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The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

sleeping143 Re:That's when the big one kicks in. (405 comments)

Now why does that sound like a terrible idea?

Probably because they've engineered the crap out of this car.

more than 3 years ago

The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

sleeping143 Re:Efficiency (405 comments)

I wonder how the fuel used by this thing compares to the fuel wasted every morning in Los Angeles by idling cars in severe traffic jams...

more than 3 years ago

61.9% of Undergraduates Cybercheat

sleeping143 Poorly defined... (484 comments)

They say it's "cheating enabled by the internet", but how far doesn that definition go? When I use Wolfram Alpha to solve integrals that I can't be bothered to spend 15 minutes on, is that "cybercheating"?

more than 3 years ago

19-Year-Old Makes Homemade Solar Death Ray

sleeping143 Re:Sigh.... (317 comments)

It's not really increased power, either. It's increased intensity, which is power/area.

more than 3 years ago

Google Algorithm Discriminates Against Bad Reviews

sleeping143 Re:If they told you ... (175 comments)

Coca-Cola and Pepsi also both rely on trade secrets to keep their products unique and marketable. Would you have them publish their recipes in the favor of "market transparency"?

more than 3 years ago

SanDisk, Nikon and Sony Develop 500MB/sec 2TB Flash Card

sleeping143 Re:Specification (98 comments)

If your car's tires are specified to 147mph, then yes, they can go that fast. They're required to last at least 10 minutes at the rated speed. Please stop using bad car analogies.

more than 3 years ago

Proposed Final ACTA Text Published

sleeping143 Improvements... (148 comments)

I can't help but wonder if they didn't make early drafts as terrible as possible to see what we, the people, would cry out the most about. While there are simpler explanations, the obvious being that they responded in response to the public, simple explanations don't always work well in politics. Ok, fine, I'll take off the tin foil hat now...

more than 3 years ago

Georgia College's New Policy — Reporting All P2P Users To the Police

sleeping143 Re:Any forms of file-sharing? (421 comments)

I think it's fair to say that most campus police forces are poorly utilized. This is just an exceptionally bad case.

more than 3 years ago

Car Produced With a 3D Printer

sleeping143 Re:So it's just a body? (257 comments)

I may have missed it, but when did 3D printing get cheap? I've always known it as being a rather expensive, time-intensive process. I would think that would become a major barrier, unless they've made some significant advancement on that front (which they may have).

more than 3 years ago

Casio Unveils New Color Screen Graphing Calculator

sleeping143 Re:Why? (313 comments)

How do you fit that netbook in your pocket

A Dell Mini 10 netbook fits in the smaller pouch of my backpack. If you want even smaller, try a PDA such as iPod touch or Archos 43.

This is hardly a reasonable argument; when is the last time you tried to carry a full graphing calculator in your pocket? Just because you can jam it in there doesn't mean it's a good idea for you to do so.

and how many hours of battery life do you get out of it?

A PDA can run for a whole day at an indoor brightness level.

My TI-89 can run a whole semester on one charge of its 4 AAA batteries, and I'm an engineering student, so I frequently use it 2-3 hours a day. Of course, you still want to carry spares. Last semester I had to take an exam with an old backup Casio scientific calculator because the 89's batteries were dead.

more than 3 years ago

Why Geim Never Patented Graphene

sleeping143 Re:But if he doesn't patent it... (325 comments)

Suing a researcher for producing small quantities of your product in order to use it in his research wouldn't make financial sense. So unless the patent holder had a personal vendetta against the researcher, they wouldn't act on the infringement.

more than 3 years ago

Google Releases New Image Format Called WebP

sleeping143 Re:Halo (378 comments)

Both words can be used as either a verb or noun. The specific usage here is still wrong, but if we're going to be grammar trolls, let's do it right.

more than 3 years ago

Jaguar's Hybrid Jet-Powered Concept Car

sleeping143 Re:Should be reliable (334 comments)

Ah. After some research I see that turbines seem to be around 40% efficient while diesel engines can be over 50%. I think the turbine efficiency was for converting heat to kinetic energy though which may not be a fair comparison for converting chemical energy to kinetic..

Both are forms of heat engines, so both comparisons would be in converting thermal energy into kinetic energy.

more than 3 years ago

Jaguar's Hybrid Jet-Powered Concept Car

sleeping143 Re:Very Cool (334 comments)

In the US, at least, the traditional braking system still has to be powerful enough to slow down the car without any concerns of failure, so a loss of electrical motor braking may be noticeable, but would only be likely to be catastrophic if you were pushing the limit and counting on that extra force to be there. And those situations already happen with traditional ICE cars when something in the driveline fails.

more than 3 years ago

Almost-Satnav For Cycling

sleeping143 If you really need this... (119 comments)

why not just buy a GPS device designed for motorcyclists? They've been around for a while, mount right to the handlebars, and have tons of rider-friendly features. Plus, you don't need a cellular data signal, which I'd think would be uncommon on roads where you'd honestly need GPS mapping. Of course, here I am assuming that this is something you need, and not something you just want for no good reason.

more than 3 years ago

Elo Chess Rating System Topped By Proposed Replacements

sleeping143 Re:what now? (102 comments)

Careful, those physicists have arsenals of powerful lasers at their disposal...

more than 3 years ago

Stewart and Colbert Plan Competing D.C. Rallies

sleeping143 Re:Probrem! (696 comments)

If you think Colbert is just goofy and doesn't attack the right in his show, you should sit down and study his recent interview with Laura Ingraham. He makes repeated attacks at her book (The Obama Diaries), calling it terrible writing with disgusting racial stereotypes, all while smiling and laughing. It's honestly incredible how effective he is at setting her off balance, to the point that she makes a weak attempt to change the topic near the end of the interview. That specific interview, in my mind, is truly one of the greatest demonstrations of his skill as a political satirist.

more than 3 years ago

Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It

sleeping143 Re:Dr. Ann De Wees Allen is a CUNT!! (273 comments)

This would basically be a written and broadcast media, so it's libel. Slander is for spoken word.

more than 3 years ago



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