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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

burisch_research Re:mdsolar again (147 comments)

(same ac)

But an interesting read, nonetheless.

about 3 months ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

burisch_research Thorium? (147 comments)

One bajillion comments, and nobody's mentioned Thorium yet? I am surprised. Am I the only one around here who thinks a liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) is a very good idea?

about 3 months ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

burisch_research Re:Finally!! (409 comments)

Thank you.

+1 informative, +1 helpful, ++? generally spot on :)

Also +1 informative (again) because I didn't know the details of the US distribution grid. I only have experience with our 240V system here in South Africa.

I did know about the 120V centre-tapped system, but we don't use that here [SA], or in Zimbabwe (where I'm from), or in UK (where I lived for a long time.) -- these countries all use 240V.

Good luck with the whole upgrade!

about 4 months ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

burisch_research Re:Finally!! (409 comments)

You say 200A, however that isn't actually meaningful without also specifying the voltage. I'm assuming USA 120V, given your dollar-speak, however it would be helpful to make it explicit. There's a 4x difference in power consumption between 200A @ 120V and 200A @ 240V, so what appears to be nit-picking actually makes a massive difference.

about 4 months ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

burisch_research Re:Do Slashdot editors actually edit? (227 comments)

No, you are dead wrong, completely and utterly wrong. "For all intents and purposes" has been down-grammaticised into "for all intensive purposes". The latter has no actual meaning.

about 4 months ago
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Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

burisch_research Re:Happy Software Developers Solve Better Problems (121 comments)

+1 to both the AC and to retchdog. Both are right. But the most right is the guy right above me who said:

Whores do what the customer wants, professionals do what the customer needs.

I have an unpleasant meeting tomorrow where I need to exercise option B).

Sigh.

about 5 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

burisch_research Re:Why? (309 comments)

In every generation 3D and VR pop up again, stir up some hype, and then disappear once more.

Not this time.

about 5 months ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

burisch_research Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (121 comments)

Over 5 million people in the US hold secret-level or higher security clearances.

I'm not from the US; as a proportion of population, 5 million is a very high number indeed -- and I believe the proportion in the civilized world is much lower.

about 5 months ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

burisch_research Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (121 comments)

That's absolutely true. If you're one of the 0.00002% who does own a car, well, then obviously you should be thinking about seatbelts. But car owners are so rare that I'll probably never meet one, ever. Seatbelts have zero effect on my life.

about 5 months ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

burisch_research Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (121 comments)

This. It is NOT an attack. And let's face it, very very few people have an air gap on their computers. Since that's the case, it's so much easier to just use the existing wired network or wireless network to ferret data out. 20 bits per second is hardly practical anyway, even for small amounts of data (which, today, would be classified as megabytes.)

about 5 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

burisch_research Re:So that you don't have to RTFA (286 comments)

Oh yes. You do NOT want to be obstructing a hydrant when the fire department wants to use it. I've seen cases where the hoses were simply threaded THROUGH the vehicle, after breaking the windows that were in the way.

about 6 months ago
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Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064?

burisch_research Re:Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064? (121 comments)

30 years ago, I paid nearly $100 for a decent pair of prescription glasses. Now I buy them online for $6/pair.

Where? I could use some $6 glasses! I'm still paying $100/pr. And I need a new pair.

A generation ago, a crappy hearing aid cost thousands. Today, you can buy a far better device for $39. I bought one for my father-in-law, and he describes it as "fantastic".

Where? My brother would be very interested!

about 6 months ago
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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

burisch_research Re:Timestamps (200 comments)

+1 much better answer :)

about 6 months ago
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Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

burisch_research Mutants! (213 comments)

Radioactive waste + the majority of the world's most dangerous species = ... ? Godzilla? Hundred metre diameter spiders? Snakes the size of the great wall of China?

about 6 months ago
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Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

burisch_research Re:What a complete waste of time and money (203 comments)

Roller coaster tech has resulted in more roller coaster tech, nothing else.

Did you have a point or were you just trolling?

Virgin Galactic is like extended warrantee on your rotary dial phone. The future isn't that.

"Don't complain that these front runners get bragging rights to almost space, because soon you and I will be able to go all the way into actual space for far less."

Eh, they are so much welcome to it. What I'm saying is that almost-space is not space at all, rather some dumb Disney limbo where the victims are beguiled into thinking they are astronauts.

And yes, space will soon be comparatively cheap; but it will always be expensive.

about 6 months ago
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Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

burisch_research Re:What a complete waste of time and money (203 comments)

Fair point, I'll give you that. But this makes it still worse -- why on earth should we (as a species) be expending so much money (== resources) on such a futile endeavour? Personally, I'd be ashamed to take part in this.

Well, ok, it's still really cool, even if it's totally useless!

about 6 months ago
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Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

burisch_research Re:What a complete waste of time and money (203 comments)

It will not be useful, not ever, despite your most desperate wishful thinking. Your argument is invalid. 'Straight up' will never work (unless you have enough delta v to escape Earth's gravity, but that's not what we're talking about).

Infrastructure? This is not a driver for infrastructure. Oh wait -- you count Disneyland as infrastructure. Nuff said.

about 6 months ago
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Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

burisch_research Re:What a complete waste of time and money (203 comments)

A Mig29 ride would surely be a lot of fun!

But I'm certain that going up in a Dragon would beat that by at least an order of magnitude.

about 6 months ago

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