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Comment: Re:Won't someone think of the birds. (Score 1) 256

by samwichse (#49734975) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States

I'll just leave this here:
http://www.altaerosenergies.co...

Not at 30k feet, but it exists.

Also: Not sure why you would want one baloon at the end of one heavy 30,000 foot cable. Maybe a smaller balloon dividing the cable into smaller unsupported spans would help? But then there's all the wind resistance, I dunno, that would be a tough one to design for all weather possibilities.

Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 5, Interesting) 387

by samwichse (#49727365) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

"No offense intended, but it would never occur to me to look for the best minds in any generation in an undergraduate English department anywhere. I would certainly try the physics department or the music department first -- and after that biochemistry. Everybody knows that the dumbest people in any American university are in the education department, and English after that."

--Kurt Vonnegut

Comment: Re:Yes, let's INCREASE waste (Score 1) 270

by samwichse (#49721129) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything

Mine does the same.

And fun fact: Mr. Coffee makes some nice, cheap K-cup compatible machines (work with the refillable cups) that are also as small as my wife's old one cup drip coffee maker that somehow always made a mess and had more to clean out after each cup then the Mr. Coffee with reusable cup (we got a nice all stainless steel reusable cup for durability).

Comment: Currently shopping workstations, AMD competes? (Score 1) 166

by samwichse (#49640539) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016

I'm currently bidding out a pretty hefty workstation (128GB RAM, RAID 5 disk array, highly parallel workload).

From what I'm seeing, AMD is pretty competitive on price/performance. Our work load is integer heavy, and I can get a dual 16-core 2.8ghz AMD machine for $2500 cheaper than a dual 10 core 3.2ghz Intel machine. Even if you assume the AMD is 20-30% slower per core, it stacks up quite nicely.

The MBs are cheaper, the processors are cheaper, and the registered DDR3 DIMMs are waaaaay cheaper than the DDR4 RDIMMs that Haswells seem to love.

Sam

Comment: Re:Emperor's New Clothes?? (Score 1) 514

by samwichse (#49594839) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Agreed. What's more, modern energy-efficient fridges use smaller compressors and run them longer than older ones.

I just replaced my old brick with an LG refrigerator (a big one, too) with their linear compressor. Because it's essentially a continuously variable displacement compressor, there's no big startup inrush current like the older style compressors. Instead, it just starts gently until it gets up to full speed. And the compressor doesn't even need to run a full power, it cycles around 50% most of the time.

Sam

Comment: Re:Cool world (Score 1) 216

by samwichse (#49571997) Attached to: US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets

Hah! In the movie they shaped it like a regular cartridge, with a shoulder on the casing and everything... except that the "motor" is on the back of the cartridge, meaning the entire thing is actually a huge bullet.

I hope this wasn't something that was supposed to be able to be fired from a regular rifle in the movie!

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