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IEEE Looks At Kevin Costner's Oil Cleanup Machines

feyhunde Re:Actors.. (289 comments)

He's good if he doesn't direct himself. He can direct others well enough, particular talent actors, but he can't get outside his head to direct himself well. That said, I thought the Guardian was a great film, giving the Coast Guard their hero movie.

more than 4 years ago

German Killers Sue Wikipedia To Remove Their Names

feyhunde Re:Get your lawyers ready /. (859 comments)

What's even better is the German Wikipedia article now mentions the dispute and links to the NY Times Article without naming names on their page...

more than 4 years ago

Airborne Boeing Laser Blasts Ground Target

feyhunde Re:Sigh (419 comments)

Visible light they reflect you mean. This is a hard concept for many people to grasp, but depending on the part of the spectra you are looking at, objects can vary to how much they reflect and how much they transmit. If everyone chooses the same reflector, like a cheap paint, you just gotta change the frequency of the light.

A great example is silver. In the very close UV, like 310 nm, it's completely transparent. Light goes thru it perfectly. by the time you get to Green light, it's over 90% effective at reflections. Good, somewhat expensive, white paint used as a reflectance standard is good between 250-2500 nm. The type of laser they have is about 1000 or so nm. Using frequency doublers you can make that high UV in 3 jumps and below the bottom of where the paint can reflect well. I've used such high powered lasers in Academia. Doublers are common.

about 5 years ago

Something May Have Just Hit Jupiter

feyhunde Re:Dang (299 comments)

Use them Together, Use them in Peace.

more than 4 years ago

Best kind of engineering:

feyhunde Re:Chemical (491 comments)

P.S.: Chemical Engineers do it in packed beds. This belongs on a bumper sticker.

Dude, it was my schools AIChE chapter's T-Shirt. I still have mine. Although today I'm wearing my reactor chart that mocks other majors in a form they can not read.

Tomorrow I may wear my 'Clothing Optional, Safety goggles required' shirt.

more than 5 years ago

Sci-Fi Writers Dream Up Ideas For US Government

feyhunde Look up Pandora's Box (123 comments)

Regan had a team of science fiction advisers including Larry Niven back in the 80's to help him. In his Novel Footfall he has a good fictional account of meetings between them and the government with during a crises.

more than 5 years ago

Klingons Cut From Final Star Trek XI Movie

feyhunde Re:Bah... (447 comments)

I frelling don't.

more than 5 years ago

When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

feyhunde Re:not a problem for me . . . (604 comments)

I won't post Anon for this. I'd see this movie. I'd definitely see this movie if Eve played by an attractive and Buxom young actress...

more than 5 years ago

Human Exoskeletons Getting Closer

feyhunde Re:Energy density (198 comments)

So you're saying we should make our exoskeletons outta meat?

Perhaps some sort of Meat creature we could ride into battle that could carry our armored bodies and heavy weapons?

more than 5 years ago

Human Exoskeletons Getting Closer

feyhunde Re:Exoskeletons will be of little value to soldier (198 comments)

The military has some odd uses for technology and what they need and fund has odd spin offs. And sometimes what they intend will shift.

Some folks at the dull end love this because they see how much more a solider can carry. There's a practical limit of around 50 pounds of gear a solider can take on their person. What that gear is suppose to be and really is can vary. There's some great stories about differing philosophies to armor plate inserts, not only between the Brass and the guys in the field but between guys in the field because of how heavy it is.

Alot of brass loves the idea of 200 pound loads because they can put everything they think is useful on a solider and have them run faster with bigger loads and maybe a bigger gun. Which is pretty much why you have something like a humvee or a Stryker.

Course the actual use for this in military applications alone will take several years of practical use to really figure out. Might be great for special forces in certain situations (or might suck depending on Opforce). Definitely potential in logistics and things like setting up bases when 'man portable' equipment can be moved by one person quickly.

Private sector applications will also take a long while to sniff out. I can see surveyors and firefighters have this be a huge ideal. Imagine a firefighter with cooling systems installed. The best hope of the military here is to figure out these uses quick so if the whole super-suit bit fails the uses elsewhere still get them the respect the project deserves.

more than 5 years ago

Sheriff Sues Craiglist For Prostitution Ads

feyhunde Re:Read the Complaint (695 comments)

It would seem that the owners of Craigslist value their profits more than the lives of the children whose exploitation they benefit from.

Craigslist is pretty non-commercial. They do charge 5 bucks on the erotic services site for all of craigslist to keep down the amount of illegal content, but all of that is donated to charity. There's only a total of 24 people who work for craigslist, with all of the money that keeps it up coming from broker ads in a couple of metro areas (Bay Area, NYC, Chicago)

more than 5 years ago

Intel Recruits TSMC To Produce Atom CPUs

feyhunde Re:Nice Intel (109 comments)

TSMC is also known as Wafertech and has a massive fab just across the river from intel's main R&D fabs in Portland. So they are incredibly easy to access.

more than 5 years ago

The Art of The Farewell Email

feyhunde Re:One thing you may want to do (703 comments)

Unless of course the paycut lowers you enough to qualify for additional tax credits based on income. But then again you don't see that on you pay check, just at the end of year. For example in 2007 I made the same per hour as in 2008, but only worked 4 months out of the year and so I qualified (according to my tax software) for lots of tax credits for things like my retirement pay.

Last year I worked enough that I didn't qualify for them. Not the nearly the same thing as being bumped into a higher tax bracket, but if you're on the bubble it sure feels like it.

more than 5 years ago

Square Enix To Buy Eidos, Midway Files For Bankruptcy

feyhunde Re:Sweeping statements (88 comments)

Don't forget undertakers!

more than 5 years ago

Court Rules Autism Not Caused By Childhood Vaccine

feyhunde Re:A victory for sanity. (1056 comments)

The reason they want chicken pox early is not for your child to not develop it at school.

The reason goes back to herd immunity and the mutation rates in humans meaning if enough people get the disease it mutates into a new form that adults are not immune from. If enough people are vaccinated that human chickenpox is uncommmon, the mutation rates are low enough the vaccine will be stable so adults who get it and never had it won't get it.

Pregnant women who get chickenpox as an adult can not only have their unborn child die from it, but have been known to drop dead of it themselves. 10,000 people are hosptialized each year with it in the US.

What's really important though beyond the health risks for you child to spread chicken pox beyond the home (can take 3 weeks to incubate), is to understand what about the vaccinations were causing allergic reactions. Several vaccines have alternative methods, although some are a bit more controversial

A skin reaction may not exist for the oral version of the vaccine. Polio is the poster child for the oral polio vaccine (although there have been one or two flaws with that one).

The odds of your child being reactive to any additional vaccines are tiny. Of course being allergic to any of them in the first is also pretty tiny. Hopefully when you're ready to get the rest there will be no issue, and hopefully the ones that are most needed at the age recommended (typhus for example) aren't an issue.

more than 5 years ago

US Becomes Top Wind Producer; Solar Next

feyhunde Re:Per capita (388 comments)

I prefer looking at Hydro electric. 317,686 million Kilowatt-hours for the US versus 26,944 million Kilowatt-hours. Or about 4 times as much per person. I live in the Northwest though, and 82% of the power for the region is from Hydroelectric. The rest is either natural gas or nuclear and mostly for Seattle.

more than 5 years ago


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