Nope. You should put long URLs inside angle brackets to keep them from breaking:
On Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:54:18 PM UTC-5, bob_villain wrote:
I worked in a locked down, corporate environment with all sorts of
ad blockers, prohibited domains, etc. Most image hosting sites, all
webmail sites, tinyurl, etc. are blocked.
Both of the OP's url's (the preview and the direct link) went right
through without an issue.
Must be something on your end, not the OP's (or ours).
(sigh) Typical "fluff" story -- media just "retweeting" press releases.
Why can't "they" actually investigate things instead of just repeating
what someone else (who obviously has a bias/interest) has told them?
E.g., what are the issues standing between "it" and "production"?
What are the *likely* costs going to be if it was sold in HUGE
volumes, *today*? Of those, which can be improved upon with techological
advances and which are "hard limits"?
I.e., how much of a pipe dream *is* this?
On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8:19:04 AM UTC-5, Don Y wrote:
Because it's a newspaper and not a technical journal?
You expect a reporter for the Telegraph to do that analysis? The
researchers at MIT probably don't even know enough yet to make that
evaluation. Did researchers accurately predict that you'd have a 60" LCD
TV hanging on your wall for $1000 when LCD technology was first
discovered? Was the reporter writing the first article in a general
interest newspaper supposed to?
You expect a reporter for the Telegraph to make that judgement?
A good science reporter (may NOT be any at the Telegraph) would find
*someone* who could explain what we're wondering: How do you capture broad
spectrum radiation with lots of IR and turn the heat into light? Special
dichroic coatings? A sort of "lasing" reflection of the heat energy that
(here's the magic) converts the IR light to visible light?
Actually I think there were a lot of people that realized that even using
the manufacturing techniques of the time that eventually the would "print"
TV's much the same way they use photolithography to make multi-layer chips.
I am sure in a PopScience from 50 years ago someboy got some of this stuff
right. We've had Star Trek like flip-phones for quite some time.
Nope. Probably a "general assignment" reporter whose next piece will be on
the oldest living English veteran or what someone dug up under a parking lot
(recently it was the maligned and malformed Richard III).
Nowadays there's always a strong possibility that the article is a hoax
cribbed from a growing number of sites dedicated to falsifying news reports.
Exactly. A fluff piece.
The role of a reporter is to ask the questions his/her *readers* would
ask -- not to simply pass "press releases" on to the public. To sort
out a realistic way of explaining the issue(s) to the readership.
Then, to identify the challenges remaining and likelihood of those
challenges being overcome (e.g., some are NOT solely "funding issues"
but have technical problems that make the solutions impractical;
romm temperature superconductors??)
You can bet your *ss the *researcher* has already thought of these
questions as he's, no doubt, asked them, himself. And, is probably the
*most* OPTIMISTIC of a discovery's/invention's potential. Even a
naive journalist should be able to ask: "So, how much will it cost?"
and "When will we see this being used?" Answers like "it *may*
EVENTUALLY be cheaper than current alternatives" should prompt
"then why can't we have it TODAY?"
Give an interested 8 year old the "microphone" and he'll NATURALLY ask the
questions that the readership is *thinking*.
If you look at these sorts of reports, historically, they are little more
than pipe dreams (where's my rollable OLED TV/phone/display? "cold fusion"?)
Or, just filler for an advertisement (space/slot) they couldn't sell...
Curiosity supposedly killed the cat. It will just cost the cat a few
bucks depending on how curious the cat is.
This http://preview.alturl.com/n4apo leads to the original article
in the publication referenced at the end of the Telegraph story.
Using Opera's mail client: http://www.opera.com/mail/
I'd start here:
And then consult:
A quick glance suggest the manufacturing process probably will require LOTS
of retooling -- to deposit ~90 layers on the filaments before encapsulation!
And, no idea how brittle the filaments will end up in a mass-produced
When I originally set out to add some "heat" to the citrus trees,
I naturally thought of using large "power resistors" (being an EE).
But, power resistors cost a lot of money (in the kilowatt size).
OTOH, 1000W of "light" at 95% INefficiency does the trick on the cheap!
[they are also handy as cheap "power supplies" -- for certain types
of electrical loads]
On Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:47:12 -0600, "Dean Hoffman"
"Previously researchers have warned that the blue light emitted by
modern bulbs could be stopping people from getting to sleep at night
and campaigners have expressed concerns about the dangerous chemicals
they contain. "
So turn off the light!
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