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Comment: fuel weight (Score 3, Insightful) 81

by trybywrench (#48616357) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship
I thought the main limiting factor of lifting mass to space was also having to carry the fuel with you? SpaceX hauls its fuel to get to space and even extra fuel to land. How are they able to afford to lift the extra mass? Are their engines that much more efficient? I'll stop with the questions marks ;)
Biotech

Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus 52

Posted by timothy
from the mushroom-treatment dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes What if you could construct an unmanned aerial vehicle out of biological material, specifically a lightweight-but-strong one known as mycelium? The vegetative part of a fungus, mycelium is already under consideration as a building material; other materials would include cellulose sheets, layered together into "leather," as well as starches worked into a "bioplastic." While a mushroom-made drone is probably years away from takeoff, a proposal for the device caught some attention at this year's International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. Designed by a team of students from Brown, Spelman, and Stanford Universities in conjunction with researchers from NASA, such a drone would (theoretically) offer a cheap and lightweight way to get a camera and other tools airborne. 'If we want to fly it over wildfires to see where it's spreading, or if there's a nuclear meltdown and we want to fly in to see what's going on with the radioactivity, we can send in the drone and it can send back data without returning,' Ian Hull, a Stanford sophomore involved in the project, told Fast Company.

Comment: Re:I love them (Score 1) 277

by trybywrench (#47974053) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6
"I carry it in my front pants pocket. It snags not more than any other rectangular deice (because it's always the corner that gets snagged by a fold) and I can actually use it to browse the web without unusable mobile versions of websites and without pinchzooming like a deranged person."

Exactly. I use chrome, youtube, maps, and text messaging at least 5x more than I use the actual phone app. My note2 is a little awkward to hold to me ear but, like I said, I'm rarely using the phone. These days, the phone feature is just an app that comes in handy sometimes vs the primary mode of operation.

Comment: more excited about V2V (Score 3, Informative) 185

by trybywrench (#47851725) Attached to: GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model
I hope a V2V API is released, I would love to create an app that hops ahead from car to car and reports back the average speed and brake usage of 10 cars 3 miles ahead of me. Real time traffic congestion avoidance would actually be possible. It would also be cool to know that a car 3 ahead of me has just slammed on their breaks (animal/obstacle in the road etc). All kinds of things come to mind.

Comment: standard "use the right tool" applies (Score 1, Offtopic) 240

by trybywrench (#47583789) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding
FTFA "The reason that so many tools have become unwieldy is that they chase after certain values that add complexity but not usefulness to SMB-sized projects"

If the author of the article would just choose his tools more carefully he could have saved himself these weird rants about things that he brings on himself. It's like a bike rider lamenting how uncomfortable his racing bike seat is when he's riding it around the block.

Comment: What's the big deal about win8? (Score 3, Informative) 346

by trybywrench (#47451409) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
I had to get a Windows 8 laptop, Surface 2, and Windows phone for work to test an application we're working on. I use OSX and Android day-to-day so from all the stories I expected to have an awful time trying to navigate through windows to even get to the application to start my testing/dev work but I don't see what the big deal is. The interface was intuitive enough for me ...maybe i didn't try to do enough, I just looked at the screen for the app, then click/touch it. :shrug:

Comment: Re:I've been there (Score 1) 164

by trybywrench (#46920405) Attached to: Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?
if i had mod-points i'd give them to you. I wish more people realized that you don't have to be terrified of a gun. I live in Texas and no one seems to care about guns, not here in Dallas, not in Austin, not out West or anywhere. It's just not that big of a deal. Folks you don't have to live in fear, it must be exhausting to have to constantly worry about whether or not everyone you see owns a rifle.

Comment: good app for Google Glass (Score 1) 364

by trybywrench (#46640693) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
Seems like a Google Glass app could identify traffic lights and changes in their status way down the road while you're paying attention to the car in front of you. Then maybe project a little count down for when the app thinks the next light should turn green/red based on the one prior and the next one. Maybe you could give it feed back like "countdown off by +3 seconds" then the app could log that info along with GPS coords and heading for the next time you're encounter the light.

Comment: Re:Stop signs and lights everywhere. (Score 1) 364

by trybywrench (#46640617) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
Round-abouts waste a lot of space. You have that center island that can't be used for anything, while an intersection produces 4 pieces of usable real-estate on the corners with no wasted space in the middle. Also, in an intersection the roads are perpendicular to each other setting up facilitating/enforcing a grid layout for city streets/blocks. All things considered, intersections are more efficient than round-abouts IMO

Comment: conversational format (Score 4, Interesting) 142

by trybywrench (#46629545) Attached to: The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary
Wasn't Gmail the first to introduce the conversational layout? I remember the first time I saw it I was blown away over how simple the idea was yet how much impact it made on UX. Also, IIRC Gmail was the first to get Ajax right in a mail client, I remember being impressed when they embedded a GTalk client right there in mail. Then I think Google Calendar followed then docs with App Engine in there somewhere too. No matter your feelings on Google the company the software that sprang from Gmail is amazing.

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