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Comment: Re:Isn't this an old idea? (Score 1) 229

by whimmel (#37303174) Attached to: Tapping Subway Trains For Energy

When I was piloting Disney's monorails, a fully loaded train would draw up to 2000A at 600VDC accelerating out of a station. The regen braking would also generate 2000A slowing to about 20mph before the friction brakes stepped in. Unfortunately that power is burned off in resistor banks located between each car.

Comment: Re:It's a good decision (Score 1) 259

by whimmel (#35539242) Attached to: ICANN Approves<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.XXX

The porn sites, from what I've heard, want to be in a .xxx domain so that they can be blocked more easily. Why? Because that gives them protection against future bills like COPA that would be much more burdensome for them.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a lot of porn sites will continue to maintain their .com or .net domains, but I'd imagine they will quickly be modified so that each page redirects you to the same page in the .xxx domain. It's easy enough to set up a web server to do that.

This must be why many members of the porn industry showed up to protest.

Comment: Re:P4 and MythTV Details (Score 1) 354

by whimmel (#31177862) Attached to: Today's Best CPUs Compared... To a Pentium 4

If one wanted to push things, I'd be interested to hear if a P3 can write an HD stream to disk fast enough to make one usable.

I currently have a couple dual-tuner HDHomeRuns and (they say) it streams from each tuner at 15Mbit/sec max via ethernet. I think a P3 backend would have little trouble writing that to disk.

If you don't have time to do it right, where are you going to find the time to do it over?