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Comment: Re:Hotter Earth (Score 1) 174

by BlackPignouf (#46777777) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

It's not that there's no benefit : it's a net loss. Any heat engine works better between 300K and 400K than between 400K and 500K, even though the temperature difference between two states is the same.
Pedantic remarks : There's no such thing as "heat gradient". You probably meant "temperature gradient". And thermoelectrics generators really are powered by heat.

Comment: Which luxury yacht after my new project? (Score 5, Funny) 272

by BlackPignouf (#46703233) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

"I'm working on a new independent project. It will soon become the new Facebook, and I'll be billionaire next quarter. The only problem is that I don't know which luxury yacht to buy with all this money. I've been looking at Lady Moura, Christina O, Pelorus, Venus and others. What do you recommend? What problems have you run into with the ones you've tried?"

Comment: Re:Prophylactic immunization (Score 4, Informative) 351

by BlackPignouf (#46702467) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

In French Guiana, isolated tribes saw white men coming at them, and basically telling them :
"Congrats, you're now officialy unemployed French citizens. You don't know what money is, but you'll receive XXX Francs per month from the government. You can go visit the next town, and discover what rum and hookers are. Not much else to do though. kthxbye!"

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun