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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

coolsteve Re:Sanity check (197 comments)

From the article:

MOBILE SUBCRIBERS END OF 2013
Total active mobile subscriptions or accounts -7.1B (was 6.7B in 2011, growth 6%)
Unique mobile users - 4.5 B (was 4.3B in 2011, growth 5%)
Actual mobile phones in use - 5.4 B (was 5.2B in 2011, growth 4%)

Not quite sure what that means... There are more active subscriptions than actual phones in use? Who is paying for a subscription without having a phone attached?

about 7 months ago
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Old (unused) mobile phones I've got hanging around ...

coolsteve Re:Well balanced first votes (307 comments)

Wouldn't the answer to the puzzle in the link be 0 Ohms? (Because there would be an infinite number of parallel resistors.) Or can I not make that assumption... And I probably spent too much time thinking about this already...

more than 4 years ago
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The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

coolsteve Re:Truck "Repellent" System (371 comments)

That assumption has always been there, and people who ignore traffic laws are already a danger. Sure, there are situations when it's quiet enough on the road that you can safely ignore a few laws, but you need to be able to recognise those situations. When this thing is about, you'd better stick to your lane, or check very carefully before switching.

I've seen lots of times when lots of cars are blocking intersections or ignoring traffic signals. People ignore laws when it's very busy, just as much as when it's quiet. (Or at least it seems that way to me.) People are in a rush, or being impatient, or annoyed at someone, or is tired of being stuck behind the same traffic light for the 5th cycle, etc. I'm just picturing the traffic situation with a bunch of these things in New York City. Or Boston. Or Washington DC. Or Taipei.

more than 4 years ago
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The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

coolsteve Re:Truck "Repellent" System (371 comments)

There seems to be a strong assumption that everyone is going to follow traffic laws... (Stay in your lane, obey traffic signals, don't block intersections, etc.) From my experience driving, that's a big assumption. It might be a good idea for them to have a traffic officer on the bus at all times, just to give out tickets to all the annoying people blocking the bus in some stupid manner.

more than 4 years ago
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The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

coolsteve Re:Plausible? (371 comments)

Train tracks, yes, but not tram tracks...

Bah! Stupid small font... =) I see your point. I'll concede that as well.

more than 4 years ago
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The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

coolsteve Re:Plausible? (371 comments)

Did you see the video? The cars were stopped at a red light when the "bus" turned.

You got me, I have not. (My company firewall blocks all video streaming.) I suppose that having these sync with traffic signals would make my point moot.

I can't imagine coins or shoes being any more of a problem than it is for trams that have been in use for some 150 years by now.

These buses will be running on regular roads (with some modification for the track of course.) The sheer number of people that will be walking alongside/across the path of these buses (I'm assuming) would be much more than alongside/across train tracks.

more than 4 years ago
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The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

coolsteve Plausible? (371 comments)

Ok, I've got a couple problems with this... First, if that bus wants to turn left/right, then I'd feel bad for anyone who's underneath that bus at the time. (Or likewise, if it's going straight, and you want to turn left/right while underneath.) Second, people drive like idiots. I can't imagine how much damage a car accident with this thing would do. Third, maintaining the tracks that these things run on has got to be expensive and/or difficult. I can imagine the amount of loose change, or little kid shoes being dropped in those tracks.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm glad they're thinking outside the box to deal with congestion problems, but I don't think this will work...

more than 4 years ago
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How Big Is Your Primary Display?

coolsteve Re:Multi-head, in a symmetric array (375 comments)

I have six 23" LCDs arrayed flush together in two rows of three (one upper, one lower). I love the setup, overkill though it may be.

Are you a day trader? Or is the setup for some ridiculous gaming...? And if the latter, would you mind if I come for a visit? (please?)

more than 4 years ago
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Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

coolsteve Re:Let the rationalizations begin (1115 comments)

I write music for a living...I should only get paid for the first copy sold?

I don't think anyone is saying that... Piracy will be around, it always has been, and always will. If you are a very good musical artist, you will make lots of money. (i.e. Taylor Swift.) If you produce a good movie, you will make lots of money (i.e. The Dark Knight.) And by 'good', I don't mean what you think is good, it's what most other people think is good. There are still movies nowadays that make lots of money, there are still musical artists that make lots of money today. Even with all the piracy that's going on. Consumers will pay for what they think is a good value, at whatever price they think is a good price.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

coolsteve Re:I think there's something to that (1115 comments)

If I had mod points, I'd mod you up.

I totally agree. In fact, I remember a few years back, I had bought a legitimate copy of Civ III Complete. Well, when I tried to install and run the game, it complained of a SecureROM error. I went back to Best Buy, exchanged my copy with a different copy of Civ III, and it didn't work either. Apparently, they got too enthusiastic with their anti-piracy software, and lost a sale because of it (AND I was trying to do the right thing, buying a legitimate version of the software.) I found out later that there are DRM issues with the game, so I just went without.

Now, if I had just gotten a pirated version of the game, it would've had something I could use.

more than 4 years ago
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My laptop's battery's good for roughly ...

coolsteve Re:..for less than 1 minute (454 comments)

I've got he same problem. I've got a Dell Inspiron 6000. It's a bit old and runs Windows XP. I could pretty much power on the PC, and by the time I log in, it'll power off due to running out of charge. From what I've been told, batteries have a certain number of 'cycles'. Use them up, and the battery doesn't hold much of a charge anymore. Unfortunately, most laptops will start recharging the battery when it depletes (on it's own) to below 95%. Then it would start recharging the battery, wasting one of your 'cycles'. I've had much more luck (with one of my older laptops) where I would never plug the battery in (unless I needed to charge it in preparation for a trip.) The battery lasted much longer when I needed it to.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Lynnfield CPU Bests Nehalem In Performance/Watt

coolsteve Re:Lack of focus (173 comments)

You're new here aren't you? The /. way involves: 3. ???? 4. Profit!.

No one on /. these days remember that meme. I know. I've tried using it before, and with little success...

more than 5 years ago
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Robotic Mold

coolsteve Umm... (118 comments)

From the article:

This mould, or plasmodium, is a naturally occurring substance with its own embedded intelligence. It propagates and searches for sources of nutrients and when it finds such sources it branches out in a series of veins of protoplasm.

Does this worry anyone else?

more than 5 years ago
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The Orange Goo That Could Save Your Laptop

coolsteve Re:ThinkGeek has this? (285 comments)

Eeek... I was just trying to be silly... I didn't mean to offend you. My apologies.

more than 5 years ago
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The Orange Goo That Could Save Your Laptop

coolsteve Re:ThinkGeek has this? (285 comments)

The behavior of this stuff sounds a bit like the Smart Mass Thinking Putty I have from ThinkGeek.com.

Are you sure it's the same thing? I mean, the stuff on ThinkGeek isn't orange...

more than 5 years ago
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How the Pirate Bay Will Be Legalized

coolsteve Re:Model (265 comments)

So, the business model is to take away the things that people are probably most interested in, and start charging for whatever is left?

I don't know about that. The MPAA just cares that they're making money. And many people are just interested in having a convenient place to get their movies, etc. iTunes was able to make craploads of money by offering a convenient place to download songs at a very reasonable price even though people could have gotten it for free elsewhere. I think that this model could work very well for Pirate Bay. I'd be interested in seeing how it turns out.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Makes Second GPLv2 Release

coolsteve Re:So that's their plan.... (218 comments)

Shouldn't that be:
1.) Release code under GPL
2.) ???
3.) Profit!

more than 5 years ago
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Switching To Solar Power, One Year Later

coolsteve Re:Return on investment (541 comments)

He can invest the savings on electricity each year and substantially increase his ROR.

Wait, but if he just took the $38400 and put it in a savings account/mutual fund that has a yield of 1% a year, wouldn't that be a better way to invest his money?

I don't think that it's an obvious win at all... I would agree that it helps the environment, and helps invest in the technology, but not financial win yet.

more than 5 years ago

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