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Icelandic Company Designs Human Pylons 142

Lanxon writes "An architecture and design firm called Choi+Shine has submitted a design for the Icelandic High-Voltage Electrical Pylon International Design Competition which proposes giant human-shaped pylons carrying electricity cables across the country's landscape, reports Wired. The enormous figures would only require slight alterations to existing pylon designs, says the firm, which was awarded an Honorable mention for its design by the competition's judging board. It also won an award from the Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture competition."

Submission + - Why I'Why I'm worried about Java's future (computerworlduk.com)

E5Rebel writes: Java is not dead. Java technology is alive and vitally important; we all must be concerned if its future direction isn't clear. We need to thrash out what we want and how to get it.
Useful comment from Forrester analyst.

Comment Battery Lifespan is a Factor (Score 1) 96

Very cool device, but battery life won't be "infinite" or anything close. The article doesn't specify battery chemistry, but it does say that the battery will last "a few years"... and I don't imagine they're replaceable. This is not to knock - this is a great achievement! Mainstream micro-controller that can power itself in a hassle-free manner? Awesome =]

Comment Re:Speaking as a chemist (Score 2, Informative) 229

It *is* correct. GP said "less than one electron in the apparatus at any one time on average and you still get the diffraction pattern" which is right. Even if you only ever send one electron through it will be detected in a location consistent with the fringe pattern.

From the link you included in your reply:

"Although electrons were sent one by one, interference fringes could be observed."

You say "Single electrons produce single dots. It's only after you dump many electrons through that you get a pattern" which I think is misleading at best. It suggests that the first electron could be found in a location consistent with classical mechanics. The reality is that from the very first dot you'll be seeing interference effects (this is the heart of the double slit experiment), although it's true it won't *look* like there's a pattern until you've accumulated many dots.

Anyway, my point is that GP had it right.

Comment Re:Argh. This time with paragraphing (Score 1) 458

A minor point, but this:

The popularity of a cultural work is largely a result not of any inherent qualities of the work itself, but of of the activities of the audience.

...doesn't work with this:

If I like a piece of music, I am likely to tell my friends. They tell their friends, and so on and so on. (This is preferential attachment in a scale-free network.)

Why do you "like" one piece of music more than another. Why do all your friends pass it along. It's because of something inherent in the "work itself", isn't it?

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