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zewde yeraswork
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zewde yeraswork   12/9/2013 8:55:26 AM
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Interesting that a move to self-driving cars would be caused by insurance companies making it cheaper than manually-driven cars as opposed to some huge shift among consumers. Itt may take longer for the average person to buy the notion that it's safer to let cars drive themselves than it would for insurance companies, who are going to look at the data regarding safety with less bias.

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Sanjib.A   12/9/2013 11:20:10 AM
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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. I am sure it is not going to work here. Numbers of cars are increasing exponentially, while roads are not getting wider in the same proportion. As the population is bound to grow, I can only imagine more congested cities, more traffic and I wonder how self-driven cars would work here. Really speaking, I don't see a need of cars getting connected to clouds yet...I am an old fashioned guy. I would rather like to think about governments regularizing the use of renewable energy for datacenters and encouraging technological breakthroughs to have power efficient datacenters. 

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Power consumption
Sanjib.A   12/9/2013 11:23:39 AM
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"Today the largest datacenters for Web giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google each draw 40 to 50W."

Would it be 40 to 50 mega watts rather?

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krisi   12/9/2013 12:13:32 PM
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If each datacenter is 50MW what % of the global energy consumption are data centers? 0.1%? 1%? Kris

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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