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Comment Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 131

I can understand what you're saying (but the other commenter already corrected you about the specifics on that ban), but ... what most people are not aware is that these batteries (normally 18650 bats) are EXACTLY the ones that are used in laptop batteries. If you break open a battery pack from a laptop, all that you'll see inside is a row of 18650 bats ;)

Comment Re:Fire hazard? No shit sherlock. (Score 1) 131

With a mec mod there are no buit-in protections, so no restrictions. The only "rule" is Ohm Law. That means you can build a ridiculous low coil setup, in the low sub-ohm range, and get the most watts out of the battery.
Of course, that also means that if you fuck up your build, there are no built-in protections to save you if your battery goes into bad territory.

That being said... with the ample selection of regulated devices that support high wattage output, up to 200W in some cases... it's mainly a question of looks, or preference.

Comment Re: Better Link (Score 2) 342

Posting anon because mod.

Sorry, you're wrong. It's the other way around. VG makes much more vapor, and it is preety much popular nowadays. Three years ago liquids were mainly PG or 50/50 mix, nowadays most liquids are much higher VG.

So, VG: more vapor, softer; PG: better flavouring, more ''throat-hit''

Submission + - New light shed on mystery of how planets begin to form around new stars

An anonymous reader writes: For hundreds of years since the realization that Earth and the other planets orbited the Sun, humanity had only hypotheses about how planets formed around stars. The consensus was that gas clouds collapsed along one direction first, forming a disk, which then rotated and formed instabilities, leading to the development of planetary systems. Thanks to data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array, we've successfully imaged the very closest protoplanetary disk to us: TW Hydrae, at just 175 light years away, and it's not only face-on to us, containing gas giants farther out, but likely at least one planet in the innermost ~1 A.U. of its solar system. Full paper available here.

Comment Re:You insensitive clod! (Score 1) 286

I had one of these back in the days: http://www.mobilephonehistory.co.uk/motorola/motorola_d160.php
(or a very similar model, mine had a kind of shell cover thingy, if I remember correctly)

The battery it used was basically four AA batteries, and you could take it off and put 4 AA batteries in it when the main one went dead.

Technology

Submission + - Haptic photography develops images that can be both seen and felt (patexia.com)

techgeek0279 writes: "Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation for Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the work she and her research team are conducting on haptic photography. Haptography, like photography in the visual domain, enables an individual to quickly record the haptic feel of a real object and reproduce it later for others to interact with in a variety of contexts. Particular positive ramifications of establishing the approach of haptography are to let doctors and dentists create haptic records of medical afflictions such as a decayed tooth surface to assist in diagnosis and patient health tracking; to improve the realism and consequent training efficacy of haptic surgical simulators and other computer-based education tools; to allow a wide range of people, such as museum goers and online shoppers, to touch realistic virtual copies of valuable items; to facilitate a haptographic approach to low-bandwidth and time-delayed teleoperation, as found in space exploration; and to enable new insights on human and robot touch capabilities."
Censorship

Submission + - Microsoft censors The Pirate Bay in Messenger (torrentfreak.com)

Fluffeh writes: "As originally picked up by Torrentfreak, Microsoft Live Messenger now blocks a TPB link via its Live Messenger instant messaging tool. This is somewhat similar to when Facebook started blocking TPB "due to the controversy". This time round, Microsoft is claiming that someone told them TPB was "reported as unsafe." This is troubling on a number of fronts. First of all, a link by itself should never be considered infringing. Second, of course, is the fact that not all TPB content is infringing. Yes, an awful lot of it is almost certainly infringing. But automatically deciding that all of it is and not letting people share such links is extreme and dangerous. Finally, the really scary part is the realization that Microsoft appears to be monitoring content being shared in private communication between two individuals in an instant messenger conversation."

Submission + - Congress Capitulates to TSA; refuses to let Bruce Schneier testify (schneier.com)

McGruber writes: Following up on the earlier Slashdot story "Congress Wants Your TSA Stories" (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/03/23/2312228/congress-wants-your-tsa-stories), earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing titled 'TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?' that was streamed line by CSPAN (http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Hearing-Examines-TSA-Security-Initiatives/10737429331-1/).

In a blog update (http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2012/03/congressional_t.html), Bruce Schneider says that "at the request of the TSA" he was removed from the witness list.

Bruce also said "it's pretty clear that the TSA is afraid of public testimony on the topic, and especially of being challenged in front of Congress. They want to control the story, and it's easier for them to do that if I'm not sitting next to them pointing out all the holes in their position. Unfortunately, the committee went along with them."

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