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Comment: Re:Allons-y! (Score 1) 566

by camperdave (#47509541) Attached to: Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
Well, there was that episode where someone drugged some wine, and everyone who drank it passed out immediately from one sip. The Doctor (Tom Baker) took two full gulps of wine, watched as everyone passed out, and stuttered out the phrase "p-p-potent stuff" before passing out himself. As far as a catch phrase, he was always offering people a jelly baby.

Still, it's not what I would call a "go!" phrase.
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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati 95

Posted by timothy
from the science-fiction-future-awaits dept.
rtoz (2530056) writes Researchers at MIT have developed a new spongelike material structure which can use 85% of incoming solar energy for converting water into steam. This spongelike structure has a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam. This structure has many small pores. It can float on the water, and it will act as an insulator for preventing heat from escaping to the underlying liquid. As sunlight hits the structure, it creates a hotspot in the graphite layer, generating a pressure gradient that draws water up through the carbon foam. As water seeps into the graphite layer, the heat concentrated in the graphite turns the water into steam. This structure works much like a sponge. It is a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation. And, this setup loses very little heat in the process, and can produce steam at relatively low solar intensity. If scaled up, this setup will not require complex, costly systems to highly concentrate sunlight.

Comment: Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (Score 1) 566

by camperdave (#47500355) Attached to: Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Remember that Denning is addressing the Heartland Institute organised ICCC6 conference.

You say that as if it is supposed to mean something to me - as if I am supposed to respond with "Oh! The HEARTLAND INSTITUTE organized the conference? Why didn't you say so! Oh, the irony! Denning is going to tear them a new corn hole!". Well, let me share my contextual understanding of your sentence: Remember that [Unknown individual] is addressing the [Unknown Institute] organised [Unknown Acronym] conference.

Comment: Data is Unsecurable (Score 4, Insightful) 40

Perhaps it's time for companies to realise that they cannot keep data secure. That they will never be able to build, much less be willing to pay for, the security required to keep this information under any kind of seal.

Perhaps it's time for companies to ask themselves: "Do we really need to store this?".

+ - Netflix quietly ending saturday delivery->

Submitted by goombah99
goombah99 (560566) writes "The USPS may not have gone forward with its plans to kill Saturday mail delivery, but Netflix isn't waiting. A few customers have noticed it's no longer processing shipments on Saturdays, opting for a five day schedule instead. Company spokesman Joris Evers tells Engadget that it's been transitioning in that direction over the past year and ended Saturday processing (usually a low volume day) entirely in early June."
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