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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

DRAGONWEEZEL I'm not an EE, but are new electrodes good enough? (260 comments)

If you could get a mechanical inverter to work for a max of 100 hrs using new electrode technologies... you should be able to make it small enough.I'm talking spin switched.

In short, My question is, electrodes are getting extremely good maximizing conduction and minimizing wear, but are they good enough to make mechanical switching a possibility?

Say funnel a MAX of say 20 amps @ 12vDC to a spin a high efficiency brushless DC motor nice and fast. The DC motor would be attached to a plate that would have a Rotating I (maybe an X?) of High tech carbon nanotube ended graphene electrodes spining in a circle. Spinning at the right frequency, it should convert the DC to square AC. Round it out, and then a computerized Vmeter + tied back to an ESC could regulate the motor's speed keeping the phase locked good n tight, minimizing fluctuations.

I'm not an EE though, I feel like there's something wrong w/ this, that the loss might be too high, or maybe that kind of electrode technology isn't there yet?
Just curious..

about 4 months ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:Obligatory Car Analogy (310 comments)

While most of your points are legit, I think we need to start making a distinction, you apply the Rules in two different ways against the "model aircraft" please stop calling these things drones.

Is a quad, hex, or octo copter a helicopter? is a model helicopter a helicopter? back in the day unmanned aircraft were still fixed wing, it wasn't until controllers became inexpensive that the idea of quads started to come to light.

FAA is already trying to impose some pretty severe restrictions against modelers.

about 5 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:Descent: Freespace! (251 comments)

Have you ever circumnavigated azeroth?

j/k

about 6 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

Good old games has it

I miss it too.

about 6 months ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Has Already Become a Best-Seller

DRAGONWEEZEL That & (129 comments)

Exploits of a Mom is probably the funniest thing in a web comic ever... :)

about 8 months ago
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Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:Cost? (310 comments)

I concur, when a FLAGSHIP home router can be had for 199, I can't see spending 300. People could afford to have two of the old WRTs, one for experimenting, and one for "Production."

I get that more radios / Antennas, and a dual 1.2GHZ processor alone all add up. A dual 1.2 isn't going to be as cheap as a whatever was in that wrt... (IIRC it was like 400mhz?) It's just that you can get a router w/ up to 5 separate networks (Plus V-lans) for $200. Maybe that was a typo, and was supposed to be 199?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:annoyance (243 comments)

Echo this for many Android apps...

1 year,12 days
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

DRAGONWEEZEL Boring! (243 comments)

I agree w/ everything right up until the 2nd & 3rd Don't
I think that's pretty extreme.

Don't add nice wheels to your car
Don't upgrade your Rotors...
Don't change the colors of your house.

FFS

If not USING your PC is your idea of IT, I'm glad I dont' work w/ you!
Me personally, like making the PC personalized. I don't need to be super Admin at work or anything, but I get pretty pissed at employers who utilize draconian GPs to lock down PCs that people sit at day in and day out. Somethings make work easier, like AutoHotKey. The later, I only use every now (not even quarterly?) and then to create rapid text macros needed for doing manual manipulation of >20 records at a time. A rarity, but it saves hours!

Is it more than you use daily, or more than you've ever used. Like many I've used photoXXXX, (including bump mapping, texturizing, Masking, Merging multiple layers, color replacements, etc... not making Memes) but I don't use PhotoXXXX on a regular basis, maybe 2x a year. Should I uninstall / re-install that every time?

Just playing Devil's advocate here.

All time favorite apps for PC:
WINDIRSTAT / MS Office
All time favorite apps for Android.
Titanium Backup / Tasker.

1 year,12 days
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Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:Kid crashes toy hellicopter, news at 11:00 (190 comments)

that was a heli, not a drone, nor flying in unmanned mode. My club had a HUGE conversation about it since similar craft fly at our field. That poor guy actually commited incidental suicide since he was piloting the craft IIRC

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?

DRAGONWEEZEL This fact is what's going to be used to stir (190 comments)

public opinion... Drones are bad, ban drones.... blah blah b.s.

But really, the continued use of these things by inexperienced pilots is going to cause newsworth injury or death sooner or later, just like bucky balls...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?

DRAGONWEEZEL Kid crashes toy hellicopter, news at 11:00 (190 comments)

There are FAA safety rules for flight, and AMA rules for hobyists. Even small toy helicopters & planes can be quite dangerous.
AMA = Academy for Model Aeronautics (SP?) (This is the group that oversees most model aircraft clubs)

AMA clearly states thou shalt not fly over people, in crowded areas, or in a manner that might end up w/ your aircraft in a situation where it could cause harm.
This is no differnt than driving an RC car on a busy road. NOT BRILLIANT. (Though to be 100% honest, I'm all for cul de sacs, and the occasional county freeway...)

The guy clearly broke AMA rules, and if a member should have his status revoked. Also, I'm sure he broke the law, but befor we go TOO crazy, what if someone hit a softball in downtown NYC? a baseball? a rock... I'm pretty sure aimlessly throwing rocks isn't itself explicitly illegal yet.
IMHO a quadcopter is a rock w/ four props and a helluva battery...

I just can't believe the dumb a$$ lost a decent craft trying to fly near buildings which create crazy vertical wind sheer using GPS at that.
My biggest problem is dicks like this are going to make it harder for guys like me because the public will cry outrage, and think of the children. It won't be long before one of these DO hurt or kill someone.

I'm sure many /.. readers are interested in this kinda stuff. It's a great hobby btw. I suggest reading up on Wattflyer.com, DIYDrones.com, and RCPlanet.com. A bucketload of information abounds for those interested in doing heli's,quads, fixed wing, FPV & Drone flight. Learn to fly on a simulator, then learn again w/ an AMA chartered club. There everywhere, and you'll save tons of $ in broken planes.

about a year ago
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Vendetta Online Becomes the First MMO To Launch Support For the Oculus Rift.

DRAGONWEEZEL HEHE (48 comments)

I'll be stuck playing SC2 for a while, but probably not 9 yrs... :)

about a year ago
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Vendetta Online Becomes the First MMO To Launch Support For the Oculus Rift.

DRAGONWEEZEL Yep, it's 9 years old, and lots of people still (48 comments)

Yep, it's 9 years old, and lots of people still play it. Just like TF2, World fo Warcraft, and a lot of other titles.

about a year ago
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Google Top-Secret "X-Phone" by Motorola Leaked In Wild

DRAGONWEEZEL OMG that article is hard to read. (1 comments)

But it reminds me that I'm sitting here w/ an old clunker of a phone, the Droid RAZR MAXX. I've been wondering if I should grab the S4 when it comes out, or hold out for some Rockin' octocore monstrosity, or a fabled vapor phone.

Now I have one more choice, the vapor X! 2x more XTREME!!!!

about a year and a half ago
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Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:exactly the same as Blockbuster (371 comments)

I did a comparison, and I think they're fleecing everyone...(who buys in)

While there is a diffference between them / Verizon for "unllimiited' accounts. (comparing to sharing 8-10GB, or my grandfathered unlimited plan.) and it's about $20 or so,

They're not really 20$ cheaper w/o the phones, as their model prior model was. if they were, that would rock I'd buy in right now.

about a year and a half ago
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Recovering Data From Broken Hard Drives and SSDs (Video)

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:What is it about, Alphie? (173 comments)

It depends on if the controller is good and if the platter(s) are damaged.

All the software in the world won't fix a bad armature, controller, motor, though a platter can ,if lucky, be read a gazillion times and bit for bit avgd to try and sum up what the original bit shouldhave been. EAC uses a similar things to get audio from damaged CD's

I attempted to fix a fullsize portable backup drive that was 'Knocked" when the poor thing was knocked off the counter onto a tile floor. It got hit just right, slamed into the floor, and the head scraped a concentric ring into the drive. I was looking at it for a friend, I told her she could try a specialized recovery place, but if they "Could" get it back it would be pretty pricey...It's why you don't use a backup drive as your only source of storage....

about a year and a half ago
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Recovering Data From Broken Hard Drives and SSDs (Video)

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:BS Summary (173 comments)

you can recover 1 overwrite actually....

but it gets a lot harder as the number of passes increases, it's effectively destroyed for the next ten years anyway w/ an alternating pass of 0's and 1's. I think the 10 write cycles gets you until technology has increased to the point that a scaning electron microscope is as common as a microwave oven, and star trek style replicators exist..

about a year and a half ago
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Recovering Data From Broken Hard Drives and SSDs (Video)

DRAGONWEEZEL SEE my SIG (173 comments)

This stuff isn't It's not easy,and the costs can go rediculously through the roof. Having done a TINY bit myself, shipping out some work, etc..

See my Sig though, it's all right there.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

DRAGONWEEZEL Re:MaximumPC and Consumer Reports (363 comments)

Ditto for MPC, and I'm not a fan of the PDF at least w/ Google Magazines, because the links aren't clickable. Who the F doesn't have Clickable links in a magazine? Hell, I can click the links in the paper magazine and have the web page come up. *

Mostly, I love MPC because they're writing style is often tongue in cheek and no holds barred. Their podcast is hillarious, though I only listiend to the first 120 or so. (GO GORdon's Rant of the week, they still do that?)

*Hypothetically if I was using google glass...

about a year and a half ago

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Work vs. Pay

DRAGONWEEZEL DRAGONWEEZEL writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DRAGONWEEZEL writes "Hi! I am at a crossroads in my life, and one path leads to excessive responsibillity and mediocre pay, but no commute. The other path leads to good pay, a carrer step up, and a horrible commute. Both jobs have great long term outlooks, and if I succeed at the first, moving above and beyond the later would be simple. I have no education, and came to my knowledge through HKU. (Hard Knox University) My real question is... How long do you work for "submarket pay" to gain easy access to greater responsibility and experiences than your qualifications would indicate that you're capable of? What determines for you that you are "there." How do you make the leap from proving yourself to being payed what you are now worth? I know that if your thinking about spreading your wings, you are usually ready to leave, but right now, my options aren't so clear to me, and I was wondering how You feel about it."
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DRAGONWEEZEL DRAGONWEEZEL writes  |  more than 8 years ago

DRAGONWEEZEL (125809) writes "I am trying to add a new fright to my collection each year, and I was just wondering these few questions:
What is the geekiest thing you have done for Halloween?
What is the least expensive prop that gave the biggest BOO for the Buck?
How / why have you used a computer in your props?"

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