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Comment: Newton's laws of physics still apply (Score 1) 26

by aklinux (#49097883) Attached to: In Space, a Laptop Doubles As a VR Headset
An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

It could get a little rough on the neck at times. Starting to move, stopping, changing direction, getting accidentally bumped by a fellow astronaut.

Comment: Since when does the government have "rights"? (Score 1) 239

by aklinux (#48199061) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals
"and the Department of Justice argued that they had the right to do so". People have rights, not governments. I thought the government existed to protect and enforce OUR rights, not the other way around. What they need to figure out is a way to convince us that they have a "duty" to do so in order to protect our rights.

Comment: They did have to change the way engines were made (Score 1) 432

by aklinux (#47089579) Attached to: Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?
When they first started running oxygenated fuels in cars, ethanol & MTBE, it was damaging engines. Mostly eating the seals out of the fuel system. The automotive industry changed the problem materials and have mostly countered this, at our expense. Similarly, changes had to made to engines to cope with the removal of lead.

Now, we're running up food costs because we're driving on what we were eating. I also question how much good it's doing. Alcohol only contains about 85% (check out BTU/gal) the energy per gallon as gasoline, so we are paying more for a lower value fuel. On top of this, cars that have their engines controlled by computer (almost anything since 1985) see that oxygen rich exhaust and respond by making the air/fuel ratio as rich as possible. This is why your milage goes down about 10% when running on oxygenated gasoline. If you are driving something that is bordering on underpowered to begin with, you can also feel a "seat of the pants" difference in the engine power.

Comment: Only video-type entertainment I have currently (Score 1) 146

by aklinux (#46438281) Attached to: Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:
I currently view no broadcast, cable, or satellite. I used to time-shift to be able to view what little there was worth watching on cable and broadcast at a time convenient to me, not them. When my VCR finally died, I decided they simply wasn't worth my time and trouble anymore to set up something else.
I need network anyway and a $7.99/mo Netflix account supplemented by YouTube and whatever works just fine.

Comment: What about us in Alaska (Score 1) 286

by aklinux (#46385939) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
They're always distorting the way Alaska looks as well.

Many maps still show Alaska as an island in the Pacific, just North of Hawaii. The ones that don't, show us in a way have an exaggerated "foreshortening" the likes of which Scottland can't even dream of.

If a proportional map of Alaska were overlaid on one of the contiguous 48 states, it would overlay about 1/4 the landmass with arms protruding from Los Angeles to new York City..

Comment: Protecting the infrastructure they've been investi (Score 1) 513

by aklinux (#46321009) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?
These companies have a lot of money invested in what they have. A lot of is amortized out over many years to come. They want to protect that investment. Their stockholders also want that investment protected. Along comes Google with a different agenda and no existing infrastructure investments to protect... A clean slate as it were. Of course AT&T and the cable companies are resisting Google Fiber. That said, I'd love to have a way to partner with Google to bring fiber to my area. I don't have any money invested in our area's carriers. They used to be local, but anymore are faceless corporate entities from another state. I have no vested interest in them and no reason to protect them.

Comment: Offer to help pay for it... (Score 2) 324

Put together a Home Owners Association and collect dues. Use the money collected to pay for moving the utilities underground. Or, you may be able to get your city to bond the project. This would mean higher property taxes, at least in your area.

With a 22 home subdivision, there is no way it is going to pay for the utility Companies to do this on their own.

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