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Comment Re:One more thing... (Score 1) 1184 1184

I think -if I can add to part of your point- that Apple plays a really important part in the industry, one that Apple-haters (or maybe, simply, avoiders should really be thankful for.

Apple is a marketing powerhouse, this we all know. And while at their core, Apple's phones aren't hugely more revolutionary than some others (and in some instances, they ARE unfathomably better), competing phones have to have a feature set and level of overall quality and functionality that are amazing, in order just to differentiate themselves from Apple- or maybe, just to get their product out from behind the Apple smokescreen.

Don't get me wrong, I am an iPhone fan (I don't have one because of AT&T and my unwillingness to pay $70/month for a phone), but I think now that several years in iPhone production, the rules of the game are becoming clear: if you're going up against Apple, you've got to bring a product that is better than the iPhone at everything, because its image factors in to its user experience, and that's a tremendous hurdle to overcome.

Comment This is nothing new (Score 1) 559 559

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this isn't anything new and at least a couple of companies already do this exact same thing. Go to Maps on your iPod touch and hit Locate. It'll put you right on the map and it doesn't have anything resembling a GPS chip in it. And let's say that you're standing in a field of 4 "linksys" and 5 "NETGEAR". It knows the MACs that are linked to those SSIDs, so it can look at the signal strength of each and triangulate your position. In fact, access to a service like this is built in to Location Services in Snow Leopard.

Comment Wait... Modern? Basic? (Score 1) 483 483

Let's not go crazy here, I mean, there's not a whole lot that's relatively modern about this if the thing was developed in the friggin' '70s and operates without an efficient backup system. If anything, it's an example of how much society would _BENEFIT_ from a modern system.

Comment Re:Actually it takes a full 15, 16 hours (Score 1) 1385 1385

I do realize that, because I grew up in Southern Oregon. Trust me, I lived 180 miles from Portland and most of the people in the state, let alone the country, don't even know it's there. But we have to look at population centers, and I just don't think the population in the more-northern part of the state is large enough to warrant running the line all the way to the Siskiyous.

Comment Re:No (Score 5, Insightful) 1385 1385

Everyone here is talking about the northeast and midwest, what about the damned west coast? Linking San Francisco to LA is huge, by itself. Linking Seattle to Eugene or Southern Oregon would be amazing. The commuter possibilities are endless here. Take Portland to Seattle, for example. Many people hop that via plane even though it's only about a 3 hour drive. Turn that in to a 1.5 hour train trip, and guess what? You've linked two cities with amazingly effective public transportation, cut down on the pollution of a plane or many individual autos, and perhaps increased the number of people who are willing to commute between the two large cities and their metro areas.

Comment Re:In a word... (Score 5, Insightful) 1385 1385

Someone mod this up, the original parent is completely missing the boat (train?)

Look at California: it takes a full 8 to 9 hours to get from the north end of that state to the south end. If they can connect the Bay Area to Los Angeles and make it a 2 or 2.5 hour trip, it'll be a huge boon (HUGE) to everyone from tourists to commuters to business people.

There are fantastic possibilities here, they're not trying to send little Johnny from NY to California by rail.

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