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Comment: Re:Scale matters (Score 2) 204

In the case of cars, it was largely supply and logistics. Car fuel cells were supposed to be hydrogen-powered (not butane, like these) and there is very little infrastructure for generating and transporting large amounts of hydrogen. Storing it on board the car is also a tricky issue.

Comment: W8 will work — or buy as small business (Score 1) 570

by P1h3r1e3d13 (#42827561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

Just get Windows 8 and a Start Menu replacement. (There are a dozen out there.) Congrats, now you have Windows 7.

If there's something you dislike other than the start page, click on the “Small Business” section of Dell (or probably any other big builder). I just bought a W7 computer there last week.

Comment: Re:Statistics (Score 1) 144

by P1h3r1e3d13 (#41738605) Attached to: 5000 fps Camera Reveals the Physics of Baseball

In the pre-TV days, it did actually have a lot to do with the preponderance of statistics.

Imagine a whole town coming out to “watch” a big game happening in another city. They all look at a scoreboard for three hours, while one guy gets updates by phone or telegraph and updates the board for all to see. To those fans, baseball often was statistics.

Then what do they do between games? No SportsCenter to watch, so you crunch stats and compare with your buddies. Imagine kids checking the papers every day and tabulating all their favorite players' hits, strikes, etc. to calculate the percentages themselves, then debating on the playground who was better.

So, stats are a large part of what built baseball fandom.

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