* Posts by TechnicalBen

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Google reveals Glass details in patent application

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I would guess...

This has the same effect of increasing cancer as a small potato sellotaped to your head. Sellotape is very radioactive in comparison to some computerized eye wear.

Having a laser or any source of light shine in your eyes however may not be good for your vision long term. That though is down to those who know about these things to test and check. I'd probably wait to see if anyone complains of eye strain before getting a pair myself... well, not that I'd want a pair anyhow. :P

Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Hope it works then...

Just gone from a resistive touchscreen to a capacitive and hate the change. While one is more responsive, the other seemed more accurate. I miss the accuracy. :(

Most touch devices are annoying. I would see this kind of tech as trying to solve a problem created by moving to touch, instead of trying to remove the problem all together. Hopefully new interactivity such as LeapMotion will make input more accurate again.

(Esc, because the keyboard is best for typing. ;) )

The cheap 3D craft pen that scribbles over 3D printing hype

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Re: 3D? - I only see 2D

Your eyes deceive you. It's actually 1D. The 2D and 3D (and by extension 4D) is all an illusion based on the type of data you are processing.

But as for the printer, yes it can do full 3D, they "draw" a cube. The glue/plastic cools and solidifies so quickly it can support small amounts of it's self while extruding.

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Re: compared to 3d printers?

At least they have a working prototype. By the looks of it a manufacturing possible one too.

Hope it goes well for those investing/pre-ordering. It's a risky thing, but thankfully seeing a demo product is helpful.

I've set a rule to only buy/order demo'd software and hardware on Kickstarter. If it's software, and it fails, at least I can play/use the demo. If it's hardware, well, I would get angry because they had one, why can't I. :P

Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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No, that's 2 top spec iMacs with 2.4Ghz dual cores and 4gb ram, right? They are quite light, so one in each pocket?

PS, yes, it was a poor joke, downvote at your whim. :D

Irony alert: Pirate Bay accuses anti-piracy group of illegal copying

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Re: re. Pirate Bay ship

Blue Peter had scull and crossbones flags?

Educational, because that's what Blue Peter use to be. :)

$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

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Re: Theoretical value

There is a bizillaonozas of valuable metals on Mars. Scrap that, there is a diamond sized planet! http://rt.com/news/astronomy-diamond-earth-planet-210/

I'm currently taking investment in my company called "Diamonds Rz Us" who are planning to mine the diamond planet in 2999. Any takers? It's totally legit. I got economy scientists to check out my back of the napkin scribbles and everything.

Blobs that swarm spark ‘it’s alive’ hypegasm

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Re: Swarming?

It's actual surface tension. The University of Nottingham does much better work (or should that be, uses less humbo jumbo language) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uWps9LczH8&feature=share&list=UUvBqzzvUBLCs8Y7Axb-jZew

It has nothing to do with "life" or "flocking" and everything to do with maths and physics. Flocking may use a similar mathematics, but it's a different mechanism (chemical/electrical feedback), where as particles are impact and friction forces.

We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: I Remember when .......

Yes. Version 5 did constantly crash! I've got the "elements" version, which was usually just the previous version, minus a little, sold to the home user. Worked a treat, but had to auto save and Ctr-Del exit every 5 mins on the dot.

Rotund Mega baron Dotcom offers bounty for breaking his crypto

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Would it not...

Be better to offer £100,000 (or euros)? As I'm sure someone with a big enough grudge could turn down £10k for the fame, or outbid £10k for the ability to decode (say the Government). It just seems a bit low.

First video inside thinking fish's brain captured by boffins

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I must agree! While it does require, and they are a large part of, electrical currents and synapse firing, how does this cope with hormones and other effects? What about the chemicals that block or slow down? Can these effects be derived from the scans alone? I seriously doubt it.

But it's a great start and something to learn about and from.

Power-mad HPC fans told: No exascale for you - for at least 8 years

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Roll on...

Ballistic/optical/quantum computing. Oh, we could use DNA computing for massively parallel problems, but not sure if the energy requirements scale on that one... as it might have a big appetite. ;)

Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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Re: AC

I guess they don't care. It's just a "get attention" add. Does anyone notice what the iPhone/iPod do that others don't, or do the adds just play nice music and show happy people?

Some adds do show the product, other times it's just about showing something fun to potential customers. Or in this case, getting attention, possibly for the wrong reasons. ;)

Review: Intel 335 240GB SSD

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Re: 7% overprovisioning and a data protection nightmare

Your saying those drives don't have back doors (although probably requiring physical access). Much better to encrypt the data as well, before it's given to the drive (as I know it's technically already encrypted after it's given).

Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: Instructions for enjoying Sci Films

I take keep delight in never turning off my brain. It's rather difficult to, as it won't let me. Also becomes a problem during the night when I'm suppose to sleep.

But, no. I cannot turn my brain off for the plot. I'll let small holes of fictional "gimmies" go, but big holes and logical "WTFS?" mean it's the screen that get's turned off, not my brain.

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Re: Tom 13

I agree. Being able to break the rules at a whim or any time the character/writer wants to, makes a poor story IMO. If it's just about the characters, drop the plot all together (a road movie or day of the life kind of thing), if it's about the plot keep it logical and consistent. Else it becomes pointless worrying about character X Y or Z when you can just "magic/raygun/timemachine" it all back or fix anything that comes up. Worse culprit is the stories that tell you from the onset that "this certain thing is impossible" then forget they set that rule half way through, and break it.

The best example in the Star Trek reboot film was Kirk was standing in a shuttle transporter room when they were trying to figure out how to get back on the enterprise. (IIRC) the scene shows them trying to use the transporter when already standing on a warp capable craft. While slower, a "super boost to the shuttle speed" makes more sense than a magic transports pulled out of their behinds. Worse, the "magic plot device" now needs a "magic un-device" to stop it becoming an instant fix to every problem. Such as "Oh, how do we... just transwarp them. But what about...? Just transwarp". Same with the timetravel. If you add it into the plot, every solution becomes "just travel back in time and fix it", and "but what if we fail" becomes "we have a time machine, try agian!". ;)

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Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

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Saw a copy of this in a charity shop, on 1.4mb floppies for £30... the problem was, this was 4 years ago! :O

Megaupload outed file-sharers to Feds months before Dotcom raid

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"Now mega.co.nz!"

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I noticed it and posted about it the day it was mentioned on reg. Not gonna waste the effort to search though. It's funny how the DOJ calls it a Mega conspiracy, and Mega is nor Mega.con.z! :D

How to build a BONKERS 7.5TB, 10GbE test lab for under £60,000

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Re: OTT

I was with you Trevor until you said "cloud*"... oh wait, you used quotation marks too. all forgive. :)

*internet/server/online/buzzword

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Re: @DS1

While out of "most of our pockets", 60K is nothing to a business AFAIK. I've seen people sink more pocket money into a house to buy/sell/rent project. If someone wants to make a server/system/service and it's not property, but internet based, well hopefully this article lets them know it's possible.

Now... where to get funding for my Bonkers Server business for downloading cats eating burgers website... ;)

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Thanks Diodesign for the article. It's incite full even for novices like me who cannot network 2 PCs successfully or setup a Linux Distro let alone Server 2003 or a Linux based one.

I would ask though, does it run Crysis? Oh... I mean, is there a reason the test system cannot cheat with disk arrays? Do you need to test all the disk setups in the test bed? Or can you get away with "virtualising" that bit to save some cash? Setup half as many disks, but in software pretend it's a duplicate? Or max out a 10GB line by sending duplicate data from ram, instead of trying to feed it all from disk?

I guess that is no help, as the test is if the disks can feed the ram/cache that can feed the network? So virtualising the disks means you could hit an unforeseen problem when switching to real hardware?

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Re: also

Hahahaha. I feel for you though. My test lab is a pile of Pentium 4s, that I got for free, and it's only for home testing. A hobby. Not even paid. I've got a P2 in the cupboard, but I used that to test my drilling, hammering and Frisbee skills.

Mine is the one with a multi tool in each pocket for taking apart the obsolete tech to see "how it works". Only after it's depreciated to a penny or two though.

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Re: "Windows Server is $750" - Word to the wise - a Linux server does the job better for $0

Did he say he was not installing Lunix? Or that it's an extra cost to install Windows Server on a test system? IE, one your going to test multiple OS/s setups and systems on? Why mention the zero cost of things that don't cost anything?

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"cardboard and duct tape"

I have 2 2.5inch laptop drives mounted with lego in my rig. One is a spare I had so used for backup, one is "about to die", so I'm testing it to see when it dies and using it as a kind of scratch disk/test disk for now. I don't mind if I trash the broken disk, so it's a good one to experiment on. :D

NASA sends Mona Lisa into space by LASER

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But...

Laser communication is radio communication.

Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS

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Re: Sounds tricky

Ok, make that 2 better ideas in 5 mins... But I'd not post them here. ;)

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Re: Sounds tricky

I can come up with a better idea in 10 mins. But would require payment from Google. Should I hold out for their call?

Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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I think it's within the last few months. Which is sad, I have a few friends with netbooks with Win7 Starter on, wondering if it's worth suggesting the upgrade (or downgrade? :D) to Win8...

Bubble baron treats Space Station crew to blowup model

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Let's just hope it...

has at least 6000 hulls.

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What could possibly go wrong?

Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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"The web makes it effortless for anyone to copy and “republish” any information that’s out there, regardless of quality."

That and any medium of copying. Since time began. But we can still go back and check and correct where ever possible.

2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Re: Netbooks are the perfect travel device

You can even get Dual screen laptops if your CAD requires the extra real estate.

Boffins build elastic wires with liquid metal

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Too late?

I'm guessing that wifi and wireless tech will outpace this soon enough to make it rather pointless. Except for certain specialist uses I guess.

Information teleportation goes large-scale

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AFAIK

"say they’ve teleported quantum state information between ensembles of 100 million rubidium atoms." does not equal "atoms". So while we could teleport quantum information... good luck using it to put something together by hand. :P

It's the difference between sending the information on your HDD, and the entire PC. The information on it's own is useful, but sending an entire PC would be the type of teleportation most would expect to be more useful.

Oh, that's also before we get into the problems with the differences between quantum information (qbits/superpositions) and "normal" (bits/collapses) information.

'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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Re: wtf...

That truly is a poor website. I think they are "graphics" in the way a sign maker does "graphics". There, that's about the only nice and constructive thing I can say about it to avoid me having to press the "anonymous" button. :P

Ocean seeding a dead duck as carbon solution

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When Geo Engineering...

Wear a very big hard hat!

"Unknown unknowns" and all that. While they exist in every day life, they are much smaller when they fall on your head when compared to Geo-engineering.

NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

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Re: Hmm!

I'm guessing they fire them towards the destination, adjusted for the angle of approach. So that they can only get there quicker, and not change the destination.

Download Kerbal Space Program (demo of buy the full) and you can actually do this for yourself in a scaled down moon/earth version. Should take you no longer than 15 minutes. That's assuming it's done in your first attempt. It takes most about 100 tries. :D

File-sharing mom begs US Supremes to void bloated RIAA fine

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Re: What really happened?

I am guessing the absurd fines are due to the absurd idea that sharing a song is subject to a fine of at least $8k and at most $50k. :O

Falling slinky displays slow-motion causality

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Is the video not 2 years old? Or is this an updated one?

I'll check before I give the cry of "old" :P

Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

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Re: If it looks like a computer.... AC

Yes, the average grandmother could get a little linux box. Some are sold for £200, run very well. It's just the more profitable products are marketed, not the more useable ones.

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Re: ReVuln seem like nice people

I think it's closer to "Large hole in the road". Do you:

1) Phone the council and hope they get it fixed in the next 3 months

2) Let the police know

3) Tell the local drivers and the council, because you know it will be at least a week before they get it fixed and you don't want anyone driving into the hole by mistake in the mean time.

I think they chose option 3 this time. It just so happens though that sadly highwaymen also frequent the roads and look for those crashed in pot holes to hijack. That's not your fault though. Likewise, with "holes" in security. :P

Tweeting bankers warned: U better not mislead customers...LOL

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Re: Why?

Could be worse. They could be suggesting we setup accounts online in Second Life, again.

Real sci-fi space ships coming at last? NASA tests nuclear engine

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Re: Where does the heat go?

Wait. Can you not use a power source to help transfer the heat to the hotter system? Like a cooling system or a heat exchanger?

While it sounds silly to put the heat into the engines, quite a few planes put heat into he fuel. Then the fuel is of cause burnt for power, and the heat sent out the exhaust. Still have to worry about the heat exchange and tolerance of the engines and fuel system mind, but that's higher than the heat limits of the cockpit. ;)

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Don't even need to go that far. You can power a rocket via pure reaction mass if you wish. Just don't stand down wind from the exhaust.

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I meant to click the nuclear explosion icon, for obvious reasons. I guess it's good I'll not be in charge of pressing the buttons on that thing...

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Ah...

I was hoping for a nuclear rocket engine. But a nuclear electric engine is also good. Just less pretty (controlled) explosions. Plugging a nuclear power source into a Vasmir would be a good start to see what kind of interstellar travel we can rig up.

Astrobioboffins seek funds to search for ALIEN HAIRSPRAY

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Re: But our future scaly lizzard overlords don't need hairspray!

Perhaps to them it's just a tasty spray snack?

Your brain, the Internet and the Universe

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So...

Basically it has to do with information density and transmission, or more simply "mathematical limits" of information propagation?

Would make sense. Even the effects of gravity, which cause stars etc to form, propagate as "information" does. As a big hint, look at radio waves and how you would build a communication network with them. As, while dropping off slower, radio waves propagate similarly to gravitational effects. :P

PS, corrections to the above welcome.

Latest scam spam ploy: Bogus pay-by-phone London parking receipts

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Re: not just an email scam

Seen one down my street (although probably applied to the car when it was else where). Someone just put a bit of red paper with a B/W printout of a phone number and "This is a fine from the police for parking on yellow lines, call me to pay" then had a local home number for a Mr Smith. I really hope no one fell for it.

Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

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Re: Employees have a duty to be competent

At your own cost Eadon?

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