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Submission + - Helium Filled Hard Disks Takes Flight with 6TB of Storage 3

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Lucas Mearian reports that it took Western Digital's more than a decade to develop a way to reliably seal helium gas inside of a hard drive but with 6 TB of storage, it was worth the wait. "I'd say helium is one of the major breakthroughs in the hard drive industry because you can only increase the platter areal density so much with today's technology," says Fang Zhang, an analyst at market researcher IHS. At one-seventh the density of air, helium produces less drag on the moving components of a drive — the spinning disk platters and actuator arms — which translates into less friction and lower operating temperatures. Sealing air out of the drive also keeps humidity and other contaminates from getting in and while the Ultrastar He6's 50% boost in capacity is impressive, what's most notable is the power reduction (PDF), Zhang says, because the high-capacity drives will be used in large data centers and cloud infrastructures. "Data is going to the moon. As we deploy solutions that are tens and hundreds of petabytes, anything you can do to increase density is a boon," says Jimmy Daley, director of Smart Storage at Hewlett-Packard. "We are seeing about 2-watt lower power on random workloads compared to today's 4TB. That's about 20% [power reduction]." However with helium shortages occurring right now and the price of helium skyrocketing, the question’s how much commercial demand might affect manufacturing costs in products that depend on the increasingly sparse element. It may be telling that HGST hasn’t announced a price for the Ultrastar He6 at this time.

Comment Re:Missing the Point about Printing Food by statin (Score 1) 88

I don't think it will print strawberries either :) There are a good amount of things it could be early on already that don't require baking or where ingredients do not need to extremely fresh. Anything that can be in powder form, certainly, sugars, proteins, vitamins included. The technology by itself will not only evolve, but food packaging technology will have incentive to evolve with it as it becomes more popular, so do those markets. If we look at the medium term, we're already seeing developments in synthetic meat - you surely have read about the synth burger.. good texture, lacking some flavor at the moment supposedly.. they are next working on adding more fats to it to give it better flavor.. It's possible these all congeal in the medium term and you can do things like casseroles or many kind of cooked meals.

Even if not, you may get very flavorful food bars - full of nutrition - which sub in for breakfast, or for snacks or quick lunch/dinners. Or high protein snacks if you're working out. or help with diet plans by always knowing food nutritional information (and be quite precise about it).. However, this is worst case, it'll likely do quite a bit more if recent pasta developments in 3d are any indication.

Given this likely worst case, it's still quite appealing for the masses. Zero time to make breakfast? Want snacks on hand in a variety of forms? I'm not sure that will be niche.. Going to the store to pick up bags of chips is no longer required.. It's very easy to store the raw ingredients and have them shipped.. Your kids can use it when you have no time to cook.. it can likely monitor nutritional content, good for the layman and those on diets or need special eating habits.

Comment Re:Missing the Point about Printing Food by statin (Score 1) 88

I agree, it won't stay static, but I'd bet on the food printer in the medium run. I don't see a future kitchen without a food printer to be honest. The power of it alone is like nothing else.. it could remove entire industries and free them up for other things to lead innovation in new ways. just food printing alone eliminates cooking time, horrible fast food, multiple appliances, eventually expense, and definitely food waste.. It adds quality preparation, multitude of recipes, reduced space, perfect nutrition if that's your goal, it could add more taste, way better than I can cook or most of us. 3d printing overall may be out best bet on humanity's major breakthrough for boosting quality of life. Moreso than computers. More and more jobs are freed up for sciences, tech, jobs that innovate and improve the world.. It eliminates space - warehouses, inefficient distribution, inefficient supply, and therefore reduced costs... Hundreds of thousands of store chains eventually. More time to focus on design, on invention and innovation, on research... On relaxing even or being a bum.

Comment Missing the Point about Printing Food by stating.. (Score 2) 88

...by stating the obvious. Who doesn't realize it's better to bring MREs and what have you at this date and time.. But this is being misunderstood on many levels. 1) COST. 3d printing is the future, and most of you know it. If it's as ubiquitous as the microwave, you can bet the machines themselves will be damn cheap, but that's the small point. The big point is related to : 2) SUPPLY. Do you bring a cake to a disaster site, or would it actually be CHEAPER to bring the supplies and 'bake it one site cheaply'? You bring flour and concentrated eggs. What's more expensive, set up a kitchen, or a printer? Don't tell me you bring MREs and feed people for WEEKS on these things. Does FEMA do this now? Of course not. 3) FLEXIBILITY: How many bandaids do you need? need a broken pipe fixed immediately with a special hard to find part? 3d printers will be EVERYWHERE, especially in NICHE markets where you may need anything on a moments notice, or where you can't predict supply, it'll be cheaper than overshipping, and better than not shipping enough. Since you can use, and will be able to use more, a variety of materials in multiple ways. You need pipes, pliers, medical tools? Bring a couple chunks of metal in perfect squares that stack neatly and can be printed in a million ways. 4) THE OBVIOUS IS NOT YOUR OBVIOUS: Who cares if it's the future, it's definitely not the "far" future. People are thinking about ways in which the technology will truly be beneficial. FEMA already deploys tons of it's own power.. What's wrong with a generator and solar cells? They are already shipped en masse. Do you all know anything about disaster relief? Just felt like being opinionated on it? The negative sentiment misses the points of everything entirely..

Comment It can ALREADY print food. (Score 1) 88

You haven't been keeping up with 3d printer developments. It can already print food. It's just a matter of time before it can do so cheaply. It's the next big thing every kitchen will have. Making something for dinner will have a whole new meaning. Example 1: http://www.psfk.com/2013/10/3d-printed-bread-pasta.html Example 2: http://3dprintingindustry.com/2012/11/18/video-3d-printing-chocolate/

Submission + - More Identity Theft Trouble for Video Gamers? (brewerlawyergroup.com)

truettyen writes: Brewer Fraud Law Group Barcelona (Oct. 26 2013) — In more bad news for video game companies, Electronic Arts recently admitted that hackers had breached its servers and stolen sensitive customer information. By targeting a bulletin board for the video game “Never winter Nights,” hackers were able to obtain EA customers’ sensitive information, including their full names, birth dates, e-mail addresses, and user passwords. Electronic Arts claims that customer credit card information was not compromised, but the hackers have plenty of personal information to launch identity theft attacks, should they choose.


The attack on Electronic Arts follows an attack earlier this year on Sony’s PlayStation and Qriocity networks, which compromised the personal data and credit card information of roughly 100 million

users. Popular gaming companies Nintendo, Sega, and Square Enix have also come under attack. A group calling itself Lulz Security has claimed responsibility for several of the attacks.

On EA’s official website, the company vowed to “continue to do what is needed to protect [users’] personal information.” So far, that has meant disabling potentially breached accounts and resetting the passwords for others. Greater security controls have also been added to better protect customer information in the future.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of identity theft, the professionals at Hornberger & Brewer can help. Our experienced identity-theft attorneys will guide you through this difficult time and help you understand your options. For more information on how we can help, visit our website.

Submission + - Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network .. (motherjones.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Thursday, the California attorney general and the state's top election watchdog named the "Koch brothers network" of donors and dark-money nonprofits as the true source of $15 million in secret donations made last year to influence two bitterly fought ballot propositions in California. State officials unmasked the Kochs' network as part of a settlement deal that ends a nearly year-long investigation into the source of the secret donations that flowed in California last fall.

Submission + - WhiteHouse.gov allowing non-US Citizens to Sign Petitions? (whitehouse.gov) 1

SinisterRainbow writes: Recently a Jimmy Kimmel skit prompted some media outrage when a 5 year old's solution to $1.3 trillian was to kill all Chinese (another's answer was to build a great brick wall around the USA for perspective).

The petition has garnered now 42,000+ votes. While a similar one on change.org has only 5,000, demanding 'the show be cut' and is akin to Nazi Germany rhetoric.

Suspiciously, most signatures appear to be Chinese, with some using the Chinese character set for city names. The Chinese government employees 2 million + censors, and this has gone viral on WeiBo in China. There are approximately 2.7 million Chinese currently living in the USA.

At the current rate, it will likely reach 100,000 signatures required for a response by the White House.

Does this sound more like genuine outrage from westernized citizens? Or a Chinese backlash in another cultural misunderstanding?

Submission + - Is 3D Printing the Future of Disaster Relief? (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Advocates for the technology say that it's only a matter of time before we're shipping raw materials and 3D printers instead of medical supplies to the site of a disaster. 3D printers are already being used in the medical field to create customized tracheal valves, umbilical cord clamps, splints, and even blood vessels. A group in Haiti is already using the umbilical cord clamps to show locals the potential for the technology. And it's only a matter of time before they get deployed in a disaster scenario, according to Thomas Campbell, a Virginia Tech professor and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Comment Re:Terrists (SIC) (Score 1) 182

The cocaine trade makes more and more sophisticated submarines and not all terrorists are stupid. Twisted, demented, ridiculous? Of course. And it only takes one or two. They have engineers that work for them, why not a chemist or a biologist or...?

We are entering an age of easily printed weapons (including biological), and have been in an age of free information. Until we enter the age of non-insanity we're always going to have to weigh security issues. Is this not the very definition of a potential WMD? Someday soon, if not already, it's going to be easier to make and deploy a virus than it is to make a long range missile with a nuclear payload, that is accurate. More of a threat perhaps than nukes if it's weighed on the damage caused / ease of implementation scale (where harder rating # is larger than an easier one, includes cost, ease of access to knowledge,etc).

Comment I was also involved in this - I have sobering news (Score 1) 298

This turned really long, but I believe it will be quite helpful. It has 4 themes: 1) Realizing what is happening, 2) what you are going to lose, 3) why this is happening and 4) at least one suggestion to turn it around.

I was also involved heavily in this industry, there's no two ways about it, you have to realize this isn't 'business as usual' any longer. The Internet is a revolution from print just as cars were from horses. Print won't be around a decade longer, and it's only embraced by those who still remember the old ways. Kids don't even bother, and older people are getting worse eye sight :)

If you don't adapt, you'll die. Frankly, you have already adapted too slowly. I think a lot of us sit back in amusement or get steamed about how slowly media is adapting to our wants.

While I understand the pain of such a brutal change, believe me, I made my money in media as well then went to nothing.. I had plenty of time to think about it, Even while I tried to adapt as my sales hit around 50%, it was still way too slow. (Mine died in 2 years, stopped making money in 4-5, but basically dead within 2)

As soon as the Internet was developed, you should have been trying to get on it, as should have I more-so. Now you're so far behind you are basically asking how to keep your old customers, and the Internet won't matter much. Time is doing pay for their mags and get online free which is fine, but they are still struggling getting new subscribers. For new customers, you need a whole new business model. They have grown up with free information, and 'worse', the belief that information ought to be free. If it is just information that is. What can you bring them they want to pay for? it won't be opinions and reports. They get that for free now, how will you convince them your opinions and reports are worth paying money for (and even a bigger stretch, worth paying what you previously had expected people to pay!)? You yourself can see everyone else adapting slowly but still dying. They aren't asking the right questions. They aren't seeing how the Internet is revolutionizing the world and how to contribute to it. You know you're dead when you're not trying to figure out your customers anymore, and instead stuck in the mindset of how do we 'make people stay with us'. We come from evolution, we either help progress the 'field' or we die. For some periods of time sure we can gain a foothold on the market with one innovation, but all innovations come to and end. Media had a really long run, they were the very few who were able to just do the same thing over and over again and in the process completely forgot how to innovate.

This is just how it is, there's no incentive to know what's going on anymore as in old times - the internet is truly making people more individuals. They don't care what you or I think is cool, they care only about their peers and their interests. This is why media is evolving into Niche markets.

Print is already dead in younger generations, and they are paying customers next year.The internet wasn't on until I was in college, and it was an instant sell to everyone in my age group. No one had to tell us, we all knew it and saw it's potential (hence the dot com boom). Cloaked in this revolution of information, are several residual effects, for example, water cooler talk has changed. It's not Seinfeld against Friends any longer, it's Game of Thrones -vs- Kardashians -vs- X-Games -vs- 1000 other programs.. I'm sure Radio stations wondered what they were going to do when TV started broadcasting. Some realized they must be on TV. But this is even potentially a bad analogy, as radio still has a use to exist (though an *incredibly* diminished one). Print media really does not. Before e-readers, yes, because it wasn't as easy to read, but with e-readers and with the growing problem of waste, storing heavy books, shipping times, environmentally friendlier (which will only get friendlier and friendlier as population grows and resources decline), etc, electronic media is what it will simply be, period. If you want to have a business, you need to start a new one and some revolutionary thinking like Amazon and Netflix are doing with TV.. Big TV is also struggling and hanging on thinking that they can do something to save it. They cannot, and because they are being slow to change, Netflix and Amazon are grabbing larger and larger portions of their markets.

You guys are supposed to be business men. The best businessmen, the Steve Jobs, are innovators. You can't just try to 'save' what you've been doing, you must figure out what people truly WANT, and if you're lucky you'll find a way to make money in the process.

But the fact is media is going to make a lot less money than before and it's simple economics. It's cheaper, and the supply is much much higher (blogs by experts, or cheap video (youtube)) , and the demand will not change or even decrease depending on how you look at it.

I'm sure you've heard many times that it is dying, but hopefully there's some insight here as to why. If you already know this then there's only one problem left, and that's denial. Because of such a long run, that's what life becomes and most involved in such a steady business surely aren't ready for complete revolutions all at once. But think about the economics, think about the future, and remember this happened to me - a dot com start-up guy, and realize you guys need to make huge jumps in thinking immediately.

All is not lost!

All is not lost though, I sit around and think about things like this a lot, and have many suggestions if you are interested. I will name one - think about how Google is solving debugging their software now. They are doing contests. This isn't just for fun, this saves them a couple full time employees a year, it does a better job in finding *and* patching problems, it gets them free press. This model of opening up to the masses is a great model, and one you must adapt to if you are an Intenet related company (and even those who aren't should embrace it's power). You may want to open source or start recruiting popular bloggers. You need that young generation, and they are already following not you. You can have current staff touch things up perhaps or start to advertise them as interesting people or have them start taking a more active editing roles for the new people coming in.

Submission + - A Scientist's Quest for Perfect Broccoli

HonorPoncaCityDotCom writes: For all the wonders of fresh broccoli, in most parts of the country it is only available from local growers during the cooler weeks at either end of the growing season, nowhere near long enough to become a fixture in grocery stores or kitchens. But now Michael Moss writes in the NY Times that Thomas Bjorkman is out to change all that by creating a new version of the plant that can thrive in hot, steamy summers like those in New York, South Carolina or Iowa and is easy and inexpensive enough to grow in large volumes. And Bjorkman's quest doesn't stop there: His crucifer is also crisp, subtly sweet and utterly tender when eaten fresh-picked and aims to maximize the concentration of glucoraphanin, a mildly toxic compound used by plants to fight insects that in humans may stimulate our bodies' natural chemical defenses to aid in preventing cancer and warding off heart disease. The Eastern Broccoli Project's goal is to create a regional food network for an increasingly important and nutritious vegetable that may serve as a model network for other specialty crops to help shift American attitudes toward fruits and vegetables by increasing their allure and usefulness in cooking, while increasing their nutritional loads. “If you’ve had really fresh broccoli, you know it’s an entirely different thing,” says Bjorkman, a plant scientist at Cornell University. “And if the health-policy goal is to vastly increase the consumption of broccoli, then we need a ready supply, at an attractive price.”

Submission + - Obama Campaign Pledge gets Put to the Test

SinisterRainbow writes: For those of us who dislike propaganda and bad government more than party politics, I thought it was noteworthy going back through Obama's campaign pledges. I found one that is quite relevant to recent news as it may raise eyebrows:

"Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. [He] will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. [He] will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process."

Barack Obama — http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/

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