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Comment: Re:Every month a new battery breakthrough, but.. (Score 1) 53

by gstoddart (#47550581) Attached to: Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Nowhere did they say they had a battery ready for market. Moron.

No, but the GPs point remains valid -- we keep hearing about all of these breakthroughs in batteries, but they don't ever actually ever seem to materialize.

It certainly seems like all of this research never actually turns into anything you can actually buy.

So either these advances aren't trickling down to consumer stuff, or companies are doing a lousy job of telling us about it. If they're not trickling down to consumers, why?

Comment: Such lies ... (Score 3, Insightful) 194

If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct

Translation: We'd do this to a small company in a heartbeat, and we're really disappointed we didn't kill net neutrality before there were enough big players to fight us on this. Unfortunately we have to make ourselves out as the victims, again.

These guys will do anything to keep their monopolies, and want to be sure they can do anything they want to milk customers.

As usual, this is lobbyists and lawyers and PR people making their clients out to be the poor downtrodden victim here.

And, of course, the FCC being totally sympathetic to the plight of these poor, downtrodden monopolies, I'll be surprised if they don't give it to them.

Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 4, Insightful) 134

I find this a little creepy ... the study to tell us how much they're violating our privacy and civil rights is now a secret.

Which I'm going to have to assume they're pretty much doing everything they're not supposed to.

When government will no longer tell you what they're doing, you have to assume they're doing the worst.

Comment: Re:If it is paywalled... (Score 1) 301

I'm going to do the smart thing and give my money to that Asian guy who comes on my TV at about 2 AM every morning, and tells me that if I give him my money, he'll teach me to get as rich as he is.

I'll give you a hint and spare you the money.

You get a TV commercial, which says if people will send you money, you'll tell them how to be rich. ;-)

Comment: Re:But what IS the point they're making? (Score 1) 301

new homes are built from Cross Laminated Timber

Only for *some* parts, like engineered trusses.

But, if you've ever seen a 2x4, you'd realize what you're saying is wrong.

no one cuts trees down anymore just to build a house

While few people cut down a tree just to build a single house, the trees are harvested, and go into many many things. Included in them, building materials for houses.

Do you have any facts you'd like to offer, or are you content with unsubstantiated claims? Because you're 0 for 2.

Comment: Re:How much of this work has been, or was outsourc (Score 1) 141

The funniest part of your rants is the unfounded assumption that Lockheed is or ever was competent.

I make no such assumption, that's all you.

I'm saying I'm not willing to conclude the issue was entirely the contractors, and that the people in charge of this quite likely brought their own level of incompetence to the table.

I'm not willing to assume it was entirely the contractor, because I've seen FAR too many examples of management incompetence on these kinds of things.

Comment: Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (Score 1) 44

by gstoddart (#47531341) Attached to: Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

We have fusion now... We can start a fusion reaction pretty much whenever we want. The problem is we cannot create a sustained fusion reaction that nets us industrial levels of energy and do it in a cost effective way.

Then, it's pretty useless as an energy solution, isn't it?

When I say "I'll believe it when I see it", I don't mean some bench prototype which doesn't deliver, I mean a real, functioning system.

And we've been "a few years away" from having that from decades now. Until proven otherwise, I will continue to assume "real soon now" will probably not happen for quite some time.

Transportation

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples? 136

Posted by samzenpus
from the slicing-down-the-highway dept.
cartechboy writes Golfing and cars, not much in common there. But that's about to change thanks to a new technology from a research lab at MIT called Smorphs. The idea is simple: put a set of dynamic dimples on the exterior of a car to improve its surface aerodynamics and make it slipperier, and therefore faster. Pedro Reis is the mechanical engineering and research spearheading this project. A while ago Mythbusters proved the validity of the dimpled car form in a much more low-tech way. The concept uses a hollow core surrounded by a thick, deformable layer, and a smoother outer skin. When vacuum is applied, the outer layers suck in to form the dimples. The technology is only in its very earliest stages, but we could see this applied to future vehicles in an effort to make them faster and more fuel efficient.

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