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Comment: Jokes II (Score 1) 100

by vandamme (#48618703) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

The Darkness Emitting Arsenide Diode (DEAD).

The Electro-Voice Rearaxial Softspeaker from about 1966 is a real hoot.

Some microwave components company put out a "Our Company" pamphlet that was a real knee-slapper. It had the usual corporate description of operations with 1920's era photographs. "Our retirement plan...." a graveyard.

Comment: Re:What if? (Score 1) 87

by vandamme (#48597411) Attached to: California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

In order for H2 cars to be truly green, you have to take water and split it and vent the oxygen. So you get the water back when you run your fuel cell car, and all is right again with the world.

Now all we need is a way of turning sunbeams into electricity, and we're all set. Of course, you could just charge up batteries instead, much more efficiently.
You can't burn coal to make the electricity without blowing your green cred. Using oil, natural gas, etc. to make hydrogen, is even worse because they're fossil fuels and also increase CO2. .

Comment: Re:blah blah blah (Score 1) 56

by vandamme (#48548917) Attached to: 45-Year Physics Mystery Shows a Path To Quantum Transistors

Well, it's at "super cold temperatures", so probably not in your lifetime. Also, according to the article, it's "...made of the metal samarium and the rare metalloid boron." So apparently there are heaps of Samarium about, but this boron, well, maybe we can mine asteriods for it, I dunno.

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