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Carbon-Negative Energy Machines Catching On

MeepMeep Re:Key phrase (228 comments)

Further down the journalist writes:

many energy sources in the developing world can cost 50 or 60 cents per kilowatt, a PowerPallet can do it for a dime

Which does not really add up with costing "less than $2 a watt", unless it should have said "a lot less" in which case $2 is just misleading. I would be interested to know which is true, though. The technology seems both interesting and useful.

another post cleared up the "less than $2 a watt" as being the initial machine cost

I suspect that the comparison in the developing world of "50 to 60 cents per kilowatt" is a typo, they probably meant "50 to 60 cents per kilowatt-hour" which is the cost of electricity. That the gasifier can do it for 10 cents per kWr is pretty amazing, I pay more than that...but I guess biomass\feedstock for the gasifer is probably super-cheap in the developing world

about a year ago

Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

MeepMeep Re:A truly useful gaming appliance (271 comments)

It'll only steam, not vacuum.

So you're saying...it doesn't suck?

about a year ago

Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

MeepMeep Re:Sour grapes (473 comments)

Maybe captchas should be supplemented with logic puzzles to ensure commenters are actually capable of rational thought as well as pattern recognition.

If we did that, we'd lose half the comments.


about a year ago

Illuminating Window-Less Houses With a Plastic Bottle

MeepMeep Re:The lamps work best with a black cap (240 comments)

IIRC, the problem with the original soda cap plastic is that it degrades quickly in sunlight (UV) so it would eventually fail. I guess the film canister is made of a material resistant to UV.

about a year ago

Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

MeepMeep Re:De Lorian (452 comments)

Pretty soon Tesla will have sold as many cars as De Lorian.

Your spelling is atro shus

about a year and a half ago

Ikea Foundation Introduces Better Refugee Shelter

MeepMeep Re:Makes sense (163 comments)

Considering the people who need it don't own anything....maybe LACK?

Wait, that's taken

about a year and a half ago

Iain M. Banks Gets Asteroid Named After Him

MeepMeep Re:posthumous (30 comments)

Apparently, Mr. Galache tried to get it through as fast as possible but unfortunately Mr. Banks passed away too soon.

I hope Mr. Galache does not mind my reposting of his post from http://friends.banksophilia.com/guestbook :

J.L. Galache on July 2, 2013 at 2:06 am said:
Dear Iain,

We never met, and never will, but your words will remain with me forever. Well, until it’s my turn to turn the lights off. And let me be clear that it’s the Sci-Fi words I’ll keep, not the mainstream ones you used to subsidize them. I admit to not having read all your Sci-Fi novels, but I do have a day job, you know?

Speaking of which, my job as an astronomer at the Minor Planet Center allowed me the opportunity to propose that the International Astronomical Union name an asteroid after you. I really did try hard to get it through the bureaucracy as fast as possible, but alas the naming came a fortnight too late. As I say in my article, I’d like to think you would have been amused by this:


Dear Adele,

I hope you can accept this humble gift on Iain’s behalf. Even if he is ever forgotten (and he won’t be), his name will remain as that of asteroid Iainbanks, a 6.1 km hunk of rock orbiting our Sun between Mars and Jupiter every 3.94 years.

May it orbit forever.


—JL Galache
Minor Planet Center

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

MeepMeep Re:This one gives an idea: (277 comments)

Wasn't that an April Fool's Day joke article?

about a year and a half ago

Former Scientologist: CoS Told Brin It Wanted Only "Good" Search Results

MeepMeep Re:CoS is a cult ... (205 comments)

Read your own news story.

They may have started the riots, but the first man to die was a monk slain by Muslims.

Retaliation is perfectly acceptable.

Pursing the specific killer\killers of the first monk might be acceptable.

Starting a riot and murdering dozens of people just because they happen to be Muslim is not acceptable. At least not to me.

about a year and a half ago

Demonoid Resurrection Dismissed As Malware Was Legitimate

MeepMeep Re:It's a trap? (83 comments)

Same for me, my old account is still there and I logged in.

However, when i checked for some rare torrents that I knew were there before, they were gone.

I'm with you on hoping the rare torrents getting seeded again - that was Demonoid's niche in the torrent community

about a year and a half ago

Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

MeepMeep Re:Solved? Not quite. (513 comments)

I know this is breaking the rules, but I've read TFA. The DNA sample was found on a lighter in the girl's bag next to her body.

Not just on the lighter

From TFA:
" ...cigarette lighter found in Vaatstra's bag which contains dna traces that match the traces found on the schoolgirl's body. "

more than 2 years ago

Standard For Electric Car Charging Announced

MeepMeep Re:Hundreds? (212 comments)

How can there be 100's of different plug varieties when there areonly 10's of different elctric cars yet.

I think the 'hundreds of plug varieties' comment is hyperbole

Also, how can plug-design speed up charge time 24 times?

The plug design change added more pins (the DC ones) and those can be used to deliver more amps quickly

more than 2 years ago

Apple Quietly Drops iOS Jailbreak Detection API

MeepMeep Re:Reasons (164 comments)

Considering some of the postings I've seen, I'm not even sure if some posters read the title

about 4 years ago

What Are the Best Valentine's Day Stunts?

MeepMeep Re:Dumbest Valentine ads (470 comments)

Don't all guys wanna give their girlfriends a 'hard drive'?

Most girlfriends usually don't mind, as long as it isn't SCSI...

I'm here til Thursday, try the veal

more than 4 years ago

EEStor Issued a Patent For Its Supercapacitor

MeepMeep Re:But How To Charge It? (603 comments)

From the Wikipedia's EEStor article, you CAN fast charge at home without a ridiculous electrical system -- IF you have a second EESU that slowcharges overnight:


"Overnight charging at home should still be practical,[6] as is using a second EESU for the home which could be charged overnight using cheap, off-peak electricity to then charge the EEStor unit in the car in 5-10 minutes on demand - and deliver cheap electric power to the house too, making expensive peak power plants obsolete.[7]"

about 6 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

MeepMeep Re:Fallout from the election (3709 comments)

I think once you wander through Grayditch, you'll notice some ants...

more than 6 years ago


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