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Comment Other considerations? (Score 1) 626

Should it be a beautiful language to the ear to hear, but should it also take a long time to say anything worth saying (elvish, entish references)?

In all seriousness, if it was easy to learn, quick to speak what's on your mind, and also delighted the ear, it might have a good chance of catching on.

Comment Now to read it? (Score 1) 36

Ok, so these spheres come with mini-USB connectors ? :)
Two things to think about....how tiny/delicate is the connection matrix (subject to damage?). And, in the event of a widespread disaster that takes civilization to near zero, the ability to engineer something able to read them....does the civiization following ours have to evolve to our technological level to read it ? That somewhat would make it useless for someone trying to survive/rebuild in the aftermath.
Maybe stone tablets WOULD be a better idea (seriously).

Just some things that occurred to me.....

Comment Updated info periodically (Score 1) 208

And...how are you going to handle updating information as you are forced to change your password for whatever reasons?

I don't have a good solution...I wish I did. There's no reason you can't change your email password today and die before you can document it (which if you're like most people might be a week later).

Comment Re:Lat / Long? (Score 1) 461

That's very doable and could probably be put in one or maybe a couple of packets of data. Given that I know nothing specifically about airplane systems, still one would expect you could install a stand alone black box that gathers and transmits this data w/o even integrating it into any systems besides onboard power. Relative compass heading and airspeed are easily derivable from last GPS positions. I can't understand why it would REQUIRE 100K per plane to do this.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe