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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Circlotron Re:KISS (190 comments)

Australian Holden cars from 1971-1978 had a low tech solution to the blind spot problem at the front - the A pillar, though deep, was made narrower than the distance between the average pair of pupils. That way you only ever had at most one eye blocked. Very crashworthy cars for their day too. http://www.australiastoughestc... https://www.google.com.au/sear...

2 days ago
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Edsac Goes Live, At UK's National Museum of Computing

Circlotron Then as now (37 comments)

That computer really was an earthshaking milestone, as the video clearly shows.

about three weeks ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Circlotron Necessary reading (231 comments)

When my time comes I hope they provide a (then) retro version of Slashdot.

about 1 month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Circlotron Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Do 4 or 6 plug-ins hanging from each car? Don't see that happening any time soon.

Like a cow on a milking machine.

about 2 months ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

Circlotron The obvious contradiction (180 comments)

The article summary says "I believe that the CSS code we write today will be readable by computers 500 years from now." Yet at the bottom of the Slashdot main page it says "All seems condemned in the long run to approximate a state akin to Gaussian noise. -- James Martin"

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Circlotron Re:Windows XP was different... (577 comments)

XP was fast as hell until you patched it up to SP3.

I'm with you. Nowadays I run XP SP2 as it comes off the CD with zero updates and no network or internet access in VirtualBox on Mint 17 for the occasions I must. (COM port behaviour with Wine can be iffy.) SSD and 16 Gigs of ram and it boogies. SP2 to SP3 made the wheels fall off.

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Circlotron A bit of clear thinking needed (549 comments)

Insurance policy for the human race? If the human race is so destructive of its environment and self and pretty much everything else it comes in contact with, 1/ why is that not simply going to happen again on Mars? 2/ If history is any indicator, does the human race warrant being preserved? An alien civilisation would view us as a cancerous blot on the universe.

about 3 months ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Circlotron Re:Cubic litres (268 comments)

I can only drink spherical litres, you insensitive clod.

about 3 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Circlotron Re:Old News (937 comments)

Basically, when you give up the certainty of Romanticism and Religion, you need to fill the void with something in order to give life meaning and direction, or else there'll be this big empty spot where your heart used to be.

Good example of that is when Japan lost WW2 and the people came to realise that the emperor was NOT the invincible descendant of the Shinto sun god. For many it was a great dissapointment and they kinda fell into a hole for a while. Many replaced this devotion to a religious emporer figure with devotion to a secular job. Japan then rose and rose.

about 3 months ago
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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

Circlotron Re: Actually... (116 comments)

Sorry, make that 2,000,000 km. But you get the idea.

about 3 months ago
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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

Circlotron Re: Actually... (116 comments)

I wonder how they reconcile their Eco-green mentality with organising an event that encourages 100,000 people to drive their cars maybe 20,000,000 kilometres to attend.

about 3 months ago
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The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

Circlotron The next step (116 comments)

So when are we going to see driverless F1 cars?

about 3 months ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Circlotron Fragmented (88 comments)

I can see this small board stuff getting as fragmented as the bazillions of Linux distributions available. Choosing which board you want to play with will get as complicated as choosing a phone plan. Too much choice is not good. What the right amount of choice is, I don't know.

about 4 months ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Circlotron Other responsibilities (371 comments)

I worked for 13 years at a company that designed and manufactured switch mode power supplies up to 3kW size. The last ten years was in the design lab with a team of about 15 engineers. We made decisions on a daily basis in respect of fire and electric shock safety for our products; things that affect the very lives and properties of the end users of this equipment. One wrong decision or non-comliance with a particular regulation could have caused our company to be sued into oblivion. Despite this responsibility that we shouldered, we were not allowed access to the stationery cupboard - we had to go and ask permission of some junior office member for a simple ball point pen etc.

about 4 months ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

Circlotron Re:Getting permission... (143 comments)

The reactor produces relatively large quantities of tritium (~12y half life) requiring active separation and storage of the gas. It's effectively impossible to capture all the tritium (hydrogen is slippery stuff), however enough could be retained to bring it in line with conventional reactors, they claim. This assumes the capture system works, is maintained and doesn't leak. Good luck with that.

Would it be posible to burn this tritium with atmospheric oxygen? The product of this combustion could then be cooled and condensed back to "heavy water" of some sort? This water would be rather easier to store in tanks and maybe not so dangerous. I don't really know much about this stuff.

about 4 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Circlotron Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

The plans appeared in Kilobaud magazine in 1976. Old age and treachery will beat youth and energy EVERY time!!

The logical fallacy though is that we weren't old back then.

about 5 months ago
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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

Circlotron Apollo 11 (46 comments)

"using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) cameras that reveal Lunokhod 2's tracks." -------------------- So they can photograph wheel tracks on the moons surface? It should then be a snap (pun intended) to take a pic of the Apollo 11 landing site and put that conspiracy to rest once and for all.

about 5 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Circlotron Re: Really now (145 comments)

E-waste gets positive spin in news article.

about 5 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Circlotron Re:In an alternate universe (145 comments)

Head of CIA, Muslim.

A person *cannot* change their skin colour. A person =can= become a Muslim. Therefore being a Muslim or not has nothing to do with race.

about 5 months ago

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