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Comment: Re:"Engineer" (Score 1) 541

by Overzeetop (#48427437) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Depends on where you're from. Game designers aren't, generally "computer engineers"

When I was in school, there were different tracks for Computer Science (programming, IT management) and for Computer Engineering (a sub-discipline for Electrical engineering), involving the design of computer hardware at the chip and sub-chip level. Computer engineers were generally at/near the top of the intellectual heap, joining the aerospace engineers looking down at all the other engineering disciplines.

Comment: !Easy Hard (Score 2) 541

by Overzeetop (#48427361) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Math, at the age where Barbie hits her prime demographic, is no harder than reading, history, singing, or being physically fit. There are exceptions where certain things really are hard to some people with disabilities (both mental and physical), but for the vast majority its not hard - it just takes practice and study/work.

Saying "Math is hard" elevates it and offers an excuse as to why you aren't doing well at it. If you don't read, you'll never be a good reader. If you never do physical activity, you'll never be in good cardiovascular shape. If you don't study history, you shouldn't expect to be able to recall historical facts and make logical connections between events. Playing piano will not work out well for you if you never practice. In that sense, all those things are "hard" - but only "hard" as compared to, say, watching a movie or drinking a slurpee.

Misogyny is presenting a girl as an incompetent fool, incapable of doing the very things which the presentation aims to promote. Apparently, writing even the most basic story book an staying true to the subject is hard as well.

Comment: Re:The numbers vary (Score 1) 164

by Overzeetop (#48420519) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Yeah, exactly. I suspect you'll never match human losses without a much larger energy source for the condenser.

This is a much better product for areas with poor drinking water quality, but those people don't have a spare $200 for a new bicycle gadget. This was custom made for the Sharper Image / Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, not some third world peace corp work.

Comment: The numbers vary (Score 3, Informative) 164

by Overzeetop (#48420009) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

1 drop per minute is at 20C and 50% RH = 3ml/hr (0.05ml/drop). At that temp/RH, there is 0.01 kg moisture per kg of air. But in hot, humid weather (say 35C and 90% RH), there is 4x as much moisture in the air. More importantly, at 20/50% the dew point is 9C, or a delta T of 11C that the (horribly inefficient) peltier cooler must keep just to condense moisture. At 35C, and 90% RH, the dew point is 33C, requiring only a 2C delta T across the cooler, allowing more of the power to be used for the latent heat of condensation.

Comment: Re:20 Meters? (Score 1) 69

No, they don't realize, because this is who "they" are:

Sir Graeme Davies – Former university Vice-Chancellor
David Iron - Project financing advisor
Monica Grady - scientist specializing in cosmic mineralogy
Ian Taylor - Former UK Government Science Minister
Angela Lamont - Broadcast media presenter

Monica Grady is probably the only person up there with any kind of credentials in space research, but her studies are in meteorites. I hope she's getting a good pay day out of this, because the other four have nothing of value to contribute on a techincal level. Not that Grady has any idea about how the mission would be designed and flown, but short of "space policy" they're all just hangers-on.

Comment: Yeah, I'm jealous, too. (Score 1) 69

I seems like so much of the KS ideas are some bastardization of a senior marketing design project and several geeks spitballing crazy ideas after several bottles of cheap tequila. And KS is perfect for it - little oversight, no requirement to actually complete or deliver under any kind of deadline - what's not to like.

They're not going anywhere, and they may not even know it yet. I say they may not know it because the entire team of 5 has a single scientist, and her specialty has nothing to do with aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering nor any training or experience in space vehicle design, navigation, and operation. The other four include two administrators, a financial advisor, and a broadcast journalist. But, more importantly, they won't be going anywhere with a million dollars. And if you aren't going anywhere, a million bucks buys a lot of tequila.

Comment: Re:Contracts (Score 1) 302

by Overzeetop (#48416339) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Even in the US negotiation must be handled in good faith. If the contract can't be negotiated, it isn't a contract. The "take it or leave it" stance has fallen before when a simple transaction has been involved (no, don't have the cite; too lazy to look it up). There is also a danger in overly strict contracts which attempt to be inforced as the burden of the contractual language is on the writer and the benefit is *always* given to the receiver. If there's a slip anywhere, the contract can be nullified or accidentally generous terms provided to the second party.

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