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Submission + - Li-ion battery design that's 2,000X more powerful, recharges 1,000X Faster (extremetech.com) 1

CPNABEND writes: Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology that is 2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries. According to the researchers, this is not simply an evolutionary step in battery tech, “It’s a new enabling technology it breaks the normal paradigms of energy sources. It’s allowing us to do different, new things.”

Comment Can someone say FIREWALL? (Score 1) 308

Assuming the casino had a basic firewall for outside of the hotel access, I am thinking the accomplice may have been in a room in the hotel. If that were the case... How could they not have a separate firewall to protect the CCTV feeds? It would seem to me the CCTV should have stand-alone servers and a stand-alone firewall. That being said, I would like to meet the intruder. I have a business proposition for him :-)

Comment The phone????? (Score 1) 268

Has anybody looked at Office 2013? I got a copy for $9.95 through the Micro$soft home user program. They are re-making all of their APPS look like the phone. The package was about $11.00 more than it was worth. The company is putting all of their eggs in the "Metro" basket, and it will not end up well for them, unless Ballmer walks through computer stores with a baseball bat to "convince" people to buy their products.

Submission + - Nanodot memory smashes RAM, sets new speed record (theregister.co.uk)

CPNABEND writes: Boffins in Taiwan and the University of California predict that nanoscale CMOS memory could soon be on its way after research showed nanodot memory operating 10 to 100 times faster than current RAM. The electro-optics researchers also emphasised that they had used materials that are compatible with mainstream integrated circuit technologies...

Submission + - An Interview with Jerry Pournelle (informationweek.com)

CowboyRobot writes: "Jerry Pournelle served in the Army during the Korean War, holds masters' degrees in experimental statistics and systems engineering, and Ph.D.s in psychology and political science. He went on to work at Boeing on Project Thor, studying kinetic projectile space bombardment. But he is best known for his long-running column at BYTE, "Computing At Chaos Manor", as well as his sci-fi novels, especially those he wrote with Larry Niven, including The Mote in God's Eye and Oath of Fealty.

BYTE has a 4-part interview and series of podcasts with Pournelle, in which he discusses topics ranging from how sci-fi writers predict the future to why the Internet will never die: 1] Computers and Science Fiction, 2] ARPAnet, Totalitarianism, And Productivity, 3] Ebooks, and 4] Using Multimedia To Sell Books

"I don't believe you can predict the future. But I think you can invent it. Now that's not original with me. Dandridge Cole said it a very long time ago, and many have repeated it in one way or another. But it is true. In one sense, the Air Force invented the computer revolution because it wanted to have more accurate ballistic missiles.""


Submission + - Is your stuff secured on the Cloud?

An anonymous reader writes: If you use cloud services, do you protecting all your stuff before sending it to the remote servers? Meaning: do you rely on the encryption that the services say they use, or you do it your self using something like PGP, GnuPG or compacting tools like 7-Zip, Winzip, WinRar, or others with encryption enabled before Sync them?

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