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Comment Re:happened to me (Score 1) 145

On a related note, there is the infamous (in narrow circles) issue of the serial consoles on old Unix systems. Many had an option to "press any key for boot menu" on the serial console. The problem was that the serial consoles would get enough static interference to occasionally detect a character while this option was available, and it would halt the boot process. On a datacenter reboot (usually due to power loss), a handful of servers would never come up because of this. It was far more reliable to require a particular character to be received to break the boot sequence, although there is a risk that even that could be triggered, but FAR less often.

Comment What is the point to this? (Score 1) 199

This basically sounds like QoS, where if there is network congestion, certain traffic can be prioritized over other traffic. If there isn't congestion, I honestly don't see what the point is to this besides to get funding to develop this "ground breaking" technology from investors. The entire reason why ISPs want to break net neutrality is to get additional revenue streams from content providers to make their services more enticing over competition to the eyeballs served by the ISP. The description of this technology seems to violate the entire reason for net neutrality to be violated in the first place.

Comment Re:270% efficiency (Score 4, Insightful) 169

If it charges at 3x the rate, that implies it's ability to pull power is at least 3x what the wired charger is pulling, and it would have to pull that from... a wired connection. This implies the main problem is that the car interface is simply designed to run at a lower power level than this wireless design, and this could be corrected by bumping up the wired interface charge capacity. This is just a case of leapfrogging specs, nothing more.

Comment Re:The tech was never important to me. (Score 3, Informative) 97

The tech is actually already cheap. A local hospital performs a 35 point blood screening with most of the commonly done tests twice a year for $40 a shot, and they do this as a FUND RAISER. A link to the event from earlier this year (although very short on details):

The reason that the tests are so expensive in the Dr's office is that they run each one as a distinct test vs. using bulk analysis. They should NEVER just do a "cholesterol" test, but it is more profitable if they split it up.

Comment People isn't the issue, farming is (Score 5, Insightful) 390

California cities and towns only get 10% of the water. Farmland gets 80% (or somewhat less depending on how you account for it), yet only produces 2% of the state's GDP. The problem is that they are STILL growing the size of the agriculture sector, planting more almond trees for example, even while the existing almond trees are dying from salt poisoning. The reason the overall GDP hasn't been hurt yet is due to the fact that so much of the water is used for so little of the state's income. When the groundwater is all gone due to lack of planning, things may actually change.

Comment Re:Moor? (Score 2) 179

This is a good point. If it is significantly more expensive, say 1GB of this as a write buffer on a large SSD drive will make the NAND drive last nearly forever, as frequent writes can be buffered and only written to the nand when necessary. The biggest issue with NAND is when software constantly writes to the disk, and pushes the write wearing logic to the limit.

Comment Re:Blimey (Score 5, Insightful) 518

You aren't following what he is saying--the research is saying is that THERE IS NO REACTION MASS. Per current physics, this device can't exist. That is why this is so big. No current physics explains it. It is not the opposite of a solar said, since the microwaves don't actual exit the device. If this device works, it does change everything, if only to point to new physics.

Comment The whole issue is going to get worse for Taxis (Score 1) 247

Once automated cars are in place, companies can simply become dispatching services for privately owned cars. Don't want to pay for parking in the city after your car drops you off at work? Let it drive around town and make money for you, then pick you up at the end of the day to drive you home. Then, it can pickup your neighbors as they leave the local bar at night, and it is ready for you, charged up in the morning.

The taxi industry has at most 5-10 years left in it. They should be petitioning that dispatch services need to own taxi medallion rights in order to dispatch for the next 10-15 years, so they can at least recoup some of their investment on the medallions by selling them to the new dispatch services.

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