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Comment: Re:$1M? (Score 1) 68

by SJHillman (#47511255) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

Developing a working prototype and developing a commercially-feasible product are two different things. You could conceivably meet the requirements of this, but by using components or techniques that are not commercially feasible due to cost, safety, or other issues. However, it would be a big step in the direction towards doing such a thing. Google is paying for you to help make that step... not necessarily to develop a device that's worth commercializing.

Comment: Re:Don't buy cheap android (Score 1) 282

by SJHillman (#47501043) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

I have an LG Optimus F3 from Virgin, and before that was an LG Optimus Slider, also Virgin. Although they're a tad underpowered and the Slider froze up once in a while (every few months), I've had no gripes with them. Considering the F3 was $60, I'm pretty goddamned happy with what it can do. The closest thing I've seen to a bug with the Optimus F3 is that GPS will sometimes freeze if I'm also using music, texting and bluetooth all at the same time, but that's more likely to be a performance thing. Again, for the price, perfectly acceptable. There's nothing wrong with cheap android phones as long as you use them for their intended tasks. You don't buy a Honda Civic and then complain that it can't tow your 30 foot party boat.

Comment: Re:Audible warning (Score 1) 579

by SJHillman (#47369913) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

It strongly implies that a disability is the only thing that determines if a person regular/normal. Otherwise it would be acceptable to say "black people or regular folks"... which most people would agree isn't generally acceptable even if non-blacks are the majority. The easiest, simplest and best way would be to just say "other" folks. It acknowledges that disabled people are in a separate group without implying that a disability puts them in a completely separate category from regular or normal people. I don't take offense because the poster obviously didn't mean it like that, but it's still a very rude way of phrasing something. In general, if you can't replace a group with "black people" without sounding racist, you should probably reconsider how you phrased something.

Comment: Re:What I've seen at some intersections... (Score 1) 579

by SJHillman (#47367565) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

What happens, with the ones I've paid attention to, is that when the timer gets to 0 (or the hand stops flashing if it's one of those lights), the light turns from green to yellow, so the delay is the time of the yellow light, plus the slight delay in which lights in both directions are red before the other direction turns green.

Sadly, there are a lot of behaviors that driver's *should* learn. Such as noticing lights from cars coming the other way on trees/houses when driving at night, or how to handle high beams from opposing traffic.

Comment: Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (Score 1) 619

by SJHillman (#47280365) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

A few years back, I worked for a company that did a lot of deliveries. All of our vans and two of our smaller box trucks were regular unleaded; only our larger box trucks were diesel. Most small businesses that don't deal in large goods use vans running on gasoline. UPS and FedEx may use all diesel, but they're not the only ones doing deliveries.

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