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Comment Let's not forget LED Lighting (Score 1) 146

a large inrush current (such as a motor)

LED Lighting and the divers that run them have a significantly larger inrush current than incandescent lighting ( http://ledsmagazine.com/features/9/3/7/EcosystemFig3 ). I'd be more concerned about that than a motor.

This "feature" of LED lighting was not something that was initially taken into account.

Comment Not a "DROPBOX" Alternative - File Sync Yes (Score 3, Informative) 96

This is basically an "open source" version of what http://www.cubby.com/ did in their free beta--but is now a paid part of the service. It was called "DirectSync" ( https://www.cubby.com/features/ ) and didn't use any of the "cloud" part of storage from the service. You can see how it is now part of the paid service here: https://www.cubby.com/pricing/

I would expect any number of other providers are looking at this for a paid service. High end versions would include Globalscape's WAFS ( http://www.globalscape.com/wafs/ ) and File Replication Pro ( http://www.filereplicationpro.com/ ).

Free with good encryption is a great idea IMO. I for one would use it.

Comment Needs PVR Ability (Score 3, Insightful) 199

None of these devices, Google TV or Apple TV, are going to take off unless they offer a simple and effect way for a customer to record a show. This can either be Over The Air or Over The Cable. People WANT this feature because it is ingrained into their thinking.

The ability to On Demand order and watch a show over Broadband still needs widespread adoption and availability. See other posts here about "content."

Without easy PVR functionality, then these devices are just extra devices duplicating my already includes services in my big old stupid DVR/Cable box.

Comment A bit late to the party? (Score 5, Informative) 84

Spaceweather.com is reporting this as subsiding....

SUBSIDING STORM: A severe geomagnetic storm (Kp=7-8) that began yesterday when a CME hit Earth's magnetic field is subsiding. At the peak of the disturbance, auroras were sighted around both poles and in more than five US states including Michigan, New York, South Dakota, Maine, and Minnesota:

Comment Re:Substation? (Score 1) 572

I think the real problem with any of the ideas to move it deeper into space (all of which I'm in favor of, mind you, as I think an orbital station around the Moon, Mars, or Europa would be AWESOME) has to do with radiation shielding and micro-meteoroids.

Similar to the shuttle, which is limited as to how high it can orbit, the ISS would be similarly limited due to radiation and micro-meteoroids. It does not have sufficient shielding from either of these to be placed outside of low earth orbit. Maybe additional shielding could be added, but that would just increase the mass which increased the inertia which increases the energy required to move it out of LEO or one of those other AWESOME locations...

Comment "Forced" upgrade because my TV died (Score 1) 1162

I was just fine with my DVD recorder (yes, recorder). But then my lovely 17" Samsung CRT TV died and I needed a new one. Only option was to get a larger "flat screen" LCD HD TV. That and the lack of connections on the back forced me into a new player, so I opted for an upconverting blue-ray with web aps. I mainly wanted the upconverting and the web apps for Netflix Instant Watch.

Otherwise, I would not have bothered with a blu-ray. DVD works just fine, even on upconverting.

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