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Comment Re:This is good. (Score 1) 490 490

Oh, I don't know if I'd go that far. 2:1 or even less I think. I once saw a polar bear rocking one of those rollagon bus things they use for bear watching expeditions in Churchill, Manitoba, trying to get at the morsels inside. If the treehugger could get the SUV stopped (maybe he could jam his head into the wheels?) I think the bear would have an excellent chance!

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 419 419

You can't have the huge wars (WWI/WWII) of the 20th century without an industrial complex to produce the materiel required/consumed by the war. That's also why civilians (or the workers in the industrial plants if you prefer) are targets in such a war. The same applied to farmers/peasants in an earlier age when food was the primary consumable for armies.

Comment Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 1) 121 121

I'm not going to argue about the software patents being applied -- I agree, they certainly are! But I will take exception to the notion that my brain isn't a computing device and even if it isn't, then the pencil and paper I'm using *definitely* is. This is the fundamental problem that I have with software patents; there are many, many different ways to create a computing device and it seems like a software patent applies to all of them, including the pencil and paper. Otherwise, avoiding the software patent would be trivial since it would have to enumerate all the exact computing devices to which it applies. There are *many*, *many* different computing devices -- pencil & paper, mechanical, optical, electrical, chemical maybe quantum etc. And those are very, very broad strokes! Is a stack architecture different than a register-to-register? What about MIPs vs Alpha (RIP)? Where do you draw the line?

Comment Re:Neat technology (Score 1) 432 432

But wait! That spinning flywheel is a potentially deadly concentration of energy. If the bearings fail then the flywheel could run riot, crushing and destroying everything in it's path. Or, more likely, it would just explode. The only way to be safe would be to build a large, extremely strong, prestressed concrete containment facility. Maybe it would be shaped like a big dome.

All joking aside, the problem with any energy containment system is that to be effective & economic they have to have a high density. That makes them hazardous.

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