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Comment: Re:Ivy League Schools (Score 3, Funny) 59

by ShieldW0lf (#46792269) Attached to: Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

The Ivy League was basically a formal gentleman's agreement (you know, back from the good old days where they banned women and blacks from campus and had strict quotas on Jews) that they would mutually agree to be terrible at sports in order to maintain high academic standards.

Everyone who attends an Ivy League school to play sports is someone who would have been a serious consideration for admission without their athletic ability.

Of course they're going to be terrible at sports. They don't have any black people on their team!

Comment: Re:I hate personal definitions (Score 1) 172

by ShieldW0lf (#46792191) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

Dude, you're the worst sort of person to argue with. You've demonstrated poor reading comprehension and a willingness to hand-wave away the distinction between similar words if you don't think they are relevant to you or serve your position. You seriously make me wonder why I even bother trying to express myself precisely

I never used the word explosion. I used the word detonation. I contrasted it with the deflagration that occurs in internal combustion engines like we see in cars.

A detonation occurs when the shock wave expanding out of the reaction zone compresses the unburnt fuel ahead of the wave, and the compressive heating raises the temperature in the unburnt fuel above it's autoignition temperature.

10 m/s is well below the threshold. Try 2000 m/s.

Detonation produces a more efficient combustion than deflagration, gives higher yields, and generates more kinetic force relative to the thermal energy released. It's a whole different kettle of fish.

Comment: Re:I hate personal definitions (Score 1) 172

by ShieldW0lf (#46785869) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

I was apparently mistaken about there not having ever been a PDE powered flight

From France to London in the mid 1940s - get a grip before trying to lecture others who are not entirely keyboard jockeys.

Do you have any more information? I can't find any references to a successful PDE powered flight outside of the work being done by the Air Force Research Laboratory and Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.

Comment: Re:Possibly Worse Than That (Score 1) 212

by Em Adespoton (#46784333) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

One benefit to having an with a card is that all the aggregated purchase info that normally goes to card owners (not cardholders) would go to -- who could then use it to police companies abiding by the EULA and automatically cut them off from all purchases should they void the contract.

Comment: Re:Possibly Worse Than That (Score 5, Interesting) 212

by Em Adespoton (#46783415) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

This is actually a really good idea -- someone should create the OpenEULA -- a license agreement that individuals can sign on to, that indicates what conditions apply when a vendor accepts their payment. An organization that hosts the OpenEULA could even do things like get a credit card with the logo and references to the agreement on it, to make it completely legit (if the vendor accepts the card, they accept the liability should they breach the card's contract).

Anyone up for kicking this off?

Comment: Re:Ghandi said... (Score 5, Insightful) 338

by Em Adespoton (#46782911) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

"First They ignore you, Then they laugh at you, Then they fight you, Then you win."

I think this looks a bit like Mercedes laughing at Tesla...

These days the big players know about Ghandi's saying, and attempt to do an end run around it:

First they ignore you in public, fight you in private, and spend millions on lobbyists to prevent you from getting off the ground.
Then they start suing for patent infringement/Trade infringement/whatever and possibly attempt to buy you out and bury your technology.
If you survive, then you win. For the past 60 years, nobody's really got this far in the US, other than Japanese and Korean automakers, who played by the rules and became just like the US automakers.

"If value corrupts then absolute value corrupts absolutely."