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Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 496

by AikonMGB (#46648049) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

As a bicyclist you (should) pay very close attention to what's going on in the right turn lane, are they slowing down? Have they seen me? *CAN* they see me? And trust me, I assume that all drivers are idiots playing on their phone will trying to eat a sandwich - having a indication that the driver turning right is absolutely blind and oblivious to my presence just means I can react a second earlier.

Perfect! Since they are playing on their phone, even if their mirrors were intact, they would not be looking at them. Since your assumption of the driver's habits is the conservative one, it doesn't matter whether their mirror is a mirror, a camera, or a shattered piece of useless plastic.

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 2, Insightful) 496

by AikonMGB (#46647777) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?
How can you spot cars that are long-overdue on having their brakes serviced so that you can be careful around them as well? This is a terrible reason for requiring mirrors on a car. As when driving a car, one riding a bike should always be careful and never rely on other drivers being 100% responsible, regardless of the condition of a vehicle.

Comment: Re:No updates in 6 years? (Score 4, Informative) 197

by AikonMGB (#43971261) Attached to: FLAC Gets First Update In 6 Years

FLAC is asymmetric; lots of computrons to encode, but not very much to decode. I had an old iPod Video, and the battery lasted longer playing FLAC in Rockbox than it did playing MP3s in the native Apple software (or in Rockbox, for that matter). Despite being done in software, FLAC is just so stupidly easy to decode that it's nearly a moot point.

Comment: Re:Sort of pointless (Score 5, Informative) 103

by AikonMGB (#43104785) Attached to: Android In Space: STRaND-1 Satellite To Activate Nexus One

Off-the-shelf hardware, though - that would be a bigger deal. It's doomed to failure, but if somehow it could work that would be huge.

Why do you say that? We use COTS hardware pretty much everywhere in our missions. It turns out that the radiation environment isn't really that terrible if you are below the Van Allen belts. Why pay through the nose, both in terms of dollars and in terms of horrendous lead times, for space-qualified parts when commercial, industrial, and automotive parts work just fine?

Comment: Re:I can think of a few rea$on$ (Score 5, Insightful) 573

by AikonMGB (#43033683) Attached to: Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

Precisely; her comments have absolutely nothing to do with the demand of higher speeds and quality service, but rather the supply. Her argument is circular -- we don't offer good options, so customers don't choose good options, therefore customers don't want good options, thus there's no need for us to offer good options. That's an awesome flow chart you got there, TWC.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.