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Comment: Re:Airlines To Blame (Score 1) 128

by rworne (#47373965) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

That hellhole airline do you fly?

I've done ANA ( LAX-HND), United and Lufthansa (LAX-FRT, LAX-MUC) and never had an issue with the flight crew nor have I seen abusive behavior by them towards any passenger. And yes, I did say United. I have seen plenty of a-hole passengers though. I refuse to take the FRT-LAX run on Lufthansa now due to the codeshare they have with a SE asian airline that usually packs the plane. The behavior of a lot of the passengers on that flight is simply appalling.

Comment: Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (Score 2) 128

by rworne (#47373929) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

In Japan I was expecting the trains would be horrible - in the tech-crazed society, everyone would have a phone...

Much to my surprise, the trains have posted notices that tell passengers to mute their phones and refrain from talking. If you are by the seats reserved for the elderly or disabled, you are required to turn your phone off. In the latter case I never saw anyone do that - but they did not take out their phone and play with them.

On the last trip, my wife got a call while on the train. She quietly told the other party that we had arrived in country and would be there soon and hung up. I was sitting next to her and could barely hear her speak. The other passengers in the car were staring daggers at her.

On the trains no one talks on the phone. Though everyone uses them for chat, games, reading, and the occasional creepshot.

Comment: Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (Score 4, Informative) 128

by rworne (#47373897) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

Several airlines now have in-flight WiFi and while the bandwidth is crappy, you could use it for VOIP. The two airlines I have flown on that have this (Lufthansa and United) both expressly forbid the use of Skype and voice apps for the very reason you state - it annoys other passengers.

Here's what Lufthansa has to say about it:

The option of making mobile phone calls has been disabled in response to the wishes of a majority of our customers. In addition, customers are advised that Internet telephony (VOIP) is likewise not permitted.

And United:

It is against United policy to allow videoconferencing or voice communications in flight. Live video and Internet streaming services are not supported.

I have the same concerns you do, but this is one thing the airlines so far have gotten right.

Comment: Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (Score 1) 702

by rworne (#46791207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Odd Sony is mentioned. We have a Vaio sub-notebook built in 1999 that still runs like a champ. The battery is shot and there's no replacements to be found, but it does the job as long as you are willing to put up with Windows 2000 (it shipped with Windows 98SE). We have two Sony alarm clocks going on 10 years that are still going strong.

My 1st gen PS3 dies every year like clockwork, with Sony happy to fix/replace it for a fee.

Comment: Re:Regulations a bit premature (Score 1) 1146

by rworne (#45711075) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

I made my comment "tongue in cheek", but I am getting to the age where 20-30 years out are starting to look more and more grim. the 23 year lifespan of these bulbs will put me into my 70's. So if one does burn out, I'll probably break a hip replacing it.

Hell, I was just old enough to watch the moon landings, Now I'm starting to believe I won't be around to see a manned Mars landing.

Comment: Re:Regulations a bit premature (Score 2) 1146

by rworne (#45700223) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

Over the 23-year lifespan (25,000 hours on, 3 hours per day) of an LED bulb, it will cost $39 in energy, compared to $48.75 for a CFL or $211.25 for an incandescent

I look at it in a different manner.

I switched over all the bulbs to LED knowing that with their 23 year lifespan when they start burning out I'll be either dead or too senile to care about them anymore. So as far as I'm concerned, I'm done changing bulbs for the rest of my life.

Comment: Re:Regulations a bit premature (Score 2) 1146

by rworne (#45700183) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

On both trips I've made to NC in the last year I've found the typical $15-$20 LED bulbs for $5 at Costco's. Bought $200 worth and made the switch.. I don't know a huge between the LEDs and incandescents. I just wonder if Costco is making a profit selling these for $5. Never seen them that cheap anywhere else.

Lots of local utilities are putting out rebates on these bulbs. These rebates are applied prior to purchase, so you will see differences in the shelf price depending on where the retailer is located (and who their local utility may be).

For instance: When the Philips 60W "bug light" LED bulbs came out in 2011, they were approx $40 or so each. Full price here in Los Angeles. Though if you skipped over the county border to So Cal Edison territory, the price dropped to $17. This is how I stocked up on the ones here.

We have been very happy with them, even though they are pretty ugly when off.

Comment: Re:Government waste (Score 2) 257

by rworne (#45051753) Attached to: Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

Lets look at it this way:

Horses take a long time to mature. These things take a week or two to assemble (assuming they go through QA procedures, environmental, shock & vibe, etc.)
Horses can go for couple days or more on food. This thing only a couple of hours.
Horses spook easily and less easily with training. These will never spook.
Horses can follow simple commands. This can follow complex commands,

Both need fuel and water. Horses need lots of support by bringing their food/water to the battle field. But a lot of us are forgetting another project: EATR. With the addition of this tech and a gun, this new robot can run around, hunt, kill, and devour victims as a fuel source.

Comment: Re:Business level accounts (Score 1) 353

by rworne (#44784157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

You don't need to be a business to get a business account. At least that's the way it works with Verizon. It's just another set of tiers in their service (more expensive ones). All I needed to do was just ask for it and briefly tell them why.

You are spot on about the benefits of a business account.


Comment: Re:Proprietary ports? (Score 1) 397

by rworne (#44067663) Attached to: Samsung Launches 3200x1800 Pixel ATIV Book 9 Plus Laptop

You forgot to add Thunderbolt Firewire 800 to that list.

What's also nice is these Apple adaptors are plentiful and readily available. I doubt it is the same for Samsung.

If I were to get off a plane in a strange city and found I forgot a cable for my rMBP, I can get one at a local Best Buy, Fry's or Apple Store. I cannot say the same for proprietary Samsung cables (well, maybe Fry's has some Samsung love and BB would be a long shot).

Comment: Re:Noise canceling headphones (Score 1) 561

by rworne (#43177767) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

Not quite silence. I have the Bose (I know, I know) noise canceling headphones and they work great for their intended purpose - cutting out noise. They do not totally cut out voices though - but people in the next room, A/C noise, etc. should be silenced.

Do those rainfall, wind, cricket and water noise generators have headphone jacks? If they do, using one with these headphones should do the trick shutting out the noisy outside world.

"Never ascribe to malice that which is caused by greed and ignorance." -- Cal Keegan