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Comment The last time (Score 1) 316

The last time the writers went on strike we ended up with Doctor Horrible’s sing-along blog, and that was not a bad thing.

Streaming ....

The writers should have seen the writing on the wall, Hollywood, although still capable of producing an original hit now and then, are more interested in sequels and reboots then originality.

TV is much the same, “lets get this guy that was popular for 4 seasons in a sitcom and put him in another sitcom just like the last”

That might work for some viewers, but it will not grow the industry

It happened before, in the 60’s Hollywood was afraid of cost and originality and it took the Italian's with their Spaghetti Western’s to show the way forward. and a decade later Norman Lear transformed TV

The shift is happening, like it or not writers, traditional Hollywood and TV are dying.

Want to stay employed?

Start talking to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or the other streaming services that are or will be cropping up.

Comment Re:Not a totally bad idea (Score 1) 313

“completely unfair to the people who have been lied to” Agreed, but it sounds like a software change can fix most the problems in emission, performance may be affected.

And I totally agree with the problem of batteries, not just the cost or future cost, but sometime down the road we are going to end up with a huge toxic waste problem with all the chemicals in old batteries that can no longer be economically recycled.

A huge trade off, replace fossil fuel to move our cars and replace it with a system dependent on electricity and chemical batteries.

But I think thats the direction we should go.

The bigger problem is convincing governments around the world to look at the long game, right now they are eyeing all the money they will get in fines, and it will be near imposable to convince them that the future depends on long term thinking.

Comment Re:Good business practice? (Score 1) 144

I agree, this is the death of Siri, when first introduced it was a peak at what could ave become the future of voice computing, now it’s just a marketing tool. I like the concept, I use the Amazon Echo to play music, check the weather, turn the lights off, but don't like the fact it can not access my mail, text messages, contacts or any of the other data on my computer, I was hoping Apple or Microsoft would integrate the whole PC ecosystem into their voice driven interface. But no, thats not going to happen, each player will continue to use their respected voice driven gadget to steer us to purchase products rather then let us decide how we want to use them.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 235

What is a drone, thats my question, I have been building and flying balsa wood RC Airplanes for decades, if I install a camera on one, as many do, would they call that a drone? If I install an auto pilot, is it then a drone? Since I make these planes myself, would I need a special license and put a serial number on it? IF I sell one, will I need to sell it through someone like an FFL and the buyer has to wait 10 days to pick it up like a firearm?

Comment Lots of stuff to do (Score 2) 149

Seeing how you have already decided on scale, HO, and what you want to get out of it, Automation over prototyping and collecting rolling stock, there is still plenty for you to do. As mentioned DCC is a great way to start, converting all the existing engines requires adding circuit boards in each and rewiring the track. DCC is standard so in most cases you can pick and chose manufacture between the trains and the controllers you want to use. Then go with block detectors that will return a signal whenever a train is on a given section of track. For complete automation, and using open source you can go to JMRI, Java Model Railroad Interface, with that software you can start small by just using it to control your trains with your phone or web browser to complete automation by running the whole layout, starting, stopping, controlling switches, even turing on lights you may install in building on the layouts. This alone will keep you busy for many many hours.

Comment Too Late (Score 1) 577

And how do we know this is not already being done by Google, or Microsoft or others. At Gun shows, Mall parking lots, car dealerships and other places in order to get data to sell or collect marketing information. The technology is out there, we don't have the political will to stop it. Privacy died the day the microchip was created.

Comment Be carful what you read in this article. (Score 5, Informative) 419

Although Electrical Engineers may include Electronic Engineers, they are really two different disciplines, Electrical Engineers typically work the construction trades, building and power transmissions. Most engineers involved in integrated circuits, digital circuits and most of the new tech innovations, are more Electronic Engineers then Electrical Engineers. The high employment rate in Electrical Engineers is mainly following the low employment rate for all the construction industries. Grads with a degree in the Electronic Engineering fields ... even with no work experience will have no problem finding work, at least here in CA.
NASA

Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By 148

c0mpliant writes "NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a simulation of the path of an asteroid, named Apophis, that will come very close to Earth in 2029 — the closest predicted approach since humans have monitored for such heavenly bodies. The asteroid caused a bit of a scare when astronomers first announced that it would enter Earth's neighborhood some time in the future. However, since that announcement in 2004, more recent calculations have put the odds of collision at 1 in 250,000."
Media

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

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