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Comment: Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (Score 1) 136

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#47532495) Attached to: Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

The 11% figure is from Mythbusters too, there's an actual company, Fastskinz, which builds much more subtle looking coverings which failed to make the grade in one test: Fastskinz Test Drive: Can a Golf Ball Covering Improve MPGs? - Popular Mechanics

Along the way, we periodically checked the fuel-economy readout on the dash display of both vehicles. At 139.9 miles, the Fastskinz Flex was returning 27.2 mpg while the unwrapped Flex showed 28.4 mpg. At 271.1 miles, the Fastskinz Flex was delivering 23.7 mpg and the unwrapped Flex showed 24.1 mpg. We drove until the gaslight glowed in both cars, which turned out to be 430 miles. Back at the gas pump, we filled each Flex in the same manner we did that morning. The Fastskinz Flex returned 24.52 mpg and the unwrapped Flex returned 24.55 mpg. The dash display read 24.8 mpg in the Fastskinz Flex and 25.6 mpg in the unwrapped Flex.

Essentially, in our test, we found no real fuel-economy improvement from the Fastskinz MPG-Plus wrap. And if you trust Ford's MPG displays, the Fastskinz Flex actually delivered slightly worse fuel economy on our loop. So two identical vehicles, on an identical route at identical speeds, with the same drivers, on the same day, returned nearly the same fuel economy. Where did MPG-Plus go wrong?

Comment: Re:banjo is for poor people (Score 2) 101

Actually the highest priced banjo on eBay is currently going for $24,900. Some vintage 5 strings sell for ca. $75k or more; by my informal estimate your average bluegrass musician spends about $1.5k on their instrument, some more than that. Contrast that with how you can buy a serviceable electric guitar at box stores for $200. I don't know what the typical rocker is spending these days, and indeed some spend tens of thousands on old Fenders and Gibsons, but I'd reckon that bluegrass banjo players are anything but poor.

Comment: Re:One Sample (Score 1) 151

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#47325285) Attached to: Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

It's romanticizing them, if you'd call picturing the Neanderthals as brutish carnivores romantic. In similar fashion Jean Auel popularized the theory of a cult based around worship of the cave bear, but it turned out those fossils simply turned out to be from bears who died during hibernation in caves where Homo sapiens neanderthal happened to have inhabited earlier/later.

Comment: Re:WOW (Score 3, Funny) 72

"Mike Cameron, brother to James, is a super-smart aerospace engineer. He came up with a way to film at 12,600 feet underwater, and JPL wants to use the technology to explore one of the moons of Jupiter."

Oh great, haven't they read the memo about attempting no landings there? Now those aliens are going to get all monolith on our asses.

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