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UncleWilly Mechanical Adding Machines (790 comments)

Shorter span then the typewriter I believe. My dad had one up to the 1960's.

about two weeks ago

Hubble Reveals a Previously Unknown Dwarf Galaxy Just 7 Million Light Years Away

UncleWilly Hubble EOL (70 comments)

Isn't the Hubble past end-of-life? (per specs) Simply amazing. The Hubble telescope is like my old Jeep. Old technology, not much to look at, lots of dented/squeaky bits, but it just keeps ticking without much maintenance.

about a month ago

Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

UncleWilly next gen batteries (293 comments)

I believe next generation batteries will be able to charge much faster; a 5-10 minute full charge seems to be achievable.

about 2 months ago

Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

UncleWilly Do I see..? (113 comments)

Is that Curiosity? I can't tell if it's waving..or giving the finger?

about 4 months ago

Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

UncleWilly Re:Of course it does. (173 comments)

I agree, not being an astrophysicists, but it just makes common sense.

about 4 months ago

Boeing To Take Space Tourists On Its CST-100 Spacecraft To the ISS

UncleWilly Re:Public access (47 comments)

Am I missing something? Won't NASA pay (Boeing, or whomever) for uplifts aboard the CST-100? Or is NASA buying CST-100's, like the next shuttle.

about 4 months ago

Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

UncleWilly Re:Do We Want Our Gov't to regulate the drones? (94 comments)

What bothers me more is how the FAA didn't see this coming. Really? Seems more like "we need to let all the lobbyist voice ($) their opinions so we know what regulations to make".

about 4 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

UncleWilly Re:Simple answer (800 comments)

Another vote for this being the correct answer.

about 9 months ago

Russian Meteor Largest In a Century

UncleWilly I thought it was a piece of comet (196 comments)

I thought it was a piece of comet that exploded over Siberia's Tunguska river in 1908 - I also thought it was common knowledge - go figure.

about 2 years ago

In a Symbolic Shift, IBM's India Workforce Likely Exceeds That In US

UncleWilly IBM (491 comments)

India Business Machines!

more than 2 years ago

Sun's Twin Discovered — the Perfect SETI Target?

UncleWilly Your are correct sir (168 comments)

They are probably still driving Pintos

more than 2 years ago

Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sales

UncleWilly expected outcome (599 comments)

It's kind of a do-nothing-well car for $40,000USD

more than 2 years ago

Web Developer Sentenced To Death In Iran

UncleWilly Wait and See (368 comments)

He will end up being pardoned and sent back to Canada, thus showing Iran as having an enlightened justice system. We've seen this over and over again.

about 3 years ago

Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

UncleWilly Re:Rope! (295 comments)

Rope is great, but reels are about 10 minutes max; so with a 80 minute film it's likely 10-14 long takes

more than 4 years ago

Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

UncleWilly Re:Solution (1140 comments)

Here is my solution, stop getting new laptops with less vertical pixels; it's not like you can't find them.

more than 4 years ago

Can We Travel To That Exciting New Exoplanet?

UncleWilly 1040 years (662 comments)

I bet in the next 1000 years humans could figure out how to make the trip at half the speed of light (40 years).

more than 4 years ago

'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt

UncleWilly This just in (484 comments)

Water is still wet.

Really, anyone who is even moderately interested in history realizes that this has been going on in the USA since Washington left office (1797), maybe earlier.

I would put it to the readers that overall "the great experiment" has turned out better than one could have hoped. Secret wars, deals and shenanigans are generally less prevalent as the decades roll on (granted this is also evident world-wide). 100 years ago most of Europe was run by a dozen Emperors, Kings and Queens who were mostly all related (lol @ accountability). There are no more Rothschilds/Habsburgs.

more than 4 years ago

Jaguar's Hybrid Jet-Powered Concept Car

UncleWilly Sweet (334 comments)

Does anyone else this these wheels would look sweet on my 2001 Saturn?

more than 4 years ago


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