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Comment Re:Short answer? (Score 1) 174
there are other cities with public wifi too, but off hand i recall SF uses 5ghz directional to carry the 2.4ghz hotspot around the city, the internet archive also has input into the building of the network, as they did it with their own 100 mbit link prior to the city doing it. this is all from memory so if i'm wrong i'm wrong.

Comment Re:Here's an obvious power saving solution... (Score 2) 205

even with all solid capacitors running a machine 24/7 will cause the caps to pop in just 8-10 years (average) instead of 40 years (if run 8 hrs a day) the theoretical problem of soldier point failures is like saying 'oh i never shut off my car because it has to be the right climate and i never know when i will want to use it, plus the strain on the electronics and climate control from a cold start'

Comment Re:Watch out (Score 1) 158

to think instead of skynet launching a nuclear strike, the instead will make our fridges burn out, tie up our comm networks, say they're obsolete every 18 months, make our toast have colored sprinkles when we ordered them plain, and will refuse to accept our credit cards because we didn't entire the pin number fast enough. oh yeah, and a few more rads of exposure every 18 months as they invent new standards of communication.

Comment windows 10 is kinda rough yet. (Score 1) 2

so far i've migrated all the windows machines i have left. it repeatedly 'refreshes' the icons. like as if it was looking for updated applications every 2 minutes. it took away a few programs on the machines i installed it to, but i don't use them anyway so i'm not worried about that. the machines it did that on have more software than what i actually use anyways. but yeah it feels very early and rushed attempt at making an os. the new menu is nice, performance is better than 7 and 8.1 but load time went up significantly. i have not had the driver issues others have complained about, and for multiple screens it now defaults to having a start menu on every display, which before you had to manually add one then drag it to the desktop without a task bar/menu bar.

Comment 'would you just blow in this for me?' (Score 1) 178

auto locks mandated by courts for repeat drunk drivers doesn't stop friends, neighbors, strangers, children, spouses from blowing into the little device that prevents drunk usage. so if it doesn't work for cars then it isn't going to work for bikes. i bet one could even teach a dog how to blow into the breathalyzer.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"