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Comment: it was one exception - the windshield (Score 1) 142

by bi_boy (#36675592) Attached to: DOT Exempts Maker of 'Flying Car' From Road Vehicle Safety Rules

What a horrible title but par for the course around here.

From the horses mouth:

Traditional laminated automotive safety glass would add significant weight to the Transition® and could fracture in such a way as to obscure the vision of the pilot in the event of a bird impact. This exemption allows the use of polycarbonate materials that provide comparable protection to the occupants at significant weight-saving without shattering or crazing – improving the safety of the Transition®. In the exemption text, NHTSA states: “We further conclude that the granting of an exemption from these requirements would be in the public interest and consistent with the objectives of traffic safety.” In 2010, the Transition® was granted an additional 110 pounds allowance by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a prior exemption action by the DOT.

Also the full text of the exemption is here: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/06/29/2011-16222/terrafugia-inc-grant-of-application-for-temporary-exemption-from-certain-requirements-of-fmvss-no

Comment: $5 is about right. (Score 2, Interesting) 795

by bi_boy (#33184910) Attached to: DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

I saw this article a few hours ago, bought the game, and finished it just a few minutes ago.

$5 seems about right. While yes the music and art are very beautiful and the narrative intriguing $20 seems to be asking a bit much for a game of such short length and non-existence re-playability.

Apple

+ - Apple censoring Single Payer advocacy App for the -> 1

Submitted by
ourcraft
ourcraft writes "Apple store censored and prevented an iphone app that allows people to advocate for single payer healthcare.
"PALO ALTO, CA â"Apple, Inc. has censored an iPhone application promoting health insurance reform in the United States. iSinglePayer, an iPhone application that advocates for single-payer health care reform was rejected from the App Store by Apple because it is âoepolitically charged.â The application displays charts and bullet points about single-payer health care systems, and it allows users to call members of congress. iSinglePayer even calculates your local congressperson using GPS, and displays the amount of money donated to each congressperson from the health sector."
This is awful! This evil. This is just about the end of the line for apple arrogantly, stupidly, fascisticly thinking they can control our lives. And yes I mean fascist. They want to prevent you from using the tools they sell you from acting like a citizen? Yep thats fascism. Your phone wont let talk about politics. SHAME on Apple"

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Come on GM, at least make the lie BELIEVABLE (Score 1) 1006

by bi_boy (#29043827) Attached to: Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

Considering that idle for Volt won't be like idle for a normal ICE vehicle I don't imagine heavy traffic or sitting time to affect its range. Consider the amount of torque required for the motor to generate to get the vehicle moving, then the amount needed to say run the gauge clusters, climate control, Nav, its definitely nowhere near. How the vehicle actually handles the power requirements of varying loads is still a mystery, so its speculation.

Also I see you mentioning a two seater, the Volt is a mid-size(?) sedan and with the range extending gas engine it can go as far as you want. From other blogs I've read that the Volt still achieves 50mpg when running exclusively on gasoline (no prior charge) so that's still rather impressive I think at least.

Privacy

Sensor To Monitor TV Watchers Demoed At Cable Labs 302

Posted by kdawson
from the audience-has-reached-critical-mass dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Cable operators at the semi-annual CableLab's Innovation Showcase have informally voted as best new product a gizmo that can determine how many people are watching a TV. Developed by Israeli company PrimeSense, the product lets digital devices see a 3-D view of the world (the images look like something from thermal imaging). In other words, that cable set-top box will know whether three people are sitting on the sofa watching TV and how many are adults vs. children. Do we really need cable and/or video service operators knowing this? It all happens via a chip that resides in a camera that plugs into the set-top box."

Comment: Re:Both GM and Chrysler were handle poorly (Score 1) 336

by bi_boy (#29000507) Attached to: GM Gets To Dump Its Polluted Sites

The Ford Fiesta is coming stateside, probably in 2010 as a 2011 model, check: http://www.fiestamovement.com/

Ford is in the process of transitioning to using more European based models in the states, or rather shifting to a global-model rather than; sexy European Focus and ugly-stick-beaten North America Focus. This began last year, also in this plan was the use of more EcoBoost (smaller displacement, forced-induction) engines which is already beginning to appear in Fords line-up.
http://www.motorauthority.com/ford-lineup-to-be-completely-upgraded-by-2010-six-european-models-confirmed-for-us.html

Biotech

New Treatment Trains Immune System To Kill Cancer 62

Posted by kdawson
from the going-after-the-root dept.
Al writes "A vaccine in clinical trials at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine triggers the human immune system to attack a faulty protein that's often abundant in colorectal cancer tissue and precancerous tissue. If it works as hoped, it could remove the need for repeated colonoscopies in patients at high risk for developing colorectal cancer. The vaccine has already proven safe in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. It works by spurring the body to manufacture antibodies against the abnormal version of a mucous protein called MUC1. While moderate amounts of the protein are found in the lining of normal intestines, high levels of a defective form of MUC1 are present in about half of advanced adenomas and the majority of colorectal cancers."

Comment: Too much Mountain Dew? (Score 4, Insightful) 44

by bi_boy (#27879733) Attached to: The Ultimate "Doll House" For WoW Players

Me thinks these MIT students have been chugging too much Mountain Dew while cramming for final exams. Unless this is actually for a class...

Subtext being that this WowPod is basically a diorama of slightly higher quality than that of a 5th grader but is deemed newsworthy by being contexted with World of Warcraft and having been done by MIT students.

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