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Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 479

Doesn't Tesla have an undercar robot that will do a battery swap in a few minutes now? Yeah, replacing the batteries in the trunk takes a while, and Honda won't even let me replace my own batteries in my hybrid, despite explaining to them that I have a degree in Electronics Engineering and experience as an electronics technician.

Comment There is a valid reason for some of these (Score 1) 210

Dominoes now allows you to order pizza by texting them a pizza emoji; presumably other delivery services would like to get in on the action. (Sounds to me like this would require setting up a lot of information associated with your phone number ahead of time for it to work, and useless for any company that doesn't do delivery or internet orders)

Comment Re:Better Question (Score 4, Insightful) 479

I find dealerships very annoying because they don't want to sell you the car you want, they want to sell you one of the cars they have on the lot that day! Apparently their goal with every customer is to have them buy something the same day, not come back later to pick up the actual vehicle they wanted. Why can't I order a vehicle with everything I want from the manufacturer, and go pick it up at the plant or port of entry myself, saving the $800 in "destination fees"?

Comment Re:TV with API would be nice (Score 1) 232

You can already get cell phone apps that control your smart TV via WiFi... if you're talking about opening up the APIs used to third-party developers, that might cause more problems than it solves. The IR interface appears to be fairly open now, anybody can make a universal remote and cellphone apps to do it are ubiquitous. We probably need to wait for the WiFi interface to stabilize more before they open it up.

Comment Re:TV's in state of flux (Score 1) 232

4K was the point of diminishing returns, human perception isn't capable of distinguishing anything more than 4000 divisions across in their field of vision. Higher resolution than that is only useful if you're going to be blowing the image up or just looking at a small section of the image, which by definition is NOT the video-watching audience. Also, eventually people will realize that pushing 4 times as many bits down the pipe costs 4 times as much. Flat panels will transition from LED to OLED as the yields get better, currently a 65 inch OLED costs $5000, and larger ones go up to $20,000. Smart TVs already have WiFi and Ethernet support, and yes, even web browsers, as well as all the popular streaming services built in (although using a TV remote as a mouse really sucks). A few smart TVs even have voice command support, that that has sparked privacy concerns -- can you really trust your TV when it's listening to everything in your house 25/7? (Sounds like a Big Brother scenario to me). Yes, I'm still waiting for videoconferencing to be built-in to the TV, or at least support for a USB webcam. Not sure what the killer application for motion detectors is; even Kinect seems to be fading now, despite my initial reaction that they could build some great games around gesture recognition.

Comment Re:TV is not dead, but cable certainly is (Score 1) 232

Agreed, time-shifting is essential. This notion that everybody watches a show at the exact same time is a curious anachronism... so why is it all the seats to the first showing of the next Star Wars movie have sold out over a month in advance? And yes, the cable companies need to clue into the fact that their $50/month cable service has no tangible advantage to a $10/month streaming service. I get internet-only from Comcast, so of course they called me early this morning to try to convince me to "upgrade" to more services as part of their current promotion... their business model is dead, and they're still flogging it.

Comment I know where I'd like to see it headed: standards (Score 2) 232

How did they manage to develop a 4K television standard that still kept the old 50Hz/60Hz dichotomy? Could we please just pick one universal framerate? Tying the screen refresh rate to the power line frequency is sort of silly at this point, isn't it? (Yes, I'm also upset the "4K television" and "4K movie" are two completely different resolutions)

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