyeball to get the word out.

Comment: Re:US Ego (Score 1) 121

by willworkforbeer (#48845383) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution
A strategy of wide open free markets without barriers might give the people the power to effect change. Communism has, in the long run, a poor record of being favored by those with free market options. Maybe we've been going about this backwards, 'punishing' the few Communists leaders has instead hurt the populace. Launching an unending barrage of free market options might have brought those 'leaders' down more quickly.

+ - Google Launches its GoDaddy Killer

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Kieren McCarthy reports at The Register that Google has finally launched a domain-name shop, providing a clean and simple management interface that will put Google in direct competition with market leader GoDaddy. Google became an ICANN-accredited registrar back in 2005, and it first told of its Google Domains plans in June 2014. Domains will cost between $12 to $30 to register, and $12 a year to renew. Google's offering will include support for a number of standard features, like free private registration, free email forwarding to your Gmail inbox, free domain forwarding, support for up to 100 sub-domains, and support for the growing number of new domain endings (like .guru and .club) that are now emerging.

There had been speculation that Google would offer domains from its own registry (.google) for free. That, combined with free hosting, email, cloud storage, chat services and domain management, could see the company up-end the registrar market in a similar way to what it did with Gmail and the hosted email world. For its part, GoDaddy has been a target of ire for many in the tech community since GoDaddy officially voiced its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Bill in 2012. Although GoDaddy later recanted its position, thousands of domain owners switched registrars in protest."

+ - When Einstein met H.G. Wells

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "When we talk about dimensions, we’re used to thinking of three: something like length, width and depth, or x, y and z. But there’s a fourth dimension as well that’s of paramount importance for our Universe, otherwise everything would simply be static: time. H.G. Wells brought this idea to life in his story The Time Machine in 1895, and years later Einstein brought forth special and general relativity into the world, bringing scientific validity to this theoretical conception. Here's the fascinating background, story and aftermath of when they met in 1929."

Comment: Re:Not all of his ashes.. (Score 2) 108

As a taxpayer-funded organization, they also must consider unique ways to gain publicity with the general public. If their PR folks are sharp, they'll use this to NASA's advantage and get a million dollars in both digital and liquid ink. The general public can relate to the emotionality of wanting your remains to reach out a bazillion miles.

+ - 3D cameras are about to go mainstream->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Vox's Timothy B. Lee reports that everyday imaging is about to take a big step forward as 3D photography finally makes it to prime time. Technological advances in 3D processing algorithms have accelerated at the same time the equipment for taking these shots has become significantly cheaper. Those facts combined mean that we're going to be seeing 3D cameras become much more prevalent very quickly. "If things go according to Intel's plan, within a few years all of our tablets and laptops, and perhaps even our smartphones, will have fancy 3D cameras instead of boring old 2D ones." Throw in the fledgling industries of commercial camera drones and autonomous vehicles, and you have a lot of major companies throwing huge amounts of research money into making cheap 3D cameras work. "The result will be a proliferation of devices, from tablets to self-driving cars, that understand and interact with the world around them.""
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