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Comment Re:Bad design? (Score 3, Insightful) 64

Yes and no. Sure, it could be lazy. OTOH, when your use case is eight million passengers every single day, there's a certain amount of redundancy to having the information with the passenger, rather than dependent on a network/data link. Four 9s uptime during flying hours still means over a thousand passenger cancellations every single day due to inaccessible data.

Comment Drone manufacturers aren't the problem (Score 2) 227

It's not the manufacturers, it's the users. Those of us who fly rockets - and all the traditional RC aircraft pilots - know the regs and we stick to them pretty damned closely because it's safety. The manufacturers are selling a product, and while it needs to be airworthy and safe to operate, they have no control over where it's operated.

I can only fly certain impulse rockets near my house because of air traffic restrictions. That doesn't mean manufacturers should make bigger engines - it just means if I want to fly them I have to take them somewhere where they will be safe and legal (like Black Rock).

Comment Re:Phones are higher density (Score 1) 178

Which brings up an interesting point. Desktop machines struggle to drive 4k monitiors with hundreds of watts of graphics power. Phones (like the G3) drive their QHD displays with a total thermal envelope of about 5W. Even scaling up, 9 phones is 45W to drive this many pixels. Why the disconnect?

(note this doesn't really address the connection - phones get ultra-short cables and small total pixel counts compared to this)

Comment Re:Not in my house (Score 1) 569

You laugh...but I have a teen daughter. The idea is that a "cool" house is where the kids will want to hang out. Movie screen and large movie collection, playroom with sofas, bean bags, and cushy carpet, fountain drinks, espresso bar with all the trimmings - you name it. I'd rather have them party it up at my place than somewhere else.

Comment As someone who deals with architectural drawings (Score 2) 178

Wow - this would be great...though in a larger size - say 60ish inches; enough for a 30x42 plan at nearly 150 dpi with room on the side for toolbars. Throw in a wacom/n-trig digitizer interface and a stand that lets me mount it like a drafting table and I'd be in heaven.

Comment Re:What interface ? (Score 3, Insightful) 178

DP 1.3 is 32.4Gbps (25.92Gbps net through after overhead) which is sufficient for 8k/30Hz full 24bit video at ~25Gbps, and 8k/60Hz using 4:2:0 subsampling. That's clearly not ideal for a computer screen, where you would want 4:4:4, but is probably good enough for nearly any screen up to about 40-50" (and likely on towards 100") regardless of distance when reproducing video (moving) content.

Comment Which is why I never use debit (Score 2) 345

People are always more careful with their own money. If I haven't paid my CC bill, the CC company is out that money. If it comes out of my bank account, I'm SOL until they get around to figuring it out. It's why I always decline when offered a debit card - WTF would I want *my* money on the line where a fraudulent transaction might occur?

Comment Re:What are "reasonable" legal fees? (Score 1) 211

It's easy. That's 5 hours for an IP lawyer.

Even for a garden variety lawyer, it's only 10 hours at a partner level. The fresh-outs are billing at $250-350/hr. There's two hours just to check conflict of interest and set up your file ($500). Send one of those briefs to go look up case law and type up a briefing for a half a day ($1000-1400), let the partner review it and consult for 2 hours with the client ($1000), then write and opinion (2 hours, $1000) and then send a brief to type/proof/file it with the court (4 hours, another $1000-1400) and you've easily popped a $4000-5000 bill.

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