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Comment Re:environmental impact (Score 1) 161

11 million heads of lettuce a YEAR... is that supposed to be something special?

The impressive part is that the 11 million heads of lettuce are grown with a footprint of roughly 1 acre. From the photos it appears that the crops are produced on 4 tier grow shelves. If robots are doing most of the work I see no reason why this couldn't be expanded vertically to the point where they are growing 100+ million heads of lettuce per year per acre.

Comment Re:What Type of Truck? (Score 1) 223

I had to read a little more carefully (I had the same question) but it does actually say 'pickup truck'. I'm all for it; I like driving small pickups. What I've wondered all along is why someone hasn't done this already? Seems like a no-brainer to me. You could build the battery packs right under the bed, no problem.

GM made and sold an electric Chevy S10 for the '97 & '98 model years. They had the same drivetrain as the EV1. They even sold some outright to fleet customers rather than exclusively leasing, so a few dozen escaped being destroyed when GM crushed all the lease returns of the EV1.

Comment Re:What % of Blue Origin was new parts on 2nd flig (Score 1) 132

I wonder what the service and Q&A was like on Blue Origin after the first flight? How many components needed repair or replacement? That is why Space X is taking care with it's first reflight after successful return landing. I'm sure they learned much from their first success.

According to the Blue Origin site, "Data from the November mission matched our preflight predictions closely, which made preparations for today’s re-flight relatively straightforward. The team replaced the crew capsule parachutes, replaced the pyro igniters, conducted functional and avionics checkouts, and made several software improvements, including a noteworthy one."

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 149

From Wikipedia: Kobe beef ( Kbe bfu?) (KO-BEH) refers to beef from the Tajima strain of Wagyu cattle, raised in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture according to rules as set out by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association.[1] The meat is a delicacy renowned for its flavour, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. Kobe beef can be prepared as steak, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, sashimi, and teppanyaki. Kobe beef is also called Kobe niku (?, "Kobe meat"), Kobe-gyu (?) or Kobe-ushi (?, "Kobe cattle") in Japanese.

Comment Theaters are Expensive (Score 1) 400

With 1.26 billion movie sold, that translates to an average of 4 movies per American, which is more than I see at a theater. I’d really like to know where I can see a movie for an average of $8.15 like the article states; I don’t believe there aren’t any theaters in the Seattle area that are that cheap even for a matinée. If my wife and I are going to go to a movie we usually like to go to the Cinerama in downtown Seattle, which costs $16.50 per ticket. Parking is usually around $25 and we usually get a large popcorn. That’s over $65 for the two of us to see a movie in the theater. In those rare occasions when we do go to the theater we opt for 3D and HFR whenever available since that experience isn’t easily replicated at home. Otherwise we could wait to buy the Blu-ray for $20 and enjoy the movie in the comfort of our own home. Our local libraries even have huge selections of movies and TV shows and get new releases weekly, so I can often check out the latest Blu-rays and DVDs for free long before they’re available on Netflix or RedBox.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 65

It would seem that given the estimate that it was in space for over 5 million years that it could be equally plausible that it came from another planet outside of our own solar system. Given the escape velocity needed for a rock to leave a planet's gravitational pull, an object traveling near that speed could travel quite a few light-years in 5 million years.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 167

I have a dehumidifier that uses a large Peltier device, a couple of heatsinks, and a fan, I bought it off Amazon a couple years ago. It uses about 85 watts and removes around 150ml of water from the air in a typical day. It's not terribly efficient but it's very quiet and good enough to keep the humidity down in my small basement.

Comment Re:inb4 (Score 2) 200

You make a good point that would be hard to disagree with and not look like fool, but going to the other extreme and denying the whole existence of ADD and ADHD (especially in countries where over diagnosing of it is not rampant as it is in USA) would be irresponsible as well.

I don't think there is much argument that ADD/ADHD are recognized and classified conditions. It's also obvious that the treatments do help those who have it, otherwise those treatments likely wouldn't be demanded by so many parents/teachers/doctors to try to help their kids. In the US, it seems far too common that we are too quick to diagnose ADD/ADHD and give treatment for symptoms when the underlying cause isn't ADHD at all but often bored kids with unfocused energy merely acting like energetic kids.

Comment Re:inb4 (Score 0) 200

"That's just called being a kid!"

It's also called parents not parenting their children, which makes it very difficult for teachers to deal with these unparented kids in class. Drugs are a relatively easy band-aid for dealing the behavioral symptoms of kids that are raised by TVs, computers, and other gadgets rather than their parents (who were likely raised the same way). There may be huge, negative ramifications for dosing a significant percentage of an entire generation up to their eyeballs with meds in the foreseeable future.

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