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Comment: Re:Submersible, but not dry (Score 1) 91

by EGenius007 (#45168675) Attached to: Elon Musk Making a Working Version of James Bond's Submersible Car

I'm starting to worry that Elon Musk is getting spread too thin. Space-X, Tesla, Hyperloop, automatic driving, plus this. We really need for Space-X and Tesla to succeed.

Maybe the key to success will ultimately lie in Musk giving those businesses (and the people who run them day-to-day) the space they need to make their own decisions.

Comment: Re:I get what he's saying here (Score 1) 438

by EGenius007 (#45125525) Attached to: <em>Gravity</em>: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

Apollo 13 is hardcore real, only strained interpersonal dynamics were hammed up from what actually happened.

My understanding is that the way that film presents the multiple crises (air filter conversion, weight discrepancy due to lack of lunar samples, fixed point needed for avoiding gimble lock during manual burn) also had, shall we say, "Hollywood conversion" applied to their time frames and threat-to-survival-legitimacy levels. Not that it wasn't an awesome movie, but they tweaked more than one aspect of the story to keep it compelling.

Comment: Control? Publication? (Score 1) 183

I'm unclear from the article whether there was a control group that was exposed to the same VR environment without a projected heart beat indicator and/or whether the researchers tried projecting the heart beat indicator on one or more images that were not the user's own image.

I also didn't see any indication this was related to an article being published in a pier review journal, which essentially just makes it complete hearsay. On the way home I think I'll ask the sasquatch who lives next to the bike trail whether he thinks claims like this deserve journalistic coverage.

Comment: Re:Maybe they deserve it (Score 1) 193

by EGenius007 (#44621967) Attached to: Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

Even though they share the same branding and (usually) the same product selection, they function as if they are separate companies.

I was at a Sears B&M and inquired why the website had better pricing on a particular Craftsman tool (about $1.80 cheaper on a $12 product). The salesman (early-20s kid) replied "Well, they're actually our competitor."

Talk about missing the ONE advantage...

Kohl's, on the other hand, mostly gets it - allowing you to return in-store what you buy online, and if you order online from an in-store kiosk you get free S&H.

Comment: Anyone else mentally reverse the headline & st (Score 1) 341

by EGenius007 (#44329911) Attached to: Colorado Town Considers Drone-Hunting Licenses
I thought they were going to offer licenses to hunt WITH drones not FOR drones. (As in the difference between a "bow hunting" and "deer hunting" license.)

Hunting WITH drones seemed a bit technologically innovative. Though given the target is drones it also seems like a practical method. Who wouldn't enjoy a little drone on drone violence?

Comment: API - Easy OneWord update needed (Score 1) 478

by EGenius007 (#44301193) Attached to: Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words
I can see this service being especially valuable when you're trying to meet someone at a crowded public venue. Share your OneWord with them in advance and set your phone to update your location every 5 minutes.

I think it would also be nice to use at "+PIN" operation to temporary disable a OneWord unless you specify additional information. Simply typing the *OneWord without the +PIN could display a permanent location or an error message indicating that the user is protecting their location.

Comment: Re: No! (Score 2) 303

by EGenius007 (#43854611) Attached to: Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign
My point wasn't that sources have changed, but that the breadth of importance, urgency and information content has changed. Though I think the real mistake I made was in assuming people might be interested in discussing this topic rather than essentially saying "I have found a sufficiently capable methodology to solve this problem for myself, using existing tools which haven't always existed. But anyone who thinks other tools should continue to be developed is an idiot."

Comment: Re:No! (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by EGenius007 (#43853859) Attached to: Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

I mean, what is so difficult about reading all my incoming emails in the order I see I've done with email since I first got email on the internet in about '93.

Yeah, I mean, just like back in '93 when I used to get all those facebook invites to my email. And the craigslist responses. And the messages from my state government about my license plates needing renewed. The updates on the status of my federal income tax return. Messages from PayPal about changes to policies on availability of funds on their system. Notification from my bank about my checking account balance. Statements and bill notifications from all of my utilities providers. Receipts for pizzas I ordered online, as well as information about when the delivery was expected.

You'd almost think that in addition to attracting a larger mass of personal correspondence due to the ubiquity of internet access for the whole world, we're generating more automated messages of varying degrees of import by consuming goods and services that somehow haven't always been around.

The tao that can be tar(1)ed is not the entire Tao. The path that can be specified is not the Full Path.