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Submission + - New film renders screen reflection almost non-existent (

An anonymous reader writes: Sony has used the SID 2012 conference to demonstrate a brand new combination of conductive film and low-reflection film that promises to render screen reflection almost non-existent in devices like smartphones and tablets.

Sony achieved such low reflections by combining its new conductive film with a moth-eye low reflection film. The key to the low reflectance is the formation of an uneven surface, which consists of both concave and convex structures (tiny bumps) that cover the entire film. The uneven surface means that light won’t just bounce back off the screen creating a reflection, and therefore making the screen usable in a wider range of lighting conditions.


Submission + - The Secret History Of Pain Killers (

TaeKwonDood writes: Illegal drugs get all of the attention but legal ones are a bigger problem. A middle class drug addiction has slowly taken root and its foundation is the best possible one; patients were told to take a more proactive role in their care. Misapplied to pain, it has been a disaster but one a long time in coming.

Submission + - Nuclear Missiles and Analog Computers (

An anonymous reader writes: From the 1950s to the 1970s Nike surface to air missiles were America's last line of defense against a potential attack by Soviet bombers. Over 200 Nike missile batteries guarded military installations and major urban areas. In case of an attack Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules missiles, some with nuclear warheads, would have been guided to their targets by ground-based analog electro-mechanical computers.
By the mid 1970s the Soviet Union's development of ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) had made the Nike missiles largely obsolete, and the missile sites were dismantled. The missiles and their launch equipment was scrapped and the buildings were abandoned. Today all that's left of most of the batteries is a few concrete slabs and some rusting bits of steel.
One Nike missile site, SF-88 near San Francisco has been restored to look close to the way it did when it was operational. The place has several Nike Hercules missiles and much of the associated launch equipment, complete with radar, analog guidance computer, and underground missile storage.

Comment Re:Resistance? What resistance? (Score 1) 153

'Ken Johnson, the company’s vice president and chief technology officer, said his company’s not much interested in hanging its wires up high with power lines. “It’s just much more cumbersome,” he said.' They're talking about a /cable/ company, not a /fiber/ company. You don't put coax next to power lines. Power lines do not interfere with fiber.

Submission + - Louis CK's Internet Experiment Pays Off ( 3

redletterdave writes: "Comedian Louis C.K., real name Louis Szekely, took a major risk by openly selling his latest stand-up special, "Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater," for only $5 on his website and refusing to put any DRM restrictions on the video, which made it easily susceptible to pirating and torrenting. Four days later, Louis CK's goodwill experiment has already paid off: The 44-year-old comic now reports making a profit of about $200,000, after banking more than $500,000 in revenue from the online-only sale. The special, which has sold 110,000 copies so far, is only available on Louis CK's website."

Submission + - Attorney General: Voter ID laws hurt minorities (

Reverand Dave writes: Under increasing pressure from civil rights groups to take action against a wave of state voter identification laws, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a public warning Tuesday that the new laws could disenfranchise minority voters, but he stopped short of promising the broad legal crackdown many activists are seeking.

"It is time to ask: What kind of nation and what kind of people do we want to be? Are we willing to allow this era, our era to be remembered as the age when our nation's proud tradition of expanding the franchise ended? Holder said in a speech at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. Read more:


Submission + - Is NTSB call for ban on electronics for drivers re (

bdking writes: In a country where cellphones are as prevalent as drivers' licenses and vehicles, is it possible for states to effectively ban the use of electronic devices while behind the wheel, as the National Transportation Safety Board recommends? Or would it be just as futile as trying to stop drunk driving when there's a bar and happy hour on every corner and alcohol is sold in convenience stores?

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