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Comment: Security checks (Score 1) 264

by fenring (#36423672) Attached to: My last airplane flight ...
I live in a medium-sized European country and sometimes I have to travel for business locally. For shorter distances if you add the time needed for security checks, check-in and other formalities plus the hassle with driving to-from the airport I found that it actually takes longer to fly than drive there. I can only imagine how it is in the US (you guys have more strict security).

Comment: Best of both worlds. (Score 1) 292

by fenring (#32890470) Attached to: The Mouse Vanishes
How about the best of both worlds? Combining this invisible mouse with an actual, real mouse minus the batteries and the hassle of keeping it with you at all times. It would be great to provide higher accuracy with a specially designed object ("real" mouse) and just be there and work with you hand. I would love this on my laptop.

Comment: Terrestrial science? (Score 1) 920

by fenring (#30920436) Attached to: Obama Choosing NOT To Go To the Moon
"Terrestrial science" and "global warming" sound to me like "not giving any money to NASA". I'm not a US citizen and I don't live there so I don't really know the economic situation, but it sure is sad to hear this news because I know that if anybody was to land on the Moon (again) it would have been NASA. On the other hand, I'm sure it's a temporary decision until the economy is booming again so it just is a delay of a couple of years.

Comment: Physics rebel (Score 5, Funny) 89

by fenring (#29908159) Attached to: Physics Rebel Aims To Shake Up the Video Game World
Ten years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a science court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune, physics rebels, if you will. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...Shahriar Afshar

Comment: It's normal. (Score 1) 248

by fenring (#28996431) Attached to: Tesla Motors Turns a Profit For the First Time
It is quite uderstandable that Tesla turns a profit. After all, their roadster is on parity with other sports cars, has the same performance (at least in a drag race, not so sure about handling on a race track) as a Porsche 911 and makes the owner feel good about him/herself. And, on a more subjective point of view, it's quite nice to look at. If I had $100k to blow on a car, I would buy one.
The problem I see with Tesla is if they can turn what they've done until now into an afordable sedan or they will fade into oblivion. This has much to do with the fact that I'm not quite sure that electric cars are the way to go. After all, in a couple of years hydrogen could be the next big thing. Time will tell.

Comment: Good initiative (Score 2, Informative) 340

by fenring (#28727639) Attached to: Australian Police Plan Wardriving Mission
I think it's a good campaign. After all, how much money and time do you think it takes to cover a neighborhood? A couple of officers could probably do this in a few days.
Nobody said it's illegal and they are not constraining anyone to "secure" their AP. It's just like a patrol passes by and they see you are in some kind of trouble. It's their job to stop and ask if you need any assistance. If somebody wants to keep their wireless open, it will probably cost them a couple of minutes to talk to the police and explain their point of view. On the other hand, if someone is unaware that their internet connection could be used by anyone, I think it's pretty much worth it.
And, if anything, it's just a visit from your friendly police officer. They should do it more often.

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