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Comment: Re:Mislead (Score 1) 31 31

That's not necessarily true either. A scheduling analysis could be performed to determine the real-time capabilities of the system. A simple stability program running on a massively overpowered linux system could be proven to guarantee scheduling at a low update rate. It's just not an efficient real-time system.

Comment: Long term effect (Score 5, Interesting) 156 156

Thinking way out there... but if the Rift catches on, will significantly more brains be trained to cope with motion sickness? Will we be better equipped for space travel? I wonder if it will reduce motion sickness medication sales.
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+ - Rare operating Apple 1 rakes in $374,500 at Sotheby's auction->

coondoggie writes: "It's not one of a kind but pretty darn close. Sotheby's this week auctioned off a rare working Apple 1 computer for $374,500 to an unnamed bidder. The price was more than double the expected price listed on the Sotheby's web site.
The Sotheby's notes about the Apple 1 say it is one of six thought to be operational boxes and one of about 50 known to exist."

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Comment: Someone check my math (Score 1) 137 137

For Natural Gas (@0degC)
Specific Heating = 47.7MJ/kg
gas density = 0.72 kg/m^3
cost ~= 0.25 $/m^3 (typical Ontario with distribution)
efficiency = 50%

= 4.77 kWh/m^3
= $0.052 / kWh

this would assume it could run on natural gas, but it needs pure methane. Even so, it ends up cheaper than grid electricity.

Comment: Re:No alarm clock here (Score 2) 197 197

That only works if your body's natural clock is fairly close to 24h and your rhythm can sync in with the clock. I think average is around 24.5h. I'm in around the 25h mark. I can sync with 24h for a few days, but if I leave it natural I'll add an hour every day (vacation or on flex time).

Comment: Get a good adapter set (Score 3, Informative) 165 165

I've used a GQ-4X Willem Programmer with good success. The trick is to get a good set of adapters, so you have the flexibility to cover many packages. PSOP, TSOP, etc. I've even found one that lets me do a serial SOIP8 EEPROM while it is still on the board-- very handy to not need the remove&resolder.

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