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prabhakar_deosthali
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prabhakar_deosthali   12/10/2013 8:12:33 AM
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"Each driver-less car generating a terabyte of data" - is something terrifying to me. I think , 99.99999999999% of that will be something that can be trashed immediately.

Those data centers trying to handle such data and unnecessarily maintaining it for years to come is a sheer waste of the already scarce power.

Such data centers should be forced to use 100% solar power

 

rick merritt
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Re: Total number of cars
rick merritt   12/10/2013 1:31:17 AM
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We got a long way to go.

Yes, more enlightened cities are planning mixed use retail/office/residential spaces, and more young people are taking to bikes, but America is still built for cars and has no good train system.

I have a friend visiting soon from the UK who does not own or drive a car. How she will get around in Silicon Valey will be quite a challenge methinks.

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Re: Total number of cars
betajet   12/9/2013 9:19:15 PM
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Not just a prediction -- it's already happening:

New York Times, 13 May 2013: Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving
People tend to drive less during recessions, since fewer people are working (and commuting), and most are looking for ways to save money. But Phineas Baxandall, an author of the report and senior analyst for U.S. Pirg, said the changes preceded the recent recession and appeared to be part of a structural shift that is largely rooted in changing demographics, especially the rise of so-called millennials — today's teenagers and twentysomethings. "Millennials aren't driving cars," he said.

New York Times, 29 June 2013: The End of Car Culture
"What most intrigues me is that rates of car ownership per household and per person started to come down two to three years before the downturn," said Michael Sivak, who studies the trend and who is a research professor at the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute. "I think that means something more fundamental is going on."

Young people are taking advantage of car-sharing services so they don't face the expense and bother of car ownership.

rick merritt
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Re: Power consumption
rick merritt   12/9/2013 9:13:37 PM
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MW is right.

Fixed, and thx Sanjib!

goafrit
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Re: What about throwing useless data in the trash?
goafrit   12/9/2013 9:02:57 PM
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>> Anyone who predicts that car sharing will have a big impact shouyld perhaps also wonder about purging superfluous data.

Good insight. I always tell people that want 100GB of HDD in their laptops that traditionally before they get to 50GB, the laptop is dead. The whole notion that we need more space to hoard junks is mind blowing. Who really has the time to check emails he sent 10 years ago. Sure, you can be looking for an address but those do not happen always.

goafrit
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Re: Total number of cars
goafrit   12/9/2013 9:00:29 PM
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>> I wonder how many watts the NSA burns watching everyone's fb posts.

Or better, rigging cars , since when they are connected, they may not need drones to initiate KILL. They can reprogram a car. That is scary. Not sure, it is a good idea to have these networked cars!

goafrit
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goafrit   12/9/2013 8:58:36 PM
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>> It my work in US, Europe, other places, but self-Driven car sounds like a dream to me living in India

It is not for places like India and most parts of the world including U.S. There are many US roads that will not work. I know they are doing this in California area. I am not sure it has any chance in Pittsburgh with all the potholes and narrow roads

goafrit
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goafrit   12/9/2013 8:57:12 PM
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Things happen - nothing changes the behavior of man than the economics of money. If that is the norm, someone will come up with a financing model for these cars. All I am asking government to stay away with subsidies and allow market forces work.

Bert22306
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What about throwing useless data in the trash?
Bert22306   12/9/2013 7:40:14 PM
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The funny thing about these predictions is that they always involve creating alarm about what "the other guy" is doing.

In the days when record were paper, no one (well, except a few head cases) kept every scrap of paper he received or wrote. These days, electronic garbage simply accumulates. People don't ever go through their files to toss out the junk.

Cisco, Google, and others, might want to consider investigating trash collection algorithms. That, plus perhaps rethinking this idea that more and more data, or more and more connected devices, are somehow examples of virtuous pursuits that must never be throttled back. Anyone who predicts that car sharing will have a big impact shouyld perhaps also wonder about purging superfluous data.

dynamited
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Total number of cars
dynamited   12/9/2013 3:20:26 PM
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HaHa, "the total number of cars will decline because we will share cars." Another prediction like we're all going to have flying cars, too.

I wonder how many watts the NSA burns watching everyone's fb posts.

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