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Comment: Re:never send a robot to do a man's job... (Score 1) 38

I get that. I was tweaked by the "as the human eye would see it" editorial statement. "Color corrected high resolution image" would have been enough.

Although, now that you mention it, I bet a oil painting done by an astronaut in synchronous orbit of Europa would be great.

Comment: boggles the mind... (Score 2, Interesting) 519

by confused one (#48424029) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?
So, let me see if I understand this... You have a device that needs 32 watts of electricity to operate. You're proposing we power it with an RTG, which are typically only 3% efficient at heat conversion. So that RTG has to produce at least 1.1kW of heat. You're telling me that you want to land a 1.1kW heat source on a body whose surface measures below -70C, and whose surface is made of frozen ammonia, water, methanol, carbon dioxide, and methane. Anyone see the problem here?

Comment: Re:only greyneckbeard dinosaurs use PCs anyway (Score 2) 75

by confused one (#48409835) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions
This. My core i7 laptop with AMD graphics and maxed out on memory, is only marginal for use doing electronic design, eCAD and PCB layout. It's OK for software compiles; but, all my projects target smallish embedded processors. Time is money... If I have to wait for something then I'm pissing away money. I have the laptop because I needed a portable machine to carry with me to customer sites.

Comment: Re:Can Apple Move to ARM on the Desktop? (Score 1) 75

by confused one (#48409645) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions
They're not talking about the Core i3/i5/i7 mobile processors for laptops. Those are just the low power versions of the desktop processors. They're talking about atoms, quark and other processors targeting tablets and phones and small embedded applications, those designed to compete with ARM. Apple made a choice, there were options they could have used in the Mac Mini that they didn't offer.

Comment: Re:Questions for any who have been following this (Score 2) 88

by confused one (#48399759) Attached to: After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest
No, if it's properly designed energy goes where the controller sends it. However, temperatures are low enough to freeze the battery, bringing it below the point where it will function. There are many electronic components that just won't work at -100C; or, will be damaged by deep cold. Heaters are critical to operation of most of the components on a deep space probes.

Comment: Re:Questions for any who have been following this (Score 4, Interesting) 88

by confused one (#48398091) Attached to: After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest
It's not quite that simple. It takes a certain amount of power to keep the computer running, even in low power standby mode. It also requires some energy to run the onboard heaters, which keep the battery and electronics from failing due to the extreme cold. The amount of energy they were receiving in the 90 minutes, before the attempt to turn the probe, was insufficient to supply the heaters, run the computer in low power standby and charge the battery. I don't know if they left the heaters running, because there was concern that the heaters alone were enough to prevent the battery from charging. If not, the battery may freeze solid before charging to a level that's able to restart the computer. It's hoped that that won't be the case... we'll have to wait and see.

Comment: flooding of bases (Score 1) 163

by confused one (#48347607) Attached to: The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change
Navy is having to consider what's going to happen as sea level inches upwards. At Norfolk (the largest naval base on the East Coast) and the surrounding communities, we're seeing a measurable increase in flooding, particularly in the past two decades. Most of the area is less than 20 feet above mean low tide. Storms like Isabel, which brought 12 feet of storm surge with it, show the area is at risk. It's possible that the base will be under water at some point, possibly within a century if IPCC estimates are correct (a long time, to be sure). That's a serious concern that they would be foolish not to begin planning for.

Comment: Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (Score 1) 461

by confused one (#48347465) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Seriously: who or what interest does the state imagine it is "protecting" with this license?

(1) protecting under-age women from working in the clubs (2) tracking who's working in the clubs as a means of controlling or limiting prostitution, (3) stamping out human trafficking for sex trade. (4) They may be working as "independent contractors" in which case licensing allows tracking for taxation purposes

Comment: reducing footprint (Score 1) 250

cheap Chinese solar panels on the roof, with an inverter capable of islanding if you can get it past your building codes people. That way you'll have some power during the day when there's no power in the city. Do you own the land? If so, put in a geothermal heat pump. More efficient than traditional heat pumps; so, lower energy consumption and lower operating cost. You're in the city so wood heating might be out of the question... If it's not, put in a wood pellet stove for heat when the oil and gas supplies are cut. If the city infrastructure is down for any significant time, you're going to be out of luck (lack of basic supplies, facilities, water, sewer, etc....)

Comment: Re:If you proposed a $5000 hookup-tax for internet (Score 1) 108

by confused one (#48314167) Attached to: Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise
They did this for sewer hookup around parts of south-east Virginia when they decided one way to mitigate pollution in the Chesapeake Bay was to reduce runoff from septic systems. If electrical service and POTS service hadn't been regulated like they were, the same would have been true of them. I don't see the difference. -- you want the service, you're either paying for it up front or your taxes are paying off a municipal bond. Money has to come from somewhere...

"Why can't we ever attempt to solve a problem in this country without having a 'War' on it?" -- Rich Thomson, talk.politics.misc