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Comment Re:"At that price it's almost a burner" (Score 1) 144

Depends what you mean by smart. I've got a pair of 3.5" android handsets by (LG?) - one I got for $20 and includes FreedomPop service for free, and one is a $10 Tracfone branded of essentially the same type. I've used them as temporary phones for family on vacation where we knew we'd be separated. Kept in touch via voice/text/hangouts, played music, took pictures, checked email, looked up times/maps on the internet.

It's every bit a smart phone, for $20.

Comment Re:Geostationary control of androids is smarter. (Score 1) 167

One word: conquest.

If it weren't for that drive, we wouldn't bother to go at all. At this point, and for the next hundred years or more, we're going to do nothing more than a brief visit. But putting people on the surface - that's a Fuck Yeah! moment. People won't pay for robots, but they'd all chip in if some dude went and wrote his name in Martian sand in pee. *shrug*

BTW - I agree that robotic missions make much more sense.The manned program has always sucked NASA dry on a year to year basis, but if you ask the average person to name an astronaut and a robot mission to a planet, you'd better believe you'll get Neil Armstrong and a blank stare. (There's an outside chance you'll get Voyager, but my money is that half of them will call it Vygr)

Comment Re:Passwords passed around (Score 1) 100

If they're unsafe it's too late now. Putting your passwords in a cloud service is like putting nude pictures online. Nobody may want to look at them, but they're out there forever, and somebody has them backed up somewhere.

It depends on whether they ever had the keys to unlock them or they were all locally encrypted (barring the whole "they lied and stored your password anyway" tin foil hat argument).

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) 228

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) 570

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.

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