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Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 570

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) 193

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.

Comment: Inside-Out Tracking (Score 1) 41

by Undead Waffle (#47152453) Attached to: New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows Up At VR Meetup In Boston
It seems like that would be a little too unpredictable. When someone complains that the unit is confused by the room they're in what do you tell them? Move? Send photos of your entire room so they can troubleshoot the problem? What if it is an intermittent problem? And I'm sure reports of it not working would scare off other potential customers. It may work 90% of the time, but that last 10% would be a pain in the ass.

Comment: Re:Obvious Elephant in the Room is Obvious... (Score 1) 181

by Undead Waffle (#46711387) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
This is basically it. When you pay for a game up front you know what it costs. When a game is "free" all that means is you don't know up front how much it's going to cost or what you are going to have to pay for. There is some amount of deception in the business model. And of course they always end up introducing more ways to get money from you, making a lot of people feel like all of their time spent on the game is wasted once it hits that breaking point where they ultimately quit.

Comment: Re:Re (Score 2) 312

by Undead Waffle (#46679117) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Presidents these days are mostly elected for their charisma. You have to look at who a candidate associates with to get an idea of what they are actually going to do. For example, Obama putting 5 RIAA lawyers in the DOJ then pushing for things like ACTA. It's usually the advisors that come up with the ideas, so analyze who is advising them. This is probably why the NSA stuff has been consistent between Bush and Obama.

As for the lack of accomplishments that's another plus in an election. Voters tend to react more strongly to the negative stuff and people sometimes make mistakes or do things you might not agree with. A ghost is more electable.

Comment: Re:Forbit all HFT (Score 1) 246

Without introducing any value? According to whose opinion, yours? We are very fortunate (in the US at least) that we are not yet entirely enslaved to one person's opinion as to what is valuable. Obviously, the exchanges see value in it or they wouldn't be supporting it.

I'm sure the exchanges see value in it when the banks are paying to put servers at the exchange: (5 years old but it was the first hit on Google).

I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs. -- H.L. Mencken