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6 posts • joined 14 Jun 2008

Giant solar-powered aircraft to begin cross-country flight

Daniel Feenberg

Re: The video is wrong.

The Alcock and Brown flight was from Newfoundland to Ireland, the Lindberg flight was from New York to Paris, which is about twice as far. The prize offered was for the later route. If the video says "first transatlantic flight" it is wrong, but the xenophobic conclusion of the OP is unjustified.

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

Daniel Feenberg

Re: Rubbish bins - a novel idea

In the US nearly all urban areas have weekly free trash collection, but a few charge by the bag or by the month (usually limited to two cans/household/week). But some don't do anything. One that doesn't collect rash is Wellesley Massachusetts which is one of the wealthiest communities in the states. In that town the residents have to take their own trash to the dump, and each Saturday morning at the dump is a prominent social event with much gossiping and sometimes speechifying by candidates.

Only the most law abiding communities can sustain charging by weight or volume - otherwise it would result in litter.

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Intel 510 250GB Sata 3 SSD

Daniel Feenberg

Unanswered questions about wear leveling

More important than the relatively small speed differences among SSDs is the quality of the wear leveling. It seems likely to me that this varies greatly, and that the variation could be sufficient to be relevant. I don't see an easy and optimal technique, so there must be various methods, with various properties. At these prices, I'd like to know more.

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DVLA off-road system seriously off-message

Daniel Feenberg

huh

would smeone like to explain what this is about to a North American reader? Is it something to do with preventing the spread of hoof-in-mouth?

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Boy band sings praises of Windows 7

Daniel Feenberg

Just how big is it?

Do they use a 160 GB disk because they wanted to give atendees something nice, or is that the smallest drive that will hold Windows 7?

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AVG scanner blasts internet with fake traffic

Daniel Feenberg

Not a deluge yet

On our rather esoteric web site (www.nber.org) that browser string accounts for 5% of the last week's 5.04 million hits. So it isn't killing us yet, but then what fraction of their users have upgraded so far? It certainly seems tempting to serve up an error page to the user, asking that they disable the "feature", should they eventually select one of our pages.

Why should they be scanning pages before the user clicks? Perhaps they don't have the proper hooks into the browser? Or don't know how to use them?

Daniel Feenberg

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