Editorial Comment http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8192/more en PDR: Corvette’s Riskiest Option? http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/pdr-corvette-s-riskiest-option <div class="field-deck"> The Performance Data Recorder (PDR) seems like it might tempt some Corvette owners to push themselves dangerously past their driving limits. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 2015 Corvette is another sweet-looking sports car in a long line of well-engineered and iconic roadsters. It’s chock full of high-tech features and well-thought-out options. But one option, the Performance Data Recorder (PDR), seems like it might tempt some Corvette owners...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/pdr-corvette-s-riskiest-option" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/pdr-corvette-s-riskiest-option#comments Editorial Comment Motors/Drives Tue, 09 Dec 2014 03:51:00 +0000 45081 at http://machinedesign.com Is This Any Way to Advance Technology? http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/any-way-advance-technology <div class="node-body article-body">Sen. Tom Coburn’s 2014 Wastebook is out and it’s teeming with seemingly stupid government projects that serve only to suck up taxpayer dollars and spit them out at well-connected institutes and citizens. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/any-way-advance-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/any-way-advance-technology#comments Editorial Comment Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:01:00 +0000 45021 at http://machinedesign.com 5 Myths About Speaker Wire http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-speaker-wire <div class="node-body blog-body">Do expensive speaker wires "sound" better? Not likely.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-speaker-wire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-speaker-wire#comments speaker wire stereo systems Editorial Comment Cables, Connectors, Enclosures A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:46:00 +0000 44581 at http://machinedesign.com <p>speaker wire mess</p> Daylight Saving Time and its Effects on Energy and Trains http://machinedesign.com/blog/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains <div class="node-body blog-body">Fun facts to know and tell about Daylight Saving time (DST.)</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains#comments Daylightg Savings TIme Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:18:00 +0000 44181 at http://machinedesign.com Don’t Trust That Tower http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/don-t-trust-tower <div class="field-byline"> Nancy Friedrich </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Current news headlines seem to scream weekly about hackers getting credit card and other secure information from stores, banks, etc. Meanwhile, concerns are already being voiced about spying that can be done via the famed and much-awaited “Internet of Things” (IoT). It also is possible to steal user </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/don-t-trust-tower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/don-t-trust-tower#comments Editorial Comment Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:10:00 +0000 41341 at http://machinedesign.com Technology Gives Back http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/technology-gives-back <div class="field-byline"> Nancy K. Friedrich, Executive Director of Content &amp; User Engagement </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/technology-gives-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/technology-gives-back#comments Editorial Comment Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:22:00 +0000 40481 at http://machinedesign.com Wanna Buy A Bridge? http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge <div class="node-body article-body">When a major section of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco collapsed during the 1989 Loma Preita earthquake, officials at the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) leapt into action to replace the span.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge#comments Editorial Comment Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:00 +0000 40031 at http://machinedesign.com Something Rotten in the Valley of Silicon http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon <div class="node-body blog-body">What's going down in Silicon Valley: "Cool" companies show their true colors</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon#comments Silicon Valley Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:53:00 +0000 39961 at http://machinedesign.com A billion here, a billion there... http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Everett Dirksen, the late Senator from Illinois, is famously quoted as saying, &quot;A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you&#39;re talking real money.&quot; Anyone who follows Washington politics is probably numb to the sums that kicked around and how much the government spends.</p> <p>But when you step back and look at the big picture, a billion is a <em>really</em> big number. Consider:</p> <p>If you earn $50,000 per year, it will take 20,000 years to earn a billion dollars.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/stress-and-strain">Stress and Strain</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there#comments billion cycle design engineering extreme life pneumatic valve Editorial Comment Stress and Strain Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:06:00 +0000 39931 at http://machinedesign.com The 7 Warning Signs of B(ogus) S(cience) http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-warning-signs-bogus-science <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>For the past 17 years, Dr. Robert Park has been the leading force behind <a href="http://quackwatch.org">Quackwatch</a>, a popular website that explores medical myths ranging from acupuncture to weight control gimmicks. He is also a professor of physics at the University of Maryland and director of public information for the American Physical Society. He developed a list of seven warning signs that indicate a claim is outside the bounds of scientific discourse and a good candidate for being a scam.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-warning-signs-bogus-science" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-warning-signs-bogus-science#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:07:00 +0000 39851 at http://machinedesign.com