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Comment: Re:If you like the sound of that... (Score 1) 192

by memorycardfull (#36606160) Attached to: Fusion Thrusters For Space Travel
TFA mentions use of a traveling wave tube, basically an inverse klystron tube, to reclaim some of the energy from the emitted alpha particles and convert it into electricity to power other vehicle systems. It does this using condensers out of your accelerator circuits, solenoids from your gyro stabilizers, and the Lavallois technique.

Comment: Celebrate. (Score 1) 437

by memorycardfull (#33059876) Attached to: What To Do About CC License Violations?
Most people can't even give it away if they try and try they do. Giving it away is what CC is all about. If someone is stealing what you are doing that is very encouraging news and cause for celebration. You might consider producing as much of what people like to steal from you as you can while they still want to steal it from you. I wish I was in your shoes.

Comment: Re:Why humanoid? (Score 1) 108

by memorycardfull (#32786396) Attached to: NASA Tests Hardware, Software On Armadillo Rocket

Two things. First, the humanoid is the result of millions of years of recent evolution. It's a solid design. Sure, you probably can come up with a better design, but why throw away what already works? That's wasteful. Second, we have millennia of human technology designed for the humanoid form. Why throw that away either? Same argument about waste applies.

Third, you don't want to waste the opportunity to make your robot look like frickin' Boba Fett. Same argument about waste applies yet again.

Comment: Perhaps everyone is completely missing the point? (Score 1) 457

by memorycardfull (#32065326) Attached to: The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture
It seems to me that the intent of the licensing terms is to prevent companies from substituting a consumer model for a professional one that costs 10x to 100x as much. Consumer video quality is getting so good that camera companies need to legally require media producers to use the pro product because very soon there will be no other good reason why they should waste their money on it.

Comment: Danger, Will Robinson?! (Score 1) 210

by memorycardfull (#27701591) Attached to: Using Light's Handedness To Find Alien Life
If this method for detecting life works well then you better believe any advanced alien civilization relatively close to us probably already knows exactly where we are. Perhaps we should hope that life is so common in the universe that they are working their way down a long boring list of warm wet rocks with weird crap growing on them and it will take them a long time to investigate us.

Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.