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How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

rossdee So who is going to come out (32 comments)

with a 'flock of birds' CPU cooler?

Somehow I don't think it would be as effective as liquid He

4 hours ago

Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

rossdee jaws (69 comments)

is Richard Keil still alive?

or is it spelt Kiel

2 days ago

Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

rossdee But (84 comments)

Could such a planet be habitable?

I'd always thought it would be too hot for (life as we know it, Jim)

2 days ago

Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

rossdee So (145 comments)

How about some comparisons with other professional sports?

2 days ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

rossdee Re:Whelp. (138 comments)

Moas weren't carnivores

The Maoris ate them, not the other way round.

2 days ago

Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

rossdee Vote (198 comments)

Vote out the scumbags at the state capitol that passed such a law

3 days ago

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

rossdee Boarders.. (167 comments)

Maybe he means the people who board the planes

4 days ago

China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

rossdee Re:U.S. in the rearview mirror (218 comments)

" if you don't know what those white flags on the Brooklyn bridge mean."

Don't we have to wait til Bridget Anne Kelly or David Wildstein publishes their memoirs?

5 days ago

Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

rossdee Latest version (194 comments)

So thats whats gonna be in FF33, which is 2 versions from now.

FF31 has just been released AFAIK

So whats new (or broken) in FF31 - should I upgrade from FF30 ?

5 days ago

China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

rossdee IANAPP (I am not a particle physicist (218 comments)

The LHC created a higgs boson by colliding protons. This Chinese collider is planned (according to TFS) to collide electons and positrons. IANAPP but I am not sure that would create a higgs boson. However colliding an electon and a positron would create energy )matter and antimatter) probably in the form of gamma rays.
Whereas colliding protons and antiprotons will give of some energy in the form of neutrinos

In fact electrons and positrons are Leptons, so wouldn't this be called a Large Lepton Collider (LLC)?

5 days ago

MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

rossdee But (110 comments)

You've still got to convert that steam into electricity, presumably with a turbine. so what is the overall efficiency?
And do you get bits of graphite and carbon foam gumming up your turbine?

about a week ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

rossdee I read that as RFID (281 comments)

And wondered was M$ chipping their employees now

about a week ago

The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

rossdee The B2000 was a great machine (192 comments)

The early A2000 had bugs, but the B2000 was a great machine. Very upgradable.

I had one from early 88 until I left the country in july 2002

eventually I had a GVP '030 board in the CPU slot, with 12 megs of RAM, running the SCSI hard drives (biggest was 1 gig) and a CDROM, a flicker fixer in the video slot, and a GVP I/O card with faster serial ports (to run the BBS) and an extra printer port. THe original parallel port was used to PARNET to the A1200

about a week ago

New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

rossdee Currency (100 comments)

I don't want a Fiat currency
I want a Ferrari currency

about two weeks ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

rossdee Re:Doctors @ WHO (474 comments)

There hasn't been a good one since David Tennant

about two weeks ago

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

rossdee Re:I didn't read TFA (63 comments)

"The kiwi looks like a mouse"

But it doesn't have a scroll wheel

"water dragons look like iguanas"

Are they from Harry Potter, LOTR, or Anne McCaffreys books?

about two weeks ago

Preparing For Satellite Defense

rossdee Geostationary? (118 comments)

Most military assets are not in geostationary orbit. You get a better view from closer up, and you move around to cover more area.

Geostationary orbit is mostly for communications.

about two weeks ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

rossdee Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

"Exercise should be fun - you just need to find a sport/activity that you enjoy enough so that it doesn't seem like a chore."

Exercise that has a reason is good. Walking or cycling as a form of transportation (like to/from work or the shops) is a good example, plus you save on CO2 emmissions and cost of gasoline. Of course cycling may not be possible in winter if you live in a northern state, but walking should be. Of course if you live too far away from your work maybe you could just walk part wayu and use public transport for the rest.

about two weeks ago


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