* Posts by Def

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FYI Google is shelling out $10k A DAY in court fines for not handing over folks' private email

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Or 0.1% if you can count. ;)

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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Re: Please explain

So forget Microsoft in your pocket. Microsoft wants to be on your lap or desktop...

I think you'll find new Microsoft phones will be coming out - probably sooner rather than later. Whether they will be branded as phones though is another question.

When Andromeda is released Windows 10 Mobile won't exist because all devices will simply be running Windows 10. And so by extension you will have Windows 10 devices that are small enough to fit in your pocket, and Windows 10 devices that can make calls (some small enough to fit in your pocket), and Windows 10 devices that sit on (or under) your desktop.

On top of all that, Continuum won't really exist as a hacked together feature either, because every Windows 10 device will work the same as any other - wirelessly connect to a display and your pocket device should look and function exactly the same as your desktop device. Doubly so if the x86 on ARM rumours hold up.

At least that's the future direction I'm hoping Microsoft are heading in. :)

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Re: Windows 10 on Arm?

So the CPU will be running at 100% even at idle then?

And you come to this ridiculous conclusion because...?

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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

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Re: Does Microsoft's approach not imply...

That two repositories are necessary. The hidden one used to hold the code to actually build the product

You do know how git works, right?

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Re: Inivitably!

Just had Nan on the phone in tears...

Doubtful, but ok...

...after Windows 10 upgrade rebooted her PC without any warning...

Unlikely, but do continue...

...and she lost the recipe for Pineapple Upside-down Cake she was typing into Notepad.

So she was typing it in? From where? Did Windows rebooting also erase the source (sauce) recipe?

How is this worse than back in the day when you would turn up at Nan's house to find her PC was a slave to an arm of botnets serving up DDOS attacks day and night while an alternative army of key loggers was sending all her cake recipes back to the Norks because (most likely) you disabled automatic updates on the grounds that you Knew Best (TM)?

It's easy enough to sit here and complain, but at the end of the day if Windows 95 had had automatic updates, a good number of notable hacks/exploits simply wouldn't have happened. Automatic updates are a Good Thing (TM) for the vast majority of computer users.

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Ethereum blockchain is sailing to Byzantium – hard fork up and running

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Re: 2.5 million Ether is $2 ?

As of right now, 2.5m ETH has a street value of 842.5m USD.

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Assange thanks USA for forcing him to invest in booming Bitcoin

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Re: Paper profits only

Wikileaks isn't embargoed from using fiat currency. It's embargoed from accepting donations via credit card.

I'm sure they have no problem converting BTC to fiat and spending it.

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Kotlin's killin' Java among Android devs

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Re: Android & Java

I'm not projecting my prejudices. I base my comments on my own experiences.

Almost every Android developer uses at least a little bit of Java. You really have no choice in the matter. Java is the defacto language for Android.

But... you put a bunch of Android developers in a room, and I'll bet each and every one of them will put their hands up when asked whether they use Java, despite the fact that a large number of them problem only know the bare minimum required to get their app integrated. I'd probably put my hand up, because I do actually know Java and have used it in the past. Do I use it today for our Android apps? Not really. I step in and out of it in the debugger from time to time, but that's about it.

So on that basis, yes, Java is the most used language, because you have no choice.

My point was, however, that the vast majority of developers use the absolute minimum, and probably quite a lot of those only use the boilerplate wrappers that their platform of choice generates for them.

We have a UI layer written in Java for our Android apps, the same way we have a Swift layer for our iOS, macOS, and tvOS apps. But they really are very thin layers around our cross platform C++ engine. We'd have been crazy to choose Java as our main development language. As it happens we do call into some non-UI Java libraries on Android today (MediaDecoder, et al.), but we'll be switching those out and calling the C based OpenML AL APIs that Android exposes directly at some point in the future. Basically to get rid of the Java overhead.

With that all said, you might be right. Java could well be the most popular language for Android development. But I honestly doubt it. In 2015 Unity was claiming they had 4.5 million registered developers. (And last year they had 5 billion "Made with Unity" downloads in Q3 alone.) Xamarin has 1.4m active developers as of April this year. Unreal has over 2 million. These aren't small numbers. Especially when you consider some estimates put the total number of Android developers at only around 6 million in total.

Oh, and no C++ game engine uses Java for its UI. ;)

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Android & Java

I'm pretty sure the vast majority of Android apps out there are written in either C# (Xamarin/Unity) or C++ (Unreal, Lumberyard, et al.), with the bare minimum of Java required to get the damn thing to work.

Nobody with any kind of desire to support other platforms would write a whole app in Java.

Google just just quietly introduce a decent C API (they already a half-arsed one for some systems) and just admit that Java is nothing more than a second-class wrapper that should be avoided at all costs for future apps.

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Visual Studio Team Services having some 'performance issues'

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"We can't even do a standup/scrum meeting this morning..."

...so we just got on with some real work instead.

Scrum: A project management framework for project managers who can't manage projects.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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It would not be meaningfully different and would, in fact, be just another me-too device.

That hasn't stopped any Android manufacturer.

The unfortunate fact is Windows Phone *was* meaningfully different. In lots of ways. Most of them good.

I still don't ever want to buy an Android phone. (Not because I dislike the hardware, but I hate the clunky, sluggish feeling of every Android I've ever used.) Nor will I waste money on an iPhone. So when my Lumia dies, if there isn't a new Windows phone available, I will seriously consider getting an old feature phone.

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Re: Have I lost my bet ?

I can still buy a Lumia 830 in Norway today. Just old stock if anyone wants it, but it's there.

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Beach, please... Billionaire VC finally opens way to waves

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Bulldozing the gate would probably drop you in some sticky legal waters

That's why I said I'd do it at night. ;)

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I was going to propose the exact same solution.

If I lived locally, I might be tempted to drive down there in a bulldozer one night and open the gate permanently too.

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Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

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"Microsoft said it hasn't ported its EdgeHTML engine"

This is a good thing. Edge is fucking awful. I don't know how they manage it, but Edge on Windows 10 Mobile is the biggest piece of shit around. Nothing fucking works properly. The text rendering with its bullshit random font size generator is garbage. Even fucking TFS for fuck's sake is unusable (I made the mistake of thinking a Microsoft product might actually work on a Microsoft browser running on a Microsoft phone earlier this afternoon).

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Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

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Re: "Java [..] is the number-one programming language"

Surely by that argument the number one programming language is actually ARM assembler.

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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@Naselus

Musk?

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Tarmac for America's self-driving car future is being laid right now

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Re: Driving at less than the speed limit

So I'm now forced to go outside my range of comfort because some smuch can't be ars*d to leave early.

Absolutely not. But if you happen to see more than a few cars trailing behind you, it would be nice if you'd be so kind as to pull over in a suitable lay by and let everyone else pass. (And yes, that's exactly what I do when I have cause to drive slower than usual - usually when I have a trailer full of building supplies and/or junk.)

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Windows phones

I'm still using my Lumia 950. It's still going strong (touch wood - no, not that wood), but I did notice a small crack towards the bottom of the screen just this afternoon. :(

From Monday, I will have to carry a POS Android for my bus/train tickets because the Ruter (I debated about naming and shaming, and decided I would) Windows ticket app is being phased out (it still works, but their payment provider's portal (Nets) for payment verification doesn't work in Edge on Windows Mobile so I can't update my debit card details). (And Ruter in a classic we-don't-give-a-shit-about-our-customers stylie refuse to even contact Nets about it. Despite Nets still being their payment provider of choice for their Android and iOS apps.)

Is the rant over? Who needs a drink?

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Gatorade app is bogus: Even the sound of it is something quite atrocious

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That payout

Only $120,000 for research while a bunch of bottom feeding cunts gets $180,000? Yeah, that seems fair.

Personally, I think the losing legal team should pay the costs of the winning team, and not be allowed to charge their clients more than those costs.

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Re: slow commetards on a friday

Pizza isn't pie.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Avast, me hearties!

I purged that bloated, nagware piece of shit from all my machines about six months ago. I would have done it sooner, but I'm too lazy busy. :)

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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That eight hour flight...

When I flew to Melbourne via Singapore, many many years ago, the flight time was almost exactly seven hours.

Which got me thinking... are planes slowing down for environmental/economy reasons?

And apparently they're not. The A330's cruising speed is 21km/h lower than the 777 I flew in. So my take from this is always fly Boeing for long haul flights. ;)

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Scientists produce a map marking water hotspots on the Moon

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Re: about time we got another person on the moon again

Sounds great for a golf course :)

Back in the mid nineties, I was offered a job out in Austin, Texas. The company had been contracted to make a video game of Lunar Golf, where the basic premise was golf with less interesting backdrops and super huge hit distances. I would have taken the job, but couldn't, in the end, for visa reasons (or lack thereof). Anyway, about four months after I was out there visiting the company, a well known game magazine (I forget which one - it's not important) published an article about the worst game ideas of all time. Lunar Golf weighed in at #3. Prompting the publisher to rather swiftly drop the project like the lead balloon that it was.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Re: America is in decline! Go elsewhere

I always get putain and poutine mixed up. Which one does Canada have again?

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Re: Searches, Searches...

...even in a free and democratic country.

I thought we were talking about the US. Did I miss the change in topic again?

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Re: "People of color"?

There is no-one whose natural shade is #ffffff.

ORLY?

https://i.imgur.com/fPUUf.jpg

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: For techincal documentation we need

No, we don't. We just need to improve education standards so the people who need to write documentation actually know how to write.

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

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Re: My first job!

My first job...

Spend a week learning C while QAing on Powermonger (SNES) and Populous II (Megadrive). Then design some maps for Syndicate, before helping write Theme Park. ;)

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: Apple copying Microsoft?

Not just the missing nine either. (Although I wouldn't be surprised if they still release the iPhone 9 as next year's budget offering.)

My Lumia 950 has facial recognition to unlock (as I'm sure lots of other phones have), double-tap to wake up, swipe up to get off the lock screen (seriously, Apple? This is a core feature now?), a six-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a higher resolution display with a much higher DPI. It's lighter, despite being bigger, and has a replaceable battery. And the battery lasts forever (about a week) too because there aren't any apps to run on it. ;)

Not to mention the fact my OCD screams at me every time I see that cut out at the top of the iPhoneX screen.

And Apple still haven't realised that the completely round bevel is a really fucking terrible idea. (Has anyone ever tried to prop up an iPad on top of the duvet?)

Also, does this mean every iPhone is going to be a new revision of the X like they've done with fucking macOSX - which must be getting close to macOS XX by now, surely? (I know, I know, don't call you Shirley...)

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Vid game's easiest level makes players white, hardest level makes them black

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I read it as: "playing with a black character doesn't automatically incite additional violence towards your character".

I guess it works both ways.

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

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Joke

If this is such a top secret craft, why are those bee keepers allowed to get so close to it? (See story picture.)

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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Re: That's right, Microsoft

I seem to recall people saying similar things about Apple back in 2006.

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It's like buying a car that you can not drive in Scotland or Wales.

And that's a bad thing because?

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

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fwq1sAs is FAR better than Password123, despite the latter being longer.

Well, the latter will succumb to dictionary attacks faster than the former. The former will be (much) quicker to brute force.

...56^10 is only double 26^10...

Do you math much? ;)

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Firstly, max of any number of characters is silly - you're stream hashing, so length limits are dumb.

I don't have a maximum. I have a minimum requirement of 10 characters.

Secondly... increased complexity is better e.g. mandating symbols.

No. Just no.

https://xkcd.com/936/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/08/man-wrote-password-bible-admits-advice-completely-wrong/

Thirdly, re-hashing a hash isn't necessarily better - or the writers of SHA512 would have done it. e.g. collisions are going to be increased, and that means *less* security. Every rehash is another chance your super-secure password will collide with 'Password1'.

Well, I'm not just rehashing the hash. I'm hashing <PreviousHash> + <Password> + <UserSalt> + <GlobalSalt> each time. Whether that makes sense or not is another story. :)

Fourthly, user specific salting is great....if it includes internal values...

Of course. The salts are never exposed publicly.

Fifthly - global salt values, hope that's another longer-than-hash value...

Yep.

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Every time I see a news article like this I run to see whether I'm guilty of breaking any of the cited rules/problems.

Currently my company website only allows passwords of 10 characters or more, that aren't in my list of known passwords (100,000 or so). These are then salted (with both user specific and global salt values each round) and hashed 75,000+ times with SHA512.

I'm not what you'd call a security expert, but I'm learning with every change. (Thankfully, I haven't had to learn the hard way - yet.)

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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WTF?

...billions lost in engagement revenue...

O-kay then...

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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So they have to replace all the phones soon, and the only sensible options are Android or iOS - you don't want to be stuck on a dead/dying platform. So they will have to do an Android or iOS port soon, they may as well skip Windows 10 and go straight to iOS.

Or they port them to the Universal Windows platform and unify their software platform across mobile and desktop. I doubt very much their desktops run Android or iOS.

Regardless of the state of Windows Mobile right now, there are still Windows 10 tablets and laptops out there, and there will be new phones coming sooner rather than later.

Still gotta be cheaper than replacing 36,000 phones and porting said software to the new phones.

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Your point being

My point being it would probably be considerably less work to fix those apps (if they even need fixing) than to port them to another platform.

The "we need to redesign these because they don't work good" sounds more like an excuse by an equally unqualified fool who is just doing the opposite thing to the last fool in a vague attempt to appear competent.

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Even though those two models are eligible to be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile, the NYPD will need to redesign more than a dozen custom apps it created to run on Windows 8.1.

That sounds suspect to me. Most 8.1 phone apps run just fine on Windows 10 Mobile. The ones that don't are usually the ones written by muppets.

But presumably now they'll have to redesign and port those same applications to either Android or iOS. I wish them luck with that.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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"Ad fraud will cost advertisers $16.4bn in 2017."

I have absolutely no problem with that.

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So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

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Re: And when ?

I've never seen any Windows 10 reset any of my settings. And the latest update is no different in that regard. (I've just checked.) I'm on the slow track though, so I may just have been lucky enough to miss that in early releases.

Every time you (or anyone else here) brings up this old story, you just sound more and more like Daily Fail readers.

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German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

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two-thirds majority

I can think of a few other instances where that would have been a good idea.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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It included the scanned signature for their senior manager so I completely re-wrote it making all the terms in my favour, printed it and signed it then sent it through to them. They made no comment so since there was only one copy with both parties had 'signed' then clearly that was the contract in force :)

Or they simply printed out the page with your signature and stuck it with the rest of the original contract.

You did remember to initial each page, right?

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Re: This is driving me nuts forever

If I played Spotify then it will start playing Spotify when the car connects via bluetooth. Even if the radio is off. If I don't notice this on time it will use my bandwidth for hours.

That sounds like a class-action lawsuit in the making if you ask me. Terrible UX is one thing, terrible UX that potentially costs you money is something completely different.

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

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Re: The inventor of Li-ion batteries already has the replacement ready

(i.e. about 120kWh, enough for about 300-400 miles, still less than a tank of petrol)

Top end Teslas currently have 100kWh batteries with a range of around 350+ miles. Sodium glass should give us 300kWh batteries with a range of 1100+ miles, which is way more than I get with my Qashcow today.

And while I don't know for sure, I'm assuming the charge times are literally a few minutes, not 15. I read a paper a while back that explained why existing batteries currently take so long to charge (and it explained how to solve it too - something to do with the physical layout and design of the battery internals iirc). If the design of these new batteries already reduce charge times, I see no reason to doubt incorporating other advances couldn't reduce them even further.

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Re: holographic crystal storage...

don't click the link, seriously

You're new here, aren't you? (To Earth, I mean.)

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Re: The inventor of Li-ion batteries already has the replacement ready

Specifically, this is the exciting part of the Goodenough/Braga announcement:

The researchers demonstrated that their new battery cells have at least three times as much energy density as today’s lithium-ion batteries. A battery cell’s energy density gives an electric vehicle its driving range, so a higher energy density means that a car can drive more miles between charges. The UT Austin battery formulation also allows for a greater number of charging and discharging cycles, which equates to longer-lasting batteries, as well as a faster rate of recharge (minutes rather than hours).

Emphasis is mine.

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