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Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

RicktheBrick Re:Self driving cars offer way more advantages (190 comments)

I live in a small city of around 10,000. In my lifetime, I have seen virtually all of the commercial business move from the city to just outside of it. There are big box stores with parking lots with more area than the stores. Just by eliminating the parking lots, it would save half of the area needed. By timing things well, one could even have the products be unloaded from the trucks to the self driving cars and totally eliminate the need for the stores. One could totally use all of the space in a store as one could store items 20 feet above the floor with very narrow isle. Robots would retrieve the items. So I see self driving cars reducing our need for commercial areas by at least one half. When we decide that building underground will save energy and life, than self driving cars will be so much easier to program as there will be almost nothing to get in their way. So I can see eliminating around half of our transportation needs, thus giving us a lot more idle time that we will have to fill with something.

about 2 months ago
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Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

RicktheBrick Re:Not enough people (164 comments)

I can make a case for my hometown, Ludington, Michigan.
1. We have cheap labor hear.
2. We are close to several large cities(Chicago is only about 250 miles) and Universities(Michigan State, University of Michigan)
3. We have one of the largest pumped storage plants in the world for power.
4. A very small part of that water could be used for cooling. The temperature of Lake Michigan is still under 40 degrees.
5. We have 56 windmills in the county. There is a large potential area in the center of Lake Michigan for a huge number of windmills. There is a lot of wind there and no one lives there.
6. We have a harbor for recreational and commercial boating that has access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
7. We have a large state and national park and a lot of small inland lakes for recreation.
8. Lake Michigan keeps us cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the rest of the state.
9. We do not worry about hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and even tornadoes as they are either never here or extremely rare.

about 3 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

RicktheBrick Re:Police often wont take care of it... (664 comments)

I am sure that every thief would risk life in prison or even death over a phone. Than there is my case. I was walking in a park and happen to notice a phone on the trail. It was in three parts(phone, battery, and cover). It was wet so I took it home and used a hair dryer to dry in out. After I put it back to together, it worked. It did not have any identification on it so I called the numbers in the contact list. One of the contacts did call the owner who did call me. I answered on their phone and after finding out where they lived I drove over there and gave them back their phone. I did not get any reward of any kind so I did all of this out of the kindness of my heart. In the vast majority of the cases, I would think they would end peacefully but is it worth the risk even if it is one out of a thousand cases that end up bad?

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom

RicktheBrick Re:The two genres don't go together (121 comments)

No matter how far in the future a show pretends to be in, the people will still have basically the same attitudes, desires, and morality of the people today. They will not get enough people to watch it if they do not keep it so people can understand it. Most people do not even want to learn something from watching a show so everything must be familiar to them. Almost everyone of the sci-fi shows just continue our present conflicts into the future. I would hope that someday we can settle both personal and national conflicts without resorting to violence. Therefore for most of the show, the time could be today. They will probably mix some computer generated videos of some futuristic travel and weapons but those will be a very small part, time wise, of the show.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

RicktheBrick Re:But the price? (466 comments)

To be fair one should compare the price of cooked chicken since they are precooked. Are the chicken breast both skinless and boneless? If not than one has to subtract the weigh to both of these to figure the true cost of the meat. I am sure that their product is much easier to prepare and serve. If one values their time than one would consider that too. I would think that one could microwave them and put them out with some sauce in no time at all. I would assume that they do not need to be refrigerated too so they would be much easier to store at home too.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Pondering Peer-to-Peer Technology For Streaming Video

RicktheBrick Re:net neutrality... (114 comments)

How much of a television show is the same for every show? I think at least 10%. The opening theme song and closing credits take at least 4 minutes of the 43 minutes for each hour long show. Just by allowing a local cache for those times would save a huge amount of transmitted data. Than there are movies like "Blue is the warmest color". I am sure there are plenty of people who have stopped the movie just after the hot sex scenes. I am sure that they will start them over again and rewind them to the begging of the sex scene to watch them over again. Allowing them to save parts or all of a movie would again save tremendous amounts of bandwidth. But this would mean giving away content for almost nothing and would probably destroy the dvd movie business of both renting and selling them. If I have a local cache of any content than I should be able to watch that content off line. If and when I got enough content, I might decide to quit netflix and just watch that content over and over.

about 3 months ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

RicktheBrick Re:RAID? (256 comments)

I regret the large amount of space on my hdd. This computer is around 6 years old and it had a 500 gigabyte hard drive. When it was going bad, I looked into replacing it with a ssd. I had less than 100 gigabytes on the hard drive but even after making an image of the hard drive and booting from a flash drive the program would not copy the image onto a drive that was less than 500 gigabytes. I ended up buying another hard drive and got lucky since both were Seagate the program provided by Seagate did copy the original hard drive to the new one. Buying a ssd means one has to start over. This means one has to have a dvd with the ability to do a clean install of windows to the ssd. Most new computers do not have this option. Even then one has to reinstall all of ones programs and know where all the data for them are stored so one can copy them from the old hard drive. Lets take Realplayer for an example. It will allow one to download video from the Internet. But copying the video from one drive to another and having a clean installation of it recognize the video is a pain. Especially if one has renamed them. Look at the new computers at Walmart or Staples and one will not find one that starts with a ssd so until one can easily transfer everything from a hard drive to a ssd they will not be a option for the average computer user.

about 3 months ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

RicktheBrick Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

Husband to wife: Dear have you seen my phone? wife: No. Maybe we should report it as being stolen. A week later the husband is jogging on his favorite trail and finds the phone. He calls his wife. Husband: Great news dear. I found my phone. Boom.

about 4 months ago
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How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

RicktheBrick Re:Using 'songs' as units of measurement? (100 comments)

So a hard drive can store 760,000 songs. Lets say it cost just $1 per song so that hard drive would have $760,000 worth of songs on it. I hope it is backed up and has an armed guard watching it 24 hours a day. It is obvious that most people can not legally come close to filling up their hard drives as it would cost many times what the hard drive cost. So lets store movies and songs that one will never again watch or listen to just to say we have them. So what are we using all this storage for? Soon I will have to file my income tax for last year. Is there a hard drive somewhere with all of my income data for last year? No! I have to keep watch on my mail for over a month in hopes that I do not miss a tax document amongst all the useless junk mail. It does not matter to me how much hard drive storage we have since we can not properly use what we have already.

about 4 months ago
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Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

RicktheBrick Re:And That, Ladies and Gentlemen ... (194 comments)

I am sure glad that I seen this. I was blaming my porn site for all the pop up videos. Now I can go back to watching porn. In fact I think I will cut this comment short and watch some right now.

about 6 months ago
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Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe

RicktheBrick Re:bfd (226 comments)

My calculations are 60 euro time 1.37 equals 82.2 dollars divided by 1000 or .082 or 8.2 cents per kilowatt hour. .5 euro times 1.37 equals .685 dollars divided by 1000 or .000685 or .0685 cents per kilowatt hour. The most expensive is close to what I pay and the cheapest is far less. At the cheapest rate my electricity bill would be less than 1% of what I now pay. 14.5 kilowatt hours per penny is almost free.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

RicktheBrick Re:This should be good! (611 comments)

There will be no fact given by Nye that Ham will not declare to be false. He will give names of a scientist that he says will agree with him. If this does not completely work for him he will say that it was a miracle of god. One does not cause another to give up a long cherished belief by giving them facts. The other will either ignore or deny that fact. To do otherwise would cause one to almost completely give no value to their life since they would have spent it supporting false beliefs. The stronger they believe in a fact the stronger they will deny anything that does not support it. The way to do it is to change their beliefs of a lot of smaller facts and than use those to change their beliefs on the important beliefs. But they would sense this way before that and would stop listening because nothing is more important to them than their faith. The only people this debate will help is those with a strong desire to find the truth but do not have a strong inclination toward any belief.

about 7 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

RicktheBrick Re:make my day... (453 comments)

I am making this comment on a desktop computer using vista. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that every time I go to the comment section, I get hit with a pop up video. I just saw an advertisement for Philips Sonicare and Walmart. When I got rid of that video, I noticed another firefox program being started and put behind the one I am commenting on. I minimized this one so I could close the other one out. The other day I left my computer on overnight and in the middle of the night since I had left firefox on and slashdot on a tab, a video started playing. It was the television program "The big bang". I also have a tablet but I do not have the problem of a tv program starting up in the middle of the night on it.

about 8 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

RicktheBrick Re: A century ago, Progressives (926 comments)

Go into Walmart and look at the cheapest computer. Now think about 1983 and how much money it would take then to duplicate that computer. It would take billions of dollars and a huge number of people to support it and yet one can get that computer for under $500. Automobiles in the 70's did not last much more than 100,000 miles, now one can expect them to last to 250,000 miles or more. No one would even look at cars back then that are being sold for close to $10,000 today. Driver less vehicles are going to change the world more than any other invention in the past. The future is going to be so different than today so that devaluation of the dollar will be the least of one's problems. So what do I think the biggest fear is going to be? It is the fear that science is going to destroy religion. In my opinion science has already proved that the bible is false. So all of our cherished beliefs are going to be proved false. The only way to hold on is to appose progress.

about 9 months ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

RicktheBrick Re:Flagrant Flatulism Posing as Reporting (449 comments)

Draw a circle with a radius of a mile on a map with your home as the center and you will probably have close to 200,000 people living there. If I were to draw a circle with a radius of fifty miles around my house, I still would not get over 50,000 people living there(I live on Lake Michigan so half of the circle would be occupied by the lake). Now as for mass transportation, there is no passenger train within a 100 miles and as for subways Chicago is around 300 miles away since the lake is inconveniently in the way. The nearest bus depot is over 60 miles away. The nearest Walmart is around 3 miles. The nearest theater is 5 miles. There is a local bus that will pick someone up but one is limited to transport only what one can carry on their lap. There is around a 15 minute wait each way before it gets to you. There is no parking fees within 50 miles. Walking in the winter is out of the question since one would have to walk in the street since everywhere else is snow covered. It gets dark around 5 p.m. so unless one is retired and has no job, walking would mean walking in the dark on snow covered streets limited by what one can transport. I would not live here without a automobile.

about 9 months ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

RicktheBrick Re:Daylight Saving Time (545 comments)

Schools have a lot to do with it. Here in Michigan if they did not go on daylight saving time school aged children would just sleep through an hour of daylight. It is easier than trying to make everyone start up an hour earlier. In the fall we have the opposite problem since if we did not fall back children would have to go to school in the dark. This would lead to more accidents and some deaths. I try to take a walk after my evening meal but tomorrow it will be dark around 17:30 so I will have to adjust the time when I eat that meal. The worst is around December 21st when there is only around 9 hours of daylight so it is either children getting hurt in the morning going to school or in the afternoon going home or playing outside.

about 9 months ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

RicktheBrick Re:First Post! (530 comments)

So I guess this means everyone should do whatever they want since god can not detect any change in the universe. I guess this goes along with the story of Adam and Eve since god did not detect that they had eaten the forbidden fruit until he came into the universe to talk to them. Stupid Adam and Eve! they would have gotten away with it if they had just acted like nothing had happened.

about 9 months ago
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A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

RicktheBrick Re:actual "platform" (668 comments)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. How much money and people would have been saved if someone had taken proper precautions against passengers hijacking planes before 9/11? How much money and people would have been saved if they had built the walls around New Orleans properly before Katrina? I would bet that a lot more money would have been saved even if the costs were tripled because of interest payments. Ignoring problems to save money will cost more in the end.

about 9 months ago
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Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

RicktheBrick Re:Being a Saudi (537 comments)

The state of Florida's treatment of Ms. Hunt is prove of that. They are spending 10's of thousands of dollars persecuting this young lady for her sexual preference. She is a hero in my opinion. How many young women's life are being severely hampered because they got themselves pregnant at a very early age. I know several who would be a lot better off today if they had an affair with another female instead of a male. We should be thinking of the young female and her sexual needs rather than our backwards religious beliefs. In Florida killing another human being is fine. Giving them pleasure is evil.

about 10 months ago
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Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display

RicktheBrick Re:Why? (219 comments)

CRT televisions used to be curved than the big advancement was flat screens. Flat screens were easier to see in bright sunlight with less glare. I would think the same reasoning would apply to phones.

about 10 months ago

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