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Comment multiple edges? (Score 2) 126

I'm wondering if you could improve this by having multiple edges?
I'm not a physicist, but does the disc have to be a disc? Would a very thin edge do the job of diffraction? If so, you could block out unwanted light that passes on the "wrong" inner side of the edges with a small disc in front of the telescope.
Then you could have multiple thin edges next to each other and thus get multiple Arago spots. Most of them would be a bit out of focus I guess, but that could probably be handled by software or using something like the lytro camera.
Just a thought - though if it has to be a disc before the diffraction occurs, then it doesn't work.

Comment Public Failure (Score 1) 68

Cool and good that this is being done, but! I'm really surprised that no one in here appears to be outraged about the fact that a kickstarter campaign like this one is needed at all.
25% of 4th graders can't read an comprehend a simple English sentence like the one presented in the kickstarter video.
It's a massive failure of the (public) school system, and the public school system can probably thank the politicians for this failure.
To get such grand scale illiteracy in a country takes something else than just bad teachers and school leaders - it takes amazingly bad policy decisions at state/country level.

Comment Re: Isn't this the ultimate goal? (Score 5, Insightful) 732

I agree, and I think one of the major problems in this is, when a robot replaces the workforce at some company the money (salary) that once went to many now goes to a lot fewer. The money shifts towards the people in 'higher' positions. So in the long run we need to reshape the economy, because continuing with the current model won't end well.

Submission + - Comet ISON is off (

g01d4 writes: From BBC News:

"Telescopes saw the giant ball of ice and dust disappear behind the star, but only a dull streamer emerge." It's too bad but the incoming, and especially the Stereo A & B images, were way cool.

Comment Re:Been saying that...Wrong, Simply Wrong. (Score 2) 376

Thanks for taking the time to clear things up for me.
Now I see I got caught a little by the flames, that usually burn around online discussions - pre-tty stupid.
While I agree, that patents seems like the only viable solution for the little guy to enter the market, it only holds true under the conditions currently existing in the market.
What the paper is trying to say, is that you could change things. I actually think that if we tried the solutions suggested in the paper, everybody would be better of, patents would be as good as gone, and everybody, big or little, would have a chance to innovate and enter the market.
You should read it if you haven't, it's quite interesting. It gives you some idea of, that we don't have to keep an outdated monopolitic system that mostly works in the favor of the big guys - even though it gives a little room for the small guy as well - because we can make alternative systems that are better.

Comment Re:Been saying that...Wrong, Simply Wrong. (Score 1) 376

And you, sir, might be right!
So.... in the medical business... mentioning cancer drugs and getting cleared by FDA ... and he's not developing a pharmaceutical?
I'm not a native English speaker, but I did assume that developing drugs and medicine could be said to be in the medical business. But no? Is medical business only machinery? Or what is the difference? Or is it something else I'm missing?

Comment Re:Been saying that...Wrong, Simply Wrong. (Score 5, Informative) 376

You, Sir, has clearly not RTFP!
Please at least read page 13 of the paper, and throw out your well preserved assumptions of how the world works.
- I'll give you a taste of page 13:
"There are four things that should be born in mind in thinking about the role
of patents in the pharmaceutical industry. First, patents are just one piece of a
set of complicated regulations that include requirements for clinical testing and
disclosure, along with grants of market exclusivity that function alongside patents.
Second, it is widely believed that in the absence of legal protections, generics would
hit the market side by side with the originals. This assumption is presumably based
on the observation that when patents expire, generics enter immediately. However,
this overlooks the fact that the generic manufacturers have had more than a decade
to reverse-engineer the product, study the market, and set up production lines.
Lanjouw’s (1998) study of India prior to the recent introduction of pharmaceutical
patents there indicates that it takes closer to four years to bring a product to market
after the original is introduced—in other words, the fifi rst-mover advantage in pharmaceuticals
is larger than is ordinarily imagined. Third, much development of
pharmaceutical products is done outside the private sector; in Boldrin and Levine
(2008b), we provide some details. Finally, the current system is not working well:
as Grootendorst, Hollis, Levine, Pogge, and Edwards (2011) point out, the most
notable current feature of pharmaceutical innovation is the huge “drought” in the
development of new products."

Comment To "trolls" and "time-wasting-kids" answering (Score 1) 442

Could all the people calling this person a troll, and "domyjobforme"-idiots just stop wasting others and their own time with these ridiculous negative non-helping no-good-for-anyone answers ? Who are you people anyways ? Why bother with answering ? What do you get from posting such answers?
You are so awfully clever on others behalf that it sickens me.
Give some proper answers - his a fellow nerd that asks perfectly legit questions to a community of nerds. It doesn't matter if he is out of his league, a new bee or a professional for that matter. He asks for advice, and those kind of negative answers is a waste of everybody's time and energy. Pardon my French, but go post your stupid answers somewhere else...

Submission + - Best IT-infrastructure for a small company 2

DiniZuli writes: I've been imployed by a small NGO to remake their entire IT-infrastructure from scratch. It's a small company counting 20 employees. I would like to ask the /.-crowd and gather some experience and knowledge from you — what worked out best for you and why? I came up with a small list:
Are there any must have books on building the IT infrastructure?
New desktops: should it be laptops (with dockingstations), regular desktop machines or thin clients? A special brand? Ubuntu, Windows or?
Servers: We need a server for authentication and usermanagement. We also need an internal mediaserver (we have thousands of big image and videofiles, and the archive grows bigger every year). Finally we would like to have our webserver in house. Which hardware is good? Which setup, software and OS'es have worked the best for you?
Network: We are redoing everything: routers, schwitches, wireless, authentication — even the wiring. Which setup do you think is the best for a small company?
Which backup solutions do you use?
Since we are remaking everything, this list is not exhaustive, so feel free to comment on anything important not on the list.

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