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Comment: Re:ZOK!, POW!, BAM!, OOOF! (Score 3, Interesting) 47

by Cramit (#42646755) Attached to: Original Batmobile Sells For $4.2 Million
It is a modified Lincoln Concept Car. It was a one off (there might be a couple of them...but it was never mass-produced) that was then modified. You can not buy the base car, as it was never for sale for the general public. 4.2 million is a lot for any car...but this one is unique with a interesting and culturally relevant history. It may even pay for itself eventually with paid showings at car shows and comic conventions; and is future resale value will probably go up with time; not down. There are a lot of other thing this man could have wasted his money on...at least it wasn't bought with bailout money.

Comment: Re:Also, (Score 1) 516

by Cramit (#39465717) Attached to: NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

So totally off topic, but prompted by your last sentence: I'm currently renting a car, a Toyota Yaris, I think. They moved the WHOLE DASH to the CENTER.

This: http://www.carid.com/dash-kit-gallery/images/dash-kits/Toyota_Yaris_2006-UP_2427BE_A04.jpg

Oh my god, It is the worst ever. I feel like I'm a danger on the road every time I try to check my speed. Who in their right minds thought this was a good idea?

My xA has the same setup. It's fine...if your staring at the speedometer, you're doing it wrong. You should be glancing down and with the xA the gauges are almost always in your peripheral vision. This means that our eyes are mostly on the road ahead.

Comment: As a computer/technology teacher (Score 2) 268

by Cramit (#38466352) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ideal High School Computer Lab?
I like to have my lab set up with tables put together in the middle of the room with computers around that wall. This allows space for lessons and planning away from the keyboards. Students like to move tables around when they are working in groups. Computers around the wall gives me a view of all the screens allowing me to keep students on task.

Comment: Not to sound harsh, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 284

by Cramit (#38408148) Attached to: Rare Earth Magnets Pose Threat To Children
33 children injured total is not a huge number. I think more children are injured by electrical outlets, knives, stoves, etc around the house each day. Parents need to watch their kids. The child in the summary would have had a lot less trouble if they had taken the kid to the doctor immediately; rather then waiting a few days. If the child is in pain they need to get the kid checked out asap. That being said there could be a warning in the box stating that swallowed magnets warrant a trip to the doctor, but I don't see why this a news fro nerd or really something that matters to most.

Comment: As the resident nerd teacher at my school (Score 1) 415

by Cramit (#36961048) Attached to: Missouri Law Says Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends
I tend to form close relationships to the nerdy students in the school, and I tend to have more in common with them then the other teachers I work with. I also politely inform each student that tries to friend me on Facebook that I won't friend them until graduation, since I use my Facebook for personal rather then profession purposes. Once they graduate I have no problem friending them if they approach me again.
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+ - How Well Will Linux Handle Future Multicores?->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Multicore (think tens or hundreds of cores) will come at a price for current operating systems. A team at MIT found that as they approached 48 cores their operating system slowed down. After activating more and more cores in their simulation, a sort of memory leak occurred whereby data had to remain in memory as long as a core might need it in its calculations. But the good news is that in their paper (PDF), they showed that for at least several years Linux should be able to keep up with chip enhancements in the multicore realm. To handle multiple cores, Linux keeps a counter of which cores are working on the data. As a core starts to work on a piece of data, Linux increments the number. When the core is done, Linux decrements the number. As the core count approached 48, the amount of actual work decreased and Linux spent more time managing counters. But the team found that 'Slightly rewriting the Linux code so that each core kept a local count, which was only occasionally synchronized with those of the other cores, greatly improved the system's overall performance.' The researchers caution that as the number of cores skyrockets, operating systems will have to be completely redesigned to handle managing these cores and SMP. After reviewing the paper, one researcher is confident Linux will remain viable for five to eight years without need for a major redesign."
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Comment: Re:What (Score 1) 226

by Cramit (#31710618) Attached to: Android's "Flea Market" Needs Urgent Attention
>>>There are a lot of cool things on the Android app market. The only thing I really wish for that isn't present is a decent fantasy RPG. Who needs native games, when you have a suite of amazing emulators! SNesoid for Super Nintendo (ff 2 & 3, Zelda, Super Mario RPG), Gensoid for Sega Genesis/Master System (Phantasy Star 2 &3), and Nesnoid for Nintendo (...more games then you can imagine...)

Comment: Re:Only one question... (Score 1) 262

by Cramit (#30631582) Attached to: Google Nexus One Hands-On, Video, and Impressions
If you live in the north-east Verizon is the only carrier to provide "good" coverage. I have used AT&T and T-Mobile. I only pay $73/month for my Verizon Droid (450 min, of which I use maybe 100; 200 text; Unlimited Data). This is comparable to my iPhone which I paid $86/month but I can actually use my Droid as a phone and Actually have the internet in my pocket, vs. the iPhone which was a bad phone when it got service and only really had the internet available in cities or near wifi.

Comment: Re:Cliche'd to death (Score 1) 479

by Cramit (#30187748) Attached to: Has Sci-Fi Run Out of Steam?

What advances in Cellphones? A little faster, a little smaller, a camera, maybe a 'full' keyboard for texting.

I'd argue that cellphones have really started to make the just from mobile phone to personal mobile computer. Every year it becomes easier to use them to truely intergrate the online world into our personal life. They are becoming the Tricorder or Hitchhikers Guide. The next few years the features of the high end phone will become common for all users. Data will be a standard addition to every cell phone plan.

Comment: Re:Classic Cars (Score 1) 496

by Cramit (#29561659) Attached to: '09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test
1972 Super Beetle: 1850lbs http://forum.rigsofrods.com/index.php?topic=5870.0
1977 MGB Roadster: 2416lbs http://www.mgbmga.com/tech/mgb4(2).htm
1965 International Scout: 3956lbs http://www.4wdonline.com/International/Scout.html

2008 Yaris: 2405lbs http://blogs.motortrend.com/6238178/miscellaneous/top-10-slowest-vehicles-recently-tested-by-motor-trend/index.html
2006 Mazda MX-5 2410lbs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_MX-5
2009 Ford Explorer 4460lbs http://autos.aol.com/cars-Ford-Explorer-2009/available-trims

I think these generally compare with the cars you listed. In general our cars are quite a bit heavier then you'd think. The weight is in the frame of the car and has metal to move the force of accidents around the passenger compartment, and to adsorb the force of impacts by crumpling. All of the plastic and fiberglass is in the exterior panels which have never been structural. Thanks to technology gained in recent years, people walk away from pretty impressive collisions in modern cars. The numbers show us that our cars are many times safer today then they were back in the day.

.7 deaths per 1000 vehicles in 1979 to .2 deaths per 1000 vehicles in 2001 http://www.scienceservingsociety.com/p/161.pdf
Over the last 10 years the number of collisions has stated fairly constant between .15 and .18 per 100 vehicles. http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

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