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Comment: Re:$300 for a GPU (Score 1) 207

"I actually bought it for my PS3, and the graphic quality seems pretty good to me"

On a GeForce 7900 Modification. I've got the GeForce 7950GT with double the RAM. Why could I not play this thing at minimum 720p with a steady and decent framerate? Why do the minimum GPU specs show nVidia GeForce GTX460 as the minimum GPU when it's running just fine and looks just fine on a freaking piece of hardware FIVE GENERATIONS OLDER?

Comment: Re:Multiple PCs and multiple copies (Score 1) 207

I already use 60+ ports for my camera rigs on my musical instruments, why not for controllers? Let's see, I've got NES to USB, Genesis to USB, PSX to USB, a few regular thrustmater and firestorm joysticks, couple flight sticks, wheel/pedals, and a lot more.

I could easily knock 127 devices out with just my every day stuff.

Comment: Re:Only in America (Score 1) 187

by Khyber (#47388197) Attached to: Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

"Are the taxes disproportionate to impact or not?"

Yes, they are. They should be higher and laws should be stiffer, speaking as a person that has been in two drunk driving accidents, dead twice in the same day from the first one and now suffering from lumbosacral arthritis from the second one.

I'm a (barely) walking wreck.

Comment: Re:If they walk away with this money... (Score 1) 448

by Khyber (#47351093) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

"Every time there is a problem brought up you just heap some other advanced technology on top as"

None of this is advanced by any stretch of the imagination. That you think it is advanced only betrays your ignorance of the subject entirely.

"If I mention how much soot builds up on roads what is your solution to that?"

Wind, vehicle friction, and precipitation. The solution was already built into your problem by its very nature. Do you even engineer?

" LEDs are just not that visible in sunlight-"

Which is why I can see the LED traffic signals perfectly fine despite the sun being right in my face for my morning and afternoon drives to/from work? Which is why despite blinding glare from idiots with chrome-painted vehicles I can still see their LED headlights and brake lights in BROAD DAYLIGHT?

Sun - 93 lux/w.

LED - 200+ lux/w.

You are not paying attention, listening, or even thinking critically.

Comment: Re:California also legalized using polished turds (Score 1) 160

by Khyber (#47351021) Attached to: California Legalizes Bitcoin

" It has a few niche applications in engineering that need tiny quantities as a corrosion-resistant coating or ultra-thin foil, but that's all. It's not even a very good electrical conductor - copper is better."

There's plenty other reasons gold gets used in place of copper or silver in electronics work. For example, you're not going to have much luck putting copper bonding wires on an LED die. Gold is almost exclusively used in this case.

Gold is also used in medicine, such as corrosion-resistant fillings for dentistry. Particles of a radioactive gold isotope are implanted in tissues to serve as a radiation source in the treatment of certain cancers. Injections of sodium aurothiomalate or aurothioglucose are sometimes used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

In aerospace, many things are covered with a gold-coated polyester film. This is to block IR. Gold is also used as a lubricant between mechanical parts. In the vacuum of space, organic lubricants would volatilize and they would be broken down by the intense radiation beyond Earth's atmosphere. Gold has a very low shear strength and thin films of gold between critical moving parts serves as a lubricant - the gold molecules slip past one another under the forces of friction and that provides a lubricant action.

Tons, tons, tons of uses for gold. It is one of the most versatile metals on the entire planet.

Comment: Re:If they walk away with this money... (Score 1) 448

by Khyber (#47310427) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

"So now your solution is to use a magic type of glass that you assert exists that will stand up to the wear and tear of traffic and also make it into a state of the art, finely tuned lens?"

You keep using state of the art. I don't think it means what you think it means, especially in context of date of invention of these things (some over 30 years ago.)

That magic glass? Easy. Transparent aluminum. We've been able to manufacture it in bulk for at least half a decade with ease.

"Even if you crank up the power in the LEDs to overpower the sun"

You failed to read the part where I mentioned that LEDs are far and above efficiency of the sun, didn't you? You also failed to think about the color choice of yellow-green, which our eyes are most sensitive to.

"You are trying to overpower the light-source that you are using to power your light-source. "

Given the purpose of a solar panel would be to ABSORB the light, overpowering it would not be a problem, as much light shouldn't be reflecting off for the most part.

You are certainly not paying attention to what people are writing and saying. Perhaps you should step back and, oh I dunno, actually obtain a degree in this kind of field so you might be able to understand what we're talking about?

Comment: Re:If they walk away with this money... (Score 1) 448

by Khyber (#47310383) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

"Let's use state of the art optics technology"

Try 35 years old, at minimum. Not even state of the art.

"Those LEDs are directly aimed at the cars so that they are visible! Directly aimed and shielded from direct sunlight! Now lay them under glass under the road- how are they going to be visible from all directions? "

Are you even aware of this thing called viewing angle? Most SMD LEDs have 160+ degrees of viewing angle, meaning you could be lying on the ground, and still see it when it illuminates.

"They won't."

I've been working on LED designs since 2008, they most certainly can.

"LEDs have to be aimed to be visible"

Not even close.

"They also don't like to get hot "

Depends on the LED type. Smaller half-watt ones won't really give two shits about typical road temps (we're talking Mojave desert, here) and they can operate at roughly three times that temperature in the junction and still be visible.

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