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Comment: Re:Well it's difficult (Score 1) 80

by CastrTroy (#49610151) Attached to: Microsoft's AI Judges Age From Snapshots, With Mixed Results

People are inherently bad at this. I get asked for identification all the time when purchasing alcohol and I'm 35. The drinking age is 19. They are supposed to ask anyone who looks under 25, but I think they are trying to change it to ask anybody under 30 because they realized how hard it is to judge age.

Comment: Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 1) 506

by CastrTroy (#49593577) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Not unless industry starts using batteries for storage as well. Currently, the peak power usage has very little to do with residential usage. Where I live, it's always the same as cheap overnight rates on weekends and holidays. Because residential users don't account for that much power. The real power draw comes from industrial and commercial uses.

Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 4, Insightful) 506

by CastrTroy (#49593373) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

I think that power companies should offer more incentives for people to have these in order to smooth out the electricity demand. Imagine if everybody had one. The grid wouldn't need as much capacity, and they would be able to use more renewables because the draw would be constant and people could store their own power. Many electricity companies are already charging higher rates during peak times. This is one way to get rid of the peaks. It's already a $0.05/KWh difference where I live. If the price of these gets low enough, it might make sense for everybody to install one, even without solar panels.

Comment: Re:Straitlaced Engineers (Score 1) 398

by CastrTroy (#49585519) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

This is exactly my problem with Apple and many other product designers. Phone screens that don't work with gloves. Phones that aren't waterproof. Phones that can't have the storage upgraded or battery replaced. Self driving cars that can't handle rain and snow. There's a lot of products out there that only work in very specific conditions and that fail when used outside the very narrow range in which they were tested.

Comment: Re:Great! (Score 1) 223

by CastrTroy (#49584511) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

I don't think I've known anyone to use an iPhone for 5+ years. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it's probably very uncommon. Most of the people using old iPhones constantly complain about how the updates to the OS slow it down. Updates are great for security, but when they ruin the user experience by slowing down the device,

Comment: Re:*Badly (Score 4, Interesting) 223

by CastrTroy (#49579995) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

I think the main question is how much reworking is needed to make the apps run well. Reworking could mean anything from ensuring there is no requirement for things that possibly couldn't exist on a standard windows machine, such as games that require tilt controls. It could also mean rewriting 90% of the code. There's no reason why they shouldn't be able to get this to work. If they can get Android and iOS apps to run on windows tablets, phones, and desktops, then that will be one more reason for users to switch back to Windows. Personally, I have a Windows tablet and I love it. The only real problem is the small number of apps. If they could make iOS and Android apps run on it, then all the better.

Comment: Re:Tablets and technology march on (Score 1) 123

by CastrTroy (#49579883) Attached to: Crowdfunded Android Console Ouya Reportedly Seeking Buyout

Never heard of it before now. But looking at the specs, it looks promising. I hope that we start to see more game consoles built around standard Android where games are available on Google Play or some other place where the games can work between systems. This will make the console market much more competitive, and we'll be more likely to see hardware upgrades more than once every 4-5 years like we do with Playstation, XBox and Wii. Basically bringing together the best of console and PC gaming. For $150-$200, it wouldn't be too bad to buy new hardware every 12-24 months like people do with their phones, provided the games you bought previously continue to work on the new system.

Comment: Re:Tablets and technology march on (Score 1) 123

by CastrTroy (#49579253) Attached to: Crowdfunded Android Console Ouya Reportedly Seeking Buyout

I knew it wouldn't work just based on price. The price of the Ouya was too low for what they were promising. At the time it came up, it was the same price as many other Android sticks. But it also included the gamepad. Designing a good gamepad is difficult, and making a high quality one costs a lot of money. There's a reason everybody continues to buy 1st party controllers for $50+ when there are cheaper alternatives from 3rd parties. It's because the third party ones don't work as well, and don't last as long. The new NVidia shield console is probably closer to what the Ouya should have been. But it costs $200. Which is probably a more reasonable price if you want to be able to ensure a good experience.

Comment: Re:It is an ad. (Score 4, Insightful) 216

by CastrTroy (#49576015) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial

This is what is wrong with advertising on the internet. It's become too automated. All that's required to get your ad up on the internet is for you to put down the money. Nobody reviews the ad to see if it's for a legitimate product. Nobody checks that false claims aren't being made. And the websites wonder why people resort to using things like Adblock Plus. If they held ads to a higher standard, then they could demand more money for ads, and they would have a much smaller likelihood of people blocking them. With the current state of ads on the internet, I avoid them as much as possible. If they were high quality, less intrusive ads, I might start paying attention more.

Comment: Re:uh... (Score 1) 170

by CastrTroy (#49575807) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

I set my Netflix to the lowest quality option, which they state as 0.3 GB per hour, or about 0.667 Mbps. If I'm watching a movie on the TV I'll bring it up to full quality, but most of the time I'm watching TV episodes on my tablet, and I really can't tell much of a difference. I have 5 internet users in the house, and most of our video watching is done over the internet as opposed to TV. If we don't limit the speed of the streams, we could blow through our bandwidth very quickly. I even had to cap the iPods at 1 Mbps because otherwise Youtube videos would stream at some ridiculous bitrate by default, eating up a ton of bandwidth.

Comment: Re:Soooo.... (Score 1) 634

by CastrTroy (#49568111) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

Even less obvious stuff is done for society. Anything that furthers our understanding of science can be argued to be done for societal good. You mention weather satellites. Originally, we sent people and things to space just to see if we could do it. In the process, we got pretty good at sending things into space, and then came up with all kinds of other things that could be accomplished by putting things in space. It may not be easy to see the link between what you are working on, and how it will help society, but in almost all cases it will. Even much less mundane things like working at Facebook can have positive societal impacts.

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