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fwiw the article linked from the article talks about oil, no word on reliability:

"Where the rotor holds the seals in a normal Wankel, the housing does that job in the X1 engine. This allows significant reduction in oil consumption over a regular rotary motor."

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a8174/liquidpistons-hyp...

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As someone familiar with Mazda's (incomplete) Wankel, that sentence reads more like marketing speak and is nearly meaningless.

Something about this design smells to me but I can't quite pinpoint it yet.

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You are right to be skeptical. We've been down this road of lots of promises for new technology before. If there was an problem with the design the company isn't letting us know. Maybe its durability? Torque? repairability?

Reminds me of the "orbital engine" out of australia last century that had some challenges it couldn't overcome. There are lots of other attempts to make different engines.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_engine

Alternative engines are always interesting though, and who knows?

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These guys have been around since 2005, if I'm not mistaken. So I dunno if I'd call them new.

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Agreed, but I think for me it's that the apex seals were always the weak point in the Wankel design. So the apex seals are moved to the case, but what material advancements have made them more robust and resistant to wear and leaking?

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Apex seals were eventually solved by Mazda, though. You can still kill the apex seals through neglect, but to be fair you can do that to piston rings and valves as well.

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New York has those bottle in/ cash out machines. If you have a bottle that the store doesn't sell it would reject it.

Recycling is very regional. Some states don't have bottle deposits.

Where I live now, they gave up on the rules that nobody followed (plastic # types in particular) and have "single stream" where everything that might be recyclable goes to one plant and is sorted by machines/people.

I remember having to buy my bag in germany because I didn't have one. Ikea did the same thing here for a while (no bags), but they have plastic ones now.

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The majority of states lack bottle deposits, unfortunately. If more states added bottle deposit rates of 5 or 10 cents then their recycling rates would increase[1].

[1] http://www.bottlebill.org/about/benefits/waste.htm

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Haha you are absolutely right about the bag thing. Also people behind the cashier putting your stuff into bags was new to me (and convenient).

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I got confused because ANSI is not the same as ASCII. These are color and have more graphical symbols.

Interesting but different.

Hint: Click on the [?] next to each file, the ans file doesn't render happy in the browser.

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I wrote a document trying to clarify the meaning of 'ANSI', which is a misnomer of sorts,

https://github.com/erikrose/blessings/blob/blessed-integrati...

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>This is purely an American misnomer, because early IBM PC and clones in the European nations did not ship with the IBM CP437 code page by default.

A Hungarian ANSI guy here. In Central/Eastern Europe we used the IBM CP852 which only tweaked some of the already accented characters to the language correct one. So we still had ANSI scene with the 8bit block characters.

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These have ANSI terminal escape sequences in them:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANSI_escape_code

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In DOS you needed to load ANSI.SYS in your CONFIG.SYS file in order to see ANSI terminal codes. Later on PC Magazine or some other company made ANSI.COM that you could load at any time as a Terminate and Stay Resident program to see ANSI codes.

It basically uses the CGA 80x25 text 16 color screen on PC and PC clones.

I could be wrong, but I think the terminal codes were based on VT-100 or something with the IBM font added. When I had an Amiga 1000 I had to set my terminal to VT-100 and load a font that had the IBM PC character set in it, because the Amiga fonts had different character sets in them that didn't look right.

Modern terminal programs for BBSes are like this one: http://syncterm.bbsdev.net/

It fully support BBS ANSI codes. It also lets you connect to Internet based Telnet BBS systems.

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DesqView had DVANSI.COM IIRC

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They don't make this easy:

quote: Also note that you cannot run the Hurd "in isolation": you'll need to add further components such as the GNU Mach microkernel and the GNU C Library (glibc), to turn it into a runnable system.

Of course making it easy is a ton of work. If they want to gain some traction maybe they should work on a version of the OS in Rust. That would be interesting. glibRust.

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To be fair, Linux isn't "easy" without a bootloader and an init program to run. HURD is a little less "easy" since unlike Linux it's not a runnable kernel, it's a layer on top of the Mach (micro)kernel.

Of course, in practice it's a distro's job to make things easy. There's a version of Debian running HURD, but I don't know how up-to-date it is: https://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/

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Its easy to say. I'm 6 months into a stint at a university lab. I write the software that manages the databases for the experiments.

There is data eveywhere, managing it isn't easy, especially as it runs into the TB.

Still paper notebooks for our researchers. We have a group looking into the digital ones. There is some worry that using a provider means the data is out of your control. These notebooks are almost like legal documents, so they tread lightly when changing the format. Plus worry about lock in and expense.

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Tokutek provides an "engine" for MySQL. Each table in MySQL has associated with it a engine that does the storing and retreaval. Like all software it's optimized for certain use cases. Tokutek used a fractal tree index to allow faster lookups. I think they could reindex a table without locking .

They more recently did an engine for mongodb A description from the Boston MySQL group a few years back (I was at the talk:)

http://www.tokutek.com/2012/01/fractal-tree-indexes-and-mead...

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>you can never really use most components exactly like in the Symfony standard distribution

I'm glad its not just me. The documentation gave me problems. I started wondering why I didn't just use symfony in the first place.

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Hehe, I'm in fact switching my two ongoing side projects from Silex to Symfony.

It also helps me keeping current with the framework since it's currently all the rage in the (French) PHP job market.

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Benjamin Eberlei argues for the same approach here: http://www.whitewashing.de/2014/10/26/symfony_all_the_things...

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I worked at a company that did remote energy monitoring (circuit by circuit, minute by minute for thousands of monitors). We did all the math in PHP, preping, summarizing data and sending it down to web services. It wasn't fast, but it couldn't be considered slow by any stretch.

Plus php has a large library of components (Zend, symfony) and a package manager (composer) that make web development significantly easier.

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> and the only tracking set up HBO seemed to be a watermark in the bottom left corner of the screen.

If they only had the one obvious watermark, I think HBO was hoping that maybe the people getting the screeners would think that there is more than one way they had the video tracked. Either the person who uploaded didn't care, or didn't think about it.

Its worth noting HBO has been on a path to make content available on the internet even without Cable (HBO now). probably a good long term strategy. There are always people who want it sooner, and free!

This is why we can't have nice things..

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But they show ads in your stream. I use flickr but am looking elsewhere.

Its a jarring experience really. you can look at 3 photos in a slide show, then in place of the 4th photo an ad. You can't even pay them to stop showing ads with your photos, as subscribing (which I did) only stops you from seeing the ads.

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The paid version of Flickr is only $24 a year, and includes no ads. I've been using it since 2008 and have built a library of almost 9000 photos and videos. Even after Flickr's redesign, I still recommend the service for photo storage (unless you need RAW storage).

To keep everything backed up, I have a NAS in my basement that pulls a copy of my Flickr library on a routine basis.

Edit: Flickr Ad-Free is $49/year, but $24/year for grandfathered Flickr Pro subscribers. Sorry for the confusion.

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I think his complaint is that the paid version only stops the person paying from seeing ads. A subscriber, for example, can't share their photos with a family member without them being interrupted by ads while viewing them.

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thats right

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