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Comment Re:Did whoever wrote the summary read the article? (Score 1) 95

This is true, assuming you don't have a limit as to the area of panels you can deploy (rooftop solar installations are slightly limited by the area of the roof).

I agree. If I gave them the benefit of the doubt (deservedly or not), I'd say that they are at least hoping to provide a cheap and environmentally friendly choice when space is not the issue.

In context I think they are working from this starting point: "the Gratzel cell is a great concept, but it leaks, so let's see if we can improve on it so it's viable for the mass-market."
If they succeed, at worst we'll have an "green" alternative to current Silicon-based PV arrays, and at best we'll have a system that's cheaper to make, is more efficient, is more rugged, etc.
If they land in the middle, it'll be a great outcome!

Comment Re:Did whoever wrote the summary read the article? (Score 4, Interesting) 95

It's important to note though, that if you can make twice as much panel area for less money, then you are being more efficient.
At the end of the day they are aiming for two different efficiencies:
1. A lower $cost/output
2. A higher output/environmental-footprint ratio.

I've heard that currently the rule-of-thumb for Photo-Voltaic arrays is 4 years operation before they pay for themselves. Maybe this new technology will lower that significantly

Power

Submission + - First Underwater Turbine Installed in Scotland (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scotland achieved a major milestone this week by successfully installing a 100-foot-tall subsea turbine in the Sound of Islay, off the coast of Orkney. Scottish Power Renewables, which is overseeing the project, said the turbine was performing well and is already powering homes and businesses on the island of Eday. It wasn’t an easy installation, as the 1-megawatt Hammerfest Strom HS1000 turbine was lowered into the sea during a storm, with crews facing hostile waters

Submission + - Skin Cells Turned into Heart Muscle Cells Can Fix Damaged Heart

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers say that they can reprogram skin cells into heart muscle cells and that these cells are functional and can integrate into heart. Using patient’s own cells while regenerating heart muscle cells would mean that the body wouldn’t reject them and these cells could blend in the original heart and continue the normal rhythm.
Robotics

Submission + - Financial News is written by Robots (mmdnewswire.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Script bots increasingly write inaccurate financial reports and misleading PR. Have a look at this short blurb about Facebook.

A suspicious reader with technological background might see through the words, but the majority of people would never complain beyond readability.

A story like this one about Facebook was generated by a bot that probably took the raw data from an official source and constructed a thin story out of it. Imagine how other bots, like Wolfram Alfa, take this story for a fact and advise real people on their investments.

Stories like this should be at least marked in some way, so that people are warned to check the facts.

Submission + - RIAA Claims Losses In Excess Of World's Wealth (businessinsider.com) 6

bonch writes: Prior to setting with Limewire earlier this month, the RIAA had pressed for a $72 trillion verdict, greater than the $60 trillion of combined wealth on Earth. The RIAA arrived at the figure by multiplying $150,000 for each download of 11,000 songs, a figure federal Judge Kimba Wood called "absurd". No word on how much of the money would have gone back to the artists.
Technology

Submission + - Nanotech Solar Cell Minimizes Cost, Toxic Impact (phys.org)

bonch writes: Researches at Northwestern University have developed an inexpensive solar cell intended to solve the problems of current solar cell designs, such as high cost, low efficiency, and toxic production materials. Based on the Grätzel cell, the new cell uses millions of light-absorbing nanoparticles and delivers the highest conversion efficiency reported for a dye-sensitized solar cell.
Cellphones

Submission + - How Accelerometers Work In Smartphones (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: "Despite the accelerometer's regular use for games, videos, and other smartphone activities, few people know how the gadget actually works, or how engineers were able to cramp such a small but important piece of technology, which can detect motion in three directions, into a millimeters-thick smartphone. That's where Bill Hammack comes in. Hammack, a.k.a. "The Engineer Guy," is a professor at the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but the 50-year-old college professor also has a second life on YouTube, breaking down how various components of everyday technology work, from digital cameras to fiber optic cables. On Tuesday, Hammack released his newest video, which describes not only how accelerometers work, but also how engineers translate the three-dimensional technology to work inside a tiny chip."

Comment Top ./ story fights for Poll compliance (Score 1) 542

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/12/05/22/2326206/inventor-of-the-tv-remote-control-dies

The TV remote control designer passed away a few days ago, and was obviously gunning for the top rated "Currently Dead Inventor".

We will take a moment's silence to remember his passing, and luckily, by using the Mute button, we can start the silence without getting up!

Comment Re:A week? (Score 1) 1004

"Which is when the see it if they pirate it, so it appears to work for some folks. Also, they have these things called DVRs now."

Firstly, all I was saying is that no network can be held responsible for the show not being simulcast to all regions at once. It's just a logistical nightmare. Maybe it would be possible to do for 1 show with a less-than-24-hour delay, but not the 100s of shows on all around the world.

Secondly, are you seriously suggesting that a TV station would willingly put a series on TV at a time when they could expect to get a large proportion of viewers via DVR? I'm sure the advertisers (those paying to let you watch the show) would think that was a great idea!

Comment Re:A week? (Score 3, Interesting) 1004

A serious problem that cannot be sorted by the "antiquated methodology" is that the US primetime slot is far removed from the Australian and European primetime slot. A network is not to going to the air the episode when HBO do, just to get it "live". It would be on at 10:30am over here if they did.

Comment Re:A week? (Score 5, Funny) 1004

"fans of the show have to wait a week before they can see the latest episode. So it's hardly a surprise that some people are turning to BitTorrent instead"

I live in Australia as well, and it's intolerable that we have to wait for our entertainment. I mean, those lazy American's are always a few days more entertained than we are!
Some fool tried to tell me that entertainment wasn't measured by the latency between a show airing and my viewing of it - how ridiculous!?!!? What a notion?

And don't get me started on the olympics - I'm considering suing the IOC everytime the Olympics are held abroad. I, and countless others Aussies, will have to wait til the evening to get any live action, whilst the English can watch it in the morning and afternoon as it happens. Outrageous!

sincerely, Balzi

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