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Google Battles For Better Batteries

Slashdot - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 9:20am
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that Google's X research lab has joined the quest for better batteries. The company has at least 20 projects that depend on batteries, from Google Glass to self-driving cars and drones. Thus, it makes sense for them to try developing new battery technology. "At Google, Dr. Bhardwaj's group is trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices. ... In a February presentation to an industry conference, Dr. Bhardwaj described how solid-state, thin-film batteries could be used in smartphones and other mobile devices that are thinner, bendable, wearable and even implantable in the human body. ... For the contact lens, the technology is safer because it doesn't use flammable electrolyte liquid, Dr. Bhardwaj's presentation explained."

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

El Reg - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 9:00am
That's the Waltons of Walmart, not John-Boy and family

Worstall @ the Weekend  One of the great statistics being bandied about in the great inequality debate is that the Walton family have more wealth between the four siblings than the bottom 40 per cent of Americans do in total. Apparently this is something most shocking – and, of course, something must be done.…

You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

El Reg - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 8:00am
Forgetfulness, cold weather, and security doors don’t mix

On-call  Welcome again to On-call, our almost-regular look at readers' escapades on client sites at odd times of day or night.…

First Alpha of Public Sector Linux Deployment System

Slashdot - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 6:14am
New submitter mathiasfriman writes: SverigeLinux (SwedenLinux in Swedish) is a project financed by the Swedish Internet Fund that is developing a Linux deployment system for the public sector. It is based on DebianLAN and has just released its first public early alpha version. This 7 minute video shows how you can deploy up to 100 workstations with minimal Linux knowledge in under an hour, complete with DHCP, DNS and user data in LDAP, logins using Kerberos and centralized storage. The project has a home on GitHub and is looking for testers and developers. Don't worry, no Björgen Kjörgen; it's all in English.

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How do I get FSX to run faster on my Windows 8.1 machine?

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [XP] - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 4:50am

How do I get FSX to run faster on my Windows 8.1 machine? My PC has 16tGyb of RAM it is a 64bit machine and a two Terabyte hard drive but FSX is taking forever to start up and sounds like the aircraft is struggling when it is starting up and flying.

Any help would be greatly appreciated my email address is

Microsoft Pushes For Public Education Funding While Avoiding State Taxes

Slashdot - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 3:05am
theodp writes: After stressing how important the funding of Washington State education — particularly CS Ed — is to Microsoft, company general counsel Brad Smith encountered one of those awkward interview moments (audio at 28:25). GeekWire Radio: "So, would you ever consider ending that practice [ducking WA taxes by routing software licensing royalties through Nevada-based Microsoft Licensing, GP] in Nevada [to help improve WA education]?" Smith: "I think there are better ways for us to address the state's needs than that kind of step." Back in 2010, Smith, Steve Ballmer, and Microsoft Corporation joined forces to defeat Proposition I-1098, apparently deciding there were better ways to address the state's needs than a progressive income tax.

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