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.
Wouldn't the simplest solution be to post a warning?
"Do not look into hotel with remaining eye."
I love how their solution to the monkeys is "to train bands of larger, more ferocious monkeys". WHATCOULDPOSSIBLYGOWRONG?
Well, eventually they will escalate from stronger monkeys to gorillas. And that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.
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.
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.
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
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.
1. Find complex math problem
2. Build evolutionary chip to solve the problem
3. Invent SkyNet
5. ENDURE A MILLENIA OF HUMAN ENSLAVEMENT AND FIGHT NEVERENDING ROBOT ARMY IN POST-APOCALYPTIC FUTURE
fixed that for you
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.
When the astronauts get out and begin their work, they can flip a switch to turn the vehicle into an autonomous robot that goes off to undertake projects on the planet.
This is how the sequel to "Dude, where's my car?" begins.
I find Slashdot far more tolerable with Funny set to -5 as well.
Mod parent +5 funny. I have mod points, but I can only use one on this post. It's going to take about 10 to under-rate and +funny this post the way it's begging to be.
Please! For the love of irony, please, mod parent +5 funny! Think of the children!
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