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Comment Re:Problem with the solution? (Score 2) 193

I think the problem here is that yes, you don't want to waste the time, but you (and few others) are willing to pay what it would really cost to offer fast airborne bandwidth.

A few Mbps are really quite adequate for 99% of the users that *need* in-air connectivity (or simply want it to prevent being bored, like me with IRC and web browsing). If people want to do heavy VNC work or video streaming on board aircraft, they're going to have to pay more than $20 for it. It's that simple.

Comment Re: Question from a non American (Score 1) 203

The largest Canadian airports have US preclearance, so you clear before you leave Canada. Smaller Canadian airports with US service still have passengers clear customs and immigration at the American airport where they land.

Some Caribbean, Irish, and Middle Eastern airports have US preclearance too but as far as I know, none of these airlines serve LaGuardia.

Comment Re:Try an M-DISC (Score 1) 169

In the cool and dark, colour film will last a long time - my earliest colour photos were taken in the 1970s and 1980s and are still doing well. It's a pity we lost Kodachrome; it's probably good for a century. But we did lose it.

That having been said, separate black and white rolls each shot with a different colour channel would be very archival. If correctly processed and kept dry and cool, they are probably good for 100-200 years minimum.

Comment Re:50-100 years? (Score 1) 169

1965? Paper. Analog LPs. Reel-to-reel tape (if you can find a tape player; they're around but hard to find). Some really old audio Compact Cassettes (for which players are still easy to find). But most importantly... motion picture film and still photos on film and photographic paper.

Even if you didn't have a projector, you could look at a movie film and see what it was about. You could fashion a projector, or scan the images and assemble them digitally. Film is pretty cool that way.

Comment Re:if "a bike" has a motor (Score 1) 304

There's only one bike maker (at least major one) that measures engine size in cubic inches, and it's not Honda.

1215cc Triumph... Tiger I'm guessing? I'm a fan of Triumph ever since I had 96 Daytona 900. It wasn't running great when I bought it, but a repair manual, a couple hundred in parts, and it was an amazingly fun bike to ride. Currently on a Wee-Strom, but some day I plan to go back to Triumph. The street triples look fantastic, but I want something that at least looks like luggage isn't a complete afterthought.

Comment Advice for all (Score 2) 698

It's okay to say "I don't know" in almost every situation if you really don't know the answer, especially following it up with "I'll find out and let you know".
Obviously this won't work well on tests and the like, but in everyday life nobody has all the answers.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 2) 449

Just because it has the chip and pin portion doesn't mean it has to have the contactless part as well. My debit and credit card for years (in Canada) were chip and pin, but not contactless. I just recently got cards that are contactless. Given that the maximum transaction size is $50 and it's a one time thing, I'm not really that worried about it, especially when it comes to my credit card where I have $0 liability.

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