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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

trout007 Re:Solution? (903 comments)

They can't repossess the ride.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

trout007 Re:Solution? (903 comments)

If only there was some sort of vehicle designed specifically for medical emergencies. Oh well.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

trout007 Solution? (903 comments)

Buy a $999 used car. 3 easy payments of $333.

4 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

trout007 Difficult to compare (200 comments)

If you just want to put something around another planet it doesn't cost that much. If you are designing and building equipment that has never flown in space before it costs quite a bit more. And the whole scientific reason for going in the first place is to collect data. And it's not just the number of instruments or what they are measuring but how good are they? Just like benchtop equipment as you want more precision in your equipment prices escalate rapidly.

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

trout007 Exactly! (268 comments)

You are exactly right. The fact is on earth we only get about 1 kW/m^2 which at today's rates is worth about $2/day. Chasing conversion efficiency is a waste of time and resources. The real goal is installed $/kW. Get that down low enough and every roof can be covered.

4 days ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

trout007 Engineering Lesson Stress vs Strain (420 comments)

I'd like to explain stress vs strain. Stress is related to force while strain is related to displacement. No matter what thin phone you are putting in your pocket the phone will conform to your body. Strength isn't the real issue. The issue is yield strain. This is how far you can bend something before it yields (permanently deforms). Aluminum while stronger (can take more force) than almost all plastics cannot bend as far without yielding. Aluminum yield strain will be around 0.4% while plastics like polycarbonate will be more like 2.6%. Effectively this means you can bend a piece of polycarbonate about 6.5 times as far as piece of aluminum before it permanently bends. Yes it will take quite a bit more force to permanently bend an aluminum phone than a plastic one but that force is small enough that it will not be the limit. The shape your body and pocket form is going to force the phone to that shape.

5 days ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

trout007 Re:Very sad (277 comments)

The truth is it's nice using large phones but it sucks carrying them. I actually still prefer the form factor of the 4S with the stainless edge and glass front and back. It has a nice weight to it so I know it's in my pocket plus it's so smooth it slides in and out of a pocket easy.

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

trout007 Re:I agree, 100% (477 comments)

My thoughts exactly. They would like nothing more than to brainwash people that once they get old they are useless and resources shouldn't be spent on you. Better off for everyone if you just kill yourself, or at least don't get any medical care. Wait until your children start pressuring you into going quietly.

about a week ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

trout007 Recording industry had brief monopoly. (358 comments)

Music has existed as a business since before history. It only became a huge industry when recording and cheap players became available to a mass market. We are now past this point. Previously recording music required huge amounts of capital in equipment and copying and distribution. But now copying and transmitting are essentially without cost and recording and editing equipment is on the same scale as the instruments. The huge music industry is dead. What will replace it is a return to the past. Paying for the experience of a live show.
Recordings will serve mearly as advertising.

It's nice when you have a natural monopoly buy enjoy it while it lasts.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

trout007 Re: I never thought I'd say this... (347 comments)

You have never really tasted an orange unless you picked it off a tree.
They don't do well in transport. I hated citrus until I moved to Florida.

about two weeks ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

trout007 Re:Federal Overreach (156 comments)

Right. If there is one thing the federal government is good at is breaking up cartels.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

trout007 Re: I never thought I'd say this... (347 comments)

There are pros and cons to living anywhere. Cities have great access to all sorts of good and services but can be expensive. Rural areas are much cheaper but have difficult access. Suburban areas are a compromise.

Why tax those that live in high cost cities to pay to provide services to rural areas. Isn't the cheap cost of living in a rural area a natural subside?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

trout007 Re:What classes do you take? (392 comments)

This was my intended meaning of mastered.

mastery
: knowledge and skill that allows you to do, use, or understand something very well

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

trout007 Re:Tag Line (392 comments)

More like mocking those that supposedly follow his teachings and yet froth at the mouth when it comes to bombing foreigners.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

trout007 What classes do you take? (392 comments)

What does a Liberal Arts Degree mean these days? There used to be a traditional Liberal Arts education that included theology, grammar, reasoning, rhetoric, philosophy, arithmetic,logic, geometry, music, astronomy, etc. I could see how taking these as formal courses would help someones critical thinking. But how many people with LA degrees have mastered these?

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

trout007 Re:Yep. (150 comments)

And if you don't pay the penalty?

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

trout007 Re:Yep. (150 comments)

Most of the things you complain about are due to regulations. An airline would be happy to sell you a ticket for cash. A bank would be happy to open a numbered account. As for rentals of course the owner wants to see evidence you are a trustworthy person.

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

trout007 Re:Yep. (150 comments)

The difference is people voluntarily give data to these companies where as you are forced to give information to Healthcare.gov. It would be the same as if the IRS was hacked.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

trout007 Re:Glucose (82 comments)

Thank you.

I managed to get the full article. They authors do state this is not an entire process but only a way to take glucose from other process and turn it into propane which should be easier to separate from a reactor since it's a gas.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

trout007 Re:Environmentally-friendly? Hello?! (82 comments)

Unless you use plant biomass which takes that carbon from the air. That is why I was trying to find what they used as a feedstock.

about three weeks ago

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trout007 trout007 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

trout007 writes "My company has been in the clam farming business for many years now. We realized that our clams are taking the CO2 out of the atmosphere and locking it up into their shells. We have decided to expand our business into the Carbon Sequestering Market. Our business plan is to find people that can invest $1000 in capital to sequester 1 ton of CO2. That $1000 will pay for the seed clams and labor to plant them in our lease in the Indian River, Florida. When we harvest the clams 2 years later and sell the clams at market the investors will get back their investment plus $200. So they can lead a carbon neutral live AND make money doing it. As a /.er I thought I'd write to see what people here thought about it. Our webpage has information on how the process works. www.carbonclamup.com"

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