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Comment Clearly there is a need (Score 1) 218

Just because you can't see an immediate need for something doesn't mean that it's not there. I don't get why people in cities get huge trucks, but I'm sure they have their reasons. I get unlimited data, not because I run around streaming movies, but because every now and then I need to not get dinged for every gigabyte over, especially when the gigabytes start climbing. It's fine if you don't want or can't offer unlimited data, but don't tell people they're wrong when they say they want or need unlimited data.

Comment Re:Punishment of the Poor (Score 1) 150

Except for when you need to get across town in a reasonable time, if you need to get somewhere on the weekends or after five on weekdays, or when your bus runs late and the next bus doesn't come for half an hour, or when service gets rerouted due to construction. It may work for many people, but for many others it's insufficient.

Comment Punishment of the Poor (Score 5, Insightful) 150

Wouldn't this just end up punishing the poor more than people with big cars? People who do not have a lot of money might not be able to get the most efficient/clean cars, and those who can afford more efficient cars would just pay the fees and keep their nice big car anyway.

Submission + - Carnegie Mellon attacked Tor; subpoenaed by Feds (vice.com)

Alypius writes: CMU's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) was under DOD contract to deanonymize dark web sites when it was served a subpoena to provide IP addresses to the FBI. The judge involved has ruled that, “SEI's identification of the defendant's IP address because of his use of the Tor network did not constitute a search subject to Fourth Amendment scrutiny.”

Submission + - Microchip Shrinks Radar Camera Technology By 100 Times (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have designed a tiny chip which is able to outperform existing radar technology, producing higher-quality images than a standard 200kg camera. The team, based at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, has developed the microchip over the last three years. The system is able to shrink the capability of traditional cameras into a chip a hundred times smaller, 20 times cheaper to produce and 75% more efficient than current ones. Unlike typical optical cameras which cannot function at night or in cloudy weather due to insufficient light, the new chip uses microwaves (X-band or Ku-band) to capture radar images, so it is able to operate effectively in all weather and light conditions, and even through foliage.

Comment Re:"Back in the space game"? (Score 1) 45

You might think that they were different markets, but in 2013, they stated that the SpaceShipTwo was capable of launching 100 satellites daily. Seeing as they have yet to get the thing into space in the first place while others have launched satellites successfully and their competition is looking to get into manned craft themselves, things are not looking good for them. Similarly, the tech they're using (rubber and plastic based solid fuel rockets) doesn't seem to be very efficient compared to current technology. The Concorde flew at supersonic speeds because it was more efficient for it to do so, but modern aircraft don't because advances in the old designs caused them to become more efficient. It's certainly a neat idea, but I don't really see the technology they're using filtering down to casual aviation.

Comment "Back in the space game"? (Score 1) 45

Unfortunately, they've already lost. It's a cute idea that they have, giving 'spaceflights' to tourists with a wad of cash burning a hole in their pocket, but considering SS1 only just got to space and SS2 killed someone and has yet to get there, I don't see them as a competitor. The only reason they're on the map at all is because they just barely got a private astronaut to space. Their competition is running resupply flights for NASA and launching the satellites they claimed they would be doing by now. This is just the desperate wheezes for attention by a company still trying to pimp their vaporware.

Comment Firewalls for the Great Wall (Score 5, Informative) 60

Whenever I use something that connects to my network that I ordered direct from China, as a rule-of-thumb I don't let anything to or from it cross my router. I have a specific access point for anything wireless, and ports on my managed switch for anything wired.

Submission + - World's Smallest Optical Switch Uses a Single Atom (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: The rapid and on-going development of micro-miniature optical electronic devices is helping to usher in a new era of photonic computers and light-based memories that promise super-fast processor speeds and ultra-secure communications. However, as these components are shrunk ever further, fundamental limits to their dimensions are dictated by the wavelength of light itself. Now researchers at ETH Zurich claim to have overcome this limitation by creating both the world's smallest optical switch using a single atom, and accompanying circuitry that appears to break the rules by being smaller than the wavelength of the light that passes through it.

Submission + - The average American will spend 43 days of his life on hold (marketwatch.com)

schwit1 writes: Americans will likely waste more than 900 million hours waiting on hold this year, according to an analysis of more than four million phone calls from consumers to businesses released this week by mobile advertising analytics firm Marchex. And a survey by text-message service TalkTo found that more than half of Americans say they spend 10 to 20 minutes every week — or 43 days of their life — on hold.

Submission + - GE the latest company to end production of compact fluorescent lamps (gereports.com)

AmiMoJo writes: General Electric is joining the ranks of lightbulb manufacturers that no longer manufacture compact flourescent lamps (CFLs), favouring LEDs instead. Huge reductions in the cost of LEDs, improvements in efficiency (and thus smaller power supplies) and better quality light are cited as the reasons for the move.

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