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Comment Re: Selfies! (Score 1) 124

The summary misleadingly forgot to mention that "The display function only works when the car is parked. In drive mode, all the driver can see are the various meters and controls necessary to drive the car and any maps that might be needed. "

Common F. Sense has a thought on this. The display will be one of the first things that gets hacked on this new UberHipsterMotoHicle.

Of course, insurance companies will quickly follow suit with rates given the obscene death toll, but hey fuck safety for a YouTube minute, let's ask the fucking YOLO generation how to design a car. Yeah, that'll be safe for the rest of us, I'm sure.

Comment Re:That's not beyond human vision (Score 0) 173

By this logic, why did print resolutions go past 300dpi? There is no reason at all to expect monitor resolutions to stay inferior to print resolutions. Also, no matter what the averages are from however many billion measurements, there's always a market for those who are more discerning than the average. Btw. 20/20 never ever meant perfect vision, and, given the variation in the anatomy of the eye, probably there's no such thing.

There's also a market for diamond-encrusted cars and solid gold toilets. And I don't have an issue with marketing to that, as it can be very profitable. What I find issues with is when 8K displays become the baseline standard for smartphones when literally no one is driving that demand, and yet we all pay the price for this excess. New cell phone prices aren't dropping, and we're already seeing this concept in cars with the new "base" model coming with more standard features than fully-loaded models of yesteryear. The concept of "options" has become exactly that; nothing more than a concept.

The inherent problem with allowing vendors to define (or create) demand is consumers finding the cost of everything increasing, and due to features we never asked for to begin with. The problem becomes exponentially worse when the tech lives and breathes inside a monopolistic vacuum, with collusion defining the price consumers will ultimately pay no matter what.

Perhaps my argument will become clear when we find vendors still pushing for resolutions beyond 3000DPI on 32K screens. Believe me, they don't even have a half-assed reason to stop at where human capacity drops off when profit is the name of the game.

Comment Re:That's not beyond human vision (Score 0) 173

...While there is no consensus on a single magic number, there are plenty of studies showing that people with excellent vision can discern beyond 900 PPI with a smart phone at 30 cm (the distance used by Apple when talking about their "retina" displays).

No consensus? Where do you think we got the notion that 20/20 vision is the gold standard of perfect vision from?

We can easily find a consensus or common ground and determine what the average consumer can discern on a smart phone display. It's called decades of vision testing across a few billion people. And yes, average vision is more than enough, so let's drop the conversations about the fraction of the population that can see a fly on a horses ass at 500 yards and call this what it is; marketing hype and bullshit.

When we reach this conversation again at the 16K or 32K display point where there will be little argument that pushing the technology further is pointless due to the human eye, do you honestly think manufacturers will suddenly stop? Perhaps you can take a break and grab a pair of 100,000 Hz headphones and "listen" to some music while you think about how reserved marketing and manufacturing can really be...

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 324

Would you think it normal or necessary to contact your ISP ahead of time should you choose to start surfing secure websites outside of your country?

Well, your ISP doesn't look at what websites you are visiting (or shouldn't). Unless your ISP is a Cell provider or Dialup account, there's no way you left the country and still use your ISP's services.

Let's try another one: Would you think it's necessary to inform your ISP you will be accessing your e-mail account from outside the country? (HINT: Many ISPs use geoblocking. On an ISP provided e-mail account, many times overseas IP addresses will be blocked by firewall from contacting the ISP's servers over POP3 or SMTP)

Ah, in order to put this back into the context of the original discussion, let me clarify. In my ISP example, I was referring to you sitting in your home on your chosen ISPs network attempting to contact a server or services on the internet that happened to be hosted outside of your country. Obviously this happens rather seamlessly all the time for consumers, as we don't hold the burden of ensuring we get the "OK" from our ISP before doing so.

The same should apply for any banking institution and the framework they wish to do business in.

Let's try another one.... would you think it's normal or necessary to contact your Cell phone carrier, before leaving the country and thus using international data roaming service?

Only if I was a moron who failed to understand that 99.999% of cell phone data plans do not include international support by default.

And if I did have an international data plan already configured on my device (as I do with corporate devices I manage), no I do not feel it necessary to alert my cellular provider. Again, the burden of security belongs to the players who built the framework they operate in. If you can't manager services seamlessly for the consumer, then stop offering the service. It is that simple.

Comment Re:As someone who deals with architectural drawing (Score 1) 173

Wow - this would be great...though in a larger size - say 60ish inches; enough for a 30x42 plan at nearly 150 dpi with room on the side for toolbars. Throw in a wacom/n-trig digitizer interface and a stand that lets me mount it like a drafting table and I'd be in heaven.

Nope, sorry. We reserve only our best 8K displays for nothing larger than a 6" screen.

Yeah, fuck all that actual useful shit we could use this technology on, we need 8K smart phones for Instagram filters obviously. Oh and Candy Crush.

Comment Getting accustumed to bullshit. (Score 1) 173

"...We've become accustomed to our smartphones having super-high ppi (pixels-per-inch); 5.5-inch 1080p phones are 401 ppi, which is well past the point that humans are able to differentiate individual pixels."

It would seem that due to this the only thing we humans are getting accustomed to is believing the marketing hype and bullshit.

Your next cell phone will have sonar and infrared capability...not that you'll be able to see or hear any of it, but that won't matter. Somehow vendors will assume we asked for it, and therefore justified a $3000 cell phone price. It's all about the bells and whistles these days.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 2) 324

If you're going to make out of the ordinary purchases for overseas, or travel overseas, you always want to call your bank ahead of time. This is a standard operating procedure, and nothing to complain about on Slashdot.

Nor should this be a problem for the consumer, or a burden to call "ahead of time".

Let me put this another way. Would you think it normal or necessary to contact your ISP ahead of time should you choose to start surfing secure websites outside of your country?

The burden of securing transactions should be within the framework that provides it. I sure as hell don't have anything to do with the bank vault security guard hours at my chosen financial institution, or anything to do with a banks security. It should be no different here.

Comment Re:"Do the right thing...." (Score 3, Insightful) 245

You've nailed it. "Do the right thing" is highly ambiguous when compared to their previous motto.

Clearly they want the wiggle-room because doing "evil" can sometimes be highly profitable.

Wiggle room? That's a laugh.

Tell me, who exactly are the ignorant fools on this planet who believe that Google to date has lived up to any motto as they thrive very well in the unethical and immoral world of capitalism?

Point here is I see no reason to bullshit customers with pointless mottos or trying to claim they need "wiggle room" when their revenue-generating priorities will guarantee they won't care enough to follow them, especially when answering to shareholders who care about one fucking thing, and that one thing sure as hell ain't being right.

Comment Re:Paved with good intentions... (Score 2) 245

ok, what circumstances are... "certain", in your view? Honestly curious. Can't think of any, myself, and I consider myself both open-minded and a creative thinker. Please elaborate.

This may be an extreme example, so let me cite a more accurate one with this new loophole Google is now using as their new motto. Members of ISIS likely do not consider themselves "evil". In their minds, they're out to "do the right thing". See how the difference can be applied and justified, even in the face of something so blatantly evil as ISIS?

Anything can be justified as the "right" thing given a sick enough mind. That said, Google is a publicly traded US corporation. Their definition of "right" will always include the priority of revenue, which is not only right for a capitalist organization, it's also a mandatory survival tactic.

Comment Re:But they will always have a place in ... (Score 1) 563

... the trunks of police cars. According to widely circulated "facts" about cola one thing I still remember is, "Every police car in America has a two liter bottle of coke in their trunks. It is the best thing to dissolve blood stains off asphalt" and "put a chicken bone into a bottle of coke, and it will dissolve completely in six days"

I doubt Big Soda is excited over the notion of trunk sales for the sole purpose of crime scene cleanup (rebranded as "187 juice"), or chicken voodoo.

Hey look on the bright side, at least we haven't caught cops masturbating with it.

(The soda I mean, not the chicken.)

Comment Re:Karma Police? (Score 3, Insightful) 86

Yeah, go ahead three/four-letter agencies, I'd love to see what reasons you'll pull out of your ass for this one.

Advertising. Google tracks and profiles every visible user on the Internet. Do you use Google products or services?

Google is a corporation in the land of capitalism, with profit to create and manage, otherwise they no longer exist as a corporation. And for the intelligent computer user, they are already well aware that they are the product when they use Google.

Tell me again the bullshit reason any government agency needs to attempt to do the same thing, especially when that expense is paid for by the taxpayer.

Comment Re:Karma Police? (Score 3, Interesting) 86

That sounds ridiculous. They should have used something with more of a verbal punch, perhaps recalling banditry and tracking on a live document.

All puns aside, the name is no more ridiculous than any bullshit justification for tracking "every visible user on the internet".

Yeah, go ahead three/four-letter agencies, I'd love to see what reasons you'll pull out of your ass for this one.

Comment Re:No longer top ad blocking app. (Score 1) 229

...and Crystal plummets out of sight in 3...2...1... Me, I'm a bit miffed that I finally upgraded my iPhone 4S to iOS 9 so that I could install an ad-blocker, but then find that the 4S doesn't support ad blockers because it doesn't have a 64-bit chip. I have no idea why an ad blocker would require that. Some claim it needs high performance, but that doesn't make sense - surely blocking an ad reduces the performance required to display a page? Don't get it, seems like Apple just arbitrarily decided that ad blocking needs a modern device as an upgrade driver.

Further proof that support for consumer electronics these days ages in dog years.

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