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Comment: Re:Expensive (Score 1) 113

by Neil Boekend (#49492605) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

One of the problems with digging tunnels in a city is that it causes the ground to settle. Even with modern systems that have only little vibration and only little risk of caving in between the drill head and the tunnel wall.
If the ground drops even 10 cm on one side of a building, what do you think happens with it?

Comment: Re:Fixes wrong problem (Score 1) 113

by Neil Boekend (#49491903) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

I want somewhere I can pick up my parcel at a time convenient to me. Luckily we have that here in the Netherlands. I can have the packet send to my supermarket and then I can go get it with my next shopping trip. No need to stay at home for a simple delivery.
Sadly Amazon doesn't work with it yet so I have to have that send to my work address.

Comment: Expensive (Score 1) 113

by Neil Boekend (#49491607) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

Digging tunnels under cities is expensive. I won't say it's a bad plan, quite on the contrary, but it'll be expensive to get the tunnels in place.
I would love to see it work, motor vehicles in inner cities is a bad plan and this would make it possible to eliminate trucks from the inner city. After that making the roads bike and walk only is just a small step.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 2) 309

by Neil Boekend (#49483617) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

Valve can have significant impact on that. It would just also significantly impact themselves.
Steam knows or can know what GPU you run it on, along with drivers etc. It could simply fall back to VGA without hardware acceleration for yet-to-be-released Nvidia GPUs.
That would significantly affect the Nvidia bottom line in the future. It would also place Valve in a bad spot.

Comment: Re:Muscle memory - where UI designers go wrong (Score 1) 140

by Neil Boekend (#49462099) Attached to: Finding an Optimal Keyboard Layout For Swype

I downloaded a few keyboards and settled on Minuum. Default Samsung sucks, Swiftkey was way way better at typing but still took to much space. More than 50% of my screen in landscape mode. Minuum gives me the screen space to actually see what I am typing. It could do with better prediction though.

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