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"However, most of the time these fuel cells don't explode."

Fuel cell to power notebooks and mobile phones

And you say it yourself in the article that the problem with Apollo 13 was with the oxygen tank. It other words, it wasn't the fuel cell. The fuel cell still worked fine. Same thing with the Osaka earthquake. Two fuel cells went offline, but not a problem with the fuel cells, just the natural gas
supply from the utilities.

Other fuel cells in Osaka kept running through the earthquake. I'm fairly certain that the Motorola product doesn't pressurize the methanol and thus with no pressure, there's nothing to explode at all.

Be a Scaremonger...

Dave Farrington



So, in future my mobile will run on methanol. I wonder will that increase stealing and drinking by the local metho's under the pier? I can see it now - half-a-dozen sitting around a burning crate passing the mobile.



Rob



Shutdown problems:



You should have mentioned this. Even on systems preloaded by a major PC manufacturer (for which I provide telephone support). The largest culprits are the junk programs in Startup: see Msconfig-startup; and, Norton Antivirus searching floppy disks before shutdown.

Networking: Some college campuses have not got the word ME includes the W2K TCP/IP stack. I have fielded my share of college students. The college network guys say it is a problem with ME; but, the system has an IP address, can ping the IP address assigned the NIC, but cannot ping the default gateway.

I had my first unrepairable ME situation last night. Reinstallation of ME did not solve the problem.
Fdisk, format, reinstall. This was a factory load.

More as it becomes available.

Brian Nelson



US Vets hacked to pieces

Liked your article on the hacking of US Veterans computers. Our govt is real stupid when it comes to computers. Hell, our Fed. Aviation Administration spent millions on new computers that never worked. Last time I checked they were still using VAX computers in some flight centers.

A large portion of the US armed forces is made up of people from the Southern states. I grew up in Texas and every year we would celebrate Texas independence, which came from the Alamo and San Jacinto battles. For some reason men from Texas and the south like to fight. Probably something in the water.

Cheers
Kevin



Please stick to your reporting on tech issues. When you drift into commentary on social issues on a "foreign" country, you show really lousy your brand of journalism is.



John Arcoleo



Forbes doesn't release breakdown of the world's poorest men

I found your article about the impoverished Ethiopean particularly tasteless and shocking. This shallow attempt to make fun over the misery of others is symptomatic of an uncaring, egocentric, malicious society.

Quite funny though!

Had this Etheopean invested in an lettuce farm or in Reg Lettuce's farm? This needs to be clarified.

Personally I would rather invest in a dot com that in overpackaged water masquerading as a vegetable. I hate bio-insincerity.

Keep up the good work.

Klaus Sprunt

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