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Coming To a War Near You: Nuclear Powered Drones

grumpygrodyguy Converting Nuclear to Electric? (202 comments)

How are they converting nuclear radiation directly to electric power? Thermocouples?

more than 2 years ago

Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services

grumpygrodyguy Re:Well that and if your lucky like I am (380 comments)

A side note, my cable lists a cap of 250g a month. I haven't hit that cap yet but I am wondering if the improved show quality (1080p) offered by some services will push me over.

Exactly. Anyone who torrents, uses newsgroups, or HD netflix knows that 250g is nothing.

In my area there are two "competitors", and they both cap at 250g. They also, coincidentally, sell bundled cable service.

That 250g data cap will stay (or get worse) unless the FCC does their job.

more than 2 years ago

Hard Drive Shortage Relief Coming In Q1 2012

grumpygrodyguy Good News... (205 comments)

...but, what's keeping 4TB internal drives off the market?

The 4TB Deskstar has been out for a while...where are Seagate and WD?

more than 2 years ago

How much of your music/video entertainment is streamed online?

grumpygrodyguy Be glad you don't live in Atlanta (170 comments)

I can't stream video content because Comcast and AT&T enforce a monthly 250GB data cap.

They assure me that everything is well citizen.

more than 2 years ago

Senator Uses FCC Nomination Process To Question National Wireless Network

grumpygrodyguy Re:Other Motivation? (101 comments)

I'd gladly give up GPS (not that we'd have to) for actual broadband competition in this country.

The cable/telecom monopolies in this country are among the most corrupt and egregious offenders.

about 3 years ago

Web Usage-Based Billing On Its Way

grumpygrodyguy Re:Municipal broadband is on its way, then (397 comments)

And you are irrelevant.
And quite frankly, eventually they will cripple or legislate away any alternatives you have.

You can't "legislate away" people's inability to afford your product.

about 3 years ago

Comcast Begins Native IPv6 Deployment To End Users

grumpygrodyguy Re:From another perspective... (326 comments)

Once you've gone IPV6, who's going to want to go back. You'll be a Comcast customer until FIOS, DSL or whatever other competition might actually exist catches up.

Speed is useless if they disconnect your connection for using it.

Unlimited 1.5/256 DSL > than any of Comcrap's 250GB capped plans.

more than 3 years ago

Comcast Begins Native IPv6 Deployment To End Users

grumpygrodyguy LIFT THE DATA CAP (326 comments)

Wake me when these idiots offer a plan that doesn't include a 250 GB monthly data cap.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

grumpygrodyguy Re:The 1% are insulated (1799 comments)

Even if you're screaming right outside their door, they're just going to call the cops and crank up the volume on the TV. I don't seriously believe that the Occupy campaign are going to do that much to change what is going on. The 1% already control everything. Everything that you buy, everything that you watch and everything that you do is controlled completely by this 1% group. Just about the only way I can think of to wrest power away from these folks is if the 99% were to stop buying everything for more than 90 days. Once the corporations see their income statements go to zilch then you would see real change.

You're forgetting the 2nd ammendment. It's there for a reason.

250+ million armed civilians will get you some hope and change.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

grumpygrodyguy These Protesters are Targetting the Right People (1799 comments)

Wall St. is strangling the economy. Not the president, not congress, not even the lobbyists.

Outsourcing, H1Bs, downsizing, hostile takeovers, monopolies, mergers, automation, corruption, bribes, slave labor...you name it...it's all in the name of putting profits before human beings without exception. We used to have decent protections against these things, but since Reagan they have been systematically dismantled by both parties.

Shareholders & Boards of Directors are paying Lobbyists, and Lobbyists own Congress. If you believe otherwise...you are simply wrong.

Corporations are Sociopaths with shareholders profitting from the blood and suffering of those who get trampled in the process.

more than 3 years ago

See a Supernova From Your Backyard

grumpygrodyguy Why isn't this much brighter? (182 comments)

I remember reading about supernovae being so bright they could be observed during the day, brighter than Venus for instance.

From History of supernova observation

The supernova SN 1006 appeared in the southern constellation of Lupus during the year 1006 CE. This was the brightest recorded star ever to appear in the night sky, and its presence was noted in China, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. It may also have been noted in France, Syria, and North America. Egyptian physician, astronomer and astrologer Ali ibn Ridwan gave the brightness of this star as one-quarter the brightness of the Moon. Modern astronomers have discovered the faint remnant of this explosion and determined that it was only 7,100 light-years from the Earth.[7]

It looks like this one will top out at magnitude 9 at best, making it appear like a dim star at night. How is that this supernova, if it's so close to us, appears so dim?

Can anyone clarify this? I thought type I/II supernova have roughly the same energetic magnitude...so if this one is only 21 million light years away, why isn't it brighter?

Edit: Nevermind, I figured it out. 21 million light-years vs. 7,100 light-years (the example above) is 5 orders of magnitude. It's faint because it's very very far away.

more than 3 years ago

New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency

grumpygrodyguy Re:Hmmmm (377 comments)

Personally, I wished that they had NOT announced this and continued work on it. Now China, and probably other nations, will simply grab the work regardless of IP. Hopefully, they will keep it in the states.

IP laws will do nothing but slow the development of this technology and make it more expensive. If the government won't step in and federalize this (gas prices are killing our economy), then I'm glad China is there to ignore IP laws and make a car we can drive ASAP at less cost. The inventor(s) should be rewarded, handsomely, but our current patent system is a mess which serves big business first, and the consumer last...if ever.

The sooner we get solutions to rising gas prices the better, regardless of how that happens.

more than 3 years ago

New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency

grumpygrodyguy Re:Link quite skimpy on details, but basically (377 comments)

What is going to make or break this technology would be the weight of the battery pack needed to store all that extra energy to provide surge and low end torque. Prius has a very tiny battery, relatively, just enough to propel the car for about 2 miles. We might need a battery midway between Prius and Chevy Volt/Nissan Leaf for this technology to work. Of course, the fine tolerance manufacturing, durability of the engine and seals (the bugaboo of Wankel) and other issues might crop up.

But the basic idea is plausible. Giving it one and half (guarded) thumbs up.

The article also mentioned shedding 1000lbs by using this motor.

That's a free half-ton for more batteries which should cover the surge and low-end torque problems you mentioned.

more than 3 years ago

DNA samples should be on record for...

grumpygrodyguy Important Missing Option: The Hottest Women (316 comments)

We need to clone these women. Or isolate the genes that make them hot, then create super model designer babies ASAP.

more than 3 years ago

Ridley Scott Abandons Alien Prequel

grumpygrodyguy Re:Applies to all movies (170 comments)

And remember how good the Matrix seemed when we first saw it, and then how bad it seems in retrospect after seeing the rest of the Wachowski brother's "vision"? That's a movie whose impact was actually lessened by the sequels - it was better when we filled in the blanks with our imagination than when we saw what passed for the "answers" presented in Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions (the truly horrid mess of the series).

The original Star Wars movies are, thankfully, separated enough in time and form from the later prequels that many of us can still view them as they were originally (well, assuming you can find a copy of them without George Lucas' idiotic revisions) and simply pretend that the dull drivel made years later doesn't exist.

Does anyone know if the original trilogy (un-edited) has been remastered?

If so, under what format and where did you find it?

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Supporters' Twitter Accounts Subpoenaed

grumpygrodyguy Re:Does anyone need more reason to quit social med (391 comments)

Everything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law. The connections you make, the things you read, everything. The government has too much power and by indulging in these useless social media activities, people are making themselves into potential targets by participating in them. Say you were curious about wikileaks and subscribed to Assange's twitter. Well guess what, now the government knows who you are, you are on yet another list and only because you were curious about what he had to say.

I'm not condemning social media as much as I am condemning this sort of behavior from government. But while the government IS behaving this way, people should be more careful in response.

Who would have guessed we would be the next Iran?

more than 3 years ago

Sandy Bridge Motherboards Dissected, Compared

grumpygrodyguy How About No (143 comments)

One word: Boycott.

more than 3 years ago

President Obama On Mythbusters Tonight

grumpygrodyguy How does an airplane see a signal mirror? (416 comments)

Of all the myths they've 'busted', this is the one I most wanted to see revisited.

Survival kits have signal mirrors with a sighting mechanism and no moving parts that allows the user to shine the sun's reflection directly onto the target (even a distant moving airplane). A mechanism Archimedes could have fashioned onto a shield for instance.

The Mythbusters claim the myth was 'busted' not because enough heat couldn't be generated, but because an individual soldier would be unable to distinguish his particular 'reflected spot', and therefore be unable to focus it onto the target. A simple sighting mechanism like those found on signal mirrors solves this problem, allowing an entire group to focus on one point simultaneously.

about 4 years ago

Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

grumpygrodyguy RE: Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo? (418 comments)

I have this exact same problem. I'm 35 years old, and I've been playing Arcade/Console/PC games since the age of 12.

Over the last 3 weeks I've been scouring the web for reviews, spanning back as far as the mid 80's for gems I may have missed. More and more I'm convinced that I've played every game worth playing.

My favorite games throughout my life so far have been:

(the times when I discovered or played them, not necessarily when published)
Age 12-15: The Bard's Tale, Wasteland, Ultima, Pirates!, Might and Magic 2, Dungeon Master, Gold Box AD&D, Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Punch Out, Super Metroid
Age 16-24: Dune 2, Warcraft, Warcraft II, Tie Fighter, Mechwarrior Vengeance, Counterstrike, TFC, Diablo, Everquest
Age 24-30: Diablo II, Nethack, Moria, Angband, Zangband, Civilization 3, Baldur's Gate II, Age of Empires II, Shadowrun (Sega Genesis), Half-Life, Daggerfall, Fallout 1&2, Far Cry, X-COM UFO Defense, Battlefield 1942, WoW
Age 30-35: Master of Magic, Master of Orion 1&2, KOTOR, GTA Vice City, Jedi Knight Academy, Pirates 2, System Shock 2, Deus Ex, Thief Gold, Fallout 3, Might and Magic VI&VII, Wizardy 8, Titan Quest, Torchlight, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Borderlands, Mount and Blade Warband

There are hundreds of other titles & sequels I've tried which I don't consider worth listing, I'm sure I forgot a few that are.

But I feel like I've seen it all, and that innovation in computer gaming has stopped.

I'd like to believe I'm wrong, and I'm sure there are some great indie titles I would enjoy (Mount and Blade Warband was a wonderful surprise), but it's taking me more time to find a game worth playing than to actually play the game. I don't remember that being a problem before.

about 4 years ago


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