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Comment Re:Temperature chart? (Score 1) 117

This battery has lower energy density(20Whr/kg) than your current SLA's at (50Whr/kg)..ref

The claim of room temperature processing is also somewhat misleading.. They included an annealing step at 350C under argon atmosphere for 1 hr for processing the iron oxide nanorods.

No mention of charge efficiency, should be bettery than the 60 to 70% for SLA's, (note: Lithium ion charge efff is ~95-98%)..

Comment Re:5 hours just to get to Pluto (Score 1) 60

Traveling through through space containing the typical atom of interstellar hydrogen per cm^3 at relativistic speeds(0.95C) would result in instant death.

Even if you were frozen solid, the ice would melt and water around/inside you would boil. Not to mention nearly every chemical bond in your body would be broken. At lower sub light speeds. 0.5C one would still have to deal with many years of accumulated cosmic radiation damage once you were taken out stasis(You're dead).

Short of some sort of wormhole/warp discovery, travel between stars at best something would require storing memory and conscious digitally, (constantly self repair & correcting) then manufacturing a suitable body at the destination. Or just remain as a machine conscientious, since biological organisms won't survive a intersteller trip intact.

Comment Re:Catastrophe for birds (Score 1) 340

By the time one reaches anywhere near the maximum solar usage threshold, attempting to use any combination of fossil/nuclear energy would burn the planet to a crisp.

FF/nuclear Waste heat(50-70%) to match solar flux levels would make AGW(Added CO2 = + 1%), look like a picnic.
Yes, their is energy consumption limit/(ultimately converted to heat) at which humanity must leave the planet.

Comment Re: Renewables will never work (Score 2) 340

"capacity"? You mean if the sun was shining on every single solar panel in the world

Even on a mostly cloudy day my solar panels produce about a quarter(1/4) of their normal output. Enough to run the house loads (frig, freezer, PC, lights, tv, etc).

I cut household electricity CO2 footprint by another metric ton this year. Soon.my PV will be on a solar tracker, that should reduce non-food related CO2 footprint to near zero.. I will be the first person in my republican dominated city to achieve a near zero carbon footprint house. Someone's got to break the mold, and leave FF behind, I hope many others will follow.

P.S. My residence along with the city and most of South Florida will be underwater one hundred years from now. (unstoppable sea level increase). You would think they would sit up and take notice as the bi-annual king tides are now flooding the streets in front of million$+ houses, might give them a clue. But no, blinders on, full speed ahead, buy that big ass SUV, Yacht, waste energy, burn those fossil fuels unending (And seal a watery fate.)

Submission + - Viewing a Malicious JPEG Can Lead to Code Execution on iPhones

Trailrunner7 writes: Apple has patched several vulnerabilities in iOS that could lead to arbitrary code execution, including a handful of memory corruption bugs and a flaw that enables an attacker to use a malicious JPEG file to run arbitrary code.

The release of iOS 10.1 includes patches for 13 vulnerabilities, many of which can be used for arbitrary code execution. The most intriguing of those flaws is CVE-2016-4673, a bug in the Core Graphics component of iOS. Core Graphics is a framework used to handle drawing and images, and researchers from the Keen Lab in China discovered an issue with the way the framework handles JPEG files.

Comment Useless feature, responsible for most ... (Score 1) 70

Pocket Dialing, how many times have you pocket dialed, or received a pocket dial? Blame it all on the slide to unlock feature.

After my pocket dialing episode ~5 years ago, I switched to pattern unlock on my Andriod phone (NO more packet dials). It's also helped a couple of times retrieving my misplaced phone. Definiitly reduces desiriblity for the finder to keep a lost or misplaced phone.

Submission + - SPAM: Mylan to Settle EpiPen Overpricing Case for $465 Million

schwit1 writes: Mylan, the maker of the allergy treatment EpiPen, said Friday that it had reached a $465 million settlement with the Justice Department and other government agencies over questions on whether the company had overcharged Medicaid for the treatment by improperly classifying it as a generic drug.

The federal government said this week that Mylan had been told multiple times that it was wrongly classifying the EpiPen, which led the Medicaid and Medicare programs to overpay for the product. Although it has not been disclosed how much it had overpaid, officials said spending on the EpiPen totaled nearly $1.3 billion from 2011 to 2015.

Mylan has been under intense scrutiny since the summer for raising the price of EpiPen to more than $600 for a pack of two from about $100 since it bought the product in 2007.

In a statement, Mylan said the settlement did not imply any admission of wrongdoing. It also said the settlement had not been finalized, and that it expected to enter into a corporate integrity agreement with the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Submission + - International Space Station to Trial Aussie-designed Ion Thruster (abc.net.au)

theweatherelectric writes: Barney Porter from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation writes, "An Australian-designed rocket propulsion system is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) for a year-long experiment that ultimately could revolutionise space travel. The technology could be used to power a return trip to Mars without refuelling, and use recycled space junk for the fuel. Former University of Sydney student, Dr Paddy Neumann — now of Neumann Space — and two co-inventor professors from his alma mater have developed an ion thruster that could replace the current chemical-based rocket propulsion technology, which requires huge volumes of fuel to be loaded onto a spacecraft."

Comment Re:So I was watching Nat Geo this weekend.... (Score 0) 221

Survive Nuclear war.. I don't thinbk so..

While detonating a few Gigatons worth of nuclear weapons over various targets would be bad.

Far worse would be the hundreed's of Giga ton's of fission byproducts released into the biosphere from destoryed/damaged/unattended nuclear reactors and spent fuel pools around world. At best average human life expetancy would drop into the low to mid 20's

Submission + - U of Calif. San Diego chancellor is a director of outsoucer hired by UCSF (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: The offshore outsourcing planned at the University of California's San Francisco (UCSF) campus is following a standard playbook. The affected employees expect to train their replacements as a condition of severance. Their jobs will soon be in India and they'll be out of work. But the chancellor of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Pradeep K. Khosla, may still be getting compensated by HCL Infosystems. It is one of the units of India-based HCL, the IT services contractor hired by the university. Khosla is an independent and non-executive director on the HCL Infosystems board of directors. Khosla has reported his HCL compensation to the university at $12,000 last year for 56 hours of total time served. He also earns $12,000 from Infosys Science Foundation as chair of the engineering and computer science jury, according to the compensation report. When asked if the university's contract with HCL creates a conflict for Khosla, a UCSD spokeswoman,replied: "The contract was negotiated between UCSF and HCL; it did not involve Chancellor Pradeep Khosla in any way, nor was it discussed at any HCL meeting that Chancellor Khosla attended." But the HCL contract can be leveraged by any UC campus. The "HCL agreement is UC-wide," according to notes from the university's system-wide Architecture Committee. "Other CIOs looking at UCSF experience before other folks dip in. Wait for a year before jumping in with HCL." Another issue for the university may be having an association generally with the offshore outsourcing industry, which works at displacing U.S. IT workers, including computer science grads of institutions such as the University of California.

Submission + - 77% of Ad Blocking Users Feel Guilty about Blocking Ads (huffingtonpost.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: A new survey has found that 77% of ad blocking users feel “some guilt” about blocking ads. This goes against common stereotypes that ad blocking users don’t care about digital content publishers losing revenue, and suggests that if publishers took steps to make their ads less intrusive and less annoying, users might be more tolerant of their advertising.

The report was primarily focused on users’ whitelisting behavior, their feeling and reactions toward publishers who utilize anti-ad blocking tactics, and their thoughts on online advertising in general.

Comment Re:I wish them well (Score 1) 259

The second sentence should be, "He taught them how to "...

30 years ago, was a different age of computing where the computer industry was full of very talented people trained in other fields.. We don't have that anymore, Microsoft, Intel, HP, etc, laid them all off, (older employees), and would never hire someone that hasn't been through their indoctrination regime.

Comment Re:I wish them well (Score 1) 259

The last time Microsoft had anyone qualified in the fields organic chemistry/biology working with on a M$/IBM project was around thirty years ago. He though them how to implement a superior testing regime for their Operating systems using laboratory/statistical/analysis techniques.

I really doubt Microsoft is wise enough to employ those type of cross trained experts anymore.

As for curing cancer in ten years, they have a better chance of initiating some form of Apocalypse, ( PC OS mono culture, with Billions of PC's being taken over), triggering WWIII, release of a bio-weapon, nano-replicators, etc., rather than curing cancer. With everybody dead, cancer in humans is definitely cured, ergo Microsoft get's the credit posthumously.


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