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Comment Re:Isn't this like an ancience technology (Score 4, Informative) 156

The Wikipedia article is interesting. It mentions that one of the better existing devices generates 9,000 liters a year and takes up 6,500 sq. ft. of space. Assuming it scales linearly, 2,000 liters per day would require 527,000 sq ft of space, roughly ten football fields. If you could increase efficiency by a factor of 2 to 10, and similarly reduce costs, this x-prize challenge would be feasible.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 561

Men in nursing has been increasing for a while, although the figures are still pretty small. ... It's an attractive job. When you have an attractive job, you don't need to do anything to stimulate interest in it. The market will take care of it.

Don't you think that the attractiveness of that job to men is at least somewhat offset by the social stigma against men in nursing? Men should be nurses, but many are choosing not to against their financial interest simply due to the social stigma around it. That isn't fair for men, and likewise for women in programming.

Comment Re:Never Down (Score 1) 237

Um, you do realize that there are networking technologies to protect the network from practically every scenario that you mentioned?

Four nines availability means that a network is down 52 minutes per year. Five nines means five minutes per year, less than a second a day. I'm sure few are actually timing it, but I highly doubt Apple is even achieving 4 nines with all of their services. Would anyone notice if iTunes is down for a few seconds a day?

Comment Re:No biggie (Score 1) 186

Looks like my next car will be a Leaf.

I love what Tesla is doing with technology, but I'm really disappointed with their marketing. If they could explain their story and their limitations clearly, without calling it "self driving" or "autopilot", they would gain so much credibility and advance the state of the art without endangering the public's acceptance of self-driving cars by needlessly pushing social limits.

Comment Never Down (Score 5, Insightful) 237

This team was responsible for building a network at Apple that was so reliable it would never down. Not rarely — never.

Leave it to business insider to make ludicrous claims about network availability. If Apple's network had 99.99% uptime, and it would cost ten billion dollars to add another 9 to it, I'm pretty sure they'd rather pocket that money than spend it on more redundant switches/routers.

Comment Let's Take a Moment and Look to Samsung... (Score 1) 46

Let's take a moment and look at a company that is really doing right. I've been incredibly impressed with the way that Samsung has handled this situation, given the amount it will cost them. The vast majority of companies (e.g., Toyota brake systems, Apple iPhone batteries, XBox power issues) would continully deny the existence of a problem right up until the recall and then do the absolute minimum necessary. The fact that Samsung is going above and beyond what it would take to limit their liability should be lauded.

Comment Re:2 years seems rather excessive (Score 3, Funny) 87

2 years to build a new Soyuz capsule after it's ordered? It takes Boeing and Airbus about 80 days to build a 777 or A380.

Wow, 80 days to make a 777? It takes Toyota only 17 hours to make a car! Wow, 17 hours to make a car? It takes my corner deli three minutes to make a sandwhich!

False comparisons anyone?

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 87

ISS, like the Space Shuttle program before, is more of an ongoing PR promotion (and jobs program) than any kind of useful scientific mission. Either send humans to Mars or stick with unmanned missions.

How would sending a handful of astronauts to Mars to live on life support for a few days be any less of a PR stunt than the ISS?

Comment Re:Building wealth (Score 2) 491

The thing that made America great in the last half of the 20th century was the ability for citizens to build and keep wealth.

Maybe it was also that all the factories and wealth in Europe was destroyed, and that the U.S. was one of the few countries in the world with working infrastructure. Maybe all of this is just inevitable.

Comment Re:Every generation has a similar problem (Score 1) 84

There are always things that distract parents from family time.

Television has been far more harmful than smartphones or the internet. An entire generation grew up from the 70s to mid 90s totally glued to television programming and their sponsors. Smartphones have a bad side, but they are at least moderately active, requiring users to search and find content they like. TV is as passive as it gets, total brain rot.

Comment Re:Mandate higher speeds NOW!! (Score 3, Insightful) 170

It is just unfair, that the rich have a better life than the poor... The government must mandate equal quality of life for all!

I get that you're being sarcastic, but if you believe that the internet is as trans-formative as electricity, roads, or in-door plumbing, then there is a good argument that it should be available to all.

Comment Re:What's the new DUI? (Score 1) 36

My guess is the lawyers will go after whomever has the deepest pockets that they think they can force to a settlement, liability be damned.

In a perfect world people wouldn't be dirt bags so this wouldn't happen. In our world i would guarantee you're 100% correct.

They're not necessarily dirtbags for doing so. Those with the deepest pockets also have the greatest ability to prevent accidents. If you have the ability to prevent an accident, you're more responsible for preventing one.

Comment Re:Neither Necessary Nor Sufficient (Score 2) 168

Do smart cars need lines on the road they can actually see or are the faded-to-nothingness lane and directional dividing lines sufficient?

Absolutely, faded lines should be sufficient! Nobody would get into a car if they knew they would die if the lane dividers were faded.

That said, it's reasonable to assume that having brightly lit lines will allow cars to move faster on closer. Similarly, with smart roads: I can see them being used to increase efficiency, but they should not have to be necessary.

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