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Comment Re:fiber is fragile (Score 2) 242

This 100w power standard is pretty stupid, though. We're talking power levels where fires will definitely be possible from damaged USB cables.

As opposed to all of the current laptop chargers, AC power cords, DC converter bricks, etc out there now?

Those cables are built for that power, do you want to carry around usb cables that thick for every device that uses usb? Unless there is a way for the chipset to identify the cable (no high power if the cable is a type that's thinner than a certain size) it could be a risk.
You can't trust users to decide sensibly if the thin cable would be safe to charge your laptop if the connector is the same as the thick cable that came with the laptop. Lots of people reason that if it fits, it should work.

Comment Re:Hope it's going in the new Mac Pro (Score 1) 176

Not really. The laptops really are great hardware regardless of which OS you run on it. Unless of course you are one of those people with an irrational hatred of all things Apple.

Same specced other brand laptop gets close to half the price of macbooks so it's not always irrational hatred, some people have limited funds.

Comment Re:other countries have laws that phones must be u (Score 1) 203

Are there no phones for sale in regular electronic shops in the US? Over here we have some carriers with locked phones in combination with longterm contracts but most people just buy the manufacturer labeled phones (these are pretty clean installs with the usually manufacturer skins) since the "subsidised phones" are just expensive loans.

Comment Re:can I buy an intel video card yet? (Score 2) 102

I just go to software sources and select in the additional drivers tab whether I want the old, current or experimental drivers and video updates are transparant from that point. Since switching my gaming machine to experimental drivers (beta nvidia i think) I didn't have any problems, drivers are always latest beta. The machines at work just run the default nvidia ubuntu driver but they are all nvidia ion based, the most work they do in 3d is google earth, desktop accell is not that hard. :)

I guess the ease of install is probably more Ubuntu than nvidia (don't know if other distro's have it this easy).
Are there many distro's that still require manual installation of the nv driver?

Science

Transparent Transistors Printed On Paper 51

MTorrice writes "To make light-weight, inexpensive electronics using renewable materials, scientists have turned to a technology that is almost 2,000 years old: paper. Researchers fabricated organic transistors on a transparent, exceptionally smooth type of paper called nanopaper. This material has cellulose fibers that are only 10 nm in diameter. The nanopaper transistors are about 84% transparent, and their performance decreases only slightly when bent."

Comment Re:Jury instructions on emails (Score 4, Insightful) 111

I don't understand that this blatant lying by Apple about the mails isn't outright punished, every company I've known urges the higherups to keep their old mails for stuff like this so the judge must know they've been deleted to hide something. Same goes for Samsung, just deleting them and acting like it's normal practise. They should both get penalised instead of cancelling it out when the 2 say 'fuck you' to the courts.

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