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Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 3, Insightful) 200

...but isn't this the very definition of small government? It sounds like this legislation uses *large* (state) government to take away powers from *small* (municipal) government.

From the standard arguments of small government that I've heard, this sounds like a very bad thing. Shouldn't the People vote on these things through their small municipal government, where your vote buys you more substantial representation? (It looks like the smallest city in Virginia is around 4k people.)

Comment Re:SD and battery (Score 1) 205

But that's only half the issue -- the convenience is also extremely important to some people.

Many people carry around modest power bricks in their backpacks, which they basically only use for charging their phone. I know that batteries are getting better in efficiency, and voltage converters can be very efficient, but it strikes me as fundamentally wrong to have to carry around a separate battery, power supply, and cable -- all so that you can discharge one battery to fill up another battery. Why not cut the middle man and just carry around two batteries?

Extending life is certainly one good reason to have removable batteries, but there are convenience factors, too.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 3, Insightful) 238

Not to mention obscene contrast ratios (which is implied by your post, I guess) -- some claim 1,000,000:1, others seem to claim infinite.

I have an LCD (backlit) TV and a OLED phone -- in a dark room, displaying a black image on the TV will cause a noticeable amount of bleedthrough light. A black image on my OLED phone, on the other hand, can only be described by Nigel Tufnel.

Comment Re:Good grief (Score 1) 121

But I doubt wonder if it could hold up doing that *all day*. Battery charging issues aside, I'm not convinced a Tesla or a Faraday could be driven to the limit for 24 hours straight, whereas the great race cars could still (mostly) outperform a Tesla or a Faraday, and do it (hopefully) for 24 hours.

According to Wikipedia, the Porsche 917 could do 0-100km/h (62mph) in 2.3s, 0-200km/h (124mph) in 5.3s (!!!), and top out around 390km/h (240mph). (Admittedly it was not raced until 1970, and the quoted numbers may be from later in the 70s.)

Pretty amazing car...they even used the tubular frame as oil piping, saving the need for dedicated oil lines.

Comment Flaky networks? (Score 1) 181

I'm on Google Fi, and although I'm overall very happy with the service, flaky networks cause no end of pain.

I use hangouts for SMS (so that I can read them on my computer, too) -- however, this appears (???) to require a decent network connection on the phone, to the extent that sometimes I can make calls but cannot send SMS messages (!). I don't know much about telephony, but I suspect it's because hangouts uses a proper TCP/IP connection, rather than the old school SMS protocol (and I'm guessing the phone calls from the stock dialer make standard -- not VoIP -- calls, such that they work on marginal connections). The fact that it doesn't seem to offer any sort of SMS fallback is very annoying.

Additionally, adding a reminder when I have poor cell service is like pulling teeth...I'm sorry, but adding a reminder should not require an LTE internet connection...

Comment HDMI CEC? (Score 1) 92

Sounds like this would make a great little media box, but it's a shame it doesn't (appear to) have HDMI CEC support -- it looks like adapters cost about as much as a Raspberry Pi (which supports HDMI CEC out of the box!).

It seems like a silly feature, but it's been incredibly useful for my RPi media center -- the ability to switch between an app (Yatse) and a physical remote is very handy.

Comment Re:Presumed consent (Score 1) 445

Would the rich and powerful hire people to keep track of those who had compatible organs and arrange suitable 'accidents' in case that rich & powerful person needed one or more of their organs?

But what's to stop that from happening now? At least where I live in the USA, we have a little donor sticker on our license. It shouldn't be hard to get a list of donors (either legitimately or by paying someone at a liquor store an extra buck to log every ID checked) and arrange for 'accidents' for them.

But I think the real issue here is that your nightmarish scenario -- and I do agree it's nightmarish -- relies on organs being a scarce commodity, which ostensibly will not be the case going forward in France. So there's no need to kill someone when you're drowning in viable organs. As macabre as that phrasing is, I think it's a Good Thing. Personally, I make a huge distinction between dead people and living people, and I think that our default actions should favor the living. Should the deceased specifically not want that, they have -- er, had? -- a way to change that.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 357

But isn't this the technological equivalent of saying you need a driver's license to drive? If Uber is allowed to drive without one, yes, it may be safe -- but does that mean I have the right to attach a Raspberry Pi to my car and let it loose on public roads?

I think it's pretty reasonable to require that a human have a license, and I don't really see why the same shouldn't apply to an "autonomous driver" (i.e., the particular hardware/software/etc. implementation used).

Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 176

For the future, EVs also help, but are not required - insofar as they're mainly nighttime loads, steady draws, and easy targets for charge rate modulation (or even reversal). Nobody cares exactly when their vehicle takes power from the wall, so long as it has a full charge when they told it to be done by. The more flexible they let their car be, the cheaper they get their power for. But again, this sort of arrangement being wirespread is not a requirement - just a bonus.

I've also wondered if the whole smart device thing could end up being a net bonus -- for example, during the cheap hours, freezers/electric water heaters/dishwashers/etc. could do their thing. Most of this could of course be done with a simple timer, but having some amount of communication with the grid and the personal schedule of the user could be more effective.

Comment Re:Greenwash (Score 1) 176

I dont trust any company which at its very beginning has such a megalomaniacal view of itself that it makes its logo "Do no Evil" .

Fair enough, but what large, successful company *doesn't* have the opportunity to be evil? I don't view that as megalomaniacal, I view it as taking the viewpoint that you may one day be wildly successful. I'm not suggesting that they've adhered to this motto exactly, but compared to banks, agrochem and pharma (in particular Monsanto's pending merger with Bayer), the food/tobacco industry (in particular Altria)...

Yes, it's a mildly disturbing motto, but at least they're confronting it head-on. Just my opinion though.

Comment Re:The censorship treadmill is moving (Score 2) 233

They barely covered a couple of items of evidence in that.

Fair enough, but there appear to be blatantly fabricated "evidence" from the pizzagaters (photos taken from random websites, etc.). There's a huge difference between innocent mistakes or sloppy journalism, and intentional fabrication. And while we're at it, what ever happened to the Fun Time Kidz Day Care conspiracy?

But hey, maybe you're right and we should take these claims seriously. And since /. doesn't let us delete our posts, we'll have some sort of record of this discussion in a year or two when the whole thing ends -- either with serious prison sentences or with nothing.

Comment Re: What about the far-left? (Score 1) 978

True, but "approximately" and "by definition" are not the same thing. The statement

You know how stupid the average person is? Dy[sic] definition, half the people are stupider than that...

was what I took issue with, whereas I would agree with something like, "about half the people are stupider than average".

Yes, I'm being pedantic, but this is /., after all :)

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