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Comment: Re:It's simple really... (Score 1) 244 244

But I do see them competing with Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer, Breitling, etc. in the very high end watch market.

Really? Your going to compete the Apple Watch made by Quanta Computer with a high-end Swiss watch? I'd accept maybe a low end Swiss watch with a quartz movement, but certainly not one of the automatics. Definitely not any of the brands you mentioned.

Heck, the machining and finishing on those watches costs more than the Apple Watch. (maybe not including the absurdly priced Watch Edition... and by that I mean production cost, not MSRP)

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+ - GE is 3D printing a working jet engine...

lurking_giant writes: GE Aviation's Additive Development Center near Cincinnati has produced a number of firsts... but they are now demonstrating a working jet engine, http://www.computerworld.com/a... (OK, it's sized for an RC model) The engine turns at 33,000 RPM and is made from all 3D metal printed parts.
They used the same EOS M270 http://www.eos.info/systems_so... 3D printer that they use to produce the first and only FAA flight approved hardware, a T25 Pres and temp sensor for use in GE90 jumbo jet engines. http://www.engineering.com/3DP...
Medicine

Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away 210 210

HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Michelle Star writes at C/net that Surgeon Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, believes he has developed a technique to remove the head from a non-functioning body and transplant it onto the healthy body. According to Canavero's paper published in Surgical Neurology International, first, both the transplant head and the donor body need to be cooled in order to slow cell death. Then, the neck of both would be cut and the major blood vessels linked with tubes. Finally, the spinal cords would be severed, with as clean a cut as possible. Joining the spinal cords, with the tightly packed nerves inside, is key. The plan involves flushing the area with polyethylene glycol, followed by several hours of injections of the same, a chemical that encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh. The blood vessels, muscles and skin would then be sutured and the patient would be induced into a coma for several weeks to keep them from moving around; meanwhile, electrodes would stimulate the spine with electricity in an attempt to strengthen the new nerve connections.

Head transplants has been tried before. In 1970, Robert White led a team at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, US, that tried to transplant the head of one monkey on to the body of another. The surgeons stopped short of a full spinal cord transfer, so the monkey could not move its body. Despite Canavero's enthusiasm, many surgeons and neuroscientists believe massive technical hurdles push full body transplants into the distant future. The starkest problem is that no one knows how to reconnect spinal nerves and make them work again. "This is such an overwhelming project, the possibility of it happening is very unlikely," says Harry Goldsmith."

Comment: Re:Insane doesn't mean Expensive (Score 1) 249 249

The solid-state era of the 60's through the 90's sssssucked, for the most part, as far as "affordable" went. Tubes was the way to go, broadly speaking, until --

My Pioneer SX-1250, Toshiba SA-7100, and Kenwood KR-9000G would disagree with you. Those are only three of *many* of the classic silver face Japanese receivers made during the heavy competition of the mid to late 70s.

While class D 'digital' amplification is great for effiiciency, I wouldn't say it is superior to any well built Class A or Class AB amp.

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Comment: Re:The sad part? (Score 1) 577 577

It's well known that gun shows and other large scale "private party sales" (cause face it, half the people there are gun dealers, not just private parties) are a popular way of getting around gun legislation. The infamous "gun show loophole".

You know how I know you don't have a clue? See that bit in italics? That's how.

To be a 'gun dealer' requires an FFL, and if that dealer sells (transfers) a firearm, that dealer must complete a form 4473. No ifs, no buts, no loophole. If you see a person to person sale at a gun show, that seller is most definitely *not* an FFL dealer. Once you have an FFL, all sales are tracked.

If you think that a dealer is just going to sell dozens of 'personal' guns - nudge, nudge, wink, wink - then you don't know how BATFE works. If the dealer gets transferred a large number of guns, then sells those as personal transfers, he'd have some epic explaining to do - followed by multiple felony convictions.

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Comment: Re:TNG == Social workers in space (Score 1) 480 480

Not everything can be Buffy, but if the best B5 quote relating to poor understanding of a situation you can come up with is "You do not understand," that is pretty clear proof the writing staff needed a guy who did;t suck ass at dialogue.

Never said it was the best quote, it just happened to fit. :-)

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Comment: Re:TNG == Social workers in space (Score 1) 480 480

The writing on B5 was the absolute worst writing I have ever seen on any SciFi series. The dialogue was crap. All the characters were stock archetypes who didn't develop much (Trek characters typical start as archetypes, but they tend to get some depth by Season 7).

In Ambassador Kosh's own words: You do not understand.

Every character - with the possible exception of Zathras (no, the other Zathras) had significant development. From the bickering and antagonistic relationship between G'kar and Lando, Vir's coming of age, and Lennier's eventual disgrace.

Go back and watch G'kar from season one, then check his character out in seasons 3 and 4. You may think the writing was sub-par, but G'kar has some of the best performances of any Sci-Fi character.

Maybe you only watched the first season, but if you didn't catch the arcs of the individual cast members on that show, then we didn't watch the same show.

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Comment: Re:Hardly new (Score 1) 823 823

Years ago I saw a doc on Harley Davidson and a part of the design process was ensuring that the bikes made the "correct" HD noise*. What was interesting for a technical perspective was seeing a bike in an anechoic chamber, which had a robot arm waving around an array of microphones so that they could localize sounds emanating from different parts of the bike.

Years ago, when FI was new to motorcycles, I used to work in a bike shop in Raleigh, NC. One of our customers (with a Ducati 916...) was a developer for the company working on the FI computer and software systems for HD. This would be ~1997/98 or so.

He said that the first systems demonstrated to HD were rejected because the tuning had been smoothed out to the point that the classic -potato-potato- idle had been tuned out and it no longer sounded HD-ish enough.

I don't recall if that was a Weber-Marelli or some other system.

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Power

Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies 461 461

JoeyRox writes: The publicized goal of Tesla's "gigafactory" is to make electric cars more affordable. However, that benefit may soon be eclipsed by the gigafactory's impact on roof-top solar power storage costs, putting the business model of utilities in peril. "The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose" comes from systems that include storage, said physicist Amory Lovins. "That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide."

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