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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

jcgam69 lawsuit in 3..2..1 (126 comments)

Someone crashes his bike into a cement barrier and hits his head, smashing the helmet and rendering him paralyzed. Family files multiple lawsuits against multiple companies including the maker of this device built into the guy's helmet because it "distracted him", or because pieces of it pierced his skull. It's just a matter of time. I hope Skully has factored this into the price.

about two weeks ago
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PayPal's Two-Factor Authentication Can Be Bypassed Using eBay Bug

jcgam69 Re:No worries (33 comments)

I see comments like this all the time, but in my own personal experience paypal protected me as a seller from a fraudulent buyer who tried to steal several hundred dollars. Although the process was not quick, in the end Paypal discovered the truth, and I'll continue to use and recommend the service.

about three weeks ago
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Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

jcgam69 no drill required (39 comments)

They also found that narrow pathways through the ice shell can remain open from the sea all the way to the surface, if filled with liquid water.

These open pathways are perfect channels to explore the hidden ocean below.

about a month ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

jcgam69 redundant aircraft (103 comments)

The V-22 Osprey performs a similar role for the Navy/Marine Corps. Why develop a new platform that will cost billions of dollars and many years of research and testing? The V-22 can be adapted to this new role much faster and for a lot less.

about a month and a half ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

jcgam69 Re:Why not just burn the ammonia (380 comments)

why not just burn the ammonia?

Actually this is possible. From wikipedia:

Ammonia cannot be easily or efficiently used in existing Otto cycle engines because of its very low octane rating, although with only minor modifications to carburetors/injectors and a drastic reduction in compression ratio, which would require new pistons, a gasoline engine could be made to work exclusively with ammonia, at a low fraction of its power output before conversion and much higher fuel consumption

about 2 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

jcgam69 Re:Once you go electric, you never go back :-) (377 comments)

Your post is somewhat deceptive since the MPG figure you quote does not include the cost of electricity. It is not physically possible to get ~600 miles from a gallon of gas in a non-experimental car.

about 2 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

jcgam69 what is the point? (323 comments)

When the universe reaches maximal entropy everything will be dead. Humans, aliens, stars, everything. Admittedly this will not happen for a very long time but it does seem to be inevitable.

about 3 months ago
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Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

jcgam69 Re:Does it really matter? (203 comments)

If you go this route make sure the plane you rent doesn't use a gravity fed fuel system, otherwise you could have a short flight ending in a field.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

jcgam69 Re:Good idea... with still a missing link (165 comments)

I leased panels for my house to charge my all-electric car. Since I paid for the 20 year lease in advance, my power costs about 10 cents/kwh over the 20 year period. I don't know where you live but in my area this is about half the current average cost of electricity, and the price per kwh is sure to increase over the next 20 years (for everyone else). Since the system is grid-tied I don't need a battery for the house. As an added bonus I never have to wait in gas lines. I'm actually saving money by not buying any gas.

about 4 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

jcgam69 Re:Mystery? (491 comments)

Flight 447 was found deeper than 2 miles.

about 5 months ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

jcgam69 actually it's cheaper than that (335 comments)

If you already buy storage from Google you'll get that storage in addition to the new plan. In my case I get 125 GB for $1.99/mo.

about 5 months ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

jcgam69 Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

What if you want to access those files when you are away from home? Good luck. Even if you setup remote access, typically ISP upload speeds prevent reasonable access to large files remotely.

about 5 months ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

jcgam69 repeat offenders? (326 comments)

Prisoners should be treated humanely. I get that. What I would like to know is how many prisoners who were released after being confined in solitary for a long period of time are repeat offenders. I suspect that, given the horrible conditions of solitary, most of them would do anything to avoid going back to prison. If that is true, then it really is an effective rehabilitation technique, and ultimately reduces crime.

about 6 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

jcgam69 Re:Arithmetic denialism (734 comments)

Actually yes, solar can be the whole solution. In my case I generated 538kwh in the past 30 days with 16 - 250w panels, in the dead of winter. My all-electric car uses about 300kwh per month. In the summer I generate far more power than I need, and this compensates for extra power I use in the winter.

about 7 months ago
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Largest and Most Intense Tropical Cyclone On Record Hits the Philippines

jcgam69 followup to recent 7.1 earthquake (160 comments)

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the PI a few weeks ago which cause widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure. Bridges collapsed and many roads are still impassible. The earthquake and hundreds of strong aftershocks serve to intensify the effects of this storm.

about 10 months ago
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Toyota's Killer Firmware

jcgam69 Re:Technology is hard and dangerous (610 comments)

If the crash recorder indicated that the accelerator was pressed at the time of the accident, then how could any one sane person, let alone 10 reasonably intelligent people, fault the software? I simply do not understand this.

about 10 months ago
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Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

jcgam69 Re:Sour Grapes (364 comments)

If Tesla survives (which is looking pretty likely at this point) I vow to never buy another car from a dealer ever again.

about a year ago
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DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions

jcgam69 Re:Definition of 'scary' (337 comments)

The scary part is watching loved ones suffer and die while there's nothing you can do, and waiting for your turn. I agree with you though - the plan itself is not scary.

about a year ago
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Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

jcgam69 Re:OUCH (479 comments)

The TFV does NOT show the incident pilot flying a helicopter FPV a few feet from his face. Note at the end of the video he reaches up to turn off the camera almost immediately after landing. Large helicopters take up to a minute for the rotor to spin down. Also the heli that killed him had a rotor span of 600 mm, so he wouldn't have been able to reach the camera. In this video he was flying a multi-copter, which use much smaller propeller blades that stop almost immediately.

about a year ago
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

jcgam69 Re:Because US contractors want tax payer's money? (918 comments)

No, the primary goal is to what is right in the eyes of the world. Amerika is the world's savior! Generating extreme wealth for rich families and corporations is just a side benefit.

1 year,14 hours

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Synchronized Heartbeats

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Scientists have discovered that heartbeats can become synchronized during extreme events, such as firewalking. The heartbeats of relatives and friends become synchronized, while strangers are unaffected."
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Solar Super-storm could cost $2 trillion

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "A true monster storm has the potential to wreak havoc on a global scale, knocking out communications systems, endangering satellites and astronauts and causing perhaps trillions of dollars in damages."
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Ancient Astronauts?

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Are ancient astronauts responsible for immense construction projects of the past? Wally Wallington doesn't think so. The video shows how he moved a 19 ton concrete block by himself with no pulleys or power tools. Impressive!"
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Bee population drops 96%, baffles scientists

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants, was likely to be a result of disease and low genetic diversity in bee populations."
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New Tech to Help Create Blind Drivers

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "After years of research, the National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech hope to demonstrate a prototype vehicle that would allow a blind person to drive independently to the public by next year. The technology, known as "nonvisual interfaces," is based on Virginia Tech's third-place entry into the 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge, a competition funded by the Defense Department for driverless vehicles."
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Why Cell Phones are Banned on Aircraft

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Many people believe that cell phone use is prohibited on planes to force passengers to use the ultra-expensive option of making an in-flight call from the phones provided on the airplanes. However, the FCC, which does not have a stake in the phones installed on planes, banned cell phone use on planes because of concerns that their signals could cause disruptions and interfere with aircraft navigation systems."
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Shock waves from rocket launch destroy sundog

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory amazed onlookers last week when it flew past a sundog and destroyed it. Videos of the event captured shock waves from the rocket billowing through the sundog, eliciting cries of delight and amazement from the crowd below."
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California To Protect Apollo 11 Space Junk

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "The surface of the moon may contain Neil Armstrong's famous footstep from his 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, but the site at Tranquility Base also houses more than 5,000 pounds of junk left over from the trip, and California historians now want to stick a flag in that. If all goes well at a meeting in Sacramento today, California could become the first state to register the items at Tranquility Base—which include a U.S. flag, bags of human waste, and the ship's lunar module descent stage—as a State Historical Resource."
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How your brain creates the fourth dimension

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Perhaps the most fundamental question neuroscientists are investigating is whether our perception of the world is continuous or a series of discrete snapshots like frames on a film strip. Understand this, and maybe we can explain how the healthy brain works out the chronological order of the myriad events bombarding our senses, and how this can become warped to alter our perception of time."
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Cosmic Rays Hit Space Age High

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcgam69 writes "NASA spacecraft are measuring record-high levels of cosmic rays--a side-effect of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. The cosmic ray storm appears to be intensifying, say researchers, and the peak may be yet to come."
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Ant mega-colony has colonized much of the planet

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same interrelated colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination."
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Hackers 'destroy' flight sim site

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Flight simulator site Avsim has been "destroyed" by malicious hackers. The site, which launched in 1996, covered all aspects of flight simulation, although its main focus was on Microsoft's Flight Simulator. The attack took down the site's two servers and the owners had not established an external backup system."
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Billy Corgan wants broadcast radio to pay artists

jcgam69 jcgam69 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jcgam69 (994690) writes "Internet radio has to pay performance rights but broadcast stations get a free pass. Billy Corgan, founder of the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, told Congress on Tuesday that must change. "This issue is one of fundamental fairness," Corgan told lawmakers. "If the performance of a song has value to a particular terrestrial radio station in its airing, I believe it is only right to compensate those performers who have created this work."

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