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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

rossdee Restrictions (94 comments)

Maybe they (the airlines) will only allow 'silent use'. No voice calls, volume down or headset only etc

Or even separate areas for 'talking' and 'non-talking'
(and a small surcharge on your ticket to specify which)
???
Profit

3 days ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

rossdee C=128 (165 comments)

There was a Z-80 in the C=128 , but it wasn't used.
There was virtually no CPM software adapted to the C=128

Typically 128s mostly were used in C=64 mode

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

rossdee To be really efficient (595 comments)

Get a LED headlamp and only light up the area of the room that you are looking at.
You'll only need 3 or 4 watts that way.

5 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

rossdee I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last as long as they are sposed to.
Of course they still save money in power costs

5 days ago
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Amazon Forced To Reboot EC2 To Patch Bug In Xen

rossdee Sort of off topic (94 comments)

I saw in the Mpls Star Tribune the other day that Amazon are going to start charging (MN residents) sales tax as from 1st October.

I don't know if this will apply to digital content as well but if it does then I will have to cut back on buying books, magazines, and music from them as well.

The only stuff we will be able to buy is clothes...

5 days ago
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Water Discovered In Exoplanet Atmosphere

rossdee Re:We care why? (50 comments)

And its not likely to be habitable by life as we know it, Jim since its a gas giant with mostly hydrogen atmosphere.

about a week ago
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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

rossdee But (71 comments)

Octopusses aren't that fast. Its squids that can move fast

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

rossdee big phone (277 comments)

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Its just small enough to fit in my pocket, but big enough screen to use as an ebook reader.
It also has a microsd slot that will take a 64 gig card - big enough for my music collection.
(I am probably not going to be buying much more music after Oct 1 since Amazon are going to start charging MN residents sales tax)

about a week ago
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My resting heart rate:

rossdee Option 1 (169 comments)

"Below 40 bmp"

Well thats about a mechanized infantry battalion (with Russian weapons)

about a week ago
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My resting heart rate:

rossdee Re:Do the math (169 comments)

"The African Grey parrot for instance can live 30-40 years and has an average heart rate of 300+ bpm."

That is offset by the Norwegian Blue Parrot which has a heart rate of 0

about a week ago
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SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

rossdee Re:satellites? (48 comments)

"Satellites have much longer ping times"

Satellites at geostationary orbit have long ping times, but you can have satellites at lower orbits like a few hundred miles. It only adds a few ms to the ping time.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

rossdee Largest Climate march in history (200 comments)

I guess people couldn't afford to march during past droughts

about two weeks ago
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Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

rossdee Re:How much? (77 comments)

"However, for a flight that *does* go to orbit and stays a few turns, and doesn't require a spacesuit"

Its probably a good idea to be wearing a spacesuit in case something goes wrong. Theres a lot of junk in low orbit, and if your small craft hits something and starts leaking it could get very uncomfortable. In a bigger craft you would have more time to get your suit on if there was an accident.

about two weeks ago
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

rossdee Re:Who are the proposed customers? (56 comments)

"Anyone who could afford a Karma and wanted electric would have already bought a Tesla S or Roadster"

Like a ;ot of people here, I have Excellent Karma and certainly can't afford a Tesla

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

rossdee More people would have joined up (392 comments)

More people would have joined up
if they got free Rollo chocolates

In a similar way, around here they are trying to promote the annual flu shot.
You get a free Klondike Bar with your flu shot.

I think a Klondike bar is something that used to be called an "Eskimo Pie" until some PC folks thought the Inuit tribe would be upset.

about two weeks ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

rossdee Re:Most complicated solution is the best solution! (138 comments)

"Or they could just use the gatling gun instead and utterly obliterate the offending drone"

Triple A can cause collateral damage. Espescially if its using depleted uranium slugs.

about two weeks ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

rossdee Re:Simple, politically incorrect solution (138 comments)

I think even Robin Hood would have difficulty hitting a moving, aerial target.

about two weeks ago
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Boeing To Take Space Tourists On Its CST-100 Spacecraft To the ISS

rossdee Re:this seems fair (47 comments)

I don't think pitch would make a good rocket fuel - not enough power per weight.

about two weeks ago
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Boeing To Take Space Tourists On Its CST-100 Spacecraft To the ISS

rossdee Re:Public access (47 comments)

While Boeing would like NASA to buy the craft, I don't think Congress would give them the budget to do that. Instead they will probably be leased or hired.

about two weeks ago

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