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Comment: Re:Hotter Earth (Score 1) 150

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!"

Comment: Re:Not only for Tesla or videos (Score 1) 544

by BlackPignouf (#46650503) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

The external speakers aren't for the engine or the driver, it's to let the hot chicks know how much you paid for your car.
From the above article :
"Volkswagen previously used a resonator tube similar to the Mustang’s in its GTI but has switched to what it calls a “Soundaktor.” This system is like the M5’s, in that an audio file is stored on the car’s computer and then played during certain throttle applications. Unlike the more selective M5 setup, VW’s broadcasts all the noise from under the hood through a dedicated speaker located near the engine’s throttle body. Soundaktor speakers are currently making noise in the GTI, GLI, and Beetle Turbo."

Comment: Not only for Tesla or videos (Score 5, Informative) 544

by BlackPignouf (#46649371) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

It's not only for Tesla, and not just on videos either.
Engines are getting more efficient and quieter every year, and cars are better insulated as well. Customers are disappointed when they spend big bucks on a car only to find out it doesn't sound like a big old sport car.
The solution? Manufacturers actually add speakers next to the engine, exhaust and inside the car.
You sometimes get V8 sound out of a V6 car :)

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