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Non-Profit Space Rocket Launching In a Week 127

Plammox writes "A non-profit suborbital space endeavor lead by Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen is trying to put a man in space. The first test of the boosters and space craft in combination with the sea launch platform will take place this week. The catch? All of this is a non-profit project based on voluntary labor and sponsors. How will they get the launch platform out in the middle of the Baltic sea to perform the test? With the founder's home-built submarine pushing it, of course."

Comment Re:Old computers boot from USB? (Score 1) 146

Booting Linux from drive A ...
Please insert floppy boot disk #2
Please insert floppy boot disk #3
Please insert floppy boot disk #4
Please insert floppy boot disk #5
Please insert floppy boot disk #6
Phew, only 750 more boot disks to go.

Comment Re:Sub $500? (Score 1) 335

You can pick up a used Xbox for $50 from and put XBMC(the software which Boxee forked from) on it. It's a very nice media center for playing any media shared on your network. The only downside is that the xbox does not have the processing power to decode HD content, and has no input for recording content. To get those things, you probably will have to spend 500-600.

Disclaimer: It may cost you a little more than $50, since in order to hack the xbox to run xbmc, you need a particular game, a memory card, and an adapter that allows your computer to write to the memory card. Luckily for me, a friend of mine already had all those though.

Comment Re:What about the production? (Score 4, Informative) 553

LEDs appear very bright when viewed directly for two reasons:

1) They are nearly a perfect point light source.
2) They light output is typically very directional.

But when you try to illuminate a room with one, you have to spread out this concentrated beam so much that it's not nearly as bright as your first impressions might make you think.

Comment Re:Wrong bulbs (Score 1) 553

I have noticed this problem with all the floodlight style bulbs that I have tried, but rarely with the bare spiral bulbs. I think it might have something to do with the fact that the enclosed flood lights dissipate heat less effectively than regular ones. has a huge selection of CFLs in varying power ratings and color temperatures. A couple years ago I replaced all my incandescents with some 13W 5000K bulbs I bought on that site. They come on instantly(ok maybe .5 sec delay) at full brightness. I got 5000K color temp. since it is supposed to be closest to sunlight, though some people may prefer a warmer look. The ones I got are called Longstar IIRC, I'm not sure if the exact same ones are still available.

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