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Comment Re:Vertical or Urban Farms? (Score 1) 168

In a station with gravity equivalent to the surface of the moon or greater, go with aquaponics. Aquaponics is hydroponics with fish and bacteria included in the system. Instead of soil, you use expanded shale as the growth medium in the grow bed. Red worms live in GB and digest any dead roots or leaves, nitrobacter converts the ammonia waste from the fish into nitrite and nitrate which the plants then take up as nutrients. There are certain plants that can be grown that can provide a good portion of the food required by the fish but you may need to provide an external protein source. Black soldier fly larvae are an excellent choice here for protein as they could readily digest the food waste in the station's compost pile.

Submission + - Dell's Reinvention Plan: Project Ophelia - Thumb-size PC

IAmStrider writes: "Dell has started shipping its thumb-size PC called Project Ophelia to beta testers and is preparing to ship the final product in the coming months.

Ophelia looks much like a USB stick and it can turn any screen or display with an HDMI port into a PC, gaming machine, or streaming media player. The thumb PC runs on the Android OS and once it is plugged into an HDMI port, users can run applications, play games, watch streaming movies or access files stored in the cloud.

Priced at about $100, Dell hopes Ophelia will be an inexpensive alternative to PCs, whose shipments are falling with the growing adoption of tablets and smartphones. With more data now being stored in the cloud, Dell hopes the idea of a keychain PC will catch on, especially for those who do most of their computing on the Web."

This looks to be in direct competition to the planned Google Chromecast.

Submission + - Company digging up bad Atari game cartridges from landfill (arstechnica.com)

IAmStrider writes: "A documentary crew has received approval to dig up the New Mexico desert site where Atari supposedly buried millions of unsold pieces of Atari 2600 software and hardware. The crew hopes to finally confirm or refute one of gaming's most enduring urban legends.

The city council in Alamogordo, New Mexico granted approval for the project this week. Ottawa-based multimedia and marketing firm Fuel Industries will excavate the site some time in the next six months for a documentary it's filming, local news site KRQE reports."

Comment Re:price per % of alcohol (Score 1) 633

I think using this methodology would have produced a much more informative result. I'm a homebrewer and there's a definite cost for higher gravity/better quality brews. The stereotypical weak American beer from macrobreweries use a fair amount of cheap adjuncts (like corn sugar) to boost the gravity but add little to the flavor of the beer.

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