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Comment: Re:Enough data? (Score 3, Funny) 285

by RSKennan (#32392484) Attached to: The Sun's Odd Behavior
Wow. I never thought of it that way. Sorry guys.

Someone call the Nobel committee and tell them that the deal's off, and the teamsters who were planning to start work on Monday to tell them that Christmas is going to suck again this year. Kids need to learn that.

You're a hard man, doing hard things, the_bard. I respect you for making this decision. Could you break it to 'lil Barak Obama though? I just keep thinking about how his eyes lit up when I told him my plan... and I don't have the heart.

Comment: Re:Enough data? (Score 3, Funny) 285

by RSKennan (#32392058) Attached to: The Sun's Odd Behavior
We clearly don't know enough about the sun. It's too bad no one's thought of a way to take core samples...

I've got it. If we could only place some sort of "rig" on the sun, with a kind of "pipe"...we could pump solar material to Earth for further study.

I know what you're saying. The Sun's really, really hot. We could pump the solar plasma to a place that was already used to warmth. Like, say the Gulf coast of the US.

Someone make me the president of something.

+ - 10 Things you Should Know about Alternative Energi->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "1)Solar Panels : Monocristalline = Cloudy weather — Polycristalline = Sunny weather.

2)Solar Regulators : PWM reg. for very small systems — MPPT reg. for all others.

3)Solar Panels Mounting and brackets : Easilly build them yourself to save money!

4)Wind Turbines : You need constant 15 to 20 km/h of wind, or it wont be cost effective.

5)Wind Turbines : No use to pay for expansive regulator. Just use rectifier/load diversion controllers. They are alot cheaper and very efficient.

6)Wind Turbines Towers : Find them locally and already used. You only need to paint it to make it look like brand new!

7)Batteries : Use low-voltage batteries for longer lifetime. 2v batteries can last 15 to 20 years; 6 volts batteries last 6 to 10 years; 12v batteries will alst 2 to 4 years.

8)Batteries : Try not discharging your batteries more than the half. 12v batteries should never go under 11.5 volts. 24v batteries should never go under 23 volts and 48v batteries should never go under 46v. Their lifetime will be longer.

9)Inverter : You can use modified sine wave if you have none electronic appliances or you don't use them often. For computers, televisions, compressors, etc., you should use pure sine wave inverters.

10)Ask invoices and advises to as many experts that you can."

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+ - New Clean Magnesium Energy Cycle->

Submitted by RemyBR
RemyBR (1158435) writes "An experiment being performed at the Hokkaido Toyako G8 summit in Chitose, Japan, aims to prove that the revolutionary Magnesium Energy Cycle could one day free society from dependence on fossil fuels. The demonstration conducted by Tokyo Institute of Technology Professor Takashi Yabe uses water and the common metallic element Magnesium to create pollution-free power.

What's more, solar-powered lasers are used to renew the magnesium fuel with the only waste product being oxygen. Professor Yabe's team at TIT has been steadily testing the technology for several years now, and the pilot plant at Chitose is intended to showcase the environmentally-friendly fuel cycle to an influential audience at the G8 environmental summit."

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+ - Artificial intelligence: What has it achieved?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It's over half a century since US computer scientist John McCarthy coined the term "artificial intelligence" as this article notes — and suggested a conference on the topic might be in order. So what do Slashdot readers think of AI's efforts in the years since 1955? Are driverless cars and Asimo — the bot that can climb perfectly proportioned stairs — an amazing achievement or should we humans have produced more brainy machinery since then?"

+ - $1.5 million fine for leaked Mario game on Wii->

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An anonymous reader writes "A Queensland man will have to pay Nintendo $1.5 million in damages after illegally copying and uploading one of its new games to the internet ahead of its release, the gaming giant says. Nintendo said the loss was caused when James Burt made New Super Mario Bros for the Wii gaming console available for illegal download a week ahead of its official Australian release in November last year. Nintendo applied and was granted a search order by the Federal Court forcing Burt to disclose the whereabouts of all his computers, disks and electronic storage devices in November. He was also ordered to allow access, including passwords, to his social networking sites, email accounts and websites."
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Comment: Phony! (Score 1) 260

by RSKennan (#28737743) Attached to: Futurama Voices Could Be Recast
99 to 1 odds that this is in fact *another* Fox negotiating stunt. A few years back, when Family Guy went off the air, they held a "contest" to find a new animated sitcom. Like a moron I entered with a friend. Our submission wasn't epic or anything, but they quietly sent it back to us. No new animated show came from the contest and then Family Guy came back with American Dad bringing up the rear (Now THAT'S a sitcom title: "Bringing up the Rear". It could be a family friendly spinoff of Assy Mcgee). The whole contest was PHONY. YOU'RE A PHONY, FOX NETWORK! HEY GUYS... THIS NETWORK'S A PHONY! That said, I do a few voices, so let me review some old clips....

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