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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

Ol Biscuitbarrel Centurions (191 comments)

Read the headline and wondered if they weren't bouncing back via the lucrative "toaster" market. So say we all!

about a week ago

Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

I am not for the tax breaks but the state of Arizona should come out ahead even after them.

The factory will be in Nevada, you're getting your arid wastelands mixed up. Arizona = massive chasms/cacti, Nevada = slot machines/nuke tests.

about a week ago

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:This is robusta coffee they're talking about (166 comments)

"Though widely known as Coffea robusta, the plant is scientifically identified as Coffea canephora, which has two main varieties, Robusta and Nganda."

about two weeks ago

This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Los Angeles (103 comments)


about two weeks ago

Wikipedia Reports 50 Links From Google 'Forgotten', Issues Transparency Report

Ol Biscuitbarrel No more Discussion search too (81 comments)

Google also recently axed its very useful Discussion search function: Where has the discussion search filter gone? - Google Product Forums No reason given - ostensibly to combat piracy in bootlegging forums? And to kill grandmothers who are trying to figure out why they have these shooting pains racing up their left arm. Oh yeah, etc. Nice one, Google. Just another instance of them being useless pains in the ass for whatever reason.

about a month ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

The 11% figure is from Mythbusters too, there's an actual company, Fastskinz, which builds much more subtle looking coverings which failed to make the grade in one test: Fastskinz Test Drive: Can a Golf Ball Covering Improve MPGs? - Popular Mechanics

Along the way, we periodically checked the fuel-economy readout on the dash display of both vehicles. At 139.9 miles, the Fastskinz Flex was returning 27.2 mpg while the unwrapped Flex showed 28.4 mpg. At 271.1 miles, the Fastskinz Flex was delivering 23.7 mpg and the unwrapped Flex showed 24.1 mpg. We drove until the gaslight glowed in both cars, which turned out to be 430 miles. Back at the gas pump, we filled each Flex in the same manner we did that morning. The Fastskinz Flex returned 24.52 mpg and the unwrapped Flex returned 24.55 mpg. The dash display read 24.8 mpg in the Fastskinz Flex and 25.6 mpg in the unwrapped Flex.

Essentially, in our test, we found no real fuel-economy improvement from the Fastskinz MPG-Plus wrap. And if you trust Ford's MPG displays, the Fastskinz Flex actually delivered slightly worse fuel economy on our loop. So two identical vehicles, on an identical route at identical speeds, with the same drivers, on the same day, returned nearly the same fuel economy. Where did MPG-Plus go wrong?

about 2 months ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Yeah, "disruptive" (165 comments)

The biography of former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard who eats Mexican babies." [1]

about 2 months ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

They have 131 reviews on Google+, but 126 of those are from the last week. The 5 from the further in the past seem more favorable, FWTW.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Ol Biscuitbarrel From-the-career-path-department (509 comments)

Slashdot editor. Those guys are set for life! Timothy even has a lordship!

about 2 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:There is no model E (247 comments)

It's Tesla Motors, so why not "Model T"? Oh, wait...

about 2 months ago

Secret of the Banjo's Unique Sound Discovered By Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:banjo is for poor people (101 comments)

Actually the highest priced banjo on eBay is currently going for $24,900. Some vintage 5 strings sell for ca. $75k or more; by my informal estimate your average bluegrass musician spends about $1.5k on their instrument, some more than that. Contrast that with how you can buy a serviceable electric guitar at box stores for $200. I don't know what the typical rocker is spending these days, and indeed some spend tens of thousands on old Fenders and Gibsons, but I'd reckon that bluegrass banjo players are anything but poor.

about 3 months ago

Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:One Sample (151 comments)

It's romanticizing them, if you'd call picturing the Neanderthals as brutish carnivores romantic. In similar fashion Jean Auel popularized the theory of a cult based around worship of the cave bear, but it turned out those fossils simply turned out to be from bears who died during hibernation in caves where Homo sapiens neanderthal happened to have inhabited earlier/later.

about 3 months ago

New Mars Crater Spotted In Before-and-After Pictures

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Meters? (41 comments)

No no no, it's a typo for "meteors," and "Phillip J" at Yahoo says the mean of meteors is about the size of a grain of sand, so grain of sand x 50. Pretty small. I think.

about 4 months ago

US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Who the heck (411 comments)

Maybe the submitter just displays complex/rippled grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

about 4 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:words (373 comments)

Cobain actually varied the spelling of his name off and on to mess with people, "Curt" is found in some autographs.

about 4 months ago

James Cameron and Eric Schmidt's SOI Grieve Loss of Nereus ROV

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:WOW (72 comments)

"Mike Cameron, brother to James, is a super-smart aerospace engineer. He came up with a way to film at 12,600 feet underwater, and JPL wants to use the technology to explore one of the moons of Jupiter."

Oh great, haven't they read the memo about attempting no landings there? Now those aliens are going to get all monolith on our asses.

about 4 months ago


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