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Comment Re:Gorilla Arm is a debunked argument from the 80s (Score 1) 610

IMO it's also in the usage scenarios, mobile usage is usually bursty as in short period, heavy touch usage and then a long period of nothing which allows for recuperation of energy and which lets the muscles rest.

Office work is usually stretched over multiple hours with a little less usage in average but rarely no usage at all, the absence of pure rest for your muscles for longer periods of times might influence an office worker in very negative ways. Once you get any sort of pain or inflammation, you'll be incapacitated in doing your job. By becoming tired, other factors get influenced as well, you become less cogent, which means that you might not always remember what was under your finger when touching something as you cannot see what your finger covers. Or when your muscles start tiring, your precision could suffer as you try certain arm positions that do not use a certain painful muscle. And this would incapacitate an office worker even further.

Comment Issues with touch vs mouse (Score 3, Informative) 610

Fatigue: it costs more energy to move your whole arm and body to touch a screen than it takes to move a mouse pointer. That's what the article covers.
Obfuscation: Where the mouse pointer does cover 'some' pixels on the screen, a finger, and its attached hand and arm will obfuscate a much larger part of the view, which requires the user to remember what was under his finger before touching it. If this happens too often or a UI changes rapidly (eg a web site), this could lead to frustrations. Especially with subjects like the elderly.
Precision: You lose precision, even with a perfectly healthy human being, a fingerprint has a bigger surface than a pixel-perfect pointer, therefor your UI needs to be a lot more spacious to allow for users to "aim" correctly and allow for some correctional margin. If the UI design did not take this into account, this too can lead to frustration (mis-touching).

Windows 8 is a half-assed execution of some good ideas, the signature Microsoft symptom since Ballmer took over.

Comment Re:I already "invented" this in 2005 (Score 1) 183 seems to be your best shot at getting Prior Art visible to the shamefully incompetent USPTO. They pay their employees peanuts in comparison to this thievery and have them stamp away at anything really, creating IP worth millions in lawsuits and fees from almost nothing. And they expect the system to correct their mistakes instead of fool-proofing or advancing their own methods.

Comment Re:Not safe (Score 1) 301

Nice trolling, don't know why you're at 2, as you reference the same article twice and when looking at its contents, it brings no meaningful facts to the table, only conjecture and opinion, ergo, they do not support your conclusion that these cars aren't safe.

You might be writing history, joining a certain individual who proclaimed: 'The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.'

The fact that an AI doesn't fatigue, doesn't text, doesn't lean over to grab a water bottle and cause a head-on collision, doesn't fall asleep, doesn't drive drunk, doesn't run red lights on purpose, doesn't forget to signal, doesn't speed and has 360 degrees of vision and laser-radar object detection and processing all this information at once where a human has to rely on his eyes and brain and reaction speed, all of which are affected by his physical condition and which deteriorate when he gets older. The AI will sooner or later replace a human driver. If you will, you could consider the current form a very sophisticated version of cruise control, where a human supervisor is still required.

But I could see driverless taxis in Vegas taking you from your hotel to a casino (and back), by just stating your destination, confirming it and paying with your NFC enabled phone.

Comment Mods aren't the holy grail, good mods are (Score 1) 249

I've been out of the modding scene for quite some time, but the one project that made a long lasting impression on me was the Cold War Crisis, mod for C&C Generals Zero Hour. Aside from being a total conversion in the Cold War style (eg everything from game intro, the menus, the unit voices, ingame music, game mechanics were overhauled, they even added in a 'per map' AI which will whoop your ass quite some times before you can outsmart it, heck, they even introduced whole new SinglePlayer modes). That is my gold standard, and there's only a handful that can attain such a level.

Comment Re:I hope they reinstate the tower (Score 5, Insightful) 123

Oh I know, there's probably a whole slew of objections against reinstating the tower with all its original functionality. Not being able to meter it would be one of the least worrisome IMO. While it would be uber-cool, it's probably not possible as the location itself is turning into a museum, not a 'bleeding-edge' lab and it therefore can't be doing dangerous experiments. Not to speak of building code violations, possible negative effects on nearby (modern) electric equipment, additional effects on local fauna/flora etc.

I'd be very happy already if they could rebuild the tower in looks only, as it looks so otherworldly and adds some uniqueness to the location. Furthermore it'd be visible from pretty far away, giving Tesla that visibility and validation that he had to miss out on for so long.

Comment A 'live' museum, not a 'dead' one (Score 5, Interesting) 123

Tesla was a crazy genius, in that regard I think it would be more fitting to have (at least part) of the museum have live/interactive and interesting things to do and try, rather than just gazing at collectibles and ooh-and-aah-ing at antiquities (how very awesome those still might be). Perhaps a MAKER lab or something or making a bulb glow with wireless electricity, have a Tesla coil play a song on your $MP3_PLAYER. If you read The Oatmeal's Tesla cartoon, you'd already have quite some nice ideas.

Comment does it, too (Score 1) 167

Because their algorithm misfired and put me under a shadowban for a while. It's hard to detect, but after a while I really felt as if I was talking into a void. So I loaded up a proxy server and connected to FARK through it, and surely enough, my posts weren't visible.

I give the admins a profanity-laden piece of my mind and they apologized, seems their spam detector was a bit over-eager. I still go there from time to time.

Comment Poison your own search results, good job MS (Score 2) 356

Explain to a John Doe in what regard Windows 8 RT differs from Windows 8.
What's a Surface now? The multitouch tabletop hardware + software? Not anymore, now it's the tablet-netbook hybrid.
Even if they come up with a new name after the sleek marketing speak emanating from "Windows 8-style UI", it'll still cause confusion and introduce clutter for people looking up "Metro". Easily avoidable if only they had done their homework.

To those claiming it was just a codename and was never meant to be used publicly: A certain S.B. disagrees.

Comment Quantity is a factor, too (Score 1) 496

The mobile markets are predominanty OpenGL based, while hw acceleration is not at the PC level yet, it won't take that long for a GPU to become a commonplace part in a smartphone. Add to that the fact that Steam will do positive things for OpenGL on Linux (and even on Windows) and we might get to see a turning point in game programming, at the very least a fighting chance for OpenGL. Go team OpenGL!

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