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Comment: Re:Tesla (Score 4, Informative) 327

by ccool (#45465611) Attached to: Monthly net electricity use in my household:

Hi Friend,

Actually, if you look at standard e12-07 from Hydro-Quebec, you will find it is feasible to feed electricity back to the grid. I know there is some red tape, but the last government made it mandatory for Hydro-Quebec to accept people to feed back into their system.

You need a UL1741 or CSA C22.2 No 107.1-01 Inverter + power source.

An important fact is that you will never receive a check in the mail. You can only reduce your bill. Also, you cannot pay the "montly connection fee" with the energy you could be overproducing.

Also, if I remember correctly, you have 24 months to use the energy you overproduced. So, you could over-produce in the summer and use it in the winter. This would not affect you bill. It would be like using Hydro-Quebec as a big battery!


Comment: A good solution : Total Protection Solutions (Score 1) 341

by ccool (#39945977) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?
A good solution would be to do with "Total Protection Solutions". They have a warranty of 20+ years and their product is really robust. It could probably do what you are looking for, though, they are not cheap.

You have to remember that the more MOVs you have, the better chance you have to absorb a lightning strike.

Comment: Re:Vaccines don't contain mercury (Score 1) 383

by ccool (#37793354) Attached to: Proposed Mercury Ban Threatens Vaccines

Thimerosal contain 49.6% Mercury (by weight)!

I understand that the amount of thimerosal is not massive in vaccine, half of it is mercury. It is not "in such minuscule amounts it doesn't harm anyone" as you said.

The EPA guideline state that you should not give to an infant more than 0.1 microgram of methylmercury per body weight per day.

Also, you can find up to 2 or 3 microgram of thimerosal per ml in a vaccine. Half of which is Mercury.

Most pediatric vaccine comes in doses of 0.5 ml, so it would make 1 to 1.5 microgram of mercury. If a baby weight 3.5 kg (just born, first vaccine of Hepatitis B) or 4.5kg (1-2 month - second vaccine of Hepatitis B) this will be a dosage of up to 0.43 microgram per kg or 0.33 microgram per kg.


And this is considering that the EPA dosage is not already too high.


Building the LEGO MMO 116

Posted by Soulskill
from the brick-by-brick dept.
Gamasutra has a lengthy interview with NetDevil's Ryan Seabury, creative director for LEGO Universe, which is due to launch next month. He talks about some of the difficulties in graphically optimizing a game with so many discrete, interactive objects, and mentions that they'll be keeping an eye out for inappropriate contructs to avoid problems similar to those that cropped up with Spore. "One thing we can say is when you build models you have your own property, and you can share that if you want to. If you share something publicly, it will be monitored by a human before it's seen by other people." Seabury also explains their desire to keep the game simple, using players' creativity as a driving force, as well as NetDevil's decision to stay away from a micro-transaction business model.

Comment: Re:This is a common stack in wifi APs (Score 1) 225

by ccool (#28807709) Attached to: Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT
Also, as pointed in the text :

an only be used directly from outside your network over the internet if you have enabled remote Web GUI management

How many of the people who installed dd-wrt did that?!?

Personally, I was worrying about that until I read that quote. I mean, I installed DD-WRT at my uncle's house and my parents, but I never enable remote management. So all in all, I'm not planning an emergency upgrade anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Offload the capacitor? (Score 1) 457

by ccool (#28788115) Attached to: MIT Electric Car May Outperform Rival Gas Models
I like the idea of a capacitor, but I think it would be more feasible with a battery bank, because of the cost of the capacitor

If I take the numbers of 356 Volts, 1000 amps and 10 minutes, you get 213.6 MegaJoules! (59.3 kW-h). That is a lot of energy! but if you continu with those numbers and try to figure out the capacitor you need, it is going to be huge

At 1000 Volts, you need 427.2 Farads. That is not going to be cheap, even with supercapacitor. But you could have 50x 12Volts lead-acid batteries with 100 amps/hour each and you would get those 60kW-h that you need. (You would actually need more because you cannot take a battery down to 0% charge)

Anyway, this would only be feasible in some sort of power station. You would go to the "Electrical-fuel" station where they would have this capacity to fast-recharge your car. My guess is that it would still take a long time to charge it at your house, unless you have a lot of money to spend on a special charger with a 200+MegaJoules capacitor bank in it.

Comment: How about StegTorrent (Score 1) 297

by ccool (#28705827) Attached to: New Service Converts Torrents Into PNG Images
Parent is correct, also, a little software based on steghide does exactly what is mentionned here... It would be just a matter of putting everything in a firefox extension and you could have something much better than (although it is a good idea)

I really like the idea where, instead of a blob of color with no real meaning, you could use a representative image, like a movie-poster image...

Comment: Now Kaspersky next Microsoft (Score 0, Offtopic) 93

by ccool (#28559007) Attached to: Safe Harbor Spells Win For Kaspersky In Malware Case Against Zango
This is interesting, because you would not like any malaware/software company to dictate what the antivirus company does, but at the same time, what does that mean for other cases (not in court... yet) like the fact that Microsoft makes it hard, in vista, to read/mount any ext2 partition???

( I just read this this comment

Have you reconsidered a computer career?