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Comment: Re:Moon Ring Math (Score 1) 330

by Shavano (#46320587) Attached to: Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon


At any time, half of it is iluminated, forming the equivalent normal illuminated area of 3500km x 200km. Supposing the area utilization within the band is 90%, that's 630,000 square kilometers or 630E9 square meter. Assuming they're Si-heterostructure cells, they can produce 126 terawatts. Then the problem becomes not do you have enough power, but can you get it to Earth in a practical manner?

Comment: Re:Fingers crossed for artificial vertebrae (Score 1) 41

by Shavano (#46291813) Attached to: Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

I think it would be possible to design a two-part artificial vertebrum (a doral part and a ventral part) that would press together and form a solid-enough substitute. But how would you get the old deteriorated vertebrum out without damaging the spine and spinal nerves?

Comment: Re:they exist but do not have titles? (Score 1) 312

by Shavano (#46291565) Attached to: Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

Do you have another word for something that you use to get work done that's not insulting?

Don't think so. You wouldn't understand, what with you being only a wog and all that, but pretty much every word in English is a euphemism for private parts or bodily functions of some kind.

Because this is literally what managers do with people.

You're a hoot at parties, aren't you? Theoretically speaking, of course.

I'm not here to amuse you, except incidentally. I'm more interested in making you think.

Comment: Re:Given the mass extinctions... (Score 2) 401

by Shavano (#46266097) Attached to: US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

It's not comparable. The effects of climate change advance slowly. Sure, every year more people might be exposed to storms but it takes decades for an area to become uninhabitable. It's enormously expensive and whole countries can be whittled away. Or in US terms, large portions of some states.

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada