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Comment Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 303

Interesting how no one commented that maybe this isn't the best use of the Internet....... Shouldn't all these private companies and corporations be on a "business internet" and leave the WWW for us real people out here? Oh wait, we're all gun-toting, freedom-loving, god-fearing free-market capitalists. Can't have that, now can we?

Exactly whom do you think is consuming this bandwidth? Surely you don't think Netflix uses this all this bandwidth to stream movies back and forth between its own servers..

Comment Re: 9 month test required + uniform radial flux (Score 1) 314

FTA:

There is no fee for applying for Energy Star certification, nor for using the label.

I have no such optoelectronics experience, but I am as skeptical and cynical as the next guy and curious about where the "pay-for-play" aspect comes in.

You still have to pay for the lab to test the product... then you can submit to the EPA fee-free to get certified.

Comment Re:More person, more cost. Fine. (Score 1) 587

The maximum payload plus fuel on a Cessna is 1111kg - 767 = 334kg. If your spry pilot is 45kg, that leaves 289kg for cargo and fuel, or 26% of your gross weight. If my math is right, that would be about 25kg of fuel for Pago Pago to Faleolo, plus reserves, so say 40kg, leaving you with 249kg of cargo. The difference between 2 passengers at 124kg each and one at 249kg is linear, but if you have two seats filled with 100kg people you aren't using your full capacity.

It only makes sense if you can use every remaining kg for package cargo if you have lighter self-loading cargo.

Fuel burn increases with weight.

Comment Re:I like T-Mobile (Score 1) 198

They're by far the least evil of the major carriers in the US.

Only for certain definitions of "evil". I've been with them for 7+ years and every year the service gets a little worse, the plan gets a little more expensive, and they offer fewer new phones that I actually want to purchase. Sure, their customer service is cheery and all, but they rarely actually accomplish anything.

Interesting. I've been with them a few years and just kept the plan I started with. They no longer offer this plan, but I haven't selected another and they haven't increased the price I've been paying.

Comment Re:will drive online shopping overseas (Score 1) 434

You may have to wait a little longer, but people will start buying from Canada or other places without taxes.

I really doubt that. Based on what I see on other forums, most US consumers refuse to buy almost anything if they have to buy it online. I see people all the time who shlep down to their local brick and mortar store to pay more money, spend more time and get a worse quality product than something they could buy cheaper and of higher quality online. Ever been the grocery store or Wal-Mart and noticed how many people refuse to use the self-checkout line? I rest my case.

Good point. I expect Amazon to declare bankruptcy in the near future.

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