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Comment: Re:There. Fixed that for you. (Score 1) 598

by DirtyUncleRon69 (#28975559) Attached to: Can We Build a Human Brain Into a Microchip?

That mostly depends on your definition of 'life' If it can replicate itself indefinitely, and act of it's own accord, who's to say it's not? (There's still a ton of work to do to make that possible albeit)

Personally Don't care as long as they make a realistic robotic prostitute during my lifetime.

Comment: Re:They're not learning (Score 1) 716

by DirtyUncleRon69 (#28255847) Attached to: Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades

Yeah it works well if all you want to do in life is go to school.

That's the point, It works well to complete school. Getting a degree has little to do with learning (although it very much should IMO) and much more to do with being able to regurgitate information.

Doing the minimum isn't enough in some fields...

Tell that to some of the guys I work with.

Comment: Re:They're not learning (Score 1) 716

by DirtyUncleRon69 (#28254709) Attached to: Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades
It sure is amazing how far those 'parrot' kids get though... If the system rewards regurgitating information, then why shouldn't we do exactly that? Because it's not learning?

I was always told to go to school, and get good grades. If I wanted to learn I had to do that on my own time.

Comment: Re:Sipping From a Firehose (Score 1) 214

by DirtyUncleRon69 (#27658685) Attached to: How to Charge Your Cellphone Using Wasted Heat

Work done by the engine on the alternator is exactly that, work. It costs extra power (and hence fuel) to run. Have you ever wondered why using high load electrical components and air conditioners hurts fuel economy? The main point of the heat based system, is that it uses energy from a source that is not otherwise used.

Comment: Re:Sipping From a Firehose (Score 4, Informative) 214

by DirtyUncleRon69 (#27653915) Attached to: How to Charge Your Cellphone Using Wasted Heat

I worked at Toyota for a while we have been talking about this for at least a year. The technology has been around for a long time, but we usually call them thermocouples. It's exactly the same concept, except they need to be much larger, and have a much higher temperature differential to be useful. The main problem is the size and weight. The weight is significant when you're looking to reduce mass to improve fuel economy, and obviously it adds cost to the vehicle.

As for extracted heat reducing the efficiency of the engine, after heat leaves the cylinder head, unless it is used to do work (as in a turbocharger) it is waste.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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