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Comment Re:Hardware is so much better? (Score 1) 42

When I was a kid and turned on a BBC Micro, it was ready to use instantly.

And for its time, it was awesome. And today, a pocket calculator makes that BBC Micro its bitch. But the truth is that most of us never turn our computers all the way off, so it doesn't matter much what the power-on-to-usefulness time is unless we're experiencing a lot of crashes.

Comment Re:Best attempted on Earth first! (Score 1) 196

Hint: The delay is completely impractical

While that's true, you probably could come up with a semi-autonomous solution that was smart enough to run a drill by itself if you told it where to drill and how far, that sort of thing. At this point, complete automation of the process is an unreasonable goal, but we already have automated mining equipment on this planet.

Comment Re:Best attempted on Earth first! (Score 1) 196

I am 100% for robotic automation of labor but it seems like this is a task they should master on Earth before they try it out on Mars. So the question is, will SpaceX dominate Earth's mining industry?

It's already mostly automated on earth. If you have millions and millions of dollars in the bank, and a whole lot of land to carve up and do something with, you can call Komatsu up and they will sell you dump trucks and bulldozers and front loaders that drive themselves. I'm pretty sure the drilling for the blasting is still done by a human operator, though obviously that's done by machine.

They're going to have to come up with one robot that can do all of that stuff, and a smelter and a factory, and drop them all on Mars. That's a shitload of mass. I anticipate it happening eventually, but not rapidly.

Comment Re:Was Obvious from the Start (Score 2) 115

It doesn't help that a lot of the 'watches as jewelry' types are either looking for jewelry in a budget(in which case spending a large fraction of the purchase price on expensive and largely invisible electronics, rather than most of the money on the attractive case, is less than totally attractive); or looking for the 'timeless' and 'heritage' and so on that watch ads are always going on about.

While technologically pointless, your zillion-jewel-fiddly-mechanical-movement is going to be just as nifty for at least decades, barring abuse. Anything 'smart' will be old news in 18 months, at most; and archaic within a few years. That isn't terribly compelling.

Comment Re:Remote shutter control messes up clasification (Score 1) 99

The fact that the person controlling the drone is required to be able to see it while piloting seem not to matter at all.

No, it doesn't matter at all, because the legal requirement does mean that people won't be doing it.

Also, why not use criminal intent as a basis for determining criminal behavior instead of just forbidding the entire setup :/

Yes, that's much more relevant.

Comment Shocking. (Score 1) 115

It's almost as though a relatively small market got saturated; with some added bite from the (more limited; but substantially cheaper) 'fitness' bands that offer a much lower cost of entry to have an annoying gadget on your wrist and bothering you.

I never would have expected that outcome.

Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 1) 237

the best decision would be to match what users prefer

Absent user-selectable themes, the best decision is to use the simplest, clearest, most discoverable interface with the least amount of decorative gewgaws. This has been taken dramatically too far in many cases, where people aren't even drawing borders around buttons any more. The existence of a button frame is not decorative. It is informative.

Obviously, the best solution is to present a fluid, themeable interface. Then if the user adds a bunch of baroque bullshit, it's on them.

Comment Re:Too bad for men. (Score 2) 94

There is nothing magical about a Personal Locator Beacon (this one was highly reviewed. I am not getting kickbacks. I am not getting referrals. I do not own one.) The $300 buy-in price translates to less than $40/year if it lasts ten years, which it might.

On the other hand, it would be totally fucking useless even if it sent a ping straight to your local PD saying you were being raped, because by the time they show up, it will be over.

Comment What about the drone war? (Score 1) 99

Will the US play along with this and not expand the extrajudicial assassination by drone program to Sweden? There's a high likelihood the next US administration will continue the drone war (which the US would call "state-sponsored terrorism" if any other country were doing has been doing). Terror Tuesday is coming up fast but we all know murder-by-drone is lighthearted humor except for its victims and anyone who thinks killing is wrong. Like Obama said, "Turns out I'm really good at killing people. Didn't know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine". Paving the way for the next war criminal, Hillary Clinton, to take over the role.

Comment Re:Money drives innovation (Score 3, Insightful) 42

If we want innovation in software, we have to be willing to pay something for it.

I couldn't give a toss for innovation. They can blow their innovation right out their arseholes. What I want is iteration. I want them to go back over their work and fix their mistakes. I am willing to pay far more for a bugfixed OS than I am for a new scheduling API for example. And I won't pay anything for the developer to add spyware to the system.

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