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Comment: Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (Score 1) 95

by hawkinspeter (#47711003) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
I think the premise of the study is flawed. Spending on R&D is not the same as innovation although there is some correlation. e.g. Companies might be able to get away with spending less on R&D as they are able to license the relevant patents rather than having to duplicate the research.

However, most patents aren't any use as most of them ARE obvious to someone skilled in the relevant discipline.

Comment: Re:This is something I wanted for a long time (Score 1) 64

by hawkinspeter (#47703413) Attached to: AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ
I thought AMD chips are competitive in some parts of the market (not top-end, though). The last chip I bought was an AMD A10 - 4 cpu cores and 6 graphic cores on the one die. It saves having to buy a separate graphic card and the graphic cores have full access to the same memory that the CPU cores use which I think is an interesting architecture.

Comment: Re:Good for music, movies and ebooks (Score 1) 82

Absolutely. I typically purchase e-books when I want to support the author (e.g. Warren Ellis, Charles Stross) or when it's easier than finding an illegitimate source. However, a lot of the books I read are by dead authors, so I don't feel much guilt in depriving their heirs of a few pennies.

Comment: Re:Good for music, movies and ebooks (Score 1) 82

I like the convenience of ebooks as I don't have to worry about carrying around a dead-tree book and can instead just use my phone (or kindle etc) which is generally lighter. I recommend using Calibre to transfer e-books around if you don't mind breaking the Ts&Cs.

Comment: Re:Good for music, movies and ebooks (Score 4, Informative) 82

Unfortunately, that's not the case. Bruce Willis raised a fuss a while ago about not being able to leave his iTunes music collection to his children. The Ts and Cs state that the license to listen to the music is strictly non-transferrable. (He should have just "pirated" it instead).

Comment: Re:For some it was just a plain black screen (Score 1) 300

He's referring to Australian Woolworths which is a big supermarket chain. Over here in the UK, Woolworths as a general/department store has been out of business for a few years. I believe the companies are unrelated, but I haven't looked into it.

Comment: Re:Will not matter. (Score 1) 237

I just can't see that autonomous/AI cars will be any worse than human drivers and I think they'll be at least an order of magnitude safer.

With unusual situations, the AI car should be programmed to find a safe (don't hit anything) route and if that's not possible, it should reduce speed/stop in a straight line as that will allow the speed to be reduced quicker and safer than by swerving. I can't see how stopping in a straight line would lead to increased liability for the manufacturer unless the vehicle was really badly made.

It's possible to think of situations where stopping in a straight line isn't necessarily the best course of action, but then human drivers make really bad choices all the time and they don't generally have trouble getting insured.

Comment: Re:It's absolutely NOT worth it (Score 1) 126

by hawkinspeter (#47676873) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding
I never used to wear a helmet on my bike either, but have taken to wearing one as I started doing longer distances. In truth, the safety aspects of cycle helmets are over-stated as they don't really provide that much protection against typical bike accidents. I always think that gloves are far more important on a bike than a helmet as pretty much any time you come off a bike, you'll use your hands.

Anyhow, as I wear clear protective glasses when cycling, I wouldn't have any problem with a similar design for a HUD. I imagine that the higher speeds of a motorbike might make a difference, but I've seen bike riders wear prescription glasses under their helmets, so I don't think it's an insurmountable problem.

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