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Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 244

An autopilot is a system used to control the trajectory of a vehicle without constant 'hands-on' control by a human operator being required. Autopilots do not replace a human operator, but assist them in controlling the vehicle, allowing them to focus on broader aspects of operation, such as monitoring the trajectory, weather and systems.

Except Tesla's system is designed such that it assumes your hands are on the wheel at all times, and you really can't take your eyes off the road for doing things like checking the weather. In a plane you most likely have plenty of time to do something if the auto pilot fails. Probably upwards of 1 minute unless you are landing or taking off. In a car, you're lucky if you have 3 seconds to notice a problem before correcting it because the other vehicles and obstacles are so close.

Comment Re:Netflix v. Cable? How about Netflix v. HBO (Score 1) 50

Netflix has pretty cheap hook up costs. Most people already own some kind of device that streams Netflix. If you don't already have something, you can easily get a Roku for $60. Compare that with cable. I've only just got an HD cable box because the cable company charges so much for them. $20 a month, or $500 to buy it outright for the model with the PVR built in. Even without the PVR it's $13 a month, or $300 to buy. I was able to buy an HD PVR box for $150 because they were clearing out the older models, but deals like that don't come around often.

Comment Re:ridiculous (Score 1) 79

Apple covers a lot of things with that 30% such as credit card processing fees. Payment providers usually charge a minimum amount on each transactions which makes $1.00 transactions very expensive. This isn't to say that Apple isn't making a ton of money off this, but that most developers see it as a pretty good deal. Otherwise you'd see tons of third party app stores popping up on Android where Google also takes their 30%.

Comment Re:Worked out for me... (Score 1) 212

Yes, because if you just buy a hard drive and put in in a drawer somewhere it will magically start working as a cloud storage service. I'm not saying if it's a fair price or not, but comparing a cloud storage service to the equivalent price of the storage they give you isn't really all that fair.

To start with, they would probably store it on at least 2 different devices to ensure that if the drive dies, that all your data isn't lost. So you're already up cheaper than the cost of the actual storage. Then they have to buy a backup power system including batteries and generators, because you don't want the service to go down when the power goes out. You have to buy actual servers to put the drives in. You have to pay for network and electricity services. You also have to pay people to develop and maintain the systems to support all this. After listing this all out, the fact that I could get 50 GB for $1.99 a month or 1 TB for $7 a month, or 5 TB split 5 ways for $10 per month on the family plan is actually pretty impressive.

Comment Re:Get off my blurry lawn! (Score 1) 237

Plus, a lot of movies on Netflix don't even have 1080p to begin with. Just tried testing this with "The Martian" and didn't understand why both Edge and Firefox were showing 720p. The only thing I could find quickly that had 1080p was "House of Cards" which is a Netflix production. It seems that there's a lot of content that they don't license in full resolution. The BBC Planet Earth series seems to only come in at 512x384. I'm in Canada, so YMMV.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 5, Insightful) 331

I get where you're coming from. Being a programmer in "X" is more about knowing the tools and available libraries than it is about knowing the language itself. Somebody who works with C# could probably be very productive un VB.Net within a day or two, even though the languages appear quite different. On the other hand, C# and Java look quite similar in their syntax, but generally don't have much in common in terms of actually working with them. It might take a month or more to get reasonably productive it you switched from C# to Java.

Comment Re:Headline is misleading and a little clickbaity (Score 4, Insightful) 474

Let's assume you could cut 20 million out of executive salaries. Divide that by the 22,000 employees, and you end up with about $900 a piece. Realistically, you wouldn't be able to take that much from the executives. When the employees outnumber the executive by 10,000 to 1, it really doesn't matter how much you cut off executive pay, because the cost of the labour will vastly outweigh the cost of executive salaries.

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 3, Informative) 72

Not necessarily. Most of the podcasts I listen to, the people know very well what they are talking about. BBC, CBC, TVO, NPR. If you get your podcasts from good sources, they will have good content. There is nothing specific about a podcast that requires it to be of inferior quality.

Comment Re:Bad input (Score 1) 170

This is why any future tablets I get will be Windows tablets. It makes them so much more useful. Want to play a game? Plug in a USB gamepad or a keyboard and mouse. You can always plug into a keyboard if you need to type up something lengthy. You can have as many applications on your screen at the same time as you want. Because it's running windows it's designed to work with a keyboard and mouse and those devices will just work. Plug it into a full size monitor and you basically have a full size computer. On a 10 inch tablet, I definitely want to be able to use it like a full computer if I feel like doing that. Otherwise I'm spending a lot of money for something that barely does nothing at all.

Comment Re:ugh (Score 3, Insightful) 104

I'm not sure what the solution is. The main reason that Windows is "insecure" is that it allows you to run whichever program you tell it to. There are other types of exploits out there, but 99% of the problems the people encounter with their computers are from things that they have actively chosen to run. The only way to really stop this is to adopt a walled garden approach like we have with iOS. Linux or MacOS are both vulnerable to user stupidity in the same way as Windows, it's just that usually there are more intelligent people running Linux or MacOS. I've known plenty of people with Macs who've ended up with Malware.

Comment Re:Probably an excuse to jack the price. (Score 1) 235

This outlines the problem right here, for a flagship phone, it's ridiculous to charge so much and have such a small amount of storage and no means of upgrading it. iPhone, Nexus, and others are all guilty of this problem

Really, I have no problem with the fact that phones exist with 4GB or 8GB of storage. But for $700, it's just kind of stupid. The 8GB phones are cheaper Android ones that you can add an SD card to if you decide you need more storage later. But if Apple and Google (Nexus) are going to charge $700 and insist that you can't put in an SD card, then they should be giving you at least 64 GB to make up for the price and limitations. A good 128 Micro SD bought at retail only costs $40. They could easily afford to put the equivalent amount of storage in their phones by default. A $700 phone should easily come with as much storage as a $200 phone + $40 storage card.

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