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Comment: You don't know how money works do you? (Score 1) 157

For a person owning a single workstation power consumptions means little.

Even if you are an intel fanboi, look at the single core performance, in a comparable test.

I don't thing the newer chips will be much faster at multi-core raytracing either.

Comment: Wow! .6 GHz Faster Than 3 Year Old 2600k! (Score 0) 157

I better pry my chip out right after I finish this!

BTW, my 2600k will overclock to 4.2GHz on air, but I don't do it--because that speed difference is so incremental, and so is Intel's progress.

The problem is: many program usually are largely single threaded, such as CAD and meshing operations for many other 3D applications.

Comment: Wish Android Applications Were Better (Score 1) 121

by BrendaEM (#47146349) Attached to: HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

The question is: why make a better Android machine, when the applications are so needlessly weak?

The only word processor on Android that can make facing quotes, isn't even really native: Androoffice.
I am growing tired of seeing blurry text at the bottom of the page form while I surf.

No, I want to use SD cards for storing data. It's not application data, it's mine!!!

With 2GB of memory, you should be able to paint/edit images that are 3x4 feet @300dpi, but with most paint programs and editors, you couldn't edit an image from a $500 Nikon D3200. Most editors are limited to 2048 or 4096 images because the use the GPU for rendering. The only large image editor I have seen is Cloverpaint, and well, it's not quite the user interface I want.

Blah-blah application needs to read your penis or breast size.

Comment: Doubt that Static is Caused By Much by Friction (Score 1) 86

by BrendaEM (#47031231) Attached to: Static Electricity Defies Simple Explanation

When you think of things that make static, cling wrap, the belt of a Van de Graaff generator both seem to violate the friction idea. We have contact and surface area.

At a job, I pulled fiberglass parts from molds, a situation where you often have very little friction, but a whole lot of surface area, and dielectric materials like glass rods, polyester and epoxy resin. The parts wouldn't come out of the waxed and PVA'ed molds if there was a lot of friction.

When I pulled the parts from the molds, I converted the mechanical energy into electrostatic energy. The problem is: if an electrostatic potential existed in the parts to begin with, separating the plates should diminish it, because if you squish a capacitor the charge is supposed to increase. So, in inverse must be true, right?

So maybe this happens. Let's assume that the charge on the part and mold are neutral, that there is no potential difference or electrostatic field. When I was pull the part from the mold, I apply work that separate plates on a capacitor, with very little static charge, but I am guessing that it does create a small amount of negative potential, which is multiplied as I peel the two surfaces. Perhaps also, some current may flow along the sheet I am pulling through the dielectric. Perhaps those polarizing properties of it being a dielectric allow some current flow, just as capacitors leak

The part and the mold are connected at one end, and in the state of separating at another. I wish I could measure the static field just as the part comes from the mold.

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