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Comment: Re:misdemeanor?? (Score 1) 270

by sabbede (#49509265) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.
According to some other commenter, the gyrocopter was 100lbs over the ultralight limit.

What I'm wondering now though is how much flexibility the FAA and courts have in charging/sentencing people with that registration offence. I'd hate to think people could be going to prison because they forgot to file some paperwork on time.

Comment: Re:oil oil oil (Score 1) 363

by sabbede (#49492117) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
Food is necessary for survival, so it is necessary for a civilization. But civilizations need more than food (Take Maslow's hierarchy and extend it to civilizations). And unless I'm mistaken, the topic wasn't rebuilding some level of civilization, but modern civilization. For which electricity is a necessity.

Comment: Re:Well what about steel? (Score 1) 363

by sabbede (#49484351) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
Do you actually think I don't know what steel is made of?

As interesting as your solar smelting idea is, unless the focal point covers the entire mass to be smelted it won't matter. For that you would need an array somewhat larger than this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

And though in theory you could build a movable support structure for the mirrors from wood, maybe, you won't have the precision tools to make mirrors of a high enough quality to do the job. Even if you could, you would need a lot of those arrays to smelt on the required scale, and then you need to keep the metal uniformly hot to work it. A solvable engineering problem, but quite a hurdle without metal. You need metal to make tools to make higher grade metals to make higher quality tools to make everything else. You're going to have to burn something to get started.

Comment: Starting from scratch = no steel (Score 1) 363

by sabbede (#49477383) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
If we are starting over from scratch, then we won't have the tools to make the tools to build things to harness renewable energy. We won't be able to make steel without burning charcoal or coke, which are fossil fuels. Without steel, we're stuck.

So, no fossil fuels limits metallurgy to what you can melt with a wood burning furnace. And if what the poster means by "fossil fuels" is actually any carbon producing energy source, wood is out too.

Comment: I didn't expect them to be so enlightened. (Score 1) 148

by sabbede (#49468925) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

"Our experience is [piracy] leads to more penetration, more paying subs, more health for HBO, less reliance on having to do paid advertising If you go around the world, I think you're right, Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world. Well, you know, that's better than an Emmy."

If that view was more widespread, we wouldn't have to deal with DRM that only interferes with paying users.

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