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Comment Re:Here's a great idea... (Score 1) 481 481

Without roads, work won't be within walking distance.

Don't Americans these day take the car just to get to the other side of the road?[/sarcasm]

Also, what is "walking distance"? It seems people in the western world barely are capable of walking a mile these days, but it wasn't that long ago that people regularly walked ten miles (or more) daily, roads or no roads. I personally walk to and from work (over four miles total) every day, and would still do it even if there were no roads.

Comment Other non-transparent things blocking the sight? (Score 1) 191 191

I have a baby-seat fitted in the back seat on the right side. It gives me a huge blind spot when changing lanes or turning right.

I guess it can be made transparent too, but what about the baby sitting in the chair? Or other passengers in general?

Yes, making the pillars transparent (or removing the m completely) will make it better, but as long as other people are non-transparent (and as long as drivers never turn their heads!) there's always going to be blind spots.

Comment Re:Or, to put it another way... (Score 1) 217 217

Speed isn't all that it used to be. 30 years ago you wrote games in assembler, 20 years ago in C, and 10 years ago in C++. Today? You can write a game that looks as good as the best games did ten years (or less) ago in Java Script or other purely interpreted languages. With JIT languages (like Java and C#) you can even rival other modern games.

Speed was an issue with processors in the low MHz range, with todays multi-core, multi-GHz beasts with dedicated graphics hardware you don't need to code everything in assembly for speed, it's going to be fast enough anyway.

Comment Re:The Copenhagen Metro (Score 1) 179 179

I've only been on the Copenhagen subway once, but I remember that the stations did have glass walls between the platform and the rail, with doors matching the doors on the trains. Not much error margin or people could not get out or in, and the few stops I was on the train it stopped perfectly every time.

Comment Re:Telescopes and camping or night-tours (Score 0) 234 234

More importantly, for the OP, go camping with a telescope with your kids.

Even if they're not old enough to really go into the theoretical bits, spending some quality time with their dad, seeing some awesome images through the telescope (and letting the wife have some quality time alone for herself) will probably make you the best dad in the world. It might not help you do something useful for the betterment of astrophysics, but I'm sure it will help you unwind after a long work-week, and as you try to explain the things your kids see in the telescope will help you understand some of these things better yourself. A good teacher should always learn while teaching, and all that. :-)

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