274 posts • joined Sunday 22nd November 2009 19:24 GMT
Re: interesting wavelength
Yeah, this would be "millimeter wave radio", right? Good news - really small antennas. Bad news - line of sight, will reflect off an index card.
Wouldn't this be even more sensitive to rain fade than a lower frequency, not less sensitive?
Re: Fun fact
No doubt an explosion of 1500 tons of explosives at the mouth of the thames would be a bad thing, but could it really produce a significant tsunami? Docks in Kent might have a bad day, but it would be really localized, no?
Pretty country - I drove through the area in the 80s on the way to Wales and had a great time touring Leeds Castle. Interesting that there's a major shipwreck just a half hour from there.
Re: Disgrace of the sort of comments
Lipong, this is called "concern trolling". If someone publishes bullshit in the name of science, it's not just encouraged, it's MANDATORY to call them bullshitters. Tone doesn't matter.
Respect is earned, and I really don't think that Rossi has earned a bit of it.
Re: Without proper inspection and validation...
Ha, please patent your special ball-peen hammer application procedure PRONTO. There's a lot of crank pseudoscientists that I could volunteer to independently test it for you.
Re: Has anyone actually read the paper?
Plenty HAVE read the paper (HolyFreakingGhost has had a lot to say that's quite good, read back), and even the non-physicists are cringing. Note: I am not a trained physicist either - just a generally literate reader of scientific papers, and someone who admires con games in a "look at the scary snake, let's go somewhere else" manner.
I hardly got a page into the paper before bullshit detectors went off. The first warning was when they showed FLIR images of the test apparatus. Why show that at all? It doesn't tell you a dang thing except that a piece of metal on a stand is hot. It doesn't tell you beans about how it got hot, whether it's hotter than it's supposed to be or not, or really anything other than someone wanted to be flashy. I can point a FLIR-based thermometer (love the things!) at the inside of my car and show that it's 130 degrees on a 70 degree day - MAGIC? No.
And then there's the howler that took me totally out of serious consideration of the rest of the paper, this silly sentence: "It was not possible to evaluate the weight of the internal steel cylinder or of the caps because the E-Cat HT was already running when the test began.". Wait, what? You acknowledge that weighing the apparatus is important, but you carry on with the experiment without those weights in your lab book? They instead substituted numbers from another device, like someone is already making "E-Cat HT" devices on an assembly line with exactly consistent dimensions and composition.
It gets even dodgier after that, with measurement methods that are ridiculously flawed (they used an RMS power meter, but apparently don't know what it's telling you, for example), and wildly hyperbolic statements like "our measurements could be off by an order of magnitude and there'd still be net energy", which wouldn't even be true if I'm reading the graphs right.
I still can't decide whether to pin this on bad experimental design, self delusion, or actual confidence trickery, but you'll notice "hurry up and TAKE MY MONEY" is not on that list.
Re: No Brainer
Clearly the only thing for it is to send one to an independent tester and let THEM build the test setup, but that's never going to happen, because it's a scam or self-delusion.
if it's a scam, Rossi will know a real test will give the game away, and will make some claim that it would be giving away his TRADE SECRET (nondisclosure agreements are simply the tool of the illuminati, you know), and if it's self-delusion, his paranoia won't allow the device out of his hands.
Would we all love this thing to actually work? Mostly yes, though if you have a universal energy source, you had batter have a universal energy sink too, unless you want to cook the planet. Does anyone with two synapses to rub together think this is a good investment opportunity? HELL NO.
Please don't prove P. T. Barnum right and give this guy a cent of your money unless the impossible happens and he allows a real test. This is much, much, MUCH more likely to be another Steorn than any kind of energy breakthrough.
You know what I would LOVE to see? the movie industry suing someone for downloading a film, and that someone comes to court with receipts for purchased copies of everything they downloaded. To blow the whole DMCA to smithereens, we have to rub the court's faces in it by having somone charged with pirating something they legally own already.
Re: we told you so...
Exactly - they own extremely limited distribution rights - they couldn't unlock the content if they wanted to (which they probably don't).
This whole situation is an eloquent example of why anti-contravention measures in the DMCA are bad and wrong. In a just world, someone could replace their legally-purchased media with an unlocked copy, so long as they don't then go into the business of making lots of copies to hand out.
Re: "tumblr"? What's that?
It's a blogging site with a very low technical barrier to entry. Consequently, it's loaded with young people, most if not all of which will react violently to being monetized. With Yahoo in charge, it could easily turn into the next geocities.
As entertaining as it might be to watch the dinosaur eat something bigger than its head, hopefully tumblr tells them to stuff it.
Has Yahoo EVER successfully integrated a purchased company's product? Flickr is about as close as it gets, and they mostly drove the userbase away once they bought it.
Given the often loud and needy tumblr userbase, I think it's time to make some popcorn. This gonna be good.
Yeah, when you consistently greatly outlast your design life, it's not a failure when the spacecraft finally cashes in.
That said, Kepler 2, RIGHT NOW.
Re: And still got a tether
Moving power and control onboard may be doable, if those nano-batteries pan out, and they can bake all the control logic onto an ASIC.
Or, if they can power them with plant nectar and teach them to recognize flowers, we can say SUCK IT, colony collapse disorder!
Well, that's really gross, but I kind of want one?
Re: 60 MILLION?!!!
Of COURSE they were tested - by people in on the scam. If he had sold them totally above board, he probably wouldn't be in nearly as much trouble, or at least the governments would have a lot harder time making a case. But he had to go and bribe officials into accepting the devices, running right in the face of laws like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (or rather the UK equivalent).
The scam is so transparent and pathetic (the "ionic balance chips" are photographs of what you want to detect, printed on cardboard). When you run the bingo board on Maki Naro's "Quackery Red Flag" comic, and you aren't even medicine, something is very, very wrong.
Yep, and so are rubies.
I had no idea that the price of silicon had dropped so far. Great article!
Re: Booking hotels and hostels in China, Japan, S Korea. etc
They don't do this in Europe anymore? When I was in Paris in the late 80s, they wanted to keep my passport in their safe or they wouldn't let me rent a room.
"the new law". You mean can-spam, the law that is more about what ISN'T spam than what is? Feh.
There is precious little "American spam", as in spam sent from the US, that would be illegal under can-spam. As lame as the law is though, most spammers only pretent to comply with it anyway. They send from other countries, change names every other week, host via botnets, anything but actually making an honest living.
If you really think sending email to an unsubscribe link will do anything but put your email on a resell list, you're a fool. And if you don't believe that and wrote the tripe you did anyway, you're either a troll or a spammer yourself. Begone.
Re: Crap battery management
Thanks for confirming that you do live in mum's basement, Jeffy. If you had that stuff, you wouldn't feel the need to obsessively list it in a comments thread, you'd just by enjoying it.
No, they're NOT housed in the bunker, in fact the real owner of the bunker was considering suing cyberbunker to get them to stop using the image.
I think Sven owned it for a while, but not for a long time, and not to house servers.
Ha, I took a 2008 era computer out of storage to replace an even older one that happily ran the automation on my Dad's model railroad for years, and besides 98 other windows updates, I also had to get rid of IE6. While I was waiting for the installs to finish, I browsed around a bit, and you could almost HEAR the middle fingers going up on websites when I dropped by using that old piece of crap. Jquery or otherwise, not many sites make any real attempt to support IE6 anymore, and who blames them?
Of course, I put firefox on it as soon as the updates finished anyway.
I'm inclined to agree that if your enterprise STILL relies on IE6-hosted apps, your I/T staff needs to be put against the wall PRONTO. That may have even been true in 2006!
IE8 though- we're going to still see that long after XP goes off of official support. As someone up comments thread said, it will be the new IE6. Microsoft really should have bit the bullet and back-ported IE9 to XP - it would have cut off the long tail.
In a word, YES.
Re: Kicks to the what now?
Don't be a dumbass.
Actually on topic, it would have been nice for jquery 2.0 to support IE8 - then I would have had no qualms about dropping it in and forgetting about 1.0 entirely. I'll probably be sticking to 1.0 for a year or two.
I have no joke here, I just like saying "interdigitated".
I watched a really good NOVA episode a couple weeks ago that makes a fairly good case that the antikythera mechanism was loot from Archimedes' studio when his city was sacked. They don't have any proof he made it, but he built orreries (the mechanism has been confirmed to be a planetary/moon position calculator and an eclipse predictor) and the wreck that the mechanism was found in came from that area. Cool stuff.
Yeah, I totally missed that the compression would benefit HD content too. I guess that's a good thing - movie rentals take too dang long to download from itunes, and netflix streaming would certainly benefit from this.
Carry on then!
So, half the bandwidth to support 4 or 16 times the raw data input? There's nothing wrong with the article (on the contrary, it's great content), but this doesn't seem like much of a solution to me. I don't see the average home bandwith doubling, let alone quadrupling, any time soon.
Who outside of a movie theater even WANTS 2k or 4k video? Seriously, I'm asking. How much smaller do the dots need to get for home video?
Re: Why does the Pirate Bay even need a host?
Or move the website to TOR as a hidden service, yeah.
Good article, and right on the nose. I think something like bitcoins would be excellent as a short-term medium for anonymous cash transactions over the internet (like dropping a small donation to your favorite webcartoonist if they made you laugh today), but without the backing of a large body to back it up with something real, it's NOT a place to sock away your savings.
I want to slap past-me for not buying a some coins when they were 50 cents each, but mostly that valuation doesn't do you any good. If there was any significant move to cash in the coins, it would plummet to nothing almost immediately, considering how thin the trading market really is.
So, it's great if you're out there buying ... whatever you can buy directly with bitcoins (time on a botnet, "gas station weed", and spamware?), but being a "bitcoin millionaire" don't mean jack.
CNC is traditional subtractive manufacturing, and can't do everything that 3d printing can, and it is not what you'd call cheap (except when compared to hiring a machinist to make stuff by hand). Don't get me wrong, CNC mills are great, it's even something I could see myself doing as a "second act" career, but it's not really in competition with 3d printing.
Re: Size limitations??!!
STL is pretty much the standard for 3d modeling nowadays, almost every program either uses it natively or can export it.
I don't think 3d printers will become a household item until there's a modeler that doesn't suck. Every year the sculpting software get a little better, and businesses are opening to scan in the real world. One, called Made To Measure, opened up down the street from my office a couple months ago. They've got some REALLY nice toys.
The consumables need to come down in price too. Photopolymer resins have made good resolution possible, but the stuff costs a fortune (200 bucks a liter), and I don't think there's one available that can be burned out for metal casting yet. Lots of work still to do before it becomes more than novelty tech.
Dirty Laundry and Empty Packaging?!
That part is a joke, right? Since lifting items to space costs nearly as much as the item's weight in gold, one hopes they unbox everything on the ground, and put their undies in the wash at the top of the gravity well.
Re: The choices:
Totally with you there, Foo. These days, if it's not on steam, I won't play it. This is especially true for the backlisted games that get those 5-10 dollar sales, it's the best thing to ever happen to pc gaming.
I had to make an exception or mass effect 3 because I played the first two on steam and wasn't going to miss the finish. I don't regret that (howler monkey fans aside, it was a great game), but I was sticking up my middle finger at the screen every time Origin started.
Yay, I am helping! TeeCee's version sounds really solid.
Be really wary of pull force on magnet sites. They are magnet-to-magnet or magnet-to-surface, without anything under them. Pull force goes down really fast as you shove stuff under the magnet, so you'll need to pick a few sizes and experiment.
Or, use my favorite little magnet: http://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D21. These are super-cheap, and you can add an extra one if you want more force. I have a bunch of them on my fridge holding up photos, and they're surprisingly strong considering how tiny they are.
The mere fact that a scare has cranked up the bitcoin price by that much is proof that socking your money there is a stupid idea. Any currency that fluctuates like that is likely to eat more than a 5% loss from ham-handed spanish banking.
I really like the idea of crypto-currency as a way to make anonymous micropayments practical, but I can't help thinking that bitcoin is designed to pounce on and make vanish people's savings the first time there's significant real money attached to it.
A couple years ago one of the largest BC exchanges had a flash-crash down to a penny a coin for brief moments, and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of coins went bye-bye. The exchange rolled back transactions they could, but if you were fast to withdraw the coins, there was nothing to be done about it other than for them to ask nicely to give it back.
What people don't realize about the recent court rulings that "legitimized" bitcoin transactions is basically, they're saying "you're on your own". By not putting exchanges under regulation, that means you've got nowhere to turn if your bitcoin bank fails or is simply embezzeled from. It's like trusting Eve online players with your bank account.
Re: Fuck adobe.
Nonsense. Apple's problem with flash is that a) it is poorly optimized, often doing software rendering when accellerated hardware is available, b) it was a giant pile of ... code that used way more resources than it needed to, and c) at the time there was no embedded version for phones, and d) it was a security rats-nest, and still is.
I don't think Apple killed flash at all though - smartphones and tablets in general did, because none of them run flash well, if they run it at all. I laughed out loud when it was used as a marketing tool for one manufacturer (with that horrible 70s flash gordon theme in the commercial). Talk about the worst possible thing to empathize - that you can run a technology that will probably work like absolute shit on your device. My as well say "we have dancing bears".
The sad thing is that there's a lot of great flash content that will never get converted to newer tech. But for every great little game (steambirds, desktop tower defense), there's a thousand crappy apps that nobody will miss.
Use of flash for new applications needs to turn you into a social pariah, like smoking in public.
A neat little trick is to solder a flat metal tab onto the ends of two pieces of wire, and then hold together the tabs by sandwiching them between two rare-earth magnets, the size of the magnets determining the force to pull the tabs apart. K&J Magnetics is a great place for magnet shopping.
If you are worried about shorting against something, paint the tabs with liquid electrical tape to insulate them.
It's the yoinkbot 9000!
Re: Huh? WTF is going on?
Don't count your chickens on this one, but I think it IS starting to sink in with congresscritters that there's no such thing as a safe seat when you make a career of breaking stuff while in office.
This makes no sense.
I just don't get it. The game has a workable offline mode (minus being able to save), and rather than making a few tweaks to it to allow the game to gracefully degrade to offline play, they stage this PR nightmare instead? Can they really be that stupid? Oh wait, EA. Hm.
It's quite possible that the debug mode skips some aspect of the simulation, or has a simplified model of the game world, that would become obvious in long play. It's isn't necessarily proof of anything.
Ha, or become 50 feet tall and go rampaging down the highway.
Seriously though, I thought the idea was that the car actually was self-driven for this. It's hard to tell, but I don't see a driver in the photo.
EA gets money because they bought up all the game studios that put out the stuff we want to play, or have nailed down distribution rights for the games we want to play. It's sad - the world did not need Origin when Steam already exists and is well liked.
These things have a way of working themselves out. Mess up too many A titles, and you won't be in business anymore.
Re: Where is the line drawn?
You missed the point Silverburn - the photo on the right was what the photoshop macro was described as doing (making skin tones more luminous). What it actually did was completely different.
Re: There's two kind of fakers
There's a difference between slapping on makeup, which anyone can do, and flat-out erasing "objectionable" bits and creating a vaguely humanoid creature that would snap in half in the first gust of wind.
Dove is making a good stand here. I'm getting tired of seeing racks of aliens every time I walk past a magazine stand.
Stay with me on this...
The Adler Planetarium had this thing where the audience had a button on each armrest, so the audience could "steer" some of the presentation (it was less dumb than it sounded). Before the show, they had a display up that had a little square for each seat (arranged in a grid instead of the circular setup of the room, so it wasn't immediately apparent which was your square). When you pushed the left button, the square turned red, and green for the right.
It took a few minutes, but even with a packed house and a bunch of overcaffenated kids pushing the buttons constantly, you could figure out which one was yours, by just watching the screen and watching for your button pattern.
Since you have even more control over the cursor, I think this will work. If the other cursors are doing apparently purposeful stuff (say, by recording previous paths to clicked buttons), it should be hard for a shoulder surfer to do the same thing, since watching the screen and tracking the mouse is easy for the user (since the mouse is in their hand), but hard for them.
Re: Hmmm… Good luck!
Indeed. I don't see how "running off to a store and buying it off the shelf for delivery" has the slightest chance of competing with Amazon. A) It doesn't scale - eventually you have to have people stationed at stores shopping all day, B) You are at the mercy of the retailer for what you pay, which changes from day to day at brick and mortar stores, C) Retailers will hate your guts (worse than restaurants hate OpenTable) and will mess with your couriers or kick them out of the store, and D) You have to pay local sales tax.
Crowdsourced material distribution is a stupid idea. Google can feel free to beta their buying service, but I'll be sticking with my outstanding amazon prime service, thank you very much.
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