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Comment: Re:What's changed in two and a half decades? (Score 1) 26

by tocsy (#44920409) Attached to: World Solar Challenge To Start In Less Than Two Weeks

Kinema:

There have been quite a few rules changes since then, and a lot of them have been to make the race more difficult. A couple of the big rules are 1) drivers must be sitting up now instead of lying down, and 2) the area of solar cells on a car is limited to, I think, 3 square meters this year. I think the 3 square meter rule is new this past year or two, so even the two cars that I drove (I raced in the North American races back in 2009 and 2010) would not be legal since we had around 5-6 square meters of cells. I haven't raced in WSC, although my team (University of Minnesota) is racing in WSC for... either the first time ever or the first in a very long time.

Comment: Re:So the solution . . . (Score 3, Informative) 240

by tocsy (#44555609) Attached to: Illuminating Window-Less Houses With a Plastic Bottle

The important part is really that his idea doesn't use electricity and recycles widely available waste to provide the lighting. It also provides more light than a window the same size would, so I imagine it doesn't create as large of a structural problem.

I worked with a non-profit called Long Way Home a few years ago who I believe was doing this, along with using plastic bottles and used tires for to build a structurally sound, environmentally friendly school in Guatemala. Unfortunately I couldn't find a picture of the plastic bottle lights in use but if you're interested, check out their website - they could use the exposure.

+ - Want to Record Xbox One Gameplay? Get Ready to Pay

Submitted by tocsy
tocsy (2489832) writes "Microsoft has seemingly not learned from their previous PR fiasco. According to the official site, some features as basic as recording and sharing gameplay videos will require a $60/year Xbox Live Gold account. PS4 owners will of course also have to pay for some online services, but recording and streaming will not be exclusive to Plus subscribers."

Comment: Re:You see! (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by tocsy (#44449611) Attached to: Companies Petition Congress To Reform 'Business Method' Patent Process

I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic right now, but I'm going to respond as if you aren't:

Businesses are, by DEFINITION, primarily interested in profits. Given a choice, they will do what they can to maximize their profits. It seems as if in this case, expanding the CBM is good for their businesses - I'd guess because it will make it more difficult for them to be sued, allowing them to increase profits.

Money is ALWAYS the bottom line. What we may interpret to be "good will" is nothing more than the business determining that is a better/easier/quicker way to make more money.

Comment: MS Office (Score 2) 283

by tocsy (#44438397) Attached to: A Year of Linux Desktop At Westcliff High School

"There are still a few that are of the view that I can get rid of Microsoft Word when I can pry it from them."

I've been using linux on my primary computer for 5 years now and I'm still the same way - LibreOffice, OpenOffice and StarOffice can't hold a candle to MS Word, especially when you need to share your documents with collaborators. Same goes for the open "equivalents" of Powerpoint - if you make (or even modify) a slideshow in Libre, Open or Star, you have about zero percent chance of your presentation looking the same on any other computer.

I think a lot of people, including myself, will resist giving up MS Office until either a)EVERYONE uses the open equivalents or b)the open equivalents flawlessly port files to and from MS Office without formatting or display issues. I also think neither of these is likely to happen any time soon.

+ - 3 Habitable Super-Earths Found Orbiting Nearby Star-> 1

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "Gliese 667C is a well-studied star lying only 22 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius, but it appears to have been hiding a pretty significant secret. The star has at least six exoplanets in orbit, three of which orbit within the star’s “habitable zone” — the region surrounding a star that’s not too hot and not too cold for liquid water to exist on their surfaces. Astronomers already knew that Gliese 667C had three worlds in orbit, one in the star’s habitable zone, but the finding of three more exoplanets, two of which are also in the habitable zone is a huge discovery. Finding one small planet in a star’s habitable zone is exciting, but finding three is historic. “The number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy is much greater if we can expect to find several of them around each low-mass star — instead of looking at ten stars to look for a single potentially habitable planet, we now know we can look at just one star and find several of them,” said Rory Barnes, of the University of Washington, co-author of the study, in an ESO press release Tuesday (June 25)."
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Comment: Re:maybe their prices will FINALLY come down then (Score 2) 109

by tocsy (#44060595) Attached to: Former TigerDirect President Indicted In $230 Million Laundering Scheme

So you're saying that you're sick of TigerDirect shipping more quickly than Newegg for slightly more money? It sounds to me like they're offering something that their competition isn't, and they're charging a little more for it.

I don't care either way - I switch between them both depending on who's cheaper for the component I'm buying - and I HAVE gotten stuff cheaper on TigerDirect than Newegg.

+ - That Was Quick: Microsoft Removing (Some) DRM from XBox One

Submitted by tocsy
tocsy (2489832) writes "Backtracking on their previously announced DRM policies for the XBox One, Microsoft has announced that they will remove most of the DRM from the system. The console will still require a one-time internet connection for set-up, but the daily connection requirement, limitations on used games, and regional restrictions have all been removed. As is mentioned in the comments, however, there is no reason to believe Microsoft couldn't add DRM and other restrictions in the future if they so desired."

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