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Comment Re: in-vehicle concierge (Score 1) 417

Voice recognition in a vehicle is tough because of the acoustics. Think how far your mouth is from the microphone, all the sound-reflective surfaces, and other noise sources. Directional mics may help, but then where you sit and how tall you are matters. To get it to work well you would need to wear a headset with a microphone.

Comment Re:HAHAHAHA! (Score 1) 231

The simple solution to driving in snow/ice/rain is to drive as slow as necessary for safety. Of course, that's a LOT slower than most of the humans on the road drive under those conditions, so either the human riding inside will get impatient and take over the controls, or one of the human drivers on the road will cream the slow-moving autonomous car.

Comment Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 1) 269

The best spam filter is one you control. GMail's spam filter sucks because you can't turn it off, and if you don't get "enough" spam, it will snag newsletters or other legit mail. I've been trying to train it, but it doesn't learn. I'd rather have spam filters I can turn off, like Verizon's. I run all the spam through my email client's filters, which I train to minimize false positives. That means I see some spam, but that's my choice, not Google's.

Comment Re:Wow ... Fundamental logic flaw in restore (Score 1) 225

Sounds like the fundamental logic flaw is in automatically restoring what Skype was doing when it crashed. In this case, it if crashed once, it will do it again. I've hit that in the past when a web browser hit a bad web page that crashed it, and rebooting the browser tried to open the web page that crashed it. With browsers, opening a page usually is slow enough that you can close the page before it crashes again.

Comment Remember television classrooms (Score 2) 352

Somebody thought of something very similar back in the early 1960s. Put the best lecturer in the school system in front of the television and sit the kids in the auditorium so they can watch and listen. The Miami-Dade County schools tested it for junior high school, using it for civics class in 9th grade and I forget what in the 7th and 8th. About two-thirds of the kids had the television course, and the rest of us had standard instruction. It was a complete disaster. The kids were wild at the best of times, and they took the television course as an invitation for mischief and worse. After all these years I can't remember the gory details, but it sank without trace. Behavior management was the immediate issue, but kids also need teacher interaction to learn. Conventional schooling has plenty of problems, but the television classroom showed how much worse it could be.

Comment Re:Ergo! (Score 1) 452

The MS Natural 4000 sounds great - but do the letters wear off the keys, as they do on the Microsoft comfort curve 2000? The letters appear to be little decals, which don't hold up on the heaviest-used keys. The F, D, C, V, and L decals are completely gone on my Comfort Curve 2000, along with most of E, M, and A.

Comment Re:Who or what is Gigaom? (Score 3, Informative) 101

Gigaom was a good site for tracking telecommunications news for several years, founded by Om Malik, who wrote a very good book on the 2000 Bubble called Broadbandits, which focused on telecomm giants -- including giant scams like MCI. Malik was a perceptive analyst and writer, and I read it frequently in the 2000s. Its demise reminds me that I hadn't visited it of late. It also reminds me there are a lot of tech websites out there, and a new wave of companies turning out what apparently are tech news apps specifically for mobile apps. As the Inc. article says, "Once again there's a bit of that old aroma of burning money in the air."

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