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Comment Re:Bad Idea, but that's what Germany is up to now. (Score 1) 54

No, that's 2D, not 3D. It knows the direction your eyes are facing, but not how far away they are, which is needed to project an overlay correctly.
Google glasses can do it because you're always the same distance from the screen, but when driving you aren't, unless someone straps your head to the headrest.
So you need 3D head monitoring, not just 2D. And that's not here yet.

Comment Re:No possible problem with this at all. (Score 1) 54

Perform this thought experiment. You are in a large lecture hall. There is a computer projector displaying a circle on the screen at the front of the room. The projector electronics have taken the angles into account and distorted the incoming video signal so that the displayed image is a circle on the screen. Now move about the room so your perspective of the screen changes. The image on your retina will change based on your angle to the screen, but your brain will still see a circle.

Counter-example: Walk along a school road, and look for the SCHOOL marking in the street. From the side, it's so distorted that it's very hard to make out what it says.

Comment Re:Just what people need, more distractions (Score 1) 54

I'm piloting over a tonne of metal moving at speeds capable of inflicting instantaneous death upon anything in my way; don't fucking distract me by putting on a pretty light show on the road ahead!

Indeed. And this includes strobo lights on bicycles, which are banned in some more civilized countries precisely because they cause accidents for others than the selfish bastard using them for their own protection, fuck everybody else.

Cooperate, and don't distract people who try to control heavy objects at high speed.

Comment Re:Bad Idea, but that's what Germany is up to now. (Score 1) 54

The correct way to do this is with a heads-up display.

That works great if it's calibrated to your head position, and you don't move your head a lot. Not so much for Wayne and Garth.
Head tracking and a fast computer might help, once it not only tracks a 2D head position, but also distance from the windshield.

Comment Re:No possible problem with this at all. (Score 1) 54

The problem is perspective. The road is flat, so what's projected on it will not appear as the same shape for someone looking on it from elsewhere.

Also, roads are seldom ballroom floor flat. Which paint can overcome, but a very shallow angle light can't. Even a very small hump in front of the target, small enough to not even notice when driving over it, can block the light.

Comment Re:Apple bears some responsibility here. (Score 1) 109

Chargers and cables are not cutting edge technology. The design and safety considerations are well known and stable. Your suggestion that the high price is justified from a research, design, and consumer safety perspective is not supported by actual evidence: for example, a Lenovo laptop charger retails for $55 but an Apple charger retails for $85, yet the Lenovo design has all of the safety and durability features that even the Apple charger lacks: it has strain relief, and it has a replaceable cable that disconnects from the brick.

And this comes from someone who uses both Apple and Lenovo products; the former for personal use, the latter for work. And I detest and loathe Windows and Lenovo hardware in general. (I would have rather had our company go with Dell but I didn't have a say.) So when I go out of my way to specifically point out that even a (in my view, substandard) manufacturer like Lenovo can make a safe, reliable, durable charger and sell it for substantially less money than Apple, that really should underscore how serious and blatant Apple's design hubris really is.

Comment Re:Apple bears some responsibility here. (Score 1) 109

Anonymous Coward:

The victim here is the consumer. Not Apple, and not the counterfeiters, who are both playing a role in the consumer's victimization either directly, by offering unsafe low-quality products, or indirectly, by offering safe but expensive low-quality products. Together these comprise opposite sides of the same coin. Neither manufacturer is harmed in the least bit by their actions; to the contrary, they both profit handsomely, which is precisely why this issue has become so prevalent among Apple products.

Comment Apple bears some responsibility here. (Score 4, Insightful) 109

The only reason why there's so many fake Apple chargers and non-compliant cables is because Apple prices genuine ones exorbitantly, and yet they are not designed to be durable. This combination creates a market for counterfeit and shoddy replacement products because when the genuine version breaks, consumers don't want to spend $100 or $45 or $20 to replace a charger or cable.

Case in point: MacBook Pro chargers have been known to suffer from frayed cables due to Apple's insistence on a design that lacks adequate strain relief. This has been a known engineering defect in their chargers since the iBook and PowerBook design over a decade ago, yet Apple has persistently refused to correct this flaw, presumably to encourage people to buy new chargers and make more profit. It would be a trivial matter for Apple to redesign these chargers to make the cable detachable from the brick--something that virtually every other laptop manufacturer does, so that if the cable breaks, you don't have to pay $100 to replace the whole thing and toss the broken one in the trash.

Same problem with iPhone cables. No strain relief. Apple talks about being an environmentally conscious company, but with millions of iPhone users--and almost everyone I know who owns one has said they've needed to replace the OEM cable due to wear--the cost of this garbage is substantial. Then add in the cost of the counterfeits both in terms of waste and safety.

Apple: lower the profit margins on chargers and cables, and make them more durable. You won't sell as much or make as much money, but only then will you be living up to your claims of being environmentally conscious and actually caring about consumers not injuring themselves, because you are playing a role in the fact that your consumers are buying knockoffs in the first place.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 489

Only 92 million Americans are out of work. A number that haven't changed in four or five years.

Currently as of November 2016, 59.7 of the adult population is employed. That means that out of the 245.3 million adult Americans (also per November 2016), 98 million are unemployed.
But that figure isn't too useful alone. It doesn't reflect either those who live on their fortunes (including pensioners), nor does it account for those who are underemployed.

And as for the number not changing, look at the statistics. There's a small but significant and near linear climb in employment rates for the last five years. It's not big enough to make up for the toll the 2009-10 recession took, but it's certainly pointing upwards.

Comment Re:Democrats are the enemy (Score 1) 549

I now consider Democrats to be the equivalent of the "other side" in a war - they will still oppose every and any thing your side does, they can lose a battle and still wage war, incessant and total non-compliance, they will fight to the last man, and any victory - even pyrrhic - is still a victory. Any means are justified in the pursuit of their ends.

Sounds like the last 8 years of Republicans. Fighting everything done, without trying to do anything constructive themselves.

I was thinking through the recent news (last night) that Trump got Carrier to keep 1000 jobs in the US, and how I couldn't see a way to frame that in a bad light.

You see nothing wrong with millions in corporate welfare while refusing to feed or educate children in need? I guess that's the issue. Why do you support corporate welfare, while opposing child welfare?

And no, I'm not a Democrat. So save that vilification for someone else.

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