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Comment Re:the laws may take 3-5 years to get rid of drive (Score 3, Informative) 64

Yes - that thing the human drivers of Uber don't have when they are working as Uber taxi drivers.

That's not strictly true, since Uber insures them while they have a fare. The only time they aren't covered is while they are on their way to pick up a fare.

Comment Re:I'll believe it... (Score 1) 128

I might let the platform mature before I spring for new hardware.

And also let intel bring out some new processors, or make some price drops, and let AMD make some price drops to compensate. Because I, for one, am not spending more than two hundred bucks on a CPU. (I have an FX-8350 right now.)

Yes, I am a cheap bastard. If I weren't, I would have bought an Intel processor.

Comment Re:Surprising (Score 1) 101

I imagine that the cheapo bluetooth dongles can't keep up, and probably drop datagrams that are on the bus. A higher-end device could do faster logging.

I suppose that's possible, but I doubt it. Those bluetooth serial devices will usually let you do 230kbps. A $50 OBDLink LX can probably do the job just fine. In any case, I have a USB ELM327...

Comment Re: All the better to 'drive' stoned (Score 1) 101

Crisis? What crisis?

I live on Clear Lake in California. We have a shitload of accidents here, often involving fatalities, which are head-on or t-bone collisions. When someone comes across the line, there may not physically be enough room to brake before they cream you — going full speed. And there are areas with essentially no shoulder.

Comment Re:All the better to 'drive' stoned (Score 1) 101

Also, drinking slows your reaction time and coordination, in addition to your perception. While a stoner might not be paying any damn attention, his reflexes and motor skills are not actually impaired at all.

Cannabis does affect reaction time, though it doesn't harm coordination. Informal studies with video games suggest that it may actually be a performance-enhancing drug, because it takes away twitchiness. :) But what it doesn't do that alcohol does is impair your ability to say no — notably, to yourself. Alcohol lowers inhibitions in a way that THC doesn't. That's why you find people going 100 in a 65 while drunk, and 65 in a 65 when high.

Comment Re: All the better to 'drive' stoned (Score 1) 101

Older drivers have lower insurance mostly because they have less accidents than young drivers. Older drivers are objectively better than young ones. Though of course there is an upper limit, where senility sets in.

They might be safer than kids, but they're still on a bunch of medications on which they really shouldn't be driving. And in a crisis, their reflexes are typically awful, often for the same reason.

Comment Re:It's just too expensive for the hardware (Score 1) 124

Is it though?

  3D TV for a while reached the point where people were buying them without even trying ... the model with 3D was cheaper than the model without due to a sale, or everything that had desirable feature X also had 3D, or the store only had the 3DTVs in stock if you wanted a Sharp... or Sony or whatever.

Not even being basically 'free' was enough to get 3DTV to really take off.

I'm not sure VR is going to fare better... maybe they could give headsets away free with happy meals and maybe most people still wouldn't care. Or maybe they would... I don't know.

I just don't think its necessarily as 'simple' as you think.

Comment Real 3D vs Fake 3D (Score 1) 124

How can anyone compare VR with the failure of 3D TV?

3D TV "failed" (though I see there are still 3D showings of any big movie to this day) because it's not really 3D at all. Just because you can tell some things are closer is nothing like 3D. It's maybe 2.5D at best - you can't lean over to look at something behind something in front, for example...

The reason why VR (really the AR/VR spectrum) will succeed is that it's fully 3D. You can look around something You can look under something. You can move around something.

What will be truly amazing to experience is when someone gets around to recording a fully 3D video (where perspective can be changed within some limited space). That will make the 360 video of today look like cave paintings.

Comment Hololens CAN be VR (Score 1) 124

What has Microsoft done with VR? Hololens is not VR.

The beauty of any AR systems is that they can also be VR, they simply block out the entirety of the outside world, or otherwise re-skin it (a better approach so you don't bump into real objects).

Now it's true that the Hololens cannot block out your whole FOV presently, but that's why they have extended out the timeline for delivering a consumer product. As it is the 360 videos they offer still work pretty well, even in the smallish field of view they cover today...

Currently as primitive as it is Microsoft has the best platform for the future of any VR use that is public. I'm sure there's better stuff the public does not know about yet...

Comment Re:I'm not sure I follow (Score 1) 68

We've been through this before: It wouldn't have helped.

Sure, it'd have fixed the fire problem for people who follow the rules. But it'd still be banned from commercial flights because there's no way in hell an airline will inspect the battery to ensure that it has been properly replaced and is of the correct vintage.

Furthermore, plenty of folks (myself included, because I'm daft like that) would have refused to return the old, too-big battery and kept it as a spare.

As much as I want easily-swapped batteries in all of my devices, it wouldn't have made much of a difference here.

Now that the smoke is clearing I may look into a fire-sale Note 7 just to futz with as a semi-pocketable tablet with a stylus.

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