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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Nethemas the Great Re:Quarantine? (344 comments)

According to YouTube cavity checks are standard fare so I wouldn't rule it out...

11 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Nethemas the Great Re:Lone star... (344 comments)

You know, I always thought the fences they keep building along the Mexican border should have been located a bit farther north.

11 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Nethemas the Great Re:Fristy Pawst! (344 comments)

Oh enlightened one, if only people of the world might sit at your feet and learn all that you know...

11 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Nethemas the Great Re:And the problem with this is? (450 comments)

Power companies have gas or oil powered plants to compensate during peek usage or other times when additional power is required. I'm not sure the point you're trying to make. I'm suggesting that power companies take advantage of market trends by adding solar installation and maintenance businesses. Kind of like how some natural gas companies offer appliance maintenance.

yesterday
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Nethemas the Great And the problem with this is? (450 comments)

I fail to see a problem with local/green energy production. Power distribution infrastructure is terribly vulnerable, horribly inefficient, and more often than not attached to a chimney.

Too many industries have the philosophy of "if it's broke, don't fix it." It's time to develop and employ 21st century technology, join up or stand aside. There's no reason power companies can switch their business model up a bit and adapt. Perhaps add SolarCity style businesses to their portfolio.

yesterday
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Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

Nethemas the Great Re:Another Factor? (125 comments)

Boeing was going to get one of the contracts regardless. They have the favor of Congress and a very long history in aerospace. Sierra Nevada had to compete with SpaceX to which they fail miserably. At this point compared to SpaceX, Sierra Nevada has proven precious little to NASA and are asking for substantially more money. Not only is SpaceX already successfully delivering and returning payloads for NASA but their proposal for manned transport is merely an evolution of their already flying equipment. Sierra Nevada hasn't even gotten to space yet with a test vehicle. That isn't expected to happen until Nov. 2016.

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Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

Nethemas the Great Re:Sierra Nevada - - I love their beer! (125 comments)

More likely SpaceX bid exactly, and Boeing overbid, but I guess we'll see in a few years.

For Sierra Nevada it costs little to challenge the contracts. For NASA, choosing Boeing and SpaceX made sense. Boeing has the favor of Congress, and a very long history in aerospace. SpaceX is the young upstart with a startling reach that continues to make good on promises yet has zero of the inefficiencies endemic to old fat cats like Boeing. To date, Sierra Nevada has proven precious little with expected costs well more than SpaceX even if not as much as Boeing. That Boeing was going to win a contract was a given for many reasons, Sierra Nevada had to compete not with them but with SpaceX, at which they fail miserably.

yesterday
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Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

Nethemas the Great Re:Boeing bought more politicians. (125 comments)

That would add inefficiencies to the process as well as limit investment in long term higher capability solutions in favor of playing it safe.

At this point a certain amount of customization is generally required to be made for the payloads going up. Some missions offer more flexibility than others, but generally you have to know the launch system ahead of time, not pick it after the fact.

From the launch company's perspective, they can only reach as far as they can be assured they can afford. From the investor's perspective the chance of ROI is riskier when a company has the promise of one paying job, instead of say ten paying jobs. NASA can be criticized for many things, but I'm not sure this is one of them. It's rather hard to have a buyer's market with out adequate competition. NASA is fostering the creation of that competition with the COTS and C3PO programs.

There seems to be a perception that these contract batches are the only ones that will be offered, they are not. There are plenty more contracts that will be up for bid in the future. I can guess at reasons for which Boeing was chosen over Sierra Nevada for this round but it doesn't mean Sierra Nevada is excluded from future rounds. Call it a hunch but given that SpaceX is offering the same services for almost half the cost of Boeing, Boeing probably isn't going to fare quite so well in the next round should they SpaceX succeed at delivering. Unless politicians intervene, SpaceX will be setting the bar for future contracts.

yesterday
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Nethemas the Great Re:The "old boys' club" (333 comments)

The limited scope of government (federal at least) is a primary contributor to much of the bulls**t taking place within the states. Ironically, whenever citizens are grieved by their local governments they expect Mr. Obama (or current) to save them. Not Congress, not their state government, and definitely not their municipal legislators. A quick scan of the "We the People" petition site proves just how little people understand the governments presiding over them.

2 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Nethemas the Great Re:The "old boys' club" (333 comments)

I cannot say whether they are or are not. However, given that dealerships traditionally make their money from the service side, not sales, it is easy to see why dealers would not want to sell Teslas or other EVs from manufacturers that they're already selling for (think Nissan Leafs, and Chevy Volts). Compared to ICE powered cars, EVs require substantially less maintenance.

2 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Nethemas the Great Re:The "old boys' club" (333 comments)

In order to sell something in a particular location you need to have a point of presence in that location. When this "Interstate Commerce Clause" was conceived, no one had in mind that Iowans would be prevented from hitching up their wagons and driving to California to buy their plow. They were addressing issues such as the Iowan government baring, imposing tariffs, or otherwise restricting the flow of Californian goods and services in Iowa.

2 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Nethemas the Great Re:Good to see this kind of crap (333 comments)

You do not need to provide a complete and better solution before pointing out the flaws in an existing one. While being anti-capitalistic in its own right, elucidating problems, sharing discoveries and ideas is the most efficient means of coming to a solution for any particular challenge. Capitalism is capable of achieving only local maximum. The easiest way to see this is to imagine the nations of the world all comporting themselves as the Western world does. Capitalism by definition is a pyramid wherein each layer stands upon the back of others. With each rise in elevation fewer are able to be supported. Until utopia has been achieved for all, we should not rest with what we have.

2 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Nethemas the Great Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (333 comments)

I think the most efficient means for Tesla to squash this regulatory capture is probably to focus on building momentum for it's vehicles as well as manufacturer direct sales and maintenance in those states presenting no or minimal obstacles. It's far harder for the entrenched interests to fight ubiquity and "me too" protests than it is to fight a team of lawyers from a start up company with right on their side.

2 days ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

Nethemas the Great Re:"Photorealistic" (131 comments)

You're missing the point. Their technology isn't solely for the purpose of gaming. They are soon to start pursuing it for games, but this is already being commercially leveraged for a problem domain that was sorely needing the help. Point cloud mapping of real life for engineering and planning.

5 days ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:Container ships (491 comments)

Convenient but, realistically pirates have no use for a cargo vessel beyond ransom. Nuclear fuel rods aren't exactly something they can walk into a reactor, pluck out and carry off either.

Regardless of what powers the vessel, or its cargo, there's no reason why private security cannot be installed on them. Or as an AC put it less tactfully "Just shoot the damn pirates before they get close enough to come aboard."

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:Super-capacitors? (491 comments)

Ok. SolarCity then.

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:Container ships (491 comments)

They out of sight, out of mind. Further, there's really no one to regulate them. Most ocean going boats are registered in countries with the least stringent of regulations and neither the motivation nor ability to do otherwise.

Frankly, if ever there was a case to be made for nuclear power, it would be these boats.

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:Super-capacitors? (491 comments)

You have to start some where. Everyone likes to poke at China, but last I checked, per-capita the U.S. is still the world's largest polluter. China carries roughly half the world's solar panel production and is second only to Germany in installed capacity. As an investor in renewables, China is well in the lead of ever other nation.

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

Ocean going vessels to my understanding have basically no pollution controls on them nor emission standards that they must follow. Consequently they make up some of the worst sources of environmental pollution. Ideally they'd be nuclear powered, but even if they were to implement even basic pollution controls they'd make a world (pun intended) of difference.

about three weeks ago

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Beer drones grounded by the FAA

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 8 months ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Ice fishermen on Lake Waconia in Minnesota were pleasantly surprised when a Wisconsin brewery, Lakemaid, flew a twelve-pack of their frothy suds over the icy wastes to their warm fishing cabins using a hefty, remote-controlled quadcopter. It was a match made in zero-degree weather: the brewery took orders and flew their drones out to the fishermen who, in turn, didn’t have to trudge to the shore for liquid refreshment. The FAA, however, didn’t find the arrangement so appealing."
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Hear Your Favorite Theme Songs Played by a Floppy-Drive Orchestra

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "While making music with computers is nothing new, it’s rarely quite so literal as the melodies of Youtube user MrSolidSnake74, who transformed eight floppy disk drives into an orchestra of MIDI magic. In the gallery above, you can hear his arrangements based on popular themes from Super Mario Bros, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Mega Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Game of Thrones and more, as performed by his floppy disk “instruments.”"
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Ballmer Sells $1.3B Worth of Microsoft Shares

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reported to have sold $1.3B worth of Microsoft shares and expects to clear 25.7 million more for a total 75 million shares by year-end. Ballmer has stated it's for tax preparation and portfolio diversification however, this major sell off will certainly fuel the growing concern that Microsoft is falling behind and failing to adapt to new trends in computing."
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Unambiguous Evidence of Water on the Moon

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 5 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "Information has leaked ahead of the scheduled NASA press conference tomorrow that we have found unambiguous evidence for water on the moon. The follow is quoted from Space.com:

Since man first touched the moon and brought pieces of it back to Earth, scientists have thought that the lunar surface was bone dry. But new observations from three different spacecraft have put this notion to rest with what has been called "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon.

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Plumbing the oceans could bring limitless clean en

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "FOR a company whose business is rocket science Lockheed Martin has been paying unusual attention to plumbing of late. The aerospace giant has kept its engineers occupied for the past 12 months poring over designs for what amounts to a very long fibreglass pipe.

It is, of course, no ordinary pipe but an integral part of the technology behind Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), a clean, renewable energy source that has the potential to free many economies from their dependence on oil.

"This has the potential to become the biggest source of renewable energy in the world," says Robert Cohen, who headed the US federal ocean thermal energy programme in the early 1970s."

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Securing your notebook against US Customs

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country. They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.

Encrypting your entire hard drive, something you should certainly do for security in case your computer is lost or stolen, won't work here. The border agent is likely to start this whole process with a "please type in your password". Of course you can refuse, but the agent can search you further, detain you longer, refuse you entry into the country and otherwise ruin your day.

Bruce Schneier of the UK's Guardian newspaper give us some tips for securing your notebook for border crossings.

I must say upon finding articles such as this I can't help but think to break into song with Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."..."

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Hero Rats Employed in Land Mine Disposal

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Every 20 minutes someone somewhere is hurt or killed by a landmine. In Africa Hero Rats are being trained up to tackle the task of detection. Traditional methods using metal detectors can hit on anything from sardine cans to nails and still miss the plastic cased mines. In each case though they have to be treated as if they're the real deal. The hero rats however, sniff out the explosives with a sense of smell roughly 1 million times stronger than a human and can clear a 100 square meter area in just 30 minutes. What's more unlike their human counter part these guys are so light they don't accidentally set off the mines."
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