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Air Pollution Can Disrupt Pollinating Insects By Concealing the Scent of Flowers

vdoogs Bees? (67 comments)

Anyone else think this is related to the declining bee population?

about 6 months ago
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Book Review: Mobile HTML5

vdoogs uh... wat?! (37 comments)

"...as is any knowledge of any JavaScript libraries, because the author intentionally eschews them in her presentation" Who goes on a rant about how terrible IE6 is and also intentionally eschews all the commonly used solutions? What a disservice to readers. Honestly, I don't know a single programming who codes user-facing javascript without a library (like say jQuery) at this point helping you out with all the quirks and browser differences. It's pretty much a silly thing to do, and a massive waste of time for anything but the simplest scripts.

about 8 months ago
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Does Visual Studio Rot the Brain?

vdoogs Re:yes, it does rot your brain, or at least habits (790 comments)

I agree with the comment about apples and oranges, but more specifically when dealing with kids you have to consider their attention span. If you show your son assembly language for his school science project instead of C#, is he going to be turned off because he couldnt do that little pop-up box trick he wanted to in 2 days? If he's really interested in "real programming", he'll learn it. I wouldn't worry about some Visual Studio tool limiting his mental abilities, after all it takes a fairly bright kid to see the simplest project through by themself.

more than 9 years ago

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vdoogs vdoogs writes  |  more than 10 years ago What would be a super-cool propulsion/reorientation system for a satellite? I work with a group of guys out in california that are experimenting with a wator vapor hot gas propulsion system... it is fairly low power, but it only provides milli-newtons of force.

So i'm thinking, what could we build that could reorient a satellite in the most powerful way possible? Of course, a combustion engine will do that. Combustion engines, however, need to have a flammable liquid or gas to combust. In space, with things floating around everywhere just waiting to hit your equipment, a tank filled with combustive material may not be the best idea of a thing to have.

Spinning ball bearing systems are great. They seem to put out a lot of direction - changing torque for a fairly small device. I have no idea as to the power requirements of these devices. I can imagine they would be fairly high, even with a really high quality lubricant to allow the bearing to spin.

So whats next? I guess it would depend completely on the application you need it for. Eventually you want to get something you can use to, say, land on the moon, with no combustion. A nice trick. Maybe impossible, depending on the gravity of the situation (ha ha).

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