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Comment: Re:What's wrong with American drivers? (Score 1) 176

by bondsbw (#47956697) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Trains and cars are so different in practically every way that trying to compare them, and how their automated operations would work, is useless.

Just the fact that automated cars have to be designed to deal with many various forms of traffic, and do not run on tracks, means the train automation was designed without many of the considerations and safeguards that are a minimum in automated cars.

Comment: Re:And well they should. (Score 1) 79

by bondsbw (#47800651) Attached to: China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

(I wish there were an edit button.)

I just wanted to explain the reason budgeting in advance is preferred, at risk of stating the obvious. Companies tend to have a lot of moving parts, and if part P needs to be ready by date D, it may be due to dependencies. Those dependencies are in many forms including additional development that needs part P, time for QA, deadlines promised to the customer, and so on.

So if suddenly part P is going to take 5 days more to fix a bug that was unforeseen in a third party component, that could have a major effect on getting everything to market. What if QA has a tight schedule and, 5 days later, already has something else scheduled for testing? It might be a month or two before they get around to getting your component tested. Same applies to other forms of dependency.

Comment: Re:And well they should. (Score 1) 79

by bondsbw (#47800583) Attached to: China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

There is nothing stopping a company from fixing bugs itself

If the company doesn't hire programmers, or if their programmers are not competent at the particular language/APIs/tools at hand, then this path would require hiring new developers and potentially purchasing development software. So in this case, cost may be stopping the company.

or outsourcing to a company to do so.

Assuming this even exists. Only a few of the open source projects I've used have any type of paid support, which brings the company back to paying for their own developers.

Granted, the company probably saved a lot of money by using open source in the first place. But in the end, many companies will choose to foot a larger bill if they can budget for it in advance. "We will need $100,000 for Office licenses" often sounds better than "We didn't budget for it, but it turns out we need $30,000 for various unforeseen development expenses."

Comment: Re:One-button user interface (Score 1) 251

by bondsbw (#47758083) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

One analog button means you generally are limited to binary states mapped to time in the form of pulse width. Controlling pulse width tends to be difficult, so we wind up with a language where individual pulses have limited expressiveness and, thus, multiple pulses are required in order to express a concept. Morse Code is an example, where multiple pulses are used to express the concept of alphabet symbols.

But also we can take advantage of context switching. If we switch from a context of typing to a context of motion, then the language can reuse pulse patterns to drive the movement (e.g. there can be quick patterns to express direction, go, and stop).

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 120

by bondsbw (#47757059) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Selling a million game consoles will produce less benefit to fewer users than taking the equivalent hardware and putting it into a server farm.

A console in the average game console owner's home sits unpowered for the vast majority of the day. That hardware in a server farm will be used 100% of the day, meaning more hardware will be available for more people.

A server farm can be far more energy efficient than a million consoles.

Obviously there are tradeoffs, but to dismiss the concept outright is not helpful.

Comment: Re: Infrastructure? (Score 1) 727

by bondsbw (#47723013) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I accept your claim that you have no experience with Linux

Actually I have quite a bit of experience with Linux. Here's a tiny bit of proof... just search for ID 6746.

But unlike you, I seem to have experience with other operating systems as well.

along with your acknowledment that you are too stupid to figure out that more people will buy a $300.00 laptop than will buy a $1000.00 laptop, regardless of OS.

You mean, like these?

10 to the 12th power microphones = 1 Megaphone