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Comment Outliers? (Score 1) 125

Are they going to really look at the outliers? I'm 6'6" (almost 2.0M) tall. I personally think that some of the health metrics use "average" people and assume linearity for weight, calorie consumption, etc. We need to check the extremely tall, the extremely short as well as weight variations in a large sample.

Submission + - Possible room temperature superconductor achieved

TechkNighT_1337 writes: Netx big future blog post an interesting article about the Indian university of Bengal,reporting (pdf) possible superconducting effect in ambient room temperatures. from the article:

We report the observation of an exceptionally large room-temperature electrical conductivity in silver and aluminum layers deposited on a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) substrate. The surface resistance of the silver-coated samples also shows a sharp change near 313 K. The results are strongly suggestive of a superconductive interfacial layer, and have been interpreted in the framework of Bose-Einstein condensation of bipolarons as the suggested mechanism for high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates.

Submission + - Microsoft Should Dump Middlemen, Build Own Phones (

suraj.sun writes: Microsoft should cut out the middlemen, build its own phones:

Microsoft has a long and illustrious history of operating system sales. The model has served the company well on the PC, but if it wants to make money in the phone market, it needs to start thinking like a consumer electronics company and start making its own phones.

Microsoft is a firm believer in the model of commoditized hardware with a third party, hardware agnostic operating system (just as long as the operating system is bought from Microsoft, of course), and it's true that the model has worked very well for the company over the years; 175 million Windows 7 licenses is nothing to be sniffed at.

But this model hasn't always worked out so well for Redmond's other post-PC efforts. Microsoft wanted to sell its own scheme for DRM-protected audio, PlaysForSure, to a range of hardware vendors and online stores. It didn't work out very well.

The Xbox 360, for all its hardware problems, makes a similar case. The red ring of death flaws certainly detract from the Xbox 360 as a piece of design. But ultimately, it's a well-liked, well-designed appliance, and it shows off the benefits of vertical integration. As with the Zune HD, the Xbox 360 shows that Microsoft can build a tightly integrated combination of hardware, software, and online services. Though it may not ever make much money, for various reasons, it nonetheless serves to demonstrate that Redmond can do the consumer electronics thing properly.

Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's first step away from the model of old. With its new phone operating system, the company is taking control of the user interface, the online store, and the PC-side software. However, the company is still leaving the hardware to third parties. And then there's the most important reason of all to go with vertical integration: money. There just isn't a whole lot of money in licensing a phone operating system like this. We don't know, because the information isn't public, just how much a Windows Phone 7 license will cost an OEM, but it's generally assumed to be a few tens of dollars.

But if the company wants to achieve any relevance in this market, it needs to stop acting like a software company, and start acting like a consumer electronics company. It learned that lesson with Zune. It knew it was the only option with Xbox. It needs to do the same for phones.

ARS Technica:

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Submission + - If Oracle bought every open source company (

An anonymous reader writes: Recently, there was an interesting rumour circulating that Oracle had a war chest of some $70 billion, and was going on an acquisition spree. Despite the huge figure, it had a certain plausibility, because Oracle is a highly successful company with deep pockets and an aggressive management. The rumour was soon denied, but suppose Oracle decided to spend, if not $70 billion, say $10 billion in an efficient way: how might it do that? One rather dramatic use of that money would be to buy up the leading open source companies – all of them.

Food for thought here


Submission + - Valve Says Sorry to Banned Gamers (

Stoobalou writes: Game delivery outfit Valve has apologised to thousands of users who were banned from its servers for cheating whilst playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Valve boss Gabe Newel 'personally' sent email apologies to 12,000 gamers who had been booted from the game after the company's anti-cheating system had a bit of a melt-down.

Submission + - SPAM: Tea, Coffee helpful in keeping Alzheimers at bay

jamesdany256 writes: Scientists are saying that drinking tea and coffee and eating walnuts can be helpful in reducing the risk of disease among the elderly. Alzheimer’s and other related diseases are affecting a big chunk of elderly population and this population is expected to increase in the next decade due to aging population. A daily cup of tea or coffee is quite effective in reducing the risk of memory loss by 40 % .
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