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Comment: Re:Uh-oh (Score 1) 38 38

Somewhat funny but the fact is almost every normal person under 30 today would be considered a "nerd" by the previous generation and the nerds of today are still way beyond the normal person. The goal has simply been moved.

The technology used here is simple commodity hardware and software, there is nothing nerdy about it by today's standards.

Comment: Any keyboard without a numpad (Score 1) 452 452

Seriously, numpads are the bane of everything useful and good in keyboards. Why have that useless piece shit sticking out of the side of the keyboard right where you want the mouse? I'm not joking when I say I will never buy another keyboard that has an attached numpad on the right.

I currently use a Kinesis Maxim but I don't think it's the best keyboard ever. Yes, it has lasted over 12 years but it was really expensive and it's starting to fall apart. Many broken keys and the wrist-rests are completely broken-off and useless at this point.

MS Natural keyboards are nice but they are gigantic with that fucking useless numpad that takes up all your usable desk space. A numpad-less Natural would be really awesome (lol, like MS would ever do that unless it's insecure wireless crap).

Comment: Re:As the man says... (Score 1) 126 126

There is almost no difference between say a $250 helmet and a $1000 helmet other than the graphics.

Sure, the super-cheap $50-$80 helmets can be seriously lacking in safety but almost anything above that is fine if it fits your head and has the features you want (fit, noise, venting, etc).

Comment: Re:Oh man (Score 2) 126 126

Worth it? Meh, probably not.

I wonder how much it would cost to simply take a regular helmet and some Chinese electronics off eBay to make the same thing. I'm guessing significantly less even including your time to build it.

I mean you're looking at less than $100 in raw parts for GPS + Arduino + HD Camera + display controller/OSD. Not sure about the HUD part but I believe it's just a projection on a small piece of glass, probably also less than $100 in parts by itself not to mention alternative hardware implementations that might be cheaper. Add $300 for a decent helmet, wire it up and you're done.

Personally I think I would find the HUD hardware incredibly distracting. Not the HUD itself mind you, but the stalk that sticks up in front of your eye. I would rather it be projected on the visor even if that means it's not always available (eg. when the visor is up).

Comment: OK fine but give us a free CA (Score 5, Insightful) 148 148

I have no technical problem switching every website/server I have to SSL but the actual problem is the price of all those SSL certs. Most of my sites are just hobby type sites that I run for my own enjoyment and to benefit others (quite a few "others" I should mention; some of my sites are very popular). However, I don't make any money off these, in fact it already costs me money to run them.

Now you want me to add SSL so that people can still find my relevant and useful information? Well, OK but how the hell am I suppose to pay for it? SSL server certs are expensive. The whole thing is a scam to make the few "official" CA's rich. How about some sort of official public service that can hand out server certs of every registered domain? Every domain should come with an unlimited supply of SSL certs or at least a wildcard cert and a renewal service, free of charge.

Comment: Most developers are pretty smart people (Score 1) 737 737

I write software, as I have been doing for many decades. However, I can rebuild a car engine, I know electronics including building a radio from scratch, I can frame a house, build weapons from scratch, I know chemistry, cook, sew, farm, and any number of other useful things.

It's not about whatever skill you currently possess. It's about intelligence.

Comment: Zero should be its own option (Score 1) 240 240

I imagine that is the most popular amount: Zero

Just browse the app store(s) and you can see it yourself. Even the most popular apps have hardly any sales. It's a losers bet to develop for these platforms. A huge vast majority will not make even a fraction of enough money to recover the cost of development. All mobile developers are wide-eyed morons hoping to score big. They might as well buy a lottery ticket.

Comment: The solution: Ride a motorcycle (Score 1) 273 273

Fuck all these queues and other bullshit. Ride a motorcycle, split lanes and fuck all these idiots. Get in and out how you like. It's like walking except faster and more efficient.

As far as motorcycles and scooters go, America needs to adopt a more global attitude.

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"

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