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Comment: Free cars? (Score 1) 77

by recharged95 (#49020623) Attached to: The Prickly Partnership Between Uber and Google

You're missing the point.

Automation precedes scale. Once Google automates the vehicles, the cost of the vehicle should go down technically. Then we're looking at disposable cars or reusable car parts. The capital costs should go down a lot.

Of course, that's all theory in the non-Internet, physical world (i.e. it worked for the Internet, but there's not much physical in the internet world...)

Comment: Mobile will be a HUGE lesson for open source/Linux (Score 4, Insightful) 177

by recharged95 (#49009169) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

Obviously Ubuntu devs thought the biggest selling point for this phone was that it was running Ubuntu/linux.

We've been here before, it was called OpenMoko. Though that project blazed the trails for ARM-based Linux, it never got off the ground due to the lack of driver support (the chipset guys knew it) and underwhelming h/w. Once an openmoko developer, and seeing how ARM linux has evolved, we really haven't progress much aside from getting driver support and Android (though the biggest mobile player, has an OS that runs less efficient than iOS, BB, WP7).

I'm starting to believe that Linux has finally hit a limit--it excels in the business (server, routers, robots). Forget the direct-to-consumer space--it's not gonna happen, and Ubuntu phone sort of solidifies it w/all the hype that came with it. Hi, FreeRunner 2....

Comment: Re:they're a disaster (Score 1) 124

by recharged95 (#48995447) Attached to: Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars

Mod this up. Look at the Audi CES example. Reporters sat in the drivers seat 100% of the drive and the car was not autonomous in SF/Urban areas and steep hill climbs to Vegas... And it was a nice sunny day...

And the 80% of those roads from SF to Vegas is a nearly perfectly straight: a freeway called the I-5... and another one called the I-15. It was more of a demonstration of active speed control than driverless! Hard to not go straight in a car with laser alignment. I can sleep on the I5 for 20min and likely not hit anything (it's that straight).

Driverless cars are the future, but way overblown. we're just going through a hype cycle.

Comment: It's a lab experiment (Score 1) 958

by recharged95 (#48970769) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

[science/fact based] Diets are a lab experiement. They dont consider the system, i.e. you stress levels, environment, DNA, etc... It purely looks at calorie intake and energy and that's pretty much it. Diets never considered anything else and that's the flawed part of the science--much like studying just the wind and never looking at barometric pressure to determine if it's going to rain.

Since there's a motivation of cash with diets, science really gets pushed to the side. Much like using science to help you find a date.

Comment: Re:Eveyone complaining... (Score 1) 236

by recharged95 (#48918941) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Who cares about the impact, it's all about fear and PR, look at Syria. It's mainly about PR and money. A few bottle rockets would set of a slew of new laws. Welcome to the new social networking order: physical action need not apply, just an impression & intent.

Instead of an IED, it would be a more serious issue by lawmakers if there was a running video camera on that thing...

Unfortunately, fearmongering law makers are going to have a field day on this.

Comment: Something no one's address (Score 1) 236

by recharged95 (#48918893) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Ah, collateral damage:
Where the miltary and aerospace industries don't care (hey it's in a warzone, in the desert--who cares if it crashes--it should). Hence why cost and capability of these vendors will not work (too expensive, does address these issues).
And where the commerical side has the slightest clue (just sell those Phantoms). Hence why features & convenience overshadow safety and consistency (your results will vary) for a business.

This industry is only going to make it if standards are created--it worked for the Internet (e.g. TCP/IP)...

Comment: big media driving it's agenda...and wrong again (Score 1) 375

by recharged95 (#48503395) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

article talks about license, cash, credit cards.... replacing the wallet... that's not going to happen. Men will carry wallets (for other stuff) and women will carry handbags (cause it's fashionable and again... other stuff).

NYT's got it wrong, again.

It's not about the wallet being replaced, but the dawn of the Global ID that we'll all have. All the disruptiveness in the valley is pointing at this solution being available in the future.

The world of Logan's Run is coming, due to the sake of convenience (your own UUID can pay, be a license, etc...) and security (can be monitored atomically). We, the people, need to make sure and demand protection laws are in place so we don't end up with a Logan's Run society. Stuff like Apple pay are ignoring that aspect and just being rushed to market (in the cover of "beta"). And don't count on the folks in DC, corporations, or rich guys being nice (foundations) making sure fair "rules and mitigation" practices are in place.

Comment: Experience says (Score 1) 197

by recharged95 (#48423037) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

"Is a Moral Compass a Hinderance Or a Help For Startups?"

Having worked for several startups to large Fortune 50 companies, I'll fit this into Silicon Valley's 2 common choices that directly tie into their exit strategies:

a. sell the company/IP business plan: No (don't need morals)
b. IPO strategy business plan: Yes (cause you're trying to sustain the company, hence its business philosophy)

Comment: Re:Question for btrfs users... (Score 1) 42

by recharged95 (#48327839) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

So far so good. I've been running 13.2RC1 since its release. no issues with btrfs. Main issues I have is wireless connection issues (doesn't connect sometimes) and gnome3 with my touchscreen keyboard.... keeps disposing once I start using it. There's 1-2 things about gnome, if they were fixed, would be excellent on a touchscreen.

Comment: Re:Anything radioactive explode in the boom? (Score 2) 443

by recharged95 (#48257677) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Having worked for their GN&C team, it's usually due to cost cutting. OSC has been on the lower cost side to support all those NASA science and non-DOD missions--which are done on shoestring budgets.

OSC has been able to prove resuse/integration vs ground up designs can be as effective, it's just they are losing sight that QC is more important than monte carlo simulations (which sells in that business). Likely due to gov't pressure to keep the same processes in the face of SpaceX's clean sheet approach.

From the video, sure looks like a mechanical failure, not fuel pump, not control software, not ops error. Definitely a black eye for a good team of folks and a lot of questions.

Comment: Similar issues to ou favorite tech: Drones (Score 1) 320

by recharged95 (#48246399) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

If Drones ...like the autonomous ones I'm working on can give you any indication, it's going to be some time.

The gov't is having a beef about FPV and manned drone flight. I already know they will have a heart attack on the autonomous ones... sort of says what they're going to think about fully autonomous cars... which uses essentially the same tech and concepts.

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