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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Areyoukiddingme Re:Cute but impractical (56 comments)

You're probably correct, at least for the prospects of an initial outpost. Except for freezing sewage. I can't imagine they'll ever have excess sewage to freeze. All that water gone to waste. Not to mention valuable nitrogen and readily metabolizable organic material. More likely it will get processed and its constituent parts reused, and fairly quickly. Yes using human waste as feed stock for food plants is a little risky, but the chill and near vacuum conditions allow for industrial processes that could mitigate the risk rather cheaply. It certainly won't be an option to once-through all that material. A closed cycle will be required.

Cubes do seem to be likely, for an extended period, despite the issues with pressurizing them. Ease of precise assembly and speed of assembly will be the watchwords for building pressure vessels.

In any case, it'll be Elon Musk making the real decision. I suspect hexagons will get short shrift.

11 hours ago

Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Areyoukiddingme Re:Play hardball (130 comments)

Notify customers of these big ISPs that within two months they will no longer be providing the full service via that ISP.. sit back and watch the ISPs customers leave in droves.. of course, this is just turning the tables on the ISP net neutrality rules, but when the ISPs are already playing hardball and have their own man in charge of the FCC, then it's time to give them a taste of their own medicine.

You forget who Comcast owns. They wholly own NBC and Universal Studios, two major sources of Netflix content. And they're already screwing with the availability of NBCUniversal content on Netflix. If Netflix tries to play hardball, a whole boatload of shows and movies will just vanish out of their catalog.

A media company that owns the last mile is an abomination, and the FTC should do something about it.

12 hours ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Areyoukiddingme Re:wouldn't that be... (364 comments)

That didn't help the Pretenda Law people, they had a Steele at the helm and they still were forced out of business by the courts over their fraudulent and illegal activities.

So, John Steele's brother Robert Steele?


The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Areyoukiddingme Experiment on Venus (149 comments)

Experiment on Venus first. I'd rather not suffer through yet more perturbations on Earth thankyouverymuch.

Venus has a serious greenhouse problem. Fix that, then we'll talk.

2 days ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Areyoukiddingme Re:No (264 comments)

It is not illegal for a "drug addict and a pimp" to be engaged in some sort of dispute.

But they soon will be doing something illegal! I mean look at them. They're obvious criminal types. Her clothes and his hat offend the sensibilities of all decent right-thinking people. Obviously they should be locked up.


2 days ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Areyoukiddingme Re:a poor parallel (417 comments)

Call of Duty is nothing like actual war. instead, you should make the kids go camping for 3 days with nothing but ritz crackers, peanut butter and beef jerky....

That was brutal. Worthy of Jon Stewart, except he was the guy standing next to the generator, thinking he was making the jerky taste better.

My mod points expired a couple of hours ago, but I'd have commented anyway. I am in awe.

3 days ago

How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

Areyoukiddingme Re:Huh (213 comments)

Nobody has been able to explain what correct usage is, however.

The Chicago Manual of Style has detailed explanations of correct comma usage. So does Strunk and White's Elements of Style. You can also look up individual recommendations. Things like the Serial Comma have Wikipedia articles that quote both of those sources as well as half a dozen more.

Commas to delimit prepositional phrases have only recently been deprecated. I was taught to use them as well.

5 days ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Areyoukiddingme Re:You keep using that word (390 comments)

...and the Falcon 9 Heavy test launch won't happen until that rocket is ready.

And in any case, the US government isn't paying a nickel for Falcon Heavy design or manufacturing or that test launch.[1] So they have absolutely nothing to complain about.

about a week ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Areyoukiddingme Re:Space-X is running behind on launches (390 comments)

Right now Space X has a bunch of former NASA people working for them...

Has since the very beginning. Elon Musk is no Tony Stark. He doesn't design it all himself. He pays people who know what they're doing to design things, and he decides which option to take if there are several choices, and he uses criteria like reliability, manufacturability, and cost to make his choices, instead of "which lobbyist will give me the best vacation package to Aruba this year."

It also means that Space X is no longer profitable.

Anonymous Coward, just makin' shit up.

about a week ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Areyoukiddingme Re:Not So Fast... (390 comments)

Well, he is not going to. We have several ACs running around that obviously work for ULA and are desperate for their jobs. GothMolly is one of those POS that will continue to troll and astroturf.

I haven't seen nearly as much out of those people in the last several threads about SpaceX. Now that Falcon 9 is one of only four rocket families ever developed that have had 11/11 successful launches, the ULA partisans have very little to talk about.

about a week ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Areyoukiddingme Re:Su-35 (390 comments)

...already built aircraft while base development work is still not complete will mandate spending more to actually get the aircraft operational.

By design. Spending more is very much the point of the exercise.

Or does somebody really think we're going to fight in WWIII with these planes?

about a week ago

Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

Areyoukiddingme Re:Oddly nobody factors in risk and after costs (409 comments)

Imagine that -- "They hate our freedom" and yet spared Lady Liberty. This official conspiracy theory is coming apart at the seams. Toto, I get the feeling we are not talking about those terrorists anymore.

You're talking about people who think flying a plane full of people into a target is a good idea. They're not playing with a full deck. In this case, Osama Bin Laden had a particular beef with US banks in general and those housed in the Trade Center in particular. He'd already made one attempt on those towers, with a bomb in the basement. I find the choice of the Towers makes it more credible Osama Bin Laden paid for it, not less. He didn't give a rat's ass about a statue. He hated US banks, who have been using the US federal government to project power worldwide for over a century.

Maybe they weren't crazy. Maybe they correctly identified their true enemy.

about two weeks ago

Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Areyoukiddingme Re:Lifetime solar power in FL (306 comments)

Unfortunately hurricane winds also contain debris.

And solar panels are covered in tempered glass that can stand up to hailstones the size of golf balls, driven by wind themselves.

about two weeks ago

Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Areyoukiddingme Re:Except that's not the case at all (306 comments)

I would bet any amount you care to name that you can rent a gasoline generator in Florida. And those rental companies are not treated as public utilities, no matter how long you use it.

Sorry, Virginia. Got distracted by the California vs Florida argument further down the page.

about two weeks ago

Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Areyoukiddingme Re:Except that's not the case at all (306 comments)

This keeps the property-owners initial costs low while locking them into a long term electricity contract. And it makes the provider a public utility--they build plants and sell electricity to customers--and therefore are unhappy to find themselves categorized and regulated as such under the laws governing public utilities.

I would bet any amount you care to name that you can rent a gasoline generator in Florida. And those rental companies are not treated as public utilities, no matter how long you use it.

about two weeks ago

Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

Areyoukiddingme Re:Oh good lord. (224 comments)

Why would they specifically glow in the infrared?
I know that the infrared spectrum glow for dyson spheres is popular in science fiction literature, but I never understood the fixation on that particular part of the em spectrum. Why not something colder, like microwave radiation?

That's an interesting theory. At the moment, we don't really have means to extract additional energy from waste heat, so it ultimately radiates off as infrared. But if we're seriously considering building a Dyson sphere, one supposes we've already exhausted every possible efficiency we can come up with, including reducing infrared wavelength all the way down to microwave wavelength, squeezing every last possible watt out of it.

It doesn't seem likely. Black body radiation at room temperature and cooler is almost entirely in the infrared. It's the part of the spectrum to which heat converts most readily at lower temperatures. Efforts to convert that infrared back into something useful have been covered on Slashdot. It's apparently possible. But the result is still infrared, coming off the back of the converter. Just less of it. One supposes it has something to do with the fundamental nature of macroscopic matter.

Is there a physicist in the house?

about two weeks ago

Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

Areyoukiddingme Re:do tablets actually help? (137 comments)

Incidentally, same as this "Made with Code" nonsense. Most people cannot learn to code to any significant degree and many of those remaining cannot learn to code well. Having these people on a project usually results in negative performance by them, i.e. cleaning up the mess they make costs significantly more money that the worth of anything they created. We desperately need fewer people to learn how to code. Instead we need to make sure only those that actually have the required talent learn how to do it professionally. The others cannot get there, no matter what.

It's fine if they don't, and can't. They still need to try to learn, for several reasons.

The most important reason the masses should take at least one programming class is to learn what a computer is capable of. Most people wouldn't know a for loop if it bit them. If they took a programming class, they would at least learn that computers are good at doing repetitious things, and this is how it's done. They may not ever be able to write a coherent program, but at least they can see what's possible. Most people view computers as the magic talking box with a screen you can touch to make it do stuff. (As opposed to the past several generations who viewed televisions as the magic talking box with knobs you could touch to make it do stuff.) A programming class, even a bonehead programming class, would give people an inkling of what's happening inside the magic box, and maybe, just maybe, get them to ask a programmer for help with automating tasks.

The second reason is to make people find out, by experience, that programming is hard. Right now there's a pervasive belief that programming must be easy. After all, my cousin's sister's kid does it. How hard can it be? That boy used to shove peas up his nose. Unless people actually try to write a program, they haven't the faintest inkling how difficult it is. Maybe if they try, they'll finally figure out why programmers cost more than MBAs. Or should.

about two weeks ago

Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Areyoukiddingme Re: Translated into English (306 comments)

When Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., installed solar panels a few years ago, for example, the local utility, Dominion Virginia Power, threatened legal action. The utility said that only it could sell electricity in its service area.

I wish they had sued. They would have lost as a matter of law, without risk of a jury trial.

I can just see the hearing now.

"Your honor, I'd like to enter into evidence Exhibit A: a solar powered calculator from Dollar General.
"Your honor, I'd like to enter into evidence Exhibit B: a solar powered yard light from Home Depot.
"Your honor, I'd like to enter into evidence Exhibit C: a gasoline generator from Harbor Freight.
"These products are legal in the state of Virginia, are they not? And they all generate electricity? So we're agreed that my client purchased equipment, and not electricity?"

"Yeah, case dismissed, with prejudice. Plaintiff to pay defendant's court costs and attorneys fees."

about two weeks ago

Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Areyoukiddingme Re:Spam (175 comments)

And how do presume the spamfilter will work with all the content being encrypted? This is not well thought out.

Spambots don't even bother to speak SMTP correctly, which is why greylisting is so effective. Do you think they're going to start signing their spam? I doubt it. It becomes more grist for the Bayesian mill: no encryption, spam probability goes up.

about two weeks ago

SpaceX Chooses Texas Site For Private Spaceport

Areyoukiddingme Re:Why bother? (113 comments)

Florida is a good thousand miles away from the Texas launch facility. It would take more fuel to continue downrange and land in Florida than it would to turn back and land in Texas. Florida might be a good landing site for a recoverable Falcon Heavy center stage, but they're likely only around 100mi down range by first stage cutoff.

I'm just quoting SpaceX's own statements. One supposes it's pretty cheap to just fall downrange, when you're that high and going that fast. I suspect they've done the math. I suspect you haven't.

about two weeks ago



26" FED volume production in 2009?

Areyoukiddingme Areyoukiddingme writes  |  about 6 years ago

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) writes "Field Emission Technologies of Japan claims they will begin volume production of a 26" FED at the end of 2009.

To help it meet the mass-production deadline in late 2009, FE Technologies will acquire Pioneer's Kagoshima plant by the end of 2008. The Japanese company will invest $183 million to $274 million (20 to 30 billion yen) in manufacturing equipment.


The initial application for FE Technologies' 26-inch FED panels will be as "master" monitors, used by TV broadcasters to check picture quality.

No word on price, but you can bet the answer is "if you have to ask, you can't afford one." As a Sony spin-off, they should have some legal cover from the patent trolls. Could full color full size FEDs finally escape the vaporware tag?"
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