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  • Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by 2020

    06/26/2016 7:19:43 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 32 replies
    Engadget ^ | 25 June 2016 | Jon Fingas
    Rolls-Royce isn't limiting its robotic transportation plans to luxury cars. The British transportation firm has outlined a strategy for deploying remote-controlled and autonomous cargo vessels. It's working on virtual decks where land-based crews could control every aspect of a ship, complete with VR camera views and monitoring drones to spot issues that no human ever could. Accordingly, Rolls is designing boats where humans wouldn't have to come aboard. In theory, one human would steer several boats -- crew shortages would disappear overnight. The move to crew-free ships promises more than a few advantages, Rolls says. You wouldn't need a bridge...
  • Carry gun for the current day

    12/02/2015 6:10:56 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 132 replies
    vanity ^ | 02 Dec 2015 | dangerdoc
    I carried a 1911 then an M9 in the service. Carried a 1911 commander for a while as a civilian but as I got older and attire for work changed, I switched to a subcompact 9mm. Last year, the world started feeling more dangerous and I upgraded to a 10mm double stack pistol, bag carry. But in a world where the bad guys show up with rifles and today with rifles, armor and bombs, any pistol seem pretty anemic. I'm curious what other freepers carry or are thinking about self defense in the world that Zero has given us.
  • Spencer Lets Go

    08/22/2015 2:29:43 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 23 replies
    vanity ^ | 22 Aug 2015 | dangerdoc
    So what do you get when an airman and weekend warrior go on vacation? Spencer lets go. I am so proud of these two service members I could burst. These aren't special ops guys, they are your neighbor's son or the buddy that can't make the game this weekend because he has guard duty. They are the day to day Americans that the media never notices. Spencer lets go, is a picture of what normal American citizens can do if they choose to take responsibility for the world around them, even when that world has suddenly turned very dark and...
  • U.S. Military Makes Monumental Shift To Hollowpoint Pistol Ammunition

    07/08/2015 8:33:41 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 46 replies
    Bearingarms ^ | 08 Jul 2015 | Bob Owens
    In a significant doctrinal shift, the U.S. military is relegating full metal jacketed (FMJ) pistol bullets to a training role, and will be adopting modern hollowpoint designs similar to those used by most domestic law enforcement agencies and citizens who carry handguns for self-defense. The stunning announcement was made at the U.S Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey yesterday during the military’s two-day “industry day” for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), which will conclude today. A military lawyer who made a presentation during the Industry Day noted that the United States is not a signatory to the Hague Conventions which...
  • Need help finding good moving company (Vanity)

    11/05/2014 11:13:18 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 54 replies
    11/5/2012 | Dan Grdoc
    Looking to move from Kansas to Colorado. I'll be paying for the move. Looking for recommendations for a good moving company. Also any names to avoid and tips about avoiding trouble. Thanks.
  • Glock 20 (Vanity)

    10/26/2014 5:20:53 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 59 replies
    Glock | self
    Shot the Glock 20 today. It will be carried as a trail gun for mountain use. I was amazed by the lack of kick. Even the Buffalo Bore was very controllable but kicked the brass out about twice as far. Over 700 lbs. of muzzle energy and perceived recoil was less that some 9's I've fired. Anybody else carrying a 10mm on the trail?
  • Security researcher says iOS may be vulnerable to government snooping by design

    07/21/2014 9:46:58 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 8 replies
    cult of mac ^ | 7/21/14 | John Brownlee
    Is iOS spying on you for Apple? According to forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski, quite possibly: Several undocumented services run regularly in the background on over 600 million iOS devices, which could be sending data to Apple. At a recent talk at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference in New York, Zdziarski identified “a number of undocumented high-value forensic services running on every iOS designs” and “suspicious design omissions in iOS that make collection easier.” What does that mean? In short, Zdziarski showed that these services could be used to take forensic artifacts off an iPhone or iPad that should never...
  • Richard Branson sides with Apple CEO against Climate Change Deniers

    03/10/2014 8:16:05 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 50 replies
    The Verge ^ | 3/10/14 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    Inspired by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Virgin founder Richard Branson has taken to his blog to say that businesses should begin standing up against climate change deniers. "While Tim told sustainability skeptics to 'get out of our stock,'" Branson writes, "I would urge climate change deniers to get out of our way." Cook's statements came at a recent shareholders meeting, where he soundly shot down a proposal rooted in climate change denial that would have had Apple putting its bottom line above its interests in sustainability. Cook said that those who would prefer Apple do everything purely for profit simply...
  • TSA agents are drinking your alcohol

    01/31/2014 10:28:23 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 1/31/14 | Jacob kastrenakes
    Even airport TSA agents don't really believe they're making much of a difference. Or so suggests Jason Harrington, a former Transportation Security Administration employee who's written a revealing piece for Politico on what it's like to work for the agency on the ground floor. Harrington writes that many of his coworkers found their orders questionable, from selecting people for enhanced screenings based on their nationality to the broad use of full-body scanners. Harrington also writes that he hated that the job made him pat down children and the elderly and confiscate everything from nail clippers to homemade jellies under the...
  • US police deploy 3D scanner to capture accidents and crime scenes (video)

    01/27/2014 1:09:08 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/24/2014 | not published
    Once was one of the coolest gadgets on CSI, but now one New Mexico police department has it. The Roswell Police Department has recently acquired a Faro 3D scanner which will be utilized in major accidents and crime scenes. The 3D scanner utilizes a laser which "captures" information. Once the information is downloaded into the computer, the software creates a 3D image, which essentially allows officers to "fly" through scenes, said Roswell Police Detective Scott Stevenson. All police have to do is turn the scanner on, put in the distance they want to scan and technology does the rest. After...
  • HP brings back Windows 7 by popular demand

    01/20/2014 12:35:23 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 66 replies
    The Verge ^ | 1/20/14 | Tom Warren
    HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HP’s website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.
  • EEStor, Inc. has received multiple certifications results (Eestor update)

    10/17/2013 10:35:50 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/17/13 | Eestor
    <p>CEDAR PARK, Texas, Oct. 16, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- EEStor, Inc. has received multiple certifications results from TesCom Calibration Services of Austin, Texas.</p>
  • EEStor, Inc. is pleased to announce the sale of their developed product samples

    09/24/2013 12:36:33 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/24/13 | Press Release
    CEDAR PARK, Texas, Sept. 23, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- EEStor, Inc. is pleased to announce the sale of their developed product samples to a private investor group. This group has followed EEStor's progress with day-to-day direct communications and invested in the technology development. As such they are interested to confirm certain performance statistics gleaned from EEStor, Inc. particularly as it relates to energy storage. EEStor is particularly pleased with this sale. It is now the second sale of samples, the first being to a potential customer with particularly positive results as it relates to capacitors and energy storage. Furthermore, EEStor...
  • US federal judge rules Apple conspired to raise e-book prices

    07/11/2013 5:32:57 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 11 replies
    engadget ^ | 7/10/13 | Zach Honig
    Following a non-jury trial that ended on June 20th, US District Judge Denise Cote has ruled that Apple conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books, according to a Reuters report published this morning. Apple has been at the focus of the Manhattan-based antitrust trial, which began last month, with publishers Macmillan and Penguin Group named as co-defendants. The violation here centered on Apple's agency pricing model, in which publishers set the price of each book and give sellers a 30 percent cut, rather than a traditional wholesale model in which retailers set the pricing at their own stores. Eddy...
  • *Vanity* Can I really bring down the entire network if I plug in a LAN switch? *Vanity*

    04/16/2013 1:42:32 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 91 replies
    4/16/13 | Me
    Question for network guys. I needed another LAN connection, and there are no more installed at my site. I called the lan guy, they told me I needed to call out of state to the corporate headquarter to get an order and I can expect it in 6 weeks. I mentioned getting buying a switch and using it while we are waiting and he about had a cow. He said I could bring down the entire corporate network. Is this even posible? If it is, what is to keep somebody from wandering around with a LAN switch and randomly bringing...
  • What happened to the world changing announcement from NASA?

    02/11/2013 6:08:17 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 22 replies
    vanity | 2/11/13 | me
    What happened to the world changing NASA announcement?
  • New York City to Restrict Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospitals’ Emergency Rooms

    01/11/2013 8:42:31 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 34 replies
    The New Your Times ^ | 2/10/13 | Anemia Heartcolic
    Not allowed
  • Hands-on Review: $99 Tablet Ainol NOVO Basic 7–MIPS

    03/15/2012 7:04:50 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 10 replies
    Bright side of news ^ | 3/14/12 | John Oram
    should you buy and give the $99 MIPS-Ingenic Ainol NOVO Basic 7 tablet to your mother, NO! Could you give it to a teenage gamer, yes, if they could live with the lack of applications. Would you give it to an employee at say a restaurant to use with a POS (point of sale) application like Viewtouch? Gene Mosher, Viewtouch’s president, said a $99 tablet will pay for itself in just over a month with less work for the wait staff. Jay Lemmons from Technology at Work said: "Don’t get buried in some manufacturers proprietary technology be that hardware, software,...
  • Draft Guidelines Recommend Against PSA Screening: USPSTF Review

    10/25/2011 10:38:07 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 11 replies
    Medscape ^ | 10/13/11 | Zosia Chustecka
    Clinical Context Few topics in the field of preventive medicine are contentious as prostate cancer screening. Widespread screening for prostate cancer has had a remarkable effect on the epidemiology of this tumor, as demonstrated in a study by Welch and Albertsen published in the October 7, 2009, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Their study found that the introduction of routine prostate cancer screening led to approximately 1.3 million more men being diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone. Men younger than 60 years accounted for most of this surge in cases. The authors estimated...
  • New material claimed to store more energy and cost less money than batteries

    09/30/2011 7:33:05 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 33 replies
    gizmag ^ | 9/29/11 | Ben Coxworth
    Researchers from the National University of Singapore's Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NUSNNI) have created what they claim is the world's first energy-storage membrane. Not only is the material soft and foldable, but it doesn't incorporate liquid electrolytes that can spill out if it's damaged, it's more cost-effective than capacitors or traditional batteries, and it's reportedly capable of storing more energy. The membrane is made from a polystyrene-based polymer, which is sandwiched between two metal plates. When charged by those plates, it can store the energy at a rate of 0.2 farads per square centimeter - standard capacitors, by contrast, can...
  • DARPA hybrid small UAS fuel cell quadruples time on mission

    09/06/2011 10:47:58 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 9 replies ^ | 9/5/2011 | DARPS
    Ruggedized fuel cell power source enables persistent surveillance on small-footprint, low-cost system 13:24 GMT, September 5, 2011 Small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provide valuable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for units at the infantry company level and below, allowing over-the-next-hill imagery or short-term monitoring of convoys as an example. State-of-the-art battery power for these small UASs, however, has limited the duration of missions to about two hours. “A small unmanned aircraft system with long-endurance capability could give the military the ability to do with a small craft what has previously been doable only with larger airframes. This has potential...
  • tablets aren't the 'third device' I'd hoped for... from a productivity standpoint, anyway

    08/22/2011 8:17:36 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 57 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/21/2010 | Darren Murph
    Editorial: tablets aren't the 'third device' I'd hoped for... from a productivity standpoint, anyway By Darren Murph posted Aug 21st 2011 12:06PM Editorial Hang tight just a second -- let me preface all of this with a quick reminder that I'm speaking on a personal level, and I'm absolutely certain that slates have a place in this world somewhere. We could go back and forth for hours with use-case scenarios (and the same could be done with cars, time machines or your luxury good of choice), but this isn't about proving that a tablet can do one or two things;...
  • Editorial: Apple's officially over the optical drive, for better or worse

    07/28/2011 8:00:49 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 46 replies
    Engadget ^ | 7/27/2011 | Darren Murph
    I don't like it. Not one iota. But frankly, it doesn't much matter -- Apple's officially done with the optical drive, and there's no evidence more strikingly clear than the mid 2011 refresh of its Mac mini. Last year, that bantam box arrived with a $699 price tag, pep in its step and a personality that could charm even the most hardened desktop owner. This year, a $599 model showed up on my doorstep promising the same, but instead it delivered a noticeable drop in actual functionality. Pundits have argued that you could tether a USB SuperDrive to the new...
  • HDMI group reportedly putting a stop to Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters

    07/10/2011 2:46:56 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 6 replies
    Engadget ^ | 7/10/2010 | Richard Lawler
    If you've been thinking about buying a one piece Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI cable to bring vids from your Macbook to an HDTV, you may want to get it now. According to a report from TechRadar, the group behind HDMI has decided they don't meet the requirements and cannot be tested or licensed for compatibility. Their sin? Not having a male HDMI plug on each end as required by the spec, which only allows for dongles featuring an all-female pairing of Mini DisplayPort and HDMI to get the job done. We've contacted the group to find out exactly what's going on, but...
  • New 'semi-solid' battery could recharge EVs as fast as pumping gas

    06/08/2011 5:00:36 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 55 replies
    Engadget ^ | 6/8/11 | Sharif Sakr
    Researchers at MIT reckon they've struck oil. In fact, you're looking at what they call "Cambridge crude" -- a substance that could halve the weight and cost of EV batteries and make them quicker to charge too. The black goo is packed with a high concentration of energy in the form of particles suspended in a liquid electrolyte. When separated by a filter, these particles function as mobile electrodes that can be pumped into and around a system before the energy is released. So instead of waiting up to 20 hours to juice your Nissan Leaf, you could potentially just...
  • New Solar Product Captures Up to 95 Percent of Light Energy

    05/17/2011 9:36:31 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 65 replies
    MU News Bureau ^ | 5/16/11 | Steven Adams
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Efficiency is a problem with today’s solar panels; they only collect about 20 percent of available light. Now, a University of Missouri engineer has developed a flexible solar sheet that captures more than 90 percent of available light, and he plans to make prototypes available to consumers within the next five years. Patrick Pinhero, an associate professor in the MU Chemical Engineering Department, is developing a flexible solar sheet that captures more than 90 percent of available light. Today’s solar panels only collect 20 percent of available light. Patrick Pinhero, an associate professor in the MU Chemical...
  • Brainchild Kineo joins Kindle, iPad in digital reformation; ships to schools in ten states

    05/16/2011 5:00:50 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 1 replies
    Engadget ^ | 5/16/11 | Sean Buckley
    Watch out, parents -- if you live in one of a handful of states, your prodigious student-of-the-month may be bringing home something a bit heftier than a tacky bumper sticker. We're looking at the Brainchild Kineo, a 7-inch, 800MHz Android tablet, locked down for education-only use. No unauthorized web browsing, no personal email, and no Angry Birds. Running a specialized version of Eclair, the Kineo allows educators to limit student access to curriculum related apps, websites, or fetters exclusively -- negating the tablet's potential of becoming more distraction than learning tool. Paired with Brainchild's standards-based Acheiver software, the Kineo may...
  • Vitamin D and Cancer Mortality: Not to be Taken Lightly

    05/12/2011 10:41:03 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 38 replies
    Medscape Today ^ | 1/30/11 | Craig A. Elmets, MD
    Abstract The association is not clear-cut, according to an assessment of data from the Third National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey. Introduction Ultraviolet radiation has various deleterious effects but a positive influence on vitamin D metabolism. Dermatologists typically recommend that patients use sunscreen and take other precautions to prevent sunburn, nonmelanoma skin cancer, melanoma, and cutaneous photoaging. This practice is increasingly being scrutinized because much of the population is vitamin D deficient and because several healthful effects have been attributed to vitamin D, including a potential cancer-protection effect. To assess the association between baseline serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels (25[OH]D) and...
  • Did Obama invade the middle east to stabilize the dictators? (Vanity question)

    03/31/2011 10:05:35 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 19 replies
    vanity | 3/31/11 | dangerdoc
    Listening to the news, it sounds like Libya is not going one way or the other and the administration has no plans on how we get out. At the same time, we are not invading any of the other countries, some of whom are more dangerous to our interest. It occurred to me that with western forces attacking a muslim country, the general poplulation in every other unstable country are going to direct their anger at us rather than their own dictator. Are our blundering moves actually directed at stabilizing these countries or is it going to be the unintended...
  • RSA hacked, data exposed that could 'reduce the effectiveness' of SecurID tokens

    03/18/2011 7:27:34 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 3 replies
    Engadget ^ | 3/18/11 | Tim Stevens
    If you've ever wondered whether two-factor authentication systems actually boost security, things that spit out random numbers you have to enter in addition to a password, the answer is yes, yes they do. But, their effectiveness is of course dependent on the security of the systems that actually generate those funny numbers, and as of this morning those are looking a little less reliable. RSA, the security division of EMC and producer of the SecurID systems used by countless corporations (and the Department of Defense), has been hacked. Yesterday it sent out messages to its clients and posted an open...
  • Sprint's Kyocera Echo dual-screen Android phone announced, we go hands-on

    02/07/2011 4:56:03 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Engadget ^ | 2/7/10 | Nilay Patel
    Sprint promised us an "industry first" at its event today, and it certainly delivered: check out the Kyocera Echo, the first dual-screen Android phone. That's right, dual-screen -- that's two 3.5-inch 480 x 800 displays which can be unfolded and used as a single 4.7-inch 960 x 800 surface. The screens are connected by a slick sliding liquid-metal hinge that Kyocera's filed several patents on -- the phone can be closed and used like a regular single-screen phone, unfolded all the way, or propped up into the faux-laptop configuration shown above. Under the hood there's a 1GHz second-gen Snapdragon running...
  • Shell Oil pulls the plug on its last algae biodiesel research project

    02/03/2011 8:10:00 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Engadget ^ | 2/3/11 | Laura June
    Algae biodiesel has looked so promising (as in 100 times more fuel than corn or soy) that the U.S. Department of Energy gave $9 million to Cellana, a joint research venture between Shell Oil and HR Biopetroleum, specifically to look into the alternative energy source's prospects. It seems, however, that those prospects were no longer attractive to Shell, which has announced it will no longer pursue algae biodiesel, because it feels it doesn't have sufficient commercial viability. Partner HR Biopetroleum has stated it cannot continue the project on its own as Shell pursues other biofuel initiatives with other companies.
  • BMW's visions for future mobility look as ridiculous as they are impractical

    01/25/2011 6:15:15 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 12 replies
    Engadget ^ | 1/25/11 | Tim Stevens
    Turns out we were way off on this whole car of tomorrow business. According to BMW the car of tomorrow is a form-fitting suit with unflattering horizontal lines and ball-bearing shoes. Or, maybe it's a kind of bat winged jacket that attaches to a collapsible scooter... thing. That one's called Flymag, pictured above, which converts into a backpack and apparently makes you FOF when you sit on it. These concepts and more are courtesy of FDI, the International Design School in Barcelona, and are on display through the end of this month at Rambla de Catalunya. Go see them now...
  • Hollywood helps Rahm haul in $10.6M

    01/21/2011 5:30:20 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | Meredeth Shiner
    Rahm Emanuel has tapped his super-agent brother Ari’s Hollywood money network big-time in his bid to become Chicago mayor, gobbling up five- and six-figure checks from the likes of Steven Spielberg, “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, Dreamworks mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, and the Napster founder played by Justin Timberlake in “The Social Network.” But Emanuel’s stunning multi-million haul wasn’t limited to the bright lights of the sunset strip — it also included huge payouts from CEOs and hedge fund managers across from New York to Silicon Valley, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Donald Trump and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Emanuel’s shop...
  • Chrysler announces battery-free hydraulic hybrid tech, compresses gas to make power

    01/20/2011 6:44:26 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 53 replies
    engadget ^ | 1/20/11 | Tim Stevens
    Think of a traditional hybrid and you probably think of a Toyota Prius. Then, after you've woken from your nap, you probably envision some complex system of batteries and electric motors and gears to capture power when braking and spit it back out when accelerating. Chrysler is now looking to deploy a different way, a seemingly much simpler way that's all based on hydraulics. The vehicle is outfitted with a low-pressure reservoir of hydraulic fluid and a high-pressure chamber filled with nitrogen gas. When braking, pumps move the fluid into the nitrogen chamber to compress it and then, when accelerating,...
  • Playboy Magazine coming to iPad in its uncensored form in March, including full back catalog

    01/19/2011 1:09:36 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 36 replies
    Engadget ^ | 1/19/2011 | Vlad Savov
    From its very first issue in 1953 to its latest incarnation, the full catalog of Playboy Magazine is coming to the iPad this March. And not only that, it'll be faithful to its original form by arriving to your Apple slate uncensored. Such is the word direct from the man responsible for that first copy, one Mr. Hugh Hefner. Anyone who's followed Apple's App Store rulings and Steve Jobs' forthright comments on the subject of keeping adult material off mobile devices will surely find this a bemusing, if not entirely inconsistent, decision. The details of how this slice of software...
  • Japanese doctor turns hot toddy into superconductor catalyst

    01/13/2011 6:54:11 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 33 replies
    Engadget ^ | 1/13/11 | Christopher Trout
    It's rare that hot booze does anything more than get you drunk, and possibly make you sick, but according to Dr. Yoshihiko Takano, the drink you're sucking on could facilitate the levitation of a train. After a party for a colleague, the Japanese scientist found that FeTe0.8S0.2 (composed of iron, tellurium, and tellurium sulfide), when soaked in warm booze overnight, shows signs of increased superconductivity -- another in a long line of liquor-enhanced discoveries that could have far reaching effects on everything from consumer electronics to public transportation. Dr. Takano decided to test the material (known to become a superconductor...
  • Apple to rely on Intel's Sandy Bridge graphics in future MacBooks, AMD GPUs in MacBook Pros?

    12/09/2010 8:29:38 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 17 replies
    engadget ^ | 12/9/10 | Vlad Slavov
    Apple will use Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs in its future laptops, no surprises there, but what's interesting about these forthcoming machines is that some of them might rely solely on Intel's chip for both general and graphical processing tasks. That's the word from the usual "sources familiar with Apple's plans," who expect "MacBook models with screen sizes of 13 inches and below" to eschew the inclusion of a discrete GPU and ride their luck on the improved graphical performance of Intel's upcoming do-it-all chip. There are currently no sub-13.3-inch MacBooks, so the suggestion of one is surely intriguing, but the...
  • Is the EEStor Saga Finished?

    12/03/2010 3:13:29 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 12 replies
    greentechmedia ^ | 12/01/10 | Eric Wesoff
    EEStor is the urban legend of a startup that is said to be building a supercapacitor material that would store more energy and charge and discharge faster than previous materials by a factor of ten. If true, it could change the technology of electric vehicle charging and utility-scale energy storage. We've made repeated attempts to contact the company and its CEO, Dick Weir, to no avail. Here is some of our EEStor coverage from last year, which includes a musical lament. The firm's website is no longer online and the usual fevered musings of the EEStor blogosphere have slowed. Here's...
  • Steve Wozniak: Android will be the dominant smartphone platform

    11/18/2010 10:58:49 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 18 replies
    Engadget ^ | 11/18/10 | Thomas Ricker
    Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, has never been one to mince words. Today's no different as demonstrated in an interview with the Dutch-language De Telegraaf newspaper in The Netherlands. The first revelation is an admission that Apple had collaborated with a well-known Japanese consumer electronics company in 2004 to develop a phone that was ahead of its time. Woz is quoted as saying that while Apple was content with the quality, it "wanted something that could amaze the world." Obviously, the phone was shelved followed by Apple's announcement of the iPhone in January 2007. Woz then moved on to the topic...
  • Ford adds race-ready TracKey to Mustang Boss 302, leaves no doubt about who's in charge

    11/12/2010 10:50:56 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 19 replies
    Engadget ^ | 11/12/10 | Tim Stevens
    The use of a second key to unlock extra potential in a vehicle isn't exactly new: Bugatti's mind-blowing Veyron has a special tumbler-tickler that will let it hit 253mph; the Segway PT offers different fobs for different speeds. But such high-tech foppery on a Mustang? Yes, Ford continues to impress as the domestic marque with the techiest toys, announcing that buyers of next year's Boss 302 can purchase an optional TracKey package, shown after the break. Take the standard black key and you'll have a rip-roaring, 444hp monster. Take the red key, though, and you'll see how fast that pony...
  • MacBook Air battery shown to last two hours longer when browsing the web sans Flash

    11/04/2010 7:13:45 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 32 replies
    Engadget ^ | 11/4/10 | Vlad Savov
    Let's be honest, Apple's claim that it neglected to preload Flash on the new MacBook Airs so that users themselves could download and install the latest (and safest) version was a bit of a red herring. Behind that thin veil of corporate courtesy, we're now seeing a pretty potent cause for Apple's dumping of Adobe's wares. Ars Technica's review of the 11-inch Air discovered that the machine could crank its way through six hours of web browsing when Flash was nowhere near it, but only four hours with Flash installed and giving it "the full web experience." The primary culprit...
  • Shocker: Chevy says Volt's gas engine can power the wheels, it's just a hybrid after all

    10/11/2010 12:10:12 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 85 replies
    Engadget ^ | 10/11/10 | Tim Stevens
    Interesting news from General Motors today that's resulted in some puzzled expressions at Engadget HQ. We've learned that the Volt, which Chevrolet has been making quite a fuss about calling an "extended range electric vehicle," is actually just a traditional hybrid with some... potentially misleading marketing behind it. Since the concept stage the company has been saying how the onboard internal combustion engine was just to charge the batteries, that only the electric motors (there are two) are actually connected to the drivetrain. Indeed that's what we were told in person when we test drove the thing back in March....
  • Vanity: I think my car was sabotaged by a mechanic.

    09/22/2010 2:05:36 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 60 replies · 1+ views
    vanity | 9/22/10 | dangerdoc
    I had my brakes done at Firestone today. When I got in the car, I noticed that my clock was about two hours off, strange because it was set to the right time before they worked on it. Next I tried to turn on the AC, the AC button and the vent selector both do not work at all. I have no proof that they did anything but I'm not going back there again. Are there any mechanics out there that know of any relatively easy checks I can do before I take it somewhere else to be looked at....
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin 'are ineffective but harmless'

    09/17/2010 8:59:51 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 30 replies
    UK Net Guide ^ | 9/17/10 | Tim Lesnik
    New research suggests that glucosamine and chondroitin, two supplements regularly prescribed to help patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis manage joint pain, produce "no clinically relevant effect". The number of prescriptions issued for glucosamine and chondroitin has increased rapidly over the last ten years, with the treatments also available over the counter. However, studies on the efficacy of glucosamine and chondroitin have produced mixed results, prompting Professor Peter Juni and a team of researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland to launch their own investigation. After looking at ten previously-published trials, Professor Juni and the team concluded that glucosamine...
  • Need help finding RAM memory tester

    08/07/2010 4:25:39 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 32 replies
    vanity | 8/7/10 | dangerdoc
    I think I have a bad memory module on the laptop. I'm looking for a good program to test the memory modules and hopefully tell me which one I need to replace. The laptop is running Win 7 64 bit.
  • Harry Reid: Auto Bailout Probably Saved Ford

    07/22/2010 11:50:02 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 23 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 7/21/10 | quote
    SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "Isn't it a good thing today in America that we have an automobile manufacturing sector? If it had been up to them [Republicans], General Motors would be gone. If it were up to them, Ford Motor Company would probably be gone. Chrysler definitely would be gone."
  • Apple affirms: no software fix for iPhone 4 antenna issue

    07/16/2010 3:02:54 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 43 replies
    engadget ^ | 7/16/10 | Darren Murph
    In case it wasn't obvious enough from Apple's agitated response to our question during today's iPhone 4 Q&A session in Cupertino, there's no software fix in the pipeline for the antenna issues that are plaguing users today. A prior report in the New York Times seemed fairly confident that the troubles could (and would) be solved in the near term by a simple software update, but the company's own Scott Forstall called said report "patently false." So, there you have it -- the only thing that'll be fixed via software is how big your smallest bar of signal is. Beyond...
  • iPhone 4 gets a $1 alternative to pricey Bumpers

    07/01/2010 2:20:04 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 18 replies
    Engadget ^ | 7/1/10 | Vlad Savov
    If you ask us, Apple should be giving away free bumpers, lollipops, and anything else it can think of to keep its otherwise loyal followers from revolting. But the Great Bitten One isn't doing any one of those things, and most of us are stuck either having to pony up $30 for the official salvation from self-inflicted signal harm or looking out to the grey markets. Entering this morose situation with a bit of ingenuity is Oliver Nelson, who alerts us to the fact that rubber wristbands of the sort your favorite cyclist wears are apparently an almost perfect fit...
  • Windows 7 update, hold off for now.

    06/24/2010 5:38:17 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 42 replies · 4+ views
    vanity | 6/26/10 | dangerdoc
    Windows 7 critical update appears to have crashed my computer. System restore was not effective, and my computer remains unbootable. I'm curious if anyone else has had a problem this morning. I will look into the problem more deeply this evening after work and post what I find.