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Comment Re:Meanwhile in ARM's Cambridge HQ (Score 1) 153

I'm fully aware of the value, but investors gravitate toward the do-nothing companies that sell licenses to people who do real stuff.

Hell, I've even seen a sentiment of 'oh, that's just a hardware company, all the hard work was done by their software partner' in discussions among customers.

Capital expense is considered horrible, everything must be leased/rented. Don't own your buildings, lease them. Don't own servers, rent cloud capacity. Don't make processors, design them.

All the hard work in actually bringing these things to reality is considered by the market to be boring, and attention gravitates toward the 'idea' companies.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in ARM's Cambridge HQ (Score 4, Insightful) 153

The sad things is that businesses by and large *hate* any hardware portion of a business. So they're perfectly happy to have a pure IP company that licenses out to companies that in turn are generally *also* fabless. The more they 'saddle' some other sap with the capital intensive business of building and moving real physical goods, the happier they are.

Comment Re:This is like asking "Verite 3D or 3DFX Voodoo?" (Score 1) 185

In my experience, gamepad has been the main input favored by the games. VR games are by and large not interested in making people use keyboard blind (many can't do it) and since real-look replaces mouse-look, the downsides of a gamepad are mitigated.

Yes, there's lot's of hype around using motion controls, but I think ultimately the lazy will mostly win out and gamepad will dominate. It's cool and novel to use your hands really, but I suspect that'll get old real fast, since there's plenty of opportunity to use your real hands in real life.

Comment Re:This is like asking "Verite 3D or 3DFX Voodoo?" (Score 1) 185

The fun part is when I was younger, I had more time, but no money. Now I have the money, but no time.

That said I did pick up the DK2, when it was affordable ($350) and paired it with a midrange PC of the time and have been enjoying it. It was a shock to me when the consumer launch happened and everything got more expensive. I opeted out because I just don't have the time to spend to make that price tag worthwhile, and my DK2 is good enough for me for now anyway.

Comment Re:This is like asking "Verite 3D or 3DFX Voodoo?" (Score 1) 185

Well that's easy. Voodoo.

(remembering being just blown away by GLQuake back in the day on my Vodoo1).

But yeah, it's funny how many people continue to think first-mover advantage exists in this industry. The market will happily trash the first mover at a hint of a marginally better competitor. AMD(ATI) and nVidia are the only players left, and neither were really part of the first wave.

Comment Really depends on the context... (Score 3, Interesting) 331

In my work, we deal with a wide variety (basically a large number of existing projects lead by other groups). So not only language, but style guidelines, processes, everything we adjust continuously to match whatever project we are working on at that moment.

I have been in other positions where you must not use anything but the one true process, language, and style guideline as set forth by the company standards.

In terms of when I *choose* for starting new, it's based on the available skills of the team I can put together. Despite all the 'oh language X is better than language Y', 99% of the time it doesn't really matter. You can do most things in any language, so it's most important to select whatever your team is most comfortable with. Yes, the potential performance and resource utilization may be better in some languages versus others, but most of the time with average teams, design choices will matter far more than runtime/compiler differences.

Comment Wireless charging is overrated... (Score 1) 170

Just give me a good magnetically mated copper-to-copper dock.

This chase after wireless charging through massively less efficient inductive charging is asinine. People didn't *literally* need it to be wireless, they just wanted something that would self-guide and charge and come off easy without thinking about a cable.

I would love it if Moto Z took their pins on the back and made a 'wireless-like' charging dock.

Comment Only the analysts were confused (Score 1) 170

We can't seem to decide if we want them to replace all of our devices or only a few of them.

No, 'we' haven't shown any confusion on the matter.

The tablet fills the niche of folks who needed 'good enough' compute power in a no-muss, low weight form factor. Analysts and tech media got caught up in the adoption rate by the large untapped market and assumed such a huge surge in sales *surely* meant it was going to supersede personal computers.

Fast forward to today, tablet sales have flatlined because the 'good enough' market has gotten their devices and there's not much of a drive to upgrade constantly. Phones got a bit of a boost by manipulative service plans 'subsidizing' the cost of a phone every two years, but now that's faltering as carriers move away from that, as people *mostly* weren't upgrading for latest and greatest function, but because they were getting one 'for free' every couple of years and 'hey why not' in that scenario.

Meanwhile PC sales have certainly faltered, but not as severely. That market is still driven to some extent by upgrades, at least moreso than the tablet market.

Note that this is bad news for hardware makers and suggests large investments won't pay off in that space, but it does not mean a software developer should ignore the install base.

Personally, I have a desktop, a 12" windows tablet (lenovo x1 tablet) and a 10" android tablet (yoga tab 3 pro). My desktop is for games that can make use of the high wattage components. My windows tablet is basically general laptop usage, with the option to occasionally rip off the keyboard. My android tablet is the best for reading various media (in part because there is a lack of touch friendly windows applications for reading, in part because the hardware form factor with the smaller screen and the bigger battery oriented in a convient way make it better for holding to read).

Comment Re:Well duh, it's hackable (Score 5, Insightful) 180

Actually, a lot of them still are hackable. The challenge being in WRT54G land, it was *the* definitive hackable router. While several are hackable, it's more confusing and frankly with projects named things like 'openwrt' or 'ddwrt', the very name of the ecosystem is still rooted in that product line. So people who want to load up a custom distro but aren't *that* informed have a hard time knowing what is and isn't and which download to pair with which product.

Comment Re:There had to be a first case... (Score 1) 379

The problem being that Tesla has been pretty cavalier about pushing this stuff. Contrast with others doing autonomous vehicle work and how extremely *careful* they have been about balancing the convenience and safety in a manner more appropriate to the technology.

Generally, governments have a heavier role in regulating this sort of life and death functionality. Tesla's strategy and attitude is illustrating why it can be a good idea for government to come in and regulate this sort of thing.

Comment Re:Not twice as safe I feel (Score 1) 379

Also, all road conditions (very incliment weather) and all drivers (a new driver with a license, drunk folks) and so on and so forth. Also, the autonomous systems will 'give up' at the first sign of a situation they determine may be unmanageable, which a human often does not have the luxury to do.

Any statistic from a PR context is almost certainly not as straightforward as it would seem.

Comment Re:Of course the AutoPilot would see the truck (Score 1) 379

It did not see the truck, as the article said no brake was applied at all.

In the previous story about a Tesla auto-parking right into a trailer, Tesla said that they didn't provide sensor coverage that high. So it seems like it may be the case Tesla is effectively driving blind to anything above hood height.

Comment Re:Why isn't it the trucks fault (Score 1) 379

There's missing detail, but everyone keeps assuming because there's a quote saying the 'driver didn't notice' that there was little notice. The driver was almost certainly not paying any attention and trusting autopilot. In other scenarios, it has been previously reported that tesla sensors have a blind spot that makes them fail to detect anything that would clear the hood of the car. Tractor trailers can take a *long* time to maneuver, and in many cases they may start their maneuver and be unable to complete it before previously unseen cars would collide. Generally this isn't *too* terrible because the human driver sees a big ass tractor trailer and compensates.

Here the human wasn't paying attention (in all likelihood) and Tesla's sensors are blind to obstructions at that height (according to a previous instance where an empty Tesla ran into a parked trailer).

Comment Re:There had to be a first case... (Score 1) 379

Autopilot still has a far better safety record than human drivers.

The problem with this assessment is it is based on the statistics as interpreted and relayed by Tesla as a PR move. The problem being that it's impossible to know if it is comparing like to like.

For example, the summary misquoted, it's actually 'per 94 million' miles in the US. Also, the general statistic includes all drivers, roads, driving circumstances, and driving conditions. The various autonomous car features tend to disengage at any sign of 'uh oh'. Mostly autopilot is only usable on freeway, meaning it skips most intersections where a lot of fatalities occur. You have overly aggressive drivers contributing to the rate. Autopilot will disengage if it can't determine where the road is, a human driver will keep going in some dangerous conditions.

This one sounds like it was a blind spot in Tesla's sensor system (and has been related to another crash).

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