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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

fonske Re:Economic risk (143 comments)

Please note that the half reaction mentioned is Ca+. Mendelyev table will make mention of only one oxidation state namely Ca++.
This means the half reaction is very exotic and Ca+ is not stable at all.
The late Prof. Van Vaeck told me he observed Ca+ (at m/z 20) in dynamic SIMS but since transmission times of secondary ions to the detector are in the order of nanoseconds this might well be possible.
E0 of Ca2+ + 2e- = Ca is -2.869 V (compared to standard hydrogen cell).
Pretty decent still but... earth alkali salts are not as solluble as alkali (Li, Na, K...) salts.
There are however batteries with Ca salts.
I also want to mention that electronegativity is used in basic chemistry to make a difference between ionic bonding or covalent bonds and this has nothing to do with the (arbitrary relative scale (compared to standard hydrogen cell)) half reaction table.
Areyoukiddingme knows what he is talking about and mentioned the essence.

about two weeks ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

fonske african art influence on cubism and surrealism (74 comments)

It is well documented that the african art in beginning of 1900's started to be taken seriously through expositions. Picasso never made a secret of this influence.
Makonde wood carvings such as the ones with shetani on long legs, influenced Dali to paint those elephants on long legs.
On a funny note you should check out Martin Schwarz (for reference: Giger liked him a lot) work: he painted the mona lisa without the mona lisa - he found the background to be more inspiring.
Art is never a coincidence - this is the definition of art for me.
People forget the painstaking search of Pollock for the exact consistence of his paint.
Engineering projects are the biggest outbursts of art - when they get to show results, even if it are turds like from Wim Delvoye's "Cloaca".

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

fonske No pears nor apples... (266 comments)

...for Snowden then. An apple a day keeps Putin away.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

fonske linux on ARM (183 comments)

Igor pecovnik maintains a Debian Wheezy branch for Cubietruck boards.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

fonske Re:Yeah... (409 comments)

French saying: "On n'est jamais mieux servi que par soi-même"

about 4 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

fonske Head of IT of a Belgian University... (641 comments)

...sent an E-mail that there is no urgency to move away from XP in the four coming years.

"XP is an OS that has been used for many years, and one where most errors have been removed during its lifetime."
So this guy actually seems to have a list with the errors in XP.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

fonske Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Agree, veterans mean trouble unless they have too much to lose.
I always like to think that our European welfare system was a strategic choice after the experience with WWI veterans in Germany's catastrophic economy of the 30's.

about 5 months ago
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What day of the week is your most productive?

fonske Hardcore band Belgian Asociality says thus... (91 comments)

if everything is done today
there's no reason to exist tomorrow
Free translation from Flemish song "morregen" (="morgen" in slang) - Belgian Asociality

about 5 months ago
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Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

fonske example monoculture and sexual reproduction (259 comments)

Phytophthora infestans A1 type created famine in 1845 in Ireland and Flanders.
Blight was largely under control in 20th century until the Oömycete got the chance to sexually reproduce with the A2 type imported from latin America to Europe around the 1980's.
Potatoes are largely from the "bintje" variety because consumer wants so. And potatoes are "cloned" by planting tubers from previous harvest.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

fonske Re:four minutes Pron (572 comments)

Worse than any company rule, my wife intervened: I go locked to work with a "CB". Not sure if she wanted to have as a side effect that all those great looking female students were no-go from there on.

about 6 months ago
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All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

fonske At my wife's work they don't badge... (427 comments)

She hates to be reminded of the fact that she can't be working more then 6 hours a day. Yet she has a way of making sure that all my surplus hours are carefully filled in with me doing extra tasks like grocery shopping, going to the doctor with the kids etc... She get's to appreciate both sides of the spectrum all in her advantage.

about 6 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

fonske bring it on: WOII technical records (150 comments)

Eperlecques (near Watten, France) V2 launcher bunker: 120000 cubic meter of concrete
I guess the bombing campaign by the Allies ("Crossbow") was also a record.
The bunker remained intact but the oxygen compressors were too much of an explosion hasard during the earth quakes caused by the "tallboy"-bombs so that the V2 launching got postponed until the end of the war happened.

about 8 months ago
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If I Had a Hammer

fonske Re:Isn't this the ultimate goal? (732 comments)

Jean Tinguely was famous for his "kinetic artwork".
He devised mechanical moving pens that made Lissajous figures with little aberrations.
These drawings got sold by 1000's as unique art.

about 8 months ago
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

fonske Re:A projection of what? (433 comments)

Testable, indeed, but always from an observation standpoint to which can be referenced to reproduce these tests (=consistency). Since an absolute, grand unifying, written-in-stone standpoint does not exist -ie human observation is limited by its senses- I will gladly accept (a tiny bit) of herd behaviour around a mystical energy pool that linguistically is referred to as God.
The bloody rooted "Christendom" led by one (male) pope, the tribal herd behaviour of Muslim (tribalism being exactly what the Prophet tried to fight by unifying under Allah (= Arab for God)), the predecessor Bhudism with its way to enlightenment and Hinduism before Bhudism with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as a trimurti around the energy pool and the mythical tales even before that should instigate a critical stance to what happens around you (=observation).
Religion so wants to let you believe in its holy guiding lines to live by, it should put a healthy bloke on his "qui vive" (a gallicism in Flemish as a way of referring to extreme alert behaviour).
This "qui vive" is a great departure point for science.

about 9 months ago
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Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site

fonske Re:Thank Goodness... (218 comments)

I have etchings made by Tolkien with subjects of his writings: do I have to pay copyright to these "tangible" products?
Tolkien was a lousy graphic artist...

about 9 months ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

fonske Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (752 comments)

"the catapultist empathic capacity for the decapitated capitalist was the capitulation of the californicated cataclysm"

about 10 months ago

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