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Comment Station wagon full of DvDs (Score 1) 55

I think what they are saying is they are going to screw with your latency and data rate such that an HD movie will stutter and an SD will play.

Basically, they are going to give you unlimited bandwidth in the same sense that a station wagon full of dvds is unlimited bandwidth. Yes there's a very very long latency but when the wagon arrives the delta function is so large that if occupies the entire spectrum. Voila unlimited data with unlimited bandwidth, very high latentcy

Comment Corporatism and Facism (Score 1) 270

Where independent unions are banned.

Basically when China and Russia gave up on socialism, they created a version of capitalism in the image of what they imagined capitalism to be; not the kind of liberal society you find in advanced Western democracies with their regulated market economies and worker's rights guarantees.

Intriguingly it's almost the very definition of Fascism. Mussolini preferred the term corporatism. But either way it's a paternalistic monopoly on power run in collaboration with corporations for the benefit of the common good. The problem of course is that monopoly on power thing sometimes gets in the way of common good and pateralism. But in the short run it's always produced world beating results. Until he invaded Ethiopia, il Duce's italian miracle in the midst of the depression was the envy of the world. Even FDR sent him mash notes.

SO it's more than ironic that China diverts socialism with Communism then bypasses capitalism for fascism.

Comment Re: It's research... (Score 1) 145

Tee hee! Back in the day, one of the points I made to the old farts was that I had passed the 20 WPM exam and had my K6BP call to show for it, but refused to use the code on the air until the requirement was gone. Nobody spat at me or punched me out, the worst that ever happened was a poor behaving slim using my call and a postcard from the ARRL observer who thouht it was me.

Comment Re:It's research... (Score 3, Informative) 145

WSPR tells you when communication paths are open between two points at a specific frequency and S/N ratio. This is useful but does not span the extent of research that HAARP is directed to. One of the most interesting things about HAARP is that it can incite the formation of radio-reflective regions in the ionosphere. That takes a lot of power.

Comment Why is this important or interesting? (Score 1) 80

I'm having some trouble understanding why using a commercial product, BluTec copper, in a manner in which it is intend to be used (heating water via unconcentrated sun) is news? When you build a colar water heater normally you are working to not have it boil the water. It's more efficient not to. In fact the article even says they get better efficiencies when they-- get this-- run it below 100c. Wow! alert the media and publish it in nature.

So what they did was create a thermally insullated restricted flow system so the water super heats which is completely expected and precisely what designers expect and thus try to avoid in commerical systems.

Blutec solar heated are made in massive quatitites.

So can some one explain why this is news? I'm being serious not sarcastic.

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