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Comment: Are you kidding me? (Score 2) 105 105

Nothing so emphasizes that I am living in the 21st century as when I'm driving somewhere out in the city and speak "Take me home" into my phone and my phone vocally guides me there step by step. To me, in this day and age, Google Maps + Google Navigate are incredible apps that honestly fill me with awe every time I use them.

Comment: Autopilot? (Score 1) 393 393

Aircraft operate in three dimensions and must take into account various weather conditions, other air traffic, etc. Aircraft have autopilot.

Trains operate for the most part in one dimension are less affected by weather conditions. Aside from maintenance, keeping them operating safely essentially involves controlling one variable: speed. Trains don't have autopilot?

I must be being greatly naive. I must be missing something. Certainly, when an aircraft crashes, it's big news and often fatal for everyone on board. Perhaps this tends to drive research into making planes safer more so than with trains. I mean, how hard could it be to have someone at the controls of a train who is paying attention and isn't at risk of falling asleep at the wheel?

Comment: Re:Hardest thing (Score 1) 473 473

I agree. On large projects, my priorities lead me to write something that works first and then optimise it later if necessary. When there are other people on the project, some of them just can't help but rewrite this function or that function because they were bored and thought of a better way to implement it. This can happen regardless of where the project stands in relation to the shipping date. It's made even worse when some junior programmer does it and fails to actually tell anyone about their changes.

Comment: Re:Debugging?? (Score 1) 473 473

While there are clear-cut steps to diagnosing and fixing bugs, the hard ones are the interrupt- or thread-related bugs that only happen when you are running the release version and that magically hide whenever you make a debug build or try to add code to log information. You're pretty much left with just intuition at that point.

Comment: Not the first question that came to my mind... (Score 1) 782 782

By this point, you're probably asking: does it play games?

No, I am asking, "Does any of this media integration work outside the U.S.?"

Google, for example, likes to go on about the wonderful features of Google Now. Being in Canada, I find that many of those features don't work, like song identification, for example. And tracking my favourite sports teams? Google Now isn't even aware that the Canadian Football League exists.

So why would I expect Xbox One's TV listings to work?

Comment: Joined it back when it started... (Score 2) 40 40

...and it was a lot of fun. I met many interesting, smart and funny people there. Then the BBC bought it and instigated this absurd censorship where anything deemed offensive by the BBC was removed, including words in non-English languages. That's right, if you posted something in a language other than English, your post got removed. The blatant censorship was so ham-fisted, I left the site a couple of weeks later and have never been back.

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