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Comment It's the interface, stupid (Score 2) 410

I'm not surprised one bit by this study.

Interfaces for in-car systems have traditionally been fucking terrible, as manufacturers scramble to cram as many funcions in as few buttons and switches as possible. This was true in the 80s with radios with built cassette players and remains true today.

This is why we need Apple to build a car and give these morons a clue on how to design a proper user interface.

(OT: next we need Apple to teach SAP about UIs too)

Comment Re:Steam machines were already useless (Score 1) 170

Yes, I was 16 when the 3DO came out. Also, I know that some great franchises, like NFS, started on 3DO.

From a business and financial standpoint, the 3DO and Steam machine are pretty much identical.

On the hardware front, company A creates the design, builds a prototype, and licenses the technology so companies B, C, D, and E manufacture it and assume all the risks and costs in the supply chain (manufacturing, sales, etc.) while company A laughs all the way to the bank to cash the licensing fee checks.

On the software front, company A builds a middleware in which games will run, and sells licenses so that companies W, X, Y, Z can write games for said machine while assuming all risk and costs associated with game development. Meanwhile, company A laughs all the way to the bank to cash those licensing fee checks. At least, Valve also has its delivery system to avoid inventory and shipping expenses.

No wonder hardware builders that signed up for this never went past the prototype stage.

Comment Bash transgenic foods all you want (Score 1, Redundant) 188

But don't complain when you buy whole foods that cost twice as much.

Transgenics are cheaper to produce, because crops grow faster, require fewer pesticides, yield better/bigger products, etc.

There's yet to me any serious study that proves that trangenic foods kill, cause cancer, kills babies, etc, because the technology is so new and groundbreaking.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.

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