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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

illogict Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

I’ve been looking for this for years now, couldn’t get a hold of it.

about 10 months ago

USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers

illogict Re:Doubtful (247 comments)

Well, Motorola did that too (see http://wiki.openezx.org/EMU) without adding additional pins to USB. Granted, you can't charge an use audio at the same time.

more than 2 years ago

Boston Using IBM Engineers To Solve Traffic Problems

illogict Re:Tweaks to the cultural problem (178 comments)

Wait, what? There's been no 1st class in Paris metro since 1991.

more than 2 years ago

Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

illogict Re:Train infrastructure US vs France (570 comments)

France has approximately 31,939 km, or 19,845 miles, of track. The USA has approximately 233,000 miles of track, or over twenty times the track that France has. But the USA is only about 17.7 times the volume of France.

The problem isn't that we haven't put effort into the rail system, the problem is that the continental US is so much larger than France. France is 543,965 sq kilometers; the USA is 9,629,091 square kilometers, or about 17.7 times the volume. By both rail-km and rail-volume, we actually have more track than France.

Volumetry isn't the sole thing. Its usage and quality is also important.

  Without the TGV, don't think that people would be using train that much - save for students of course. And that is solely R&D - that didn't happen in the USA. High-speed train is french, german or japanese, and that is almost 50 years old.

It just isn't enough -- nine million square kilometers is a huge area to serve, and it is area that developed at a rate that was different than the rate rail expanded. In addition, France's population density is hugely higher than the USA; you have 60 million people, about 110 per sq-km, while we have 300 million, about 31 per sq km (and actually, because we have very high density coasts, that number is way too high for the US interior and way too low for the coasts.)

Yes, fine. However, you're thinking too globally. Rome wasn't build in one day. Begin with intra-state lines (like what's doing California: the SF-LA high speed line is a great idea), then build around it.

  First TGV line was Paris-Lyon (450km, commercial opening 1981), other lines opened afterwards thanks to its huge success. And much later, french and german networks were linked, for instance.

France and the USA present two entirely different rail problems, and the same strategies can't be used to solve both. It's not practical to set up a rail grid that serves the USA in an equally distributed way -- it wouldn't save money, or fuel - it would lose money and waste fuel.

We would benefit a great deal by moving to dual-track on many routes (the US hiline is one good example... many trains sit and wait for hours in sidings because there is only one track in many locations) and of course, with all that area, hi-speed rail would be lovely - but again, with 17x the area to serve, the amount of funding we're talking about is simply staggering.

That is kind of unfunding here - but fact is that train is not fashionable in the USA, so not that much funding and ticket revenue: vicious circle.

  People are much more willing to take the plane because it's much faster. Availability of high-speed train almost killed plane traffic here, and I'm sure it will be the same after the SF-LA line opens.

more than 4 years ago

IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE

illogict Re:Save? (328 comments)

Why "shocking"? Save for Flashblock and Tineye, I use no addon with Firefox - and am pretty happy with it.

more than 4 years ago

Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

illogict Re:energy density (570 comments)

This is actually the problem with the bad train infrastructures in the USA.

Here (in France), we have much more mass transportation infrastructures available. While I was a student, most used to take the train to go see their parents - not every week, mind you.
Very few students have their own car (less than 10%, maybe 5% I'd say).

The USA most exclusively capitalized on personal transportation, whereas Europe has a much more interesting balance between cars and public transport.

Moreover, many cities are more and more reducing usage of personal cars on their centres by putting horrendous one-ways, speed limits, pedestrian-only streets, making people use tramways, buses, and cycles.

more than 4 years ago

10th Birthday of ASIMO

illogict Re:Progress seems to have stalled (53 comments)

The exact same thing happened to Sony's Qrio - that one was completely ditched, though.

more than 4 years ago

Dual-Core CPU Opens Door To 1080p On Smartphones

illogict Re:And here you go. (314 comments)

I recently bought some http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/network_storage/freeagent_dockstar/ (they're really cheap nowadays, got them for 25€ each here in France, saw that you can have them for 20$ in the USA). Same 1.2GHz ARM, 4 USBs, and GigE, but only 128MB of RAM. I installed some ArchLinux-based distro on it (http://www.plugapps.com/index.php5?title=Portal:PlugBox_Linux), and thought it would happily serve as a web gallery server (written with C, using the EFLs). Those things really miss some DSP or Neon instructions, the thumbnail generation is really slow as hell...

more than 4 years ago

2 Displays and 2 Workspaces With Linux and X?

illogict Enlightenment (460 comments)

Enlightenment DR17 (http://www.enlightenment.org) lets you do that: virtual desktops are managed on a per-screen basis, and still you can move windows between screens. Don't worry it is not "officially" released, it's really stable, I've not seen a crash or anything for months.

more than 4 years ago

Enforcing the GPL On Software Companies?

illogict Re:End User Not Owner? (480 comments)

The Freebox is not rent but lent, is remains Free property. Can we really say it is distribution?

more than 6 years ago


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