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Comment: Re:WiFi Calling? (Score 1) 730

by s122604 (#47865109) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
Republic Wireless has been doing this for awhile now.
Works right out of the box...
Sorry, apple isn't first here, or, first to make it usable.
Of course republic gives you WiFi calling, unlimited talk, text, and 4g data for 40$ a month so Apple can still rightfully claim they are the first to charge entirely too much for it...

Comment: Re:American football (Score 1) 107

by s122604 (#47599979) Attached to: NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games
Because austrialian rules football isn't anywhere nearly as complicated..., and the start/stop, line of scrimage concept in American football renders it much more dangerous, things like padding and helmets were added because a not so insignificant number of people were dying playing the game (as opposed to just slowly turning their brains to mush, which is apparently more acceptable).
but other than that, yah you totally have a point

Comment: Re: You're welcome to them. (Score 2) 402

by s122604 (#47589451) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors
Yep, pretty much this..
If you aren't using a modern IDE like eclipse for Java, or VIsual Studio for .net languages, you're doing it wrong
It's like pulling an automobile with a rope tied to your balls, impressive, but there are better ways to get the job done.

Where editors like vi and Emacs, in the hands of an expert, still shine is configuration file maintenance, and really file maintenance on any text that isn't compilable source code.
I really wish I knew them better than I do, just for that reason. I can use them, but just at a basic level.

Comment: Re:waste of time (Score 4, Insightful) 380

by s122604 (#47328595) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel
Cars don't have to be as fast as they are today, but thats what people, driven by the automotive press, have decided they want. Today's toyota camry and honda accord both can be bought with engines that approach 300HP and have sub 6 second 0 to 60 times.

40 years ago, that was the realm of sports cars. Now we have that with dime-a-dozen, bake-potato-on-wheels flagship sedans

build a sedan with a 10 second 0 to 60, which used to be quite common, and your car will be universally lambasted as "sluggish".

even the new kia sedona minivan has a 0 to 60 of 7.4 seconds and a quarter mile just over 15 seconds..

Comment: CIVIC GX (Score 1) 216

by s122604 (#47319223) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March
The natural gas version of the civic is available, right now, goes about 250 miles on a tank, enough for all but the most insane of commuters, and costs less than 30k.

A massive natural gas delivery infrastructure is already there, we just need a commitment, via tax credits or outright subsidies, for existing gas stations to add CNG pumps.

Switching a good portion of the auto fleet over to CNG would lower CO2 emissions and a lot of the nastyer emissions that create ground level smog
Is it as good as electric vehicles powered from a clean grid? No, but it's a great bridge technology.

Comment: Re:Speculation... (Score 4, Insightful) 455

by s122604 (#47271213) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla
Sigh

Nobody is saying that there can't be franchised dealerships. If that is the way a company wants to organize its distribution chain, fine..
The issue is that car dealers, slimebags that they are, are trying to use the legal system to force all businesses, whether they want to organize that way or not, to follow that model.

The reason for this is quite clear (at least to me it is), and it has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with any altruistic purpose (keeping costs down, protecting the customer, or some such bullshit). Its all about using the force of government to protect their racket. They realize, quite accurately, that Tesla's model would threaten to remove a lot of the zero-value-add profit that gets extracted by the dealer from the consumer.

It's not a hard point to understand, unless you are determined not to understand it.

Comment: UVERSE (Score 1) 394

by s122604 (#47253659) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes
I recently moved from a Comcast only area to a U-verse only area (monopolies yay!!!)
I figured the new, smaller u-verse box would be better on power, but the damn thing is quite warm to the touch, even when its "powered off" from the front panel when no one is watching TV.
I don't have the exact figure, but that heat is not getting created for free (especially in the summer when it has to be pumped outside by the AC).

I have taken to switching the power off at the power strip when I'm not watching. The only downside to that is there is a bit of a lag in my trip into the land of mindnumbing entertainment as the box has to boot up and figure out who it is each time.

Time sharing: The use of many people by the computer.

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