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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

samurphy21 Re:Really bad idea. (1173 comments)

Do you have a steel or aluminum framed bike? If it's steel, then the issue is just that the sensor in the crack isn't sensitive enough, but if it's aluminum then you're invisible to the sensor as it only works on magnetic inductance. In eier event, you can glue a couple high powered neodymium magnets to the underside of your bottom bracket and it wqill make your bike look way bigger to those sensors.

about 3 years ago
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Almost-Satnav For Cycling

samurphy21 Re:Probably off topic, but I want to know! (119 comments)

My Tracks will record your tracks, and I think allow you to import them into google maps. Google latitude, part of Google Maps, will allow those you tag as authorized to view your whereabouts, if you want people to find you when you're out on the road. Those are the two main apps I use for that kind of stuff.

Do you need to be able to view your phone in this holder, or do you just want it to be able to gather data while you bike? I use a frame bag and just tuck my phone in there, when I'm out.

more than 3 years ago
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Throwing Out Software That Works

samurphy21 Re:Yeah nothing works anymore (622 comments)

The problem is HTML5 is great and all, but:

* it just a draft

So was 802.11n, but that didn't stop you from having functioning 802.11n setups.

more than 3 years ago
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Rogers Shrinks Download Limits As Netflix Arrives

samurphy21 Re:You Know (281 comments)

Here in Eastern Canada, we have Bell and Eastlink for internet, as well as Telus for Cell. Rogers isn't available in this area, either. I don't know WHERE this "Rogers Internet" is, but I suspect it's Ontario, which, as we all know, is like.. 99% of Canada, but only if you're FROM Ontario.

about 4 years ago
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Rogers Shrinks Download Limits As Netflix Arrives

samurphy21 Re:You Know (281 comments)

I don't think you can even get Rogers internet in Nova Scotia. There is a choice between Eastlink cable and Bell DSL, with a hodge podge of smaller places doing long haul wireless and such. Rogers DOES have cell phone "coverage" in this area, but it is laughably expensive and paltry coverage when compared to Bell or Telus's coverage.

about 4 years ago
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Damn Vulnerable Linux — Most Vulnerable Linux Ever

samurphy21 Re:Or (227 comments)

Or at the very least, from behind a hardware firewall/router.

about 4 years ago
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BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed

samurphy21 Re:Yeah, right. (768 comments)

The russians have used specialized nuclear explosions to seal gas field leaks. Oil fires, on land. Not underwater.

I suspect it's still an option, and a quick google search shows that Obama has had his folks looking in to it since mid May to see if such an option would be viable under thousands of feet of water.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source Is Not a Democracy

samurphy21 Re:-1 Troll (641 comments)

I'm no political scientist, but I don't think that communism and democracy are mutually exclusive. A commune can vote democratically on decisions to be made by the whole.

In fact, all votes being equal factors into communism quite well.

more than 4 years ago
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Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

samurphy21 False analogy. (664 comments)

Doodling with pen and paper doesn't absorb the attention to the same degree as playing Facebook games and chatting with friends via IM.

more than 4 years ago
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Caltech Makes Flexible, 86% Efficient Solar Arrays

samurphy21 Re:It's plastic ! (439 comments)

but hey, they'll keep going for ever! I never said anything about stopping.

more than 4 years ago
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Caltech Makes Flexible, 86% Efficient Solar Arrays

samurphy21 Re:It's plastic ! (439 comments)

Really? You had to take a dig at japanese cars of old when you could have gone with american cars of now?

more than 4 years ago
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New Wave of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

samurphy21 Re:Thanks (404 comments)

Sanitizers that lyse microbes with high doses of ethanol don't contribute to these antibiotic resistant critters, but over prescribing antibiotics definitely does.

However, a major player is also the improper use of properly prescribed antibiotics. People who stop taking their medicine for strep as soon as they feel better instead of completing the course, as is required.

This isn't entirely upon the doctors, but also upon those of us who don't follow doctors' directions.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone's Liquid Sensors Can Be Triggered By Wintertime Use

samurphy21 Doubly unreliable (484 comments)

We do a lot of service on macbooks at work, and there's been times when we've taking a unit in for service that "won't turn on" and the user "has no idea why", only to find out they're drippy inside, and none of the liquid sensors are tripped.

more than 4 years ago
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Lithium Air Batteries Get Boost From IBM and DOE

samurphy21 Re:Hopefully not vaporware. (240 comments)

The latest technique involves wicking the sulfur into the pores of mesoporous carbon and then functionalizing the outside of the carbon with polyethylene glycol to keep the hydrophobic polysulfides inside when they form.

I got a little bit hard right there.

more than 4 years ago
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Lithium Air Batteries Get Boost From IBM and DOE

samurphy21 Re:Hopefully not vaporware. (240 comments)

Agreed. I live in Eastern Canada where they use a lot of salt on the roads this time of year. Even with undercoating, you'll rarely see a car which outlasts it's engine. Usually a car's body rots to pieces before it's mechanically unsuitable for continued use.

There are many cars from as recent as 2000 or 2001 that are full of rust holes from people who don't bother to undercoat.

more than 4 years ago
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Lithium Air Batteries Get Boost From IBM and DOE

samurphy21 Hopefully not vaporware. (240 comments)

Because this is a game changing technology, if it pans out.

more than 4 years ago
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Canadian Android Carrier Forcing Firmware Update

samurphy21 Re:GSM Providers (238 comments)

Agreed. If the issue was that you can only get an Android phone via Rogers, then

http://www.telusmobility.com/en/NS/htc_hero/index.shtml

http://www.bell.ca/shopping/en_CA_ON.Samsung-Galaxywith-Google/69236.details

There's at least two other nation wide carriers looking to do business with you, right now. Ones who have proper coverage in Eastern Canada, unlike Rogers, in many non-metro areas.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Everyone Has High Hopes For Apple Tablet

samurphy21 Re:FIRST!!!! well almost (596 comments)

Then they right click on the left side of the icon. Communication skills on the sender's part don't compensate for listening skills on the receiver.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Everyone Has High Hopes For Apple Tablet

samurphy21 Re:FIRST!!!! well almost (596 comments)

This was always a sticking point for me in the Mac vs Windows debate. Windows users complain about the one button mouse as if it's a crippling feature, when in fact, the MacOS UI was designed with a one button mouse. Granted, once you go to third party apps like, say, photoshop or UT2004, you're longing for the right click, I suppose, but it does make it a less cumbersome interface for MacOS itself, as well as apps designed for the environment to have only the one button.

I work tech support for a windows heavy environment, and the bottom end users are so mind bogglingly confused about the two buttons that it's laughable.

"Click on the icon"
"Right click or left click?"
"If I say click, I just mean left click"
"Ok, it brought up a menu.."
"No, you right clicked on it, use the left button"
"Oh.. Now i have a properties window"
"No, you left clicked the menu.. not the icon.. close that and start over"
"Ok, I have the menu up again, now what? I right click on properties?"
"... bring it in, I'll do it"

more than 4 years ago

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