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Comment: Tweaking the Greentards (Score 1) 213

by otis wildflower (#47074247) Attached to: Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

He's doing it for the lulz, to tweak the particularly strident greentards that infect Australia.

That said, if Australia went full-bore into PRISM and LFTR development (by, perhaps, providing some funding but mostly just expediting red tape and silencing greenies/NIMBYs) they could very well build a 11- or 12-figure industry around it instead of leaving it to China or India.

Comment: Replace them all with LFTRs (Score 1) 323

LFTRs would take up less space, be more efficient, and rather than consuming water for cooling they could use low-grade leftover process heat to desalinate water. So, instead of being a massive freshwater sink it would be a freshwater source for piping inland (or, depending on the site, a river could be reversed for that task?)

Comment: H2 fuel cells are a nonstarter, SOFCs may not be (Score 1) 659

by otis wildflower (#47001829) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

No nation is going to build an entire network of H2-dedicated pipelines and other infrastructure, so any sort of mass fueling of H2 will come from electrolysis (consumes freshwater and is expensive for power) or (most likely) reformation of natural gas piggybacking on the already-existing NG infrastructure.

So, how efficient would an H2 fuel cell vehicle be per mpg equivalent worth of reformed H2 from natural gas? How much is the net fuel cost per mile?

Now, IMO a more promising path would be using solid-oxide fuel cells that accept hydrocarbons directly, but IFF they can get at least 16-20kWh out of a gallon of gasoline, its volume and mass are comparable to an I4 or V6 engine, and the cost comes down to 5-10 cents per Watt.

Comment: Re:Ion Audio (Score 1) 201

by otis wildflower (#46910943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

That's been discontinued, and AFAIK only has PC drivers. Their replacement is just a composite -> USB box, but it does have OS X drivers.

Dunno if either has OSS support, alas.

I like the VCR2DVD deck idea, assuming one can be found that does a quality job. I reckon finding a higher-end (S) VHS deck (with 4+ heads, stereo, auto tracking, maybe jog/shuttle knob) and testing it with a few sacrificable tapes is the way to go for OP. For 8mm video I'd recommend finding a Digital8 deck or camera, since it internally converts analog 8mm/Hi8 to digital before sending it up the firewire link.

Comment: Re:How could you do it? (Score 1) 276

by otis wildflower (#46535221) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

I'd recommend reading these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-...

And understanding the Hollywood screenwriting and production process a bit better before blaming JMS for that. Plus, if you don't have a credit in the movie, you don't get residuals, and professionals get paid.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)

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