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Comment: Re:Bikes lanes are nice (Score 1) 213

by sir-gold (#47868633) Attached to: Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

In Grand Rapids MI (I think it's Grand Rapids anyway) there are several intersections where left turns are not allowed. Instead, they provide dedicated turn-around spots in the middle of the block, with the intention that you drive past your turn, turn around, and then turn right.

Comment: Disposable rovers (Score 1) 78

by sir-gold (#47795313) Attached to: NASA's Competition For Dollars

It costs an absolute fortune to sent something to another planet (regardless of weight), so why does NASA spend so much time and money designing and building rovers that are only expected to last 3-6 months?

It's like a person complaining about having a food budget that is too small, when they buy nothing but high-price, pre-packaged, ready-to-eat meals.

Comment: Weights and Measures (Score 1) 355

by sir-gold (#47770823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

You definitely need to press your case further with the Weights & Measures people, because this falls squarely into their territory. At&t is clearly selling you a specific amount of product for a specific price, and the main purpose of the W&M department is to test the accuracy of commercial measuring equipment.

If you are actually able to get a live person with relative ease, just keep calling back until you get someone that agrees with you.

If W&M can test the gas pump, why can't they test the internet pump too?

Comment: Re:Pure Marketing (Score 1) 92

by sir-gold (#47684773) Attached to: Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

It doesn't matter anyway, since China will have hacked the encryption keys within minutes of generating them.

Or the NSA will have hacked them, passed them them on to Israel (NSA gives Israel raw intelligence access), who will then sell them to China in exchange for whatever weapons they can't get from the US.

Comment: Re:Isn't it the other way around? (Score 2) 225

by sir-gold (#47641669) Attached to: Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

It's not necessarily a new form of energy.

It's possible that there is a 5th force that we don't know about, different from the 4 forces that we already know about (gravity, magnetism, strong force and weak force.)

It could be a very weak force with an extremely long range that only manifests when the other 4 forces are beyond their effective ranges.

Comment: Sony is too selfish (Score 1) 172

by sir-gold (#47604521) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Sony tries too hard to be completely in charge of every tiny aspect of their products, even when they lack the expertise to actually accomplish it.
They could have partnered with Amazon or B&N right from the beginning, and they would have been a part of something big. But instead they have a tiny part of nothing, all to themselves.

This is what happens when you don't share your toys Sony. Everyone eventually decides to get up and go play somewhere else.

Comment: Like a Public Library (Score 1) 192

by sir-gold (#47494499) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

How is renting a book for a month any different than borrowing that same book from the library for a month (as far as the publisher is concerned)?

As long as Amazon has bought enough "copies" of the book to cover everyone who is reading that book at any given time, then the publisher has already made their money.

It's possible that amazon IS screwing over the publishers, by either paying too low of a price per copy or by not paying for all the copies in circulation, but that has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the rental service itself.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"