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Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 1) 133

Not true. A helicopter can't be moving horizontally when it lands. A flying car with wheels could potentially be moving at 70+ MPH horizontally when it lands.

1) Under what situation would such a maneuver be necessary, or even advantageous, and

2) Given the relative difficulty if making a "flying car" in the first place, it seems the last thing you'd want to do is add more weight and complexity with a second drivetrain (Indeed this has so far been a major failing in flying car concepts), and

3) Landing at 70+MPH is anything but safe, which is why it's typically only done on access-controlled runways under the supervision of air traffic controllers and ground crews.

Flying cars to not address and real problem. People are fixated on them for the same reason they're fixated on "hover boards" and personal jet packs - it's a cool fantasy concept that's been romanticized in film and TV, but has absolutely zero practicality or advantage outside of fiction.

You want a personal flying vehicle? They're called "ultralight aircraft" and you don't even need a license to fly them in most cases.
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Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 2) 133

We have those already. They're called "helicopters" and they are already in service as airborne ambulances at many metropolitan hospitals.

It's a mature and proven technology, with plenty of well trained operators, service/support infrastructure in place, regulatory and safety mechanisms established and well enforced.

"Flying cars" are a solution in desperate need of a problem.
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Comment lolz (Score 1) 88

"they couldn't secure financing for manufacturing and shipping the first batch of units"

If only we had a way to provide funding for products? We could set up websites that enabled people to post commercially unviable ideas, collect sales in advance, and then bullshit for two years about why they haven't shipped, promised features have been removed, etc.

Submission + - Buh-bye, H-1B's 1

DogDude writes: From the Washington Post: Trump and Sessions plan to restrict highly skilled foreign workers. Hyderabad says to bring it on.
"Trump has described H-1Bs as a “cheap labor program” subject to “widespread, rampant” abuse. Sessions co-sponsored legislation last year with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to effectively gut the program; Issa, a congressman with Trump’s ear, released a statement Wednesday saying he was reintroducing similar legislation called the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act."

Comment I see this being great for flex desking (Score 1) 80

Imagine an office environment where each desk/meeting room includes a monitor/keyboard/mouse for each user where the monitor passes through all connectivity via USB-C. Each user just carries a tiny lightweight computer that is "theirs" with all associated configuration/application/data, plugs it into the USB-C socket and off they go.

Not so different from having a laptop, except the devices are smaller, lighter, and cheaper - and with a higher quality screen, keyboard, and mouse. Sure you are constrained to work at points where there is a monitor, but in many cases this is a great solution.

-- Pete.

Comment Re:GPU Improvements (Score 2) 293

GPU increases can be measured multiple ways. Indeed performance has increased dramatically when you measure by frame rates in AAA games running on Windows.

But what matters greatly for Apple is OpenCL performance. No matter how much you may love certain GPUs for Windows gaming, the reality is Apple build Final Cut Pro on OpenCL.

Comment No edit (Score 1) 75

If anything, most or all social media platforms should prevent editing. People need to learn that there are consequences to saying things in public.

Maybe if people had to live with the embarrassment of saying stupid things, they'd say fewer stupid things.
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