107 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007
this sounds like a "you won a $1M dollar, just sign here" deal
if its too good to be true it probably is.
Agree with the "start of a b movie" comment above :P
but no loss from getting a bucket with ice to cool down some
..paved with good intentions..
Hindsight is always so bloody 20/20 isn't it?
I mean, its nice to learn to control organisms, starting with moths, for *good* lifesaving intentions, but how long before someone uses it in a bad way? In a way we cannot conceive of now? Say controlling something other than moths?
This "we can save lifes" pretext is like a get-out-of-jail-free card gone bad
That's funny that you should mention that
We just had a good hard laugh about the exact same thing here at the office.
Trying to hold a country accountable is one thing, but then going after old statues (with historical relevance) or a entire countries' domain name - seriously? Who do they think they are?
If they would win this case the implication of the kind of precedence that this would set would be staggering.
Imagine being able to hold an entire country ransom because in some way or another it has caused you harm (and i can think of many types of harm, sky's the limit)
There's already talk about creating a "2nd internet" from countries that don't want to be held hostage to the whims of the US or any other country that currently has the power over top-level domains, and if anything gets the blood pumping it would be a case like this.
In the end this will benefit no-one except those 9 individuals and a army of lawyers.
keys to my castle(s)
am i the only one feeling uneasy about handing the key to various apps/websites to 1 single company?
i haven't decided if its a good or bad idea, something akin to having all my cash in 1 place (where i can keep an eye on it) or spread out all over the place (where a loss doesn't have such a big impact)
" were perfectly comfortable with the televisions they currently use"
pretty much this
HD is already in a very good spot, so much so that it becomes hard to justify the price between a good 'regular' HD set and the cheapest 4K one.
Unless they come down in price 4K isn't going to go anywhere
not our fault but here's some cash anyway??
So its not their fault but they're willing to shell out for it anyway?
Surely this company deserves a reward!
I wish my boss would give me money each time he "didn't screw up" - i could really use that nice car i saw the other day
i was bracing myself for a earthshattering explosion, even turned down the speakers and subwoofer in case i'd wake up the dog.
After all, in the movies (which is almost a perfect reflection of reality) they have bigg-ass explosions.
people running in the streets
Thats why people were running in streets, with tears in their eyes holding up pictures pushing them into random pedestrians' faces yelling DO YOU LIKE IT, DO YOU, WELL DO YOU??!
Re: kids sizes
@Matt : batteries man, batteries! Never a phone :P
how about i put my mobile phone battery down my kids pants? with all the running they're doing i'm sure ill never be out of a fully charged battery EVER.
Heck, i'd even feed them some chocolate for some added bonus :P
My wife liked it
I tested it on my wife and read it out (after explaining some stuff about technology) and she laughed about it.
Guess some still do have a sense of humor
well very few products are competely new designs?
i'm trying to think of popular consumer products that are 'new' in the sense that no-one has ever done something similar before -- almost every device i think of already existed in some form or another before it became popular with the masses.
When we see something become popular its usually a case of 'the right idea at the right time' - The most obvious example of this being most of Apple's more recent products - none of which were unique, they were just (arguably) better done and had that something extra that made them appealing to the broader audience and survived the push into popularity.
Also true for software, for example Angry Birds wasn't the first of its kind by any means, its just another clone.
So, that someone thought up of a google-glass-like product does not surprise me at all, after all VR headsets have been around for a long time, maybe Google is just the first to make something that will be accepted by consumers?
"hide all future posts from this source"
best FB invention ever.
Too bad most people don't know where to find it
of all the non-IT stories on this site..
..i like this one the least.
At least other non IT stories on this site have things like bulls being milked, playmobil, warm flesh, vibrating things or a combination of the aforementioned in them, increasing their "hey come take a look at this"-factor.
This story *is* good for some horrormovie script tho
"Echo Base, this is Rogue Two. I've found them. Repeat, I've found them."
method of control?
The article only mentioned nanomotors, which makes me wonder how such a device can be controlled.
I cannot imagine someone on the outside 'steering' it or anything.
At those sizes (3 micrometers x 300 nanometers) i doubt they can fit any kind of control-mechanism in using current technology.
Anyways, enough of my rambles, i think i am going to watch Innerspace with Dennis Quaid to get an idea of the future :P
glad to see those minds put to good use
Glad to see that the human brainpower of those scientists was put to good use.
Now all we need to do is hope that the result is used for something positive and constructive, and that it will be available to those that are in need of it.
So a ban now will basically get Apple a nice rubber hammer to whack any Samsung phone on the head with?
If Apple thinks any Samsung phone needs to go away then all they need to do is argue it is like theirs and use this case as precedent?
I'm sure something here isn't right
looking forward to a nice yellow and purple with blue dots homeprinted gun.
On a more serious note, this is pretty cool.
If this became affordable it might be a good breakthrough
im still waiting for something i can stick in my waist, will eat up fat that i have in abundance, and create a induction field that charges my phone when its in my pocket.
Having opened the video, and scrolled though the user comments, one comment jumped out "Copy Other System"
that made me get some napkins and clean my desk.
so, uuh, lemme get this straight, they're thinking of using sperm as a vector to deliver *someting somewhere*?
I don't think i want to ever get sick and be injected with some of that.
In other news, males are being milked for all they're worth
We've done work using very similar concepts about 15 years ago, instead of wifi using sound.
Although the video doesn't mention it i know that this will only work if the receivers have been positioned with accuracy and exact position in relation to each other, with a decent calibration cycle before before you can get any sort of usable accuracy.
Meaning that this technology will only be useful in predetermined areas / setups, in rooms where technicians had time to work and set it up correctly.
NCIS-style-walk-in-the-room-press-a-button-and-see-through-walls isn't going to happen from this any time soon.
From Nasa to Darpa?
Aren't they both state agencies? Why would one agency spend tax dollars to develop something so that they can win a tax-dollars-sponsored price?
Hmm now that i re-read my question i start to think that Nasa would like to have another agencies money - provided they win of course, in the process they end up with something that can be used in future missions, so its a win-win situation for them either way.
Not bad Nasa.
something like 'hot or not' then?
but without the votes possibly.
i foresee the kids having endless hours of either making fun of- or drooling over pictures in cozy little student get-togethers in Starbucks.
I'll buy you a beer
mr Levison, if you have are in the neighborhood drop by and i'll buy you a beer for your heroic acts, because they are just that, heroic.
This should be made into a movie and you should get some sort of price for this.
hey, its his company
someone tell me why is this news?
did someone seriously expect him to get 'a bit' of compensation?
How do you measure the worth of a man, i mean he *is* a celebrity and it *is* his company, isn't it?
tube transistor vs solid state
this could very well be the breakthrough similar in importance as the breakthrough from tube to solid state transistors.
It would lift us in a new era of semiconductors, which is a bad name but only for lack of a better one.
If they can make this work technology we cant think of now will become reality.
Re: This article mocks higher megapixels
Right, i expected to find someone in here who would mention Nokia.
AFIAK thats the real bar that other companies have to reach for.
Its so much better, bit bulky though, but i don't think anyone can claim they did something revolutionary without being compared to Nokia's sensor.
choose between talking or watching a boatrace..
no really, if i was him (or at least have his bankaccount) i wouldn't give it a second thought either.
I'd choose boats, chicks, and fresh sea air over a packed and smelly theater room any day of the week, wouldn't you?
the boats go (and will be replaced by, say, formula one cars), but the customers will keep paying regardless :P
baby steps guys, dont rush it
These kinds of things are bound to happen.
Different hardware from different manufacturers, working in different manners.
You can avoid a lot of problems by thinking and planning, but, as so perfectly demonstrated here, there is always the unexpected.
Before we boldly go where no man has gone before we first need to take baby steps.
" surely anyone travelling on an internation flight in the last few years has been fingerprinted in some way."
Well at a airport they're not hiding what they're doing, you just *know* that info is going to go into a government database, 'for your own safety' .
But its different on a mobile device, where, besides the manufacturers word, you can't effectively control who gets that information, when, how often, how it will be used and most importantly you might never know about it.
rules (and promises and claims) are meant to be broken
"Why is a fingerprint sensor on an iPhone such a violation of privacy when laptops have featured them for years and no one even blinked? Giving our fingerprints to Wintel PCs and various border control for years but Apple = NSA? This is crazy."
uhm idunno maybe because
1. i dont carry my laptop in my pocket and take it with me whereever i go?
2. i never actually used the fingerprint thingy on my laptop? nice gadget, but no thanks
Actually, aside from this, i rules are meant to be broken. So now they might claim that fingerprints dont ever go to the cloud, but who's to say they won't go back on their word later?
I've heard plenty of times claims being made which where then brushed aside the first opportunity there was profit in it for someone.
".. by saying he was glad Jobs was gone because the Apple boss had exerted a "malign influence" on computing with his closed systems..."
I have no love for apple but i'm not wishing anyone i dislike dead.
Someone saying that just leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you know..
i like it
after thinking about how there's keyboards that get projected on your desk, others that get rolled out, others that fold out, i couldn't really think why this would be so newsworthy.
But then it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a keyboard as fist page in every notepad, agenda, schoolbooks, etc.
I know how we're supposed to be living in a paperless office (or world for that matter) but in my office we still write stuff down using pens while we have a computer screen staring at us, so we're not in a paperless-era yet.
Not saying this is how they're going to use that tech, but it would have advantages
Re: The "Streisand Effect"
"You must be new around here."
close to 8 years, would that register as new?
Honestly, never happened to read one of El-Reg's articles where they used that phrase.
English is not my native tongue and i don't live in a English-speaking nation and my interest in Ms Barbara isn't, you know, high enough to warrant keeping tabs on her so that malibu-debacle just went straight past me.
But my goal of learning something new each day has been accomplished, thanks to El-Reg!!
The "Streisand Effect"
Was looking forward to discover what this means but it was not mentioned anywhere else in the article, leaving me with the burning question "what is it"
"The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet."
And the article was.. uhm.. i think something about the NSA and T-shirts?? i couldn't focus on that, my mind was preoccupied with that other burning question
they deserve the 'happy ending of the year award'
because, afaik porn movies always end happily, so that site must be a spring of happiness :D :D
Re: long lost art of efficient programming
I remember this application which was popular in the 80ies-90ies, "Norton Commander" or NC for short.
A kind of file explorer back in the DOS days based on a character GUI.
I remember everyone using it, but over time it grew and grew and got bloated until it didn't fit on a floppy any more.
Then someone walked in with something called "Volkov Commander" -VC for short
Now, this was a 100% rip-off from the original, except that it was written by some Ukrainian dude (if memory server), and in the Ukraine back in those days they didn't have the PCs we had here in the west, so that poor guy on his crappy machine decided to write his own version that worked on machines with low specs.
I have never forgotten, and each time something like this comes up i remember VC!
long lost art of efficient programming
I enjoyed reading the paper, its nicely written, and it has a nice debugger if you're into that kind of thing.
Loved the part where it says "Calling NORMALIZE would have fixed this, but there wasn't space for the call" which just shows how tight everything was back then.
Today you'll be hard-pressed to find people that are adept at designing efficient algorithms of any kind.
"Install more memory" seems to be the mantra by which many designers live these days.
"Get a faster CPU" or "Get a bigger HD" also is exceedingly popular.
I miss the old days
Doubt many will notice this
some people might read about it, but the vast majority will probably say 'whatever' and forget about it altogether.
Only if there's a major public backlash and subsequent exodus like there was with Instagram will the be reconsidered.
I doubt that is going to happen, people are too attached to FB to give it up.
Re: Sorry this model is out of print
"..In 1986. .. We've been waiting for the future for a long time... "
You seem to forget how far we have come.
Chances are that at this very moment you're holding a miniaturized quad-core computer with a very high resolution full color display and capable of receiving and sending digital and analogue communications at lightning fast speeds with others of its kind for many hours continuously. Yes, that would be your mobile phone and most people can't even being to imagine life without it.
In 1986 they would need several rooms full of supercomputers to achieve what you hold in your hand right now.
I believe what mr Drexler described is what he believed to be the ultimate end-goal and achievement of technology. It's simply the limits of his imagination at that time.
Why don't we ask him today, no doubt he will come up with a whole new fantastic view of the future.
The point being that you can't predict what tomorrow will bring. Who ever imagined we could do all the things we can today?
Re: Sorry this model is out of print
"Really, if you can buy that machine, you can..."
Sure, the cost of a additive metal-based printer might be prohibitive today, but what about tomorrow?
The trigger finger experiment
"..mentally moved a finger to fire a cannon in a video game.."
I can certainly understand how important this technology could one day become, potentially.
But its weird that they chose to remote-control a trigger-finger for their 1st experiment..
I mean, of all the good uses this can be put to, it had to be tested as trigger-finger for a cannon?
Curious to see what the history books will write about this and how that will reflect on us.
can i finally replace my 6 year old eReader?
Curious to read reviews about this gadget.
I'm still on my Sony prs505 (from back in Oct '07 when it was released)
Never had a reason to replace it, although i did have to open it up to replace the battery once though.
Now, if this thing can truly stay awake for 10 days i might consider it.
I doubt it will though, as it doesn't seem to have a actual eInk display so it will consume power while you're reading a page (and the machine is patiently waiting for you, a slow and imperfect sack of meat)
Never bothered buying a tablet of any kind just for reading as it wont last alot of hours, and on a long haul flight you will run out juice before you get to your destination.
Are you talking to me??
some engineer wasted a few seconds of his life in a attempt at being funny
..who said engineers dont have a sense of humor?
I heard this is going to be included in next edition of Websters..
keep it up!
Its alot of these projects that drive innovation across the tech-world, before they get bought out by big multinational corporations smelling a profit once they are well enough established.
But, for now lets not sour the mood and congratulate this team on a job well done!
Keep up the good work!
Why is he downrated??
I happen to share his sentiment, i never realized having WiFi is a prerequisite for having good holidays.
If having no WiFi is a holiday-ruining-factor i suggest taking a good hard look at what holidays means.
Ofc everyone is entitled to their opinion, but remember that not so long ago we didn't have WiFi and it didn't ruin our holidays then, did it?
Re: excellent, most excellent
i second that sentiment, excellent!
Was about time money was used for something not intended to kill or destroy.
Now, having said that, if they do actually find a meteor/asteroid that is a threat (which is when this mission pays off) they still don't have any means of doing anything about it.
Maybe they should also invest some cash in coming up with ways of dealing with such threats that don't involve Bruce Willis going up with a rigging-crew
- JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait