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Comment: Re:32MB? (Score 1) 222

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49761419) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things

In bulk it is easy to purchase microcontroller with 32MB of ram for $7 ... The cost of the microcontroller has a negligible cost on the nest retail price, and darn near every other embedded system sold to consumers.

The Internet of Things isnt really about expensive geek toys like the Nest. The idea is that, a few years from now, all of our little devices will be on the Internet - including things like commodity fire detectors and cheap toasters. Seven bucks is a big deal when you're talking about something that sells for ten or twenty dollars.

Comment: Re:Windows 3.0 (Score 1) 384

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49756983) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

I remember the previous releases of Windows - I could launch two separate DOS applications in two separate windows and they'd both (at least appear to) run simultaneously. Windows 3 didn't allow that... if you switched to one, the other would suspend until it received focus.

At the time I remember being really disappointed by that; but now I couldn't tell you why. Times change I guess.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 0) 377

Threats of lawsuits are mostly idle. Call his bluff and see what happens when the ACLU gets involved and crowfunding his defense sends the principal looking for a new job..

This being Texas, I imagine there's a good chance the kid and his parents think the ACLU is an evil organization - they're a bunch of liberals after all.

Comment: Re:OK, but seriously... (Score 1) 91

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49737263) Attached to: Tweets To Appear In Google Search Results

Honestly, if it weren't for the extremely addictive bang searches (holy shit are those awesome), I'd probably ditch DDG.

It's like the old Google "I'm feeling lucky" option, but ramped up to 11. I love using ! searches on DuckDuckGo.

I know about the !g, !a, etc. as well, although I rarely have to use those. But, man, just being able to type something like "Mike Trout Fangraphs !" and get taken right to that player page is absurdly useful.

Comment: Re:Fourth power rule of thumb (Score 1) 826

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49737165) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

But how is that possible when the bicycle puts 90 psi on the concrete and the car only 40? I bet if all the bikes, matching the same volume of cars traveling over, could follow the exact same path, they would dig deeper ruts than a car. And what about my hovercraft? You gonna tax that?

What the heck? Are you seriously equating internal tire pressure to the amount of downward force a vehicle places on a road?

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 826

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49737125) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

I don't know about hyrbids, but EVs are a bit heavier on average that similar ICE cars, so the EV folks would theoretically be getting a better deal if the per mile charges were the same.

Yes, but you're conveniently ignoring the fact that even liberals are mainly interested in taxing people other than themselves.

Comment: Gauging interest (Score 1) 164

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49707005) Attached to: Wind Turbines With No Blades

There’s enough interest, Suriol says, that he fields upward of 200 emails a day from people inquiring about the turbine.

How many of those are from bloggers and other online tech writers?

Seriously, though - this actually does look interesting. Current wind tech brings some pretty glaring issues along with the benefits.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy