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Comment Re:Who votes in those bozo politicicans? (Score 1) 555

The problem is that the Triange is only one small area represented by a few state legislators...The vast majority of NC is still very rural and mired in the old south's Good Old Boy way of thinking. There are two very different North Carolina's...urban and rural. Just look at the split on the voting on the gay marriage issue. The Charlotte and Triangle regions heavily against the gay marriage ban, but most other counties were heavily for it.

Comment Re:Extreme racing (Score 5, Interesting) 91

If this were true, F1 cars would be alot faster and more powerful (remember the turbo era of the 1980s?). F1 is about using the most advanced engineering and technology to meet the limitations of the "Formula". the "1" is just that its the formula that allows for the fastest cars, but its still limiting by its nature. The details of that formula is not important, so F1 could go electric. Having said that, the long history of F1, its connection with the evolution of IC engines and people not liking their sports screwed with, I suspect Formula E will separate.

Comment Alien Base!! (Score 2) 49

A hexagon!? Clearly that has to be the work of intelligent beings. There must be some sort of alien presence on Saturn. The clouds probably hide the base they have used to observe for centuries. I hope the History channel's Ancient Aliens puts some of their first class investigative journalists and deductive scientists on this right away.

Comment Thank you transplant!! (Score 1) 524

4 years ago I was in the ICU on dialysis. A liver transplant saved my life and I am now healthy and active again, but financially insolvent. I have more medical debt than I can every repay. The health care crisis is looming an I have a first person perspective. We have a major problem. Medicine and technology have progressed to the point where we can do incredible amazing things, but at staggering cost. Our current system of balancing the premiums payed by the healthy majority against the costs of infirmed minority is no longer viable. We face a moral dilemma, should we tell people that they could be helped but won't be because its too expensive? If not, how do we pay for it?

Submission + - Sandia's fanless, dust-free, silent heatsink almost ready for prime time (

MrSeb writes: "The fanless, almost-silent, dust-immune, 30-times-more-efficient-than-fan-and-heatsink Sandia Cooler is almost ready for prime time. Sandia National Laboratories has announced that two companies — one computer heatsink maker, and one LED light maker — have licensed the technology. In the Sandia Cooler, the heatsink itself is the fan. It is a cast metal impeller that floats on a hydrodynamic air bearing just a thousandth of an inch (0.03 millimeters) above a metal heat pipe spreader, powered by a brushless motor in the middle. The end result is a cooler that is very quiet and 30 times more efficient than a fan-and-heatsink solutions. The prototype Sandia Cooler is 10 times smaller than a commercial state-of-the-art cooler, but has the same cooling performance. Moving forward, the Sandia Cooler’s high efficiency (and relatively small size) makes it an ideal replacement for just about every fan-and-heatsink installation in the world. The cooler's inventor, Jeff Koplow, has estimated that if every conventional heatsink-and-fan assembly in the US was replaced with a Sandia Cooler, the country would use 7% less electricity. In computers, a Sandia Cooler would mean that we could finally cross the 4GHz/150W TDP thermal wall — or build computers that are thinner and quieter. For LED lights, their performance is currently limited by heat dissipation. For small, at-home fixtures, noisy active cooling solutions are obviously not viable — but a silent, highly-efficient, smaller version of the Sandia Cooler would be perfect."

Submission + - Sandia's floating, spinning heatsink (

An anonymous reader writes: Sandia Research Laboratory believes it has come up with a much more efficient solution than heatsink-fan cooling a CPU that simply combines the heatsink and fan components into a single unit. What you effectively get is a spinning heatsink.

The new design is called the Sandia Cooler. It spins at just 2,000 RPM and sits a thousandth of an inch above the processor. Sandia claim this setup is extremely efficient at drawing heat away from the chip, in the order of 30x more efficient than your typical heatsink-fan setup. The Sandia Cooler works by using a hydrodynamic air bearing. What that means is when it spins up the cooler actually becomes self supporting and floats above the chip (hence the thousandth of an inch clearance). Cool air is drawn down the center of the cooler and then ejected at the edges of the fins taking the heat with it. And as the whole unit spins, you aren’t going to get dust build up (ever).


Submission + - Baltic Sea UFO/USO disables electronic equipment: Mystery deepens ( 2

Kilzfire writes: "Update on the Baltic UFO/USO: The world has been waiting for more than a week for some more information, pictures, or video from the Ocean X team and their latest Baltic Sea diving expedition. The Ocean X team last posted an update on 6/15/2012. Only three pictures have been repeatedly displayed on news sites of what was found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. As it turns out is reporting that the cameras and satellite on the ship stop working when close to the object. For a strange object made of stone that is not a UFO it does seem to interfere with electrical equipment."

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