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Comment: Re:Twenty Years Ago in Ventura County (Score 1) 395

by willy_me (#49649017) Attached to: 25 Percent of Cars Cause 90 Percent of Air Pollution

Bottom line: Encourage people to replace clunkers and keep their vehicle well-maintained.

In Japan, this is exactly what is done. Insurance rates increase once your car is beyond a certain age. You do not see many old cars driving around because they cost more to operate then newer vehicles. At lest this is what my Japanese co-worker had to say.

Comment: Re:Fins - probably not. (Score 1) 216

by willy_me (#49571467) Attached to: US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets
The mass could be moved forward and back without changing the direction of the bullet - so long as the bullet is rotating. If it stops rotating, say by hitting an object, then it would absolutely start to tumble. But I was referring to moving the mass perpendicular to that. Basically a pendulum inside the bullet. This would result in the bullet tumbling right away if not controlled. But if controlled, could be used to direct the bullet - at least in theory.

Comment: Re:Wireless Networking (Score 3, Interesting) 484

by willy_me (#49553541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

I was using v2 of the router but that should not make a difference. Apple devices use multicast DNS for device discovery. I found that the router would not bridge mDNS packets between the wired and wireless domains. They would at first but eventually they cut out. This can prevent your iPhone from talking with your AppleTV. From the user's perspective, the iPhone is at fault when in reality it is the network.

There were also problems with multiple routers on the same network. A Netgear suppled service (forgotten which one) would conflict the same service on another router when attached to the same network. Eventually one of the routers would crash. But first DHCP would stop working. Caused all sorts of problems.

The routers are great but somehow Netgear really screwed up the firmware. It is possible the latest versions are fine, but then so is OpenWRT.

Comment: Wireless Networking (Score 5, Interesting) 484

by willy_me (#49552453) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

In my experience many problems can be attributed to networking. Most wireless routers have crap support for device discovery. I have some WNDR3700 routers are they were constantly requiring reboots. The only solution was to install a basic OpenWRT firmware - then they were great.

So when a device can not connect to another, or freezes when communicating over the network - check your wireless network. Many problems that are realized on portable devices can actually be tracked back to other devices entirely.

Comment: Re:Question about the speedometer in the video (Score 1) 189

by willy_me (#49523449) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

Would that be a noticeable jolt?

No, jolts are caused by acceleration - either positive or negative. If the train was to cut power and naturally decelerate then it would be noticed due to the significant friction at that speed. But simply leveling off the speed would not induce any noticeable jolts.

For the mandatory car analogy - it would be less noticeable then when you remove your foot from the accelerator pedal when driving at low speed (and accelerating at 0.5 m/s).

Comment: Re:Things that didn't contribute to reduction in C (Score 2) 283

The high price of oil likely played a bigger factor then nuclear power in China. With the lower price for oil, consumption will go back up for 2015. The high price lead to some investment in non-carbon energy sources but that investment has since stalled.

Comment: Re:But it's still a Chromebook... (Score 1) 139

by willy_me (#49243659) Attached to: Google's Pricey Pixel Gets USB-C and a Lower Price

You really do not pay extra for the Windows license. Twenty to thirty bucks amounts to 1-2% of the final purchase price. It is very cheap. From the manufacturer's perspective, this gives them reduced distribution, support, and inventory costs witch would otherwise be added to the product price. Not surprising if the Windows computer is actually cheaper.

The real reason for getting this laptop is because it's a nice laptop with components that are well supported in Linux. And it is highly likely that Google will continue to support, or require the component designers continue to support, Linux into the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re: What's wrong with a scroll wheel? (Score 3, Interesting) 431

by willy_me (#48895711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Usability of the scroll wheel as a center button varies greatly from mouse to mouse. With some mice it is impossible to use without scrolling and with others it is ok. My current mouse, the M525, is poor - but tolerable once you get used to it. My previous mouse, some generic Dell mouse, was much better.

One should go to a computer shop and try them out. Do not assume they are all horrible just because some are.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure (Score 5, Interesting) 206

by willy_me (#48808919) Attached to: China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Had a Chinese friend that said the exact same thing. On that note, another friend explained to me why civil unrest in China is not going to happen any time soon.

The people love their government. Every year the quality of life for the average Chinese increases significantly. As long as this continues there will be no unrest. Say something bad about the Chinese government and the older generation will actually get mad.

The newest generation is different. They have not been without and have much higher expectations of their government. When this generation constitutes the majority and the older generation has died out you will have the potential for civil unrest.

In time China will become more like the Western world. And there is nothing wrong with taking some time. Force Democracy on a populous that is not ready for it and the results are not pretty.

Comment: Re:How is it misleading? (Score 4, Interesting) 103

by willy_me (#48783433) Attached to: Canadian Government Steps In To Stop Misleading Infringement Notices

Canada extradites Canadians to the US on a regular basis. Typically, these people have committed a crime in the US and are being sent back to receive their punishment - also in the US. Only stipulation is that they can not receive the death penalty because Canadians do not consider it humane. The same thing applies to Americans who commit crimes in Canada.

The American and Canadian governments have an agreement in place to prevent criminals from jumping the boarder with hopes of avoiding punishment. This has not been used for cases of infringement. If they tried, it probably would not work.

Comment: Re:Getting ready to buy again here... apk (Score 1) 100

If you are not doing any data processing then simply increasing the RAM and using an SSD has a huge impact. I have a 2.9 GHz i7-920 and I can not see the difference between it and a more modern system. It was an excellent buy - 5 years and it is still great. The addition of an SSD was key to keeping it fast.

Sounds like you know what you're doing with respect to storage but using a modern SSD and maxing out the RAM will likely help. Video cards have also improved significantly in the past 5 years and might warrant an upgrade. Doubt you would notice much of a speed difference between it and a new computer.

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