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Comment: Re:embryonic stem cells (Score 2) 100

by Adriax (#48107375) Attached to: Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Embryonic is easy mode, the cells can become literally any cell of the body.
Next you figure out what traits are absolutely necessary to make a cell produce insulin and compare it to the traits of pluripotent cells made from adult cells of various parts of the body. Maybe skin cells can be coaxed into it, or maybe muscle cells, or liver.

With this breakthrough they have a template that could quickly lead to diabetics being cured by a quick sample being cut out then reimplanted a month later after being changed into insulin producer cells.

Comment: Re:Distance and Charge Time (Score 1) 174

by Adriax (#48060291) Attached to: A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

According to the article the conversion kit costs $100k and it has no mention to lifespan.

But say your lifespan number is correct, lets look at this.
8 hrs a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year for a fulltime 100% driving duty vehicle = 2080 hours/year.
So already this conversion would last 5 years at a bare minimum. Please note the article suggests a 3 year payback time on this, meaning a possibility of an extra $66k of savings for the medium duty kit.

Of course that would require the turbine to be running full time and the vehicle to be in motion the full time. Which is not the workload they are targeting.
For a garbage truck spending some of its work time parked to pickup dumpsters and most of its driving being start/stop (regenerative braking), lets say the turbine only runs 66% of the time. That would give a converted garbage hauler a 7+ year engine lifespan, which is frankly pretty darn good.
A delivery truck with a maybe 50% drive time would last over 10 years.

Comment: Re:Distance and Charge Time (Score 4, Informative) 174

by Adriax (#48059783) Attached to: A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

An electric drive train weighs a fraction of what an axle drive train does for those monsters, and an electric motor is MUCH better for a stop&go traffic pattern due to resting torque differences and regenerative braking.
Plus the generator can be tuned for a singular operating RPM since the battery bank will be buffering the energy. That right there simplifies the engine and boosts efficiency.

I'm a fan of the electric + generator hybrid setup. It can take advantage of the existing fuel infrastructure for distance, while giving efficiency gains and allowing designers to use a wider range of engine designs for the generator. I would guess there are a couple engine designs out there that are more efficient/powerful for the mass and/or volume but can't do the variable RPM a 4-12 piston IC does.

Comment: Re:HALO (Score 4, Funny) 368

by Adriax (#47867467) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

They should have bought minecraft years ago then. Back when the hype was starting and they could have gotten it for a couple million.

Kinda curious as to how they're going to screw it up.
Forced windows 8 integration?
Port the x-box port back to windows and drop the java version?
Mandatory Realms hosting for multiplayer so they can police it and add microtransactions for diamonds? "10 credits = 1 diamond. Or buy a pack and save! Available packs include the 64 diamond Stack Pack, the 574 diamond Block Stack Pack, or the best value the Diamond Block Dick To Pierce The Skies pack!"

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 533

by Adriax (#47859261) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Living in the middle of a wyoming town and getting 3Mbps on a good day (advertised as 15meg) I'm in the same situation, though we don't find it to be enough bandwidth. 2 netflix streams is enough to shut everything else down and even with an untouched connection we can't videochat with any good quality.

This should change relatively soon with the unified network rollout getting hundred gig pipes all around the state and more exit points than just I25 south to denver. But I tend to be pessimistic about telecoms actually delivering what they tell politicians and get government cash for.

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