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Comment Re:Just give us the tech (Score 1) 69

Yeah, that's all and well, but Intel has over $20 billion in cash, short-term investments and trading assets. Meaning a huge lot of money that, given the current interest rates, is probably earning almost nothing. Why not put the money to work and sink it into advanced, though possibly not extremely profitable, ventures? There is just no way putting cutting edge technology on the market and expanding the company patent portfolio can be bad for them, and some of the newer technologies might turn out to be much bigger than the marketing foresees now. I just don't understand postponing new development, while having a huge chunk of money in the bank.

Comment Customers of large banks pay more for car loans (Score 1) 371

I don't understand why anyone still goes to large banks for loans or savings instead of community banks and credit unions. The corporations will nearly always give you a worse deal. And have fun talking to the customer service reps who live half a world away. My checking account is truly free and it earns me interest, like it should. And my credit card has 10% APR. Big banks are parasites. Vote with your wallet, people, it's not that hard!

Comment This will not PROTECT the environment (Score 3, Insightful) 204


"Our airships are radically different designs that move beyond the performance limitations of traditional blimps or zeppelins by combining advanced technology with simple construction and the ability to fuel with algae, protecting our environment"

Fueling with algae protects the environment as much as buying a Prius. Alternative fuels do not protect the environment, they only reduce the damage slightly.

Comment Re:Impact resistant? (Score 1) 271

Fiber is quite resilient to all sorts of stress except for tight bending. The cable can probably be reinforced to prevent that. I'm more curious why they use visible wavelength, when IR spectrum light experiences lower loss in fiber. Is it because the cable is not expected to be of great length, ala current USB cables?

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.