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Comment: Re:The answer was in front of our faces. (Score 1) 273

by bosef1 (#48800877) Attached to: Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

And doesn't Keith Richards have his blood replaced every three years or so? So there should be a lot of used blood around anyway for... testing. Yeah, testing, that's what I'll call it...

I should want to cook Keith a simple meal, but I shouldn't want to cut into him, to wear the blood, to be born unto new worlds where his blood becomes my key...

I'll be in my bunk.

Comment: Re:Meaningless drivel (Score 3, Interesting) 100

by bosef1 (#48789881) Attached to: US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

I second that it doesn't seem like a reasonable thing to have the Federal government telling State governments how to tax Internet access. I also agree that it would be a dumb idea for the states to tax the Internet as a money-making device (there's not that much money in it unless you do some ridiculous tax like by the megabyte; it would be easier just to raise the income tax by 0.25% or something like that). I could see some states wanting to set up state-levied universal access fees, but then it would at the state level and better aligned with the individual needs of the states (yay laboratories of Democracy).

I also agree the AC that it is probably within the Fed's power to tell the States they can or cannot tax the Internet under the Commerce clause. But the Commerce clause is so abused it lets anyone do just about anything; and that's a whole other argument.

Comment: Re:Touchscreens Suck for Situation Awareness! (Score 1) 123

by bosef1 (#48650117) Attached to: "Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

Aside from complete marketing "cool" factor, my guess would be that it a cheap touchscreen is (now) cheaper than all of discrete control knobs. You only need one cutout in the center console, and you don't need all the extra wires and switches and things. Also, it is easier to configure different virtual controls on the one touchscreen system for all the different vehicles, trim lines and vehicle configurations you make. The touchscreen may even be a little more reliable than the physical controls, assuming someone doesn't punch it.

I too appreciate the physical controls, and it's not clear that the touchscreen really adds anything to the experience besides the "cool" factor.

Comment: Re:Extra Credits (Score 2) 121

by bosef1 (#48638777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

I second Extra Credits. They provide a lot of good analysis and breakdowns of why some games work well, and how others could be made to work better. Here's a link to the YouTube site:

I also liked "Shut Up & Sit Down", who seem to do very good play reviews. They might be a little "mature" for an 11-year-old, so I would check the sit out first and make your own call.

Comment: Re:Wearable computing... (Score 2) 236

by bosef1 (#45053819) Attached to: No Love From Ars For Samsung's New Smart Watch

As I seem to recall from back when the History Channel showed history, the original function of the "wrist watch" was jewelry, especially for ladies. Men wore pocket watches, and wrist watches were women's bracelets with a built-in timepiece. From what I remember, wrist watches weren't really appropriate fashion items for men until World War 1, when mass troop coordination required everyone to have an easily accessible timepiece, and wrist-watches fit the bill. So having the wrist watch return the status of jewelry isn't too unprecedented.

I find I prefer to wear a pocket watch at the office. I'm not a good typist, and wearing a wrist-watch bothers me when I use a keyboard. The pocket watch lets me have a convenient timepiece that stays in my pants. Plus you can get some really fancy pocket watches.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.