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Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 2) 161

why NOT have the latest and greatest

Have you ever considered where your old phone goes after upgrade? Here's a hint .. it doesn't just magically disperse back into its raw materials with no impact to the environment. E-Waste is a big problem, and not having the latest and greatest is an important part of tackling it.

Remember the3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The are actually in this order for a reason. First you reduce, then you try and reuse. Recycling is only the last step in the process after the other 2 have steps have been exhausted.

Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 2) 161

So buyers need to start asking themselves what they actually want this thing that they're carrying around eight to sixteen hours a day, and often sleeping next to the remaining eight, to do.
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Replace the electronics when it's actually dead or doesn't meet your needs, not just because it's not as shiny as it once was.

I look at the phone industry and think .. hmm this is looking like how the car industry plays out. Aside from actual safety and engine improvements, is there any real benefit to continually changing styling every year - aside from trying to convince buyers that "new is better"?

Sort of related anecdote. Back in the 80's or 90's I saw the motorcycle industry basically go from shiny chrome to matt black and then back to shiny chrome. With both transitions being heralded as "great new styling".

Comment Map based solutions? (Score 2) 133

TFA implies that Uber will be using a map based systems plus GPS to identify where the car is and I guess under what parameters it should be driving. This is OK for a reasonably static environment. But that raises questions some questions for me:

1. How do these type of systems know when the traffic lights change? (or even identify which lights they should respond to?)
2. How are they meant to cope when cop/worker directs that you have to take a detour around a transient event (EG car crash)?
3. How does the systems know when a temporary speed limit has been erected?
4. In VA at least, if there is a cop car on the side of a two lane the road you are required to move over when passing them. So how does the system spot that?

I know that this is really early times for driverless cars, but to me the map based systems can't deal with the above scenarios, and they are transient enough that by the time such a situation has been reported to a central mapping location the event could easily have already disappeared.

Comment Re:In olden days. (Score 1) 101

Name one person who had a heart attack and veered off the road and died.

Sorry, I couldn't find just one: had heart attack and died while driving

You can't spin your bullshit so hard that you base *an implied assertion* [need electric cars to save people from being killed by heart attacked drivers]... on craig's list.

Um .. that wasn't my premise. And where did I even mention electric cars?

You are out of your fuckin mind.

The fact remains you will have more problems with spies in control of your car networks than you will have safety from dead drivers wrecking into parades because they had heart attacks.

You are out of your fuckin mind, faggot.

Or mention that I was worried about parades?

Comment In olden days. (Score 4, Funny) 101

(This is not totally all my comment, but based on something I saw on CL of all places)

In olden days when someone was driving their car and had a heart attack and died, the car would veer off the road and just crash. But instead in the age of driverless cars that dead body is simply going to be served up at the destination, albeit somewhat ripe.

Imagine the fun when little Johnny runs out to greet the car that brought his dear granddad to Johnny's birthday party!

Comment Re:Prefer to change? (Score 4, Funny) 191

If you prefer to change your device less frequently, then don't change it. I have an iPhone 4s and it runs the latest iOS. I think the going rate for one is about $60 unlocked. I only get laughed at by hipsters with the 6+ gigantic iPhones in huge otterbox cases. But then I let the air out of their fixie bike tires and they aren't laughing any more.

That's rich .. I'm still using an original 10 year old RAZR flip phone. From my point of view *you* are the hipster, what with all your fancy Apps .. which (dare I say) are for cows.

Comment Turning Green is the least of your worries (Score 4, Insightful) 203

What is more important is verifying that no-one is running the red light when you enter the intersection.

Which in the US is an all too common occurrence.

And I really wish that some cities hadn't screwed people over by treating red light cameras as revenue sources rather than safety devices. The huge backlash against red light cameras because of shortened yellow light times has not helped road safety and probably made drivers untrusting about any future attempts to fix safety issues. Terrorism can't even come close to touching the number deaths per year cause by car crashes yet who gets all the funding?

Comment Re:They's right, probably (Score 4, Insightful) 90

Outside of Japan and such we simply do not have population density to justify putting a cell unit at every lamp post

NYC has a population density almost 5 times greater than Tokyo. And there are a huge number of places in the USA with a population density greater than Tokyo.

Do you really think that Japan would put 5g across every square km of its country? So why do you think that 5G roll out in the USA has to cover everywhere?

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