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Comment: Double edge sword (Score 2) 150

by Ravaldy (#49753083) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

This is another case of people wanting to make police so accountable they are willing to compromise their own privacy and spend millions of dollars country wide doing it.

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it enough to be able to get specific recordings on demand? I mean, if a cop kills someone the video of the incident is required, not the other 5 TB recorded that day.

This data should only need to be pulled out where abuse is suspected or complaints are made about an officer's behavior (because they know it can be proved via the body cam).

Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 1) 386

by Ravaldy (#49744721) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

There's another user that responded with a similar opinion than mine. Touch screens are already known as bad typing inputs. Voice recognition is getting closer but it lacks the privacy which also translates into annoyance (Imagine 10 people in a restaurant voicing emails).

Hand writing is not only useful because it's not fully replaced with tech but it's also important for future generations to be able to recover from loss of technology. Imagine if we said the same thing about reading. Why should I learn to read, the computer can read to me.

This is my opinion: Reading > Hand Writing > Typing > Cursive

Comment: Re:Screens are a dead end (Score 1) 243

by Ravaldy (#49744665) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

Microsoft didn't invent this idea

You're correct, they didn't. And the Wright brothers didn't invent planes either but they made it work. It's the same for Henry Ford. Do you really believe he was the first to think of it?
At the end of the day it's irrelevant who first touched it. It's the ability to turn it into reality that matters. Apple made smart phones a reality for everybody, not just he geek in the IT office with a palm pilot.

The hardware has been available and/or in development since the early 1990's at least, and the software has been right with it

That would be like saying electric cars could be done 40 years ago. Maybe in concept but not in practicality. What would have been the point of having an electric car with a battery life of 10kms? Same goes for the eye tech.

I don't know where the "20 years" figure you quote comes from. The hardware is here. The software is here. The applications are available to anyone that can think of one.

"Within" is the key word in my 20 year statement. Yes and Yes for the tech but it needs to become main stream before we can call it a complete success. After all, if you recall the integration of UPnP (something much simpler than hololens), it only took about 10 years for most manufacturers to get it right. Virtualization is another domain that took time to become main stream. Today you wouldn't run a server without it.

So I think we both believe in the tech. We just have different opinions on how quickly it will be available.

Comment: Re:Screens are a dead end (Score 1) 243

by Ravaldy (#49744459) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

Maybe the statement wasn't well written but considering how connected we continue to try and be it's pretty obvious we want to make tech work with the real world. Work for an engineering firm for a few months and you'll know what I mean. 3D printing is a prime example of us taking virtual "something" and making it real

Your statement about hololens is also very empty but then again I'm not the only one that things that since you got a great score of 0.

Comment: Re:Arrogance about a job you don't understand (Score 1) 386

by Ravaldy (#49728867) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

Maybe he used the wrong words. I understand what he meant because I've worked on both sides. In many organizations what the sales person sells versus what the customer needs is different. That is why is more specialized fields a sales person is accompanied with a technical expert. This is common because the technical person can break the gap between offerings and needs.

Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 2) 386

by Ravaldy (#49728511) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

I'd say it's more important for kids today to type fast than it is to learn cursive.

writing with a pen/pencil is still part of our daily life, it's just not part of the life of students so it appears to be a waste. I use a pen many times over the course of a week. Engineers use pens and markers more than anybody else I've seen. There are plenty of places where being able to write is still important and I doubt technology is about to render it obsolete.

Comment: The concern isn't relearning (Score 3, Interesting) 298

by Ravaldy (#49728397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?

Learning what is today's standard is fine even if 5 years from now it won't be. It plants basic principles that will assist students in learning the newer things. JS language and structure allows you to quickly jump into C, C++, C# because the base is the same.

HTML in the 90's is still valid today. The basic concept remains with added enhancements in the form of CSS, JS, Flash...

The most important thing in school is to learn how to learn. They do this by forcing students to be creative and resourceful.

Comment: Screens are a dead end (Score 2) 243

by Ravaldy (#49728313) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

I think that within 20 years the Hololens concepts presented by MS will be reality (

Initially it won't be a fashion statement but as the tech gets better it will become a standard in society (who knows how long that could take). After all the ability to connect your virtual world with the real world has been the focus of technology for a long time.

Comment: Re:Music (Score 1) 147

by Ravaldy (#49648769) Attached to: Technology and Ever-Falling Attention Spans

I have the same reaction to music. When people come and address me I mute the music. I'll start working again and realize I'm not focused. I then unmute the music and everything goes to normal again.

A lot of it depends on your environment when you were growing up. If you always focused without music around there is a chance the music will have the adverse effect. Because my parents always listened to music I figure I must have gotten use to that.

There was two studies that I found interesting which I tried to find but with no luck:
One was about how humans react to environments with no sound. The conclusion was that humans don't deal with lack of sound very well.
Second was about the influence of music on learning and focus. There are many studies on this but I could not find the one I though was most relevant to my above comments.

Comment: Re:this technology has been in use for years (Score 2) 55

by Ravaldy (#49642203) Attached to: Electron Microscopes Close To Imaging Individual Atoms

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe this is tailored specifically for the BIO industry which makes me wonder why the title speaks of atoms since it doesn't appear to be the main focus of the technology.

Obviously this is a big deal if it makes it more affordable and available for bio researcher. It's like saying that going from computers taking whole floors of a building to them fitting in the palm of you hand isn't advancement or a big deal. I realize my comparison isn't fitting but you get what I'm speaking of.

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 125

by Ravaldy (#49642017) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

Yes, I agree. There are bits and pieces that are already happening but a fully emerged experience is still no here. We aren't far which is very satisfying. I know some will say you can't compete with the power of a workstation and they would be right. After all the engineers at my company get to work with i7 4770 with 16gb of ram, 500gb SSD and $2000 NVidia Quadro video cards. Yes, $2000!!!

So obviously there are many exceptions but when talking about non specialized requirements it makes perfect sense especially that the processing power will continue to increase.

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 125

by Ravaldy (#49641967) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

I think you nailed it. It should probably be used as external storage but there is value in having the H/W be used. Right now the processing power is not comparable to an i5 4570 but most users don't need that kind of processing power and as it moves forward it will improve as well. At the end of the day being able to replace one device to upgrade your whole world is kinda of neat and less wasteful. Currently in my household there are 10 separate processing units used regularly (2 tablets, 4 phones and 4 pcs). We could cut that down to 5 and possibly make better use of our existing equipment such as sound system and televisions.

Virtualization is making all kind of H/W compatibility issues an issue of the past so I figure it's just a matter of time before we see a merger between PCs and mobile devices

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.