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Comment This would be great (Score 1) 720

Having more automation not just for fast food but all restaurants for taking orders and for things like requesting another drink would be awesome. I don't eat fast food that much but when I do they screw up my order a lot, this would hopefully cut down on errors at least at the order submission level. More efficiency is great and not just to cut down on the amount of staff needed.

Comment Re:TV will get smart, next tech war in living room (Score 1) 314

It's just a computer with a tv card attached to an HDTV.

No, it's a super-sized iPad. You won't watch channels any more, you'll watch apps. Some apps will be for regular TV channels (eg. NBC, ESPN), some will be for specific shows, some will be for shows you can't get on regular TV (vintage, foreign, etc.), some will be for internet video services like YouTube, some will access your PC's media libraries, and some will have nothing to do with video content (games, email, web, etc.). It will all be controlled by voice (eg. Siri) with iPad, iPod, or iPhone remotes. There will, of course, be an Android version, but it will be all over the place in terms of quality and app completeness, as different set manufacturers try to differentiate from each other.

This is exactly what is happening on the xBox 360 today, they even call them 'apps' after the most recent update. There is an app for NetFlix, ESPN3, Hulu Plus, UFC, and a variety of other news type video sources and movie sources (there is an HBO app coming soon too). This is exactly what I want as long as it stays reasonably priced because instead of paying the crazy costs of cable/satellite TV and only watching a small set of the channels that are paid for this new system is more a la carte. The only problem I see in the future is a bandwidth problem because if the majority of people switched to getting their TV entertainment over the internet it is going to be a huge strain without major upgrades. The bandwidth issue is the only thing I can see holding back this revolution in entertainment that has been growing over the last few years.

Personally I love that more and more content is becoming available online (legally). I dumped my cable TV about 3 years ago and have not looked back in remorse yet, I get nearly everything I want on my xBox 360 and most of it is even commercial free. They have even been increasing the sports content which is what I missed the most after dropping cable TV and this year I got to watch every BCS bowl game live at no extra cost using the ESPN3 app, it is great.

Comment Re:Can't wait for the voice controlled TV's (Score 0) 314

The Kinect still requiers a good amount of lighting to see me waving on the couch, and with my 2 year old running around making noise, it's difficult for the TV to pickup my voice. The Kinect was designed for the perfect livingroom with couples who have no little kids to deal with.

I agree it does require a good amount of light if you are using the Kinect in a fashion needing a camera but that makes no difference for controlling "TV" entertainment such as on Netflix and Hulu Plus and the other apps. I have a far from perfect living room and for such usage it works GREAT, all I have to do is say "xbox, next episode" or whatever command and you can even do searching now by voice so your comment is incorrect if you are running the latest updates. You also can't blame the Kinect for having a problem if your kid is running around yelling and making noises, sounds like a parenting issue to me.

Comment Re:It's a big deal (Score 1) 518

Haha the old "Fox News is EVIL" rant. Please go on right now and bring up a story that encourages active hatred of fellow Americans, I dare you. If they are "highly destructive" then this should be an easy task. Do not mistake political disagreements as hatred though. It is funny how people like you think one of the ONLY right leaning news sources is "biased" while nearly all other news sources are left leaning. Yes, that makes you a hypocrite, learn to respect free speech even if it hurts your poor little feelings or disagrees with you.

Comment Re:Summary can't add (Score 1) 234

So the drive for privatisation and contract out all government task, as driven and controlled by lobbyists is working well for the US. One wonders how much it would have cost if done internally by full time employees with lobbyist interaction.

So is this government waste or typical corrupt private corporation manipulation of government spending ie the privatisation campaign dollar at work. So who drove the project, who employed that individual, were they a 'political' appointee.

This is most certainly government waste, I can't blame the private companies for taking a chance to get way overpaid. I would say this is either one of two things, the first being the person in charge of awarding the contract(s) to a company they got along with the best and also had a cost closest to what was budgeted. I have heard so many first hand stories of those in the government making sure to spend all money in a budget for fear of the budget being cut, there is no benefit to cutting costs apparently. My second guess is the contract was awarded to companies run/own/invested in by buddies of whoever was in charge of the contract without worrying if they were qualified, similar to how the White House got Solyndra their loan even with warnings that the company was doomed.

If on the off chance the person in charge of awarding the contract was not doing either of those things then this is a prime example of management making decisions on things they have NO CLUE about. I can guarantee if I were to mention to some of my developer friends that I could get a contact for such basic work for such extreme fees that they would bust out laughing at how much the contract awarder was overpaying. Seriously, this is the results you can get with non-technical management making technical management decisions, they have no idea what it takes to complete such a project and figure since magic wizards developers are involved they are getting a good deal even though they are getting hugely ripped off.

Even though the project is pretty pointless I think a better alternative would have been to offer the gig kind of like an internship to a college student or team of students. The project is so simple that I don't see why even only one student would have a problem completing an app for each platform and offer either a small stipend or even let the developer keep one of each of the 3 platforms phones for free to do with as they wish. I am usually not an advocate for working semi-free but when I was nearing graduating college I would have jumped at the chance to get some great real world experience for a widely known organization like OSHA and get to expand my mobile device development skills as well as pick up some cool electronics in the deal. I mean seriously this would only take working a few nights for a few weeks and some weekends as well, there is an API to get GPS information so that is dead easy to grab, it is trivial to use a GPS coordinate to query for temperature in that region, and then you would just have to add in a small collection of information/warning messages. Sounds like a perfect project for a younger developer looking for experience.

Comment Re:I swear I've seen this before—Cranberry D (Score 1) 261

The discs you mentioned are from the same source, Cranberry was just a company (that does not seem to exist any longer) that handled the marketing of the MDiscs. The technology has been around a while, I used one of the drives and played around with the media a few years ago at my former employers office and at that time I think the discs went by the names Cranberry DiamondDisc as well as the manufacturers name M-ARC disc.

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