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Comment: Page view comments (Score 1) 90

by Hussman32 (#49143537) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

With mod points loaded, I'm having signatures viewing on top of 'Reply to this' link, and the mod dropdown box is positioned a few pixels low. I also don't see the Preview Options Cancel button controls until I mouse over them when I post the comment after mod points have been used (this may be intentional).

Comment: Re:Realistic (Score 1) 366

by Hussman32 (#49131441) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

Aside from corrosion, which is a solvable issue,

Someone I knew for a long time said, "If you want to work forever, study corrosion." Another quote, "Every metal seeks to return to the ore from which it came, corrosion engineers can only slow it down."

Regarding seawater, outside of the unsolvable corrosion, other problems will be precipitation of the salts within the piping, fish intrusions, and a lot of particulate matter that can erode the piping systems. But that doesn't mean you can't use seawater, you have to design for those problems, which costs money.

Comment: Re:amazing (Score 1) 279

by Hussman32 (#49120065) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

The atomic diameter of silicon (covalent bond) is 0.2 nm, the lattice distance between atoms is 0.5 nm. If they are moving to 7 nm, they are already ordering atoms at only a factor of 5 or so less than what is theoretically even possible given space requirements (I would think you'd need at least one atom between the gaps, probably more than that), so they'd need another material.

It amazes me that they can focus the lithography light so tightly.

Comment: Re:Nice work if you can get it (Score 1) 304

by Hussman32 (#49112835) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

There are several software products that have a per-use fee attached to it (TurboTax, for instance), as the creator you have the right to set the conditions for use, and the buyers have the right to accept or reject those terms.

Musicians and filmmakers produce a product that is license-based, when you buy a movie you get a license to consume the material as you wish. Those that use that license for commercial applications have to pay a royalty. Whether the artists are important or not doesn't seem relevant to me, someone is using their product for their platform's gain, and the owner of that platform should compensate them for it.

Comment: Re:Overstamp twice. (Score 1) 133

by Hussman32 (#49100985) Attached to: Crystal Pattern Matching Recovers Obliterated Serial Numbers From Metal

I know old school forensics teams put acid on the site and the cold-worked area would have more fractures in the microstructure which would reveal a scraped serial number. If they did this with EBDS, I would guess you could see differences in the cumulative cold work and still resolve the original pattern (you only need a few reference points).

If a criminal wants to use the gun, or bike, I'm not sure how much stamping they could do before they damage the material enough to prevent use.

Comment: Re:On loan??? (Score 1) 118

by Hussman32 (#49023057) Attached to: Neil Armstrong's Widow Discovers Moon Camera In Bag

Not sure if you have deeper sources, but the public line is that Armstrong was always supposed to go first, although Buzz definitely wanted to go first. They picked Neil because he was senior, and it would have been impossible for Buzz to crawl over Neil with his EVA suit.


But then again, if you know something, I'm curious.

Comment: Re:Nutrition science isn't (Score 4, Insightful) 958

by Hussman32 (#48965533) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

I think some of the issues are that:

-The necessary biochemistry needed to really analyze the effects of nutrition is still in development.
-Food processing in general is a recent adaptation (less than a lifetime), and the effects of it are just now being understood.
-The number of degrees of freedom (food types, component chemicals, varied responses to each chemical, factorial responses to multiple combinations, genetics) combined with the inability of really knowing what test subjects eat over a long time make rigorous experimentation impossible.
-The fact that the human body can metabolize so many chemicals effectively with such delayed responses...it takes years for someone who was thin to get fat sometimes. Many of the food companies know that Twinkies are delicious, and they were not shy about pushing that crap down easily impressionable young kid's throats.

It's getting more informed now, but if you look back the food pyramid wasn't necessarily bad, even today it's okay to have proteins, vegetables, breads, and dairy, it's the proportions and processing that are under scrutiny.

Comment: Farewell, TRS-80 (Score 4, Informative) 242

by Hussman32 (#48964255) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

It's a shame, Radio Shack was so early in the PC game with the tape drives, 16KB of RAM, no hard drive, peek and pokes...they catered to the true tech junkies and with just a bit more business acumen, they could have ruled the computer world.

But then Commodore 64 came out with color and games, then came the the 8086 etc., but for a while the real eggheads knew how to play with the machine that looked like it came straight from the Star Trek bridge.

Comment: Re:You are just an apologist (Score 1) 825

by Hussman32 (#48953991) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

I don't disagree with your civics, but I'm also a realist. When I put money in a stock, I want the value to grow. That value is based on earnings per share and other technicals, and those technicals are determined from the annual cash flow. Cash flows are affected greatly by taxes, which are always represented as a cost. Institutional investors follow these cash flow tables closely, and their decisions are what determine the market price.

Our tax system is set up to tax high and then give credits/exemptions/loopholes to those who manage to influence the system. If it were set up where there would be relatively fair tax with fewer exemptions, it would be manipulated less and more money would stay here. Or maybe not, I'm not naive enough to think that they wouldn't find another way to pay less.


Comment: Re:It's not the gas... (Score 1) 239

by Hussman32 (#48953239) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

Dry air behaves ideally until several atmospheres at reduced temperatures well above one, we're talking about 2 atmospheres. Ideal assumption would be fine unless there is humidity. If there is humidity in the air, it gets a little more complicated; you'd have to subtract out the vapor fraction that may condense.

Have you reconsidered a computer career?