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Comment: Zombies Freeze in the Cold (Score 1) 216

The interesting thing about Zombies is they're for the most part fictional. In our Canadian winters up here, they'd likely freeze solid and they'd pretty much be easy targets at that point. Even if freezing solid doesn't kill them which is odd, there's no cold-blooded animal out there that is active in winter.

Comment: Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (Score 1) 529

by foxalopex (#48207035) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Umm you sure about that?

Here's one situation where trying to fight the bad guys with a gun turned out bad for the private gun owner. The cops ended up killing the couple so the sad fact is if this guy didn't try to handle the situation himself, he would still be alive. This isn't like the movies, in reality you don't want to be in these kind of conflicts.


Comment: Return of Space Sim Games? Zapper Fix? (Score 1) 154

I played a lot of games and I always found that first person view games stood the best chance of giving me motion sickness. I think a console game called Spiral the Dragon was one of the worst. On the other hand racing games, space sim games and flying games gave me the least problems which to me proves that this statement makes perfect sense. Maybe this VR tech will bring back the popularity of these kinds of games considering they were my favourites when I was a kid.

On the other hand I remember reading about a tech which applied electrical shocks to alter your sense of balance. While this might be a little extreme, it might be the solution to this problem.

Comment: Chevy Volt is a good compromise (Score 2) 247

by foxalopex (#47385047) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

For folks who want an electric now, the Chevy Volt is basically one for about 40 miles and then it switches over to gas for longer trips. It's a little small for some folks but being a hatchback, you can actually carry quite a bit of stuff provided you are not carrying passengers and price wise it's actually pretty close to $30K as well. I've owned mine for the last 2 years and it's turned out to be a much better car than I even thought.

Comment: Color E-Ink Tablet (Score 1) 321

by foxalopex (#47112513) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

I think what the author is really looking for here is a Color E-Ink Tablet. I would be very interested in such a device as well but alas such a device doesn't exist on the market sadly for a reasonable price. Folks seem pleased with back-lit displays but I find them not as comfortable to look at as an E-Paper device.

Comment: Asus Black Knight Routers (Score 1) 113

by foxalopex (#46823239) Attached to: WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

I would highly suggest Asus routers as a good alternative. Their native firmware is a customized verison of OpenWRT and they can be setup to run a version of Tomato firmware if you can't be bothered with the complexity. I own an RT-N66U myself and highly recommend it and it's successors. They even have a microSD slot inside for no apparent reason other than for hacking.

Comment: Re:Why would it kill millions? (Score 1) 987

by foxalopex (#46625301) Attached to: UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Mankind especially is very good at adapting to even quite sudden changes in climate, as are animals. They will move between regions, they will adapt to conditions. Areas naturally see drought and wet years over the lifespans of animals, they have to be able to deal with that - so they can also adapt to an overall change as well.

Umm no, I think you misunderstand how this works. Let's say you have 10 minutes of air. You need to spend 10 minutes in space. You're now told you have 5 minutes of air and to "adapt.". How do you "adapt"? The easiest solution is to draw straws and to have someone die in your place. Good-luck figuring out who and if you don't kill each other doing it. The problem is these poor countries are EXTREMELY poor, there's millions that are living on a knife's edge in that any small change in their lives will kill them outright or start literally a war. Yeah, we'll adopt all right but not all of us will make it though. Your logic is flawed.

Comment: Report Believable, but what to do? (Score 3, Interesting) 987

by foxalopex (#46624499) Attached to: UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

I have always found it interesting that a lot of folks would prefer that such problems didn't exist when even simple logic seems to point to the fact that it is human caused. Common sense tells you that if a billion of us start to burn things it might have some negative effects. Heck, I remember as a kid we use to dig holes in a riverbank for fun and over time with a few sticks we managed to amazingly reshape the entire riverbank. Granted maybe I shouldn't be so hard on folks who refuse to believe in it. After all if it doesn't directly affect me and I can't do anything about it, it doesn't exist right?

The real problem is what to do about it. It probably isn't all gloom and doom. The UN is making a huge deal of it because let's face it there's a LOT of third world and poor countries out there where even a small shift in climate would kill millions. The UN represents ALL countries. For us richer nations it will probably be uncomfortable, maybe an inconvenience at worst so long as serious world war doesn't break out. Still I wonder how morally bad we would feel if we knew that say saving a little now could save millions in another country. Sadly I suspect in the end greed will win out and we'll likely take the difficult road in life. It seems to sadly be what we do best. Wait until things get bad or someone dies, then try to fix it if we can.

Comment: Hopefully Stable and NOT explosive! (Score 1) 131

by foxalopex (#46399831) Attached to: Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Technically we could easily make a high powered battery pack using Lithium Polymer batteries due to their high energy densities. The downside of course is your car turns into a bomb if the battery pack malfunctions or is punctured. I wonder if these high density Sulphur batteries are as stable as some of the Lithium Phosphate Manganese batteries that are used in modern electric cars? Otherwise we'll never see them in large applications because they would be considered to be unsafe.

Comment: Not all Lithiums the same (Score 4, Interesting) 236

by foxalopex (#46348181) Attached to: Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

It's an interesting article for perspective but somewhat inaccurate. The article fails to point out that not all Lithium batteries are the same. The Volt for example uses such a different battery chemistry that it tends not to catch on fire even when punctured. The one simulated in lab fire occurred from the battery coolant catching on fire after it had a chance to dry out. (Took about a week.) The trade off is that the Volt's battery has lower power density which means that it holds less power for a battery its size. The Tesla S uses laptop batteries which have great battery density but have the obvious trade-off of catching on fire when punctured. An Iphone uses a Lithium Polymer battery which has some of the highest energy densities of all Lithium batteries. The downside is they explode when punctured. In a small device like a phone or tablet this isn't a big deal but in a Car which this would give it some amazing range, if it crashed it would literally be a bomb on wheels.

Comment: Probably not entirely surprising (Score 1) 499

by foxalopex (#45400091) Attached to: How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

Having worked for government, I can only say that I wouldn't be entirely surprised if a group of enthusiasts could do a much better job than a bunch of contracted government programmers. I often find contracted government work to be a complete mess, poorly documented and often using as many tools as they can charge for. While not everyone ends up like this it is more often than not the case.

Enthusiasts on the other hand are more interested in what works, not so much in what is politically the best tool to use or how much to charge the taxpayer.

Comment: Not enough energy, missing the point! (Score 5, Interesting) 216

This doesn't even pass the common sense logic rules if you understand physics. The issue is there's not much energy in these types of radio waves. A cellphone transmits a maximum of around 1 watts, a wifi router 50 milliwatts if you're lucky. By the time the radio waves have reached you their effective power has already dissipated by the square of the distance. Sure you might get a voltage potential that's in the 7 volt range but how's that useful if there's next to no current to do anything. Short of standing under a high voltage power line or next to some high power transmitter which probably wouldn't be safe for your health, this isn't going to work.

People also misunderstand Tesla's work. Tesla's work wasn't that you could just pop up an antenna and get free power. His plans involved putting up a massive transmission tower that would dump power into the air at an efficient frequency. A coil and antenna could then be used to pick up this power wirelessly. Great idea but the issue then is how exactly would you charge for this power when anyone with some know how could build a receiver to grab the "free" power?

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.