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Comment Re: Duh... (Score 1) 109

You missed part of my comment. the Kickstart funds are put in escrow, and a LOAN is issued to the inventor for tooling/production. IF the inventor manages to use that loan to ship product, the money comes out of escrow and pays off the loan, with any excess funds being given to the inventor. if the inventor FAILS to use his loaned funds wisely, and fucks off to ikea and buys an entire house worth of crap instead, he is expected to pay off the loan himself, and the money is returned from the escrow to the investors. clearly, there would need to be some careful setup to prevent screwing people who come up 5$ short of shipping their product, but its better than what we have.

Comment Re: Duh... (Score 5, Insightful) 109

Thats his point (i think) His ideal Kickstarter is more along the lines of "Hey, i've been tinkering in my garage for the past 5 years with my own money, and have finally proven that my idea is not only cool, but not actually impossible! I have a functioning prototype that does not explode 5 seconds into use, and am now kickstarting to bring it to manufacturing and retail."

At which point, millions of dollars are put into an escrow account by thousands of enthused people, and a loan for some amount less is issued to the inventor to actually produce the product. When units start shipping, the money from the escrow account is used to pay off the loan and any balloon expenses, with any extra going to the inventor.

This would help filter out the people who use kickstarter in the "Hey, I have a neat idea, but i'm going to need about 500K to find out if its even physically possible." but say it in a way that insinuates that the 500K will bring it to your doorstep. Those projects belong on GoFundMe.

Comment Re:I wish (Score 1) 100

Exactly. The most important part of this article (in my mind) is this part.

have the potential to deliver the desired power thanks to a high energy density - a measure of energy stored for a given weight - that could be 10 times that of lithium-ion batteries and approach that of gasoline.

The fact that we've confirmed that this is even possible is incredible. And don't forget, in terms of existing IC engines, gasoline is only about 30% efficient at converting its stored energy into movement. We've built a few that can do 38%, but thats not even in commercially available stuff, just test bench machines. If we can get even to that, we're doing something amazing. If we're approaching the actual energy density of gasoline, not the power to the ground number, that is practically a holy grail of science.

Who gives a shit if its 20, 40, or even 100 years down the road before this battery tech is in every device, the fact that we know its even POSSIBLE is incredibly amazing, incredibly worthwhile to report, and damn exciting, just knowing we're on the right track.

Comment Re:It makes no sense. (Score 1) 65

Not really. Earth-ram blocks are a common enough building material, and can be made by hand, or with simple tools. Instead of cement, we can use any number of masonry epoxies as a mortar, which are far easier to ship than a cement factory. Additionally, the fact that Mars has just over 1/3rd the gravitational pull as earth simplifies the building process.

all this is pretty well beside the point, because these are more of a 'long term' option, not a 'first visit'. Not like we're going to Mars any time soon anyways.

Comment Re:It makes no sense. (Score 1) 65

Also, ask anybody who's served on a nuke boat in the navy, iron/steel is a far better radiation shield than water. Using (scarce) water on Mars as a radiation shield, when the entire surface is rich in iron oxide seems dumb as hell to me. You'd be better off filling bags with surface material, pressing them into blocks, and using those blocks to build igloo shaped structures. This is why most of the (decent) books about mars colonization involve living underground initially.

Comment Re:This should be fun (Score 1) 447

Agreed. First order of business, violate the SHIT out of the TOS. In deep and unpardonable ways. In ways that will make the TOSs mother cry, father blush, and distant relatives tell the story at family gatherings for YEARS to come. Violate the TOS to a degree that the TOS will require years of therapy just to be able to sleep at night, a decade of therapy to stop wetting the bed, and multiple medications reduce the frequency of 'Terror Diarrhea' to manageable levels.

Comment Re:No more circumcision? (Score 1, Funny) 226

Speaking as a circumcised male, I would not want the tip of my penis to be any more sensitive than it already is. Based on personal experience with my own penis, any increased level of sensitivity there would be damn well debilitating. Obviously, this is anecdotal evidence, and I can't vouch for the sensitivity of any other penises, but I'm just saying, anything more seems like it would be a curse, not a blessing.

Comment Re:The only reboot/reprise/sequal (Score 5, Informative) 168

You really need to watch the behind the scenes features for Fury Road. Sure, there was some big obvious CGI (the giant sand storm) but for about 90% of the movie, the things you expect to be CGI (the car crashes, explosions, insane stunts) are real, and the CGI is limited to fleshing out the wasteland background and erasing some safety equipment.

Comment Re: Outdoor (Score 1) 466

Clearly, your Dad' system is far more modern than the one I lived with, which was a hodgpodge of equipment, some dating back to the 1930's. ( we replaced the original lead acid glass jar batteries while I lived there). I assume the solar cells we had would be far less efficient than what are available now, as they where not particularly new, and this was in the early 90's. Glad to hear the consumer available tech has come so far.

Comment Re:Outdoor (Score 5, Interesting) 466

I lived in a house that was totally off grid. It actually was never on grid, because the owners already had a wind turbine back in the day when the utility companies where doing the rural electrification project, and declined to be added to the grid. This house had coal heat, gas and wood stoves, gas refrigeration, and no AC at all. Located in central Montana, it was equipped with a bank of around 12 CAT bulldozer batteries, (which replaced about twenty 1 gallon square glass jars with lead plates) over 200 square feet of solar panels, a small wind turbine (about a 2 foot blade) and a backup propane generator, that was set up to automatically start up and top up the system if it dropped below a certain charge level. So basically, all the system had for load was incandessent bulbs, and occasionally a television. In the winter, that generator ran intermittently during the day, and after dark, it ran until you went to bed, and shut all the lights off. Obviously, using LED's and more power efficient TV's is possible now, but it takes a hell of a setup to go all off grid. (you could not run a modern computer or a microwave on that system, the computers where to sensitive to the square sin of the inverters, and would randomly restart. Microwaves would pop breakers if not plugged in directly to the generator.)

Comment Re:Jamming (Score 1) 368

true, but the impression I have gotten so far is that the people who actually care to build their own advanced multi rotors (like yourself) are generally aware of the regulations surrounding RC aircraft and their use, and abide by them.
The people who fly over crowded sports stadiums, through firework shows, or into the flight path of fire fighting crews are the people with more money than sense, who blew a couple grand on an inspire or phantom, and think they can do whatever they want with it.
I think that safety measures in the mass produced models would probably take care of a great deal of the problems, and the rest is up to the multi rotor community to police itself, which the RC community has done fairly well for decades.

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