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Comment Re:This is the only answer that matters (Score 1) 375

There were two reasons I bought a PS3 back in the day:
1) Final Fantasy XIII -- OOOOPS. Epic fail there.
2) Sony seemed to be doing a good job of atoning for their past mistakes with DRM and rootkits... The PS3 did run Linux for a while after all, and even after the OtherOS fiasco, they were overall doing better. The PS3 was a fairly open or at least "standards-based" system - standard USB peripherals, mostly standard Bluetooth profiles. Overall, I think that under Kaz Hirai, Sony has for the most part been moving far away from their old shenanigans of old. (Of interest: Sony's previous CEO rose up through their media/film divisions. Hirai rose up through the consumer electronics/computer entertainment division.)

I was quite happy with my PS3, which is why I went for the PS4 and I have no regrets. That said - if everyone I knew gamed on Xbox One and I played more multiplayer games than just Destiny, I would consider an Xbox. (I basically played no multiplayer games prior to Destiny, and have overall been lucky to find enough friends that play it on either console to find people on the same console I own.)

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 4, Insightful) 366

The real story behind $10,000 hammers you hear people joke about in defense & aerospace:

It's a $500 hammer because it's made from premium materials and is designed to handle things most hammers in civilian use would never see, plus $9,500 worth of government-mandated paperwork proving you didn't rip off the government.

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 2) 366

I've never seen a flight where they were threatening bumping that they weren't gate-checking bags because every seat was full and there wasn't enough room for carryons.

(Not weight reduction here - bag was still on the plane, just in cargo instead of overhead bins in the passenger compartment.)

Comment Re:Heterogeneous Memory FTW (Score 1) 22

It's too bad that despite the chip not being much more expensive (as evidenced by the fact that TX1 consumer products are reasonably priced - the TX1-based Shield ATV is $199 including a controller, the TK1-based Shield Tablet was $299, and $100+ for battery/display makes a lot of sense) or around the same price, the TX1 dev board is 3 times the price of the TK1 dev board. (Jetson TK1 was $192).

I was really hoping for a successor to the Jetson TK1 that used the X1, but this isn't really a successor - despite a different name it's clearly a completely different animal.

Comment Grumble grumble... (Score 1) 84

The Jetson TK1 sold for $192.

I was really looking forward to a Tegra X1 version of the Jetson, but not at $599 and not at 6+ months after the chipset started appearing in consumer products at a significantly lower price.

(The Jetson TK1 was the first K1 device to launch and was priced similar to or below fully assembled consumer products like the SHIELD Tablet.)

Comment Re:welcome to the future (Score 1) 492

Strangely, from what I hear about the local municipalities around there, it would be MUCH easier to get approval to build a gigantic parking garage that just happened to have some RV connections than to get approval for housing.

Apparently Google and Facebook both tried to build out some employee housing and they were denied permits.

Comment Re:alternately: (Score 2) 492

I live about 25 minutes from Binghamton.

$510/mo for 2-bedroom riverfront apartment in an extremely low-crime area in a beautiful town (Owego)
Binghamton actually has a pretty good social scene - my only problem is that I'm living a little too far away. I'm planning on moving closer, costs of living won't go up that much to live much closer to downtown than I do now.
I like the outdoors, and there are lots of amazing state parks and even town parks with great hiking trails readily available.

Really bad job market. The only two employers in the area that are currently and consistently growing are United Health Services and Binghamton University. (BAE and Lockheed are currently growing but they're both highly cyclical)

Comment Re:Little is lost "due to ad blockers" (Score 1) 398

A few months ago, AdBlock Plus started getting into a state where there was no blocklist loaded on one machine I use. (Something about my configuration was preventing it from upating, and the old version was having issues with newer browser version I think...)

Did I notice the problem because I started seeing ads all over the place?

Nope. I noticed it because I was wondering why my machine was suddenly crawling to a halt.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 423

Yeah. I know Google is collecting a lot of my data, however I also trust their privacy policy and the documentation they've provided on their architecture, and overall - what Google is doing with my data is overwhelmingly positive. Automagically parsing my flight reservation emails and putting up my flight's departure time and gate on my watch without me going through ANY effort to search is nice. Popping up my store loyalty card when I walk in is nice. Giving me an "accident on your current road" even when I haven't fired up Navigation is nice.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1, Interesting) 423

Yeah. This is useful for lots of automated diagnostics functions.

Also, SOME of that data (not all of it) is highly beneficial for augmenting navigation systems (most notably, vehicle speedometer and steering position). Google even explicitly mentioned how this data would be used by Android Auto in a presentation somewhere (I don't have the link to it now...) It's hinted at a bit past one minute in to but I'm fairly certain I saw a presentation somewhere explicitly stating that vehicle GPS, steering position, and wheel speed would be used for location sensor fusion.

Comment Re:Energy density isn't the important bit (Score 1) 147

Yeah. High-current/high-energy-density batteries are, by the nature of how they are designed, prone to catastrophic failure if something causes the components to short together.

It's nearly impossible to make it "not explosive" without also making it "not nearly as useful".

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.