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Comment: NASA tested this a while back (Score 5, Interesting) 673

by VanHalensing (#31971278) Attached to: Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-04/why-cant-planes-fly-through-volcanic-ash-because-nasa-tried-once It basically starts to eat the plane's internals. So, while it may or may not experience problems immediately, it almost certainly will in the longer run, grounding those planes while they have parts replaced, and costing a fortune in new parts, because most of the shown damage in the pictures is not safely fixable.

Comment: Friend's Story (Score 1) 981

by VanHalensing (#31636928) Attached to: Could Colorblindness Cure Be Morally Wrong?
Well, I'd say let the person decide. I had a friend who was offered a full ride to the Air Force Academy, and they were going to train him to be a fighter pilot, which is what he had always wanted to be.. All of this was contingent on a physical and psychological exam. He had both, he aced both... except for being colorblind. They ended up completely taking the offer away because of it. He would have said yes to this procedure, it was his dream. I'd say if the person doesn't want/need it, they shouldn't get it. If the do, then don't deny them. Maybe put an age limit on it, like Lasic and all of those procedures.

Comment: Re:My battery died (Score 1) 206

by VanHalensing (#31009916) Attached to: Microsoft Looking Into Windows 7 Battery Failures
I'm not saying that this happens to all laptops, I know other people who it works just fine for. All I'm saying is that this is not an entirely isolated incedent and needs to be looked into, because it is occuring in multiple models. Interesting though that laptops of the same model are not experiencing the same problem. I'm wondering if the different companies that manufacture the batteries for the laptops (my laptop is a Dell, and it is an official Dell battery, but the manufacturer of the laptop battery is Sanyo). Also, I charge the laptop about every 2 days. So... over two years roughly 365 charges. That should be perfectly acceptable a lithium ion battery. I also try and keep the laptop on tables and such so it doesnt get too hot and get heat damage. And yes, I used the balanced option and the power saver option. There are programs you can download to analyze the working portions in the battery, and compare them to the designed specs. The program I used showed that it did make significant jumps down in working portions of the battery, not gradual decline like batteries normally make.

Comment: My battery died (Score 4, Interesting) 206

by VanHalensing (#31008682) Attached to: Microsoft Looking Into Windows 7 Battery Failures
This article is exactly what happened to me. Battery life started fine. A week later, that message. Within a month the battery went from 90% to 3% and did an emergency hibernate. Moving back to XP didn't fix it either, it burned out that battery. I've since gone back to XP (thankfully I had a spare battery, they don't make my model anymore). I hope they fix this before I buy my next computer.

Comment: Re:Work Experience (Score 1) 834

by VanHalensing (#27906427) Attached to: Go For a Masters, Or Not?
This really depends on where the corporate ladder goes in the company usually. Yes, without the masters you may not be able to go any higher in actual engineering and R&D, but if the goal is to be in management one day, either a masters of business or a lot of project head experience and departmental experience along the way will make the most difference and let you progress. At some point everyone hits the top pay grade for a certain job, and yes, if you limit yourself to certain career paths from there you will eventually stagnate. If you have lots of leadership experience and are good at your job and are interested though, you shouldn't ever get stuck, unless your company is just not very bright.

Comment: Re:So long cables running from space to earth? (Score 4, Informative) 371

by VanHalensing (#26925901) Attached to: Space Based Solar Power Within a Decade?
The trick is beaming it back. They can either do it the less efficient way, such as what they're trying to do with wireless power chargers for phones and such, or they can beam it back as microwaves or as a focused heat and or light beam to a giant receiver. either way, the dangerous part is what happens if it somehow missed the receiver. it may become a weapon, or in the case of microwaves, make people sick and or kill them. If they can work the safety part out, it's a great plan though. P.S. I believe the article cites microwave as their preferred method.

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