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Comment Re:Extra battery? (Score 1) 265

They are. I have a 15000 mAh unit; two, 2.4 ampere outputs. Wouldn't be without it, can't really, at least unless the companies making the cellphones stop putting too-small batteries in them. last weekend I drove five hours, during about 3 of which we were either completely out of contact or only in distant contact with a cell tower (Montana... lots and lots of empty space.) When we left the city, my phone was at 25%. I kept the phone (a Galaxy Note III with an aftermarket "big" battery that's good for about 48 hours here, where we're within about 4 miles of a cell tower) plugged into the external unit for the entire trip, and when we got home, the phone was at 100% and the external unit at 45%, which allowed for both charging it and running it.

Really, won't even consider being without that external unit. As for a pager... no. Just no.

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 265

Put simply: pagers are amazingly reliable, and have nearly perfect coverage. In ideal circumstances, a pager adds nothing to a phone. In real-world circumstances, it does.

After all, if you're sitting at your desk where you made sure you have good cell phone coverage, you also have email and IM and so on, and the phone itself is almost redundant. But when you're at some random customer site, or driving through some place cell coverage is sparse, or in a variety of little cell-coverage dark spots, the pager just works.

Comment Re:New black markets (Score 1) 182

But I bet she didn't expect this to happen under a government favoring corporations and trying to reduce the liberty of everyone else.

That book was about the merger of government and corporations! Bailouts and protections of failing companies was most of the plot. FFS, while it's hard to recommend it as the writing isn't great, you shouldn't complain about it if you won't make the effort.

Comment Re:But that would destroy the economy! (Score 1) 182

Power investors buy physical gold. The only problem with this is when an investor takes his gold with him on a fishing trip and suffers a boating accident. This happens far, far more frequently than you might expect.

Boating accidents - they're not just for guns!

(For those not in on the joke: when the government starts ignoring the Second Amendment and tries to disarm the citizenry, they will discover that millions of high-end rifles with duly registered sales were tragically lost in boating accidents and so cannot be turned in).

Comment Re:Smart! (Score 1) 182

IF there was an actual store that did that I would go in there once a week, fill my cart up, have the cashier ring me up, bag the groceries and then flip out and storm out when they refused to take the cash

And you could do that once. The second time you'll get banned from the store. The third time they call the cops on you for trespassing.

Comment Re:Cool! (Score 2) 431

I've never found a good simple explanation. The basic idea is:


Arrows show motion, close to the speed of light.

A sends to B FTL. In the reference frame of C and D this seems to go back in time.

B sends to D. This takes normal time, but B and D are close.

D sends to C. In the reference frame of A and B this seems to go back in time.

C sends to A. This takes normal time, but C and A are close.

In all reference frames, the message returns to A before it was sent, because everyone sees one big backwards-in-time hop.

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