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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby KnightExemplar » Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:50 am UTC

http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors ... of-nothing

Vacuum "tube" technology may be making a comeback as transistors continue to get smaller. The concept is simple: gas molecules are approximately spaced 200nm apart. Therefore, at the 14nm, 10nm, or 7nm (the design nodes of the near future: Intel Broadwell will be 14nm), you've got a vacuum for all intents and purposes.

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Prototypes of the Vacuum Transistor have yielded devices that operate at 460 GHz.

Admittedly, a great deal of work remains to be done before we can begin to envision commercial products emerging.


So the emphasis is that there are some promising prototype technology, but its still a very long way away from mainstream use. The great irony is that Vacuum Tube technology is one of the oldest and simplest transistor designs. To see vacuum "tubes" come back in the form of these tiny transistors is awesome and ironic in many ways.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby addams » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:48 am UTC

Angua wrote:I helped out at the booth at the Royal Society's summer exhibition when we were just starting out with the proto-prototype of these glasses. Cool to see how well it's working now :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27768890

That is amazing!
We live in the future.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Whizbang » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:19 am UTC

Automatic Sperm Extractor

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Whatisthisidonteven...

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Postby CorruptUser » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:56 am UTC

Could be useful for zoos and farms. Most zoos would rather have, say, a female elephant that they can impregnate with sperm from an elephant in another zoo (you do NOT want to be near a bull elephant in Musth), so this could be useful. And farmers have to collect the prize bull sperm somehow. Otherwise, scared to click the link.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby addams » Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:04 am UTC

Whizbang wrote:Automatic Sperm Extractor

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Whatisthisidonteven...

That is not news of the Future.
That is news of the Silly.

You put it in the wrong thread.
That belongs in the Humorous News Thread.

That is funny.
Very, very funny.

oh, The boys that fell in Love with Mom's Vacuum Cleaner will be in Heaven.
Is there a time limit? A hospital is open 24/7. Come out, when you can?
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Postby Mutex » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:39 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Could be useful for zoos and farms. Most zoos would rather have, say, a female elephant that they can impregnate with sperm from an elephant in another zoo (you do NOT want to be near a bull elephant in Musth), so this could be useful. And farmers have to collect the prize bull sperm somehow. Otherwise, scared to click the link.


It's in a hospital, it's for humans. So men can donate sperm more easily, and without needing a nurse to "assist" them.

(Incidentally, I've read about another hospital in China that had female nurses manually assist the extraction of sperm from men, the men didn't get paid though, I think the process was reward enough.)

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Whizbang » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:42 pm UTC

addams wrote:
Whizbang wrote:Automatic Sperm Extractor

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Whatisthisidonteven...

That is not news of the Future.
That is news of the Silly.

You put it in the wrong thread.
That belongs in the Humorous News Thread.



I almost put it in there, but decided the same people that read that thread will read this thread, and the joke that this invention was proof we live in the future was too good to pass up.

I almost went for "shut up and take my money", but decided it might come off a little weird.

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CorruptUser wrote:Could be useful for zoos and farms. Most zoos would rather have, say, a female elephant that they can impregnate with sperm from an elephant in another zoo (you do NOT want to be near a bull elephant in Musth), so this could be useful. And farmers have to collect the prize bull sperm somehow. Otherwise, scared to click the link.


It's in a hospital, it's for humans. So men can donate sperm more easily, and without needing a nurse to "assist" them.

(Incidentally, I've read about another hospital in China that had female nurses manually assist the extraction of sperm from men, the men didn't get paid though, I think the process was reward enough.)


They already have artificial methods for extracting sperm from studs. The chance of breaking the cow/mare's back is too great. So, they have things the bull/stallion can mount as if it were the real thing, but much sturdier.

Anyway, I can get free handjobs at hospitals?

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Mutex » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:50 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Anyway, I can get free handjobs at hospitals?


In China, yes!

I'm not going to search for the link while I'm at work though.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby elasto » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:20 am UTC

Whizbang wrote:Automatic Sperm Extractor

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Whatisthisidonteven...

If you do a google image search on the pic in that article you'll see that this is a story which has been bouncing around the net for years and keeps getting 'rediscovered'. It has a whiff of urban myth about it.

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Postby addams » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:26 am UTC

elasto wrote:
Whizbang wrote:Automatic Sperm Extractor

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Whatisthisidonteven...

If you do a google image search on the pic in that article you'll see that this is a story which has been bouncing around the net for years and keeps getting 'rediscovered'. It has a whiff of urban myth about it.

You have a point.
What did I hear?

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Postby pseudoidiot » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:31 pm UTC

elasto wrote:
Whizbang wrote:Automatic Sperm Extractor

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Whatisthisidonteven...

If you do a google image search on the pic in that article you'll see that this is a story which has been bouncing around the net for years and keeps getting 'rediscovered'. It has a whiff of urban myth about it.
Personally, I want nothing to do with smelling the thing.
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Postby EMTP » Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:11 pm UTC

A new, inexpensive, easy-to-use cholera vaccine that is stockpiled for emergencies worked very well during a cholera outbreak in Africa, Doctors Without Borders reported recently.

Two doses of the oral vaccine called Shanchol, invented in Vietnam and produced in India, provided 86 percent protection against cholera, which causes diarrhea and dehydration so severe that it can kill, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine last month found.

The study was done by Epicentre, the research arm of Doctors Without Borders, and the Health Ministry of Guinea, during a large 2012 outbreak there. More than 316,000 doses were given out, and about 75 percent of the residents of cholera-affected areas got two doses, which is good coverage for an outbreak already underway. . . .

Shanchol, which costs less than $2, comes in a vial smaller than an energy shot. It was developed with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and its maker, Shantha Biotechnics, has said that large orders could push the price below $1 a dose.


It's hard to describe how huge this is. Cholera is one of the great enemies of humankind. It kills about a hundred thousand people a year. Prior to the development of oral rehydration therapy (which was one of the all-time great medical discoveries) it killed many more.
It took until 2010 for the W.H.O. to accept the idea of fighting cholera with vaccines, “but now that seems mostly from the school of the overwhelmingly obvious,” said Rebecca F. Grais, Epicentre’s epidemiology director and an author of the study.


The amount of good the Gates can do with their money continues to be staggering.
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Postby Paul in Saudi » Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:48 pm UTC

Just by the way, weren't we promised orgasm-inducing spinal implants ten year or so ago? Whatever happened to that breakthrough?

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Postby addams » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:05 am UTC

EMTP wrote:
A new, inexpensive, easy-to-use cholera vaccine that is stockpiled for emergencies worked very well during a cholera outbreak in Africa, Doctors Without Borders reported recently.

Two doses of the oral vaccine called Shanchol, invented in Vietnam and produced in India, provided 86 percent protection against cholera, which causes diarrhea and dehydration so severe that it can kill, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine last month found.

The study was done by Epicentre, the research arm of Doctors Without Borders, and the Health Ministry of Guinea, during a large 2012 outbreak there. More than 316,000 doses were given out, and about 75 percent of the residents of cholera-affected areas got two doses, which is good coverage for an outbreak already underway. . . .

Shanchol, which costs less than $2, comes in a vial smaller than an energy shot. It was developed with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and its maker, Shantha Biotechnics, has said that large orders could push the price below $1 a dose.


It's hard to describe how huge this is. Cholera is one of the great enemies of humankind. It kills about a hundred thousand people a year. Prior to the development of oral rehydration therapy (which was one of the all-time great medical discoveries) it killed many more.
It took until 2010 for the W.H.O. to accept the idea of fighting cholera with vaccines, “but now that seems mostly from the school of the overwhelmingly obvious,” said Rebecca F. Grais, Epicentre’s epidemiology director and an author of the study.


The amount of good the Gates can do with their money continues to be staggering.

That is such Great News for Everyone.
Thank you for that.

I hope it is true news.
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Postby KnightExemplar » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:39 am UTC

http://online.wsj.com/articles/in-japan ... 1404700202

Japanese Semiconductor plants are being converted into farms that grow... erm... plants.

Welcome to our leafy future!

Toshiba says it needs production scale to make a profit in the business. It will aim to grow three million heads of lettuce a year and annual sales are estimated at $2.9 million by fiscal 2015. It plans to expand the business to other parts of Asia and the Middle East where climate volatility and poor water quality make it hard to produce vegetables.


Basically, there has been a downturn in demand for Japanese semiconductors. Famously, semiconductor plants are known for their "clean rooms". As it turns out, clean rooms are in fact quite sterile, and are good for growing lettuce without worry of contamination. Panasonic, Toshiba, and Sharp are all pushing for this new "green" use of their semiconductor plants.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:08 am UTC

NASA predicts finding aliens within the next 20 years.

Of course, it'll probably be through a telescope. But there you go.

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Postby addams » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:20 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:NASA predicts finding aliens within the next 20 years.

Of course, it'll probably be through a telescope. But there you go.

Wait! Wait!
There is an xkcd comic to go with that one.

Research and Development Schedules.
20 years remains 20 years. (right?)
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Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:38 am UTC

Oh dear... you are correct.

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Postby bentheimmigrant » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:16 pm UTC

So I have a wireless charger for my phone. I literally never have to plug it in, and it's always got power. And I'm years behind on the gadget scene. This is the future.
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Postby addams » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:32 pm UTC

bentheimmigrant wrote:So I have a wireless charger for my phone. I literally never have to plug it in, and it's always got power. And I'm years behind on the gadget scene. This is the future.

It has taken me twenty four hours to think about that.
I still don't know what to think.

You Do live in the Future.
Do you know how that thing works?
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Postby Thesh » Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:48 pm UTC

bentheimmigrant wrote:So I have a wireless charger for my phone. I literally never have to plug it in, and it's always got power. And I'm years behind on the gadget scene. This is the future.

I've never really understood the point of that besides "ooh, that's neat!"
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Postby addams » Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:45 am UTC

Thesh wrote:
bentheimmigrant wrote:So I have a wireless charger for my phone. I literally never have to plug it in, and it's always got power. And I'm years behind on the gadget scene. This is the future.

I've never really understood the point of that besides "ooh, that's neat!"

The point?
The device becomes even less maintenance .

It is always charged.
No messing around and forgetting to plug it in.

Th point is wonderful.
To make the Nuts and Bolts easy so people can put effort into more complex tasks.

Like finding the car keys.
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Postby elasto » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:37 am UTC

It's also one less thing to break.

- My iPad is very fiddly to plug in, especially in the dark. Usually takes me 10-15 seconds of wiggling it and turning the cable around.
- My Nexus's cable actually broke so had to buy a new one.
- My laptop's cable sucks - it slides much too frictionlessly and the smallest knock will stop it charging

I understand Apple laptop cables lock via a magnetic connection or something which would be great also; Dunno why other companies don't do likewise (probably because Apple has patented magnetism as well as rectangles and moving your finger horizontally)

Personally I can't wait for wireless charging to become ubiquitous

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Postby bentheimmigrant » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:25 am UTC

Thesh wrote:
bentheimmigrant wrote:So I have a wireless charger for my phone. I literally never have to plug it in, and it's always got power. And I'm years behind on the gadget scene. This is the future.

I've never really understood the point of that besides "ooh, that's neat!"

It's mainly the lack of hassle. My phone needs charging every night, and putting it down on my bedside table now achieves that. It stops me forgetting to plug it in, because I just put it in the designated place, and it's done.
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Postby addams » Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:10 pm UTC

The Future is Fabulous!
These devices, in competent hands, can find themselves, find the car keys, find your child in the snow and keep themselves charged.

Secrets?
Who needs Secrets?

In The Future, any device can find xkcd.
xkcd can find any device.

It will be Grand!
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Postby Crissa » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:50 am UTC

The new Lightning cable that Apple uses isn't keyed, and has rounded edges. It's very easy to put in, in the dark. The laptops use MagSafe, a magnetic connector. They're awesome. You literally cannot damage the connector by pulling on it. It's also not keyed, and easy to put in while blinded.

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Postby Chen » Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:05 pm UTC

Crissa wrote:The new Lightning cable that Apple uses isn't keyed, and has rounded edges. It's very easy to put in, in the dark. The laptops use MagSafe, a magnetic connector. They're awesome. You literally cannot damage the connector by pulling on it. It's also not keyed, and easy to put in while blinded.


Yeah the new Apple cables work pretty well even in the dark. However, they don't protect against their most deadly enemy in my house; my friend Catherine. Any other cable is fine, but damn if it does not like eating Apple cables. So yeah wireless charging works really well for me.

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Postby Adacore » Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:17 pm UTC

elasto wrote:I understand Apple laptop cables lock via a magnetic connection or something which would be great also; Dunno why other companies don't do likewise (probably because Apple has patented magnetism as well as rectangles and moving your finger horizontally)

I'm almost certain this is because of patents, yes. EDIT: Confirmed, it's a patent that Apple aggressively protects and refuses to license.

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Postby Tyndmyr » Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:44 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:
bentheimmigrant wrote:So I have a wireless charger for my phone. I literally never have to plug it in, and it's always got power. And I'm years behind on the gadget scene. This is the future.

I've never really understood the point of that besides "ooh, that's neat!"


It'll be pretty awesome once chargers are mostly universal. Drop everything on the same pad, not think about it. We're not *quite* there, yet...but wired chargers had similar issues for a good long while, and now, while not entirely standardized, they've gotten much better.

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Postby Thesh » Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:41 pm UTC

Adacore wrote:
elasto wrote:I understand Apple laptop cables lock via a magnetic connection or something which would be great also; Dunno why other companies don't do likewise (probably because Apple has patented magnetism as well as rectangles and moving your finger horizontally)

I'm almost certain this is because of patents, yes. EDIT: Confirmed, it's a patent that Apple aggressively protects and refuses to license.


I think they can probably be gotten for prior art. I had a deep fryer made before 2007 that used the exact same technology.
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Postby Crissa » Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:14 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:
Adacore wrote:
elasto wrote:I understand Apple laptop cables lock via a magnetic connection or something which would be great also; Dunno why other companies don't do likewise (probably because Apple has patented magnetism as well as rectangles and moving your finger horizontally)

I'm almost certain this is because of patents, yes. EDIT: Confirmed, it's a patent that Apple aggressively protects and refuses to license.


I think they can probably be gotten for prior art. I had a deep fryer made before 2007 that used the exact same technology.

However, unlike the prior art, the MagSafe connecter isn't keyed; you can put it in upside down and it still works.

...No, I don't quite understand how that makes it different, but anyhow, you could make a magnetic plug, you'd just have to do it differently in some dumb way.

We really need to reform our patents so slapping on a term, 'And then it's for elephants!' didn't make a new patent.

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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:51 pm UTC

BRB, patenting a triangular magnetic charger (works three ways up!).
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Postby macraw83 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:19 pm UTC

Adacore wrote:
elasto wrote:I understand Apple laptop cables lock via a magnetic connection or something which would be great also; Dunno why other companies don't do likewise (probably because Apple has patented magnetism as well as rectangles and moving your finger horizontally)

I'm almost certain this is because of patents, yes. EDIT: Confirmed, it's a patent that Apple aggressively protects and refuses to license.

I know that my Surface Pro 2 has a magnetic power cord that can be plugged in either direction. It may just be that this one only has 4 pins as opposed to Apple's 5-pin connector, and the geometry of the connector is pretty different too.
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Postby Adacore » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:43 pm UTC

In my search for articles about the magnetic connector, I found one from a couple of years ago about how Microsoft were going to be the first to seriously challenge Apple on their MagSafe property with the Surface. It predicted that Apple would attempt to sue them into oblivion, but I don't know if that actually happened.

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Postby jseah » Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:10 pm UTC

IBM put out a new chip, only this one is a bit strange... https://www.google.com.my/search?q=neur ... ip&tbm=nws
It's the new SyNAPSE chip!

So, what do we have here? A chip that simulates 1 million neurons with 256 million synapses? Power consumption of only 70 mW? Yes, milliwatts. Tileable in 2D with no inherent limitations in size? Bring it on!

What's it good for? Well, machine vision* for one thing. Or how about generic classifiers of large noisy and multi-variate datasets?


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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Newt » Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:54 pm UTC

jseah wrote:IBM put out a new chip, only this one is a bit strange... https://www.google.com.my/search?q=neur ... ip&tbm=nws
It's the new SyNAPSE chip!

So, what do we have here? A chip that simulates 1 million neurons with 256 million synapses? Power consumption of only 70 mW? Yes, milliwatts. Tileable in 2D with no inherent limitations in size? Bring it on!

What's it good for? Well, machine vision* for one thing. Or how about generic classifiers of large noisy and multi-variate datasets?


*Video uses TrueNorth chips, which is the previous generation at only 256 neurons


According to Yann Lecun, the sorts of neural networks this chip is designed for are far from state of the art for machine vision.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby KnightExemplar » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:41 pm UTC

Dandelions are found to have high-quality rubber particles in their roots.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/ ... LN20140820

Its such an easy plant to grow (its harder to keep your lawn free of Dandelions...). So if a use can be found for this pesky plant, all the better!
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby addams » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:03 pm UTC

KnightExemplar wrote:Dandelions are found to have high-quality rubber particles in their roots.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/ ... LN20140820

Its such an easy plant to grow (its harder to keep your lawn free of Dandelions...). So if a use can be found for this pesky plant, all the better!

What great news!
Who knows?

We may end up with Tires that are 0% fossil fuel.
There was a Fairy Tail about a Japanese Island that grows Dandalions six feet tall.

What fun!
It's not all doom and gloom out there.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:02 am UTC

KnightExemplar wrote:Dandelions are found to have high-quality rubber particles in their roots.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/ ... LN20140820

Its such an easy plant to grow (its harder to keep your lawn free of Dandelions...). So if a use can be found for this pesky plant, all the better!


Umm... they are edible. If you run out food, you can eat the dandelion leaves and the taproot. It's a poverty food, but hey, better humble pie than death.


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