top Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water
Steven Chu: I think, well, among some people it hasnâ(TM)t really shifted. I think there was great enthusiasm in some quarters, but I always was somewhat skeptical of it because, right now, the way we get hydrogen primarily is from reforming [natural] gas. Thatâ(TM)s not an ideal source of hydrogen. Youâ(TM)re giving away some of the energy content of natural gas, which is a very valuable fuel. So thatâ(TM)s one problem. The other problem is, if itâ(TM)s for transportation, we donâ(TM)t have a good storage mechanism yet. Compressed hydrogen is the best mechanism [but it requires] a large volume. We havenâ(TM)t figured out how to store it with high density. What else? The fuel cells arenâ(TM)t there yet, and the distribution infrastructure isnâ(TM)t there yet. So you have four things that have to happen all at once. And so it always looked like it was going to be [a technology for] the distant future. In order to get significant deployment, you need four significant technological breakthroughs. That makes it unlikely.
â¦ If you need four miracles, thatâ(TM)s unlikely: saints only need three miracles.
top Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman
Lincoln is actually a Vampire Hunter who can chop down a 12 inch Oak tree just by getting really, really, angry.
top 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase
I vote for everyone other than me paying for fixing the roads.
top Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?
My Grandparents used to buy me comics at flea markets for a couple dollars for a whole box in the 1960s. I actually read quite a few of the old Tales of the Crypt and Vault of Horrors books. I also read Doctor Fate, Sub-mariner, Captain America and the Justice Society books as well as the original Captain Marvel and Shazzam comics.
top Moore's Law Blowout Sale Is Ending, Says Broadcom CTO
more transistors per unit area on a chip is worthless atm. you can have a million cores on a processor, but it will still be slowed down dramatically due to issues with parallelism. someone needs to find a way to increase parallel processor speed.
A guy named
Amdahl says it can't be done except for embarrassingly parallel algorithms.
top How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business
They're saying that as good as you might be as a musician you're probably shite as a recording engineer. And just because you can afford a few (what you think are) decent recording tools doesn't mean that you can use them to create as well engineered and sounding a recording as a person who studies sound engineering and practices mixing (not that easy to do well) every day... as much or more than you practice playing your instrument. Now maybe you can make something that can stand toe to toe with a real studio, but personally I sincerely doubt it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you personally... I doubt anyone could given the limited experience amateurs have compared to day in day out recording engineers, and the amateur equipment you listed
This is false, the current crop of professional sound engineers for the last decade or more have been total crap. They over compress the sound, clip it, and lose all the dynamic range all in the quest for increased loudness. Because loudness sells, quality be damned. I would take an amateur sound engineer over a professional any day.
top Skype: Has Microsoft's $8.5B Spending Paid Off Yet? Can It Ever?
Is Skype disappearing today? If not, then Microsoft does not need to have recovered the cost by now. To make economical sense, they only need to have recouped their losses by the time Skype closes down. And that includes the funneling, loss leader and etc that connecting to all of these other systems will allow for.
You are obviously neither a CPA nor an MBA. The general rule of thumb is that an investment must have a ROI of less that 7 years max, and ideally under 3 years. Otherwise, you are much better off making a different investment choice with 8.5 Billion dolars.
top KDE Software Compilation 4.11 Released
You had me right up until I found they were using RPM. I had far too many RPM database corruptions and circular dependencies to even consider using any distribution that uses it, ever again.
I broke my arm once turning the crank on my Model T Ford. The experience was so horrible, that I will never purchase a Ford again.
top Harlan: a Language That Simplifies GPU Programming
So LISP programmers wear skinny jeans and emo glasses?
You forgot pony tails, gotta have the pony tail to have any cred.
top Masao Yoshida, Director of Fukushima Daichii Nuclear Plant, Has Died
My rule of thumb is to compare a risk to the chance of being hit by lighting. If it is lower than lightning, I don't worry about it. If it is higher, I take a closer look.
top EU To Vote On Suspension of Data Sharing With US
We need another De Gaulle. He gave the finger to the US and to NATO in the sixties, and he absolutely didn't want the UK in the CEE (later to be known as the EU). We don't need Turkey nor Israel in the EU and we certainly don't need the 51st american state either (aka the UK).
The 51st state is Canada. The UK would be 52nd.
top Intel Announces New Enterprise Xeons, More Powerful Xeon Phi Cards
Uh... that's what these Xeon Phi cards are. Lots of cores. FYI, that 80-core research chip wasn't x86.
Actually larabee was exactly 80 486DX cores on one die. They just couldn't figure out how to get them to do useful work (They were thinking graphics processing of all things). So they rethought their approach and canceled that project.
about a year and a half ago
top NetBSD To Support Kernel Development In Lua Scripting
There are multiple non-"C" DSL languages and virtual machines in the BSD kernels already and they have been there for over 20 years.
Here is a prime example
Lua is a very clean, small, and relatively fast object oriented language. It is probably the best possible choice for a general purpose dynamic language to embed in a kernel.
top RIM Co-Founder Drops His Stock
Wasn't he ousted earlier? Might this be a case of sour grapes and a way to get back and give RIM, I mean Blackberry, a bit of a
top Bee Venom Has "Botox-Like Effect," Is Worth 7 Times As Much As Gold
What could possibly go wrong
top Gmail Drops Support for Connecting To Pop3 Servers With Self -Signed Certs
Google can do what they want. This move improves security. Sometimes you have to force people to wake up so that they move their feet out of the fire.
I would argue and better qualified people than I would agree, that self signed certs are actually more secure for uses like this.
top Laser Fusion Put On a Slow Burn By US Government
Good riddance to ITER? ITER was funded without the US initially and it will continue to be funded without the US. Enjoy buying your Fusion reactors from the EU and Japan in
top MESSENGER Probe Finds Strong Evidence of Ice On Mercury
Lester Del Rey under a psuedonym and it had not only ice on the dark side of Mercury, but also Frozen Oxygen.
top Interviews: Director Daniel Knight On Troll Bridge, Color Correction, and He-man
Am I the only one that thought Evilynne was smoking hot? Gota love bad girls.