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  1. Yep, and yet some people think "disclosure" is coming. 🙄
  2. Gamers will recognise...
  3. As far as we know. We may simply have not found them.
  4. Yep, that was why I said "scientists aren't sure of the exact function, but if it was some kind of battery," Probably wasn't any kind of battery I would say. Batteries are pretty simple things, could have been designed for a mundane purpose. Coincidence.
  5. Scientists aren't sure of the exact function, but if it was some kind of battery, they think it was probably used to electroplate. Its still done in a similar way in the region, apparently. Or it could have been an alien stranded on the planet Earth, and he was trying to power up his alien comms device to send out an SOS and get picked up by the next starship passing by. You chose the one you like. 😁
  6. I watched the NASA briefing referred to in the link Noel posted. It was on Chris Lehto's channel, live. Quite frankly it was a waste of time. It reminded me of some kind of internal meeting that they could have had in an office somewhere. Barely any new information. Pointless.
  7. Guess what else is orb shaped? That's right, a balloon. The problem is with all of this stuff, is that all we have is "what someone said". And the videos we do have aren't really that impressive or definitive. We don't even have data from radar systems to analyze. I like the way they claim that IF the go-fast ATFLIR video is wrong regarding altitude it would be flying much faster. 🙄 Well who's to say it is wrong, far more likely the data on the screen re altitude is correct. Why would it be wrong? There are too many media outlets and so called researchers that are biased toward an alien visitation explanation. Because they make money out of it of course.
  8. That's a server grade PSU though. Just happens to be ATX so "could" be used by me and you. Max capacity isn't the important factor, its whether that capacity is ever used, and no, that much power in the sort of systems we use never is.
  9. Not anymore, at least not exactly. There's new technology now that generates electricity even at night. Not a huge amount, pretty small, but electricity all the same. And hopefully can be enhanced with further development. Utilizes a thermoelectric generator. Power is generated due to the difference between the cooling panel and still warm air. The generator also boosts the electricity generated during the day, by working in reverse. Existing panels can be upgraded too.
  10. 😆 Stay angry about some aspects of space flight. The dumb decisions, the bad choices.
  11. I wouldn't say its akin to a perpetual motion machine, any more than a wind turbine is, or a solar panel is. Stick a solar panel in the sun and it generates electricity from sunlight. Stick this device outside and it generates electricity from humidity.
  12. It's not exactly "controlled" humidity. Moisture is abundant in the atmosphere, all over the planet and night and day. There is no control over atmospheric humidity required. Humidity varies dependent on conditions of course. The film itself is a fraction of a human hair thick and researchers are now attempting to stack them together. But it's not clear if the technology can be scaled up or not. Quite a few engineering challenges to overcome I would have thought, like how you assemble one billion layers to generate 1KW. And how you design a filtration system that can prevent each one of those layers from having its nano pores covered in atmospheric dust. Early days, but the fact this is possible with almost any material is fascinating enough.
  13. Apparently, a multitude of these cells the size of a refrigerator could potentially generate 1KW, so they claim.
  14. Its very rare to need that much power. Possible though, if you have a system that's very heavily overclocked with power hungry components and something like a full custom, duel loop. You haven't given the full specs, for example the graphics card, so not possible to give you definitive info. If you use one of the available power supply calculators that are on line, you will get an idea of the wattage required, and accounting for any long term capacitor degradation. There are a few advantages to somewhat over specifying a PSU, namely that the PSU is most efficient around the middle of the power curve, so you would be operating in that region most of the time. The saving on your electricity bill is small though, not to mention that modern PSU's tend to be efficient somewhat higher up the curve too these days. The other advantage is that the PSU is hardly breaking a sweat and so might extend its life. I recently had to change my 1000 watt EVGA power supply after it failed. That's for a system with an EVGA 3090 FTW3 and a 12900K. I was looking for another EVGA 1000 watt PSU, but I wanted a newer topology rather than the 10 year old designs that are common. Couldn't find a suitable PSU anywhere, there seemed to be a shortage Then I came across a Corsair HX1500i, the latest design, rather than a decade old design. It was on offer and as I live in the Channel Islands with no VAT, another 20% was knocked off, so I grabbed it quick. So the wattage is way above what I will ever need, thus, it barely breaks a sweat under load, fans are silent and often don't even spin, and its digital, so gives me the option of running as a multi-rail or fixed rail unit. And also has the advantage of full monitoring via Corsair software. So to sum up, the only reason I went for a 1500 watt PSU was because there was a shortage of PSU's, the newer topology was hard to find, it was on offer, and offered other features other than wattage, like full monitoring and the option for multi-rail that were useful for me.
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