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Comment: Assumptions (Score 2) 172

by MrLogic17 (#48833967) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Most people are commenting about Demand Response - appliances delaying to lowering usage at peak prices. That is not what this is about.

This is about having multiple power companies, and switching between them based on price. Interesting idea, but that assumes that a person even has the option of a second power utility. The vast, vast majority of places in the US have a single, monopoly power utility.State government controls such things, and they are not easily changed.

Comment: $1,000,000 idea (Score 3, Interesting) 233

by MrLogic17 (#48581681) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

I have a million dollar idea - if it doesn't' exist already. A radio head-unit upgrade to a real dream car system: physical knobs & buttons, and a USB & headphone input jack. That's it. Maybe even with no LCD display at all - just a power on/off LED.

Man, I'd buy one of those, and I bet a lot of other folks would too....

Comment: Re:Great. More touchscreens. (Score 4, Insightful) 233

by MrLogic17 (#48581579) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

Ditto. I don't want a car media interface. I want dedicated physical buttons & knobs for the climate, radio volume & input selection.
And a place on the dash to mount my own phone/tablet with a nearby USB plug.

I have never seen an electronic car interface that was any good at all, and that includes every navigation system I've ever seen. My phone has better navigation (Waze rocks), better audio, and a better interface than anything a can manufacturer could ever try to copy.

I only upgrade my car every 10+ years - an even then it might not be a new car. Hey Detroit - stop trying. Give up. Let Apple/Android/[new startup] give me the tech I want. If you want to get fancy, give the phone a read-only API to the car's status.

Comment: Learning through repetition (Score 5, Insightful) 515

by MrLogic17 (#48581009) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Best solution? Encourage everyone to record every interaction with the police. This will systematically education the police on the rights of citizens.

Just like the 2nd Amendment public carry folks with a big old riffle slung over their shoulder on the sidewalk - it educated the police & public at the same time, and nobody gets hurt. (The the latter case, jimmes get russeled by some liberals, but, meh)

Comment: View angles (Score 4, Insightful) 567

by MrLogic17 (#48572969) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Some monitors are make to be viewed landscape, and when rotated have horrible view angles.
I found some at work where the view angle was so bad, only one eye would get a good picture, while the other eye showed a faded & discolored image. Rubber-necking around would find a small sweet spot for viewing.

TLDR; doesn't work well on some monitors.

Comment: Re:Accurate (Score 1) 257

by MrLogic17 (#48491785) Attached to: The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis


We already have automated buses, single cars, and long-haul trucks that arrive automatically, on-demand. Every large city already has a network of them.
It just so happens there's a person in the driver's seat today. In the near future there may be a computer in that seat. Nothing else changes, from a transportation angle.

Comment: Re:Practically alone... (Score 1) 307

by MrLogic17 (#48452669) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

If you're stranded on a desert island, with no ability to reach another island- you are very much alone. Doesn't matter how many billions of other people there are out there, if you have no chance at reaching or talking to them.

If this math holds up, the next interstellar island is further away than we thought... and we are likely going to be a very lonely species.

Comment: Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 478

by MrLogic17 (#48125859) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Ah, but it is spread through casual contact. Someone cough near you? Droplets are evil little creatures. Handshake with someone who coughed on their hands?

If you've not had the flu ever in your life, then you can feel safe. Ebola spreads at least as easily as the flu, likely much easier.

What I really worry about is the non-human vectors. Imagine one dog (1) in the park, finding the vomit of an infected human (2), and this becoming a new, very hard to track infection source. "Our family isn't feeling so good - can you watch Fido while we go to the doctor?" Repeat.

(1) -
(2) -

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...