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Comment: Re:HDbaseT is the new-ish standard for LAN video (Score 1) 144

by timeOday (#46819233) Attached to: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector
That sounds interesting for piping TV throughout the home, but what about all the USB peripherals you need on a terminal? (Mouse, keyboard, USB connection for syncing your mp3 player, etc). I guess you could just solve the mouse/keyboard situation with a wireless peripherals if the range is sufficient, although bluetooth for one is not meant to work through walls.

Ah well, a thunderbolt dock is like $300 anyways, vs. $30 for a good USB3 hub. I think USB will beat out thunderbolt.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 144

by timeOday (#46818663) Attached to: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector
Hey, it's 2014 and USB 1.0 was standardized 19 years ago, this tech ought to be good by now. That said USB3 is pretty good. The only thing I connect via Thunderbolt on my Macbook is the external display, and I'm not even clear on whether that's actually Thunderbolt, or just a faux Thunderbolt DisplayPort connector.

Comment: So, not optical? (Score 1) 144

by timeOday (#46818591) Attached to: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector
The article does not list "extended range" among the advantages, so I guess they are not switching over to the optical thunderbolt. Too bad, I think that would be a much bigger advantage than the 2x speedup (my MacBook already has 2 thunderbolt2 connectors). If optical thunderbolt ever catches on you could use it to attach multiple terminals to a computer, such as routing uncompressed low-latency video signals throughout your home. Last I checked, there still is not a good way to do this over gigabit ethernet.

Comment: Re:Dream on (Score 2) 95

by timeOday (#46807617) Attached to: The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering
Psychology will never be as simple or predictable as Newtonian physics. On the other hand, the fact that "big data" is driven primarily by market forces (in particular, targeted marketing and automated trading) seem to give credence to the concept that information can be used to narrow probabilities somewhat. (Perhaps this is what you mean by "useful phenomenology"?)

Comment: Racial Profiling (Score 1) 95

by timeOday (#46807529) Attached to: The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering
Racial profiling is a good concrete example of this. Crime statistics are often used to rationalize race-based profiling, but it is key to realize that by taking this step you are moving beyond passively understanding the present, into using that information to shape the future, thus perpetuating a problem that should instead be solved.

Comment: Re:resell value already bad (Score 1) 191

by timeOday (#46800719) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory
You will almost never find a risk-free investment with a higher return than the interest rate on a loan. If you ignore the "risk-free" part, then you are equating a certain cost with an uncertain return, which is not correct. So the answer is not "always," but "it depends" on the usual factors - your time horizon, whether having more would help you as much as having less would hurt you, etc...

Comment: Re:Bad, Bad idea (Score 4, Insightful) 139

by timeOday (#46774967) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality
What you describe is probably exactly how the kill switch will be implemented. (How else would it be implemented?)

All the hyperbole in here is silly. Try not paying your phone bill and you will discover there is already a "kill switch." The questions at issue are administrative - how to share the list of stolen phones between carriers, set the criteria for putting a phone on the list, etc.

There is hardly a thing in the world that some man can not make a little worse and sell a little cheaper.

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