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Comment Poor console sleep drives energy waste (Score 1) 205

Puns aside about consoles insomnia. Wasting $100s of dollars of you power bill every year is not a serious concern for the video game industry. In 2008 the NRDC, the US EPA with their EnergyStarWalmart beat the console industry about the head and neck and the video game industry managed to sandbag any regulation that even a GE or Sylvania could not for lighting. The reason is simple sloth and incompetence. Simply put the problem is not energy used during game play , but the lack of a meaningful sleep mode. This lack of sleep mode is driven by poor APIs to book mark game status and put the console into sleep mode. The other energy driver is the console companies instant on collecting detailed data of how you use your device and uploading it when you are not playing plus forcing add and other "content" down to your console when it should be sleeping.

Comment Oddly, for technology try the patent offics (Score 1) 131

While not the usual scientific publications there was until reciently a "non-pantent" filing with the USPTO called Statutory Invention Registration (SIR) that is used by someone wanting to prevent an idea from becoming patentable by making this public disclosure. This effectively put an idea into the public domain. Now days I guess you can file a preliminary patent and then just abandoned it to the public domain. Still cost about $300, but that is less than many open source publications. I assume that most academic departments would still count this as a publication.

Comment Internet Of Titans/things (IOT vs IOt) (Score 1) 123

Anything that runs node.js and python is not part of the I O things. An IOt device is more likely to have 256 bytes not 256MB and be a PIC or an 8051 not a x86 or A9. If it is an overpriced high end device maybe a M0. 8K bytes is a whole universe on an embedded device. An IOt device is a connected sensor or a actuator, not a computer or a web server.

Comment Re:Eh? (Score 2) 108

Please, this is an embedded OS, not computer (or pocket computer masquerading as a phone). There should not "apps" in an embedded OS. The entertainment system must be architected as a whole and the car must be architected as a whole. Given this is a life/safety critical device there must be a hard separation between the nice to have things like the radio and critical systems like the brakes. Especially if you have a system that has open ports, OTA upgrades or even are connected. The executives, engineers and marketers need to face significant criminal liability for such breaches of trust when offering a life/safety device to the public. Even though I am not a PE this type of situation does argue for licensing.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 4, Interesting) 465

Yes, truckers are cheap because the industry has turned them into the ugliest of sharecroppers where the are paid by the mile, lease the trucks from the company and pay for upkeep on the trucks. Now fuel, that's expensive! And for longshoremen, everything is so automated that the docks are deserted compared to a century ago so the port labor cost per pound is miniscule. Truckers are lucky to get gross $20/hour BEFORE expenses.
The biggest expense in shipping is time: capital setting idle, decaying value due to technological obsolescence, missed market windows, etc. Find some smart MBA at a global company, buy them lunch and let them bend your ear on logistics. That is why so many of your favorite electronic toys arrive via cargo plane.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 465

One of the real long term bottlenecks for our ports is the over reliance of trucks to move containers in and out of the ports. Let's face it, everyone want to be next to the ocean so freeways are already clogged (LAX, SD, SFO, SEA). The US ports need to take on building (or greatly expanding) their own rail links to the interior to get around big city traffic. Existing long range freight rail is already maxed out in the west due to extraction industries exporting oil and coal that farmers can't get their grail to the ports for export. There is also the need to restore many of our short line rail in the western cities to get cargo between the ports and logistic centers. Much of these road beds are just setting fallow in "rail banks," waiting for us to restore them to life. What cheaper and more efficient way unclog our freeways of heavy, slow, polluting and damaging trucks.

Comment The Ultimate bridge to no where (Score 2) 465

This is about as practical as building a space plane to take me from my kitchen to my livingroom. Slow and inefficient rubber tired transit for more than 1/2 around the planet is the biggest waste of a slashdot article let alone the massive physical resources. Modern cargo containers ships are faster, travel more direct, are more all weather, cheaper and gentler on the environment than running trucks on iced over roads. Other than a civil engineer's board imaginations, I can only assume that this is the ultimate attempt of the Serbian chamber of commerce to get a global scale pork barrel project in their backyard. For transportation comparison:
Mode - Miles/Gallon/ton - [Hydrocarbons, CO, NO lbs/ton mile]. .
Ship - 514 miles/gallon - [0.0009, 0.0020, 0.0053]
Rail - 202 miles/gallon - [0.0046, 0.0064, 0.0183]
Truck - 59 miles/gallon - [0.0063, 0.0190, 0.1017]
Keep in mind that the above does not include the materials, cost or environmental damage to build this road to no where. If you really want a wild road trip drive from Cape Town to Cape Chelyuskin.

Comment Re:Non-problems, except for traffic (Score 1) 410

With our Seattle transportation issues we only seem to talk about cars. There is another big side of this that we don't address with all our talk of ST3 and Metro. That is the ever growing truck traffic being driven by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. The ports need to step up and take responsibility for their impact on the roads. The ports have the bonding authority to do just about whatever they can get wall street to finance. RIght now good can not get into or out of the ports. Our Washington state farmers can not get space on trains to get their wheat to the ports due to all of the space being leased up in bulk by coal trains. I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass is a often closed in winter for delivering trucking cargo that results in billions in delays. There is a fallow railroad bed, known as the old Milwaukee RailRoad that is in public hands. It runs from between the two ports in Renton, near I-90 just east of Issaquah and reaches all the way to south of Spokane. It has a very even 1.7 grade at that could easily be built out to 150 MPH. The planned expansion of eastside light rail will come very near to the Old Milwaukee line at Issaquah. The ports could easily restore the Old Milwaukee line and lease excess capacity to Sound Transit, Metro and Amtrak. Imagine how moving all of this truck traffic off our Seattle and Freeway roads would reduce congestion. Imagine how a two hour train ride to WSU, the Apple Cup and Spokane would unite the state, reduce congestion, carbon pollution. With a one hour trip from the massive cold war runway at Moses lake it would allow the port to push freight out of Seatac to open up more lucrative passenger plane slots. This would put the ports at a competitive advantage if they can guarantee containers will be in Spokane on railcars ready for trucks or further rail transports regardless of weather or traffic. Now imagine the Ports building out a high speed rail line along I-90 that leverages cargo and passenger service. By combining the cost and solutions of cargo and commuter transportation together we can solve both problems at lower cost. Win-WIn-WIn.

Comment Re:Somewhat cheaper... (Score 1) 496

I have a 2014 Subaru with a back-up camera that displays on the radio ONLY when you are in reverse. I expected it to be redundant with the internal rear view mirror, but it is not. It is mounted just off center above the license plate. It is under the ledge above the plate and points down. The clear lens cover is about 1 CM so a small smudge of mud or droplet of water can obscure a large areas of the viewing field . I've learned to rub my finger over the lens every time I walk to my car. With a side mirror you can bob your head and work around a little dirt.

Over laid on the back-up image are two dashed "runway" lines with each dash showing one foot. It shows the ground right up to the back of the bumper. It the past if I were backing up to a low object object I have to guess. Now I'm parking within a couple of inches of where I want to be. I've put a small mark on the floor of my garage and I can back in to exactly where I want to be - every time. I'm sure there are useful ways of adding simple "VR" data to replace the parallax benefits of head bobbing and stereo vision.

Comment Re: Cost of Components (Score 1) 41

Digikey is amazing. Use them all the time for Protos and some production. Where tracking Digikey fails is the roll of truly innovative stuff barely out of the lab in small production as we'll a the other end custom ic. Sure they do fpga but try buying a full intel chip set, a GPU or what ever Qualcomm is selling to phone makers. They really are more trailing than leading edge. And the county airport is being expand to handle larger federal jets just for Digikey. They probibly have several million skews and many of those skews are for reels of 5 thousand resistors per real and many multiple reels of a skew in stock. They must be tracking billions of pieces of stock.

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 1) 630

In the US unionism as settled on "craft" or "trade" unions that are organized by specialty. The alternative is industrial unions that represent workers by industry. Before world war I industrial unions drifted more into social movements and lost ground to trade unions in the work place.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake