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Comment: Re:DAB/DAB+ is obsolete already (Score 1) 156

by Sique (#49503553) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017
I actually never listen to music in my car at all, except the radioprogramming is sending some. But I don't listen to music stations. So MP3s are a non-option for me. (In some way, I am a-music at all, as I don't listen to music in general). My preferred radio stations for long drives are news/information broadcasters, but when I was in the U.S., they seem to be missing in general, at least in the regions I was driving around.

Comment: Re:Read "Outliers" (Score 1) 271

by Sique (#49500789) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
If you plot the personal wealth curve of people who "made it big", it does not differ from the personal wealth curve of people who won the lottery. For nearly all of them, there is a big jump somewhere during their life, and before and after that, it's no different than for anyone else in the same wealth range.

Comment: Re:uhh...warm oceans=wet land (Score 2) 173

The Atacama Desert is definitely at least partly tropical, starting at 18 degrees south. So is the Sahara, whose southern boundary is around 15 degrees north. The Namib extends to the 18 th degree south, it is also at least partly tropical. The only desert that is not in the Tropcis is the Chihuahua desert, but it is at least close to a tropical sea, the Gulf of Mexico.

Comment: Re:The problem isn't DSL speeds, it's Big Telecom (Score 4, Interesting) 106

by Sique (#49435973) Attached to: Bell Labs Fighting To Get More Bandwidth Out of Copper
We see the reverse in Europe. Here, POTS is a shared resource too, but competition started only when the sole access of the single provider was lifted, and each cable operator has to allow competitors at equal conditions on his cables.

I live in a rural village of about 2,000 inhabitants, and I have 30/6 mbit/sec DSL at around 30 €/month. In fact I guess that most "cable companies" are running DSL to your home and then send the TV signals within the DSL. I know that most phone companies do. If you order a T1 or E1 with them, you get a DSL modem with a T1/E1 port.

Comment: Re:First, manhole covers are not always round (Score 2) 183

by Sique (#49433653) Attached to: The Key To Interviewing At Google
If I knew that the hiring manager knew that the question applies only to round manhole covers, I would ask him, why he asks a question that contains its answer. There are rectangular and quadratic, there are triangulic and round manhole covers. And the round ones are round, because otherwise they wouldn't be round manhole covers.

Comment: Re:But we know the Standard Model is incomplete (Score 4, Insightful) 73

by Sique (#49427283) Attached to: Years After Shutting Down, Tevatron Reveals Properties of Higgs Boson
I would rather disagree. I remember an interview with one of the leading physicists of CERN before the LHC was started, and he said that in some way he hopes that the Standard Model would prove to be incomplete and the Hiiggs Boson either doesn't exists or has different properties than the Standard Model predicts, because it would open a lot of new research into alternative hypotheses around a potential Grand Unified Theory.

So the results are disappointing in a way, as the most boring of all alternative explanations seems to be true.

Comment: Re:ugh....fluff (Score 1) 477

Human drivers have even more bugs, so you were saying?

Yes, the autonomous cars will have bugs, and there will be situations where they just crash in a literal sense. But so do humans, and they do it fairly often. An autonomous car will not be drunk driving, and it will be not getting an heart attack at 65 mph, and it will not be distracted by that phone call or the children on the backseat getting into an infight.

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 2) 477

You can still buy a car if you want to own one. Just most of the advantages disappear, while the disadvantages stay. And if your commute counts to your work time, then you leave your house at 9 and return at 5 instead of leaving 7:30 and returning at 6:30, because you could do that phone conference and your email stack in the car, and you write your reports on your way home.

And yes, owning a car will become some hobby. It's not quaint not to have a car even now. A friend of mine made a point of not owning one because he always rented one if the need arised. Thus he always had a clean, well maintained car, better than most of us car owners. If autonomous cars become the norm, renting a car if you need one will be even more convenient, because you don't need to go to the rental car park anymore, you just wait until it arrives at your front door.

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