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Since I see a lot of random tech in the world, I don't usually have time to describe all my emotions/feelings towards a particular product. This thread is my way to still show them to everyone without posting a long detailed analysis how DruTec usually does.

 

I find this to be rather humorous to with all those dang antennas...

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx...&SID=191133

 

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I remember you posting that. Or at least seeing it.

 

On another note, I did manage to install my new power supply:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...1-088-_-Product

 

I love how there's a GIGANTIC warning label telling users that the fan does not activate under 20% load, and that this is normal operating. I suppose that would freak out a few people. Not a bad install, I really like the fully modular cable system (even the mobo cable is modular) and although it's doubtful, my computer seems quieter, but I'm probably just suffering from expectation bias.

 

just let me know when you want your psu back, although I'm assuming I can just give it to you this weekend when I inevitably see you again.

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Yeah, this weekend is fine.

 

I think it was enermax (not too sure) that tried that fan setup where it only starts spinning after a certain load % but there was no obvious warning about it and they got a shit ton of RMAs supposedly from people who thought they had defective fans/fan controller.

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http://www.youtube.com/html5

 

You can use an HTML5 version of youtube provided you use a newer browser (see list at link above). Supposedly the majority of their videos are already on the new format and new videos automatically get an html5 version. I also like a direct way to download (just right click on the video).

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Chinese Loopback fake drive

 

http://blog.jitbit.com/2011/04/chinese-magic-drive.html

 

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He works at a hard-drive repair center in a Russian town right next to the Chinese border. A couple of days ago a customer has brought a broken 500Gb USB-drive that he had bought in a Chinese store across the river, for an insanely low price. But the drive was not working: if you, say, save a movie onto the drive, playing the saved movie back resulted in replaying just the last 5 minutes of the film.

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source - http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/03/austral...h-centimeter-a/

 

Having seen the number of recent floods and cyclones in Queensland, Australia, Ergon Energy started trialing a new emergency tracking system earlier this year, which utilises pole-mounted mobile GPS stations to pinpoint cellphones equipped with special but cheap location-based chips -- Samsung and Nokia are said to be participants in this project. Over the next 12 to 18 months, said energy firm will be deploying 1,000 of these stations to cover 95 percent of the state, in order to let emergency services track down calling victims within centimeters -- that's a huge leap from conventional GPS devices' 10 to 20 meters, though an updated land database with matching accuracy is still required before the system reaches its full potential.

Ok this may sound kind of boring news to you folks but I've done a fair share of research into augmented reality and the BIGGEST limitation I keep coming back to is location awareness i.e., as you move on a virtual grid overlaying the real world, the virtual world moves with you. Currently there is major issues with accuracy and speed. There have been concepts thrown out there such as combining multiple sets of locational data such as (1) taking data from multiple GPS networks, (2) taking GPS and ground based radio tower data (cell) and then trying to error check against each other including a local accelerometer, etc.. So anytime I see news that talks about increased precision on GPS data or other location awareness I get kind of excited as to whether it can be applied to possible augmented reality projects.

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source - http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=21529

 

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Graduate students at the University of Washington participated in a pilot study of the Kindle DX last year where students utilized the e-reader for academic reading instead of textbooks. This is the first long-term study to research the use of e-readers in an educational environment.

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In addition, the Kindle DX had negatively affected a study technique called cognitive mapping, which helps readers use physical cues they have seen on the pages to remember where to find a specific section of text. Also, 75 percent of students used paper to take notes as they read.

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Exactly. I'm using the ebook version of one of my textbooks this semester and I regret not buying the physical book. I've actually printed out some sections because I couldn't do the rapid-flip-back-a-few-pages-to-that-one-thing-I-needed. If I took notes of what I was reading I guess that would do the trick but that sounds like extra work.... probably wouldn't hurt to use them for studying then but still... extra work. To me, e-readers are just for casual reading right now.

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I rarely bought books once I got to the mid to upper division courses at Cal Poly and usually searched for a PDF version of the book. I found it to far more convenient personally to have the PDF version than the textbook. I've also discovered I'm a rarely unique and special person in the world.

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I've also discovered I'm a rarely unique and special person in the world.

So... you area very common and average person in the world?.... I find that hard to believe Richard....

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source - http://io9.com/5803399/voluntary-amputees-...-over-real-ones

 

After being electrocuted at work, a young Austrian man named Patrick found that he could no longer move one of his hands. He lived with the injury for a few years, but then decided he'd rather amputate the hand and replace it with something bionic - a synthetic hand controlled by nerve signals from his brain. The new hand would move in ways his old one never could, spinning all the way around on his wrist.

 

Patrick was just the first person to opt for amputation and a synthetic hand, rather than living with a hand that he could no longer use.

 

Working with Viennese surgeon Oskar Aszmann, Patrick had his hand amputated last year, and now can use his synthetic hand for almost everything he needs - including tying his shoes. Now Patrick's story has inspired another voluntary amputee, a man named Milo who lost the use of his hand in a motorcycle accident. As the BBC reports, Milo is about to go under the knife and receive a hand similar to Patrick's - controlled by signals from his brain, and capable of movement that goes beyond what a human could do.

 

Unlike other people who have begun to use these brain-controlled prosthetics, Patrick and Milo aren't replacing a lost limb - they are actually removing limbs in favor of bionics. These young men are among the first humans to chose synthetic body parts over their existing biological ones.

 

When he flipped his hand around I actually "oh shit!" at the screen.

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source - http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/03/slimmer...-whistled-at-c/

 

Fatty internal optical drives have so far been content to sit back and watch their external cousins do all the figure-slimming push-ups. But this low-profile 5.25-inch slot-loader clearly got bored of being XXL. It was spotted eating carrot sticks and taking up significantly less than its allotted bay space inside an Antec Solo II chasis at Computex. According to AnandTech, it represents a new industry standard that will start hitting the market by the end of the year -- along with new cases designed to hold it. Slot-loaders may not appeal to everyone, but if you're in the market to buy or build a small form factor PC then this baby might just turn your head.

Meh. That's nice but it feels like this should have been done already years ago.

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source - http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/31/sonys-h...es-in-japan-no/

 

Remember that crazy wearable 3D display concept Sony was showing off at CES 2011? Turns out the company is actually going to make it, and the HMZ-T1 is scheduled to be released in Japan on November 11th. While the design has changed slightly since we first laid our eyes, and heads, on it, the specs appear to be the same, with two 1280x720 0.7-inch OLED panels mounted in front of each eye giving the wearer an experience similar to viewing a 750-inch screen from 20m away, as well as 5.1 surround sound from headphones integrated into the Head Mounted Display (HMD). You can see the helmet above, as well as the processor unit (complete with HDMI input and output, so you can take off the helmet and watch on TV) that it must remain tethered to. Pricing is expected to be 60,000 yen ($783 US). Check out the press release and our hands-on video from CES after the break and decide if living out a Geordi La Forge-style fantasy is worth it.

At least we are starting to get "workable" resolutions in these things.

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Interesting. I'm wondering if there is a design flaw on the HMZ-T1 in that it looks like a "one size fits all" type. By that, I mean some people's eyes are farther apart or closer together thus looking through the two "panels", for the lack of a better word, may be a little difficult.

 

Would it be better to have the ability to adjust the small screens or just to have one screen straight across?

 

Maybe it doesn't matter.

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Would it be better to have the ability to adjust the small screens or just to have one screen straight across?

One screen would get rid of the ability for the device to do 3D. EDIT: Well ok, no it would still be possible probably but it would take some different tech like on the 3DS. Two screens makes 3D much easier to implement.

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