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Comment: Re:Download vs indexing (Score 2) 83

by MozeeToby (#47417689) Attached to: A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Instead, they would have to laboriously spend hours thinking about every single german word, and eventually teach themselves german, from the memories they had installed.

This could still result in learning German in a matter of days vs months. Perfect is the enemy of good, even if everything you say is 100% accurate (and I doubt there's any convincing evidence that the brain works like an indexed database) you could still see orders of magnitude improvement in the time it takes to learn new things.

Comment: Re:Buzz elaborated on his reasoning yesterday. (Score 2) 77

by MozeeToby (#47415523) Attached to: Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

It's a dream that can focus and revitalize the space program, whereas the asteroid visitation is simply aiming too low as the overarching goal for NASA.

I never understood this. An asteroid visit is the first and most necessary step to asteroid mining which is arguably the only way to open up the solar system with chemical rockets for propulsion. Go out and grab a water rich asteroid, ship up a few hundred square meters of solar panels and start cracking the water into fuel. Obviously there are challenges involved, but not having to haul all the fuel for your interplanetary burns from the Earth's surface would cut the difficulty of a Mars mission significantly.

Comment: Re:Power? We dont need no stink'n power! (Score 1) 464

[...] until those guys did it a few years ago in the Hudson, no commercial plane had ever done it and remained intact.

Your friends in the aviation industry were mistaken. If you come in flat and level on a decent glide slope and decent weather, the vast majority of the passengers are likely to survive. Some of the ditches in the linked article went terribly, with the plane breaking into multiple pieces on impact, and still had the majority of the passengers surviving. Floatation devices on airplanes are not a joke, despite what some would have you believe.

Comment: Re:It's here already? (Score 1) 160

by MozeeToby (#47400589) Attached to: The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

That story bugs me, not the technology or anything. Just the fact that he spends the first 40% of it lamenting how bad things are and how the wealthy just want to live their life of leisure and leave everyone else to rot in the slums. Then the main character suddenly becomes fabulously wealthy and... leaves everyone else to rot in the slums while he farms... I guess... No one, not even the "good guys" with essentially limitless resources actually tries to change the system that is leaving 99% of humanity living in abject poverty with no hope of escape.

Comment: Re:Uber should be stopped (Score 1) 273

If you're driving a car for a living and don't understand the difference between liability insurance and collision/comprehensive insurance, you probably need to pick a different career path. Incidentally, in March or so Uber did in fact add $50k of collision and comprehensive insurance so... yeah...

Comment: Re:Taxi Medallions (Score 1) 273

You will always need a cab to get to a bad part of town from a nice part of town because yuppies won't drive you there, but taxi drivers (usually) will.

So what you're saying is... people will use Uber for 90% of their needs and only call a taxi when they want to go somewhere that is almost by definition unprofitable for said taxi. And you don't think they're going to destroy the taxi industry?

Comment: Re:Far-fetched? (Score 1) 104

by MozeeToby (#47328327) Attached to: Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

As other people have stated, Bluetooth is not RFID, the power requirements are different by a couple orders of magnitude (don't quote me, lets just say they're significantly different). Passive RFID do not require power to listen for an incoming signal, Bluetooth does. RFID has an extremely limited range, making it's use as a "finder" pretty much worthless. Bluetooth sends and receives many times more data at many times higher speed.

If phones had active RFID scanners or even Zigbee hardware, it might be possible to make something like this work, with Bluetooth it's physically impossible.

Comment: Re:pnysically impossible (Score 2) 104

by MozeeToby (#47328295) Attached to: Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

RFID does not have the same power requirements Bluetooth does, the power requirements for Bluetooth are described in detail in the spec; it's not something you can get around. If nothing else, unlike RFID, Bluetooth does not have a totally unpowered "sleep" mode, that can be woken by the Bluetooth protocol itself. If your device is awake enough to receive any signal at all, it is drawing power. In fact, it's drawing very nearly the theoretical maximum you could harvest from ambient sources for the dimensions of the device they are describing... and then said device has to actually power up and send besides (not to mention the theoretical maximum is a good order of magnitude higher than what you'd see in real life usage).

There's a difference between "this concept is theoretically possible" (what you describe) and "this idea, as described and designed is workable in real life" (which is what the iFind people are, erroneously or fraudulently, arguing.

Comment: Re:Only if... (Score 2) 427

by MozeeToby (#47321119) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

I can't imagine using it for voice calls.... that would just feel... ridiculous.

For what it's worth, my possible uses would be more in line with viewing incoming texts, messages, and email (sender and subject only). Maybe it's not really that much of a hassle to pull out your phone when it buzzes; still it would still be a bit more handy just to glance at your wrist.

Another good use I could see would be Google Wallet, scan and pin credit card transactions. Put a thumb print scanner right on the face to activate that feature and call it good so long as you can wipe the data remotely and it's stored/sent properly.

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, then a consensus forecast is a camel's behind. -- Edgar R. Fiedler