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Comment: Re:Yacht? (Score 1) 179

by LoudMusic (#43414285) Attached to: Crazy Eric Schmidt, His Yacht Prices Are Insaaane!

It's more of a research vessel with amenities for the pampered. I've been on Falkor (also mentioned in the article) which is their current SOI vessel. It's far nicer than a typical work boat, but certainly not up to the class and sophistication of the actual super and mega yachts I've been on. I never had an opportunity to visit Lone Ranger, but I imagine it's quite similar to Falkor with possibly nicer owner spaces.

I guess you could think of these ships more as SUVs than luxury autos, to belabor the car analogy. They can still be luxurious, but their purpose is more about "going anywhere" and being self sufficient. There is a building trend of "fleet" ships rather than solo ships as well. See Golden Fleet as an example. They have three ships and a plane. Golden Odyssey and Golden Osprey being the 'pleasure craft', and Golden Shadow being a support vessel that carries fuel, toys, machine shop, and the seaplane Golden Eye. It's likely that Lone Ranger could fill a similar role. But it would need to be renamed ;)

Comment: Two things have worked for me (Score 3, Informative) 418

by LoudMusic (#43083577) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?

A) Users aren't administrators. Don't give them administrative access.

2) No Internet Explorer. Ever. At all. For any reason.

If you want to go above and beyond install Microsoft Security Essentials, Chrome, and some remote management tool like LogMeIn so you can see what they see. You will also need to have an administrator account (I prefer to have my OWN account with administrative access, rather than use the "administrator" account).

Comment: Improperly tuned repeaters (Score 1) 121

by LoudMusic (#41983763) Attached to: Battery-Powered Transmitter Could Crash A City's 4G Network

I do IT on yachts and heard a story of a yacht that had cell repeaters on board. The installation company had the power cranked all the way to 11 and knocked an entire coastal town's cell service out while they were in port. Vodafone politely asked them to turn that shit off.

At a wireless training session with one of our vendors they said that the US navy aircraft carriers jam all radio transmissions when they enter port. That sounds like a bit of a frustration.

Comment: Re:Apples and Oranges (Score 1) 992

by LoudMusic (#41262497) Attached to: Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

But there is no maximum speed limit, so driving fast is not a fault directing condition.

Lanes with different speeds would not mean a lot of changing speed. It would mean accelerating to your chosen lane and staying there. I suggested overlapping speed zones to offer drivers the ability to change lanes for passing slower cars without having to change speeds. It doesn't create inconsistency - it actually categorizes cars into lane of the driver's chosen speed - producing more consistency. This is actually how multi-lane roads are intended to be operated anyway. Slower cars near the outer lanes and faster cars near the inner lanes. It's just not enforced by any actual speeds.

In regions of the United States there signs that read "Slower cars keep right", or "Left lanes for passing only". There's just no enforced speeds for these purposes.

Comment: Re:Apples and Oranges (Score 4, Interesting) 992

by LoudMusic (#41261983) Attached to: Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

I'm not saying you're wrong, but look at it from the other car's perspective. They're gaining on the truck at 40 KPH, which is fairly quick, and they check their mirror and see nothing so they go for the pass. Before they get around the truck you've shown up gaining on them at 130 KPH. Before they can accelerate out of the way you have to slow down to avoid rear-ending them.

No one is at fault for this - it's just the nature of a road system that allows such diverse speeds. In the US on roads which allow high speeds, typically greater than 60mph, there is also a minimum speed not more than 30mph below the maximum. If you don't have a maximum speed designated for the road it's much harder to manage a minimum speed.

One thought I've had is to have speed ranges defined per lane. It works best on roads with 3 or more lanes. Lane 1 would be 50-100 KPH, lane 2 would be 80 - 150 KPH, lane 3 would be 130 - 200 KPH, lane 4 would be 180 - unlimited KPH.

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