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Comment Efficiency is useless. (Score 0) 45

Cost is everything. Unless these panels are to be installed in Manhattan or on a satellite efficiency is not much help. If efficiency goes up 2x and cost goes up 10x is that any use? No.

On the other hand if efficiency goes down 2x but cost reduces by 10x we could put solar panels out in the desert and get good use out of it.

Comment Manually? (Score 1) 50

Why does it need you to remember to manually mark your spot? It seems this can easily be done with some logic (no AI needed), especially when you combine it with the fact that google should know all the parking spots if not from maps then from noting where cars stop. The accelerometer should be able to provide the phone with an indication of when you are getting out of your car. Also, it can save your GPS track point by point every 10 seconds with a timestamp (locally so no privacy issue) so that in the worst case you can retrace your path back to the car. It should probably periodically delete your paths for privacy reasons if you do choose.

Comment Re: That's their job (Score 1) 447

The more you tax companies, the more expensive things you buy will become. In other words, you will be paying extra. When something is high priced, less people buy it. It becomes a luxury item. Less people will have an improved quality of life. In other words, if you buy the item you are better off paying more in tax. Taxing companies will only make things more expensive for you.

Comment Put everything there then (Score 1) 71

If they were going to put the fingerprint scanner in the back, they should have gotten rid of the front facing camera too and put a display on the back. With even a small rear display, the bezel on the front facing side can be eliminated entirely. Sure the phone might be slightly thicker but it would look awesome. As for the speaker grille .. I suppose you can have one that is nearly invisible, have it face a different way, or deal with not having one.

Comment Is this the right approach? (Score 2) 73

Is this really the right approach? I get that Verizon used taxpayer funds and government brute force to obtain their state sponsored monopolistic market dominance. But then, how would suing them achieve anything? This lawsuit will result in them writing a fat check to Blasio rather than them actually rolling out fiber to anyone. If you want fiber grab your metamucil new yorkers because this isn't the way to get it.

Comment Portable turrets (Score 1) 82

How come portable turrets aren't a thing for the military? I mean, when you have some cover say behind a wall, rooftop, or in a building who wants to be facing the enemy face to face if you can mount ur weapon on a turret and control, aim, and fire from your iPhone, Nintendo Switch, or Xbox controller? It doesn't even have to be on a robot, something the size of a portable tripod oughta be good enough.
I feel like there are tons of companies that would be able to make them cheap in sufficient volume.

Comment Re:Resolution sucks (Score 1) 36

What I meant is that the technology isn't ready yet. It will take about 20 years before we can get 5K per eye displays (at 120fps). They shouldn't be trying to sell these because they aren't ready for the market and it will ruin VR as a concept for a generation. You don't see Ford trying to sell flying cars do you? We don't have the technology to make VR headsets work.

Comment Re:So. . . Robots. . . (Score 1) 644

No, they will make more jobs. Automation has consistently been creating more jobs than it has taken away. The world has more employed people (even per capita) than at any time in history. There is ZERO proof that this will change. Second, although the gap between the rich and poor may increase .. so what? The gap might increase but the poor will be richer than they have ever been. The only reason to be mad at that is out of jealousy against the rich. Why else would anyone be concerned about there being a wealth gap? How about talking about the fact that the poor too are going to be richer than they have ever been?

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