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Comment Re:What benefit are we missing? (Score 1) 277

These guys are onto something, but you are looking at it the wrong way - the point is not in the "solar" part, but in the "roadway" part.

Look at it this way - road technology plainly suck:

a) Potholes. They cause damage to vehicles, discomfort to the ride and when danger to the general traffic. Even when semi-skilled workers fix them they still leave uneven level and often inferior type of asphalt that is more prone to wear&tear so after some time you are back to square one. With the solar road you pop the panel out, put in the new one and you are done, and is has exact same characteristics as rest of the road

b) Weather. It can be rain that is not drained properly, snow & ice that are not cleared from the road or heat in combination with heavy vehicles that dissolves the asphalt into trenches, the road changes its main form making it dangerous to drive. Imagine designing the solar panels with proper drainage points, heating panels and general structure that can accomodate temperature changes so it doesnt change structure

c) Horizontal signalization. You always have a tedious job of repainting the roads and even then the signalization that you make is static. Now, add couple of LEDs and you can add much superior signalization to a bucket of paint; further on a little bit of programming and your road can have dynamic purpose that would change during rush-hours, traffic accidents, road words and so on

I believe it is a matter of time before we see these "modular" blocks that will make our roads. Adding solar panels is just an added bonus for environmental and even more, marketing part

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 48

Music? Online Radio satisfies me fully.

...which increase the number of listeners on the radio, which increases the price of any ads that they put in the program and money back to artists through IP.

And not to mention any concert tickets you might buy.

Comment Re:that's the way to go (Score 2) 30

I agree.

How much CPUs/RAM/megapixels do you really need in a phone? How much apps do you actually use? The market is quickly becoming saturated.

But the phone that takes security seriously? I see a nice piece of pie in the business market that Blackberry is losing with each day, and Apple and Google will not be able to fill,

Comment Re:I quit buying Samsung (Score 1) 220

Apple has much better control of the manufactured hardware since they are making it; so it is pretty easy for them to support with newer versions of the OS; hardware is good but it comes with "apple tax"

What I believe is that it comes down to if you are willing to dive in the Apple ecosystem with all its advantages and disadvantages.

Which is up to you. I just know that I don't want to.

Comment Re:I quit buying Samsung (Score 1) 220

I was referring to the android updates. When it comes to those all manufacturers suck.

On the other hand, I don't think you are really fair to Samsung. I will not defend their build quality (I really can't), or their software support; but credit when credit due - they have been pushing other manufacturers to up their game; Galaxy 1 was good, galaxy 2 was revolutionary, Note 1,2,3 have been general success. And now, even though I agree this 5 doesn't really justify its price tag, it is still pushing other phones to be waterproof (which is the trend I would really like to continue)

What I would like to see:

- huge battery; I am talking about 4000mAh+
- sd card slot
- good build quality; Plastic can be used, but it has to be well made
- software support


- removable battery would be nice, but I can leave without this
- waterproof

what I am willing to sacrifice:

- Screen resolutions over 1080p (which seems to be the trend now); for smaller screens probably even 720p is enough. In fact if it can increase my battery life I would preffer it
- thinness; to manufacturers - don't be afraid to make beefier phone if you are going to cram a bigger battery inside
- Super-mega-ultra! camera with 123142 jigga pixels; just decent camera is enough, I will make better pictures anyway with 100$ camera without crappy phone optics
- fancy sensors for pulse, blood pressure, movement or measuring size and frequency of my farts. It really will not be the "killer feature" that makes me buy
- latest and greatest CPU that squeezes the last drop of performance in benchmark tests...which I don't really need in everyday use. Don't get me wrong, I would like snappy phone as much as the next guy, but not for the downside of battery usage and extra premium price
- fancy speakers; If I am in quietness of my home I will hear it with crappy ones also; And people who use it in public should be shot anyway

I agree with you with Apple, they are assholes, but they make good hardware. New one from HTC is really, really good. Sony is back in the game. LG has some nice phones. Motorola is also really nice (Razr MAXX is serving me nicely), but we shall see how they continue under new management;

Samsung lives on reputation, but not for long. If they continue this trend with sub-par premium offers, they will have to persuade customers in some other way to buy their phones (hint: Tizen).

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