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Comment Re:Gas (Score 2) 377

I guess electric vehicles are only cheaper to operate if you build some more nuclear plants to make cheaper electricity.

The electricity cost of that full battery is negligible. At 12 cents per kWh, an 85 kWh battery costs $10.20 to fill. Also, I believe Tesla's plan is to power all of their superchargers with solar power, so presumably they'd use the same source for filling the battery packs for swapping. Hmm... to make the supercharger stations work they have to have large batteries on-site to accumulate the current from the solar canopy. I wonder if perhaps they're using car battery packs for that storage and are just looking at delivering that stored energy in a different way.

+1 for building some more nuclear plants to make cheaper electricity, though :-)

Comment Blow through your cap (Score 1) 182

no reason to believe that we won't have more iterations in commonly available optical storage devices.. thought I doubt we'll be using them for anything other than backups

With even home Internet providers enforcing monthly caps, how will you fit your 3D 4K movies across a home Internet connection without having to take a week off surfing after streaming a single movie? (4K, or quad HD, is the next step beyond high-definition video. The consumer version has roughly 3840x2160 pixels.)

Comment Re:Something isn't adding up... (Score 1) 73

According to the article, the air is compressed, then heated by the engine's cooling system, then mixed with exhaust gasses, and the resultant flow into the turbine is only 100C? Something doesn't seem right here

IANAP[hysicist] and I'm bad with math so I'm possibly not even capable of doing the numbers, but gases do cool when they expand. If they're letting them out through some kind of control aperture, then perhaps the flow is only 100C at the point at which it reaches the turbine blades. Or maybe that's a lot of bunkum, because as I said, I haven't done the numbers. However, you don't seem to have accounted for this in your complaint.

Comment Re:cue apple-hater about face in 5, 4, 3.... (Score 1) 397

I've always wanted more pixels and I still do, but ironically NeXTStep would have been better-poised to take advantage of them than OSX at the time the high-res displays started to hit non-pocket devices. I don't know (because I haven't tried to find out) if Apple has finished putting display resolution independence back into OSX, but if so that eliminates a major objection, at least on that platform.

I don't think I've seen an actual X app on Linux in a while, so I suppose I could probably use a display with a lot of pixels per inch now. Until just a few years ago, it was fairly normal for me to have to resort to some antiquated X app (which would not scale on such a monitor) for something now and then, but it's been some time.

Comment Re:Optical media sucks... (Score 1) 182

Good thing I bought a chinese knockoff of the stargate boxed set. I also got defective discs, but I didn't get robbed.

Optical media is use-once, maybe twice if you're cautious.

If you're having discs you burned go tits up on you when stored in a cool, dark place, then you should probably start researching the media a little more carefully. Or just buy whatever Verbatim wants the most money for. They made some of the best floppies, and guess what? They make the best optical media.

Comment Sega Card, HuCard, PlayStation Vita Game Card (Score 0) 315

The games [for the PlayStation Vita] come on memory cards

No, they come on a "game card", like games for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, and TurboGrafx-16, and smaller games for Sega Master System.

and are not referred to as cartridges

You missed my point. A game card, like a cartridge, is solid-state storage on which a game is shipped. What is the essential difference between cartridges and game cards other than that game cards are thinner? Would you claim that the Master System and TG16 were not cartridge-based consoles because of Sega Card and HuCard?

Submission + - Remembering 'Baby': Computer that ran electronically stored program 65 year ago (

hypnosec writes: First ever practical implementation of the stored program concept took place exactly before 65 years today as the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine aka ‘Baby’ became the world’s first computer to run an electronically stored program on June 21, 1948. The ‘Baby’ was developed by Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill at the Manchester University. ‘Baby’ served as a testbed for the experimental Williams-Kilburn tube – a cathode ray tube that was used to store binary digits aka bits. The reason this became a milestone in computing history was that up until ‘Baby’ ran the first electronically stored program, there was no means of storing and accessing this stored information in a cost-effective and flexible way.

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