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Get on the radio, and tell whoever's listening that you are landing a 747.
Engage a single channel of the autopilot — light one of the buttons labeled "CMD." Point the heading indicator in the direction indicated to keep the plane straight and level.
Find the checklists in the side pocket of the pilot's and copilot's seat. If the plane is a 747-400, engage the Automatic Landing System (ALS). If it is not a 747-400, see below under "Landing Without ALS."
If you can't find the checklists, use these:
EO's system check completed.
All a/c packs on. Set the airfield altitude so the plane is depressurized on landing.
HSIs: Radio. Switch horizontal situation indicators to radio navigation mode.
Auto brakes: set.
P.A. cabin call: "Cabin crew 15 minutes to landing."
Cabin signs and exit lights: on.
Ignition: on. This sets the engine igniters for landing.
Fuel system: set for landing.
Fuel heat: check/off
QNH: Set. So the altimeters read the airfield altitude on touchdown.
Gear check: handle down, handle in, light green.
Landing flap: set at 25 degrees.
SCCM's report: received. The cabins are secure for landing.
Find the Jeppeson charts. Locate the radio frequency.
Find the flight management system's buttons on the glareshield marked LNAV and VNAV.
Put the Jeppeson map on a 100 mile scale using the EFIS control panel on the front panel. You'll get a yellow FMC message on the middle screen when it's time to land.
On the control display unit between the pilots' seats, twist the knob until the little numbers go down to 100 ft. above field elevation in the Jeppeson notebook.
Get the aircraft set to land: press the LOC and G/S buttons on the glareshield. All three CMD lights will go on, and the system will automatically tune to the right ILS frequency.
1Turn on the autobrakes when the plane starts descending.
Landing Without ALS
Retard the throttle: four levers for four engines.
Keep the nose up and descend to 20,000 feet. At 20,000 feet, bring the throttles back up.
You have to drop below 250 knots when you descend to 9,000 feet. Keep the nose up and throttle down.
When the tower brings you down to 5,000 feet. You need those flaps out so you can fly slow.
Drop airspeed by setting flaps to 5, then 15, when you're down to 4,000 feet.
As you start descending to the runway, you want flaps 20, then 30. Keep them there.
When you reach 50 feet or so, the radar altimeter will start talking.
When it says, "30," bring the throttle back to idle.
At 10 feet, raise the nose to slow down.
Lower the nose, reverse throttles, and apply the brakes.
After the invention of hyperpaper, I began to scan my books. Soon I found out that what I expected was true -- It was awesomely BOREING! If this drudgery were to be automated!
Scanning a book involves picking up the book from the scanner carefully so that you won't change the current pages, and turning pages precisely. These activities are as easy as breakfast for human beings. However, our sophisticated biomachienery owe a lot to the Evolution. Without its support, the activities are far too difficult fora robot.
Jennifer Sutton, 23, from Ringwood, Hampshire, successfully underwent an operation to replace her heart earlier this year. She had developed a life-threatening condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy in her teens.
Now the original heart, which nearly killed her, has been put on temporary display by the Wellcome Collection in central London.
The dumpster is used to frame its contents - 1649 litres of filtered, chlorinated water. Its interior is lined with waterproof blue material while a pump and filter system ensures the purity of its contents. Powerful jets stimulate the sensorial experience.
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SOTA Toys is excited to present the Aliens VS Predator Collectors Chess Set. This limited edition of 5000 features prepainted resin and white metal pieces that are extremely detailed and accurate to the new film. The top of the playing surface is hinged and opens to allow storage of your pieces in felt covered cubicles.
I know some people might be upset over the ban on texting while driving law but, for the most part, it is a good idea to keep drivers attention on the road. Do you think it is a good law? Makes you wonder why only 7 states have banned texting while driving, doesn’t it?
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a law making it illegal to read or send text messages while driving in California. The bill imposes a 20 dollar fine for a first offence and 50 dollars for repeat offenders using any electronic devices to read or send messages, starting next year.
Techradar has an article on 15 things you should never do on Facebook. I’m guilty of a couple of these and I’m sure some of you are too. Did they miss some that annoy you? Let us know in the comments below.
Facebook and MySpace are among the most popular destinations on the web. And even though they can be extremely annoying, there is one inescapable fact: the most irritating thing about Facebook is the 100m-strong army of people who use it.
The burger on the right, off the paper is a 2008 burger. I had to buy it to get the groovy paper and bag. The meat is a tad darker, the bun a little less golden but in 12 years it will look exactly like that too.
Cigarette's aren't bad for you, in fact they make you happier, sexier, more popular and quite possibly richer. Not true? Then take a look at these vintage ads and see what the "Mad Men" of the time tried to get away with - and did.
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“During a cardiac arrest, all three criteria of death are present. There then follows a period of time, which may last from a few seconds to an hour or more, in which emergency medical efforts may succeed in restarting the heart and reversing the dying process.
What people experience during this period of cardiac arrest provides a unique window of understanding into what we are all likely to experience during the dying process.”
On May 24, 2004, a group of climbers on the northeast side of Mount Everest were surprised by a flying object right over their heads. It was the hang glider pilot Angelo D'Arrigo during a flight that would set a new precedent for hang gliding worldwide. The first time in History that a man flew over Everest with his hang glider.
It’s been an intriguing read. It’s a remarkably handsome manual, beautifully typeset, which, considering par for the course at the time was probably Courier with few illustrations, is saying something.
Also, even back in 1984, there was no definite article. You get phrases like “With Macintosh, you’re in charge.” No “the”s or “a”s.
He plugged his Toyota Prius into the backup uninterruptible power supply unit in his house and soon the refrigerator was humming and the lights were back on. “It was running everything in the house except the central air-conditioning,” Dr. Swinney said.
A millionaire businessman from Nottinghamshire has said ghosts forced him to flee his 52-room mansion. Clifton Hall was bought by Anwar Rashid for £3.6m in 2007, but he has now handed it back to the bank.
Mr Rashid claimed that during the eight months the family lived there they were haunted by mysterious figures and found unexplained blood stains on bedclothes.
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Although the list of Top 100 Brands is chock full of big name retail brands like Coca-Cola (#1) and Kentucky Fried Chicken (#64), the tech sector didn't do too bad either. Companies such as Microsoft (#3), Intel (#7), Google (#10), HP (#12) and Cisco Systems (#17) literally dominated the top 20 spots.
When ranking the value of the Best Global Brands, Interbrand evaluates brand value in the same way any other corporate asset is valued -- on the basis of how much it is likely to earn for the company in the future. Interbrand uses a combination of analysts’ projections, company financial documents, and its own qualitative and quantitative analysis to arrive at a net present value of those earnings. The brand values are based on data collected during the 12 months prior to June 30, 2008.
Did we really need a full study by the University of Georgia to tell us that your profile on Facebook could be used to detect narcissism? I mean, it’s kinda obvious, isn’t it?
"We found that people who are narcissistic use Facebook in a self-promoting way that can be identified by others," said lead author Laura Buffardi, a doctoral student in psychology who co-authored the study with associate professor W. Keith Campbell.
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Living and working in a polar region like Antarctic isn’t just walking around in layers upon layers of protective clothing. Sometimes you need to cover long distances and that’s where all the exciting polar vehicles come in handy.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) can give you a severe case of food poisoning or, with a little genetic engineering, a useful plastic. Scientists at San Diego–based Genomatica, Inc., have announced success in manipulating the bacteria to directly produce butanediol (BDO), a chemical compound used to make everything from spandex to car bumpers, thereby providing a more energy-efficient way of making it without oil or natural gas.
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Let’s see…you’ve got a badass new car and you want to snap pictures of yourself driving it. What to do, what to do? I got it…put a huge pole on the front of your car with a camera attached! How do I know a Geek invented this? Easy, normal people use friends instead of mechanical devices to take pictures of us in our cars.
Daniel Simon is an automotive futurist. He's interned with Lamborghini and worked on concept cars for VW. But the auto industry -- indeed, the galaxy -- could not contain his imagination.
Of all the planets of Galaxion, only Mujofa remains wracked by war. Taooa are powerful laser gunships that feature two 505-mm light rays capable of destroying anything that might give it trouble. The warships often sport nosecone art similar to those that graced warplanes on a distant planet called Earth.
North Carolina cops are searching for a guy who successfully passed a $200 bill bearing George W. Bush's portrait and a drawing of the White House complete with lawn signs reading "We like ice cream" and "USA deserves a tax cut."
I think the 20 year old kid that hacked into the e-mail account (if you can even call it a hack) of one of the presidential candidates is regretting what he did, especially considering that he is the son of a politician. Authorities are questioning the kid now.
According to reports in Knoxville's Tennessean, Democrat State Representative Mike Kernell admitted that his son, David Kernell is being questioned by authorities in connection with the crime. The Secret Service and the FBI launched an official investigation on September 17. Kernell, 20, is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Rep. Kernell refused to disclose any further information about his son, including his whereabouts.
Antec has a new open air PC case called the Skeleton coming out soon and I think it looks great, you can sign me up for one. What do you guys think of it?
The Antec Skeleton is a truly revolutionary enclosure. With a unique design that allows for unprecedented airflow, a front 92mm fan, and a top three speed 250mm fan with multicolor LED customization, the Skeleton goes utterly unmatched in stylish cooling. Factor in the layered component trays for top-notch convenience, as well as the rackmount quality side rails, and you have a case truly without equal.
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Hack-a-Day has come up with a rather impressive way of destroying the data on your old hard drive….use Thermite! This video is a compellation of smaller videos and still pictures of hard drives being melted, hit the link for the full article and lots of pictures.
I’m not sure which is more newsworthy, the fact that Bill Gates has invested in algae fuel technology or the fact that you can actually get 91 octane fuel from algae in the first place! I wonder what the exhaust from algae fuel smells like. Ewww.
The lowly algae is the renewable fuel industry's great green hope. Because algae is rich in oil and can grow in a wide range of conditions, many companies are betting that it can create fuels or other chemicals cheaper than existing feedstocks.
Anyone caught being drunk in public in the Republic of Ireland now faces an on-the-spot fine. New regulations allow gardaí to issue a fixed-penalty notice to anyone who has committed a public order offence.
Soldiers barking orders at each other is so 20th Century. That's why the U.S. Army has just awarded a $4 million contract to begin developing "thought helmets" that would harness silent brain waves for secure communication among troops. Ultimately, the Army hopes the project will "lead to direct mental control of military systems by thought alone."
The high-tech marvel known as the Chevrolet Volt was officially unveiled today. The extended range vehicle looks pretty spiffy, you can barely tell it is one of those "eco-friendly" cars. What do you think of the Volt? Would you drive a hybrid / extended range vehicle?
General Motors launched its next 100 years today by unveiling the much-anticipated production version of the Chevrolet Volt – a vehicle that delivers up to 40 miles of gasoline- and emissions-free electric driving, with the extended-range capability of hundreds of additional miles.
Here is an interesting little factoid, Nintendo makes $1.6 million per employee. Wow. Kinda makes you wonder if employees actually know that….time to put in for a raise.
According to calculations by the Financial Times, the average employee at Japanese video games maker Nintendo is on track to earn more for their company this year than the average Goldman Sachs employee did in 2007, the investment bank’s best ever year. Nintendo also makes more per employee than internet group Google.
Can someone please explain to me why ANY computer connected to the Hadron Collider project (or anything else of this magnitude) was accessible via the internet in the first place? Seriously.
The hackers were stopped before they could access the Collider's central computer system, but were described by the Telegraph as being "one step away" from full control of the CMS. They deleted one as-yet publicly unidentified file -- the hacker equivalent, perhaps, of counting coup.
They were planning to start a new life in a new country but Rowan Trezise, age 33, has been told by the government of New Zealand that she and her husband may have to look elsewhere for a place to live, because she is too fat to be allowed into the country.
Although both husband and wife were too fat for admittance when they first applied Mr. Trezise, a submarine cable specialist who was once a member of the British Army, has managed to shed two inches from his waistline thereby meeting the standards set for a work visa.
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Stealing your co-worker's lunch is a downright contemptible act, that is, if it's perpetrated by someone other than you. But, if you've ever had your lunch stolen, you know the the frustration and anger it causes.
You know the revenge and ill-will it inspires. And you know that no matter how well you try to hide your lunch bag at the back of the refrigerator, something's gonna be missing when you open it. Well, lament no more. The Anti-Theft Lunch Bag to the rescue . . .
Anti-Theft Lunch Bags are regular sandwich bags that have green splotches printed on both sides. After your sandwich is placed inside, no one will want to touch it.
A single home is left standing among debris from Hurricane Ike September 14, 2008 in Gilchrist, Texas. Floodwaters from Hurricane Ike were reportedly as high as eight feet in some areas causing widespread damage across the coast of Texas.
Shacknews has posted the recommended specs for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 4. The average person might need to upgrade their systems to get the full benefit out of the game but, after playing all the way through the console version, I’d say it is worth it. Well...that is as long as you are prepared to lose large chunks of your life to this game.
Windows XP SP2. Dual core processor (Intel Pentium D or better). 2GB RAM. 18GB free hard disk space. 512MB Direct3D 10 compatible video card or Direct3D 9 card compatible with Shader. DVD-ROM dual-layer drive.
This is funny and painful to watch at the same time, but it’s a lot funnier than it is painful. This South-African thief decided that the best place for him to rob would be a museum, and without any careful planning picked its lock and went in. That’s when things started going terribly wrong, the alarm went off, he panicked and decided to make a run for it.
He climbed a tree in the museum yard and tried to jump over the spiked fence. But as always, karma comes back and bites you in the arse…or impales you, in this case. His jump wasn’t as good as he hoped and a metal spiked penetrated his…well, you know.
Auroras are natural colored light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar zone. They typically occur in the ionosphere. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas.
It often appears as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the sun was rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to October and from March to April. The Cree call this phenomenon the Dance of the Spirits.
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The integrated circuit turned 50 years old yesterday. Imagine where we would be today without it.
A half-century ago a young engineer named Jack Kilby first demonstrated an integrated circuit he designed while working through the summer at his Texas Instruments job because he didn't have enough vacation time for a holiday.
Holy moly, take a look at this thing! I damn near skipped over this news item because I thought it said that 3M made a “pocket protector.” You’ll need a translator to read the press release but this picture says just about everything:
In a demonstration at Nvidia's NVISION show, the Mythbusters used paintball guns to illustrate the difference between current CPUs and future GPUs. The CPU's stand in was a single paintball gun that repositioned itself after every shot in order create a picture. But the GPU was represented by an 1,100 barrel gun, which paints the entire Mona Lisa in a single blast.
You can watch the first one if you want, but I'd just skip to about 1:30, when they unveil the real nasty mother. And don't miss the last 10 seconds of the clip, because they replay the shot in slow motion, and it's crazy.
NASA launches Echo 1, Americas first communications satellite. The 100-foot mylar satalloon is coated in shiny, radio-reflective aluminum that allows it to passively bounce radio and television signals across the Atlantic.
Yesterday’s Ming Pao newspaper features Hong Kong’s first branch of the Toilet Restaurant, a Taiwan chain. Not only is the eatery decorated with a bathroom theme, with diners sitting on toilets, but the food comes in miniature commodes, and the drinks in urinals. The most popular dish is the pictured pork ribs in black pepper sauce, which bears a striking resemblance to a steaming pile of … you know what. Gag me with a spoon.
The appeal and power of money are the issues at the core of this series. In a capitalist society cash rules everything. Society teaches us that you can buy love, happiness, and status through possessions.
You can even right wrongs by taking away a bit of someone’s happiness through fines and lawsuits. Politicians buy votes through claims of lowering taxes, in other words letting us hold on to a little more of status… upper, lower, upper-lower class. Income tax, sales tax, and property tax all fund the war on terror, war on drugs, war on poverty, war on morality, etcetera. In fact our consumer pursuit of happiness is the cause and solution for all of these wars
It is astonishing how many parts are in a vehicle. In my view, it represents an ideal example of what the human mind can accomplish. We take it for granted that each and every component, from a gasket to a piston must be, and is, made by human hands, but more importantly, are manufactured to standards that are sometimes difficult to comprehend.
As if this was not impressive enough, every single one of these pieces must fit together with very sensitive standards, and stay together in ways we simply lose sight of.
Well this isn’t creepy at all. Making matters worse…there doesn't seem to be any way to prevent it from doing this.
If you've got an iPhone, pretty much everything you have done on your handset has been temporarily stored as a screenshot that hackers or forensics experts could eventually recover, according to a renowned iPhone hacker who exposed the security flaw in a webcast Thursday.
Welcome to the world of pencil sharpening - this may sound like a dull topic but there is actually a lot more to it than you think. There are a number of different sharpening styles and methods; all good artists should know them. The trick is using the right one at the right time.
Microsoft made the not-so-surprising announcement today that there has been a huge boost Xbox 360 sales since last week's price drop to $199.99. The news article says that some models are selling at six times the rate they were last week. Wow. C'mon Sony and Nintendo, let's turn this into a price war!
Coming off the heels of the console price drop last week, Microsoft Xbox 360 sales have surged, with retailers reporting over 100% sales lift for all Xbox 360 models compared to the previous weekend. Additionally, retailers are reporting that between Friday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 7, some Xbox 360 models were selling at six times the rate they were the weekend prior.
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If you are worried about your weight but you want something to snack on at your next LAN party (or just hangin’ with fellas) try Slim Chips! Chips made out of “paper?” You’re kidding me right? At least they make you look cool when you eat them:
The New York Times has a cool interactive map that shows what different countries spend their discretionary income on (per capita). Contrary to conventional thinking, the Japanese use most of their extra money on recreation and alcohol, people in Australia buy a lot of tech gadgets and Americans spend money on just about everything.
The world's largest particle collider successfully completed its first major test without incident. The world as we know it didn’t end. No explosions. No black holes opened on the surface of the planet and no aliens popped out. Damn.
After a series of trial runs, two white dots flashed on a computer screen at 10:36 a.m. (0836 GMT) indicating that the protons had traveled the full length of the US$3.8 billion Large Hadron Collider. "There it is," project leader Lyn Evans said when the beam completed its lap.
When a person wearing Robot Suit HAL picks up an object that weighs 40 kg, he/she feels as if it weighed only a few kilograms. Robot Suit HAL is therefore expected to have a wide range of applications, such as assisting carers, helping people with physical disabilities to move, and assisting people performing jobs that require a great deal of physical strength.
In order to facilitate the commercialization process, Professor Sankai and others formed Cyberdyne Inc. in 2004. In October 2008, the company plans to move into a factory currently under construction that will allow them to manufacture up to 500 suits a year.
People have been saying that the new industrial grade swimsuits like the LZR Racer are worth their weight in gold. As you can see, this is clearly inaccurate. But such a suit is worth its weight in marijuana or industrial diamonds.
At the high end of this graph is gold (the only thing worth exactly its own weight in gold!), right next to the cost of launching a pound of stuff to low earth orbit on the ISS. Putting that into perspective here: You might as well build your whole spaceship out of $20 bills-- it still would cost less than putting it up there. It could almost be made of solid gold for that price.
This digital alarm clock launches a rotor into the air that flies around the room as the alarm sounds, hovering up to 9' in the air, and will not cease ringing until the rotor is returned to the alarm clock base, compelling even the most stubborn sleepers to get out of bed on time.
The alarm clock has a continuous snooze function that rings every seven minutes for an entire hour, an easy-to-read LCD, and a six-button control panel for ease of programming.
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Hurricane Ike just rolled across Cuba, and soaked parts of Haiti - both regions still reeling from recent Hurricane Gustav. Ike appears to be weakening now, but is headed tward the Gulf Coast of the U.S., and may yet strengthen.
The crew aboard the International Space Station was able to take a photo of Ike from 220 miles overhead last Thursday - one in a long series of great NASA photographs of hurricanes from space. Here are some of the best, from the past several years.
You knew it was only a matter of time before someone announced a Duke Nukem movie (let’s just hope the movie doesn’t come out before the game). My only question is this…who would you want to see play Duke on the big screen?
"As is the case with all of my game adaptations, I'd rather not make the movie than make a poor adaptation," Faye told Kotaku. He added, "I'm working at establishing a Duke film scenario that will compel a studio to finance a feature version. Certainly, there's a large audience that knows and loves this character."
Although a paraphrase, the title says is all. Pay a visit to the macro universe and see for yourself the beauty of the dew drop. Stunning photography and an explanation of the science behind the phenomena will convince you!
Recalling the ubiquitous diner jukeboxes of the 1950s, this classic tabletop music box has the same chrome finish and letter and number buttons as the originals, yet is updated to play superior digital music from CDs and iPods.
Faithful to the original jukeboxes, songs are selected by pressing the letter and number buttons on the face of the device and, once a song is chosen, the jukebox mimics the pop of a classic vinyl record loading into place. The stereo speakers produce vibrant, room-filling sound.
This is the only remote-controlled robot that removes leaves, small branches, and dirt from gutters. Made by iRobot, a company founded by roboticists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and renowned for their tactical robots used in U.S. military reconnaissance missions, the robot is controlled by a 100'-range handheld remote.
After it is placed in a gutter, the robot begins to clean at the touch of a button, rotating its powerful auger at 500 rpm while the durable rubber and plastic blades dislodge and remove stubborn detritus; polypropylene brushes finish the process by wiping the gutter clean.
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Google is expanding efforts to put old newspapers online and make them searchable. The project launched with “millions of articles” and will share AdSense revenue with publishers. And you laughed when we said Google will eventually be able to search everything from the internet to your sock drawer.
The effort uses scanning technology leveraged in Google Book Search, which enables Web viewers to read books online as if they were still in their original paper form. The initiative is intended to "bring old newspapers online and make them searchable and make them discoverable," said Marissa Mayer, Google vice president of products and search, at the TechCrunch50 2008 conference in San Francisco.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the headline saying “Apple admits this guy invented the iPod.” Then I realized they only admitted that to win a court case and the man that really invented the iPod isn’t getting a dime. Now there’s the Apple we all know and love.
Apple has finally admitted that a British man who left school at 15 is the inventor behind the iPod. Kane Kramer, 52, came up with the technology that drives the digital music player nearly 30 years ago but has still not seen a penny from his invention.
Heidi Dalibor admits that she ignored the letters and phone calls she received from the library concerning two overdue books she had checked out. She was surprised none-the-less when Grafton police officers arrested her at her parents home, handcuffed her and carted her off to jail.
Given the cultural impact and enormous franchise spawned by the original Star Trek series, it's hard to believe that the show lasted just three seasons -- 80 episodes -- and was canceled by NBC in 1969 because of low ratings.
Operating much like a pop-up toaster, this unique kitchen appliance lets you easily prepare two hot dogs (complete with toasted buns) in minutes. Its 660-watt electronic heating coil has time settings for heating hot dogs and buns to your taste preference. Crumb basket removes for cleaning.
This desktop Stirling engine is powered by the expansion and compression of air when heated and cooled, and uses the same simple yet elegant dynamics as the stirling engines from the Industrial Revolution.
Invented in 1816 by the Reverend Dr. Stirling to create a safer, more efficient alternative to steam engine boilers, the Stirling engine is still taught in mechanical engineering courses at leading universities to demonstrate the high efficiency, quiet operation, and heat utilization of closed cycle regenerative heat engines.
Handmade in Germany, the unit has a solid brass body and a glass cylinder and piston that are precisley designed to minimize friction, eliminating the need for lubrication.
The alcohol burner heats the glass tube, ca using the air inside to expand and push the horizontal piston towards the chamber. This movement displaces some of the warm air into the metal chamber where it continues to expand, forcing the vertical piston upward.
The pistons are connected to the flywheel with a system of levers and pulleys, causing the flywheel to spin up to 5,000 RPM and enabling the sequence to repeat until the flame is put out.
Sony’s stock hit a three year low today after the company announced a recall of 438,000 Vaio As hard as it may be to believe, company officials are saying that the impact will be minimal.
The company said the impact on its earnings from the latest recall would be limited. But some market participants voiced concerns about Sony's reputation because the recall hit one of its main businesses and the company was slow to report the defect.
Depending on which feature you use, Google Maps offers a satellite view or a street-level view of tons of locations around the world. You can look up landmarks like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, as well as more personal places, like your ex’s house.
But for all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it’s due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a "Prohibited" sign on the following 51 places.
The White House: Google Maps' images of the White House show a digitally erased version of the roof in order to obscure the air-defense and security assets that are in place.
The U.S. Capitol: The U.S. Capitol has been fuzzy ever since Google Maps launched. Current versions of Google Maps and Google Earth show these sites uncensored, though with old pictures.
Dick Cheney's House: The Vice President's digs at Number One Observatory Circle are obscured through pixelation in Google Earth and Google Maps at the behest of the U.S. government. However, high-resolution photos and aerial surveys of the property are readily available on other Web sites.
Alice Newstead took the drastic action in protest at the practice of finning – where sharks are impaled on hooks, before their fins are sliced off to harvest meat for shark fin soup. The sharks are then thrown back into the ocean still alive.
A crowd gathered outside the Lush cosmetics shop in London's Regent's Street to see the 26-year-old impaled by hooks in her back and gasped as blood trickled down her back.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell is selling factories around the world in an effort to cut costs. According to “sources” Dell plans to sell most, if not all, its plants over the next 18 months and contract out the labor on its PCs.
The plan is the latest sign of changes in the global PC business, and the increasing pressure on Dell to improve its profitability. The Round Rock, Texas, company last week reported disappointing quarterly profit that helped send shares down more than 18%, and has been trying to reduce expenses since early last year. Dell, which led the industry in lean manufacturing approaches and build-to-order PC manufacturing, now finds itself lagging rivals in wringing the most savings by outsourcing operations to production partners.
Capable of making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, this is the iconic Millennium Falcon, the starship piloted by the smuggler Han Solo from the classic Star Wars series.
Built 30% larger than reproductions made in the early 1980s, the ship measures over 2' across and includes intricate, authentic details. The exterior replicates details including the sensor dish, dorsal quad-turbolaser turret, forward floodlights, auto-opening boarding ramp, and the six heat exhaust vents.
The interior includes an illuminated cockpit that accommodates four figures, removable secret floor panels, medical bay, gunner station, and a crew/engineering compartment with an illuminated Dejarik table.
An authentically detailed replica of the Westinghouse Junior Coca Cola cooler, this soda chest combines all the hallmarks of the original with modern refrigeration technology. The side-mounted bottle opener and cap catcher, swiveling wheels, and lid chain recall the ubiquitous self-serve refrigerated chests favored by mom-and-pop stores and barbershops in the 1930s.
The 18-gauge stainless steel chest is finished with a high-gloss, chip- and rust-resistant powder coat in classic red and white with Coca-Cola embossed on all sides and under the lid. Rubber seals along the lid, 1 1/2" of solid foam insulation, and five temperature settings ensure optimal efficiency and cold beverages.
The interior holds up to 80 12-oz. cans or 60 8-oz. bottles of your preferred beverage. Built to the exact dimensions of the originals.
When they introduced the “Universal” Serial Bus in 1996, man, they weren’t kidding. You can stick so many things into the socket it’s only a matter of time before somebody electrocutes himself with the most erotically inappropriate “I/O Error” of all time. Hell, there’s probably already a forum for that. To help you forget that horrific image, have a look at these instead:
Heads up, if you own a Sony Vaio laptop, the company has issued a recall on 440,000 Vaio laptops due to overheating issues. Nineteen models of Vaio TZ laptop series manufactured between May 2007 and July 2008 are affected.
The Tokyo-based consumer electronics company says a faulty wiring connecting the main body of the laptop and its display could cause overheating near a power plug or the rim of the screen, sometimes distorting the shape of the computer.
It’s been almost a year since the auto world was stunned when legendary rally driver Colin McRae died in a helicopter accident, with three more persons including his 4 year old son. To honor him, approximately 1100 Subaru cars gathered in front of Colin’s residence in Scotland on Saturday August 30.
As we said the other day, Microsoft will cut Xbox 360 prices to $199 on Friday making it $50 cheaper than the Wii. The 60GB Premium version will be $299 and the Elite will be $399. With the 80GB PS3 coming in at $399, the console race ought to get really interesting this holiday season!
The price cut should provide a jolt for Xbox 360 sales. In addition to the Xbox 360 Arcade cut, Microsoft is also trimming the price of its mid-range Xbox 360 model to $299 from $349, and its high-end Xbox 360 elite to $399 from $449. GameStop's McKenzie expects Xbox 360 sales at his stores to jump anywhere from 1.5 times to three times current levels.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany is now home to more than just automobiles. The museum has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records for creating the "strongest artificially generated tornado in the world."
The 34.4 meter high (that is 37.2 yards to those metrically challenged) vortex was not designed as an attraction, but to channel smoke out of the building in the event of a fire. The architecture wonderment that is the museum did not make use of any fire doors in the design (surely they would get in the way of the architect's vision).
In order to meet regulations, the building engineers had to determine a way to keep smoke from spreading beyond the fire level, the tornado is the resulting solution.
This device allows you to quickly and easily transfer music, video, and pictures from one iPod to another iPod without the use of a computer. It automatically recognizes when you plug in iPods (either Mac or PC formatting) on either end, and it can transfer a three-minute song in five seconds and a 30-minute video in three minutes.
The device can also transfer any files when the iPods are set to "disk drive" mode. Its rechargeable battery provides up to 1 1/2 hours of operation during transfers, and includes an AC adapter that recharges the device in four hours; iPods are recharged while connected.
Capable of being rolled up and stored in your desk drawer, this is the drum kit with six sensor pads that plugs into your PC to provide 70 percussion patterns, samples, loops, and effects while you play with your favorite music.
The kit plugs into a USB port in your PC running Windows XP or Vista and the included software allows you to choose from six different drum kits, 48 rhythm patterns, eight special drum effects, and eight bass drum loops.
Each pad may be programmed with different effects, enabling you to customize your set up for a cymbals-heavy Rock or djembe-dominant African feel. The software's intuitive interface provides control over tempos from 40-208 beats per minute; you can also record and playback your own riffs.
A lesser-known feature of the HP Printer Job Language (HPPJL) command set is that you can change the ready message" from "READY" to whatever you like. Yaakov wrote a Perl script that will change the message for you, and he also came up with the clever "INSERT COIN" replacement. Very nice.
Started in 1931 in Big Pine Key, FL as a general store, bait and tackle shop. In 1936 the store added a room and started serving food and beer. In the 40's the store added a Brothel but it soon closed because "the fisherman were better looking than the girls". In the 70's and 80's the Keys hit their prime because of Jimmy Buffet popularity.
With that came people and their money (lots of funny money flowing through the keys back then) and that money started being put on the walls, dollar bill by dollar bill. Thirty years have gone by and the results are the pictures you see below. They estimate there is over $750,000 in singles hanging on the walls and from the ceiling.
In 1957 the Sputnik 1 satellite was seen as a technological marvel, the result of many years work by some of the Soviet Union's most talented engineers and scientists. But by today's standards, was it really such a big deal? In 2007, how hard would it be to build a fully working Sputnik in the comfort of your own living room?
In simple terms, the Sputnik satellite was a metal sphere almost 2ft (61cm) in diameter, containing a radio transmitter. It also had a battery; equipment to measure temperature; barometric and temperature activated switches; and a fan to stop it getting too hot.
Promachoteuthis sulcus (first known as Promachoteuthis sp. C on this page) is known from a single, small (25 mm ML, sex unknown) but distinctive individual from great depths in the south Atlantic Ocean.
This is a sculpture called “Le Pouce” by French Sculptor Cesar Baldaccini. It represents the finger “symbol” of hitchhiking and is one of three sculptures in a collection of which one was recently purchased for a huge $1.745 Million.
This one was created in 1965 and weighs a massive 18 tonnes and stands at 12 meters in height.
This battery powered bazooka launches edible, full-size marshmallows up to 40', forever changing the rules of engagement for marshmallow gun confrontations. The integrated microprocessor automatically regulates air pressure, allowing you to launch up to five marshmallows in 60 seconds without manual pumping.
Simply load a marshmallow into the chamber, wait for the LED on the reticle to illuminate, and pull the trigger to bombard your mark with confections.
This lightweight bicycle folds to the size of a lawn chair in five seconds for easy transport, enabling you to take it on trains or inside your car. Even when folded, it rolls on one of its 16" nylon tires like a cart, and it snaps back into its sturdy form quickly and easily.
Its powder-coated aluminum frame supports riders up to 220 lbs. and is so rugged that it has endured a 380-mile journey along the Nile from Cairo to Thebes. Unlike other folding bicycles that are hard to ride, this one has been engineered for optimal steering geometry, resulting in a craft with superior handling and ergonomics that provides a comfortable ride.
The single-speed kevlar belt drive train replaces a typical bicycle's greasy chain, providing up to 50,000 mi les of use before requiring replacement. The adjustable padded seat places riders between 5' and 6'4" tall in a comfortable, upright position.
The Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff's Department (that's them below) just obtained an armored personnel carrier, complete with a belt-fed, .50-cal turreted machine gun. Sheriff Leon Lott has charmingly named the vehicle "The Peacemaker," and insists that using a caliber of ammunition that even the U.S. military is reluctant to use against human targets (it's generally reserved for use against armored vehicles) will "save lives."
Can we call this overkill, yet? Is there any weapon people like Sheriff Lott would consider inappropriate for use against American citizens?
Yes, it kinda looks like something out of a Saturday morning cartoon but you gotta give this guy props for his modding skillz and ingenuity. All he needs is a fog machine under the bumper and he’d be set!
With classic arcade pinball features like solenoid-powered flippers and bumpers, ramps, and a spinner, this pinball game combines the music, sound effects, and voices from the iconic Marvel Comics series with fast-paced pinball action.
You can join forces with Spiderman, Wolverine, and The Incredible Hulk to defeat Doctor Doom, Green Goblin, and other notorious villains with precise pinball shots across five levels of play.
The game allows two players to compete at once and is capable of traditional arcade pinball with tilt and progressive modes and jackpot scoring. Includes lighted play field and backlit LCD scoreboard. The wooden cabinet is detailed with the classic Marvel characters.
Where the hell is that big mouth ex-lawyer dude when you need an expert on TV talking about the virtues of playing GTA IV? Kid saves the whole family after their car went off the road and rolled four times.
An ordinary current event has been made extraordinary by injecting a little Grand Theft Auto--eleven-year-old Audrey Plique helped to extract her family from a rollover car accident with the help of Rockstar's hijack-happy action game, according to The Times of Ottawa, IL. "She just knew, from playing 'Grand Theft Auto.' She saw on there that when a car rolls over, it can blow up. She knew that could happen to us," said Karen Norris, Plique's mother.
This speaker projects safe, vibrant laser patterns on a wall or ceiling while it plays music from an iPod or any MP3 player. The red laser light patterns flash and move in sync with the beat of the music and you can decrease or increase the size of the swirling laser patterns by adjusting the volume on the speaker. The adjustable stand allows you to quickly change the projection angle, and the laser turns off for use as a traditional iPod speaker.
A penguin who was previously made a Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army has been knighted at Edinburgh Zoo.
Penguin Nils Olav has been an honorary member and mascot of the Norwegian King's Guard since 1972. Over the years, he has been promoted through the ranks after being adopted by Royal Guard who visited the zoo.
During the ceremony, Nils had a sword dubbed on each side of his head, where his shoulders should be, to confirm his regimental knighthood.
Don LaFontaine, the voiceover king whose “In a world …” phrase on movie trailers was much copied — and much parodied — has died, according to media reports. He was 68.
LaFontaine died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, according to ETOnline, “Entertainment Tonight’s” Web site. He died from complications from pneumothorax, a collapsed lung that causes air to build in the pleural cavity, his agent, Vanessa Gilbert, told “ET.”
LaFontaine, who was born in Duluth, Minnesota, began as a voice actor in the mid-1960s while working as a recording engineer, according to his Web site. His strong, slightly gravelly voice was featured on trailers for thousands of films, including “The Godfather,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” For a time in the late ’70s, LaFontaine was the official voice of Paramount Pictures.
Since we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if you started from scratch and built on the best elements out there. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build.
So today we're releasing the beta version of a new open source browser: Google Chrome.
On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn't the browser that matters. It's only a tool to run the important stuff - the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.
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ASUS, recognized as a highly environmental friendly company in the Computers and Peripherals Industry by oekom in 2007*, today launched the ASUS Bamboo Series notebook, a groundbreaking bamboo-clad product that is truly green throughout every phase of its life – from its conception, production and use to its eventual recycling and disposal.
Today, August 31st, 2008 marks the 13th anniversary of the storied Command & Conquer franchise, which has sold over 25 million copies to date. And to celebrate this milestone and this October's highly anticipated return to the world of Red Alert with Red Alert 3, we are giving away one of the original games that started it all, Command & Conquer Red Alert, for FREE.
OK, we'll admit it. Some of us are drawn to dangerous gear like bears to a picnic basket. There's just something devilishly appealing about mixing a few of our favorite things (tech toys) with one of our least (a ride in the back of a squad car).
Although we'd never condone breaking the law with these five gadgets, we can't deny our morbid fascination with them. Just remember: If misused, these gizmos could get you slapped with a set of handcuffs along with a criminal record.
Check out this amazing video mike horn created of various star wars ships and vehicles orbiting, flying, landing and cruising around san francisco. the official star wars blog has an interview with him. i plan on asking him a few questions myself, next time I see him in the bathroom stalls at work. I’ll be the one in the wookie costume.
Riding a motorcycle is really cool and the adrenaline is a really nice feeling. Well, somebody thought to change the way that the motorcycle will transport you. Jake Loniak, a student at the Art Center College of Design, has came up with a system that will act as an extension of your body.
Tom Anderson, cofounder of MySpace and everyone’s first friend when a MySpace account is initially created, was a hacker in the 80’s and broke into Chase Manhattan Bank’s system. His group’s activity eventually prompted one of CA’s largest FBI raids ever. Funny stuff.
In 1985, when he was fourteen and in high school in Escondido, California, Anderson was subject to one of the largest FBI raids in California history after hacking into a Chase Manhattan Bank computer system and subsequently showing his friends how to do it. He was never arrested because he was a minor, but the FBI confiscated all of his computer equipment. Anderson used the hacker name “Lord Flathead.”