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Comment: Re:Few Million a Year is a BIG Stretch Goal (Score 2) 181

by gweilo8888 (#48813091) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025
You're only just now realizing this? Even Toyota, the world's largest automaker, has *global* production of just around 10 million cars per year, and unlike Tesla, their vehicles aren't carefully aimed at sucking blood from the rich -- they actually sell vehicles the common man can afford. It's beyond completely absurd to suggest that Tesla will get to even a third of that point within a decade.

Comment: Re:Cheaper option, Google Cardboard (Score 1) 74

by gweilo8888 (#48812661) Attached to: Ars: Samsung Gear VR Is Today's Best Virtual Reality
Even the supposed 1440p of the DK3 -- has that spec ever been officially confirmed? Not to my knowledge -- spanned across a 100-degree field of view as in the DK2 is less than 25.6 horizontal pixels per degree.

I can't calculate more precisely than that, sadly, because I can't find a FOV spec for an individual eye with the Oculus, and I don't know what overlap there is between eyes to calculate this. Check out what the human visual system is capable of, though, and even 25.6 pixels per degree is not remotely close, so it's splitting hairs to worry about what the actual figure is.

The fact of the matter is that even on the latest model, you are getting just around 1280x1440 pixels per eye -- far less than even a consumer monitor these days -- and that is being wrapped around a much greater area of your field of view than would be the case with that consumer monitor. The perceived resolution of every VR rig on the market or that I've seen publicly in development is awful; the DK3 is just a bit less awful than most. The problem is that to provide sufficient resolution would require custom displays (instead of cheaping out and using existing smartphone LCDs), and it would require a hell of a lot more processing power to provide a low-latency, lag and stutter-free signal at that resolution. In other words, it would be expensive as hell, and that's before the developer themselves made any profit at all.

To my mind, we're still a good five years or more away from quality VR being affordable on a consumer budget. Whether there will be a viable gaming industry left at that point is up for debate, with the way that so much of the industry has abandoned quality games in favor of nickel-and-diming its customers to death on freemium drek.

Comment: Re:Cheaper option, Google Cardboard (Score 1) 74

by gweilo8888 (#48810433) Attached to: Ars: Samsung Gear VR Is Today's Best Virtual Reality
And having used the latest version myself in a tech demo at CES, even Oculus suffers badly from latency, not to mention absolutely shockingly-low resolution that makes it feel like a 1980s video game. Sorry, but I'll be sitting out this round of VR entirely; we need much greater processing power and resolution before VR becomes anything more than a momentary distraction that is quickly forgotten.

Comment: Re: Seen the e-Golf? (Score 2) 395

by gweilo8888 (#48482487) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel
90 miles is frankly pathetic. That's a best case scenario 45 miles there and back; less with frequent starting and stopping. And 45 miles by road is probably not like 35 miles as the crow flies. Imagine a 35 mile radius around your home. You cannot get any further than that without recharging. And that's supposed to be good mileage?

These work for a regular daily commute of relatively short distance, nothing more. In the real world you need to own a second car to do anything useful after work, on weekends and holidays, or when taking a vacation. And if you need a second car for that, you bought the wrong first car.

Comment: Re:Patents last 20 years (Score 3, Insightful) 100

by gweilo8888 (#48406895) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds
Except that as soon as one patent nears expiration, another slightly differing patent that still covers the same item is filed for and granted. And you'd be a fool to assume that patents will stay at 20 years when our politicians are completely corrupt and have a revolving-door system with the very corporations the public needs protection from. Lobbying (read: legalized bribery) makes it likely that the scope of patents will continue to expand, just as the scope of copyright does.

Comment: Re:So, why the continued G-love? (Score 3, Insightful) 105

by gweilo8888 (#48387303) Attached to: Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015
Of course, that still leaves the problem of the company that does one thing, and damn well, then being taken over by Google, Apple, or Microsoft, at which point their product languishes unupdated or is canceled altogether, or it's turned into a new Google / Apple / Microsoft product that is abandoned a year later.

The smart money is on those who do one thing, and do it just about well enough. Not good enough to get bought and taken over, not diversified enough to stop giving a crap. They're stuck making just-good-enough products for you and me to use.

and I'm only half-joking.

Comment: Always except when it isn't (Score 5, Informative) 109

by gweilo8888 (#48322053) Attached to: Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

Headline: "the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads"

Summary: "the clock has traditionally been always set to 9:42 in Apple advertisements." ... "The time was even slightly tweaked in 2010" ... "it displayed a different time"

That's some quality editing there, Slashdot.

Comment: Re:only for nerds (Score 1) 66

Now, doing this for laptops... that's the real question--why haven't they done this *yet*. (And no, just because you can aggravatingly, pain-stakingly pry open a laptop to service it and in some cases interchange some parts does not qualify).

They have done it -- you just have to pay enterprise pricing if you want this feature. Look at HP's ZBook series for one example. Slide one latch and the entire bottom pops off, revealing the hard drive bay, DIMM sockets, mSATA slot and wireless LAN card without removing a single screw. Removing the hard drive means taking out one screw the first time, but it is designed so that it will latch in place without the screw if you want regular hard drive swaps. And the full, extremely detailed service manual is available free to all, should you decide you need to access parts that aren't typically upgraded on a notebook.

Comment: Re:only for nerds (Score 1) 66

For a phone, I agree modularity (other than the battery) is a bad idea. For a desktop or notebook PC, I couldn't disagree more.

The ability to upgrade my machines isn't there for adding stuff willy-nilly every six months. It is there for adding stuff when I *need* to, and allowing me to choose what best fits my needs in the first place. My desktop PC will last me five years easily (it is already more than three years old and still far more powerful than I need for current games, applications like high-definition video editing, raw file editing using DxO Labs' PRIME denoising engine, and so on.) But I am able to make large or small upgrades as and when I want, and quite likely, will extend my PC beyond that five year window. The same for my notebook, to a slightly lesser extent. (Although it's enterprise-grade, and so unusually upgradeable for a notebook.)

And the best thing? Both exceeded the specs of Apple hardware at the time I bought them, and were only half to two-thirds the price of equivalent Apple hardware at purchase. Apple's pricing is a tax on the stupid and the bone-idle.

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