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Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 1) 124

Not true. A helicopter can't be moving horizontally when it lands. A flying car with wheels could potentially be moving at 70+ MPH horizontally when it lands.

1) Under what situation would such a maneuver be necessary, or even advantageous, and

2) Given the relative difficulty if making a "flying car" in the first place, it seems the last thing you'd want to do is add more weight and complexity with a second drivetrain (Indeed this has so far been a major failing in flying car concepts), and

3) Landing at 70+MPH is anything but safe, which is why it's typically only done on access-controlled runways under the supervision of air traffic controllers and ground crews.

Flying cars to not address and real problem. People are fixated on them for the same reason they're fixated on "hover boards" and personal jet packs - it's a cool fantasy concept that's been romanticized in film and TV, but has absolutely zero practicality or advantage outside of fiction.

You want a personal flying vehicle? They're called "ultralight aircraft" and you don't even need a license to fly them in most cases.
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Comment Re:Expected /. response (Score 1) 417

I think the larger problem is people are just sick of everything having telemetry in it, even if it's generally benign and possibly even beneficial.

My main beef with Windows 10 is how willing Microsoft is to re-install sample app store apps after I've already "uninstalled" them (which I don't even think actually uninstalls them but just kind of removes them from my profile). There's a perniciousness to push their marketing angle in my user profile configuration that kind of bugs me.

Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 2) 124

We have those already. They're called "helicopters" and they are already in service as airborne ambulances at many metropolitan hospitals.

It's a mature and proven technology, with plenty of well trained operators, service/support infrastructure in place, regulatory and safety mechanisms established and well enforced.

"Flying cars" are a solution in desperate need of a problem.
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Comment Re:Defies the purpose of competition (Score 3, Interesting) 124

The powers that be will not allow chaos to happen.

...to them.

Powers-that-be the world over seem extremely content to live and move between high security walled compounds and let huge amounts of chaos to happen around them so long as it doesn't happen to them.

The min/max calculation they make is what is the minimum number of peers do they have to suffer to maximize their personal wealth and safety, and as a group, what is the minimum number marginally empowered flunkies (security forces, admins and service flunkies) do they have to pay for to maximize that same wealth and safety.

I just don't believe in any "democratizing AI" -- it will be like any other information technology. Its adoption is always at the top of the pyramid first and used to gain as much advantage over those below in the pyramid. I just don't see an AI good enough to imperil the powers that be being available to the average citizen. It will either be unobtainium or stripped down enough so that its only value is making the remaining cogs in the machine more efficient.

The smart play for those sitting at the top is to get over their moralistic impulses and figure out what kind of designer drugs they can dream up in order to pacify the masses long-term. Basic Income alone won't cut it and the available toxic soup the masses use to tune out just raises their security costs.

Comment Re:Why is that useful? (Score 4, Interesting) 180

You said it yourself -- "large organizations".

They're aiming for some kind of economies of scale in purchasing, application deployment and security that go way beyond the single-digit percentage of user base that developers represent.

They could just hand over the hardware and let the developers run their own machines, but this has all kinds of security implications and often bleed developer productivity in desktop maintenance overhead.

Running dev machines natively in Linux makes some sense, but may cut them off from other Windows-only applications they need to be part of the larger organization. as well as lack of visibility in enterprise management software. Running it in a VM has the same problems plus the added complexity of two environments.

I doubt Microsoft's solution is designed principally as a developer solution, either, but probably a long-term gambit to make it a more universal platform to retain users when the year of Linux on the Desktop rolls around. They must see some future in their crystal ball where enough Linux desktops exist that *not* being able to run some application is an existential risk to Windows.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 377

I've only been to Vegas 4 times. The first time was the Bellagio after it was built, and I thought our room was quite nice. I don't know what "luxurious" means to everybody else, but in terms of size, materials and decorative finish it was much nicer than a random hotel oriented towards business travel. The Venetian was about the same, even though we had a room with a dull interior courtyard view. When we stayed at the Hilton, we got a recently remodeled room which was smaller but equivalent in finish. Caesar's was good sized but the room was about 75% through its useful life and felt like it was starting to wear a bit and appear somewhat dated. Nice view though.

My trips spanned about 10 years and my sense was that gaming was losing ground. Still a lot of it, but over the course of my visits I noticed that prices for things unrelated to gaming had gotten a lot more expensive. I think Vegas has stopped being about gambling and "cheap stuff" to attract gambling and had shifted their revenue generation to charging high prices for non-gaming related things like drinks and meals.

I liked Vegas the first few times -- we ate at some fabulous restaurants, the people watching at the pool was fun and even the casino gaming was kind of a novelty (for the $100 I was willing to spend), and the whole thing was such a spectacle it was fun to see. But on my last visit I felt like it was getting really expensive for the experience it delivered and I'd be better off in Miami.

Comment stealing isn't right and is not the right word (Score 1) 79

Court of Appeals will "again send a powerful signal that stealing isn't right." steal (v). take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it. I do not think that there was any intention to permanently deprive Apple of anything so there was no theft. I would expect the Court of Appeals to understand the legal definition and not pander to the latest propaganda.

Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 1) 470

Blame the carriers, at least in the US?

The carriers insisted on shoveling their shitware onto even the pre-smartphone feature phones, weather applets, ringtones, and their prominent branding and it carried right through to actual smartphones. Their shitty bloat was unremovable, too.

And then there was the carriers skittishness about an open device with access to their network. I suppose this was a real worry at some point, but with modern smartphones the baseband processing is almost a separate component and the ability to do any real damage probably mitigated by the baseband processor acting as a gateway to the cell network itself.

I sometimes wonder if Apple's app store wasn't just a way for Apple to skim every dollar sold against the platform, but also a way for Apple to keep the carriers off their platform. Apple wouldn't allow carrier crapware into the base system and with end-user choice thanks to the app store it killed the carriers' ability to reasonably be players in that market.

Comment Re:Compre to Boston's Big Dig (Score 0) 396

I think its about time for you to declare your interest, dont you think?
As you are quite obviously an involved party..

Now, just to correct your statement:
- years of studies by many different groups who stand to profit by this, that all suggest the project will be feasible and useful and very very highly profitable...' -

Sorry, but we all know how these things run now. Defense of them makes you either a card carrying moron, or financially advantaged by them.

Comment Re:Well, duh. Mass transportation is a slush fund. (Score 4, Informative) 396

No, what is needed is a PUNISHMENT for not completing the project as they specified.
Do this a couple of times, and believe me, the problem will be solved.

Just go and have a look at how the Chinese government gets work done. Hint: NO contractors get to overcharge, or walk away folding the company 1 week after 'completion', etc. THEY ARE HELP ACCOUNTABLE.

Such construction has long been another slush-fund for politicians to line the pockets of their backroom funders.
Almost all public construction in the west is not so completely corrupt that the 'organisations' running it make vice and drug gangs look straight..

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 258

Two completely separate issues. I do respect him for the stand he took and that he did what was right and fought extremely bravely for his country. His delusions regarding his gender are a different matter. He is entitled to dress as a woman if he want but he is delusional to think he is one. He does need real help and he will not get it where he is.

Comment Re: Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 258

"Not a question of being a hypocrite - unlike you, I don't think there's anything wrong with being insecure if there are reasons for it. I've listed plenty. However, your insistence on pushing your POV wrt gender on others (which is what you're doing whether you admit it or not, by belittling others) rather than just going "okay, no big deal, whatever" shows that it's an issue for you." More than a little bit of hypocrisy in there.

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