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Comment: Re:"...knock Microsoft on it's heels..." = bad tac (Score 2) 286

by artemis67 (#41595837) Attached to: The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

Agreed...Apple has absolutely nothing to fear from Microsoft. Microsoft is destroying themselves from the inside. For Apple to buy Nokia, that might cause Microsoft to wake the fuck up and start building their own phones, like Apple does.

If Apple really wants to see Microsoft fail, the best option is to let them continue down the path they are currently on.

Comment: Re:It will certainly succeed (Score 1) 282

by artemis67 (#41327307) Attached to: Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

The system will support *at most* two tablet controllers. I can't imagine any games will require 2 tablet controllers.

Just about any multiplayer strategy game. Each user having a tablet would allow them to interact with the game in secret. For example, a football game would allow each player to draw their own detailed plays.

Comment: Re:What kind of waste do these bacteria produce? (Score 2) 170

by artemis67 (#41312195) Attached to: Around 200,000 Tons of Deep Water Horizon Oil and Gas Consumed By Bacteria

More like a cycle of life... the oil spill is eaten by the bacteria, and then the bacteria get eaten by something else, which then gets eaten by something else.

I'm wondering what the fishing boats in the Gulf are seeing, if there was a corresponding explosion of growth in populations of shrimp or such.

Comment: Re:Rear Ended (Score 1) 465

There's also the issue of cost.

Everyone will want an automated car. Hell, who wouldn't want to take a nap during their work commute, or watch TV or read a book?

New technology is always expensive at first. To reduce cost, I can see car manufacturers offering a budget car that has *no* manual controls. I think that first world countries will adopt automated driving very quickly, and that by the turn of the century, manually operated cars won't exist on public roads.

Comment: Re:Rear Ended (Score 1) 465

The automated car can be attentive 100% of the time, whereas humans make mistakes. There probably are bugs in the software right now, but maybe none bad enough to cause an accident. Until the Google car causes an accident, you can't really judge it less safe than any human driver.

I'm also going to guess that automated cars are going to drive like grandma, observing every safety rule you ever heard about driving.

Most drivers take risks; driving 10 MPH over the speed limit, not braking enough in advance, not leaving enough distance between the car in front, running yellow lights. I imagine that automated cars offer a very boring but safe driving experience.

Comment: Re:Rear Ended (Score 3, Interesting) 465

Think of the implications of having an automated driving system... the onboard computer is collecting and analyzing data in real time, and it will likely store that information, at least temporarily. So if a Google car is involved in a crash, a full report will be generated, detailing exactly what happened and liability will be very easy to determine in most cases. "Car A has had a faulty motion sensor on the front bumper that the driver failed to have replaced" or "Car B drove through a red light to hit Car A".

I also think that automated cars will observe all safety rules to the letter... like only driving the speed limit (or slightly below), always maintaining a safe distance behind other vehicles, stopping for yellow lights, and having a generous braking distance. Remember, Google could be held liable if the system is reckless, and they aren't going to want that when human lives are at stake.

I think that making automated, passenger-less cars legal will be a very easy decision for legislatures, and will pass quickly. Like I said, I believe automated cars will err far more on the side of caution, like the most grandmotherly of drivers.

Comment: Re:The unfortunate state of gaming (Score 1) 247

I would say that MMO's starting out tend to be tougher because they have generally put all of the work into leveling, and not as much into endgame content. They don't want a lot of people sitting around at endgame, getting bored.

Expansion packs for MMO's will add some leveling up content, and dump a ton of content into the endgame experience.

Comment: Re:No, it'll just be an OPTION (Score 2, Interesting) 650

by artemis67 (#40642157) Attached to: Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

Less cars on the road? Or more cars?

If my car is autonomous, I can send it to get my wife to take her shopping, to the school to pick up the kids, run my son over to the football field, etc. My car will spend MORE time on the road as I dispatch it to take care of various tasks.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"