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Comment Re:Subtraction... (Score 1) 118

Eh? Well, the way I was taught to calculate a percentage increase was:

(a) 26.3 - 25.6 = 0.7 (b) 0.7/25.6 = 0.02734

It's not a percentage increase in the first place. When the power of the incident light was 100W the old solar cells would produce 25.6W of electrical power. In the same conditions the new cells provide 26.3W. So that's an increase in the delivered power of (26.3 - 25.6) / 25.6 = 2.7%. See none of the numbers being compared are percentages.

Comment Re:Its rather exaggerated (Score 1) 63

>Intel's claims are rather exaggerated. Their claims have already been torn apart on numerous tech forums.

Because people on tech forums always know more than the people who who actually design the process and products right?

Maybe not but they may know more than the people writing the marketing brochures or the commercials selling the things. That said, the technology looks to be different enough from everything that came before that it's quite likely a lot of people are incorrectly applying irrelevant knowledge of how past products worked to this new one. It also feels like disk drives are a bad fit for the technology, but also the only one in the short term. Things will truly get interesting when/if they move to the 'large memory' / 'persistent memory' stage.

Comment Letter bombs... incoming! (Score 2) 102

According to the court, however, the hacking in this case didn't occur entirely in the U.S. "Ethiopia's placement of the FinSpy virus on Kidane's computer, although completed in the United States when Kidane opened the infected email attachment, began outside the United States,"

So based on this decision a foreign government can also send letter bombs to get rid of dissidents and be safe from lawsuits by any relatives since, in the words of the court, "although the bomb exploded in the United States when the recipient opened the booby trapped letter, the attack began outside the United States".

So besides squashing this lawsuit will the US do anything?

Comment Re:Since America has the best programmers... (Score 1) 55

Since America has the best programmers...

> Germany and Brazil, with at least two more happening in May in Paris and Zurich

That part concerns me. It sounds like to me that they now care more about being PC than producing good software.

Wow! It just shows how prejudiced you are. First have a look at the Debian developers world map. Most of them are in Europe so this is the most logical location for Debian conventions.

Second, America has the best programmers? Really? That's not what HackerRanksays. But more importantly you have to know that most everyone is going to think their country has the best programmers so starting with such a statement speaks a lot about you and discredits the rest of your post.

Comment Re:A cure for which there is no disease (Score 2) 249

Not really. My meter is inside my house, so a meter reader needs to knock on my door and ask for permission to enter.

On the flipside, I let anybody wearing some random badge come in and check the meter, so just knock if you want to take a look.

And you have to take half a day off whenever the meter reader comes by.

Comment Re:keepass (Score 1) 415

Likewise, you can use KeepassX on macOS, and Keepass Droid on Android devices.

I tested KeePassX for all of 20 minutes but quickly ran away when I discovered they did not even know how to generate proper random passwords! (interestingly this bug now has a virus attached to it!) After find such an obvious bug I just couldn't trust the rest of the code base. Plus it took them 4 years to fix that security bug which denotes a clear lack of concern about security. And the "fix" was "let's remove the feature". Four years to just remove the feature! Given that KeePassX is a port of KeePass I cannot recommend it either.

Comment Re:Headline (Score 1) 167

I agree that the article is not very clear on that. To me it seemed to complain that "people who pay the most for an artist's music count for the least when sales are tallied" because streaming a song 1500 times costs less than an album but counts as much for the charts. To me that's a bit like complaining that democracy does not make sense because the rich don't have more votes than the poor (technically). Really the charts should be based on how many times people willfully listened to a song, though that's obviously very hard to measure.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 238

The Oxford dictionary definition of storm wave-base implies that storms affect the seabed only to a depth of up to 40m, but two other sources say submarines can be impacted to a depth of roughly 100m rather than 50, at least for hurricane-strength storms. So since this project plans to operate at depths of 100 to 700m so they should be safe.

Comment Re:Seems like using buoyancy would be more efficie (Score 1) 238

The system described in the article relies on the pressure difference between the inside and the outside of the sphere. A sphere is ideal for resisting such pressure differences. If the pump was shared it would have to be connected to the spheres via pipes which are essentially cylinders. Cylinders are fine for containing pressure differences as long as the high pressure is inside. But in this case the high pressure environment is outside so the pipe would just flatten. You could certainly use thick walls to avoid that but I guess it would increase cost too much or be fragile.

Comment Re:Seems like using buoyancy would be more efficie (Score 1) 238

The system described in the article uses the pressure difference between the inside of the sphere (low pressure to near vacuum) and the water outside. What's interesting is that the deeper you get the higher the pressure difference and thus the more potential energy you get.

In contrast your mechanism only relies on the density difference between your spheres and the water so that no matter what depth they're at the force they exert on the cable is the same. If you place your spheres at a depth of 700m, to extract the same amount of energy as the system in the article you'd have to let them float all the way to the surface. Even staying well under the surface, having the spheres move up and down hundreds of meters seems much more fragile.

Comment Re:definitions? (Score 1) 266

ok, so you're going to require manufacturers to make repair manuals and parts available to the general public. What's to stop them from writing in the manual, "purchase and install Comprehensive Assembly #012934" and selling that part which is basically a replacement for the entire unit?

Then according to the article that's the only part they are allowed to provide to their authorized repair centers : "Bills [...] will require manufacturers to sell replacement parts and repair tools to independent repair companies and consumers at the same price they are sold to authorized repair centers." In other words if they do that they can no longer repair any device and can only perform replacements.

Comment Re:Arrest him and throw him into Gitmo (Score 2) 627

So now it's getting interesting. NASA forbids him to reveal the PIN code (and let's assume there's a law in place that underpins this).

With NASA being a government agency it's possible there is a law but it still seems unlikely. I'd rather expect it to be part of his employment contract or a related NDA (non-disclosure agreement). Then it's not two laws being at odds, it's a contract and a law. It seems like the law should prevail, but should it really?

Let's say a Boeing employee travels to France and a border officer there requires that he provides the password for his professional phone. Should he hand it over? Wouldn't every American accuse the French government of being in cahoots with Airbus and thus argue that the Boeing employee's NDA trumps (the hypothetical) French law?

I think what this shows is that we don't want border officers to have unlimited search powers.

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