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next step: scale it up a bit
I hope this is so enormously successful that the next logical step - scaling it up to "household" or "village" models comes next. If this can be sold for $10, imagine what a theoretical $1000 model could do. Stout triangular A-frame to hold the heavier duty gizmo, removable pulley system to assist in hoisting 100Kg or more. Add an optional battery storage system and you could theoretically power a largish array of efficient LEDs for several hours, possibly even overnight.
The cost could be subsidized by relief/charitable organizations working in the region and those of us fortunate to live move developed areas
Is it just me?
Or do those transparent blue slabs look suspiciously like they represent the dimensional ratio 1:4:9?
THAT might make it a bit more interesting, eh?
There are lots of cows on the planet. Seems to me there are far more PEOPLE - many of whom consume some level of vegetarian (i.e. methane producing) diet. The volume of an individual bovine belch or fart is greater than individual human output of the same sort. However, the TOTAL volume is probably higher for humans simply because there are more of us than them. Has any reputable* study attempted to factor that in? I've not seen one but would be interested to do so if someone could provide a link or three.
My own theory** is that the combined methane output of both humans AND animals, while significant, is dwarfed by that from various industry and nature/weather. Fracking, refining, landfill decomposition, combustion, and volcanic activity, just to name a few of the bigger categories.
I'm not saying these things are inherently evil. What I AM saying is if methane is problematic, let's identify AND QUANTIFY ALL sources and then RATIONALLY discuss mitigation - without the politically charged hyperbole. Sadly, that last bit will be hardest to achieve. The fervent zealots on BOTH ends of this must be sidelined and told to hold their tongues while more reasonable people identify the real problem(s) and sources of same, in order to craft the BEST solutions that balance the needs of the various interested parties. Only in that way can the problem be solved without reverting to extremist views. "Pre-industrial lifestyle or we all die!!!1!!" is just as counterproductive as "There is no problem here, move along."
* open access, open debate, peer-reviewed, etc.
** I am not a scientist. Just an interested observer willing to consider any reasonable possibility.
so VERY glad I missed this article when it ran last Friday. Seeing Tom Baker was a wonderful surprise. A fraction-of-a-second's "Hey, that voice sounds familiar" gives way to "HOLYSHITHOWCOOLISTHAT?!?"
Neither he nor Smith actually SAID Baker was the Doctor. It was inferred, but Smith's Doctor seemed somewhat unsure (to me, at least). I think to have said it outright would have cheapened the moment. For those of us who didn't know it was coming, it was absolutely brilliant. I had hoped we'd see other "classic" Doctors in there as well. I will definitely look up The Five(ish) Doctors reboot when I get home.
Re: huh (what's "nickle"?)
1/20th of a $US
or the act of giving someone's nipple a tickle.
Re: I want a Neptune orbiter
but I thought pictures of Uranus were generally available on teh Interwebs.
Oh, wait. You meant the planet. My mistake. Carry on.
"No, you idiot"
yes, yes. I know. Pertwee, not Baker. Failed to edit in time. -1000 for me.
Tom Baker wants to know
if this will reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.
so, Schrödinger's Car Keys?
BB10 less secure? Doesn't seem so.
"The model of using a container for applications cuts the risk of the data leakage associated with BYOD (bring your own device). A secure container is set up for corporate applications such as email, calendar, browser, storage clients and so on.
"Data downloaded from the enterprise, such as email attachments and files, cannot be accessed by applications outside that container."
That pretty much exactly describes how BB10 was explained to our team at unveiling. By far, the coolest feature of BB10 was the ability to have your corporate and personal stuff on the same device AND easily transition between the two AND satisfy corporate security types that there was no co-mingling of said stuff.
Re: Release valve
Legend has it that the same thing happened to the IBM engineers who developed the xerographic process for photocopying. IBM was reportedly "disinterested" and the engineers left to form Xerox.
Re: @Richard81 part 2
(forgot to add before hitting "submit"...)
* For example, one really cool feature which SHOULD be possible with a Steam device is to answer the question "do I prefer this game on a console or a PC?" without having to buy the game twice. I purchased and played through Diablo III on PC. I tried the demo on XBox360. I found that I prefer that particular game on PC, but had to wait over a year for the console version to be available to know this. If I had preferred the console version, I would have had to shell out another $60 over and above the $60 already spent for the PC version. With Steam and the Steam device, I can theoretically have my cake AND eat it, too. One title, one purchase, playable either way. In theory (and someone will, no doubt, be quick to correct if I'm wrong).
"I expect this to find a market in middle ground: people who own a fairly rubbish laptop and maybe a XBox 360 or PS3 (with no intention of upgrading), i.e. casual gamers."
DINGDINGDINGDING! Winner! I am a former PC gamer, currently a casual XB360 gamer, in my fifties. I am VERY interested in the Steam offering because this bridges the gap and will allow a bit of "the best of both worlds." Certain PC titles previously unavailable* on a console would now be available to me. I have no desire to rejoin, as a prior poster put it, "the [PC hardware spec] arms race." I, too, "just want to play when it's playtime" without faffing about. In all likelihood, I will have a Steam box alongside an Xbox/PS# in the family room and the (somewhat outdated) gaming PC will remain in the seldom used upstairs command center
Re: And the first step towards Skynet has been taken...
major drawback to that idea is weight. That much saline isn't exactly light and the added weight will affect performance, moderately at the very least. Then, of course, there is the radical redesign of existing cockpits - frightfully expensive in a time of tightening budgets.
While I do not doubt your idea COULD/WOULD work, I seriously doubt it WILL be used due to expense. Until "broken" to one degree or another, RPVs and autonomous aircraft are the future.
Anyone worked out the Morse code? And is that wonderfully throaty engine zooming by from a Spitfire or a Hurricane?
"IFEZes are cool"
It PLAYS like Torchlight, but it LOOKS (to me, at least) exactly like it did on the PC.
I played all three Diablos on PC. I tried the Xbox port as the currently available demo. It's OK, but I really prefer a PC for that type of game. The control structure for the console version of D3 is surprisingly good, given the limitations of the controller vs. a full keyboard and multi-button mouse - but the reviewer is quite correct that precision ranged attacks in this game are difficult on console compared to PC version.
Re: "...garnish for tarts"
There is nothing better than a fruity tart FULL OF beer.
There is nothing better than a fruity tart in (possession of vast quantities of) beer.
heard it all before
can anyone say "paperless office"? The technology for pilot-less aircraft is far simpler: fewer obstacles, less traffic, more traffic management/control. Yet we don't see much of that now, do we? Nor have we done away with paper in the office as promised on numerous occasions over recent decades.
I do believe that we will see widescale use of driverless vehicles and passenger aircraft one day - but not any day soon. Technology is not the limiting factor - rather adoption rates and infrastructure costs.
just one bloke's opinion...
... but I think "movie Tony Stark" has more to do with personality and acting methods of the one portraying him than any influence of Elon Musk.
Re: Someone who has *no* failed to maintain his weapon.
calibre is .22LR. Article mentions the ammunition and almost anyone who has fired a reasonable quantity of that calibre will instantly recognize the characteristic sound.
... Survivor: Gallifrey
Gallifrey's Got Talent
The W Factor
I could go on but, as has been mentioned, I really REALLY shouldn't. It's really a shame that this couldn't have been kept under wraps until Christmas but the new reality is that there is no possible way this secret could have been kept.
I look forward to a more mature Doctor. I've really enjoyed the "new breed" but still love "the classics."
Re: Rowan Atkinson
The only problem (for me, at least) with Rowan Atkinson is that he's SO funny it would be difficult to take him seriously. Of course, I said the same thing about Sylvester McCoy so, what do I know?
Re: Ted Danson
Danson?!? Heavens NO! He's already ruined CSI.
but only if you count rehashing what's been done before.
Splendid indeed - the article and the subject matter.
"...but at night the same turbines are turned (using excess power) to push the water back to the top loch again, making the whole thing a huge storage battery designed to buffer between the constant generation and variable consumption of electricity."
in other news...
water found to be wet, heat to be hot.
What I take from this is the General is attempting to say "see, THIS is why we do it on OUR side! The @#$% commies did it first! *"
* (under breath) "well... not really, but never let the facts get in the way of good sensationalism."
Really? I'm the first?
two pages of comments and no one has compared Sky to the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation? This makes me sad.
Re: restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....
well, with The MS-Basher Who Shall Not Be Named now properly banished, there is a decent chance we actually WILL see restrained, thoughtful, and cerebral debate. A very, very SLIM chance but a chance nonetheless...
how old is the data? The Ranger supercomputer was decommissioned months ago. My son will be a freshman at University of Texas in the fall. During our campus tour, we got to see the Ranger
Re: Won't reach....
On the other hand, we ARE still communicating with at least one probe at/near/just beyond heliopause. Perhaps we should beam the signal in that direction and see if V'GER responds with "Gzus! STFU, willya? lulz"
Re: Has to be Billie Piper
Agreed! The ONE thing that will cause me to immediately cease watching is if Billie Piper is the new Doctor. As much as I absolutely despised whiny Adric, I'd rather see Matthew Waterhouse as the new Doctor than Piper. And, just to be perfectly clear, I really do NOT want to see Waterhouse on the show, in ANY sort of recurring role.
Re: Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser
Share and Enjoy
Re: It's no joke
We always mixed 3 parts boric acid powder with 1 part confectioner's sugar to treat for roaches. I'd try that. If they don't go for it, try tweaking the mixture a bit. Make sure to keep pets/kids WELL away from it.
"...incomprehensible phonetic English that would make Bengali call-centre staff sound like David Niven."
well done, good sir. I should have known better than to be drinking hot coffee whilst reading your missive. My sinus cavities and monitor are rather the worse for it.
with a crisp salute...
... Chuck Norris expresses approval and admiration for this Certified BadAss ©®™
"Its is looked down upon as a garage sale need the money pawn shop kind of thing or a hassle best avoided at least (except among kids who honestly need the money). "
Speak for yourself. For me, the inability to play used games is just as big a dealbreaker as would be the requirement of an always-on internet connection.
I regularly peruse the second hand bin at GameStop looking for bargains. In so doing, I've picked up quite a few games I otherwise would not have purchased (at full price). For example, Left4Dead and its sequel. I played both on PC when they came out. Years later, I found them in the bin of used Xbox360 games for $5 each so I picked them up for when I get bored with whatever I've been primarily playing. Now, that being said, I won't hesitate to pay "new" price for certain "must have" games like Borderlands. The used game bin transforms a "well... maybe" game into "at THAT price? Why not?"
"...lasts just under 100 seconds; any more and it would rapidly become turgidly boring..."
Boring? Rather depends upon that to which you've become accustomed. In the early days of videogaming (early/mid 70's), I spent MANY coins playing games with scarcely better graphics - Boot Hill, Astro Race, Sub Hunt, and many others. In fact, I intend to fire up the old MAME cabinet this evening and wax nostalgic in honor of this clever creation.
I raise my glass to boffins in general and IBM boffins in particular for this bit of cleverness. Why do something like this? Why the hell not?
so very nice...
... of the universe to provide us with spectacularly beautiful art.
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