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Comment: Re:Lack of upgrades? (Score 1) 207

by tag (#44425771) Attached to: Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers
Sprint: http://newsroom.sprint.com/presskits/sprint-network-vision-information-center.htm

Virgin Mobile: http://newsroom.virginmobileusa.com/networkvision

In a quick skim, I didn't see them say "LTE to almost every cell site" but only LTE nationwide. I hope someone can find a source for the former, because that would be good news indeed.

I'm a VM customer for my phone & my teenager's. He's still grandfathered on the $25/mo plan - 300 minutes of talk (he averages 60), unlimited text & data.

Comment: Re:Die already! (Score 1) 104

by tag (#44007295) Attached to: Google Retiring Chrome Frame

To return to the car analogy, you may keep your 1960s car as antique or as a pleasure. But would you use it for your wage-paying, must get there, journey to work or to customers? Would you risk a crucial customer meeting because your beloved veteran decides not to start today?

Can I switch from cars to planes? The B-52 Stratofortress was designed in the 1940s, and the last one was built in 1962. We still have 85 in service (thanks to the USAF tinkering with them), and they're still good for what they do. Sure, newer designs are better at some things, but don't completely dismiss "old" as "unusable."

My work PC is still on XP & IE8 (internal apps). At least they let us use Firefox (Chrome was recently blocked for no apparent reason). We're moving to Win7 through attrition (hello, 2009).

Comment: Re:Contradiction (Score 1) 115

by tag (#43807305) Attached to: 5-Pound UAV Flies For 50 Minutes, Streams HD From Over 3 Miles

The pound is a unit of weight; weight varies based on gravity. The kilogram is a unit of mass.

Your body mass is X kilograms. Your weight on earth, at position Y is Z pounds.

Perhaps you meant the pound is a unit of force. "Weight" generally means the same thing, but not always.

However I was talking about the unit of mass. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound_(mass)

From the pix in TFA, I don't think the headline writer meant five of these https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound#People_with_the_surname


+ - How Would Driverless Cars Change Motoring? 2

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that as Nevada licenses Google to test its prototype driverless car on public roads, futurists are postulating what a world of driverless would cars look like. First accidents would go down. "Your automated car isn't sitting around getting distracted, making a phone call, looking at something it shouldn't be looking at or simply not keeping track of things," says Danny Sullivan. Google's car adheres strictly to the speed limit and follows the rules of the road. "It doesn't speed, it doesn't cut you off, it doesn't tailgate," says Tom Jacobs, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Driverless cars would mean a more productive commute. "If you truly trust the intelligence of the vehicle, then you get in the vehicle and you do our work while you're travelling," says Lynne Irwin, an engineer and director of the Local Roads Program at Cornell University. Driverless cars would mean fewer traffic jams. "You could get a lot more people moved at a higher speed on an existing road way," says Irwin. "Congestion would be something you could tell your grandchildren about, once upon a time." Driverless cars could extend car ownership to some groups of people previously unable to own a car including elderly drivers who feel uncomfortable getting behind the wheel at night, whose eyesight has weakened or whose reaction time has slowed. Finally car designs would change. "When you get to a technological change, the first thing we do is we mimic what people are familiar with and comfortable with," says Sven Beiker, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University. "People like to look out the window so I suspect we'll keep windows in some shape, but maybe they don't need to be quite the way they are now. If cars aren't going to hit each other, maybe we don't need bumpers.""

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