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Comment: Re:Participant Psychosis? (Score 1) 540

by billdale (#40471157) Attached to: Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way
You sound like a priest advising on matters of sex and marriage-- obviously lackng in personal experience or any truly reliable data. The first thing you'll notice when exposed to even a mild vacuum is that your ears hurt, and with extreme vacuum administered quickly, your ears would rupture unbearably. The nitrogen in your blood would boil painfully, and within a minute or so, you would die, but it definitely would NOT be painless.

Comment: Re:but handling uncertainty isn't easy (Score 1) 242

by billdale (#40431541) Attached to: Strong AI and the Imminent Revolution In Robotics
I strongly disagree. You seem to think that all these thorny AI probs will have to be handled in some kind of serial fashion, by some tiny batch of techies slaving away in drudgery. In fact, there may be a couple of dozen serious thorny problems that are presently hampering AI, but for each of those thorny probs, you can be sure there are thousands of individual talented, clever, innovative groups working to solve the single conundrum they are focused on. By dividing up the problem and the available supergeeks to deal with them, and the incredibly rapid pace of development in computing and hardware, I am very confident the AI necessary to give us the robots we want will be here soon indeed. Consider the pace of computing overall it has not been steady, but logarithmic just a few short years ago, computers were generally thought of as science fiction, and anyone that even USED a computer was referred to as a "computer genius". Do you remember those days?! Anyone using a computer was doing so on a "time share" basis? There was no such thing as a "personal computer"! That term did not even exist! Today, the average person has been through several generations of PCs; the same is surely to happen now with robots, especially now with the widespread use of dirt cheap 3D printers, laser cutters, etc. The pace cannot be suppressed. Open your eyes!

+ - Envia Systems announces breakthru EV battery->

Submitted by billdale
billdale (1095237) writes "Envia Systems, who is a new tech startup-- about 5 years, I understand-- have announced a breakthrough lithium battery of novel chemistry, with several times the energy density (read longer distance driven per charge), greater tolerance of complete battery drain (which is the problem Tesla Motors is dealing with at present), will allegedly cut battery cost in half, and each battery cell provides higher voltage than typical Li-ion cells; it is said to be safer as well. Backed by GM and ARPA-E, the batteries have done very well in third-party testing and are ready for production. I am quite hopeful this is the breakthrough EVs need."
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Comment: Re:SOPA isn't the only reason GoDaddy sucks (Score 1) 190

by billdale (#39011969) Attached to: Wikipedia Hasn't Forgiven GoDaddy

Timothy is correct-- you are the one whose math is off. An elephant has a gestation of 22 months, so after a year, an elephant cow is still pregnant; after another 12 months, she will have had a single calf that is 2 months old. I cannot see how you could think he made any mistakes.

I find ANYONE shooting elephants a vert troubling thing, unless they are sick, in pain, and are being euthanzed. Several years ago I was in Flint Michigan when a carnival/circus was there... the circus has a trained elephant. Overnight, some coward shot the elephant... it was laying on its side next to its tent. If I had known who the vermin was that shot that poor creature, I'm not sure if I could have kept myself from killing him. Someone like that is surely a threat to everyone he is around-- it's my guess he has committed many other crimes before and since... rape, murder, mayhem. A worthless individual.

Comment: moving the goal line (Score 1) 161

by billdale (#34529576) Attached to: Tobacco Virus Could Boost Li Batteries
Haruchai-- Don't make the mistake of assuming that, while batteries increase energy density and EVs dramatically increase in numbers, that all else will remain the same-- it won't. Many things will change... For instance, today's EV buyers are more likely to own homes, and far more likely to install solar panels on their home roofs, which will take up much of the slack to supply EV charge. Photovoltaic panels have dropped in price dramatically due to economies of scale, and will continue to drop for years to come; with dramatic increases of solar and wind power farms and other renewable energy, we'll be helping to supply clean energy to the EVs owned by people that do not have roofs for their own solar panels.

Everything about EVs will continue to mature, including AC motors for EV use will make them more efficient, increasing range per charge and decreasing power requirements. Google "V2G"... it stands for "Vehicle to Grid"... it is a system that power companies are beginning to implement to make EVs part of the solution, not just part of the problem. The grid and the EVs plugged into it will be "intelligent"... If the grid senses it is beginning to become overloaded, it puts out a "request" to EVs to give back some of their charge to prevent blackouts. Vehicle owners that provide such power will be paid for that energy at an attractive rate, allowing the load on the grid to be less erratic. Homeowners, public charging stations, retail businesses, and apartment buildings will be installing their own battery storage systems, which will help to decentralize our grid and make it more robust against terrorists and any other anomalies that might otherwise give us the kinds of problems inherent with very centralized grids.

The power grids of the future will be as different from the grid of the recent past as today's cars differ from the best cars of the 1970's-- they will be cybernetic.

Check out Altair Nanotech of Reno, Nevada, re: their NanoSafe battery, which is far more rugged than any batteries today-- they survive undercharging, overcharging, rapid discharge, rapid charging, and will last for decades without maintenance. The Navy has been using them to replace one of two large generators on their submarines to make them stealthier and reduce their operating expenses; what they save on energy in less than two years will pay back the investment. The Army will be using such batteries to avoid the hazardous transport of tanker trucks through hostile territory, operating quiet, stealthy vehicles that can be charged from local solar power panels; they will also power radios in soldier's backpacks. Also take a look at Clipper Creek, Coloumb Technologies and others ramping up to provide thousands of charging stations nationwide. They are doing it intelligently, so grids will not be crashing.

Comment: tobacco virus & batteries (Score 1) 161

by billdale (#34523480) Attached to: Tobacco Virus Could Boost Li Batteries
Incredible! The subject is BATTERIES, not e-cigs, eggplants or smoker's (uggggh!) "rights"-- does nicotine addiction screw up your heads to the point you can't even stay on topic!?!

This battery tech, if it pans out, should be the the most profound change to our society since the PC-- electric vehicles (EVs)-- mass-produced and affordable ones, that is-- that today can only manage a couple of hundred miles at best will be capable of driving thousands of miles per charge. But as a practical matter, we will opt instead for cars with a range of, say, 300 miles, but with much smaller, lighter batteries. They will only require motors a third as big... the suspension systems will be lighter and nimbler... they'll be more powerful, quicker, less expensive and better in every respect than the internal combustion engine (ICE) cars that we have toay and which I hate. I look forward to quieter freeways, less smog, cheaper transportation costs, and the other benefits such cars will bring. The one problem will be that since EVs will be so much cheaper, and cheaper to operate, our freeways will eventually become more congested unless we develop new tech that allows greater density but still allows reasonable speeds.


+ - Earthlink removing Slashdot emails as spam

Submitted by EV fanatic
EV fanatic (1095237) writes "I usually get my Slashdot daily emails in my inbox as I should, but a while back I realized I was no longer receiving them. Earthlink is my ISP... they have a policy of unilaterally removing what they consider spam unless you put the address of the sender (in this case, Slashdot) in your address book. But even after adding Slashdot to my email list, about half of my Slashdot emails were still being dumped in the KNOWN SPAM folder without my consent or awareness. If any of you have been finding your Slashdot subscription emails, or any other regular emails you care about, are not arriving as they should, check your ISP's KNOWN SPAM (or JUNK MAIL) folder. Do it promptly, before it is permanently deleted from that folder, and contact your ISP to stop them from continuing."

Comment: terminal frustration (Score 1) 238

by billdale (#19000423) Attached to: The 660 Gallon Brewery Fuel Cell
I spent the last two days or so trying to figure out how to understand this discussion board, and how to navigate it; I posted a reply to a message a day or so ago, and have not even been able to find my own post, and cannot understand how to use this. Sorry, guys, I give up. It's too obtuse for me, and there are way too many pointless posts to weed through to try to use it.

Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl. -- Mike Adams