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Comment Google Lawsuit (Score 2) 87

If Google's lawsuit on theft of trade secrets and intellectual property and patent violations goes though, I suspect this will kill Uber's self-driving program. Last I recall Google was actually the farthest ahead on this "self-driving" technology and from the sounds of it the safest to rely on.

Comment No no no, bad idea (Score 1) 196

I'm not an engineer but I have worked with engineers and I do have a strong CS background as that's my education. I think something that you'll need to realize is that while it's possible to maybe train or teach someone a field that they never had any background in, it doesn't mean they'll ever be able to come close to someone who's worked on IT their entire lives. There's too many things that experience teaches you that you would never hope to know. So in reality, hire a specialist to help everyone or just accept the fact that your IT infrastructure is never going to be as good as it should be.

Comment Sounds Like Uber's in deep trouble (Score 4, Interesting) 82

From what I've been able to piece together online, it looks like Uber might be in serious trouble. Google apparently really started to suspect something was wrong when one of the LiDAR component providers noticed both companies were sourcing the same parts with Uber apparently using virtually identical circuit board layouts. The timing looks bad as well with the the small startup company being immediately bought up by Uber and sudden development of Self-Driving technology. Plus you're talking about a company who knowingly tested their Self-Driving cars on the street without bothering to purchase a licence to do so. Even if Uber gets off scott free there's this entire question of Patents too which Google probably entirely holds...

Comment Bad Name or Fraud?? (Score 1) 76

I'm not sure if it's intentional but wouldn't "Zenefits" translate to "Zero Benefits"? to most folks? Why would anyone want to hire a company called that? Also I seem to recall when you start your company name with "Z" you often end up at the end of the phone book so there's potential that you're doing accounting fraud or something questionable so you want to be the last company folks call? Anyhow, wierd...

Comment Maybe voice activation is overrated? (Score 4, Interesting) 210

I think maybe this problem is due to the novelty effect where it seems really cool to try it out a few times but after a while it doesn't seem like it makes life easier. Let's say you voice activate your lights despite having a light switch. I'm going to guess most of us have the light switch memorized so we'd hit it on and off even without looking or in the dark so changing to a voice activated system would likely slow you down. If you look at systems like Nest, they roughly figure out when you're home or not and then automatically adjust the heat and cooling to suit you. I'm sure the novelty would wear off if you had to tell it every time.

What they really need is "star trek" like sliding doors when it knows what you need before you even realize it. That would be awesome.

Comment Plug-in Hybrid, solution solved (Score 4, Informative) 468

I've owned a Chevy Volt for over 3 years now. In the warmer summer months, (I'm in Canada), the small battery supplies pretty much 100% of all my power needs. In the winter or if I decide to go long distance once a year, it switches to gas usage seamlessly. It's really too bad folks see it only as EV or only as gas. It's essentially both without compromise. So you charge it when you don't want to use gas and you can use gas when you need the distance or heat.

Comment Physical Nostelgia / Not Quality (Score 1) 564

Personally for sound quality I would stick with CD or FLAC format digital file. They are both digital, zero compression and sound great assuming they were mastered properly and you're playing them on good quality speakers. If your speakers are of poor quality or you've lost your high frequency hearing with age, good luck telling the difference.

I can understand the attraction to tape or vinyl formats however. They have a physical aspect which folks also like. It is neat to see a tape load and play or to listen to a record with your amplifier turned off. (The needle actually vibrates loud enough to hear if you listen carefully.) It's like having a steam powered car. It would be fun to play with but not too practical. So just because it's a dated or less than perfect format doesn't mean folks don't have an interest in it.

Comment Well better than some other startups. (Score 1, Insightful) 88

Despite them not succeeding, you have to give them credit for at least refunding folks compared to other epic failures on Kickstarter. In the last year, we've also seen the number of consumer drones skyrocket leading to more "accidents" so maybe the market is starting to saturate.

Comment There's a Practical Charging Limit (Score 3, Interesting) 198

Although there's a limit to how fast a battery can be charged before it overheats and explodes or simply damages itself, don't forget that there's a practical limit to how much power you can realistically draw from a typical house outlet. A Gallon of gasoline is estimated to have 33.41 KwH! (A normal gas engine throws a good portion of that energy away as heat.) That gallon of gas is pretty close to what my typical household uses in the entire day for electricity! So to pull down the equivalent of a couple of gallons of gas in 20 minutes is going to take the equivalent power drain of a sub-station transformer. It's why you don't see a commercial fast Tesla charger at home. A typical house doesn't use a 480 volt industrial power feed. You don't want much more current in the hands of consumers. A small mistake could cause a nasty explosion / arc.

Comment Burn in... Improvements? (Score 3, Interesting) 238

LCD panels are already very cheap to produce and are virtually as thin as OLED panels. In fact OLED panels are so similar to LCDs that some manufacturers have come up with the stupid idea of curving them so that they're easier to market to consumers because we can barely tell the difference. (Completely distorts the image)

My major concern with OLED is burn-in which apparently is possible in OLEDs, I haven't seen that in my Samsung phone but it's still a concern compared to LCDs. If I'm going to pay several grand for a TV it better be almost bulletproof. And 4K TV's are just silly, it's very hard to find 1080p content (most commercial TV is only 1080i at best) nevermind 4K.

Comment Samsung is a huge company (Score 1) 49

Samsung is a gigantic company with its hand in hundreds of products. The unfortunately Note 7 incident won't be enough to sink the entire company. They're so diverse that even a non-Samsung brand phone may have Samsung parts. And some of their products like their SSD have been outright stellar compared to the competition for performance and value. So yes a small bump in the road for the Samsung bus, not a house swallowing sinkhole.

Comment Re:Good for China (Score 1) 117

To help protect our future and environment, we generally need to cut back a bit on consumption. China has a much greater population than Canada and the United States combined so of course they are a massive Greenhouse contributor. Not only that but a lot of the things they produce aren't even for themselves but for us since their own population is not yet wealthy enough to buy all the luxuries they can get their hand on if any. While it's great that they're trying to cut back, it's embarrassing for us if we can't match or exceed what they're doing. It's like being stuck on a lifeboat with 5 people and one person is eating the equivalent of 4 other person's rations and to have that one person ask why everyone else can't cut back on one ration like they did.

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