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Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist

StaticEngine Were there even enough Heavy Elements at 15MY? (312 comments)

I'm sure there was plenty of Hydrogen, and probably a lot of Helium at that point, but given that life (as we know it) depends on, at very least, elements up to Sodium (Atomic Number 11), and heaver elements are the result of nucleosynthesis in the exploding cores of dying stars, even with water around, were there enough heavier elements to support life? Was there even enough Oxygen around to form water, regardless of the temperature?

about 9 months ago

The End Of Gravity As a Fundamental Force

StaticEngine Gravity:Entropy, Big Bang:Big Rip (650 comments)

I'm wondering, if Gravity is inversely related to Entropy, then would this explain the initial rapid expansion of the Universe, the settling out, and the relatively recent accelerated expansion of the Universe towards "Heat Death"?

Instants after the Big Bang, there would have been very little entropy, since the Universe was nearly uniform, with almost no differentiation between particles, forces, etc. With little entropy, everything tends to fly apart, quickly. Over a few hundred million years, the Universe becomes more complex, and gravity starts to take hold, slowing the acceleration outwards.

Yet, it had already reached a critical point of expansion where entropty was bound to continue to increase because of the great distances between everything. Thus, gravity weakens on a grand scale, and the expansion of the Universe begins to accelerate again. Would that be a testable (well, it's already observed, right?) prediction of this theory?

Or maybe I should read up on this more.

more than 4 years ago

Companies To Invade Your Retinas As Soon As Next Year?

StaticEngine Re:Prototype in article doesn't seem very practica (245 comments)

See, that's the awesome thing. They put a tiny camera on the other side, then project what the camera sees/the device obscures right onto your retina, plus some extra info. It's like the projector isn't even there!

Sure there are some parallax issues, and one day you forget it's there, go to bed with it on, roll over, and gouge your eye out, but hey, that's the price of progress!

more than 4 years ago

Companies To Invade Your Retinas As Soon As Next Year?

StaticEngine "Fun" Mods (245 comments)

Replace that low power LED with a super-high-power multi-Watt LED!

Hilarity ensues!

(As does screaming, and permanant blindness.)

more than 4 years ago

LHC Successfully Cools To 1.9K In Lead-Up To Restart

StaticEngine Re:If it's not in operation... (177 comments)

If they do find the Higgs in January, they want to have a LOT of jello shots on hand.

more than 3 years ago

Large Hadron Collider Struggling

StaticEngine Re:LHC != Installing a Sink (371 comments)

"unforseen consequences"

Great. Now I _AM_ going to stock up on crowbars.

more than 5 years ago

Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

StaticEngine I was on that dev team (1120 comments)

It was going to be an awesome game. Great team, really bright group, some innovative gameplay... that we wound up seeing in other games about two years later.

Oh well. Most of the people I know from that group have gone on to bigger and better things since. That's the games industry.

more than 5 years ago

Tron Legacy Exposed

StaticEngine Tron 2.0 Videogame - No Longer Cannon? (320 comments)

I really enjoyed the PC game Tron 2.0, put out by Monolith a few years back. It's actually quite clever (some good jokes, and of course the Musak version of the Tron theme plays in "the real world"), and the graphical style makes it almost timeless: it doesn't require high poly count video cards, it's all about that Tron look. The negatives, of course, were that most of the weapons past the disc were superfluous, and the multiplayer lightcycle races grew tiresome after a few rounds. It also had Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan providing voice talent.

I'm excited about a new film, but I'm also torn about what this might do to the story. Still, it's nice to see an interesting IP still has some life in it.

more than 5 years ago

Electricity From Salty Water

StaticEngine Install these on Urinals (301 comments)

Clearly, every time I take a leak, I could be generating power from the mixing of my salty urine with clean water during the flush. Also, I should be pissing onto a tiny waterwheel hooked up to an electric generator, and there should be a Francis Turbine on the flush release outflow.

Next, we'll poop right into a methane extracting farm, and we'll inject pine cones into each person's lungs to extract the exhaled CO2 directly.

It's perfect!

more than 5 years ago

7-Story Wooden Condo Survives 7.5 Magnitude Quake

StaticEngine Re:uh, wow? (146 comments)

Watch the video from inside the building. The earthquake doesn't look that impressive in the outside video because of the scale, and our lack of our ability to sense that properly. However, after viewing the inside video, I can say there's no way I'd want to go through that kind of quake.

more than 5 years ago

Sperm Travels Faster Toward Attractive Females

StaticEngine Re:More Seminal Fluid == Male Thinks Woman is Hot? (347 comments)

Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about his moomlighting.

I honestly hope he donates his prostate to science when he dies. I bet there's something fascinating to be learned there.

more than 5 years ago

Data Center Power Failures Mount

StaticEngine Damn you Michael Bay! (100 comments)

"A blown transformer appears to be the culprit"

I'd heard the new movie was crude, but I didn't realize how crude it actually was!

more than 5 years ago

iPhone Shakes Up the Video Game Industry

StaticEngine Re:Come on (325 comments)

"Shooters do not work well with the touch interface."

Perhaps we should move on to... stabbers.

more than 5 years ago

Sink Your Balls Quickly With Pool-Cue Robots

StaticEngine Seriously? (79 comments)

The only robot I want playing with my balls is portrayed by Summer Glau. But I'll settle for the actual Summer Glau.

more than 5 years ago

Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

StaticEngine Re:Eight Cups?!? (700 comments)

Hey, someone has to build the pontoon rafts!

more than 5 years ago

Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

StaticEngine Re:Eight Cups?!? (700 comments)

Get some exercise. Run a couple of miles every other day, or bike regularly.

Don't code right up to the point where you go to bed. Do something different to take your mind off code for at least 30 minutes, then go to bed. Read a book. Watch a show. Clean the kitchen. Anything.

You'll find that you're tired on a regular schedule, and your mind will be less code-racy.

more than 5 years ago

Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

StaticEngine Eight Cups?!? (700 comments)

Seriously dude, slow down. My wife used to drink about four Starbucks espresso drinks a day, and she noticed she was visibly trembling. Her doctors told her her heartbeat was erratic and racing, so she cut down to one or two coffee drinks a day. She's much more normal now.

The "geek chic" lifestyle, massive amounts of caffiene and Red Bulls, pulling all nighters to punch out code, scarfing down whole pizzas and gaming until all hours, it's not really good for you. Moderate. Get some exercise. Take multivitamins and get a good nights sleep. You can actually be as productive with healthy living and one cup of coffee as you are in stimulant and sugar overload, and you won't be burning the candle at both ends.

Plus, you really won't have to worry about withdrawal when you're stuck on an island with no WiFi, no coffee, but plenty of hot native girls.

more than 5 years ago

National Ignition Facility Fires 192-Beam Pulse

StaticEngine Re:indeed (438 comments)

Wait, you have a plant that grows coal? Are you selling seed packets?

more than 5 years ago



Residential or DIY Wind Power?

StaticEngine StaticEngine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

StaticEngine writes "I live on a hillside in mildly windy Seattle, WA, and I certainly wouldn't mind making use of the "free energy" that Nature is providing. I'm particularly interested in Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, because of the ability to handle turbulent and multidirectional wind, plus the asthetic reasons. Searching the 'tubes turns up lots of Wind Turbine startups, or companies with limited distribution ranges and largely commercial targetting. Perhaps I'm not looking in the right places, but I'm having difficulty finding companies with installed, proven residential wind generators for sale. Can anyone recommend a company that sells and installs residential VAWT systems to the Pacific NW? Alternately, has anyone here made a reasonable DIY VAWT, and would they be willing to share their experience and plans?"


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