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Comment: Re:Diesels already do this. (Score 1) 576

by Eharley (#34004272) Attached to: Mazda Claims 70 mpg For New Engine, No Hybrid Needed

You're talking about the 2011 Mazda2, not the Mazda2 with the "SKYACTIV-G engine." While the 70mpg is high, because it is on the "Japanese cycle," it will likely hit the mid 40s under the EPA standards.

The NY Times clarified this point on their blog

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/mazda-next-generation-mazda-2-will-get-70-m-p-g/

Comment: Forget about it. (Score 1) 283

by Eharley (#33867628) Attached to: Grad Student Looking To Contribute To Open Source

Finish your degree as fast as possible. You don't want to burn any extra enthusiasm on anything that won't get you out of school. As it is, you will need every last drop.

Also, read this article: "Three Books For Surviving Graduate School," at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125856586

It's a piece by the author of this book: Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School, http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Your-Stupid-Decision-School/dp/0307589447

Comment: Re:Sold out by GE? (Score 4, Interesting) 797

by Eharley (#33546882) Attached to: GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory

Seriously.

I remember this article last year

"When Congress passed a new energy law two years ago, obituaries were written for the incandescent light bulb. The law set tough efficiency standards, due to take effect in 2012(?), that no traditional incandescent bulb on the market could meet, and a century-old technology that helped create the modern world seemed to be doomed."

"But as it turns out, the obituaries were premature." ...
"The incandescent bulb is turning into a case study of the way government mandates can spur innovation."

"There's a massive misperception that incandescents are going away quickly," said Chris Calwell, a researcher with Ecos Consulting who studies the bulb market. "There have been more incandescent innovations in the last three years than in the last two decades."

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So it would seem that GE just doesn't want to invest in the US and instead make the same crap it's already making more cheaply in China.

Space

Senators Want Big Rocket Instead of New Tech, Commercial Transportation 342

Posted by Soulskill
from the space-programs-don't-win-fights-against-bureaucracy dept.
FleaPlus writes "Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation are drafting a bill (due this week) which slashes NASA technology development/demonstrations, commercial space transportation, and new robotic missions to a small fraction of what the White House proposed earlier this year. The bill would instead redirect NASA funds to 'immediate' development of a government-designed heavy lift rocket, although it's still unclear if NASA can afford a heavy lifter in the long term or if (with the new technology the Senators seek to cut, like in-space refueling) it actually needs such a rocket. The Senators' rocket design dictates a payload of 75mT to orbit, uses the existing Ares contracts and Shuttle infrastructure as much as possible, and forces use of the solid rocket motors produced by Utah arms manufacturer ATK."

Comment: Clack Graphical Router (Score 2, Informative) 138

by Eharley (#32468124) Attached to: Visual Network Simulator To Teach Basic Networking?

We used a Stanford project called Clack in my Networking and Internet Protocols class. We could setup virtual networks and visualize traffic. The meat was implementing a virtual router in software and using that to route traffic in the virtual network.

Clack Homepage:
http://yuba.stanford.edu/vns/clack/

Part of the Virtual Network System
http://yuba.stanford.edu/vns/

Comment: Re:Not a "government" requirement (Score 1) 631

by Eharley (#31544492) Attached to: Company Sued, Loses For Not Using Patented Tech

There is a lot of hype about the McDonalds' scalding coffee case. No
one is in favor of frivolous cases of outlandish results; however, it is
important to understand some points that were not reported in most of
the stories about the case. McDonalds coffee was not only hot, it was
scalding -- capable of almost instantaneous destruction of skin, flesh
and muscle. Here's the whole story.

http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm

Comment: NY Times story, Daily Show, TED (Score 1) 134

by Eharley (#31534966) Attached to: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita Uses Games To See the Future

"Irrationality is the square root of all evil" -- Douglas Hofstadter

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