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NASA Tests Aircraft With Shape Shifting Wings

brad3378 Re:Aren't those just called FLAPS? (55 comments)

I STRONGLY disagree. This Is VERY innovative technology.

Flexture / compliant structural engineering is NOT trivial.
We're talking about a complex interaction of kinematics, material science, fatigue, structures, non-linear dynamic loads, and in this case even thermal loads because temperatures drop significantly at altitude and you're not going to want a brittle material failure. Not to mention the controls engineering and software required to control and monitor the structure or the exotic manufacturing processes required to make open celled structures. Are we talking about isotropic materials? Because if we're talking about composite materials, the complexity just became exponentially more complex. Did I even mention the Aerodynamicists role in this project yet?

Frankly, I'm having more difficulty trying to think of engineering displines that are *not* used by this technology.

Here's a "Simple" two dimensional cross section of a compliant wing design. http://www.topology-opt.com/wp...

In a real world 3D example, it's not likely that the 3D design would be a extruded version of the 2D profile.

about a month ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

brad3378 Re:Far too expensive (205 comments)

Is there an open source alternative to Simulink?

about 2 months ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

brad3378 Re:Overkill much... (210 comments)

On the other hand, it would make a cool mod for a Raspberry Pi

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

brad3378 Stick Shift transmissions. (635 comments)

Manual transmissions are generally inferior to the new breed of efficient automatic transmissions, but there's an inexplicable thrill to having that extra control.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

brad3378 Re:Still Waiting (247 comments)

I took a Fortran 77 class many years ago while pursuing my BSME, but never understood why we were using Fortran over more popular languages.

What's the advantage of Fortran in an engineering environment?

about 9 months ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

brad3378 Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

If I would have waited 10 years to attend college, I'd be way further in debt because tuition rates doubled.

about 9 months ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

brad3378 Re: Denver? Atlanta? (285 comments)

There goes the neighborhood!

about 9 months ago
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Red Hat Hires CentOS Developers

brad3378 Digg 2.0 (91 comments)

This new interface reminds me of when Digg.com lost 95% of its members by doing the same thing.

about 10 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

brad3378 I'm new to Slashdot Beta (188 comments)

Is it normal for me to get this message?

"Shazbot! We ran into some trouble getting the comments.
Try again... na-nu, na-nu!"

about 10 months ago
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Dutch Architect Plans 3D Printed Building

brad3378 Re:Cool - I just poured a building (74 comments)

You have a very interesting website. I especially liked your innovative re-use of your old Styrofoam. I wish I had mod points to give you.

I had no idea it took so much wood to tackle a project like that. How much money did you need to spend on wood for that project? Will you be able to reuse the wood after it is removed from the concrete? Do you think a 3D printed home would save on material costs after you factor in the cost of the wood?

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Create Working Nano Laser

brad3378 Re:Great.... but... (39 comments)

Might be good for squeezing more data on an optical drive?

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

brad3378 Is this was the "F - K" line? (821 comments)

I can't be the only person who incorrectly read that.

more than 2 years ago
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Ford Building Cars That Talk To Other Cars

brad3378 Forget about talking to cars -Talk2 traffic lights (239 comments)

There's few things more irritating to me than waiting for a red light when there are no other vehicles at an intersection.
All I want is a simple way to communicate to the traffic light to let it know that I am approaching so I don't have to stop. It seems that most automatic lights I have encountered wait until I have come to a near full stop - which partially defeats the purpose.

Implement this and then BAM - instant time savings and 3+ Miles per gallon savings for every vehicle on the road.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Cities Install Moving Sidewalks?

brad3378 Re:escalators too (698 comments)

I use the same technique in reverse to make my headlight switch last longer.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Summoned To Fix Prius Problems

brad3378 Re:This will be interesting. (380 comments)

maybe younger drivers are more likely to notice the problem sooner and shift into neutral faster than older drivers?

more than 4 years ago

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NASA to spend billions to consolidate IT services

brad3378 brad3378 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

brad3378 (155304) writes "NASA has issued a final request for proposal for a menu of information technology services such as e-mail, security management, instant messaging and mobile communications. Estimates have pegged the work as worth $2.5 billion.

The project, Agency Consolidated End User Services (ACES), is designed to consolidate services across NASA into one agencywide solution. The requirements are currently met through the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA, the ODIN contract."

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