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Solar-Powered Boat Carries 8.5 Tons of Lithium-Ion Batteries

belloc1 SkySails (164 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkySails

The SkySails propulsion system consists of a large foil kite, an electronic control system for the kite and an automatic system to retract the kite. The system bears similarities to kitesurfing.... A ship equipped with the current SkySails could consume from 10 to 35% less fuel.

about a year ago
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Will Climate Engineering Ever Go Prime Time?

belloc1 fair warning (281 comments)

I am going to change the climate unlesss the nations of world give me.... one million dollars!

about 3 years ago
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Objective-C Enters Top Ten In Language Popularity

belloc1 JavaScript (351 comments)

Ok (if you count it) what language is more popular than JavaScript?? How the hell is that not #1??? JavaScript is everywhere and I'm sure 90% of the people here on Slashdot use it. That is bizarre. Something is wrong with their stats.

more than 3 years ago
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Military Helmet Design Contributes To Brain Damage

belloc1 Re:Stop calling it IED (294 comments)

If they called them booby-traps the military wouldn't try to avoid them.

about 5 years ago
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Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

belloc1 Re:Come on GM, at least make the lie BELIEVABLE (1006 comments)

I am a fan. I think the engineers at GM asked the right questions when they built this car. How far does the average driver commute? How can we create an electric car that is a full replacement for the average car? How can we make the batteries powerful yet last for years? How can we make the car look decent and still accomplish our goals? I am no greenie but I love to see technology solve our current and future problems. I also am happy to see solutions that reduce our dependence on the Middle East.

about 5 years ago
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Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

belloc1 Re:Vaporware (1006 comments)

And also don't forget that China and India are getting into the car phase driving demand even higher. I don't think they will be able to afford Volts any time soon.

about 5 years ago
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Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

belloc1 Re:Come on GM, at least make the lie BELIEVABLE (1006 comments)

Charging it isn't the problem. The Leaf has a maximum radius of 50 miles. If you want to drive outside that radius you are SOL. It isn't a practical car, it's maybe a good secondary car. The Volt on the other hand doesn't compromise it can replace your current car.

about 5 years ago
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Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

belloc1 Re:Vaporware (1006 comments)

I would put the odd of gasoline going up to be much more likely. The Volt will charge off-peak at night not effecting our current load in any meaningful way.

about 5 years ago
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Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

belloc1 Re:Come on GM, at least make the lie BELIEVABLE (1006 comments)

>> True... only that assumes we are building more that will be able to supply the expanded demands on the grid.

Bzzzzzz The car charges at night when we have an abundance of excess power.

about 5 years ago
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10 Worst Evolutionary Designs

belloc1 Human Vagina (232 comments)

The ripping and tearing during birth leads to infections and often death of the mother prior to modern medicine. It also causes major stresses on the newborn child again often leading to death.

about 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

belloc1 Re:Isn't it strange (871 comments)

Do you need a faster calculator?

Sometimes computers are fast enough.

more than 5 years ago
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Star Trek Game To Launch Alongside New Movie

belloc1 Tribbles (82 comments)

I heard the second level is called "The Trouble With Tribbles"

more than 5 years ago
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Watchmen 50 Days On, Was It Worth the Gamble?

belloc1 Re:It Is Rated R! #6 for Opening Weekend! (448 comments)

Maybe if they got rid of the obnoxious blue penis and pointless gore they could have made it PG-13. While they're at it they could have also shaved an hour off the running time.

more than 5 years ago
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Could the Internet Be Taken Down In 30 Minutes?

belloc1 I am ready for the DNS takedown! (289 comments)

I have all my most important sites IP addresses written on Post It notes all over my wall.

Bring it!

more than 5 years ago
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Online Banking Customers Migrating To Lynx

belloc1 My ASCII Art Collection is back in vogue (220 comments)

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jgs __||__// /. _/ // \ / // ||
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I have long awaited the return of fixed width fonts.

more than 5 years ago

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