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Comment We actually have a use for them... (Score 1) 261

My company actually has a quasi-legitimate use for curved screens. We make airplane flight simulators, and some of our larger ones have 180 degree wrap-around vision using 5 screens (ok, well, actually [pulls out a calculator] 225 degrees, being 5 sides of an octagon, but you get the idea). Correctly done, curved screens could make the experience more seamless.

Which is not to say that I don't consider them to be a gimmick intended to drive sales.

Comment Re:Freakin' Riders. (Score 1) 767

Something I wouldn't have thought of, seeing as how I'm living in sunny Northern California these days, and snow is a distant memory. I kind a miss digging it, well, hmm, exactly not at all. Nope. Still don't miss digging out of the snow. Ask again next year. :)

Still, surely there are ways of dealing with ice and snow that don't involve sending people 'round to knock it off with broomsticks. Airplanes deal with it all the time. At least in this case you don't get big hunks of metal falling out of the sky if they fail, and there are fewer issues of extra weight, aerodynamics and current draw that need to be considered.

"Point is that there is no winning here. Everything is a compromise."

I'm not sure "winning" is the goal here, and I'm not sure where to draw a line that shows "winning" on one side and "losing" on the other. But I don't think this is a zero-sum game. A compromise, yes, everything is, but I think an improvement, on balance. If you have to install heaters to melt the ice, you save less than if you didn't, but on balance you should save more than if you heat the lights all the time.

It's a problem that needs to be addressed, but it doesn't completely negate the advantages.

Comment Re:Freakin' Riders. (Score 1) 767

I like you guys. You do it much better than here.

There are ways to recycle that stuff here, too, but mostly we're not as good at making it convenient. And it's variable from place to place. How good it is in any one place depends on the whims of the state and local legislatures.

Comment Re:Freakin' Riders. (Score 1) 767

Me, I glue them into the socket. When I have to change the bulb, by God, I'm gonna replace the entire fixture!

Pisses off the landlord, too. Nothing is better for knocking bux off your deposit return short of trashing the place!

For my next trick, I'm going to pull up all the carpet and staple it to the ceiling. That way it stays clean and I won't wear it out.

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