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Comment Re:Is it just me... (Score 1) 106

It's just you, and everyone else who thinks that anything less than 1600 pixels with a readable font size of 12 is enough resolution in the vertical. Fits my screen with room to spare! :-) {Insert rant about useless netbooks and web pages with WAYY too much frippery here; mutter, mutter, mutter}

Comment Missing the point of TFA (Score 1) 111

All the commenters above seem to think it's useless. The market is clearly saying that there are more people who have a use for it than there are Pi Zeros available. Raspberry may be guilty of poor market planning and the zero may not be useful to some people, but it darned sure seems to have surplus demand.

Me? I'm looking at the hacks that allow me to solder an old wifi dongle to it, or the one that lets me run it on Power-Over-Ethernet (yes, different applications, although wouldn't it be cool?!).

Comment Re: Think? (Score 1, Troll) 522

"The highway works as long as nobody drives on it?!"

More than 80% of their speed, more than 90% of the time. So, let's say that 10% of the time it was at or below 80%. Now let's say that a day has 24 hours. So only 2.4 (call it 2) hours of the day was the connection more than 20% below advertised, possibly much more. Now let's say that that occurs when EVERYONE IS USING IT. The system fails under peak load, i'e. when it's being used. So most users will experience failure.

Would you accept internet that is completely nonfunctional from 6-8PM every day? That satisfies your criterion above.

It's not like nobodies using the system when it's down. The system is down because it's being used. This is not an acceptable failure mode.

Comment Learn to proofread. (Score 5, Interesting) 117

typically loading 1-3MB of content and >500kB of advertising

I'm pretty sure that should be <500kB of advertising.

Yep... mea culpa. As soon as I saw it go up, I cringed and went wildly searching for the edit function. And the sentence before that should read: ".. took 10-30s to load 10-20MB ...". Submit in haste, repent at leisure.

Submission + - The real cost of mobile ads (

cvdwl writes: A New York Times (mildly paywalled) article and associated analysis discuss the consumer cost of mobile ads assuming a US$0.01/MB data plan. The article provides one of the only estimates I've seen of the the real cost in time and money (and time is money) of mobile advertising. Ethics of ad-blockers aside, this highlights the hidden costs of data-heavy (often lazy and poorly developed) web-design.

In a nutshell, the worst sites took 10-30s load 10-20MB, costing $0.15-0.40, over 4G due to a blizzard of video, heavy images, and occasionally just massive scripts. The best sites had high content to ad ratios, typically loading 1-3MB of content and >500kB of advertising.

Comment Re:Troll (Score 2) 585

You, sir, are... ok, let's keep this marginally civil. The great bastion of capitalism, the good old United States of America, has higher costs than every country and worse average outcomes than most developed (and a few developing) countries. Look it up, the numbers all everywhere. Life expectancy, infant mortality, etc. I live in one of those "socialist" countries (Italy), and frankly dread their medical system (it appears medieval in many ways), but the results speak for themselves.

Comment There are windows? (Score 1) 286

I have to admit, I just flew Milan to Heathrow to Denver, and back, and I don't think I looked out the windows once, other than while standing in line waiting for the bathroom. Granted, I was center section aisle, and I did enjoy gawking on a recent flight across Africa, but overall I'd happily trade windows for a GOOD set of cameras.

In other news, BA finally update the entertainment system on their transatlantics to something better than 480P. Which also helps!

Comment Re:However (Score 2) 112

I live on the west coast of Italy; they do ocean refilling all the time here, as there are very few lakes. Remember that these are seaplanes; some corrosion resistance is built into the design. Also, they don't really land so much as just skim the surface for a kilometer or so, still holding a pretty good speed. I believe some also carry tanks of concentrated retardant to mix with the water.

Comment Cheap and available (Score 1) 112

Pretty much any cheap plane will work fine. I believe I recall a 74 being used a few years ago (, and C130s are very common in this service.

Once you've done this with it, though, you'll probably never see it back in commercial passenger use, anywhere. Dumping 48000kg while in the middle of a dive puts some serious stress on the airframe (YouTube, not for the faint of heart).

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