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Comment My wish... (Score 1) 76

I've worked at several places with restaurants. The thing is, they tend to be whoever *paid* the most for the privilege to be there to get a big captive audience.

So the on-campus food tends to be overpriced, low quality, so people tend to go off campus.

Would be great to actually make the campus space available to outside businesses and customers, to save employees the drive to go somewhere.

Comment Re:And mostly AD isn't needed (Score 1) 117

I was mostly thinking about the NIS replacement side of it, less about the whole roaming profile stuff. My business device with Windows has no roaming profile, for example.

Incidentally, the nfs /home and similar can be frustrating with devices that communicate over WAN a lot, and replication and cached credentials are valuable. Though using something like nextcloud or seafile is generally a better experience than either remote 'home' or trying to be transparent replication (when replication takes a long time, better to have it out of the way of login and such).

Comment Re:The best one... (Score 1) 141

The thing that frustrates those of us who can do VR without issue is people loudly shouting that it makes everyone sick and no one should even try it and scare off people from at least trying it themselves. The chilling effect on the market lessens the chance of the market having good content.

AR without motion sickness would preclude a great deal of experiences (vehicle simulators, any scenario requiring exploring an area bigger than you physically have to explore). If you enable any of these experiences, VR and AR are in the same boat.

AR may have some applications that are interesting, but probably more productivity oriented than entertainment, due to the physical limitations of having a 1:1 mapping of the AR world and the physical world.

Comment Re:The best one... (Score 1) 141

Well one, it *can* be solved, and in fact for experiences that do not move the user at all, almost no one gets sick.

Those that place the user in a cockpit, and move the player around relative to the outside, but not the cockpit, sickness correlates closely with rate of motion sickness in cars and boats and such.

Even those that move around like crazy, sure more people get sick, but in my personal experience, I'm not even sure it's a majority.

The short of it is, if you are interested *demo* it for yourself. Don't just assume you will or will not get sick, because it's your own vestibular system and there's a great deal of variety.

Microsoft is also not really going straight for AR, they did do Hololense, but Windows Holographic is intended to support both VR and AR, and the affordable hardware is going to be VR first. AR still has a big problem of some technology that allows seeing the outside world and seeing the overlay. Problems with how ghosty the content is, and/or more critically ability to project over a wide field of view. In VR, they distort the hell out of the screen to get wide field of view, but in AR that can't be done because it will distort the real world. Also AR can't provide the same total immersion as VR if that's the goal (well it can, but by covering up the whole world, in which case it's really VR).

Comment Re:I suspect something different (Score 1) 97

I'm not that invested either way in her, but Netflix has thrown her in my face a lot. I have better things to do than do whatever Netflix tells me to, so I haven't bothered, but the fact that I know about her netflix at all says something...

If someone is polarizing, *and* something like netflix promotes it and throws it in everyone's face, they shouldn't be surprised that overwhelming negative reviews come at them. Doesn't need to be a conspiracy. This is the problem with a lot of netflix original content, they are pushing it all so hard that it's hard to avoid. Even when the content runs against my general preferences, if it's a 'netflix original', somehow it dominants space in my 'recommended' viewing.

Comment Re:Microsoft, can you fix Linux? (Score 3, Interesting) 159

You do realize that most of the complaints you have are basically moving a Linux desktop more toward what MS has done with Windows desktop. PulseAudio bears no small resemblence to Windows Vista+ audio stack (in terms of architecture). systemd similarly resembles the way microsoft services work, journald resembles event viewer design, networkmanager is pretty much the same way Windows does network management, dconf acts a lot like the registry.

If anything, I'd say MS is worse at many of these. As much as I object to journald, event viewer is worse. systemd does make some things more complex, but not nearly so much as the way microsoft handles services. dconf is at least more straightforward and more powerful than windows registry.

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 5, Interesting) 239

If they want to do it, they can do it.

So company A wants to downsize and replace with cheaper workers. If a company get H1Bs, then very shortly lays off people, then it's a flag.

So instead they outsource to company B. So far, they are playing by the rules. Company B has bid to provide the work cheaper than doing it in house.

Now company B says "I need some talent, I don't have enough staff', then *they* can claim there are no available local talent for what they need (for some *very* narrow definition, like 'software programmer ii' or something). They don't have layoffs to explain. When they are not your existing employees, it's easier to try to paint the labor market as somehow not applicable to the positions.

Comment Re:Its too early IMO (Score 1) 202

I said *one* of the big motivators. I know a lot of road truck trailers never touch a train or boat. Some definitely do. Some are going very directly from point A to B with a large amount of cargo that gets economies of scale and it makes sense to have a single big weighted thing. Some are driving convoluted delivery routes because it's cheaper than concurrently operating a lot of vehicles, and the convoluted delivery route with many stops becomes a burden compared to a hypothetical fleet of lightweight, more direct route vehicles.

Note that to the extent autonomous vehicles can offload driving, even the drivers who do 'safe' will be faced with a larger unemployment pool in general, if nothing attracts those now unemployed drivers to other work or otherwise don't feel the need to work.

Comment Re:It depends... (Score 1) 202

You have people stealing packages today (they get left out a lot). A vehicle could conceivably be constantly streaming location, cameras streaming security feed out, and so on. Sounding an alarm and notifying police is possible, keeping about the same level of risk/reward as stealing packages today. A vehicle capable of driving itself should be able to notice if something isn't right, indicating breakin, being forced to stop, or being moved, and alert human operators to scrutinize that particularly units state of affairs.

All shipping is already a game of different risk at different cost. Your random amazon purchase is at relatively high risk of loss or theft today. Money pickup from a store safe is an armored truck.

Comment Re:It depends... (Score 1) 202

If vehicle + payload is less than a couple hundred pounds, about the size of a scooter, and doesn't go more than 35 MPH or so,

I explicitly said that in the beginning. I don't picture the future of delivery being giant trucks, but more scooter sized things in the scenario of humanless vehicles. It takes a lot of energy and fuel to move the giant trucks, so I imagine the balance for home delivered packages to be smaller than a passenger car, and the giant trucks reserved for large packages and similar special cases, and human occupancy for the foreseeable future for such vehicles.

Comment Re:It depends... (Score 1) 202

We allow people on bicycles that can do about the same damage without requiring they prove themselves.

You can also regulate the design of it such that it's unlikely to do much damage to a typical pedestrian, even if things go very wrong. Think about how cars today in europe are required to give more to allow for pedestrian safety. Then amplify that further since you don't need to tradeoff against human visibility.

Comment Re:Its too early IMO (Score 4, Insightful) 202

I wonder though how much that is currently done with big trucks will become smaller vehicles, but more numerous. One of the big motivators for piling tons of stuff onto one truck is because each vehicle needs an expensive driver.

Now there are other motivators, but in scenarios where the big truck is used because only because you need to amortize the large expense of a human driver, you'll probably see smaller things on the road when/if autonomous cargo transport happens.

Comment Re:Do they need driving tests? (Score 1) 202

The specific instance or the software platform?

If it's each and every car, then you've overwhelmed the DMV, mulitplying their load by maybe 10 fold.

Otherwise, the NHTSA approval is presumably pretty much that.

Although, the same standards don't necessarily work. Driving training and tests take a lot of human capability for granted. If you had something that could *just* pass the test, but otherwise have zero human capability, it could be still be a very dangerous vehicle operator.

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