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Comment: Re:I don't mind driving (Score 2) 306

by pereric (#48373547) Attached to: I'm most interested in robots that will...

We already have that thing in Europe - it's called night trains. Depart in the evening instead of taking a screamingly early morning flight, have some food and nice vistas in the restaurant, work a bit in your room. Arrive in the city center next morning. No hotel cost.

I like it at least. Granted, I can work from my laptop so I can travel a bit longer than strict overnight without losing "efficiency", but I've been traveling this way when I have had some business or vacation in continental Europe (middle Sweden to Paris, Amsterdam, Italy, southern Spain ...). I really hope we get more, instead of less of this. With some modernization, and utilizing the high-speed rail network, we could do many even longer relations strictly overnight (departing 19-23-something, arriving at 7-8 in the morning).

Comment: Sunflowers - a plant that indeed reflect sunlight (Score 1) 521

by pereric (#47710579) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead
Solar plants? We got the deadly sunflowers on our planet now? They sure set birds - or anything the dislike - on fire :-)

I first read the headline word "plants" as "that kind of organism with roots and leaves", and well, if they start reflecting solar power in a co-ordinated way for self-defense like in the David Niven "Ringworld" series, it would be an interesting development.

Comment: similiar already exist - dutch bikes and Hase Pino (Score 2) 85

by pereric (#47249291) Attached to: Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)
There are already quite many bikes of the concept tandem-with-captain in the rear. Several quite successfull ones, too.

There are several home-built tandems with individual handlebars, like this one I saw in Amsterdam :

Also this child seat for the Brompton folding bike works quite like the original post :

Last but not least, the german Hase Pino semi-recumbent bike. The captain sit in the rear in an upright position, the stoker is seated in a comfy recumbent seat in the front. The bike is selling quite well in Germany. It's used like normal tandem bikes for couples going on vacation and errands together, but also for transportation of kids and people with various disabilities - the bike is very adaptable to various capabilities of the riders.

Price? About 3000 Euro for the Pino. Probably out of range for people considering bikes a toy or something to hang on the rear of your RV / SUV. But quite OK for a vehicle that can meet a lot of your mobility needs. Bicycles can pretty successfully do much of the same city transportation done by cars (40-50% of all trips in Copenhagen and Netherlands are made by bike), and if you save on gas (or even more - many people don't bother getting a motor vehicle at all, actually) you can afford much better bikes than the walmart bike-like objects (yes, we have that in Europe too).

Comment: only water-proofness lacking (Score 1) 303

by pereric (#46078839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?
Only lack of water-proofness made me stop using my N900. In a very concrete fashion, alas. I actually miss the software, too. What you could find in the repos (some 10,000:s of packages?) was imho way better than the 500,000+ packages availible for Android. For example the "mappero" map app beat what you could find on android (which probably would be orux), at least back in the days. And most of it was free-as-in-speech software. No ads, no spying, much less risk trusting the software. And quite well inviting you to participate hacking too ...

Comment: nope, production is just some barrels each day (Score 2) 416

by pereric (#45058501) Attached to: US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia
Congratulations on your relatively better energy independance. But alas, I have to correct the article : Fossil fuel *production* (which as far as we know is a biological / geological process) is probably just a few barrels each day (given current reserves and the time it needed to form; conditions favoring formation probably varies with geological epochs). Fossil fuel *extraction* is what the article talks about, and is at an all time high.

You usually don't celebrate that much that your rate of withdrawing funds from your bank account is at record high. Maybe quitting using this euphemism would help a tiny bit getting away from the damaging fossil fuel dependency ...

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