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Another Step Forward In Small Scale Electrical Generators

June 3rd, 2012 06:47 admin View Comments

Power

NicknamesAreStupid writes “Product Design & Development reports another breakthrough in small scale solid oxide fuel cells. This methane-fueled cell achieves about 50% efficiency at around 2kW, enough to power an average home. It does so by efficiently recycling its heat to perpetuate the process. Of course, this is not practical for most homes, which only have natural gas that contains nearly one fifth impurities. However, that could change if gas suppliers refined their product.”

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AT&T To Unlock Out-of-Contract iPhones

April 7th, 2012 04:57 admin View Comments

Cellphones

NicknamesAreStupid writes “Many outlets are reporting that AT&T will allow owners of iPhones whose contracts have expired to unlock their devices. One might think that a call or a quick trip to their local AT&T store would do the trick, and they do provide this service to people who are currently under contract with a newer phone and want to use their older one. However, AT&T has never made anything free to be easy, and this may not bode well for former customers who offer no profitable revenue. For example, when AT&T bought Bell South, they were ordered by the court as part of the acquisition to offer $10/month ‘DSL lite’ service. The maze in their website which led to this opportunity is now a story of legend. Will the key to this unlocking the iPhone be as byzantine for former customers?”

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The Future of Hi-Tech Auto Theft

January 12th, 2012 01:33 admin View Comments

Crime

NicknamesAreStupid writes “Over the past twenty years, car theft has declined as new models incorporated electronic security methods that thwarted simple hot-wiring. The tide may now be turning, as cars become the next Windows PC. The Center for Automobile Embedded Systems Security has posted an interesting paper from UCSD and UW that describes how modern cars can be cracked (PDF). Unlike the old days of window jimmies, these exploits range from attacks through the CD or iPod port to cellular attacks that take inventory of thousands of cars and offer roaming thieves Yelp-like choices (‘our favorite is mint green with leather’) with unlocked doors and running engines.”

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Android On HP TouchPad

August 23rd, 2011 08:24 admin View Comments

Android

NicknamesAreStupid writes “As fast as you can say ‘$99 blowout sale,’ PC World reports an Android port to the now defunct HP TouchPad. ‘Of course, it will turn out to be the best Android pad ever, making the iPad stink by comparison,’ reports Muphy’s Law Reports.”

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T-Mobile Joins the Capped Data Bandwagon

May 24th, 2011 05:31 admin View Comments

Cellphones

NicknamesAreStupid writes “It looks like T-Mobile is following the lead of Verizon and AT&T in shifting from unlimited data plans to tiered pricing. It starts with their family plans which may be cheaper than unlimited depending on your family’s usage. Was this done for its customers’ families or for its future parent, AT&T?”

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Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast’s

April 25th, 2011 04:18 admin View Comments

The Internet

NicknamesAreStupid writes “Netflix just announced its earnings and claims to have more subscribers than Comcast. ‘Netflix’s global subscriber base grew almost 70% over the past year, to 23.6 million users. … More than 7% of Americans now subscribe to Netflix.’ Does that go to show how great Netflix really is or, well, you know?”

Source: Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast’s

Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

February 16th, 2011 02:51 admin View Comments

AI

NicknamesAreStupid writes “The word is in, Watson beats the two best Jeopardy players. Sure, it cost IBM four years and millions of dollars and requires a room full of hardware. In thirty years it will all fit in your pocket and cost $19.99. Resistance is futile; you will be trivialized.”

Source: Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

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