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Comment: Archimedes says "No". (Score 1) 155

by Thomas Miconi (#46752447) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

When the material sciences are to the point where a lightweight container can sustain Earth atmospheric pressure from crushing down on it, we'll have a practical way to take off vertically without prompting your neighbours to invest in surface to air missiles when you crank the engine on one of these in the morning on your daily commute.

Except that the density of air is ~ 1.2kg/m^3, so to produce 100 kg of lift (average weight of an adult male American: 90kg) you'd need a balloon with a volume of 100/1.2 = 83.333.. m^3.

If your balloon is a sphere, the diameter should be 2 * (83.333 / (4*pi/3))^(1/3) = 5.42 meters. Google tells me that's about 18 feet.

I suppose it would be feasible for recreational activities. Commuting into a city? Don't think so.

Comment: Re:Only in America... (Score 1) 306

Don't worry. In the confusion, Quebec was suddenly taken over by mysterious groups of men armed with baguettes and wearing berets over their balaclavas.

The French foreign minister denied any knowledge of these incidents, though the interview was cut short when journalists asked about the provenance of the bits of poutine that were still hanging from his chin.

Comment: Re:Problem with Kickstarter (Score 1) 535

by Thomas Miconi (#46579057) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Kickstarter has always been very clear that your money didn't bring you any equity in the business. There is a very good reason for that: by the time Kickstarter was launched, soliciting investment from the general public for specific ventures was quite simply illegal. Crowd-funded investment was only made legal by the 2012 JOBS act.

If you really want to get equity from the businesses you sponsor, you can go to WeFunder or other sites. Kickstarter is not and has never been, and has been pretty explicit about it from day one.

Comment: Re:oh well (Score 1) 385

We recently had an issue with HP servers showing temperatures of 255C on motherboard sensors...
They said this was a firmware issue and told us to flash the bios to fix this. We did... the sensor now shows -127C. Big help.

"Big help" - Why are you complaining? This is great! Think of the electricity savings! Not only can you stop cooling these servers, you can actually use them to cool your other hardware!

You're not thinking outside the box, that's the problem with you young people.

"HP Software Cooling Systems [tm] - unleash the power of unsigned char!"

Comment: Re:Why such low specs (Score 2, Insightful) 307

by Thomas Miconi (#45542047) Attached to: Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

The crazy thing is, even though you are right that these are low specs by modern standards, these are still basically laptop-level specs. Hell, it would beat a 2006 MacBook *Pro*:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook_pro_1.67.html

The convergence between phones and computers is nigh. The Ubuntu Edge concept was ahead of its time, but soon enough smartphones will have enough computing power to fill 95% of people's needs. When that happens, who would want to buy a huge, noisy desktop box rather than just plug a screen+keyboard into the phone that you carry with you all the time anyway?

Same thing for laptops. How long will it take before the majority of "laptops" are actually empty shells into which you can just plug your phone?

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