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Comment: Not just solar (Score 1) 1

by Deadstick (#49101781) Attached to: SOLAR POWER TOWERS ARE VAPORIZING BIRDS

TFA cites various other power sources as being better at offing birds, though in the best PopSci tradition it doesn't elucidate just how coal et al go about doing it. And it misses the point that just about everything we stick up in the air with reflecting surfaces is a bird killer. The birds can't discriminate between window reflections and the real scenery, and splat.

Comment: Re:Why not an exosuit? (Score 1) 55

by Deadstick (#49001663) Attached to: Students Demo Firefighting Humanoid Robot On US Navy Ship

This robot is slow, awkward, and ponderous.

So is a man in a full fire suit.

It's not really autonomous at all, requiring a team of human operators.

In the Navy, that's called a "crew".

it's tethered by a large cable.

Aboard a ship, it's not going to have to ride a truck to the fire.

And it looks like even with the flimsy suit they dressed it in, it's wires and electronics would be highly vulnerable to burning/melting.

I believe you acknowledged it's still in development.

Comment: Re: 4k (Score 4, Interesting) 294

by Deadstick (#48995057) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

That wouldn't be Softside, would it? When they first started to publish Basic games for the TRS-80, R/S threatened to sue for IP violations; only R/S, they said, had the right to say "Radio Shack" or "TRS-80" in print unless they paid royalties. So Softside began referring to them as "S-80 bus" games.

R/S got their wish: nobody ever discusses Radio Shack computers in print any more.

Comment: Re:Interstellar missions... (Score 1) 211

by Deadstick (#48893335) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

No contradictions there. An insulator is a barrier to conductive and convective heat transfer, but as long as it's transparent to photons, radiative heat doesn't even notice it. Spacecraft instruments that need low temperatures have steered radiators that are kept pointed at dark space.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?