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Comment It really depends... (Score 1) 325

On how much time you want to spend maintaining it. I personally don't want to spend any time fiddling with the hardware. I want to pay for somebody to do it for me (i.e. pay for warranty, on-site repair etc.). In any case I'd say buy an entire PC from some manufacturer. I bet the individual parts (mobo/disk etc.) will be of better quality than those you buy retail.

Comment Re:The old talent doesn't understand the new stuff (Score 2) 229

I'm also like you. I keep up with developments and make sure I'm always on top of my game. But arguably that needs to be done outside of work. As you're getting older and have family and other responsibilities, you don't want to go back home and work more on learning the new stuff. You just want to chill out and do other things. That being said, if you don't, given the pace things are moving in technology, you're soon going to be obsolete. And this goes back to the age-old question of what to do with the segment of the population whose skills are out-of-date or who whose jobs can be replaced by technology. This is going to be one of humanity's biggest challenges.

Until a better idea comes a long, like it or not, the only solution I see right now is a form of socialism. i.e. those with skills and talent have to pay a part of their salary to keep the others afloat. Because I'm not sure I would like to live in a society that uses people for a few years in their prime and then discards them like rotten fruit.

Submission + - Use your smartphone as a virtual reality controller. (

mutherhacker writes: A group from Osaka University in Japan and McMaster University in Canada have presented a method to control a virtual 3D object using a smartphone [video]. The method was primarily designed for presentations but also applies to virtual reality using a head mounted display, gaming or even quadrocopter control. There is an open paper online as well as a git repository for both the client and the server. The client smartphone communicates with the main computer over the network with TUIO for touch and Google protocol buffers for orientation sensor data.

Comment Window = Escape (Score 1) 435

You need windows for a gozillion different reasons but the most important is to shatter them and escape when the door is stuck/deformed after an accident. Robot cars will not get in accidents a lot, but when they do, you'll want to get out somehow.

Comment Headshot! (Score 2) 99

The drones will also be able to track the recipient even while walking or running down the street and launch the package with a trajectory aimed to the recipients head. Upon successful impact the drone will produce a *Boom! Headshot!!* sound effect. Amazon officials refused to comment on the necessity of this delivery mode.

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