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Comment: Other benefits than a fast charge (Score 4, Insightful) 395

Seems a lot of comments are focusing on how to actually do that 5-minute charge. Hardly anybody seems to have thought about the other aspects, especially the ultra-long life. If the batteries can last 20 years/10,000 charges/what ever, it seems to me this is a really good thing. I'd be just fine with a 1-hour charge, or even an overnight charge. Top off when I can, good to go.

Comment: Re:Winter (Score 1) 86

by mrdogi (#48084747) Attached to: Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

I am glad they picked a location that experiences Winter in all its harshness.

Sorry, Detroit is not Winter "in all it's harshness", unless you're specifically referring to all of the salt they put on the roads to dissolve your car over time. I lived in the Detroit area for a few years and would laugh at all of the complaining about the cold weather. Minneapolis/St. Paul got far colder in my mind. And this is just from south of the Canadian border. I'm sure they get much colder Up North.

Comment: Re:USB support still sucks though (Score 1) 114

by mrdogi (#45155885) Attached to: VirtualBox 4.3 Comes With New Multi-Touch Support, Virtual Cam and More

I've actually had good luck with previous versions, actually. I have a USB-Serial adapter that I need to use for device management. The software, however, will not run on Windows 7 or higher. I've created an XP VM on the Win7 host that has pass through for the device. Works just fine.

I think I've done this for for a USB-HDD adapter as well. Works for the old laptop disks, for certain. I think for the SATA adapter as well. Haven't actually tried it for the normal ATA drives, but don't see why it wouldn't work. The HDD adapter has worked for both an XP VM and a Solaris 10 VM.

Comment: Re:The smartest watch is dumb (Score 1) 196

by mrdogi (#44813489) Attached to: Can Even Apple Make a Watch Insanely Smart?

I have to agree as far as the smartest post so far.

I was thinking about this over the weekend as I heard about all of these wonderful (planned/hoped-for) things in watches. They talked about joggers using heart rate monitors, etc. I was thinking that a simple blue tooth connection to the phone/hand device to send whatever telemetry. Let that device do the heavy lifting, then as GP said, send back whatever to the display as desired.

It really seems silly on so many levels to try to pack all of that into one little device on your wrist. If God had wanted us all to have Dick Tracy watches on our wrists, he would have made us all the size of the Hulk. Or something.

Comment: Re:NBC deserves it. (Score 2) 373

by mrdogi (#40843607) Attached to: US Viewers Using Proxies To Watch BBC Olympic Coverage

NBC coverage has always sucked, in my opinion, even more so with Mr. Costas at the helm. When we lived in Detroit, my wife and I would watch CBC coverage from Windsor. Absolutely blew away anything from the States. One of the few reasons we miss the Detroit area. That and the regular water main breaks...