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Turntide Technologies Rethinks Electric Motors To Slash Energy Consumption In Buildings

Slashdot - 10 hours 35 min ago
FrankOVD shares a report from TechCrunch: [F]irms backed by Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Gates are joining investors like Amazon and iPod inventor Tony Fadell to pour money into a company called Turntide Technologies that believes it has the next great innovation in the world's efforts to slow global climate change -- a better electric motor. The operation of buildings is responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions worldwide, Turntide noted in a statement. And, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), one-third of energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Smart building technology adds an intelligent layer to eliminate this waste and inefficiency by automatically controlling lighting, air conditioning, heating, ventilation and other essential systems and Turntide's electric motors can add additional savings. Turntide's basic innovation is a software-controlled motor, or switch reluctance motor, that uses precise pulses of energy instead of a constant flow of electricity. "In a conventional motor you are continuously driving current into the motor whatever speed you want to run it at," [CEO Ryan Morris] said. "We're pulsing in precise amounts of current just at the times when you need the torque... It's software-defined hardware." He estimates that the technology is applicable to 95% of where electric motors are used today, but the initial focus will be on smart buildings because it's the easiest place to start and can have some of the largest immediate impact on energy usage. "The carbon impact of what we're doing is pretty massive," Morris told me last year. "The average energy reduction [in buildings] has been a 64% reduction. If we can replace all the motors in buildings in the U.S. that's the carbon equivalent of adding over 300 million tons of carbon sequestration per year."

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Ze Frank's True Facts: Deception in the Rainforest

Little Green Footballs - 11 hours 20 min ago

True Facts Shirts:
David Weiller
Thomas Marent

(links to Thomas' books below)
Thomas Hossie
Neira Dan
J.R. Kuethe

Tom Sherratt
Douglas Yanega:

Thomas' Books!


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Plow Wars - Snowbi-Won Kenobi Vs Darth Blader

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 23:00

The State of Minnesota had some fun by holding a naming contest for their new snowplows. Some of the winners are pretty funny and some are just groaners.

But seeing that it's Minnesota, I'm surprised that Mary Tyler Moore Snow and Raspberry Brr-et didn't score higher.

You can see the list of winners and runners up at their website.

Open thread below...

Categories: Politics

SpaceX Starlink Factory In Texas Will Speed Up Production of Dishy McFlatface

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 22:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: SpaceX says it is building a factory in Austin, Texas, to design systems that will help make satellite dishes, Wi-Fi routers, and other equipment for its Starlink satellite broadband network. The news comes from a job posting for an automation and controls engineer position flagged in a story Tuesday by local news channel KXAN. "To keep up with global demand, SpaceX is breaking ground on a new, state of the art manufacturing facility in Austin, TX," the job posting said. "The Automation & Controls Engineer will play a key role as we strive to manufacture millions of consumer facing devices that we ship directly to customers (Starlink dishes, Wi-Fi routers, mounting hardware, etc)." The factory apparently won't make the dishes and routers on site but will instead design systems that improve the manufacturing process. "Specifically, they will design and develop control systems and software for production line machinery -- ultimately tackling the toughest mechanical, software, and electrical challenges that come with high-volume manufacturing, all while maintaining a focus on flexibility, reliability, maintainability, and ease of use," the job posting said. Starlink is in beta and is serving over 10,000 customers, and it has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to deploy up to 5 million user terminals in the US. SpaceX calls this piece of hardware "Dishy McFlatface," and it receives transmissions from SpaceX's low-Earth orbit satellites. Starlink has been charging $99 per month plus a one-time fee of $499 for the user terminal, mounting tripod, and router. Starlink recently began taking preorders for service that would become available in the second half of 2021.

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Apple patents new magnetic connector that could replace Lightning port on iPhone

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 22:24

The US Patent & Trademark Office this week granted Apple a patent for a new magnetic connector capable of transmitting power to the iPhone. This comes after rumors that Apple is considering removing the Lightning port from its smartphones in the future.


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A warning about 5.12-rc1

Hacker News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 21:21

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This Week in Statehouse Action: Tuber Genitalia edition

Daily Kos - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 21:20

We’re approaching the year mark of everything shutting down because of the coronavirus, and everything remains … well, kinda terrible.

Sure, the vaccine news is increasingly good, the days are getting longer, and warmer weather has begun to show its face in some parts of the country.

But most legislatures are still in session (48, in fact), and most legislatures are controlled by Republicans, so mostly lousy bills are getting passed.

Too bad those lawmakers aren’t as preoccupied with defending Neanderthals and plastic potato toy genders as many of their conservative ilk.

Except … they kind of are preoccupied with gender right now.

Categories: Politics

Seth Meyers: Democrats Trying to Pass COVID-19 Relief, as "Moderates" Want to Limit Eligibility for Payments

Little Green Footballs - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 21:12

Seth takes a closer look at Senate Democrats clearing a procedural hurdle to pass their COVID-19 relief bill after moderate Senators demand limits to the bill’s eligibilities.

Categories: Politics

Nintendo Plans Switch Model With Bigger Samsung OLED Display, 4K Output

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 21:02
According to Bloomberg, Nintendo is planning to unveil a model of its Switch gaming console equipped with a bigger Samsung OLED display and support for 4K. It's expected to arrive before Christmas. From the report: Samsung Display Co. will start mass production of 7-inch, 720p-resolution OLED panels as early as June with an initial monthly target of just under a million units. The displays are slated for shipment to assemblers around July. The gaming community has speculated online about the introduction of an OLED or organic light-emitting diode screen, but Nintendo has stayed mum and President Shuntaro Furukawa said in February his company has no plans to announce a new Switch "anytime soon." Samsung's involvement is the strongest indication that Nintendo is serious about updating the console, and on a large scale. Nintendo decided to go with rigid OLED panels for the new model, the people said, a cheaper but less flexible alternative to the type commonly used for high-end smartphones. The latest model will also come with 4K ultra-high definition graphics when paired with TVs, they said. That could intensify a longstanding complaint of developers, who have struggled with the difference in resolution between handheld and TV modes and now face a bigger gap between the two.

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eBay To Remove Dr. Seuss Books From Sale Over Offensive Imagery

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 20:25
Online retailer eBay has announced it is working to remove sales of some books from Dr. Seuss over offensive imagery. The Hill reports: A spokesperson for the company told The Wall Street Journal that it is "currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items." The spokesperson further told the newspaper that it would take time to review seller listings, and the company was monitoring new listings. The move comes after Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced on Tuesday, which was the late author's birthday, that it will stop the publication of 46 books over racially insensitive imagery. The company told the Associated Press that ending the publications was a move to "preserve the author's legacy." The books reportedly include "McElligot's Pool," "On Beyond Zebra!," "Scrambled Eggs Super!," "The Cat's Quizzer," "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" and "If I Ran the Zoo."

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The Bob Cesca Podcast: This Is Us

Little Green Footballs - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 20:02

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

This Is Us -- [Explicit Content] TRex is dealing with a family crisis so it's just Bob and Jody On The Show today; How Jody and her Mom (Carol Burnett) deal with loss; Kimberley Johnson joins the Sexy Liberal Podcast Network; The Seven Deadly Words; Lauren Boebert is a big dummy; Dr. Seuss and the Republicans jihad against cancel culture; Ronny Jackson accused of sexual misconduct, and substance abuse charges; Alex Jones is allegedly sick of Trump; Whiny insurrectionists think life is so unfair; With music by Trysette and Jesse Terry; and more!

Categories: Politics

Honda Launches World's First Level 3 Self-Driving Car

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 19:45
Honda Motor will on Friday launch a new car equipped with the world's first certified level 3 autonomous driving technology. Nikkei Asia reports: Industry experts are cautiously watching to see if the Legend, a luxury sedan that operates without driver supervision under certain conditions but requires the driver to assume control of the vehicle within seconds when alerted, can capture enough demand to suggest a way forward for other manufacturers. Honda unveiled the Legend on Thursday at an online press event. The new model's Traffic Jam Pilot system was approved by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in November. It can free drivers from driving in congested traffic on an expressway when traveling slower than 50 kilometers per hour. The system automatically accelerates, brakes and steers while monitoring the vehicle's surroundings, using data from high-definition mapping and external sensors. The driver, meanwhile, can enjoy the vehicle's infotainment using the navigation screen but must respond to the system's request for a handover when the vehicle speeds up after the traffic jam eases. The report says Honda is proceeding cautiously, only producing 100 units that will be available only for lease sales. The vehicle will also carry a steep price of $102,000.

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