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Comment: Converibles or at night? (Score 1) 496

by HockeyPuck (#46646793) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

In a convertible with plenty of daylight, you run the risk of having the display being washed out by sunlight.

Wouldn't all these screens (2 side views and a rear-view) ruin one's night vision? Running the console lights at a bright setting already diminishes your night vision, and now we'll have two screens doing the same thing.

I guess having these cameras will also keep people from, i dunno actually turning their head and verifying there isn't something there when they change lanes...

Comment: Why do you need to be a "good guy"? (Score 1) 242

by HockeyPuck (#46592513) Attached to: Hacking Charisma

who cares, if you've got an idea and a way of making people rich, who the F cares.

Silicon Valley is full of assh*les...

Jayshree Ullal (CEO of Arista)
Sergey Brinn (cheated on wife)

These people lead companies and make people filthy rich. Why do they need a lesson from Miss Manners?

Silicon Valley is based on the premise of making investors huge sums of money, plain and simple. I don't mean the people investing on the NASDAQ, but those that work on Sand Hill Blvd. That is the Real Silicon Valley. Take a look at what Marc Andreesen has done since he sold Netscape. IPO and sold company after company for billions of dollars.

The people on the outside complain. Well you know, not having charisma like George Clooney works perfectly fine here. There's plenty of 80hr/wk engineers in the world that would have jumped at the chance to work at FB, Google, Oracle and their 'lack of charisma' CEOs pre-IPO.

Comment: Races in Videogames? (Score 1, Funny) 704

by HockeyPuck (#46547837) Attached to: Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

In many video games, going back to some of the oldest, there's almost always been multiple races. Heck even Space Invaders had two races. WoW has over a dozen.

If you're going to make a game that involves humans. Which race do you pick? Someone's going to get offended no matter which race you pick.

I play SC2, Terran. There's Zergs and Protoss. Three races right there. Is someone offended that the Terrans appear to be primarily Caucasian? Sure there's a few bit characters that aren't. Why isn't Reynor hispanic, or Jewish or Chinese or Native American or whatever...

Comment: It's also... (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by HockeyPuck (#46487961) Attached to: Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

The most smug, pompous and expensive place to live....

It's the land of the have and have nots.

Want you kids to go to good schools in the area? Get ready to either send them to private school or fork out $1m plus for a 1600 sqft home with no land that was built in the early 60s.

If you didn't make in a killing in the previous dotcom bubble or the one we're in (Snapchat, i'm looking at you), enjoy mediocre housing and schools.

Comment: The President brings his own fuel (Score 1) 330

by HockeyPuck (#46478927) Attached to: What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

There's talk here about charging stations vs. using local fuel. Well convoy that shows up along with the president brings its' own fuel. They don't trust the local gas in foreign countries because there's no guarantee as to the quality or any foreign additives. I believe the engine in The Beast is a diesel which gives it such torque to move this "tank but looks like a limo" down the street with sufficient speed and acceleration to get away from trouble.

How much battery would you need to accelerate what could be 5tons away from trouble? The model-S "performance" Telsa has 425ftlbs of torque. This is less than most mid size trucks and my 4yr old BMW diesel sedan. There's quite a few off the shelf pickup truck diesels (Cummings, Duramax, Powerstroke) that can put out 700ftlbs or more of torque and you could easily put in more than enough fuel for the president to drive to/from wherever he needed to go (50 gal?)

Comment: Where does the rest come from? (Score 4, Informative) 712

According to the US Energy Administration...

  In 2012, the United States generated about 4,054 billion kilowatthours of electricity. About 68% of the electricity generated was from fossil fuel (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), with 37% attributed from coal.

Energy sources and percent share of total electricity generation in 2012 were:

        Coal 37%
        Natural Gas 30%
        Nuclear 19%
        Hydropower 7%
        Other Renewable 5%
                Biomass 1.42%
                Geothermal 0.41%
                Solar 0.11%
                Wind 3.46%
        Petroleum 1%
        Other Gases 1%

Comment: Obvious answer (Score 2) 860

by HockeyPuck (#46407873) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

WinXP: It's good enough.

My retired parents use their computer for the exact same things today as when they bought it ages ago. They surf the web, do email, occasionally skype and keep track of things in excel, word and a bit of time on FB. It sits in their home office and each morning one of them turns it on uses it and then at night when the last one is done using it, (s)he powers it off for the night. They've got some ext HD that backs up their computer every day in case something happens.

It works. Sure they have kindles to read books, but there's no need to fork over $500+ for a new system and then the hassle of migrating all of their apps/data/settings to a new platform.

What else do they have that "just works"? A toaster oven, a microwave and other appliances. They see the computer as an appliance, it works, it has an interface and a set of expected behaviors. Nice and simple.

Comment: FDIC Insured... (Score 1) 704

by HockeyPuck (#46397839) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

These guys aren't banks, and your deposits with them aren't FDIC insured. This is why where there's some bank robbery, I'm not concerned how much money they tank. The bank's customers' money is safe.

If a real bank stored my bitcoins, then it's not a problem if they're stolen since the deposits are insured. However, with these fly by night operations, you're no better off then using a safe in your basement (or in someone else's).

Until these crypto currencies are insured, I'm not touching them.

Comment: As someone that had a 486... (Score 5, Interesting) 70

by HockeyPuck (#46353333) Attached to: Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

I do remember upgrading CPUs from 486sx to dx to adding in a 66mhz overclocking chip etc...

However, it wasn't very long before upgrading a cpu meant buying a new motherboard.

A phone on the other hand... if you want it to be small and lightweight with no bulky connectors... it won't be field upgradable. Look at ultrabooks with their soldered on ram and SSD modules vs a W series Lenovo with dual expansion bays...

I also seem to recall at the S5 launch that the audience applauded the phone being dust and waterproof. Not sure how you can do this with all sorts of connectors.

Though I do applaud them for trying and maybe something good will come out of it.

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so. -- Josh Billings