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Comment: Re: just put a motor on the elevator itself (Score 1) 135

by arth1 (#48920975) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

The motor on an elevator like Noah is suggesting would have to provide enough force to counteract the entire weight of the elevator + payload + motor + friction, which is at least an order of magnitude more than a traditional elevator.

Not necessarily, no. Put fixed motors on the shaft walls, not in the elevator, and put pinions on the outside walls or corners of the elevator. The only extra weight would be of the elevator itself, less the weight of the hanging cable which elevators today have to move, and less the weight of the braking system, which would now be in the building, not the elevator.
And the much smaller building mounted motors can recuperate some of the energy whenever the elevator is descending.
Because each motor would only have to lift the elevator for a small distance before the next motor takes over, I imagine that higher speeds can also be attained, with less energy expenditure.

Comment: Re:Not really. (Score 2) 116

by ultranova (#48920775) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

First, us humans prefer killing each other to science. This is a proven fact.

Really? How did the arrangements for that experience go? Subject gets to choose between a test tube or a bound assistant and a (hopefully fake) knife?

Second, humanity did not go from Horses to Nukes, a very very small percent of the population did it, those geniuses have everyone else standing on their coat-tails.

A small part of the population did experiments on uranium, while the rest mined that uranium, enriched it, built the roads that carried it from the mine to the lab, etc. Accusing a tailor of riding on the coattails he made is rather absurd.

The next leap will be by a very small group that is significantly more enlightened than the rest of the 99.95% of the population. If those people are benevolent, then everyone enjoys the fruits. If they are not....... Well, things can go very differently.

The invention to trigger the next leap will be by some group that is supported by others, allowing them to focus on something besides where their next meal will come from. After it has been made, it will be turned into something actually usable by other people, manufactured by yet others, distributed by yet other people along communication and transfer infrastructure built by, you guessed it, other people...

Heroic fantasies are just that: fantasies.

WE do not glorify learning, but instead glorify morons that can carry a ball, or can sing a tune. And we Vilify in society those that do love learning and are very smart.

People respect people who can provide something useful, be it entertainment, a focus for a cultural bonding event, or a cure for cancer. If you aren't respected as much as you think you deserve, it's usually because you aren't doing anything to earn it. Merely being smart and learned is no more worthy of respect than being richr; it's what you're doing with it that earns - or doesn't - the respect.

Honestly Humanity is a joke, almost a cancer. And if an advanced civilization stumbled across us, they would probably wipe us out to make the rest of the universe safer. We as a species love to hate others, we love murder, war, and control. WE thrive on hating those that are different or think or worship different.

Humans, in general, love thinking they're better than someone else, since that's easier than self-improvement. Sometimes that manifests as merely dismissing the entire species as "riding on the coattails" of a special few ubermenschen, and sometimes the delusion reaches the point of wanting to get rid of some specific group of perceived parasites. Either way, it's bullshit.

Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 1) 466

by khallow (#48920355) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work
Nor does adding a middleman not make it an externality. If I make a deal with the US government so that every transaction in the US now has to pay me a 1% sales tax in order to occur, then I've become a middle man in a zillion trades, but as a negative externality of the one trade with the US government.

Comment: Re:Yanis Varoufakis (Score 2) 279

If you listen to his talks what he says is that a lot of countries cooked their books to get into the Eurozone. He says Greece simply borrowed the same creative accounting technique Italy used to get in the Eurozone so by the same metric Italy shouldn't have been in either. He also stated that Germany also used creative accounting by counting the gold they had in their treasury as income in order to erase the debt of their federal states.

Comment: Re:Finaly. (Score 1) 161

by kimvette (#48919441) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

The problem really isn't and hasn't ever been animation sites. The problem is that Flash has often been used where it doesn't belong; forms on business sites, ENTIRE web sites built using flash so you cannot bookmark a page, and stuff like that, and Flash doesn't work particularly well on touch screens. Like BLINK, Flash has been used and abused to the point where it is an abomination.

Comment: Re:copper lines going away like analog TV (Score 1) 88

by Penguinisto (#48918285) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

Still can't get broadband other than via the cell phone. And that's expensive. Even the "unlimited" plans only come with a few Gb of 4G, then it drops to Edge.

It's still a raping, but satellite Internet is miles cheaper overall than cell, and there's some actual competition for it other than Hughes.

I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943