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Comment Re:Ahhh, well. (Score 1) 87

Ok, my basic question is...What the hell is an immobilizer chip?

Just about all cars made in the last several years have immobilizer chips in their keys. When you start the car, the chip is read and the car won't start if it is missing or has an unknown identifier. If you've ever had to replace a key, this is why that is so expensive.

It's designed to make cars harder to steal. There is no remote capability.

Comment Eye tracking (Score 3, Informative) 46

It seems the long-term solution will involve eye tracking so that the device can "focus" with you. Tough problem, I imagine, to solve in such a tiny area without interfering with the experience. It would also likely need even better latency than the current setup, which is asking a lot.

Comment Re:Don't buy based on any promises (Score 1) 35

Last summer I bought a Nvidia Tegra Note 7 tablet based on promises that Android 5 (Lollipop) was coming out for it "real soon". They even stated that it was easy to port Lollipop on the Tegra Note 7 since it was basically a stock Android design with little or on deviation from the standard design. That "real soon" slipped to February of 2015 and when February 2015 came and went Nvidia became strangely mute on the subject, ignoring customers' inquiries.

What you describe is basically every tablet seller out there save for Google themselves. They save the new versions for their upcoming products, and only after those get put out do they update the old stuff.

Comment Weight has always been a "quality" factor (Score 4, Insightful) 134

Weight plays a lot into our perception for how solid and well built things are, even when they're not. Lightweight is great, but go too far and things feel like a fragile toy.

This is almost too good a problem to have with a laptop -- too lightweight? Put more battery in it.

Comment Custom shards saved that game (Score 4, Informative) 75

A good shard (UO-speak for a custom server) would have great GMs regularly creating events for their players. I've played through a week-long monster invasion on Minoc, a war between Trinsic and Yew, a murder mystery involving 100+ players, and more custom "dungeon" areas than I can count. The last dungeon I remember was a play on Alice in Wonderland.

I haven't played UO in about 10 years, but custom shards gave hands down the best MMO experience I've ever seen even compared to current games.

Comment When you don't care (Score 1, Informative) 175

When is it better to choose the well-tested, mature LAMP over this upstart collection of JavaScript-centric technologies?

JavaScript in its current form will never have a place larger than simple website scripting in my production environment -- it's unmaintainable in anything beyond small doses and is something we work with because there's literally no other option, not because we want to. TypeScript makes things better, but being better than JavaScript really isn't that tough. It's still not as good as -- and doesn't provide benefits instead of -- existing common backend languages like Java and C#.

To me, node.js perfectly represents the age of programming we're in: people are doing things because they can, not because they should. Things that would have been just-for-fun geeky side projects 10 years ago are now somehow making their way into legitimate business-critical projects.

Comment All my years of playing Quake were training (Score 1) 76

During a terror attack, I know I'll hear a quick sound when the detpack is set. At that point I've got a short window where I'll use a rocket jump to accelerate into a bunny hop, swing by the detback to lob a grenade at the enemy if he's still there, and continue bunny hopping to a safe distance.

Easy as cake.

Comment What is Windows doing differently? (Score 1) 182

I have an 850 Pro at home and an 850 EVO at work, and haven't experienced any corruption. I know that Windows uses TRIM. Why am I not seeing any problems?

I doubt EXT4 or whatever part of Linux issuing TRIM commands is doing it wrong, but they're clearly doing it different, and maybe it can be worked around or at the very least reported to the manufacturer to fix broken firmware.

Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life. -- Schulz