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+ - New Wind Turbine Has No Blades

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: The Guardian reports that Vortex Bladeless has developed a new bladeless wind turbine that promises to be more efficient, less visually intrusive, and safer for birdlife than conventional turbines. Using the principle of natural frequency and vorticity, the turbine oscillates in swirling air caused by the wind bypassing the mast, and then builds exponentially as it reaches the structure’s natural resonance. It’s a powerful effect that famously caused the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940, footage of which inspired David Yáñez to try to build a structure to harness this energy rather than prevent it. The turbine “floats” on magnets, which as well as significantly amplifying the oscillation, also eliminates any friction and the need for expensive lubricating oils or mechanical parts. “Wind turbines now are too noisy for people’s backyard,” says David Suriol. “We want to bring wind power generation to people’s houses like solar power.”

On the minus side the oscillating turbine design will sweep a smaller area and have a lower conversion efficiency. “The best wind turbine will collect around 50% of energy from the wind,” says Suriol. “We are close to 40% with bladeless turbines in our wind tunnel laboratory.” To offset this disadvantage, "you can put four, five or six 4kW turbines in the space of one conventional turbine, which need 5 meter diameter space around them,” he says. In fact, wind tunnel tests have shown they perform even better placed closer together as they benefit from the vortices each of them creates.

Comment: Re:Do these companies really hate people so much.. (Score 1, Interesting) 195

Basic Income... for someone to live on? Where? Your numbers are a grave underestimation even considering a rural Georgia community. When I was renting a (shitty)3 bedroom trailer for me and my wife, that was $600/month alone. That leaves $150 for...what? Weekly food that would give us the proper nutrition to live healthily was $100 by itself. If we wanted to live on junk food that would cause us to be bed-confined at 400 lbs each, $100 might get us 3 weeks worth. Electricity just to run a fridge and a couple of fans every night cost me $80 monthly on the low end. Fuel to get back and forth to work on (Republican town doesn't believe in public transit)? At that time it was $120 a month (couldn't afford to get my motorcycle yet). I was making $1200 a month working my ass off for RadioShack, and almost couldn't afford a pot to piss in on that! Internet? Local library once a week. TV? Built my own OTA antenna from scrap metal because getting one from RadioShack was $30 I couldn't afford to waste. With your numbers, I might as well have been homeless. At least I probably would have been healthier then with $750 going to fuel and food only.

Comment: Re:Not ignoring the story is a good start! (Score 1) 329

by RavenLrD20k (#49815099) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]
Based upon this response, I believe it's safe for us to assume that whenever an article is posted that reflects on the actions of Dice or its properties, Slashdot will guarantee that it will delay posting so it can perform some form of a PR role before it performs a journalistic role. This, unfortunately, makes sense.

Comment: Re:dupe or new info? (Score 4, Informative) 329

by RavenLrD20k (#49814639) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]
It never posted to the front page, but several people made postings about this to the Firehose and when it was seemingly ignored for several days after many up-votes, /. users started hijacking threads (in many cases thwarting the "first post" trolls) as their method of recourse to bring attention to the general user-base that there was an FOSS story of relative importance that was not being put on the front page. This didn't look too good on the eds since it was a negative piece about SourceForge which led to the hijackers making claims of conspiracy and censorship on the part of /. and Dice. I have to admit, Soulskill may have been on vacation, but someone was running the wheels of /. since Wednesday and making a popular post in the Firehose disappear...multiple times.

+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

Submitted by lister king of smeg
lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... , https://soylentnews.org/articl... , https://www.reddit.com/r/progr... ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Love it (Score 1) 314

by RavenLrD20k (#49793855) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Find other volunteers who will code, host and maintain many other sites, for free.

Why do you say it has to be for free? If I'm running a site as a hobby or to showcase my hobby, the cost of running that site would be part of the cost of the hobby. If I can't afford to showcase it that way - whatever the associated costs for operating are - and still do my own hobby, I don't need to be on the web.

The same goes for selling a product or service on the web. If my product isn't bringing in enough where I can pay for the costs of the server, domain name, and someone to put the site together for me (if I don't do it myself), then I'm not ready for the web and shouldn't be there, yet. Simple. The only reason for me to have ads displaying on my site is if I want to give a friend or direct affiliate exposure.

These rotating ads where you just run a script for an ad hosting service and you have no idea what the real ad source is...they need to die a fiery death and there's no legitimate excuse for their existence.

Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 1) 314

by RavenLrD20k (#49791627) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

You probably could have gotten away with organizing under a 501c7 and set up a donation link on your site. You wouldn't be directly charging your users for access (as was against your agreement), you'd be giving your user-base a way to assist you with the operational costs of the site. If enough of your users found a substantial enough value in what your site offered, you would have been paid, even if you had to periodically send out help requests.

You could also have taken advantage of affiliate programs as I once did and display those links. I found that they quite often managed to get around AdBlock simply because they were generally static images or gifs located locally with a href pointed straight to an affiliate page on that remote site. The site would operate exactly as if the user went to the remote site's main URL, but depending on the affiliate agreement they had, you'd get paid a few cents for the user making the initial click, and if they bought anything through your affiliate link, they'd cut you a check for a small percentage of what that user spent

The community site I had back then made more than enough to cover monthly and yearly hosting costs using the affiliate method, though I concede that at its most popular I didn't have nor need more than 4 servers (one DB server, 3 redundant web servers) behind the domain. I also didn't have to go the 501c7 route since the site wasn't considered large enough to be more than a hobby. The site and community collapsed more for political reasons than financial (several of us got tired of the bullshit from trolls and felt it better to disband entirely).

Hindsight is 20/20, but there were ways you could have made money to support the site without necessarily resorting to ads that Adblock would have been able to block.

Comment: Re:Love it (Score 1) 314

by RavenLrD20k (#49790957) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court
So in your experiment we'd have either inane stuff that people would put up as part of their side hobby and funded by their day job, or sites that make money directly by showcasing the site owner's product or service without hosting intrusive ads from 3rd parties, and the only "advertising" would be what I would directly and knowingly subject myself to by going to the URL or clicking a direct link in a search engine? I can live with that.

Comment: Re:Love it (Score 1) 314

by RavenLrD20k (#49790745) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court
Which, for the very large portion of us on firewalled connections (Work, school, etc), was useless anyway. Congratulations, your lack of communication skills and attempt at using an external image to convey it meant that a good portion of your audience has no idea what you were trying to say. May as well have said nothing at all and we'd have just as much understanding of your position on the matter as we do right now anyway. Hence MechaStreisand's statement that "[image link posts are] idiotic here."

"There... I've run rings 'round you logically" -- Monty Python's Flying Circus