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Comment Re:How this works (Score 1) 147

Will finally WHAT? I've got to know!?!?!

Sorry, this is slashdot... that's as far as we know. Maybe someone from the Outside can chime in on what happens when a man and woman get together??

Hopefully it's sweet like ninjas! (I love ninjas)

Comment Re:Shared happiness (Score 1) 219

I like your idea, but here's my cynical take:
What if individuals could feel the benefits of other's happiness without doing anything to contribute on their own? (I.e., sitting around all day, while enjoying the happiness earned by other's who are living happy and successful lives?)

What if we could feel the joy of being a billionaire, winning the lottery, earning a promotion, having sex with hot girls, and etc., while not having to do any of it? Would anyone really strive to do it?

Comment Re:Please explain (Score 1) 570

Hey, sorry, my attitude wasn't directed at you. I should have picked a better comment to hit reply to. There are many people dismissing this as a flat-four, without actually watching the video to see that it's completely different. That's where my irritation was directed towards.

No issues with you asking questions. I'll try to address your question in non-car-speak: The difference is that a boxer engine is still like a traditional engine, where you have # of cylinders = # of pistons. In this engine you have 2x the number of pistons in each cylinder.

In a traditional IC engine, each piston moves in and out of each cylinder - and in your head, you can imagine the cylinder as being like a "cup" that the piston moves into and out of. That's how a traditional IC engine, boxer or not, works.

In this engine, instead of the cylinder being shaped like a "cup" that a piston slides into, the cylinder is actually a real cylinder that is open at both ends. And there are two pistons that move in that one cylinder.

Hope that helps.

Comment Re:Please explain (Score 1) 570

I not a car guy. So, will someone explain to me how this differs from a boxer engine?

No offense to you, but nobody here is reading TFA or looking at the video of it in motion.. argh.

This is not a boxer engine. This is not the same as the engine in the Subaru WRX/etc.
If you look at the video, you'll see that there are TWO moving pistons in each combustion chamber. In a traditional engine, you have a single piston in one cylinder that moves back and forth in the cylinder. In this engine, you have TWO pistons that are in the same cylinder, moving in opposite directions. So a 2-cylinder engine would actually have 4 pistons.

Comment Re:35 bullion? (Score 4, Funny) 482

You should learn what words mean before you correct people as it just makes you look like a total fool.

You should learn what a joke looks like before you correct people as it just makes you look like a total fool.

You should learn what a fool looks like before you correct people as it just makes you look like a total joke.

You should joke with a fool look-a-like before you correct people as it just makes you joke like a fool.

Comment Re:game changing, if true (Score 1) 284

But this change seems very likely to be real. We've had electric motors on the sidelines for more than a century, and we know they work great. We've also had batteries a long time, so maybe we should be more cautious and skeptical about breakthroughs. But what we haven't had all that long are all these new battery materials such as lithium-ion. So I think that even if Toshiba's advance is less than it sounds, many others are working hard on the same problems, and we'll see huge improvements soon. Like LCDs were 5 years ago, batteries are on the cusp, and it really won't take much more to make the battery + electric motor combination better, much better, than combustion engine + gas tank. I'd be hesitant to buy a new car with a combustion engine. Might be obsolete very quickly, the way CRTs went last year. Combustion engine powered cars still have a few years, perhaps, the only question is how many?

I don't see our gasoline infastructure going away in a few years. Even if we made all the breakthroughs you suggest in the next 10 years, the roads will still be filled with IC-engines. It will take MANY decades for IC engines to be phased out.

1) Many people won't upgrade to electric because their gas powered car still works fine.
2) MANY people - "driving enthusiasts" - will still want to drive around in their old IC-car. I know, for a fact, that I will still have a nice rumbly V8 in 40 years, if I'm still alive. I don't care if gasoline is $50 a gallon from a specialty store. You will always have people like me who will find great joy in driving an IC car, the same way many of us still opt for a manual transmission when modern dual-clutch automatics are actually faster and more efficient. It's not always about dollars and it's not always about efficiency. Sometimes it's about that irrational and illogical love for the sound of a finely tuned IC engine. I know I'll find joy in roaring past a column of silent electric cars in my vintage 2015 gas powered car, 40 years from now.

Comment Re:Major differences (Score 1) 151

Ah, sorry if I misunderstood. I have an angry knee-jerk reaction to people complaining about cutting into a lane at the last second is. Yeah, purposely entering an exit lane only to return to your original lane after bypassing 100ft of the jam is definately no good.

My bad. :)

Comment Re:Major differences (Score 1) 151

Ok, was modding, but decided it was more important to respond to this common misconception.

Obviously the righthand lane has far more traffic then since it feeds two roads. While it's understandable it would be slower, it is far worse than it ought to be and the reason: the selfish pricks who assume they have more reason for haste than anybody else - who drive in the left hand lane until the very last possible moment and then try to push into the right to jump the qeue, thus slowing everybody down far more than they otherwise would.
The more it slows down, the more pricks push past the qeue the worse it gets.

Such patterns are common all over the world - selfish drivers generally make traffic problems much worse, not to mention the worst daily problems are usually caused by accidents - which you could (at least almost) entirely avoid with a system of driver-less cars

1) Please get off your high horse. If you're merging early, you're making the problem worse.
2) Studies have shown that the ideal merge pattern is for everyone to merge as late as possible, in a "zipper" fashion where the lane is ending. When you merge early, you are actually creating multiple merge spots. Multiple merge spots = more slow down. More congestion.

If you merge early, you are a part of the problem.

Here is one source: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/744926sv#page-2

Comment Re:Natural Selection (Score 2, Interesting) 76

I agree.. I do think we're becoming less physically fit/resilient as a result of modern medicine. The strong and the weak both survive. However, now that we are no longer being selected based on physical fitness, people like Stephen Hawking get to survive, who would not have lasted 1 second in the jungle or 1 year in the dark ages in his current state. I'm hoping our gradual loss of fitness and natural survivability is outweighed by the occasional Stephen Hawkings of world, who should not have survived, but are making great contributions to mankind because they're alive. And then one day, when we can code out the weaknesses out of our genes, it will all be a moot point.

That is, if don't get over-run by the Idiocracy first.. I would say the best evolved "class" of humans for the current environment on Earth (with welfare, etc), is one that can reproduce rapidly and live off of the productivity of others. Maybe somebody needs to set up a "Foundation" somewhere in Antarctica, to protect our advances/knowledge throughout a possible idoicracy/dark-ages (also useful as a refuge against Tripod attacks..)

Comment Re:Legacy be damned. (Score 3, Informative) 467

One other issue with this announcement; why did they bother with 3TB? Should the next step be 4TB? We are counting in binary are we not?

No, we are not. We may count in binary for memory, but it's different for physical hard drives with spinning disks. For these, we count in platters (the actual physical disk(s) spinning in the drive).

Hard drives typically have somewhere between 1 to 4 platters. Drives with more platters exist, but they're less common.
Common platter sizes: 500GB, 375GB, 333G, 250GB

I didn't RTFA (this is slashdot, come on), but I'm guessing what Seagate really did was come out with a 750GB platter, that can be used to produce a 3GB drive with 4 of those platters. You'll probably see the 4TB drive you want when they come out with a 1TB platter.

Comment Re:What if.. (Score 1) 372

One day North Korea will fall apart and it will reunite with South Korea and then we're going to have a lot of seriously pissed off North Koreans who simply cannot believe that they fell for all that crap about the Kims for so long.

I think it's more likely we'll have a bunch of confused North Koreans who don't understand why the rest of the world does not believe all the great things their "dear leader" has done - and probably alot of cults that try to spread their Kim-jong-il beliefs to "save" everyone.

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