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Comment Re:Put the solar panels OVER the cars, not under t (Score 1) 405

1. Car parks during the day have cars parked on them. Cars are packed densely. Cars on roads are actually only a passing phenomenon unless they're stuck in a jam (hint, don't install these panels in area prone to jams).
2. Therefore, you NEED the panels above the cars to generate meaningful power.
3. Also, it has a shading benefit. Which keeps cars cool. Also keeps patron dry.
4. And you can leave gaps for natural downlighting.
5. The structural cost will be cheaper for a giant solar carport than over-road structures.
6. All that stuff about tax perks Firethorn wrote.

So yeah, more car parks should have solar car ports. It's a win-win really, a no brainer.

There are many many many more miles of road than car park available, and they are all fairly similar. They require no supports, just glue. Mass production of the entire installation works, whereas the solar car port requires a different architectural design for every carpark (and maybe planning permission, etc).

Comment Re:1000km? (Score 1) 405

Well this is hardly going to be the point in time where it turns from an idea on paper into 1000km installed.

What is unsuccessful, for a start? Only supplying 3m people? Or failing to generate any power 5 years down the line because of damage/dirt/unforeseen issues?

How much does a panel of this stuff cost? How many people are needed to install it (a truck of panels and glue, and a couple of people?). Are these roads due renovation anyway (massive teams of people and equipment)? Even if the power generation fails, the harder glass surface might last twice as long as tarmac, saving money.

But I'll truly believe it when I see it working. I want it to succeed, not fail because naysayers shoot it down before it's had a chance.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 405

Additionally, if you were sourcing these panels for your road (assuming a new road or road renewal project) then you would not need to finish the traditional road with the smooth top layers of tarmac. You can do the coarse tarmac sublayer, and then use the glue/mortar to attach the panels. Given the time it takes to roll that top layer totally smooth, I don't think that attaching panels is going to be a major issue.

And for road renewals, you could get rid of the whole renewal cycle. No more tarmac scraping. No more road closures (just deploy overnight, stick a ramp at the working front for the day). Just fill the major holes and stick the panels on top (I presume you'll still need to install a power conduit in the road somehow, but that's going to be minor, and could be shared with utilities in a sensibly designed rollout).

The best thing is that someone is going to do it, so we'll have real world data on the system's effectiveness in a real world setting, and this will be done at the cost of the French.

Comment Re:What could go wrong (Score 2) 405

I presume the snow plow could also leave about an inch of snow and have an integrated blower or series of brushes to blow/sweep the remaining snow away.

Or that one inch of snow is drivable, whereas what was there before wasn't.

Or these panels will not be used in areas where snow really happens, and road salt/grit is enough for cold nights.

Comment Re:What could go wrong (Score 1) 405

Other questions ...

If this textured glass is harder overall than road surface, then will it last longer? A typical road needs to be resurfaced quite often, could this halve the resurfacing incidents? If so, it could save a lot of money as a side-benefit.

Does the road surface have an adverse effect on tyres?
What about snow chains? And other metallic scrapey things?

Comment Re:Heck (Score 1) 164

Yeah, they're doing Design Pattern Analysis (or similar) alongside analysing binary metadata, how the software behaves acts as a fingerprint to the coder who wrote it. Strip everything from those naughty binary executables people!

Ultimately, I somehow doubt that in a small application the binary can actually distinguish the author that precisely. There are only so many coding behaviour styles and patterns.

Comment Re:Darwin Awards (Score 1) 142

I think the best way to enforce further evolution for humanity is to introduce a form of artificial selection.

In this case, killing dumb people. Just as the weak one is sacrificed to the lion, shall the dumb one be sacrificed to the ... well, maybe we could televise that.

If, in any given year, you are in the bottom 1% of usefulness (criteria to be determined, but maybe appearing on daytime TV will count), you will get 'reaped'. That should provide a good incentive to improve oneself, and hence improve society. Independent thinking would develop as people self educated, critical thinking, useful thinking. Civilisation would soar higher on a bedrock of televised death.

I would call this process 'centimation', the 100th's version of decimation.

Comment Re:Incrementalism (Score 1) 423

This system isn't monitoring you 24/7. It detects accidents, presumably via a set of rules, and only when they are triggered does this system kick in.

IME most adults are just overgrown children who don't know what's best for them (and good for them being like that!) and they make terrible decisions.

And this system either is for your own good (you crashed and are 'bleeding out'), or for society's good (you hit someone/thing, and they need help ; no point running from the scene because you know this will happen).

Note that many cars will keep a history of your driving, replayable, in case you have an accident. Many people choose to install car cams that do the same, out of their own choice, because it actually protects them in the case of disputes.

Comment Re:I'm kind of ambivalent about this. (Score 1) 423

one of my college buddies was killed hit by one of them and left to die in ditch.

And this feature would have sent the GPS coordinates of the collision to the authorities who could have gone to help and not "left to die in ditch".

Assuming the hit and run driver was suspicious in the check-up call, anyway.

In Britain the number of speed bumps and potholes would make this feature worthless, unfortunately. Although I'm guessing it also monitors bumper hits as well as sudden slowdowns and other behaviour indicative of an accident. I don't know what data gets sent to the operator, but if it is something like "bumper hit something at 50mph" then there's probably reasonable suspicion to override whatever the drive says anyway.

The article indicates that there are checks and balances on the system so it isn't usable for tracking purposes. Officially. Police can't search a database looking for cars within a geographic area at a certain time, as that database doesn't exist.

Comment Re:Needs Ethernet (Score 1) 243

Some people want ethernet, some people want WiFi, some people want Bluetooth, some people want 4 USB ports.

If you want all of these, then maybe a full size Pi is the best option from the beginning.

Otherwise we're talking about a £4 board, a £1 micro-USB to Male USB adaptor, and the comms dongle of your choice.

You might not even need the adapter -

A headless server connected to your home router for £6.49 + SD card + PSU (you probably already have these).

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 1) 243

Chances are you will own: a spare SD card, a spare keyboard, a spare mouse, an old monitor (if you don't use a TV), and even an old USB hub.

The adaptors are included in a £3 add-on pack you can get at one of the UK retailers, if you need them. I've also seen a £4 case too already.

Other Raspberry Pis also need an SD card, a keyboard, a mouse, and a monitor. You get the USB hub and ethernet built in, but not WiFi or Bluetooth.

Give it a month and someone will make a PiZero format powered USB hub that stacks under this board and provides several needed ports and functionalities. Indeed I think it is a shame that this PiZero actually uses micro-usb ports, I think headers would have been more useful.

As an aside, I hope that the next "Big Pi" has built in WiFi and Bluetooth.

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