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Comment: Re:Number each spot (Score 2, Interesting) 863

by AgBullet (#29168407) Attached to: "Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb
Hmm. Maybe I don't fully understand this system but from what I gather, it still seems pretty convoluted to me; even if it implemented that spot number thing.

I'm from Singapore. Here, every vehicle has an electronic device with a stored value card in it. On the way in, a wireless scanner logs you in, and on the way out the same system clocks you out, calculates the total time you spent in the lot (minus 5 minutes goodwill to allow you to find a spot) and deducts the appropriate amount from the card.

Both the entrance and exit are gated and the gates won't open if 1) all the lots are full or 2) you don't have enough value in your card to pay. Top up stations exist within walking distance so you never end up being unable to leave.

Comment: Re:Freebie? (Score 4, Interesting) 774

by AgBullet (#27483799) Attached to: Microsoft Boasts 96% Netbook Penetration
Imagine a company sold 4 copies of some software last year, with 3 copies for desktops and 1 copy for netbooks. This year, they managed 1 desktop copy and 2 netbook copies. Overall sales are down 25%, but netbook penetration is up 100%. I think this kinda answers the question. Right? Or did I miss something? Dammit. Need coffee. Brane daid.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.