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Comment: Now I'm confused ... (Score 1) 380

by Marble68 (#47328463) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Think of it as tarballing or zipping up hydrogen.

From gas compressed in liquid form using Nitrogen.

Then, unpacking it on the fly, back to gas... you dump the nitrogen into the exhaust, and the hydrogen into the combustion chamber.

The breakthrough these guys are claiming is that they've found a way to unpack on the fly, fast enough to supply enough hydrogen to drive a mid sized sedan, without it costing a fortune in precious metals.

Also, as a bonus, if your get in an accident, your hydrogen pours out instead of exploding.

Comment: Re:Sure (Score 2) 208

by Marble68 (#46574575) Attached to: White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection

Check out "Winning by losing".

For example, during the gun control debate, the Senate bill was loaded with the most insane crap ever; thus ensuring it would never pass.

This is a typical ploy by this Administration; to triangulate the opposition to being the the opposite side of an issue.

1) Propose legislation you tell the public is to stop NSA snooping
2) Poison it with a massive, unconstitutional, and exploitive expansion of authority for the FCC
3) Refuse to compromise on the removal of destructive legislation
4) Demonize congress when they won't pass it
5) Profit... ?

If nobody bothers to actually READ a bill, then everybody seems to believe a bill is what a politician says it is.
Said: "This is a bill to stop NSA spying."
Unsaid: "This is a bill to stop NSA spying but instead give the federal government the ability to force private businesses to do it and assume all the legal risks and costs, and thus pass these costs on to the consumer. And it also will set the precedent that people who own a business give up the right to their labor and are subject to the political whims of which ever party is in power."

Comment: FWIW, my wife and I are slowly switching post Jobs (Score 1) 692

by Marble68 (#44557105) Attached to: Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

We are sick of Windows. I think there are still people (like us) who haven't yet moved over completely just because they can't afford it yet.

Apple's recent popularity leveled the software suite playing field, and with that there are plenty of reasons to abandon the crapware that is Windows.
I'll have windows as an afterthought at home now. I used to always say "People don't buy windows for windows, they use windows for Office or some other tool and because its the OS that came on their cheap PC."

Apple (w/ Jobs) so dominated the market that Microsoft has taken a dump on usability to try and be different. There's different like cool and hip different, then there's "microsoft" different which is more like "lock the car doors" different.

In my wife's words: "If people have to learn to use a new operating system, the pain of switching to a mac looks is less painful and all my tools are there now. Plus, it works with my ipad."

Me, I'll probably just virtualize Windows 7 until they stop patching it. By then, I'll be full Linux / OSX anyway.

Comment: ICYMI, some jets have windows that open inflight (Score 3, Interesting) 1223

by Marble68 (#41473263) Attached to: Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 for example.

If he wasn't joking: For venting smoke, the airbus manual says (or used to say) you have to reduce speed to below 200 knots. You should be at low altitude, of course.

Despite studies showing these it not much good in venting this way, crews still desire to do it.

I looked and Romney didn't say anything about " passengers rolling down the windows at 30,000 feet and at 500 knots."

That's just wild ass charicature circle jerking. What he said was that they (FAA? Manufacturer? Leasor?) should allow it. He might have been reflecting the crew's sentiments.

Venting air via an open window could be done using air rams to maintain pressure. The FAA doesn't like the planes slowing down and dropping altitude to do it for delayed landing, reduced cummonication, and analysis of In effectiveness.

Wide body jets are particularly bad aerodynamically to allow venting based on studies.

planes in the US May have their windows bolted shut, I don't know about that.

But I do know that even today there are planes evenin commercial service that have windows that can be opened in flight and older flight manuals gave instructions on how to do it in the event of smoke or fire. (btw, fire can be bad because the vacuum can pull it into other areas of the plane).

Anyway, I don't get Linus' reaction as I when I read the quote in the la times I immediately thought I understood what he was saying.

The planes are made with opening windows, but I don't know

Comment: I think this will backfire. (Score 4, Interesting) 483

by Marble68 (#41292085) Attached to: GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

So a bunch of non-profit groups I support are down thanks to these "activists".
SOPA opposition, "ends justify the means even if it means f*cking over everyone with our scorched earth actions", and the "if you were stupid enough to be supporting our enemy then you are just collateral damage because we are so right we're justified in harming you to make a point" aside, I don't think it will win them many fans.

Comment: Ok, what? (Score 1) 333

by Marble68 (#41247541) Attached to: Quantum Teleportation Sends Information 143 Kilometers

So basically - you start with two photons next to each, entangle them, then put one on a ship and it sails away. Then, you can tweak the one photon you kept, and every time you do, the other reacts as if you were the one tweaking it? Is it instantaneous? As in, could you put 32 of them side by side and create a 32 bit bus that spans any distance and yet provides connectivity as if where simply plugged into a USB port? Does the reaction on the other end diminish over distance? If not, why not use this to talk to a mars or lunar rover? No line of site necessary?

This really is an incredible phenomenon. I've read about it before, it just doesn't make sense to me.

Comment: Re:"They don't turn on unless they hear a gunshot. (Score 1) 215

Maybe, they don't record but use something like DSP analysis to trigger an event when an audio signature event is detected? Considering the audio is being "captured" and "analyzed" it does raise the question; is this equivalent to "recording?"

But why not have a buffer, I wonder? Say, 5 minutes worth? Then, when a gunshot is detected that 5 minutes of audio can be saved along with subsequent audio providing context around the shot. If no gunshot (or automobile backfire?) is detected, the start of the 5 minute memory buffer would simply disappear.

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.

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