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Comment: CFL's lasting almost 30 years (Score 1) 278

by aphelion_rock (#47410993) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
I have a number of CFL lamps that I purchased in 1985, they take a while to reach full brightness but still work OK. I have been replacing them with newer CFL lamps which don't last as long. More recently I have begun purchasing LED lamps which don't have the delay to reach full brightness. The LED lamps generally tend to be low on light output but are getting better.

Comment: Re:Keeping Our Priorities Straight (Score 1) 504

by aphelion_rock (#46813807) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

As this threat to growth becomes more evident, investors will become less attracted to investments in the utility sector.

It's about time that power companies realize that their most important goal is not in providing customers with a quality source of electricity, but in making investors as much money as possible.

Title: "Only in America"

Comment: Re:Victoria (Score 1) 364

by aphelion_rock (#46643179) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
They tried this in our city where they put up variable speed limit signs depicting the best speed to drive so that you could pass through the next set of lights without stopping. Other motorists saw this as an advantage to overtake and get ahead of the slower drivers.
They eventually removed the variable speed limit signs and gave the whole thing up as a bad joke

Such is human nature.

Comment: Re:for the record (Score 2) 406

by aphelion_rock (#46460139) Attached to: Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

Or seeking to inhibit other phone companies from making *any* good smart phones, thereby giving the consumer less choice and increasing the odds that they will buy an apple device.

Sounds like a worried manufacturer to me. Since SJ has gone there haven't been any significant innovations from the Apply camp.
If this graph is anything to go by, the executives/lawyers will be looking to justify their existence:

Comment: Re:Thoughts (Score 2) 142

Radar is line of sight. So a plane at 11000 meters, can be seen about 375 km away from the radar installation, assuming a radar at ground level.

If your radar is within 200km of the plane, the plane would fall below the radar horizon at about 5km altitude.

Given the description of the plane's flight path, if it was being tracked by radar from Kuala Lumpur, then "dropped off the radar" would have been closer to 10km altitude than to 5km.

Why do they not have satellite location based reporting on the planes providing the planes position every five minutes? Expand the ACARS system to give the position of the plane. This would help the searchers narrow down the location where the plane was lost.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!