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Comment Re:I think its gonna be a long long time (Score 1) 105

That doesn't sound like a half-bad idea. :)

I want to see this simulated. Kerbal Space Program probably isn't accurate enough to real-world to pull it off natively, but maybe it could be modded to something fairly close. Or do something with Orbiter, or mod X-Plane, or build something from scratch. I want to see it done. :P

Comment Re:For us non-US folk... (Score 5, Informative) 272

According to Wikipedia (and its cited sources), the 4G spec was finalized in 2008, and would require the ability for sustained data rates of 100Mbps. Current networks don't meet that, but LTE-Advanced could, and is only a firmware upgrade removed from current LTE systems.

Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G#Requirements and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMT_Advanced

Comment Re:All of 'em (Score 1) 153

Uh, the Kindle (at least, as of the Kindle 3/Kindle Keyboard) can read PDFs. It can also read Mobipocket files, and plain text files. And then there's the KindleGen service, which lets you attach files in a number of other formats -- including raw HTML, (unprotected) EPub, MS Word documents, and a number of image formats -- to an e-mail and have them converted to Kindle format and sent directly to your Kindle (there's a small charge if you have these delivered over 3G, but it's free if you get them over Wi-Fi).

Comment Intuitiveness (Score 1) 2288

Imperial measurements are more intuitive. I can visualize common measurements in inches, feet, and miles *FAR* more easily than centimeters, meters, and kilometers. Don't get me wrong, I can usually process metric measurements reasonably well, but it still takes me a few seconds to go from "42cm" to "about this long"; if I hear "about 16 inches", I don't even have to think about it, my brain just visualizes it with no noticeable effort.

Granted, that's probably because grew up using a lot of Imperial and almost no Metric, but it's still a valid point. Until the US gets a generation of people, a significant portion of which grow up using just as much Metric as Imperial, we're going to stick to what's easiest for us to use.

Comment Re:Ummm... no. (Score 1) 244

Let me guess... Windows 98?
That was a common bug back then. Probably something to do with all that 16-bit and 32-bit code [microsoft.com] just thrown on the pile there.
You were probably connecting way bellow even 56k, it's just that you couldn't really notice it.Also, it could simply be that her PC was reporting the port speed, not the actual speed it connected at.

XP, I believe.

Also, it could simply be that her PC was reporting the port speed, not the actual speed it connected at.
Even XP will gladly report to you the speed of your NIC or your hub/switch/router instead of your actual internet connection speed.

Admittedly, this is the most likely scenario. It *did* seem to be a bit speedier than usual, though.

*shrug* Eh, I dunno.

Comment Re:Innovative (Score 1) 244

Phone modem speeds weren't limited to 56kbps by technology; the tech in them is capable of reaching significantly higher speeds (well, significant in the days before cable & DSL), but was arbitrarily limited by the FCC or some shit like that.

Like 10 years ago, there was a period of a few weeks where, by some random bug or glitch somewhere, my grandmother's computer (with 56k modem) would regularly connect to her dial-up service at 118.2kbps. She, of course, never noticed it. I don't think anyone else did, either. I noticed it when my parents and I went over to visit, and I asked to use the computer because I was bored.

Comment Re:Great idea but not likely to happen (Score 2) 244

Some ad services pay based on impressions/views, not clicks. The payout is significantly lower per impression than per click, but the ratio of "people who let them load, whether they click or not" to "people who click" can sometimes make pay-by-impression more valuable.

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