It appears you missed a (silly) reference there: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wik...
The Venezuelan government hasn't published violence statistics for years, so NGOs and journalists query the morgues every week. But that doesn't stop the nomenklatura from denouncing the state governed by the most prominent opposition candidate as having "the most murders" (it's not clear, and not too relevant, whether they mean count or rate).
Try this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent....
Normally you'd wait for the inspector to come, then make your proposition. If you can't even see him, you'd have to find out who he is and pay him a visit, o bribe his boss, which costs more.
Arguably less than the reduction in the factories it'd catch during its service life? Even if it were a pick-up truck the tradeoff is just silly.
But the thing here is that it's easier to check on a big industrial park or mining operation from the air, and a lot cheaper if the aircraft doesn't have to carry a pilot and an observer.
- Egon Spengler
(obligatory nod to the memory of Harold Ramis)
A Scooter would be "GoBot-style". *scoots away*
The regulators are there - you can see the 'big' coils in TFA. The capacitance for a simple "drain till you drop" scheme would have to be a lot here - very roughly 2*Energy/efficiency/(Vddmax^2 - Vddmin^2). So, step the voltage up optionally, keep the caps charged as high as practical, squeeze them dry when needed through a step-down converter.
TFA also says that the drive periodically monitors the "status" of the caps; I'm not sure if that means charge level or charge-holding capacity but it could test-discharge one cap at a time.
* This is effectively regenerative braking, which I'm not sure you can do with a stepper motor.
* The arm servo needs extra energy; not sure the platter+rotor have enough.
* What if it's stopped, heads unloaded, when the power fails?
The caps only need to supply enough juice to sync the RAM buffers to flash to ensure consistency of its internal block-mapping metadata (the filesystem should handle the rest through journaling and whatnot). The caps are rated at 35v but let's assume that they're kept at 12v: E = (12 v)^2 * 47 uF / 2 = 3.4 mJoules. Even at full operating load that should last for half a millisecond counting losses, but when power goes out the drive is going to stop serving requests and all it has to do is write that 1 GB buffer to a few flash blocks. More than enough, methinks.
tl;dr: these are storage caps, which don't endure the ripple currents that kill filter caps.
Electrolyte decomposition is usually caused by high ripple current, which is why caps pop mostly (only?) when used as filters, as in motherboard DC-DC converters and gadgets powered by wall-wart adapters. In this particular application, the PSU impedance is quite low and the caps are handled by on-board regulators (V=Q/C and all that), so there's no load ripple and the caps just have to sit pretty and charged with insignificant heat losses until the computer is shut down or outage occurs. Maybe that's why Intel didn't even bother to use the solid (polymer) kind.
If these caps dry out due to age or bad quality they just won't hold as much charge for emergency sync'ing, which is still better than ordinary SSDs/HDDs with no caps.
Good to know this. Still, isn't it a bit like starting your car to play some music on the stereo?
Just imagine one's proverbial parent firing up Blender just to edit some Little League videos.
One would hope it could be run as a standalone program.
Eating. Beer. Coffee. Hardware for building & testing.
Perhaps hiring freelancers to help or not having to work freelance themselves.
But most likely beer.