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Comment Re: Why not? (Score 1) 120

The get-tough on crime comically macho idiots are usually the first ones to commit a crime if they were in a circumstance where they needed to and felt they could get away with it. Tablets are really cheap nowadays. My only concern is that the Lithium Ion batteries could be dangerous. I think the highest priority for prison is cameras with audio and night vision capability everywhere inside including aimed at the cell (when they need privacy they could have a small designated area in the cell that is out of the camera field of view. Also, the footage and audio from in-cell cameras should be archived such that only a search warrant issued by a judge can retrieve them. This provides some level of privacy in the cell while being able to investigate inmate on inmate or guard on inmate violence. Prisoners should not have a total expectation of privacy.

Comment Efficiency is useless. (Score -1) 129

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) 448

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.

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