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Researchers at the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics have discovered a way to make liquid flow vertically upward along a silicon surface, overcoming the pull of gravity, without pumps or other mechanical devices.
This seems to be a trend where new materials are being designed with properties derived only from their physical construction, and not chemical components. Just recently there was a material modeled after spider hairs that is nearly 100% waterproof.
The examples of this material are geared towards computing and thermal cooling, but.. if this material effectively pumps water without any energy requirements (pumps) and can do so against gravity I wonder if it could be used for different purposes. Pumping water obviously, but what about hydro power generation?
Possible uses for this material seem to far exceed just computing.
[phreakmonkey] got his hands on a great piece of old tech. It's a 1964 Livermore Data Systems Model A Acoustic Coupler Modem. He recieved it in 1989 and recently decided to see if it would actually work. It took some digging to find a proper D25 adapter and even then the original serial adapter wasn't working because the oscillator depends on the serial voltage. He dials in and connects at 300baud. Then logs into a remote system and fires up lynx to load Wikipedia. Lucky for [phreakmonkey] they managed to decide on a modulation standard in 1962. It's still amazing to see this machine working 45 years later.
Although impractical for surfing the Internet today, there is something truly cool about getting a 45-year old modem to work with modern technology. The question I have, is what is the oldest working piece of equipment fellow Slashdotters have out there? I'm afraid as far back as I can go is a Number Nine Imagine 128 Series 2 Graphics card on a server still in use at my house which only puts me at about 14 years.
The ZillionTV(TM) Service (www.zilliontv.tv) is a breakthrough television entertainment platform that gives television lovers instant access to their favorite shows and movies with no subscription fees — all on-demand and delivered directly to their television sets. Major Hollywood studios and television networks such as ABC/Disney, Fox, NBC/Universal, Sony and Warner Bros. have partnered with ZillionTV to provide a vast collection of programs that will continue to expand.
There is a catch:
Advertisers experience a revolutionary new way to ensure that viewers actually experience their advertising within an industry already hard-hit by the proliferation of ad-skipping DVR technology.
By opting in to view personally selected advertising with no fast forwarding allowed , the viewer actually earns rewards which can then be redeemed directly through the TV remote.
Now advertising is a deal breaker to me in all instances. Especially the forced viewing. However, there seems to be a strong indication that in exchange for targeted advertising that cannot be stopped the customer is given a free subscription and rewards that can be exchanged for products you see on the "TV".
So fellow Slashdotters, just how many of you would be willing to make that kind of deal and why?
We will be telling our customers exactly where they can go to see these programs online," Mr. Dudley said. "We'll also be telling them how they can hook up their PCs to a television set.
Why pay for digital cable when many content providers and now providing it on demand via the Internet? Not to mention the widespread availability of tv shows in both standard and high definition on public and private torrent tracker sites. It is entirely possible to watch television with no commercials or advertising with only an Internet connection. So getting your content via the Internet is not exactly free, but it certainly isn't contributing to Time Warner or any other cable providers revenue stream. The real question is why Time Warner would fight back by so clearly showing how increasingly obsolete they are becoming and that cable providers are losing their monopolistic grip on media delivery.
iD Software's CEO Todd Hollenshead has stated that he believes PC manufacturers' acceptance of piracy and the sharing of content the user does not pay for is the PC hardware industry's "dirty little secret".
Hollenshead — famed for PC titles Doom, Quake and the forthcoming Rage — believes that PC manufacturers will obviously speak out against piracy in public, but the enormity of the problem is evidence that it's being largely ignored by hardware companies.
If Mr. Hollenshead thinks that hardware companies are ignoring the problem, which is to say his problem, just what does he think the solution should be? It would seem that he thinks that computer hardware is no different than a rented cable tv box and the industry as a whole should have rights to create whatever protections that they want in the form of hardware level DRM.
Is a computer really just an extension of corporate property in consumer's homes, or do we as consumers have an absolute right to control what code gets executed and how?
...though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"