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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

samwichse Re:Not guaranteed memory problems (191 comments)

Indeed, people installing aftermarket battery sticks in Honda IMA hybrids learned the hard way: each stick of 6 D-cells slides through a pair of rubber matrices supporting the 20 sticks. Aftermarket installers were first just throwing the bare sticks into the matrices, and the batteries after a time would sometimes smoke and catch fire.

Turns out the plastic shrink wrap on the outside of each cell became important to insulate the batteries from the carbon black in the rubber at the 180V the system could hit. It looked like window dressing, but wasn't. Fun times. I bet lightning (at WAY higher voltage than 180) would go through rubber like it was steel.

2 days ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

samwichse Re:Found the IBM link. (268 comments)

It's not a 40m diameter dish, it's a 40m^2 dish.

about a week ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

samwichse Re:Cubic litres (268 comments)

Suitable for plumbing your castle in Minecraft though.

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

samwichse Re:Terrific counter to Monsanto's herbicide messag (308 comments)

Yes, so wrong you say. Knee! Jerk!

"Professor Jane Mt. Pleasant of Cornell University studied the polyculture of corn, pole beans, and squash. She found that these plots grown in the traditional Iroquois way yielded about 25-40 bushels of corn per acre. This compares poorly to the 100-bushels per acre average for modern New York State famers. Then she added the value of the beans and squash from the same plots. The total yield of the three sisters system was 4.02 million calories per acre compared to the 3.44 million calories per acre."

We plant crops the way we do to make them labor unintensive to harvest. If you knew anything about ecology you would grasp that a monoculture is pretty much never going to take full advantage of a site like polyculture.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

samwichse Re:what?!?! (277 comments)

This may be the most painful whoosh I've ever seen on Slashdot.

about a week ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

samwichse Re:More importantly (393 comments)

A Prius with a bad traction battery is going NOWHERE. The car doesn't move unless there's a good battery in it.

Honda IMA cars can go if the batteries are worn out though (and have to often :( ).

about two weeks ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

samwichse Re:magicJack alternative? (162 comments)

My sister in-law's Rogers phone blocks the installation of Google Voice specifically. She had never heard of it till I showed her my US spec version of the same phone.

Lovely monopolist pricks.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

samwichse Re:The future uses less (338 comments)

My Neato uses ~330 watts for its vacuum, but does only one pass over most areas in the room.

Seems to pick up a lot more dirt. Still way less than 1600w though.

about a month ago
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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

samwichse Re:Website Design (209 comments)

OMFG I wish I had mod points!

Maybe a long string of obscenity will do in the mean time?

about a month and a half ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

samwichse Re:So this is a... (171 comments)

If you really want a good laugh, look at the benchmark score/price graph on the page you linked.

Wow Intel overcharges.

about 2 months ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

samwichse Re:Australia rocks (291 comments)

Australians are plants!

about 2 months ago
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ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

samwichse Re:This is not going to work. (104 comments)

Edgar Rice Burroughs FTW

Came here to see this comment, wasn't disappointed.

about 3 months ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

samwichse Re:Well, this won't backfire! (268 comments)

What? How did this earn a mod-down? That's what's at the bottom of Barry's Wikipedia page right now and is pretty much the definition of a backfire.

Sam

about 3 months ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

samwichse Re:Well, this won't backfire! (268 comments)

"In 2014, Barry sued four Wikipedia editors for defamation for their edits to this page."

ROFL

about 3 months ago
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FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

samwichse Re:Groupon got it right (199 comments)

Let me know when I can get my package from the local UP/Ex launcher.

about 3 months ago

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