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Comment: Don't bash the guy just because he worked for GM (Score 1) 267

by Undead Waffle (#48025657) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
Bob Lutz is one of the good ones. He is now retired from GM, for the second time if I recall. He also worked for Lotus for a bit as well as plenty of other companies. He wrote a book called "Car Guys vs. Bean Counters" where he talked about fighting management at GM as it was shifting from making cars people want to cutting corners to save money (admittedly, I haven't read it. If I was a big reader it would be high on my list though). Sound familiar? And what he's saying in the article isn't wrong:

But they are going to have to do a next generation of car, which is smaller and with new types of batteries that give a range of two to three hundred miles. And until they do that, it's going to remain a fringe brand.

So he isn't bashing them. If anything he is predicting how they could become very successful.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 600

by Undead Waffle (#47906407) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

At least in California you can store your gun however you want *unless* you have reason to believe there will be children in your home. In which case if they get a hold of the gun and hurt someone you are responsible if you didn't have the gun locked somehow. This is one of the few reasonable California gun laws. There is so much backlash about any gun restrictions because lawmakers are constantly proposing stupid gun laws. Like the repeated attempts in California to make it difficult to get ammo and to track every ammo purchase. As if someone is going to walk into a school with 10K rounds in his backpack. To non gun owners: ammo is extremely heavy. Most people planning a killing spree aren't going to drag around a cart with 10K rounds. Tracking ammo purchases will just tell you who goes out shooting a lot.

The idea for this type of gun lock is not new. The fear is that once the technology is there it eventually becomes mandatory. See all the mess over microstamping. And most gun owners don't want to deal with the extra electronics for a safety device they don't need.

Comment: First step towards flying cars (Score 1) 194

by Undead Waffle (#47887287) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada
Everyone criticizing them seems to be missing the important part: We need self-driving cars so we can have self-driving flying cars. I don't trust most people to handle a flying car but self-driving actually becomes easier when crossroads can be handled on different positions on the Z axis. Don't ruin it, jerks!

Comment: Re:I've been watching this (Score 1) 52

I have the Asus Transformer Prime 201 with the Tegra 3 and it is/was a pretty damn good CPU. The tablet is still quite useful despite being a few years old. I skipped the Tegra 4s and have been waiting for K1 powered tablets. I do a fair bit of gaming on my tablet and I can't wait to see what developers do with the K1.

Then I assume you know NVIDIA just came out with their K1-powered SHIELD tablet that is focused on gaming and also has a decent stylus. 8 inches, 16GB wifi only version is $300. It's the first tablet to check all of the boxes for me so I ordered one last week (though it's still not here).

Comment: Re:It's not autonomous (Score 1) 406

I dunno, but letting humans decide where an autonomous vehicle should go, might still be a recipe for unsafe operation...

The first thing that popped into my head after reading this was an image of an old person in New York telling their car to take them to Vegas. And the car locking them in until it arrives at its destination.

I think this sounds like an awesome idea.

Comment: Re:They should stop making consoles (Score 1) 203

by Undead Waffle (#47580013) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

With the Wii they realized they couldn't keep up with the PS and Xbox.

No, with the Wii they realized they didn't need to keep up with the PS and Xbox. They created a new type of gaming market and made billions because of it. They are arguably competing against the mobile phone, not the Xbox or Playstation.

They didn't need to at the time, no. They had the motion sensor which was a novel new idea and got a lot of people who had no interest in consoles to buy a Wii. But that wore off fast and those people lost interest years ago. They went for that market because Microsoft and Sony were spending a ton of money making more powerful consoles and selling them at a loss and Nintendo knew they couldn't stay in that game. The console gamers, the ones who buy consoles every generation, are clearly less interested in Nintendo's offerings than the PS or Xbox. And everyone else has no reason to buy a console when their phone/tablet/computer works well enough. If they made a phone or tablet OS the majority of the market wouldn't care and as we're seeing here they aren't having success competing with the other console makers. Sony and Microsoft don't need to make money from their gaming divisions because they have other products that make money. Nintendo doesn't have this luxury so they are at a disadvantage. Thus, they should really consider trying to reach a wider audience by focusing on just the games than trying to control the entire stack. If they have another breakthrough idea it might be smarter to integrate it with Steam Box or something and make a deal with Valve. Then they can capture the PC market as well. Maybe I'm wrong and they'll come up with an amazing console for their next generation, but I think it's much more likely that they will change strategy.

Comment: They should stop making consoles (Score 2, Insightful) 203

by Undead Waffle (#47579437) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8
With the Wii they realized they couldn't keep up with the PS and Xbox. Instead of trying to get people to buy their consoles for their games they should switch to just making games. Even if they required custom controllers for some of their games I doubt it would be hard to come out ahead.

Comment: Re:Retina display and dual cameras... (Score 1) 42

That is an amazing idea. Set up my phone to feed a 3D video feed of what I am pointing at directly to my VR headset. That way I can see the world in 3D everywhere I go! Why did they even bother with Google Glass when we could have all been walking around with cardboard boxes on our heads already?

Comment: So EA is still EA... (Score 1) 208

by Undead Waffle (#47312589) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

Nothing new. EA is still being EA. People are still calling for boycotts of EA. People are still getting excited about the trailers and preordering anyway. You have to get the special pre-order items, right?

I haven't bought an EA game in a very long time because their bad behavior has been going on for over a decade. If you think gamers are going to boycott them rather than getting sucked up in all the hype you haven't been paying attention. Don't let that stop you from trying though.

Comment: Re:Performance vs Closed source driver? (Score 1) 143

In the past I've primarily used Nvidia cards and always used the closed source drivers because they were so much better.

Now I have an AMD card and was having performance problems. I found out that the open source drivers for AMD are better than the proprietary ones.

So I consider it relevant just for the simplicity of the overall system. New users shouldn't have to research whether the proprietary driver is better than the open source one for their card. It's better for the success of Linux when things just work out of the box, and right now the box contains the open source drivers. Personally I think it was not very smart of them to ship with these drivers in the first place until they were mature enough, but that's where we are.

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