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Comment: Re:Silly assumptions. (Score 2) 172

by I kan Spl (#48834271) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

A fridge really does not have that much of a thermal "band" where the temps can safely change.

If it gets above 40 or so then some nasty bacteria can grow, below about 31 or so then your lettuce will freeze. The temp sensors in fridges are not that great, so they usually swing up and down by about 5 degrees or so even when you don't open the door.

No, the fridge is not a good idea of an appliance to change based on electric costs.

Comment: Dumb author... (Score 1) 461

by I kan Spl (#46459285) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

The author failed to account for the increased cost required to launch more satellites...

"It transmits data via Iridium satellitesâSâ"âSwhich also allow people to use a satellite phone from anywhere in the worldâSâ"âSand can be programmed to start streaming flight data when a plane deviates from its flight plan, or instruments suggest something is going wrong."

I've looked into an Iridium sat phone for use while camping in the middle of nowhere. The thing is that their network is near or at capacity much of the time. Many times their phones can get signal but can't get a channel clear to make a call.

A quick google search says a cheap satellite is $300 million. I'm not sure how many we would need, but it would not be a small number.


Mozilla Labs Presents Seabird Concept Phone 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the does-it-print-money dept.
Several readers tipped news of a presentation on the Mozilla Labs blog about what they call Seabird, "a community-driven mobile phone concept." It's an imagining of what future phone tech could look like, using dual pico projectors and a Bluetooth/IR dongle to more easily interact with apps and web interfaces. "With mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time. The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency."

It is not well to be thought of as one who meekly submits to insolence and intimidation.