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Comment: Get it in writing (Score 1) 353 353

Most business owners may have issue with you claiming IP for things built on company time. Even if you build something in your off hours, it may be difficult to prove you didn't use company resources.

Make sure that if you have an agreement with your employer that you have something signed by a senior executive or the owner.

Comment: Re:When... (Score 1) 71 71

Seriously, if you want a real experience then turn off the PC, go outside and DO IT.

Ah, the "it's not everything so it's nothing" attack. If you happen to live in the upper northeast, I could see this being a helpful part of one's winter-exercise regimen. Or inner cities. Or anywhere where easily - accessible mountain bike trails aren't accessible.

And the truth is, for many of us, something like a MTB trip to Moab would be really cool, but it's not quite high enough against competing options. It'd be awesome to experience some of that scenery.

Lastly, for anyone naysaying the technology... give it time. VR is in its infancy, and in some not too distant future, it will be indistinguishable from the real thing.

Comment: Jeavon's Paradox (Score 2, Interesting) 82 82

Interestingly, this effect is like a twisted manifestation of Jeavon's Paradox. As we become more efficient with a resource, more of the resource is used up. (Conventional wisdom would suggest the opposite; that efficiency drives conservation.)

Comment: Not Filet Mignon. Meat Slurry (Score 3, Insightful) 466 466

Artificial meat is going to happen at some point, well before it can surpass the filet mignon or prime rib. Right now, it just needs to be better and cheaper than Meat Slurry , then, market forces will accelerate the quality.

Trust me on this, the bar is set pretty low for it to succeed.

Comment: It depends on game complexity (Score 1) 285 285

First and foremost, I want my kids to learn from playing games in addition to being entertained. And there's something to be said about the visual simplicity of older (classic) games encouraging imagination, just like books stimulate the brain more than TV and Movies. You could probably make an argument that the eye candy in today's game is distracting from the puzzle-solving aspects. Then again, newer games potentially have better puzzles... I don't recall much of a physics engine in my Atari 2600.

Fortunately, we don't have to make an either/or choice. But if I did, I would probably start with classic games.

Oh yeah. Obligatory to add "Get off my lawn". :)

Comment: Re:Hmmmm (Score 1) 397 397

Solar might not achieve infinite continuous operation, but might allow for infinite distance with stops for recharging.

Said RC device might fly for whatever distance the charge allows, then set down on a rooftop or unobtrusive location and start recharging for the next leg.

Energy weight / density / rechargability may not be favorable today, but will certainly improve in the future.

Comment: Re:HA! YOU FOOLS! (Score 1) 47 47

You jest, but there's probably a deeper conversation about property rights.... No one is up in arms about the wonton copying and reproduction of someone else's work since the original owners are long since dead.

But wait 100 years and see what happens when someone wants to recreate a 2013 -era Nike shoe.

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer. -- Dean Acheson