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Hardware Hacking

#twatch Open Hardware Networked LCD Screen 52

An anonymous reader writes "Dangerous Prototype's #twatch is a DIY network appliance that displays real-time topic trends from Twitter. It can also show system statistics, RSS feeds, mail notifications, and more using a TCP server on port 1337 that accepts commands from LCD control programs like LCD Smartie (Windows) and LCDproc (Linux). Everything you need to build your own is on the project's page. We've covered this hardware hacker's work previously."

MIT's Hybrid Microchip To Overcome Silicon Size Barrier 77

schliz writes "MIT researchers have successfully embedded a gallium nitride layer onto silicon to create a hybrid microchip. The method could be further developed to combine other technologies such as spintronics and optoelectronics on a silicon chip. It is expected to be commercialized in a couple of years, and allow manufacturers to keep up with Moore's Law despite today's shrinking devices."

Comment Re:Heaven forbid... (Score 1) 517

Interesting point you bring up CSI as a bad qualification for a juror. I once had a conversation with a defense lawyer. He says he asks jurors if they watch CSI, or the Wire as one of his profiling questions. If they do, he rejects them as a pick. I understand CSI, but I don't understand The Wire as that show sympathizes with the criminal side a little more.

Comment Re:Strength? (Score 1) 213

This is just another formula you can add to that portfolio of concrete making. Who says you have to use this to build something important like a skyscraper or bridge. Obviously the engineers that build those things will decide on the best tried and true material for that application. If we're talking about a sidewalk (which usually takes about 10 yrs to crack anyway) who cares if it's 2/3 more heavy.

Comment Re:This is good news (Score 1) 360

I for one can't wait for this to happen:
"I dunno how much AIDS scares y'all, but I got a theory: the day they come out with a cure for AIDS, a guaranteed one-shot cure, on that day there's gonna be fucking in the streets, man." - Bill hicks

Nevermind chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis,herpes, crabs, HPV, Hepatitis.

Comment Weren't that great anyway... (Score 1) 753

With the exception of Firefly. I tried to get into Dollhouse, but I kept falling asleep, so I cannot speak much to it.

Sarah Connor Chronicles could be good, but I feel like they're trying to do a poor version of a Lost type story arc. Sarah Connor's narratives at the beginning of every episode are cheesy. The look of the show is great though. That and Summer Glau keep me watching, but no love lost if they cancelled it.

Comment Re:And then... (Score 1) 409

Comcast could just as easily buy Suburban Cable next week. Not sure if yours is the same Suburban cable, but our Suburban Cable was bought out by Comcast in the 90's. This type of industry gravitates towards monopoly if you let it. It's the nature of the ISP business.

So what is easier for the Fed, pass laws protecting Net Neutrality or investigate and litigate every acquisition a large ISP makes in the future.

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