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Comment: Re:Request Vector for Oshkosh Approach? (Score 1) 148

by iogan (#26994567) Attached to: Flying Car Flies From London To Africa

The concept looks cool.Just driving it in traffic would be a show stopper. The fact page on this aircraft/car doesn't show certain things, like "Take Off Distance", Red Line, Yellow Line, Stall, Octane stuff, and um, the ceiling at 15K? With an open Cock Pit? The car looks like a Tube Frame Sand Buggy, nice. I didn't know that Rotax had a automotive transmission for their power plants, interesting. I also have a couple questions like, "IFR Capable?" Or is this just only a "VFR" kind of car? I didn't see the word "Experimental" on side of car; why? The "why" reason could be a very cool price worthy answer.

We don't have to put experimental on the side of EAA type aircraft in Europe (don't know about Africa, but I suspect a similar situation). All we need is a plaque somewhere in the cockpit. Experimental craft and IFR don't really mix here though, can you fly IFR in experimental aircraft in the US? Then again, at least in certain countries you wouldn't even need to do that for something like this. Depending on empty weight etc, it could well be a microlight/ultralight. Don't really see what the big deal is about this though, seen plenty of similar in the past. I think the flyke is cooler, actually. (http://www.freshbreezeusa.com/flyke.htm)

Comment: Re:Convincing one of safety of small vehicles. (Score 1) 507

by iogan (#24067489) Attached to: VW Concept Microcar Gets 235 MPG
Here's how a SmartCar will fare against a brick wall: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ju6t-yyoU8s The problem is not that of the car breaking or not, it's how it manages to decelerate without subjecting your body to forces that it cannot survive. Many SUVs suffer problems in this department, because they are simply too hard. If you hit a brick wall with them, they stop, which might well kill you. Same with the SmartCar, but unless you really hit it straight on it's likely to bounce off in some direction, and then decelerate as it hits stuff. An SUV will probably not. On the other hand, SUVs are going out of style in the US in a big way right now, and will probably not be around much longer. Just check the price of crude oil from 2001 to the present day.
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+ - Net Zero Fuel Infrastructure Solution

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Sterling D. Allan writes "By injecting a water-ethanol mixture called Aquahol that can be used on most any vehicle, and by producing ethanol from the prolific and multi-use sweet sorghum plant, Tectane's net result is no added emissions to the environment, at a cost savings. This past Wednesday they had a press conference in which they showed a 30-minute short version of a documentary film about their company, being produced by Nicholas Klein, best known for such Hollywood hits as The Million Dollar Hotel starring Mel Gibson and The Venice Project starring Dennis Hopper and Lauren Bacall. A vehicle running on this technology requires only a slight addition to the engine compartment to house the injection apparatus, which is said to increases mileage by between 20 and 40 percent, cutting emissions by 20 to 60 percent, while increasing horse power by 10 to 15 percent, and increasing the lifetime of the engine by 50 percent. It also removes the need for the catalytic converter, as well as environmentally destructive chemical additives to the fuel like MBTE. The modification enables almost all cars to run on any fuel, including low (75) octane gasoline, which is cheaper, requiring less refinement. The second part of the equation is in the ethanol production method that they promote, using sweet sorghum. The plant can grow without pesticides or expensive fertilizers, grows prolifically, with little water, producing two crops per season; and the entire plant can be used, not just a portion. The stalk fibers can be used as a substitute for wood composites, eliminating the need for deforestation for buildings. The grainy top can be used for animal feed. The pulp can be used for paper production, and has been by the paper company, Cascade, since 2003. The leftover biomass can be used in energy generation plants, being an ideal fuel since it is neither too dry nor too wet."

Electric Companies Get Involved With Broadband 221

Posted by Zonk
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Billosaur writes "The Marketplace Morning Report on NPR has an interesting piece on how electric companies are getting into the high-speed Internet business with 'Broadband over Power Lines', or BPL." From the article: "By purchasing the right equipment power companies can quickly offer Internet service to millions of new customers. There are several pilot projects being launched in the US, including one in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monroeville. That service is being offered by Duquesne Broadband -- a spinout of the local power company.'"

New Piracy Loss Estimate 480

Posted by samzenpus
from the avast-ye-mateys dept.
An anonymous reader writes "WSJ reports on a new MPAA estimate losses due to piracy. "The study, by LEK Consulting LLC, was completed last year, and people familiar with it say it reached a startling conclusion: U.S. movie studios are losing about $6.1 billion annually in global wholesale revenue to piracy, about 75% more than previous estimated losses of $3.5 billion in hard goods. On top of that, losses are coming not only from lost ticket sales, but from DVD sales that have been Hollywood's cash cow in recent years."

Windows Live Goes to College 330

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
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Tobias writes "BetaNews is reporting that Microsoft has struck a deal with 72 different colleges to use Windows Live for their email services. The problem with this is that Windows Live does not support any browsers besides IE 6, does not support POP or IMAP, and does not support email forwarding." From the article: "The Redmond company believes that catching the students early on will turn them into life-long users of Windows Live. They would likely create a Windows Live Messenger account, start a blog and organize their favorites under this e-mail account -- especially if they plan to continue using it, Microsoft says."

The State of Web 2.0, The Future of Web Software 216

Posted by Hemos
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SphereOfInfluence writes "Despite some disdain for the term Web 2.0, the underlying ideas seem to be genuinely taking off from the seed of successful techniques of the first generation of the Web. Here's an in-depth review of the future of Web 2.0 and online software from Web 2.0 proponent, Dion Hinchcliffe. Like or hate the term, the actual ideas in Web 2.0 are turning out to not only usable but a growing cadre of companies are actively being successful with them. This includes the Ajax phenomenon being actively pursued by Microsoft and Google, widespread social software, and massive online communities like MySpace. These trends are all leading to predictions on the ultimate fallout of these changes, something increasingly called social computing. "

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