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Comment Re:Also kicks out scores from third party purchase (Score 1) 85

The other issue arises when developers decide to screw over the original backers. Release the bare minimum to get their kickstarter payments, then do a 180 on all their promises (because who cares about the original backers, they already got their money from those guys. Time to find a new audience).

Comment Other uses (Score 2) 92

The summary focuses on being able to see through pages, but how fast can it scan them? Assuming cost/complexity factors don't make it prohibitive, I could see something like this being used to rapidly digitize a printed book without having to pause to turn pages or slice the spine open to feed them individually through a scanner.

Comment Re:Well, then, what happened to bookstores? (Score 1) 140

Interesting study, but it begs the question of what happened to bookstores? Most communities have seen a huge contraction in brick and mortar bookstores.

The most common explanation is that many people buy from Amazon rather than go to a bookstore.

The other explanation is that the study is total BS. Asking if someone has read a single physical book in the space of a year is a terrible question to gauge the question of physical books vs ebooks. I generally read somewhere between 20 and 30 books a year, and since the advent of ebooks at least 90% of those haven't been physical copies. Despite that, my answer to the survey would could towards physical books still being in high demand, nevermind that I'm only buying them at a 10th of the rate I was before.

Comment ...what? (Score 1) 140

Sixty-five percent of adults in the United States said they had read a printed book in the past year, the same percentage that said so in 2012

That's a terrible question. Considering that most people who bother to read books even when they're not being forced to generally read much much more than one book per year, it's not really giving a very accurate picture. I got my first e-reader in 2012, and have hundreds of ebooks in my library now (all of them read). Despite all of that, I can still say I've read at least one physical book per year. It's just that the percentage of my reading done on physical books has dropped from 100% to 1%.

Comment Re: Color me surprised (Score 1) 156

And to riff off an old tech support joke, they're called foot pedals, not mice.

Unrelated to the discussion thread but completely related to that anecdote: I knew an electrical engineer with bad carpel tunnel who made a foot pedal for clicking the mouse buttons. He also stripped the guts from a gyro mouse and mounted them on a headset. I think the controls were basically left foot to click, right foot to tell the gyro mouse to start tracking, and then he'd hunt and peck type holding a stylus in each fist. Watching him operate his computer was hilarious. His head would be twitching and jerking all over the place to an accompaniment of seemingly random foot stomps and fits of what looked like overhanded stabbing of the keyboard with a pair of pencils.

Comment Re:This is what happens (Score 1) 156

Yeah you're exactly right, the half of the population who click on anything would totally not do that if only they could see the protocol. Because that's what was keeping everyone safe for so many years back in the halcyon days of innocence when everyone used IE6 and malware was non-existent.

Even if you're dumb enough to click anything and everything, your brain is pretty good at pattern matching. Even the worst offenders when it comes to irresponsible computer usage generally at least subconsciously notice when a URL says something like somenefariousprotocol://Bank0fAmerica.com instead of https://bankofamerica.com./ Speaking from some pretty extensive experience scamming people in EvE Online, I can tell you that even the slightest deviation from what's expected by the target (even if it's not something they're normally consciously aware of) is often enough to jog even the dumbest persons brain into suspicious mode (and if not that, at least a more observative mode) and ruin the entire thing.

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 405

I have found that the biggest problem some people have with Linux is they try to impose Windows on it

That's hardly the issue here, but go ahead and keep responding to things I didn't write (or even imply).

How on earth did you do the install? I haven't done an install in years that didn't require an internet connection to do it. You need to connect to the internet, in the first place, so it is remarkable that your connection and install would kill the driver.

Sumpin seriously odd here.

I don't even know if it's worth continuing this discussion at this point. Offline installs are still a thing, and there's usually (though distressingly less now for laptops) the option of installing with a physical cable plugged in as it's generally the wireless that's not recognized. A simple google search for "linux wireless adapter not recognized" will turn up all kinds of results, and you'll even notice that there are often a multitude of different ways of fixing it for the same adapter, making it a game of russian roulette as to which one will work and which one will leave your computer in some weird state that will bite you in the ass 3 months down the road.

Note that out of many dozens of installs, that's it. That is also less issues than my Windows installs.

Again, the context of that was just odd issues that tend to invite tech savvy people to try and fix them (and subsequently break things), not that the odd issue is somehow making it unusable. And if you're going to claim that an OS (I don't care which OS) runs flawlessly 99% of the time on all of your computers without a single little nuisance thing requiring your attention to fix, you're a liar.

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 405

And no, I've never had to reinstall Linux. Windows? Just about once a year.

My hdds tend to fail before I need a windows reinstall. So far every single linux install I've done to date has gotten mangled from my attempts to do things on it (even simple things, such as installing steam on debian) that the only help I can get from the support forums is to just reinstall.

I'm the luckiest guy on earth.

Either that or you have a bad memory. I haven't once installed ubuntu or debian on a laptop where at least 1 semi-important bit of hardware wasn't recognized, or was only partially supported. The most common offender was the network card(s) not showing up at all, followed by the touchpad/keyboard buttons not being fully recognized, and then occasionally the video drivers. More often than not the fix involved screwing with repos to install some non-free driver, at which point the system would seem to have more and more things broken every time I updated.

The worst problem I've had with Linux is a lubuntu install that doesn't care what I set for wakeup. After five minutes of inactivity, I have to log in again.

That's exactly the kind of minor issue I'm talking about. A non-tech savvy person wouldn't know the first place to start and just live with it. I like to at least attempt fixing those sorts of things, but generally the attempt ends up breaking more things than it fixes.

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 405

I'd argue back that I am by virtue of my savvy - of which I do not claim expert status at all - that I will use the best tool for the task I am doing. And Windows is not always - in fact for my line of work, not often the best tool for the job. And really, OSX very seldom has issues that requires a total reinstall. That's a Windows thing. The only time I have ever done that on a Mac was when a hard drive failed - sort of understandable in that case. People that have problems because of keyboard layout are seldom that tech savvy. Just experience talking, and that could be wrong.

If you'd actually bothered to read my post, you'd notice I never made claims about any of the things you talk about here. I even specifically talked about linux, no mention of OSX anywhere. And as far as complete reinstalls, unless you're familiar to the point that you don't need to google for solutions, it's extremely easy to bork linux to the point where it's easier to do that than to try and reverse each of the fixes you googled (and perhaps only got partway through before realizing it wouldn't work) for a 50-50 chance of the system never working quite right after you go through all the effort.

I would also argue that your minor nuisance issues ar enot even remotely a nuisance for some of us - just a difference.

I'm not talking about differences, I'm talking about actual problems such as my linux install not recognizing the brightness control keys on my laptop, or some bug with the wireless drivers that causes the card to glitch out and reconnect a few times a day. The sorts of problems that are annoying, but you can live with.

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 405

I'd argue that it's easier to get along with linux if you're less computer savvy (assuming there's someone to set it up for you). A non-computer savvy person is a lot more willing to live with minor nuisance issues and chalk them up to being caused by some computerey thing they don't care about. Someone who is tech savvy knows they don't have to live with minor nuisance issues, and is generally going to be a lot less forgiving when it comes to minor problems. When that person attempts to fix said problems themselves they usually end up breaking other things, and won't grudgingly decide to just live with the original problem until 3 wasted weekends and 2 total reinstalls later.

Comment Re:Humans navigation system fooled by researchers (Score 1) 177

Assuming the tech is developed to the point of being relatively portable, it'd be easier to get away with spoofing an autopilot system than a human. Someone standing on the side of the road shining a laser pointer at your car is pretty easy to spot by both you and other bystanders. Someone standing on the side of the road wearing a backpack with a radar jamming device isn't quite as obvious. Pick a convenient corner with a big dropoff, stand there and watch a tesla or two go over the edge, then walk away. No one will know what happened until tesla analyzes the logs weeks later, at which point you're long gone and nobody even remembers you were there.

Comment Re: Ready to (Score 1) 280

Yep. I strongly suspect we'll see flights of cheap drones accompanying a single human long before we see flights of drones operating under full autonomy. Assuming they can fly in a straight line and maintain relative positions they'd be perfect for assisting in communications, target detection/tracking (iirc having two radars spaced somewhat apart while still working together is useful for a lot of things), and even flying tight formation to screw with enemy detection and tracking. They could even act as somewhat expendable decoys for use against incoming missiles.

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