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Comment Which area of the market? (Score 3, Interesting) 80

This seems like it could blow the Arduino out of the water, at least the higher-end ones (including the ones that are currently being developed). If you can get full C++ and some actual computing power (I mean as opposed to the no-OS MCUs), and a mature IDE that'll facilitate designing GUIs, it would definitely change a few things. The Beagle Board team will also have to start rethinking the current design, since its current cheap model is $90.

And yes, I know that the Arduino as a software platform (and the IDE) isn't going anywhere, and that's great, but their plans to design higher-end models will have a very difficult time competing with a $35, QT-programmable board.

Comment Re:For the internet age? (Score 3, Interesting) 61

Back then you could HEAR your computer working! The dial-up modems, the loud spinning HDs, CD-ROMs, Floppy Disks, and dot-matrix printers. You knew what your computer was going just by listening.
Now it's all sterile. Software is downloaded onto solid-state hard-drives, in silent computers with low-rpm fans, if any. No wonder there are so many botnets -- you have no idea what your computer is doing anymore.

I sometimes wish I could turn the sound back ON. Sure, there was cyan and #C0C0C0 all over the place, but it FELT real.

Comment Re:Innovation in perspective (Score 2) 206

I often wondered how he (Ive) felt about this "arrangement". Jobs kept getting the praise though it was known that Ive was the one behind the overall product design direction. He was in charge of hardware design, specifically, but that's exactly the part which the competition is trying hardest to copy.

Submission + - Another step towards Graphene semiconductors (arstechnica.com)

derGoldstein writes: Ars has an article up about the two latest "papers demonstrating that, if you change the way the graphene stacks, you obtain a voltage-controlled bandgap ... Between these two papers, a fairly complete understanding of the bandgap behavior in three layer graphene has been obtained, leaving only the challenge of making the stuff".

Comment Re:6 cents (Score 2) 272

The value of kWp/m^2 is a factor in the overall result. If someone managed to find an extremely cheap solution that takes up more space than usual, that's still useful in certain situations. Of course the opposite is also true -- if you find an expensive way to convert solar energy more efficiently (using a smaller footprint), there's a use for that too. Advancement in both cases is beneficial.

Comment Re:Definetelly better than subsidizing obsolete te (Score 5, Insightful) 272

The natural counter-argument is the question: Should the government stop funding research simply because some of the funds will (likely) reach undeserving parties?
It's not black and white. If there's been a history of wasted resources related to this particular objective, then more strict regulation should be enacted (and the natural reply to this would be: regulation is both expensive and corruptible... I guess some middle-ground is necessary).

Comment Re:Disruptive... (Score 2) 272

Wiktionary: disruptive - Adjective: Causing disrupt or unrest.
MW: Disrupt - verb: to break apart / to throw into disorder. Origin: Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere, from dis- + rumpere to break.

Contrast with: "Disruptive technology"

But people are lazy, so they drop the context. Rather than adding the "technology", which would change the meaning (through context), they just say "disrupt" in the same way that we might say "grep" or "ping" in a non-technical conversation. It's annoying but if you challenge anyone about it they'd (probably) say that you should have deduced the context through the subject matter.

And yeah, it's totally an overused buzzword.
Mars

Submission + - Coronal mass ejection hits Mars (discovery.com)

derGoldstein writes: Discovery has an article up about the coronal mass ejection that just his Mars: "Unlike the coronal mass ejection (CME) that struck [earth] on Monday, Saturday's CME was sent in a different direction — toward the Red Planet. ... However, its impact on Mars will be very different than a CME's impact on Earth." Included is an animation of the predicted solar system path of the Mars-directed CME.

Submission + - Dwarf planet Eris is bereft of atmosphere, about t (arstechnica.com)

derGoldstein writes: Ars has an article up discussing new measurements of Eris, the largest dwarf planet in our solar system: "New measurements are suggesting that Eris may actually be more like Pluto’s twin. The newly measured radius of Eris puts it within the error range of the accepted size of Pluto. ... Scientists were able to get a better handle on the size of Eris by observing it as it passed in front of a background star, a technique called stellar occultation. By observing how long Eris obscures the star (given how fast it is moving), you can determine the width of Eris at that point."
Microsoft

Submission + - Nokia announces the Lumia 800, the 'first real Win (engadget.com)

derGoldstein writes: From Engadget: "From the outside, the Lumia 800 is very similar to our beloved N9. Dubbed the "first real Windows Phone," this device is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU and is sculpted from the same 12.1mm (0.48-inch) thick of piece of durable polycarbonate plastic, with tapered edges on the top and bottom to give it that industrial look and make it feel thinner than it really is. ... the Lumia 800 is priced at €420, or about $585. It's already up for pre-order now, and is scheduled to roll out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, beginning in November. It'll make its way to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and will hit "further markets" sometime next year."

Comment Re:Point Cloud ? (Score 1) 85

The two aren't mutually exclusive. Certainly, the glasses will be cheaper and easier to produce, but even if you create a surface like that which is only a single "slab", there will still be scenarios where there's just no room, and the glasses will be the only option.
Of course, it's possible that someday you could get the same effect with a pico-projector, but doing the 3D scanning *and* 3D projecting from a single point really is sci-fi, for now.

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