top You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
My first though without even reading the summary:
Of course pointing it to the South would "catch" more integrated spectrum, but not all of that can be converted to electricity efficiently (they are more efficient for longer wavelength), so it should not *hurt* much to till them westwards (or eastwards), where/when blue light ("useless for") is filtered by the atmosphere...
By the way, blue light is still absorbed/heats/damages the cells, but not gets converted to voltage. Or some such...
Aligning with peak demand might make more sense though.
top Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate
There is a reason we have two ears -- to be able to distinguish the direction the sound is coming from!
But it is not actively clicking and listening to the echo (though probably it would work much worse for a blind person who is also deaf on one ear!)...
top The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You
Remind me to start a company specialising in generating 3D CAD models of custom dildos!
By the way, have they figured out how to print softer, rubber-like materials yet? I have an idea of a sister company too...
top Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)
I would say that an entity that managed to get there and posess some mined material up the Earth gravity well can probably deal with attempts to de-legalize it rather efficiently.
top Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium
I thought that in 21st century we are talking about Gbits/inch^2, not just bits...
top Meet the MOSS Modular Robots (Video)
Electronics there is probably not rad-hard... Bioagents should be OK though!
top How Reactive Programming Differs From Procedural Programming
top Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field
Mod parent up! Informative, instead
top How Earth's Biosignature Will Change As the Planet Dies
Should become nice and warm, I hope!
top New Headphones Generate Sound With Carbon Nanotubes
Could be nice way of sidestepping the Chinese and their "rare earth" near-monopoly.
Judging from the author's names and affiliation, I quite doubt that it was their main motivation...
Yang Wei *, Xiaoyang Lin , Kaili Jiang *, Peng Liu , Qunqing Li , and Shoushan Fan
Department of Physics and Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China
But, it's still VERY COOL!
top Keeping Data Secret, Even From Apps That Use It
I think it was in the news recently, a lot, but not for their Linux contributions...
Though, maybe those were referenced too, along with some other contribs to MS, standards organisations, etc.
If anything, I am sure that someone is giving close and fresh look into SElinux parts right now...
top White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care
'Zero' is still 'zero' whether measured in metric or standard.
Not if you are talking about temperature measured in degrees C vs. F vs. K!
Agreed with the rest of your comment though...
about a year and a half ago
top Researchers Report Super-Powered Battery Breakthrough
If my cell phone can transmit 30 times farther, I'm guessing that the power will drain from the battery 30 times faster.
Assuming that your cellphone transmit unidirectionally (as it's natural for a cellphone to do!), is not getting 30 times the 'r' requires 'r^2' more power, i.e., your battery will drain 900 times faster?
top Crowdfunding Open Source Software Enhancements and Bug Fixes
No, it does not -- the site is already
/.ed, at 4 comments into this discussion... ;-)
top The 'Linux Inside' Stigma
Why the heck Apple has OS-X and no BSD inside stickers, for many years now?
top Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House
But, 1/32 of an inch is represented *exactly* in binary (0.00001) as opposed to its value in mm (0.11001011001100110011001101), where one little bit past wordlength might, indeed, die...
top Supercomputer Repossessed By State, May Be Sold In Pieces
A Beowolf clusted of these!
top Laser Fusion Put On a Slow Burn By US Government
In the context of this article, I misread your last words as "and reigniting our leaders", which might be appropriate too!
But, I am cheering for General Fusion anyway!
top The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China
Now, let's try to implement it... I suggest to start with Lenovo laptops, and we only need to outsource USB dongle and exploding battery production somewhere, I suggest China, they have experience mass-producing thing!
Wait! All your matching parts (laptop, dongle, battery) are made where? In... China?
top Gate One 1.1 Released: Run Vim In Your Browser
I liked ATDT5551212 touch... Feeling nostalgic today, I'd guess...
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