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Comment: Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (Score 1) 443

by MrLogic17 (#47435921) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

>My guess is the Tesla hitting one of the "street poles" (telephone pole?)

Normally these poles are called "utility poles", because most of the time they are installed & owned by the local power utility. There are folks in the electric industry that get down right bristly at the term "telephone pole". Telephone service is inferior (lower down the pole) to power, which is at the top of the pole. (Lowest of all, in every sense of the term, is cable TV service.)

Source: I work at a power company

Comment: Re:Back in the day? (Score 1) 499

As I recall, Windows 3.1 came with a driver for the case speaker to do sound. Quality was awful, and constantly had a high-pitched ring in the background - but it worked.

The day motherboards started coming with real sound chips built-in was the day I stopped buying sound cards. Good enough for me, considering the quality of speakers I used most of the time.


Comment: Re:It's working so well in Venezuela (Score 5, Interesting) 530

by MrLogic17 (#47406441) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

If people continue to breed as they currently do, we're going to be just fine. Birth rates globally are on the deline. As education (espcially education of women) becomes commonplace in a country, birth rates drop. We are in no danger of over populating the planet. Depending on the projection, "peak people" just might be within our lifetime.

With advancing technology. why can't everyone have a high standard of living? Technology & weath are not a zero-sum game. More people with education & skills raise the standards for all. (If you disagree, explain to me where all the silicon valley wealth was durring the stone age.)

Stop worrying about how big your slice of the pie is. Let's make the pie bigger for everyone.

Comment: Data historian? (Score 1) 57

TFS says 100 data points a second. I presume it's more like 10 sample readings of 10 sensors per second, or some such multiplication.

I want to know more about their data historian software. There's some pretty amazing real-time compression these days, but that's still going to be a good chunk of data.

I could speculate of the software & brand, but don't want to do an unpaid endorsement (or anti-endorsement).

Comment: Re:Meanwhile... (Score 4, Insightful) 47

There's plenty of water in Africa. You haven't actually been there, have you?
I have. I've seen what what's there on the ground. There are endless well-drilling, housing, and food projects funded by the western world, and each one is a success. The problem is the local corruption and lack of rule of law. No matter how much established nations invest in the area, local corruption will un-do and destroy.

If you have a proposal for how NASA can fix this problem, I'm all ears.

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