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New Study Suggests Humans Have Psychic Powers (Asylum)

Nov 19th 2010 10:01PM No, this shows that humans are able to psychically affect computers, especially if there's porn available.

ASUS Eee 30GB external hard drive fits the mold, may just be cuter than a button (Engadget)

Aug 5th 2010 9:28AM I won one of these last year as well, and it is quite cute (mine's called FREEEBEEE)

hd_speed gives this an average read speed of 10.4MB/s and write speed of 10.7MB/s

'Robin Hood' or 'Human Centipede' -- Which Is More Painful to Sit Through? (Asylum)

May 15th 2010 5:11AM Umm, you do know that Dame Edna is Australian, right?

Researchers develop tiny, autonomous piezoelectric energy harvester (Engadget)

Jan 2nd 2010 7:03PM Versions of this (probably slightly larger) have been used for vibration monitoring for years. The elegance of the method is that, the more the machine being monitored vibrates, the more data from it is required. And the more power there is available to send that data wirelessly!

There are just so many applications where the need to replace a battery is a hassle, even if it's only every few years. Being able to build sensors right into (e.g.) large truck tyres is a Good Thing.

Switched On: Developing a sense of rumor (Engadget)

Nov 7th 2009 7:55PM A company I used to have dealings with obviously read the course notes to this subject!

At trade shows, they'd have an unreleased new version of their main product with a 'preliminary' datasheet and not-plugged-in prototype. The boss would quiz punters who seemed interested in exactly which of the new features had grabbed their attention.

After the trade show, the poor engineers would get a list of the most desired features and be told that orders were in hand, now quickly implement this list!

Toshiba launches 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor with backside illumination for cellphones (Engadget)

Oct 27th 2009 7:01PM I don't need backside illumination, my backside has sunshine coming out of it already!

Barnes and Noble e-book reader hits the FCC (Engadget)

Sep 18th 2009 7:53PM Don't forget that B&N bought fictionwise/ereader a few months ago, who were the leaders in ebook publishing.

So, they've already got themselves into the game and can probably leverage that back-catalogue to sell hardware if they're sensible about making it easy to read ebooks in lots of formats on this device.

Movie Gadget Friday: Brazil (Engadget)

Feb 21st 2009 5:45AM One of those movies where the discussion with friends over coffee later is interesting.

Where did the torture-induced dream sequence start? Just how much of the surreality was the 'real world' and how much was only in the protagonist's mind?

Friends asking you stupid questions? Let me Google that for you. (Download Squad)

Nov 20th 2008 7:13PM Yes, this is just a slightly more friendly version of justfuckinggoogleit.com/

Searaser floating pump will use the ocean's waves to generate power (Engadget)

Nov 20th 2008 7:09PM A commercial-sized version of this was recently demonstrated in Perth, Western Australia and seemed to have much thought put into it.

The moving parts are large and simple and all the complicated turbines, etc are on the shore, where it's easy to work on them.
Desalination is possible using high-pressure seawater (reverse osmosis), so it can be used for fresh-water generation as well as power.

As others have said, why limit ourselves to only one method of generating electricity? Use wind where it's windy, solar where it's sunny, wave/tidal where it's wet, and geothermal where it's shaky!