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Comment: Re:Depends (Score 1) 512 512

my girlfriends HP laptop takes at least 15 minutes from boot up before the desktop is usable. the disk thrashes around like a beast and task manager shows nothing is running. and if you try and run chrome or the new opera during this period, don't . i've given up trying to keep up with windows configuration but i've been thru msconfig and unticked as much shit that starts up on boot as possible and yet, a lot of it shows as still running later on. how many places to you have to visit to unconfigure short of uninstalling. Installing/uninstalling is another slow slow process - when are they going to sort that shit out? I can install over a thousand packages (including downloading) on opensuse quicker than i can install something on windows.

Comment: Re:Ahm Mo Call (Score 1) 214 214

" I mean why the hell would we expect "[e]xperts in materials science at MIT" to be able to accurately calculate the manufacturing and production costs (and thus savings) for a novel battery technology? They are experts in material science, not process engineering or manufacturing."

perhaps you need to actually RTFA, I'll save you the pain of a mouse click

"We’ve reinvented the process,” says Yet-Ming Chiang, the Kyocera Professor of Ceramics at MIT and a co-founder of 24M (and previously a co-founder of battery company A123). The existing process for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries, he says, has hardly changed in the two decades since the technology was invented, and is inefficient, with more steps and components than are really needed. The new process is based on a concept developed five years ago by Chiang and colleagues including W. Craig Carter, the POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. In this so-called “flow battery,” the electrodes are suspensions of tiny particles carried by a liquid and pumped through various compartments of the battery. The new battery design is a hybrid between flow batteries and conventional solid ones: In this version, while the electrode material does not flow, it is composed of a similar semisolid, colloidal suspension of particles. Chiang and Carter refer to this as a “semisolid battery.”

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