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Comment Maybe not 'users' (Score 2) 165

While clearly this is a gross misuse of the word 'users,' arguing the semantics of it is kind of rhetorical (you may as well put on an orange toupee).

We could pick him apart for using the word 'users' in an inappropriate fashion, but the heart of what he says *is* something significant: Ubuntu touches the lives of far more people than actually realize that it exists. Sure, watching the movie doesn't make me an Ubuntu user, but the fact still remains that Ubuntu has influenced my life in some fashion by being a part of that movie being made. It's a sign that Linux has gained some sort of foot-hold in the world and won't likely be dying anytime soon.

Comment Re:No mention on capacity though (Score 3, Insightful) 395

...Prof Chen's new cross-linked titanium dioxide nanotube-based electrodes eliminate the need for these additives and can pack more energy into the same amount of space.

Seems like it should be, at the very least, on par with current capacities, if not greater. You are correct though, there does not seem to be a direct statement regarding capacity, making me very suspicious.

Submission + - Say Goodbye to that Unwanted U2 Album ( 3

Ronin Developer writes: Apple has listened to the complaints of those who object to having received a pushed copy of U2's latest album as part of their recent campaign. While nobody has been charged for the download, some objected to having it show up in their purchases and, in some cases, pushed down to their devices.

While it is possible to remove the album from your iTunes library, it takes more steps than most would like to take. Apple has responded and released a tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step.

Comment Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 2) 418

Let me just try to get this straight: You are opposed to government regulation of ISPs because you think that they will violate our anonymity on the internet, even though this article seems to point to the private companies that are currently unregulated disallowing online anonymity?

Does that seem like a pretty accurate description of your argument, or have I missed some subtle nuance here?

Comment Re:Is the expense of electrolysis the main inhibit (Score 2) 113

There are a few changes that jump out at me as being significant:

    • 1. This process works at atmospheric pressure (so there is no need for it to be pressurized)
    • 2. The resulting hydrogen can be stored in the liquid sponge, so it too would not need to be pressurized (this is probably good for transporting it)
    • 3. This process requires less electricity than current methods using PEME's (unless I misread something)
    • 4. The extraction is much faster using this method (so it will probably scale up much more easily)

Submission + - Ant-sized radio runs on radio waves (

sciencehabit writes: Researchers have created a radio so tiny that almost seven would fit on the face of a penny. The device runs without a battery; instead it uses “power harvesting,” a process by which it recovers and uses energy from the same waves that carry signals to its antenna. Even if the radio chip did need a battery, a single AAA battery has enough power to run it for more than a century, researchers report. Many components of the radio had to be scaled down to fit onto the tiny silicon chip; the antenna, for example, is one-tenth the size of a Wi-Fi antenna—and yet, it runs at a fast speed of 24 billion cycles per second. The tiny radios cost only a few cents to manufacture, the researchers say, and such devices are key to the next wave of wireless devices; eventually they could link together gadgets like smart phones with everyday objects, which will then be able to make decisions with minimal human intervention.

Submission + - Italy: High Court shoots down Windows tax (

jrepin writes: Italy's High Court has struck a blow to the practice of forcing non-free software on buyers of PCs and laptops. The judges sharply criticised the practice of selling PCs only together with a non-free operating system as "a commercial policy of forced distribution". The court slammed this practice as "monopolistic in tendency". It also highlighted that the practice of bundling means that end users are forced into using additional non-free applications due to compatibility and interoperability issues, whether they wanted these programs or not.

Submission + - Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen from Water (

gaelfx writes: Researchers at Glasglow University have an interesting method of separating the hydrogen out of water: Liquid Sponges. Most methods of extracting the hydrogen involve some form electrolysis, but these generally require some pretty expensive materials.The researchers claim that they can accomplish this using less electricity, cheaper materials and 30 times faster to boot. With both Honda and Toyota promising hydrogen fuel cell cars in Japan within the next few years (other manufacturers must be considering it as well, if not as publicly), does this spell a new future for transportation technology?

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