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Comment Re:recharging the Solar car at work (Score 3, Interesting) 177

Do the math on a solar powered car.....

Assume you could cover the entire top surface(s) of a small car with solar panels and let them charge batteries all day while the car is parked at work. Assume battery charging is 100% efficient: Panel Area ~4 m^2 (liberal, but I'm trying to make a point) Panel Efficiency 20.4% Time in sun 8 hours Sun angle derate 50% Solar input ~1kw/m^2

Then the batteries get charged with 1*4*8*0.5*0.204 ==> ~3.26 KWH A small car engine is rated at ~200 KW (i.e. Ford Focus Spec at 223 KW) If you average using only 1/4 the available power ===> 50 KW The saved energy in the battery will move you for 60min*3.26/50 ===> ~4 minutes

So, you run out of juice about the time you hit the on-ramp of the freeway.

The point being, this isn't going to work unless you have more efficient cells, more efficient vehicles, more solar panel area, or a combination of all three.

Actually the Nissan Leaf gets about 4.5 miles per KWH. So if the panels on the car really can generate 3.26 KWH in only 8 hours that's 4.5 miles * 3.26 KWH = 14.67 miles just on solar power. That's pretty significant IMHO, that would be worth adding solar panels to the car, even if you have a place to park and charge it at night. For example, let's say your daily commute is 25 miles, that's 175 miles a week. For the sake of simplicity let's say the Leaf gets 87.5 miles per charge, so the user would charge twice a week in this example. If the solar panels generate a 14.67 mile range every day, that's only 10.33 miles being used by batteries instead of the full 25 miles, so instead of charging twice a week, user would charge every 8 days. This is huge, especially for people that live in apartments or other situations where plugging your car in is not convenient, they could bring the car somewhere once every 8 days for a full charging.

Comment Re:Crap (Score 3, Informative) 177

And typically get most of their power from coal.

You could stick a couple of square meters of solar panels on a typical car, which at 20% efficiency would give you about 240W on a sunny day. For a half-hour commute (fifteen minutes each way) and eight hours in the car park, that would give you about five horsepower if the battery is 100% efficient and you didn't need to use any other electrical items, like AC or headlights.

So it's potentially possible, but would be a really crappy drive.

Nissan Leaf gets 4.5 miles per kWh. So every hour of charging would get about 1 mile, assuming your math is correct.

Comment Re:And yet.... (Score 1) 143

I still go out of my way to give my business to Amazon or any other legal alternative to avoid doing business with apple whenever possible.

Really not sure what it was they did to piss me off (probably a huge pile of small things over the years) but man I just do not like them.

It was only apple that gave use MP3 players and downloadable music and touchscreen phones and tablets, so you should hate them. What about the 32 megabyte Diamond Rio? Yes other MP3 players existed, but Apple made them popular and simple and stopped the music industry from claiming MP3 players were designed to steal music. Then after years of napster and limewire, apple finally gave us a legit way to download music cheaply. Then after years of awful windows mobile phones and Palm insisting touchscreens needed a stylus for writing one c h a r a c t e r A t A T I m e Apple finally gave us the iPhone, which showed the world there was a large marketplace for a all touchscreen phone with onscreen keyboard. Next Apple reinvented tablets by sticking four ipad touches together and charging $500. We all laughed and laughed at apple, but millions of people gave them $500. Apple might not have invented MP3 players or smartphones or tablets, they just made them popular, which allowed others to make clones that could be sold.

Comment Re:Already got it. (Score 3, Insightful) 251

And regardless, isn't it a genial, brilliant idea? Of the kind that even your dog might think while taking a crap. The obviousness of these patents is so clear that it stopped being funny long ago, now it is only outraging.

I agree, sucks companies have to patent the obvious, but if apple didnt patent it someone else would in 2015 and then sue apple for using it for 8 years like the patent troll patenting podcasts in 2009.

Comment Re:Already got it. (Score 5, Informative) 251

I already have a phone that does this. As someone who is aware of my surroundings and generally conscientious, I simply turn my phone to "vibrate" or even - God forbid - OFF... It works very well indeed. And I even still receive alerts if a call or text came in. Amazing technology.

Yes Apple already patented the technology, silencing the phone based on GPS location. Similar to geofencing that came out in iOS 5

Comment Re:Isn't this just bulimia? (Score 1) 483

to keep the obese from ruining social security ?

Strictly speaking, the very obese tend to die very young from any number of diseases (heart disease, diabetes, etc). Since you can't start collecting SS until 65 or 67 or some other "really old" number, there are a good many who will never collect a single check.

With that in mind, I'd like to present a solution to the problem of solvency in the SSA. As a "thank you" gift, the US gov't should send a bag of Cheetos and a six pack of Mountain Dew to every American who contributes to social security in a given month. People will feel like they're getting something for their taxes, and will trim that big fat baby boomer bubble off the SS payroll. America binged in the 50s. It's time for her to purge...

True, but the money spent on treated their diabietes for years greatly exceeds anything they would collect from social security.

I say reward people for losing weight and while we're at it stop giving people money to have more children. Tax breaks I get, but there are people that pay no taxes and are given govt aid for each kid they have. That's dumb, we are rewarding them for not being able to support their children.

Comment Re:Working with his father... (Score 1) 247

Raises curiosity: how much work is done by this 15-old boy and how much is actually done by his father?

I imagine about the same ratio as famous professors and the grad-students working under them... Don't underestimate the ideas and work that can be done by underlings. Only in this case, the underling gets the credit, in the other case, usually not so much...

15 yr old, with no college or astronomy knowledge, joins astrophysicist dad at work, and 15 yr old makes break thru scientific discovery? Seems legit

Comment Re:One change (Score 1) 453

I would happily live with a 6mm or *gasp* 7mm device if it had a microsd slot and few extra hrs of battery life. But Apple started this race for thin game and everyone has been playing catchup ever since by sacrificing features. I filled 64gb in 3 months, most are 1-2gb games. P0rn is the one thing not on the device since I can stream that from dropbox, etc.

Comment Re:Still blown away by this new industry (Score 1) 453

I agree swipe to unlock isn't particularly innovative, but a phone that is just a giant touchscreen using only your fingers and a integrated app store is pretty revolutionary. Before apple no device brought those three features together. Blackberry had a store but the store was very limited due to the device limitations, having a large capative touchscreen on every iOS device allowed for many different kinds and styles of apps.

Comment Re:Why no iPad user "wish lists"? (Score 1) 453


Strange comment since even the newest version of iOS was largely an attempt to play catch-up with Android, since Android has more features to begin with.

Apple devices are largely for those that don't want to or need to do as much as more "nerdier" solutions, similar in a way that a Fischer-Price toy is more appropriate for a toddler than a real cell phone.

I think you meant that "apple is like a Fischer Price toy" to be an insult, but that's exactly what people want. A device that does exactly what it's mean to do and does it very well and is virtually indestructible? Um, yes please! I work with enough tech everyday, who wants yet another device that requires hacking and rooting and trouble-shooting? Not me. iOS works perfectly from the box, and they have about a billion apps and billions of case options and compatible with tons of 3rd party devices from stereos to cars to treadmills. And for a "nerdier" solution? There's an app for that, there's an app for everything! Probably several apps. If Nintendo Gameboy taught us anything it's not the features or CPU or screen, it's the apps the device runs that matters. Android is playing catchup in the app department and I have no doubt they'll beat apple someday, but today is not that day ;)

Comment Re:Why no iPad user "wish lists"? (Score 1) 453

I'd never tell a gamer to buy a Mac. But I'd also never recommend that an artist get a PC. And I'd definitely never suggest that my grandmother run linux. Each has its place.

But a gamer should buy an iPhone, the games on iOS are pretty amazing, console quality. Check out walking dead. The console and PC version is the same one as one iOS. Android not supported.

Comment Re:Steve Jobs not so right about the size (Score 1) 453

Not so right about the form factor though. The 7" tablet seems to have become the dominant one, without people filing down their fingers :), although attributing Everything to Steve Jobs without acknowledging the natural progression of technology, or what happened before it is ridiculous, or the other people who worked on the iPad. The most remarkable thing about the iPad at launch was its price :) something Apple seem to have forgotten.

Apple has sold 100 million iPads in less than 2 years.. While I would prefer a 7" tablet, it seems like a large market thinks 10" is fine.

Comment Re:Still blown away by this new industry (Score 1) 453

I was just thinking that, and take it further: thank you Apple for redefining smartphones. Smartphones sucked so bad until the iPhone came out, now every phone is practically an iPhone clone. Remember the Motorola Q or Windows Mobile? Didnt even have a marketplace, you'd just have to search for apps and hope they ran well on your device.

People seem to forget that Apple and Steve is to thank for all these devices we have now. Tablets would not have existed without the popularity of the iPhone.

Comment Re:Great, so employees can start harassing... (Score 1) 101

- Don't use linkedin at all. Telling everybody on the internet where you work is doggonne retarded.

-- Ethanol-fueled


I do NOT want strangers to know every job I ever worked! The risks of social engineering are HUGE! God forbid they call some dumb boss I had and pretend to be god knows who and get social security number or who knows what info from them. Plus stalking would be *extremely* easy with job info because I'm there more than I'm at home! Tires slashed by some nutty gf or employee from ten yrs ago and I have *no* idea why? No thanks! LinkedIn completely baffles me, people make the same information public on LinkedIn then bitch when Facebook shares it with your friends

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