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Comment: backyard light (Score 1) 243

by OFnow (#48086369) Attached to: 2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED
Currently using an inexpensive single-led backyard white light. 6 inch square solar panel. Small battery hidden somewhere inside. Stays astonishingly bright all night illuminating a rose tree (pointing a bit down, not up at the sky). Way more than enough to read by. Something to free much of the world from darkness.

Comment: Re:Seriously (Score 1) 328

by OFnow (#46760503) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket guesses 14000 feet (will be 18000 if it got measured rather than guessed) There is only one set of phone lines (installed in 1940's) and one physical base station. Long long ago Rhythms (a company) had better modems and we could get 356Kb/s for $55 a month, but company paid for that pitiful service. Satellite is of course pitiful compared to hard line Comcast speeds. At one time (for a few lucky people) there was a microwave link to San Bruno Mountain that gave a few Mb/s for $65 a month but the company lost rights to the spectrum, leaving that business, and anyway few homes really had good line of site (a single tree could block the signal). It is an effective monopoly now, just one service is any good at all.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay