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Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 114

by lexman098 (#46763131) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

all of the screens that will be mandated in cars soon because of the back-up cameras...

Yeah I never really understood this. I'm too lazy to look up statistics for people killed from cars backing up, but it can't be higher than those killed from "inattentive driving". What they really need to mandate is fucking bluetooth speakerphones. It would be a lot cheaper than a screen and save more lives.

Comment: Re:Three keys (Score 1) 97

by lexman098 (#46617945) Attached to: What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

Data basically can not be input into this tiny device. It must be for quick data consumption only. The rule should be that if the data needs more than a glance then it shouldn't be coming from the watch.

I'm not sure I agree with either of these points. It's true "data entry" in general would be cumbersome, but what about simple controls? I think there's a middle ground between "data consumption only" and "massive data entry". Also, the screen may be small but text can be scrollable like with any other screen. Why pull out my phone to read an email when I can just scroll through a few pages on the watch?

Comment: Re:Form factor (Score 1) 97

by lexman098 (#46617915) Attached to: What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble
The problem with having the watch compete with the phone for "core device" dominance is that the phone will always have more power and/or battery life due to the larger form factor. There's no need to put a heft processor/battery on the wrist when you have a nice big pocket that still goes with you everywhere. A wearable needs to look sleeker as well, which means thinner which means less power/battery. It's just more efficient to make it a thin client (literally) for the phone.

Comment: Re:I disagree, watch not optimal for many things (Score 1) 97

by lexman098 (#46617907) Attached to: What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

I think of wearables in two senses - primarily sensor packages and quick but very limited information.

The watch is not in a great position for either of those things. For one thing it's often covered by sleeves, so the sensors to outside conditions get obscured and any visible notifications get booked too.

It's not just about information, but also easy control/input. The watch, even though covered by sleeves sometimes, is in a good position because it's always within eyesight and you don't need a free hand to operate it. It's also much easier to slide your sleeve back with a pinky even than to get the phone out of your pocket.

Comment: Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (Score 2) 330

Well, to go even further let's not forget that buying an electric car fuels more research and development for electric vehicles and machinery in general which could one day supplant the use of gas powered machinery to mine materials and construct dams etc. Electric cars (bought now) might turn out to have a negative carbon footprint if you look enough years into the future (which we can't).

+ - Kickstarted Veronica Mars promised digital download. Pirate bay delivers.->

Submitted by ConfusedVorlon
ConfusedVorlon (657247) writes "Backers were promised 'You will receive a digital version of the movie within a few days of the movie’s theatrical debut'.

Warner Bros are providing a non-downloadable ultra-violet coupon (although Veronica Mars is available for download through other stores).

The download is already available on the Pirate Bay. The download is even available on commercial stores. The users have already passed over their $35+
But rather than meet the demand for a DRM-free download, Warner Bros would prefer to return the original pledge to backers who complain (no doubt pissing them off even more).

What does this tell us about how movie studios view the world? There can't be a better indication of willingness to pay than 'they have already paid' — are these the pirates WB fears?"

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Comment: Re:Mod parent up! (Score 2) 281

by lexman098 (#46502155) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

Well, my original point was that an increased supply of educated people doesn't devalue the education like an increased supply of sugar or some other commodity.

It's true that forcing degrees on people because you refuse to hire someone that doesn't have a piece of paper is bad, but there is actually some value behind what they went through to get that paper. College degrees aren't *only* required more often these days because of increased supply, but also because we're moving to a more global economy. Education is more important today for producing valuable goods than it was 50 years ago.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up! (Score 3, Interesting) 281

by lexman098 (#46501485) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

Of course if everyone had a degree then they would be worthless, so rather than limit student numbers with the cost of entry, the universities in Oz limit numbers on ability alone.

This is not true. If everyone had a degree society would be much more efficient and productive. There is never a downside to more education (except maybe the cost). I have a feeling "Oz" is limiting student numbers due to cost as well.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.