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Comment Re:"In the short or medium term"? No. (Score 1) 683

Nicely said. But it troubles me, If most of what makes me up was created in the heart of a star. Why does it feel like I'm burning up when it's 103' F outside? You'd think I'd be freezing my genitals off.

Thanks for the reply though. I think it's the best bit of truthful science we've heard in a while.


Comment All part of the problem a lack of balance. (Score 3, Insightful) 94

Everyone complains that DRM is keeping them from having what they want. And Those producing what people want, would like to be paid for what they produce.
And companies find they can use some GPL code to keep from having to develop their own bit of code, while people decry that that company isn't giving the source of their product back like the GPL requires etc. etc.

In the end it really comes down to some very basic things that are weakening in the 'moral' spirit of humans. People don't really question any more if they can do something, should they do it?

I can convert any video I choose into a file I can play anywhere any time on a number of machines, but if a friend wants to see it, why shouldn't I offer it to them as well? Or am I a dick for saying. Sorry man, I'll send you the dvd if you like?

Companies try to heap more intrenched DRM into things because they don't see anything working. Media assholes spout nonsense numbers about how much money they are losing, when if you did the math there is no possible way they could have made that much. etc etc.

Politicians pile crap into bills for their own good and when it fall apart they blame someone else for it not going through.

In every case, it's people who think because they are in a position to do something that they want to do, that they can simply do it without there being any consequences.

And we have this idea that's given to us through Hollywood and oodles of books that just one person can make a difference. Almost always that's applied to improving things. Freeing the slaves, ending a war or slaying a Sith. In movies where one person does something really wrong that messes things up for everyone. like destroying the world or creating a new world order, they are considered evil and the bad guy. But it's really just an amplification of the result of when many people decide to do a small bad thing instead of the right thing.

The thing is if you look at say the analysis of the Stock market crash of a few years ago, you will see time and again, the magic plan that made so many so much money worked just fine, till everyone started doing the same thing. Every win requires a loss, it's the order of balance in the world.

I could run on this for days but that's not what posting to something like this is about. I do hope someday people will start to realize that everyone can't have everything, and just because you don't have something, doesn't mean you're not going to have a worth while life.



Comment The Silver Electrode is very expensive? (Score 2) 179

From the article:

"The Stanford scientists are currently working on modifications to get the battery ready for commercial production. For example, the silver electrode is very expensive, and they hope to develop a cheaper alternative."

I'm really at a loss on this. How expensive can a silver electrode be, if you're producing enough power to charge for it? Silver while pricey (currently ~ $39.00/oz) It's just a tad more expensive than Lithium (currently ~ $31.50/oz) and if this thing really worked. they'd pay for the silver they used in a very short order. 50Megawatt would be around $3000.00 / hr at just $0.06/kwh.

It's gotta be cheaper than building a power plant and running coal to it all day.

Just my 6 cents worth.


Comment 3rd in the series (Score 1) 325

Apparently, by visiting the website this would be the 3rd in his series. But I do find it hard to locate any independent review of his work.

I honestly would love to find a good source for information and illumination like this. But so far the best I've seen are the Feynman Lectures put on line by Microsoft.

I do think I'll look into it further though.



Submission + - Supercomputing: There's an App for That (

aarondubrow writes: Researchers at MIT have created an experimental system for smart phones that allows engineers to leverage the power of supercomputers for instant computation and anaylsis. The team performed a series of expensive high-fidelity simulations on the Ranger supercomputer to generate a small “reduced model” which was transferred to a Google Android smart phone. They were then able to solve engineering and fluid flow problems on the phone and visualize the results interactively. The project proved the potential for reduced order methods to perform real-time and reliable simulations for complicated problems on handheld devices. [Watch the awesome demo to see the full potential of the system.]

Submission + - Owning Virtual Worlds For Fun and Profit (

Trailrunner7 writes: Threatpost has a guest column by security researcher Charlie Miller on the ways in which attackers can easily take advantage of vulnerabilities in virtual worlds and perhaps online games to get control of other players' characters and avatars and even cash out their real-world bank accounts. "I’m a security researcher. I find bugs in software, they get fixed. I write exploits, they give me a shell. It's more or less always the same and it gets kind of boring. But there was one exploit I helped write back in 2007 that was a little different. This is the story of that exploit. It turns out that Second Life uses QuickTime Player to process its multimedia. When I started looking into virtual world exploits, with the help of Dino Dai Zovi, there was a stack buffer overflow in QuickTime Player that had been discovered by Krystian Kloskowski but had not yet been patched. In Second Life it is possible to embed images and video onto objects.

  We embedded a vulnerable file onto a small pink cube and placed it onto a track of land we owned. No matter where the cube was, if a victim walked onto the land and had multimedia enabled (recommended but not required), they would be exploited. The cube could be inside a building, hovering in the air, or even under the ground, and the result was the same."

Comment Software Patents Are in trouble (Score 1) 510

Perhaps I'm overly optimistic, but this could be the very best thing to happen for programmers and computer science, since the switch statement.

Software patents have hindered developers and companies for decades now. When SCO sued IBM it brought into public view the horrendous state of our patent system. But SCO is just a piddling little company that destroyed itself financially in one of the greatest self delusions of the last decade.

But now we have 2 industry titans going at it, that will I'm fairly sure bring to light, how asinine IP and it's patentability can be. The down side will be, if software patents and such are finally set free. It will burst the bubble with such force it will unsettle a great number of industries.

Just a thought.



Submission + - Apple monitors fixed with strip of paper

tgibbs writes: Many owners of the Apple 23" Cinema HD monitor (aluminum) are experiencing a failure in which the monitor refuses come up again after being turned off, instead remaining dark with its power light flashing the "short-long-short" code for "bad power supply." Owners found that replacing the 90W power supply did not help, but that the problem could be fixed by replacing the stock 90W power brick with the larger 150W power brick from Apple's 30" monitor, available online for about $140--pricey, but cheaper than a monitor repair. The real breakthrough came when jakobeon discovered that the problem could be fixed by simply using a little strip of paper to block one pin of the cable from the monitor that plugs into the power brick, presumably disabling the monitor's startup check of the power supply. Numerous users on are now reporting success with the "little strip of paper" cure.

Submission + - MIT Uses Biological LEGOS to Build New Organs (

greenrainbow writes: Researchers at the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology have created a new type of "biological LEGO" building blocks that can be used to form new organs. By binding cells together into tiny block-like structures researchers have found that they can precisely recreate human tissues. Best of all, the technique doesn't require expensive specialized machinery. MIT researchers believe that their biological building block technology could be replicated in any lab in the world.

Submission + - HTML: Still not all it's cracked up to be ( 1

GMGruman writes: Neil McAllister was helping out a friend whose Web developer disappeared. Neil's journey into his friend's Web site ended up being an archaeological dig through unstable remains, as layers of code in different languages easily broke when touched. Neil realized in that experience that the ever-growing jumble of standards, frameworks, and tools does little to ease the pain of Web application development — and in fact makes it harder. Although the Web is all about open standards where anyone can create varuations for their specific needs and wants, Neil's experience reminded him that a tightly controlled ecosystem backed by a major vendor does make it easier to define best practices, set development targets, and deliver results with a minimum of chaos. There's something to be said for that.

Submission + - A volcano of oil erupting ~million bpd (

An anonymous reader writes: Here's a listing of several scientific and economic guides for estimating the volume of flow of the leak in the Gulf erupting at a rate of somewhere around 1 million barrels per day. A new video released shows the largest hole spewing oil and natural gas from an aperture 5 feet in diameter at a rate of approximately 4 barrels per second. The oil coming up through 5,000 feet of pressurized salt water acts like a fractioning column. What you see on the surface is just around 20% of what is actually underneath the approximate 9,000 square miles of slick on the surface. The Natural Gas doesn't bubble to the top but gets suspended in the water depleting the oxygen from the water. BP would not have been celebrating with execs on the rig just prior to the explosion if it had not been capable producing at least 500,000 barrels per day — under control. If the rock gave way due to the out of control gushing (or due to a nuke being detonated to contain the leak), it could become a Yellowstone Caldera type event, except from below a mile of sea, with a 1/4-mile opening, with up to 150,000 psi of oil and natural gas behind it, from a reserve nearly as large as the Gulf of Mexico containing trillions of barrels of oil. That would be an Earth extinction event.

Submission + - Rockstar Ships Max Payne 2 Cracked By Pirates (

CmdrTaco writes: "Jamie noticed a fairly amazing little story about Rockstar shipping a version of Max Payne 2 via steam that was actually>cracked by pirates to remove the DRM. The going theory was that it was easier for them to simply use the pirate group's crack then to actually remove their DRM themselves."

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