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Comment Re:Count the misses, not just the hits. (Score 1, Insightful) 253

The man looked at me with a straight face and declared that Tesla was a raving lunatic who had contributed nothing.

And he was right.

That day I dropped out of my Electrical Engineering major. I figured that if the supposedly brightest minds in our department were a) so utterly ignorant b) so obnoxiously arrogant and c) whose imaginative capacities were dwarfed by common ants, that I had nothing to learn from them.

Yes, you were smarter as a freshman than the sum of all the professors in your college. At least you and Tesla had something in common.

He had patents on things that couldn't see use for 50+ years. He worked on things to commercially unviable that he died a pauper with no one willing to fund anything he did. The only lasting contribution is a crap character to insert in movies like The Prestige and alternating current (though use of AC predated Tesla, his improvement of the application of it catapulted it ahead). All the rest is myth and failed (either scientifically or commercially) experiments.

When the world is united under one socialist government (like, say, the Federation from Star Trek) then we'll dust off his wireless power distribution where no one can ever be metered and it's available everywhere. It works great, but it costs to make it work, and you can't tell who's using it, so it has to be done pretty much at a global socialized scale. And despite the ravings of the Tesla nutjobs, it's well understood tech that just hasn't had a lot of research because it's so obviously uncommercial.

That Tesla put his curiosity above the ability to put food on his plate is what the nutters cling to showing his greatness. Everyone else on the planet points to it as the reason he became irrelevant.

Comment Cooling fan noise anyone? (Score 1) 198

Rather than cranking up the GHz of each core to obtain more speed, I wish they'd concentrate on keeping it cool. I hate the fan noise, and multicore was a way around that because it rarely heats up with standard usage. Hence less or no cooling required.

"We've got to find some way to get that fan to rotate to annoy the users... ah I have a cunning plan..."

Comment Re:Ha. (Score 2, Interesting) 270

You forget to factor in the fact that console hardware is sold at a loss.

Actually, that's wrong.

Except that in some cases, the cost of copy protection can effectively kill the console.

See the case of Playstation vs Nintendo 64. The cost of copy protection was one of the main reasons that gave the victory to PS. The N64 cartridge system, although it virtually prevented any piracy, also meant the game copies were much more expensive and space limited. While I personally prefer my N64 to my PSOne, especially due to its more robust construction (having no moving parts in a major plus), it was a very bad business decision.
Of course, current copy protection are different, and don't rely on special hardware per-game copy, but they cost money nevertheless.

Remember that the PS3 (which is the less pirated console) only had one of the game on the top ten list of sales of 2009.

Again, there's always right and always wrong decisions, it's cost analysis.

Comment Re:Brits - Contact your MP and then VOTE (Score 1) 384

My MP voted for the bill (he is Labour). I wrote him a stern letter. Fucking prick. How does this sound:

Dear Doug Naysmith, I am writing to say I am shocked and appalled at your vote in favour of the Digital Economy Bill. In a city as liberal and free thinking as ours, I had hoped you would see how over-authoritarian and privacy invading this bill is. In these times when our rights diminish by the day, the last thing we needed was more Big Brother tactics, more surveillance, more invasion of privacy. I ask you, Dr. Naysmith, how will you be able to tell whether someone in my house is guilty of copyright infringement, or whether someone else is using my connection without my permission? I can only assume that you would ignore evidence and simply proceed with punishment. No trial, no investigation, guilty by association without chance of proving innocent. Perhaps you did not think much over it. Perhaps you are just doing the bidding of your party. To that I can only shake my head in disapproval and disappointment. If you are too spineless to stand up to tyranny then you do not belong in government. I assure you, you have lost the vote of me and everyone in my household as a result. I am also considering leaving the country for good, before it destroys itself with more politics like this. If we do not stand up to tyranny, it will take over. It has happened before and it will happen again. If/when it does, know that you are partially to blame. Yours sincerely, [my name]

Comment Re:Cults (Score 1) 589

"I haven't read any Harry Potter and I have found all the HP films to be very enjoyable, personally."

It's not either/or for me. I've read Dune and like both the book and the Lynch movie. I don't care for the remake. The remake may be more accurate but it seems rather bland (I'd rather read my old political science textbooks).

I like the HP books and the early films. In general, the films get worse as the books get longer. It's not just that the movies are inaccurate (for no apparent reason), it's that they don't seem to be done well.

The HP films are a great example of a subpar translation to film. They remove the essential, keep the irrelevant and add entirely new scenes while cutting massive amounts of material. This often totally changes the character or their motivation. They have been converted into a magical action movie series without a good director.

Which, is of course, very successful due to the fans :)

Comment Re:just like.. internet sharing (Score 1) 234

In the past, I have also successfully used a PC running XP Professional to put a wireless adapter in soft-ap mode and bridge it with a wired ethernet connection. I used this to allow my Nintendo DS to connect to the Internet because at the time I did not have a wireless access point and it worked fairly well.

If I remember correctly I had to use a specific set of drivers for the wifi card that supported soft-ap mode and then it was a simple matter of selecting both network connections and telling Windows to bridge them.
Medicine

Safe Stem Cells Produced From Adult Cells 207

hackingbear writes "Wired, citing a paper published in Science magazine, reports that Harvard scientists may have found a safer way of giving a flake of skin the biologically alchemical powers of embryonic stem cells by turning adult cells into versatile, embryonic-like cells without causing permanent damage. The technique involves 'adding cell-reprogramming genes to adenoviruses, a type of virus that infects cells without affecting their DNA.' Four-month trials on mice demonstrated that the resulting stem cells are free from unpredictable cancer-inducing mutations. This is definitely a breakthrough in stem cell research." Additional coverage is available at Yahoo, and Science hosts the research paper, although you'll need a subscription to see more than the abstract.
Editorial

Submission + - Digital Winners and Losers 2007

An anonymous reader writes: "2007 appears to be the year of attrition" says MP3 Newswire in its annual roundup of winners and losers in digital media. For example, uTorrent makes number two on the winners list, because this is the year it became the number one BitTorrent client. Indeed, as this graphic on TorrentFreak shows uTorrent blew past Azureus and all other BitTorrent clients for the top spot. Radiohead, Marie Lindor, and the Digg DRM revolt also made this year's list, which was topped by — no surprise here — Apple thanks to the success of the iPhone. Heading the losers list is HD Radio, undermined by the radio manufacturers who decided to put in their expensive radios cheap, crappy tuners. Tuners so bad that even a old radio from the 1940's well outperformed them as this YouTube video shows.
Education

Submission + - 500 Scientists Challenge Climate Dogma (earthtimes.org)

E++99 writes: "A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than 500 scientists have published evidence refuting at least one element of current man-made global warming scares. More than 300 of the scientists found evidence that 1) a natural moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since the last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming is linked strongly to variations in the sun's irradiance. ...3) sea levels are failing to rise importantly; 4) that our storms and droughts are becoming fewer and milder with this warming as they did during previous global warmings; 5) that human deaths will be reduced with warming because cold kills twice as many people as heat; and 6) that corals, trees, birds, mammals, and butterflies are adapting well to the routine reality of changing climate."
Microsoft

Submission + - Top 25 hottest open-source projects at Microsoft (com.com)

willdavid writes: "By Matt Asay (CNETNews Blogs): Bayarsaikhan has posted the top 25 most active open-source projects on Microsoft's Codeplex site. Codeplex is interesting to me for several reasons, but primarily because it demonstrates something that I've argued for many years now: open source on the Windows platform is a huge opportunity for Microsoft. It is something for the company to embrace, not despise. http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9761998-7.html?ta g=head"
Businesses

Submission + - Lack of Bourne Ultimatum Game a Good Thing (reuters.com)

eldavojohn writes: "Gaming companies seem to be seeing the light in regards to games spun off of movies. It used to be that you would watch a movie and game released side by side only to have the game be a game you've already played with a different skin or an utter waste of time with no replay value. But game companies are changing their strategies due to the fact that this is becoming harder and harder. A chief creative officer at Vivendi said, "Games for next-generation consoles take longer than movies to make — two years and sometimes longer. We knew we didn't have enough time to build a quality 'Ultimatum' game and come out with it at the same time as the movie. So we decided to do things differently, something new.""
The Internet

Submission + - Finaly we get new elements in HTML 5

An anonymous reader writes: Pure HTML enhancements grew hardly at all in the last eight years. It basicaly stopped in 1999 with HTML 4. Now the future looks bright. Recently, HTML has finaly came back to life. Eight years is a long time to wait for new features, especially in the fast-moving world of the Web. Take a look at how HTML 5 is restoring some of the excitement of the early days of the web with its new enhancements.

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