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Comment: The question makes no sense. (Score 1) 150

by wjcofkc (#49710237) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Payloads For Asteroid Diverter/Killer Mission?
Or at the very least only raises more.

1. How big is the asteroid?
2. What is it made of?
3. How fast is it traveling?
4. How far away from the Earth was it when first detected?

I would say we would need to have many different strategies in place based on a mix of those variables.

Comment: This is of great interest to me. (Score 1) 299

by wjcofkc (#49550993) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
I have been thinking for awhile about building a house out in the country and not bothering to have it connected to the grid. My first thought was to go with a whole lot of solar panels and a couple giant propane tanks with a gas generator. Still, that is a lacking setup, but these batteries just might make the difference. I would probably buy more than one of whatever the top of the line battery would be. Of course, I have already checked the availability of water in the areas I have been considering.

Throw in a couple substantially less hydrogen fuels cells to take over in the event I loose power and I might seriously go through with it.

Comment: Re:Stop spending money on ads, then (Score 1) 290

Why are they trying to drum up demand when they are obviously overwhelmed with demand,can't make nearly enough of the damned things after 6 months or more of round-the-clock production?

I think that's kind of the whole point. I mean we are here talking about it after all. I think there is an economic term for the practice, anyone care to enlighten?

Comment: Re:What Microsoft Wants: The Next Windows XP (Score 1) 159

by wjcofkc (#49404515) Attached to: The Most Highly Voted Requests In Windows 10 Feedback Pool
Right now we have the multitudes running a conglomerate combination of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 - I imagine all of these operating system, and remember when we had a single MS OS shared among all people business and personal alike. Part of the appeal of XP was that you could depend on finding it anywhere and everywhere and nearly exclusively. Microsoft has too much out there - and this includes their server offerings - and I strongly suspect MS is working toward that lost, uniform ubiquity that they had with Windows XP.
Again, I'm a long time MS basher, but I think giving them a post-Ballmer chance is fully in order. I expect a lot of them over the next few short years, and that includes a single OS to rule them all..

Comment: What Microsoft Wants: The Next Windows XP (Score 3, Interesting) 159

by wjcofkc (#49401393) Attached to: The Most Highly Voted Requests In Windows 10 Feedback Pool
When business first encountered Windows 8\8.1 the resistance has been high with people falling back to Windows 7... Understandably. I've been using Windows 10 from the earliest builds. It was clear from early on: they wanted to appeal to business and consumers with a single, and long term, solution like they had with XP. When it was Windows XP, it was Windows XP for all. This is what Microsoft wants to return to. I am sure there are domain policies you can issue to configure what "start" does and does not do. I think Microsoft might hit their stride with Windows 10. This is signed a long time MS\Windows hater.

+ - Researchers identify 'tipping point' between quantum and classical worlds->

Submitted by wjcofkc
wjcofkc writes: If we are ever to fully harness the power of light for use in optical devices, it is necessary to understand photons — the fundamental unit of light. Achieving such understanding, however, is easier said than done. That's because the physical behavior of photons — similar to electrons and other sub-atomic particles — is characterized not by classical physics, but by quantum mechanics.

Now, in a study published in Physical Review Letters, scientists from Bar-Ilan University have observed the point at which classical and quantum behavior converge. Using a fiber-based nonlinear process, the researchers were able to observe how, and under what conditions, "classical" physical behavior emerges from the quantum world.

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Comment: Re:Looking for life? (Score 1) 117

by wjcofkc (#49248901) Attached to: Huge Ocean Confirmed Underneath Solar System's Largest Moon
I was thinking more like intersolar trade. Water goes on giant ships to the moon every so often, and helium-three comes back. If it turns out to be to impractical to colonize distant worlds for a very long time, we must assume the colonization of the solar system works out barring we don't set ourselves back or completely annihilate ourselves, this could start to take shape in a century or so. Different places in the solar system have different resources, ships sharing resources would need to be in constant transit.

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