__/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Thursday 27 April 2006 18:00 \__
> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
> on Thu, 27 Apr 2006 16:08:32 +0100
>> __/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Thursday 27 April 2006 16:00 \__
>>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
>>> on Thu, 27 Apr 2006 06:52:42 +0100
>>>> __/ [ rwwff@xxxxxxxxx ] on Thursday 27 April 2006 02:27 \__
>>>> __/ [ Roy Schestowitz ] on Wednesday 26 April 2006 15:35 \__
>>>>> > http://www.dashpc.com/
>>>>> > Photos below:
>>>>> > http://www.dashpc.com/pictures.php?sort=added&order=desc
>>>>> > ,----[ Description ]
>>>>> > | The Linux DashPC? software platform began it's development in 1999.
>>>>> > | At present, it delivers multimedia (DVDs, MP3s, CDs, Radio,
>>>>> > | Navigation, Games, Engine Diagnostics, and Wireless Networking
>>>>> > | capability
>>>>> > `----
>>>>> What is the heat tolerance of this system? Seems pretty slick, but I
>>>>> wonder how well it'd survive a Houston summer...
>>>> The silly answer: Penguins cannot cope with warm weather quite so well.
>>>> The serious answer: why not ask the manufacturer?
>>> Erm...I have no idea about modern systems but back in the
>>> 1995-era days Linux ran up to 30F cooler because it knew
>>> how to HLT. In any event, it's a hardware problem. :-)
>> You could always, of course, drive a bubble. It's self cooling...
>> This reminds me of a particular car advert here in the UK.
> Hm. The newslink is 404, as is the main picture, which
> points to somewhere at www.jebba.net. Considering it
> was originally written on "Monday, June 27" (2005-06-27,
> presumably), it may need a slight revision. :-)
> I also note that it does make a difference as to how
> warm the outside room gets; the amount of work required
> to remove 1 joule of heat is (tHot - tCold)/tCold joules,
> given a perfect refrigerator. (If tHot < tCold, heat will
> flow out, and one might even extract energy from that flow.
> Note that the hot side gets tHot/tCold units of heat, which
> means that a perfect heat pump is always more efficient
> than simply applying 1 Joule to keeping a place warm in
> the winter. Of course real heat pumps lose heat in a
> number of spots, and I'd have to research the issue.)
> Not that the isolated server will care all that much unless
> the refrigerator gets overloaded. However, the bubble
> *is* useful; it prevents heat from flowing back *into*
> the server environment once that environment has been
> properly cooled. (Refrigerators also have insulation,
> for much the same reason.)
> As for "bubble cars" -- a Google search coughed up a museum
> in Byard's Leap, Cranwell, dedicated to microcars.
> and an interesting page full o' cars, scooters, and other stuff at
> which among other things has a '56 or thereabouts
> BMW Isetta, which makes the AMC Pacer look pretty,
> a Peel Trident, which looks a bit like George Jetson's
> saucer/coupe, only on wheels, and a car Sunkist would love
> (and probably commissioned).
> A more modern bubble car might be had at
> which among other things allows upward movement along rails
> on the side of a building. Even the AMC Pacer
> wasn't nearly *this* bubblelike. :-)
Thanks for the intersting discussion. Those translucent cars remind me of
something that I saw in Washington earlier this month. On display they had
the original (first?) man-powered airplane -- that which was ridden by a
child and weighed around 70 pounds in total. It was almost as though they
made it out of nylon. That exhibit was about 50-foot wide.
> One thing about the old Minis: apparently they're easily modified.
> Much like Linux. :-)
Windows is like a car with automatic gear. When the gear breaks, it's very
hard and expensive to replace it. Linux is like a car with a transparent
body. It works perfectly and it has nothing to hide underneath its hood,
whereas with Windows you can always shove some sand into the fuel tank,
assuming you can find the right holes.
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