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MIT Solar Towers Beat Solar Panels By Up To 20x

chudnall Re:Costs more (159 comments)

The time is ripe for such an innovation, Grossman adds, because solar cells have become less expensive than accompanying support structures, wiring and installation. As the cost of the cells themselves continues to decline more quickly than these other costs, they say, the advantages of 3-D systems will grow accordingly.

“Even 10 years ago, this idea wouldn’t have been economically justified because the modules cost so much,” Grossman says. But now, he adds, “the cost for silicon cells is a fraction of the total cost, a trend that will continue downward in the near future.” Currently, up to 65 percent of the cost of photovoltaic (PV) energy is associated with installation, permission for use of land and other components besides the cells themselves.

more than 2 years ago

Book Review: HTML5 Developer's Cookbook

chudnall Re:Blank anchor tag (42 comments)

It is the new HTML5 psychic link automator that reads the mind of the original author. Your browser probably hasn't implemented it yet.

more than 2 years ago

LulzSec Leader Sabu Unmasked, Arrested and Caught Collaborating

chudnall Re:it's a plea deal (511 comments)

We should expect them not to be trusted, and they should have expected themselves not to be trusted.

But they knew I wouldn't trust them - they expected that - so clearly I cannot drink from the cup in front of me.

more than 2 years ago

Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

chudnall Re:How many Amendments are left ? (1009 comments)

You can't really argue that a rag-tag militia can compete with a trained army in these aspects.

That's exactly what General Gage said!

(Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes.)

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Tech Charged In $4.5M Equipment Scam

chudnall Re:I thought maybe he was... (104 comments)

A word of advice for ya dude, If you drop the soap in the shower don't bend over to pick it up.

He's 62. ewww....

more than 3 years ago

The Problem With Carbon-Cutting Programs

chudnall Re:It's Alberta... (219 comments)

This is exactly the line of reasoning that explains why every government program inevitably gets bigger and bigger.

more than 3 years ago

Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

chudnall Re:This just makes sense (1345 comments)

Too bad what you just said is a load of BS. You should go to church sometime, and get a view from the ground. As someone who has been to a number of churches as I travelled, one common theme I can tell you about is help for the needy.Christians GIVE. They give their money, they give their time. Even the ones who don't have very much will put in a little. When someone in the community is in need, the good people of the parish will be there for them. Even when they don't like you or care for the life choices that put you in your situation, if you truly need help, you can get it at the church.

What they don't like to do is be enablers - perpetuating situations that lead to more poverty and desperation. If you've ever tried to help an addict, you know that you can pour everything you have into that person - all your time, money, and capacity for compassion - and until he has hit his personal crisis point, all you are doing is feeding the beast. Often in such cases, the hardest and most heartbreaking thing of all is to admit that there is nothing you can do.

But... Those who don't want to get their hands dirty, and don't care about the ultimate consequences, love to expand government programs that make it easy for the desperate and dependant to stay that way, completely divorced from any behavioural expectations, passing on their dependant lifestyle to new generations.This is not what a rational person would call a positive outcome. But, this way you get to say that you "helped" the needy, and the best parts are that you did it without having to meet them face to face, and you forced everyone else to pitch in, whether they agree with the ultimate outcome or not. Oh, and you get to demagogue against the "selfish" Christians by pointing out the programs that they do not want to be forced to fund, while obtusely ignoring the good-faith policy arguments they make in support of that position.

Jesus' commandments place personal obligation on people. He did not command governments to confiscate money from one group of people and give it to another. He commanded us to love and serve the poor and needy. And Christians do . We have skin in the game. Come and join us.

more than 3 years ago

Google Founders' Jets Caught On WSJ's Radar

chudnall Re:Geez, What's the Problem Here? (427 comments)

If we can't afford indulgences, what then? Confess to Al Gore and hug 15 trees as penance?

more than 3 years ago

Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

chudnall Re:Ha. (566 comments)

Also a geek married to an MD. Guess I'm not as much an anomaly as I thought.

more than 3 years ago

XXX Goes Live In the Root Servers

chudnall Re:only good thing (163 comments)

There were some back door manuoverings

I cannot believe that that was an accidental phrasing...

more than 3 years ago

China Calls Out US On Internet Freedom

chudnall Re:Hah! (338 comments)

At least China is up front about their freedom limitations.

Do you really think that's true?

more than 3 years ago

Electromagnetic Automobile Suspension Demonstrated

chudnall Re:Supercars (274 comments)

I would pay an extra 5k to be able to basically ignore the speedbumps they put up incessantly around here.

more than 3 years ago

Stellar Wormholes May Exist

chudnall Re:Kyrgyz Research (94 comments)

Although interesting, other scientists are skeptical, pointing out that this is highly speculative research.

Is there any evidence to support the assertion that the other scientists are interesting?

more than 3 years ago

Google Launches New Assault On Microsoft Office

chudnall Re:collaboration doesn't look as good as in gdocs (126 comments)

You can't have multiple people editing a word document anymore than you can have multiple people driving a car on their way to the office.

To make such a far reaching statement, I assume you've actually tried it, right?

Yes I have. My wife tries to drive the car with me every time we go somewhere. She is entirely undaunted by the fact that it never really works very well.

more than 3 years ago

Saudi Students In US Seek Segregation By Gender On Facebook

chudnall Re:Privacy on Facebook, huh? (353 comments)

Also, if they want segregation, just send the guys over to slashdot.

more than 3 years ago

Piracy Whistleblowers Paid $57K In 2010

chudnall Re:Alternatively... (141 comments)

Even more alternatively:

Employee: Crap, I'm going to be over budget this year. I won't get my bonus. I know, I'll just pirate this expensive instead of paying for it. It's not like they ever audit licenses around here anyway. As long as everything works, the bosses are happy.

Boss: Sorry, you've been doing a great job, but we're downsizing you. Naturally we're doing this just before we have to pay bonuses.

Employee: Well, at least I can make a few bucks reporting these guys to the BSA. It's what they get for pirating software.

more than 3 years ago



Ultra-Efficient Gas Engine Passes Test

chudnall chudnall writes  |  more than 4 years ago

chudnall (514856) writes "Technology review has a story on a new gas engine injection system that promises increased efficiency of up to 50%.

The key is heating and pressurizing gasoline before injecting it into the combustion chamber, says Mike Rocke, Transonic's vice president of business development. This puts it into a supercritical state that allows for very fast and clean combustion, which in turn decreases the amount of fuel needed to propel a vehicle. The company also treats the gasoline with a catalyst that "activates" it, partially oxidizing it to enhance combustion.


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