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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Hussman32 Re:Unintended consequences (163 comments)

I'm trying to decide if you're joking or not. The article says 0.5 liters per hour, which is frankly less than you sweat, so in this case it's a zero sum. You also expire a half kilo of water every night by breathing...I think we don't need to worry about sandworms just yet.

2 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Hussman32 Re:Hmmm ... (163 comments)

I ride about five to six hours a week, and there are the occasional 3-4 hour rides where I would drain my bidon and wouldn't mind having it filled for me without having to stop. Not saying I would buy this in its current form, but it wouldn't be much extra power to have an induction generator or something attached to the wheel for the novelty of it. I had some rides while training for the Ironman where this would have been welcome.

I think I'll post this to slowtwitch.com and get their opinions.

Plus, you don't need a 5K USD bike to add a 50 dollar attachment, hell, I spent that much on my rear facing camera/LED light.

2 days ago
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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

Hussman32 Re:What? (55 comments)

My limited understanding is the reason advertisers still view Nielsen ratings is for the demographics (i.e. 18-49 male, 18-49 female...). You can't get those from DVR and streaming viewing, you need a family doing the diary work. Netflix now has profiles which may eventually help, but for now the ancient creaking machine of Nielsen still determines how a company's advertising dollar is spent.

2 days ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Hussman32 Re:Hydrogen is a nice alternative (192 comments)

One of the primary issues I see is separation costs and poor energy efficiency. With gas (petrol on the other side of the pond), energy is expended to boil a bunch of oil and filter out the primarily six-seven-eight carbon molecules at about 350 kJ/kg, which is easily stored and distributed in liquid form to yield about 42,000 kJ/kg upon combustion. That's a nice 100:1 energy produced/separation energy without any need for compression. Obviously more energy is needed to procure the oil, pre-process it, etc.

So look at hydrogen. Rough numbers are to electrolyze 1 kilogram water to hydrogen and oxygen is about 13,000 kJ/kg of water, and the energy yield is about 16,000 kJ/kg, or about 1:1 energy produced/energy to separate, and that's not including purifying the water before electrolysis, separating the hydrogen (assuming a membrane separation), compressing it, and then using it.

This leads to using hydrogen only from natural gas, and then I'm not sure what problem we are solving if we are trying to eliminate carbon.

4 days ago
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Researchers Use DNA To Record a Cell's Life History

Hussman32 Re:An idea from a novel written 30 years ago. (48 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Music_(novel)

A good book, but IIRC, that was about sentient cells, not memory recording.

about a week ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Hussman32 Re:It's HBO and... (242 comments)

I haven't seen Interstellar yet, so no comment. The Nolan Batman movies were a helluva lot better than Schumacher, and a bit better than Burton.

The Prestige was watchable at least, and you forgot to mention that he wrote Memento, one of my all time favorites.

I think he'll do better than Lindelof or other SF writers, ideally you'd get Rian Johnson, but he is apparently booked for a while.

about a week ago
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Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless

Hussman32 Re:caesium 137 bioaccumulates (113 comments)

Cesium is an alkali metal, which means it readily exchanges into and out of the salts in your body. The biological half-life of cesium is about 70 days, so it wouldn't accumulate in humans as you describe as long as there is a source of non-active cesium to replace it.

We're also talking 8 atomic disintegrations per second (individual atoms are being counted here)...we get more activity from the long ago weapons tests than we do from Fukushima.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Hussman32 It's HBO and... (242 comments)

...Jonathan Nolan that will make this good. HBO is careful about choosing show runners for these projects, and I think they'll treat it with the proper gravitas. Even the changes in the Leftovers were fine.

Just when will they start? Asimov wrote the prequels later, and they were really tight stories about Hari Seldon and the formation of the Foundation. However, the Golan Trevize storyline was great too. The Mule was short, I don't think you could base a series on it.

Maybe they'll cross-cut timelines from before The Sack to the ultimate end of the story.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Hussman32 Re:Obama (704 comments)

Interesting analogy. Carrying it further, in the US commercial trucks have to pay higher taxes relative to non-commercial drivers because their heavy trucks cause more road damage. I'm still not clear on which path is best for Net Neutrality, but I'm wary of one-shot solutions like this.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Pondering $1.5 Million Stratospheric Airship Competition

Hussman32 Not sure of the cost benefit of this (47 comments)

From the article:

A requirement is being considered that competitors must independently gain FAA approval for their airships and provide a location for demonstration.

How would you get these approvals and location for anything close to a million dollars?

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

Hussman32 Re:Reminds me of Tribes (183 comments)

Skiing was the best, that and other features made Tribes unique.

However, there was definitely a Baby Bear for Tribes mods, base play could be limiting, but sometimes you had mods with rapid fire on grenades and you basically spent the whole game time getting fragged.

There was one mod with an Engineer class that was between a light and heavy and it could carry a transporter and had a sniper rifle. That mod in particular looked like the game play demo and prompted my comment.

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

Hussman32 Reminds me of Tribes (183 comments)

It looks like one of the modded versions of Tribes I used to play in the late 90's. Definitely improved graphics and such, I wonder how the game play will be different. As a person who was a true Starcraft junkie, I rarely dismiss what Blizzard creates.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Hussman32 Re:It's a Small Universe (429 comments)

The definition of the universe I've followed is 'All the known mass and energy', not all the known space/volume.

about two weeks ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Hussman32 Re:No thank you (267 comments)

My understanding from fanboy sites is that J.J. recognizes the criticisms on lens flares and he's backing off on them. Same with the time travel reboots.

about two weeks ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Hussman32 Re:No thank you (267 comments)

I think you got two out of three. Man of Steel, while I give a lot of credit for the production design and origin story, had way too many buildings getting Superman/Zod trails followed up with Primal Screams...Richard Donner's version was much better (except for the world rotating backwards, I personally view it as a visualization that he had the power to reverse time).

I'm definitely looking forward to Episode VII.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

Hussman32 Re:Do they think they won't get caught? (219 comments)

Heh, people tell me all the time that I have 'delusions of grandeur,' but they are a bunch of nobodies and who cares what they think.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

Hussman32 Do they think they won't get caught? (219 comments)

What I don't understand is how someone could believe that they wouldn't get caught. We all know now that everything we do on a networked computer is logged, and someday the government infrastructure will find the transactions and prosecute them. Are they thinking the amount of money was small enough to avoid notice?

about two weeks ago

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