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Comment: Re:Good? (Score 2) 273

Wealthier and frequent flyers will all sign up and get whisked efficiently to where they are going,

Of course, if Google also builds their own roads. Otherwise, we're sitting in the same traffic.

It's not about the service, nor the cars. It's about the infrastructure they are both running on.... the roads and whos going to really pay for them. Who uses the road more maybe a compromise (in fees). Otherwise, someone could be getting a free lunch in taxes that is...

Comment: do your research folks (Score 1) 58

by recharged95 (#47336207) Attached to: The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses

Hey, let's write a article with nothing but buzzwords:

Oculus Rift
Google Glass
Spy
San Francisco

WTF? These have nothing to do with the heavy/HD crappy (1080p not so good 1" away) Rift, Unusable [and 'jerk' label] Glass, Spies? This is DoD C4i not the CIA, and of course... all the geekdom in frisco (World revolves around Frisco... according to Silicon Valley).

These are glamified knock offs to the Epson Moverio. Right down to the snap-in tinted shades. Don't know what it is? Look it up. And you can buy them now (I have a pair). They are basically OSDs, which the military needs. That is all. Yes they are cool, but really, all that above hype wasn't needed.

Heck hype it up when the 1st killer app comes out. No pun intended.

Comment: Re:We want driverless cars TODAY! (Score 1) 216

by recharged95 (#47250581) Attached to: US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Yeah, and the regulation mess will shift to the DOT/NHSTA/B, which is already knee deep in the drones world (think: FAA appeal) and causing havoc to drone users. Oh also an autonomous car is essentially... a ground drone.

We're not going to get rid of this regulation interest: basically, gov't has a regulation itch to the current mobility and drone/autonomous robot scratch that the public has. And unless they show some flexibility to let these technologies grow--it will be DOA. Gov't is obviously playing catchup.

Comment: No different from the Drones (Score 1) 314

by recharged95 (#47227943) Attached to: California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

It's about who gets the business and who holds the insurance.

In the drone world, you got established companies: DoD/Aerospace/Big Defense selling UAVs at 100K+ figures where a 15K unit can do better. And you get all these commercial startups and hobbyists are 9 out of 10 times flying with out insurance.... and if they do have insurance--how is an insurance company really going to pay out when your 2K DJI flies away and causes a car accident with million dollar lawsuits, e.g. a fatality in the middle of San Francisco's mission district? There's a reason the rocketry guys aren't flying their aerial cameras via launching the estes model unit in the local walmart parking lot.

These car sharing services, mind that all the resource sharing services (airbnb and aereo come to mind) have the same 2 problems: uneven competition (maybe fair OR unfair--courts will decide) to established businesses and regs, and when something goes wrong, who pays? You think uber has a walk in the park with safety and insurance? These are not mutually exclusive problems, but more tightly coupled than one would think.

Hence as a devil's advocate, Airports are controlled areas, congested x10, and have all sorts of complexities: emergency evac, pedestrians, basic security, basic logistics, lots of people not familiar with the area and a controlled taxi system. All that plays into the 2 above needs... and as like the drone world, safety is used as easy justification to put a kibosh on the whole deal.

Comment: Bitscope (Score 1) 172

by recharged95 (#47226175) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

They have a new product for under 150.
http://www.bitscope.com/produc...

But I've been very happy with my Bitscope 10 + assortment of probes (if you can spring for that). Does everything, s/w is a bit 00's (features), but rock solid and has an API for writing your own software. If you can spring the extra 150, you can just get a real scope+analyzer vs high latency toy. Have used them on both Windows and Linux, no issues.

Comment: professional (Score 1) 153

by recharged95 (#47139423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

What got you started?

I guess I started at a place called No Such Agency in the early 00's and didn't realize it until the Snowden stuff came out... go figure.

I hack for entertainment (that is the entertainment industry) nowadays...

Funny thing is I sat in the TechLA conference and the main attitude/topic of the organizers was "hacking big data". WTF? Is the term hacking a buzzword now, i.e. the next 'social' or the new 'bubble'?

Comment: Less of two evils (Score 2) 108

a. that's a 35K copter with NO GPS (the older models didn;t have it, though this could be retro fitted) and if upgraded, has hold position and that's it.
b. that 35K copter can be trumped by a @2K DJI phantom setup--if LAPD paid over 10K for that, I say it's a complete RIP OFF.
c. LA is a urban canyon in most places, GPS and RF will likely be a question--so the use will likely be limited.
d. does LAPD have a COA?

Comment: one size fits all (Score 1) 166

I chuckle at the title, Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Just ask all those Mathematicians and Physicists considering lectures are the only form of classroom instruction as it involves breakdown of problems/past experiences from previous works. And considering a lot of the innovations use today originated from these guys says a lot.

Lectures are just a tool in the arsenal, it could be a poor performing teacher as well (one more interested in his research or tenure), putting finals at the same date, or have a critical paper due the day after thanksgiving. I recall a lot of the lectures I've been in fell in 2 camps, ones that were engaging and ones that just plain showed the teacher reading a text book. A lot of hands on stuff I don't recall anymore, the tech as changed as well, but at least lectures I can still refer to the notes and written examples. Both are good techniques of instruction, but should be used in the right context.

Comment: Let'em try (Score 1) 333

by recharged95 (#46943231) Attached to: NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project

Heck,

SpaceX is a private company. They can do what they please as long as their owner/investors are happy.

NASA/ESA are just saying from their experience... and then as a future customer. SpaceX either needs to prove it or provide details, aka IP to their customers to explain why their solution will work.

Otherwise, this is just NASA/ESA playing CYA since their respective gov'ts see SpaceX as the only commercial player in town (aka a monopoly) and don;t want any blame for potential failures.

Comment: proactive vs. reactive (Score 1) 800

Basically the author is saying should vehicles go from a reactive state to a proactive state. All autonomous cars current are reactive in nature. The latter being a non-linear problem. We can solve it though a uber logic table, but I'm sure with all the filtering and choices, would be too slow that in the end is no different from an RNG,

Interesting this applies to all autonomous vehicles, whether land, sea or air based.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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