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Submission + - Motion-Powered Fabric Could Charge Small Electronics (acs.org)

ckwu writes: Wrapped around a person’s wrist, a new foldable fabric patch can scavenge enough energy from arm movement to power small electronic devices. The fabric patch paves the way to clothing that can charge smart watches and cell phones while the wearer moves or walks around, the researchers say. The new energy-generating textile relies on the triboelectric effect, the phenomenon behind static electricity. The researchers made a flexible generator out of four layers of the textile that put out 170 V and 120 microamps, and it maintained this output for more than 12,000 compression cycles. The researchers attached the generator to a jacket sleeve and embedded six LEDs, a small liquid-crystal display, and a keyless car remote control in the jacket. When the wearer moved his arms or wrists, the generator produced enough power to turn each gadget on one at a time.

Submission + - 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has a title: 'The Force Awakens' (ew.com)

schwit1 writes: If you feel a disturbance in the Force, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come.)

Although there were still a few days left of shooting, the cast of the J.J. Abrams film already celebrated their wrap party last weekend, following a bumpy few months of principal photography thrown into crisis when Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, broke his leg on set in an accident involving a falling door on the Millennium Falcon.

Submission + - Louisiana Fiber Network Attacked on Election Night (facebook.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After a recent New York Times article praising LUS Fiber for providing top speed fiber internet, Lafayette, Louisiana's fiber network was attacked by multiple sources and eventually crippled on election night, November 4, 2014. Customers first experienced problems with email services, and the following day the company suffered widespread outages as attackers targeted DNS servers. LUS has alerted federal authorities, but assures subscribers that no customer information has been stolen.

Submission + - Why Wave Race was Nintendo's greatest ever tech demo (redbull.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new retrospective published today looks back at one of Nintendo's long forgotten series, Wave Race, and examines why the game never really took off. The original Game Boy racer was hampered by a five year staggered world wide launch, while the second game landed as a launch title for the Nintendo 64 — next to Mario 64, which was also produced by Miyamoto in the same open-plan office, it never stood a chance. Instead, the series became something of a tech demo, to highlight the speed and power of Nintendo's consoles just as the 30fps/60fps problem began to present itself, not to mention their ability to simulate water, a notorious graphical challenge.

Still, as the author points out, Wave Race hasn't been entirely forgotten: the series' creator later went on to helm the phenomenally successful Wii Sports franchise, one iteration of which included a jet ski mini game. And the company as a whole is returning to the concept of in0game advertising that Wave Race 64 pioneered almost two decades ago.

Comment Re:Try learning the keyboard shortcuts.... (Score 1) 415

I think I read, in either TFA or the comments, that she's a manager. Have you ever seen a manager that knew keyboard shortcuts beyond copy/paste?

Also of note, if you're forced to use windows then your keyboard probably has that windows (super?) key on it which is the same as ctrl+esc.

Try some of these:
- WIN+R (runbox)
- WIN+D (show desktop)
- WIN+P (show printers ... not real sure why)
- WIN+M (minimize all)
- WIN+L (switch users in XP)
- WIN+H (help)
- WIN+C (explore my computer, I think)

I'm pretty sure there's more of those and I suspect you can even change them if you want. Also of note, CTRL+INS and SHIFT+INS are faster and more comfortable than ctrl+c, ctrl+v for copy/paste. Those are, I believe, supported by windows rather than each application individually. Shame the keyboard manufacturers have totally fucked up the placement of the insert key in the last couple years.

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