Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Mar 2011 15:06 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Samsung has developed a completely transparent solar-powered monitor that's designed to be used with ambient light. Though they're marketing it as a television, it's almost certainly going to be used initially as displays in commercial areas, and it apparently is also a touch-screen, opening it up for the coolest kind of kiosk you've ever used. See a video after the jump.
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RE[2]: This.
by pandronic on Fri 25th Mar 2011 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE: This."
pandronic
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2006-05-18

Well, they bloody should! Why anyone still uses paper is beyond my comprehension

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RE[3]: This.
by Kroc on Fri 25th Mar 2011 19:30 in reply to "RE[2]: This."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Nothing confronts you like a piece of paper can. I don't fear e-mails. I fear letters.

Paper is still the better medium IMO, for now.

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RE[4]: This.
by fretinator on Fri 25th Mar 2011 19:38 in reply to "RE[3]: This."
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Nothing confronts you like a piece of paper can. I don't fear e-mails. I fear letters. Paper is still the better medium IMO, for now.


I definitely fear paperless restrooms.

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RE[4]: This.
by pandronic on Fri 25th Mar 2011 20:26 in reply to "RE[3]: This."
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Nothing confronts you like a piece of paper can. I don't fear e-mails. I fear letters.


That's very much true, but I believe it's just something we've grown accustomed to, because there is absolutely no objective reason why we can't abandon paper.

The only reason I see is subjective: namely us.

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RE[3]: This.
by unclefester on Sat 26th Mar 2011 12:58 in reply to "RE[2]: This."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

You don't need any fancy hardware to read paper.

I was recently talking to retired scientist who was working on some very important FORTRAN code he wrote back in 1970. Fortunately he had a paper printout of his code because their was no way of running the original punchcards.

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RE[4]: This.
by M.Onty on Sun 27th Mar 2011 16:29 in reply to "RE[3]: This."
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

And of course relatively inexpensive good, pH neutral paper can last for millenia, rather than a few decades. The only digital equivalent that I'm aware of involves engraving binary into lumps of glass, metal or stone. Of course a punch card could last that long, but you'd probably have to hollow out a mountain to store them in.

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RE[3]: This.
by mahiyu on Sat 26th Mar 2011 20:16 in reply to "RE[2]: This."
mahiyu Member since:
2010-08-06

We tried to go paperless at work. However, we found that when we needed to look at something complicated on a client's file it was a lot easier to pick up a paper file and flick through it than to go through a lot of electronic documents.

That said, there are some parts of our work that have gone paperless and work very well. It just doesn't suit all parts of the business.

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RE[3]: This.
by sgtarky on Mon 28th Mar 2011 18:36 in reply to "RE[2]: This."
sgtarky Member since:
2006-01-02

YES! i am in the national guard and everytime I apply for a new position i have to hand them a bloody ream of dead trees, plus my retirement points statement has to be less than 30 days, fact of the matter is it doesnt change much in a year. all they got to do is put in my social sec number and get all that info they need.

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