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Dremel Releases 3D Printer

Wing_Zero Re:Underspecced? (104 comments)

in the third picture of the device from the top, they show the print head, and to the lower left, the spool. looks like it threads behind the head, and into a holder above it.

4 days ago

Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Wing_Zero Re:Renewable (82 comments)

this is the breakdown as far as i found:

In a barrel (42gal) of crude you need to divide it into separate parts. These parts are roughly:

        Naphta and other condensates that are liquid. 2gal
        Kerosene, where most is jet-fuel 4gal
        Unleaded gasoline 20gal
        Diesel fuel and heating/furnace oil 10gal
        Engine oil .5gal
        Gear oil .5gal
        Grease .5gal
        Tar/asphalt 1gal


about a week ago

Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

Wing_Zero Re:Nonsense (282 comments)

It pretty much boils down to "Let the active window take priority over background tasks" vs "Distribute processor time fairly evenly" of course, a individual program can take control of the resources given a proper priority flag (like running a video encoder in "real-time" vs "normal" or "low")

about two weeks ago

Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

Wing_Zero Re:Nonsense (282 comments)

right-click "My Computer" | properties
Click "Advanced System Settings"
Click "Advanced"
Under Performance Click "Settings"
Click "Advanced"
you will find a radio option for optimizing windows for programs or background services

as the man said, it all comes down to licensing. in the past, MS locked the number of active cpu's depending if you bought home or pro (I think XP had this, not sure)

about two weeks ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Wing_Zero Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

The power grid is fairly faulty around here, we have power blips and brown-outs (black out lasting seconds) all the time. to the point of my boss installing 20 UPS all over his gas station. 1 each register, the satellite link(lottery and CC transactions), each pc in the office, and miscellaneous items that really don't like being ungracefully shut off.

at least once a year the woodland creatures stage a revolt and quick-fry themselves on tower transformers and relay stations. this year alone, 3 squirrels have taken out the county's grid. (not to mention the guy with the backhoe who ripped the wires off the pole, idiot's lucky to be alive) In previous years, we had a raccoon who decided the local power relay station would be a cool place to nest, started to renovate his new den, and took us offline for 3 days.

Now in winter, we are blessed with many feet of snowfall, and the branches push on the lines. the power companies hire tree cutting services to clear problem trees from the right of way, but sometimes a tree sags just right from the weight, and oops, there go the lights. most homes have a gas generator just for this, (I have 2 in my garage, no fun finding out one won't start when you need it)

And this is just northern WI, i imagine some areas a bit further north with a sparse population density could have it worse.

about a month and a half ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Wing_Zero Re: Good, I say (502 comments)

the outer oxide layer helps protect the rest of the copper in the statue, but it is in salty air and does degrade

about a month and a half ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Wing_Zero Re:What? (200 comments)

TV Networks already double dip. they get paid for advertising, and they get paid for a cable carrier to add them to the channel list. now they have a triple dip as they ask customers to pay to gain dvr-type access straight from their web site. (which some add commercials to as well)

this kind of thing is why areo got hammered so quickly. they skipped the second dip for the TV stations. Now cable companies (falsely i hope) are saying that netflix may be in a position of getting a cut like a cable station or risk being blacklisted. (remember Dish network and FOX?)

about 2 months ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Wing_Zero Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

They have the Autobon, A speed limit free road, and they constantly reach speeds of 95+. In America meanwhile, have you ever seen a SmartCar going down the freeway? Looks odd when it weaves in and out of traffic, but it has a power/weight ratio that rivals some sedans. (made by Mercedes BTW, a European car company)

about 2 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Wing_Zero Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

the Digital currencies already have a partial solution. they allow transactions via bluetooth, nfc, and qr-code. all that has to happen after that, is sync the wallet via the p2p network they work on, and in a few minutes, it becomes a confirmed transaction.

about 2 months ago

Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Wing_Zero Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (135 comments)

this technique really is only effective against $50+ denominations. everything lower get spent out as change, or cash back, or loaded into the ATM (The ATM in our store doesn't scan the bills)

about 2 months ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

Wing_Zero Re:Obama (211 comments)

Free, Right. I looked it up a few times, and it is anything but free. Suppose one makes $10/hour. In most rural places in the country, this is enough to rent a decent appartment, and maybe have $100/month for extras. well, Obamacare wants $90/month for that pay grade for health insurance. opt-out? $200/year penalty fee.

Sorry, not interested.

about 3 months ago

Huawei, Vodafone Test Out Hybrid System That Combines LTE and GSM

Wing_Zero Re:Internet access for vehicle passengers (46 comments)

in my experience, the it's pre-caching a ROUTE. I used it to get to the museum in Milwaukee, and we took a turn early because of construction. google maps got confused, and tried to connect to the server to update the route. Since the tablet had no cellular capabilities, it locked up maps, and exited the app.
Granted, its been years since i last tried Maps for gps duty, but i dont think it changed that much as far as that is concerned.

about 3 months ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Wing_Zero Re:Yup-article is BS (394 comments)

that label is referring to "Peak Power", or the most power it may use at any one time. this may refer to it on start-up, when it spikes at 500w for .5 seconds, then idles at 35w for the remainder. Kinda like buying a Power supply for a pc, you need the 700w version to start the spinning disks, but once started, consumes only 100w continuous.

about 3 months ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Wing_Zero Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

We have a fallback manual Credit card machine where i work, used mainly for when the power goes out or the CC machine decides to take a dump (either can happen about twice a year) when the power comes back up, we can either

A) Manually enter the CC# into our cash till (type the cc info into the machine by hand) or
B) call our CC handler and read off the CC# over the phone.

either way, the customer sees it as a normal swipe transaction on their bill. I don't see either way being anything less than worse security than the standard way.

about 3 months ago

Docker 1.0 Released

Wing_Zero Re:Holy crap! (88 comments)

happened a few months ago to me trying to update XBMC on my HTPC. ended up reinstalling the whole OS. all i wanted to do was "Apt-get upgrade xbmc". doing a standard "apt-get upgrade" would tell me it was held back. even on my current install, i have about 15 packages that are held back because of this kind of package snafu

about 3 months ago

Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

Wing_Zero Re:No Way! (261 comments)

I don't know, It got me a few months worth of dates with a nice girl. We were on our first date, wandering walmart waiting for the next showtime for the theater, and we passed a LG 3D tv display. she complained the picture looked odd, i grabbed the 3d glasses, and placed them on her. she looked at the image, slack jawed a bit and said "this is cool!". (her first time seeing 3d) I mentioned my tv had this, and from there, we had Friday movie night at my house, 3-4 months to get through my collection at the time, and she would stay over usually.

look at the previous "3D" fads, and usually it was those god-awful red-blue goggles, no preserving image quality there. at least now, with theaters and some tv's, it's just a polarization trick, my tv is the active shutter glasses, and that gives me eye strain after a hour and a half.

here's one for you, take a ps3 and load netflix. watch the 3d version of "Wild Ocean: IMAX" (I think that's the one, netflix in the web browser doesn't tell you which movies are actually in 3d)(8mb/s required minimum for 3d stuff, my connection falls short, saw it at my parents) THAT is cool to watch!

about 4 months ago

Firefox OS Powered Flame Available For Pre-order; Ships Globally

Wing_Zero Re:LOL (109 comments)

i like my slider phone, I think it offers the best of both, full size screen, and a keyboard when you need it.

about 4 months ago

Haiku Gains Support For Current Radeon HD Cards

Wing_Zero Re:Start of a trend... (70 comments)

When i was in high school, I bought a copy of BeOS. I thought it was really cool. it flew on my k6 with a matrox video card. it came with cool demos like dragging videos onto a 3d cube and playback all sides. really i think it had much more polish than Linux or windows of the day visuals-wise (my opinion linux still drags behind on this). even today, a modern OS struggles to load itself from power off in under a minute, where BeOS loaded itself in under 15 seconds. I would have loved to see it survive, but after Palm bought it, and gutted the company (all they wanted was the IP) it kinda died slow and horribly.

I've checked in with the development of haiku, and other than re-creating the system in open-source, it seems fairly stagnant. I'm gonna be rooting for them, if they can get some modern chip set support, it could bring back relevance.

about 4 months ago


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