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Comment: Re:Modem connection tones (Score 3, Interesting) 790

by Pikoro (#48785811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Yah, I worked at an ISP back then and it when customers would complain that they were getting a slow connection, I'd have them hold the phone up to the modem speaker and try to connect so I could hear it and determine the connection speed and protocol. The BONG! mentioned above pegs it as a 56k modem string :) v.90 i believe.

Comment: I think the thing being missed here (Score 4, Insightful) 300

by Pikoro (#48741575) Attached to: Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

I think the thing being missed here is that people are in a hurry. If I can fly a 747 from Seattle to Japan and the flight takes 14 hours, I would pay more to be able to do it in 7. That's an easy choice. Time spent in the air is generally wasted time. Turn trans-Pacific/Atlantic into a weekend trip instead of the current 3 days of travel time and there's a market for it.

The futuristic prediction that it would be economical to take a sub-orbital flight from NY to LA is probably not going to happen, but for trans oceanic and/or China/Japan to Europe. Definitely a market there.

Comment: Re:Neat (Score 4, Interesting) 106

by Pikoro (#48644381) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

It would seem that all of their sets are based on the original set plans which were designed for the 4:3 aspect ratio. Trying to shoot in a widescreen format would likely show parts of the set which weren't intended. I mean, check out how much of that bridge set is open plywood. That set requires some strictly framed shots to work right.

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