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Comment Re: About time! (Score 1) 266

In an ideal world, regulation would not be necessary. Sometimes the threat of regulation is enough.

Take maturity ratings for games. The government saw a problem and proposed passing laws for ratings, so the industry took responsibility and set up its own rating system, removing the need for the government to mandate it.

Hopefully the threat of a new regulation will cause the airline industry to come up with its own standards.

Comment Re:Next 50 ears is likely (Score 1) 224

Nope, you read that wrong.

Nobody is saying that life necessarily implies oxygen. They ARE saying that oxygen implies life, and that we might be able to easily detect oxygen.

They are not saying that non-oxygen life does not exist, only that it may be much harder to detect given the distances involved.

Comment Re:Why do they need help? (Score 1) 220

they want $4k for the cheapest model. At that price, this is vaporware that will never condense into our reality.

Huh? I am not sure that I follow. If they were asking $400, I would say that it is too cheap to be a real product. At $4,000, you should be able to get one with a gold-plated case.

If you pay me $4,000, I will happily buy a $2000 Razer Blade, install Ubuntu on it, and cheerfully hand it to you with a handshake and a smile.

Reply to this message to place your order.

Comment Re:Stupid pixel race (Score 1) 111

Just some math for you, for giggles. Don't read too much into it.

Back when I was a kid, computer display used fonts of an 8x8 pixel matrix, and that was perfectly readable.

Now, using 8x8 characters, you can get 70 characters horizontally and vertically in one square inch (plus a bit of a border). This means that you can fit 4,900 characters in one square inch, and they SHOULD be legible (maybe not comfortably).


Comment Re:Labor shortage in engineering? (Score 1) 477

As an EE making custom silicon, I can say that the job market is very ... mixed.

The biggest problem with the industry, as I see it, is that the jobs are geographically limited. I currently have a job in a state that I love. However, should something happen to this job, I have very limited prospects for a new job in this town. In general, chip design jobs are largely in places that I don't want to live (and generally near huge cities). California, Illinois, and New York? Nope. I wold rather panhandle. Washington/Oregon? Maybe, depends on the area, traffic, cost of living, etc. Texas? Yeah, maybe, but it is pretty hot and humid there. Florida? Yeah, I left there because of the heat, humidity, and hurricanes.

Comment Re: not loyalty (Score 1) 191

Sorry, but I will not shed a tear for you. Most Android devices stop receiving major updates withing a year (if they ever even get an update). The manufacturer is too busy working on the next device to ever patch the old stuff.

This is both the blessing and the curse of Android -- the sheer number of devices. The good is that there is a lot of choice, and the down side is that there is a lot of variability.

An Apple developer can test four or five devices and be pretty sure that their app will work on pretty much all Apple devices, since they are fairly uniform.

An Android developer will find it impossible to do proper quality control. Maybe their app will suddenly crash only on that one model of Asus tablet, and the developer will find it hard to debug unless he goes out and buys that one model.

With that being said, I still prefer Android. I have 128 GB of storage on my phone that cost me $35. If you want an iPhone 7, upgrading to 128 GB from 32 GB will only cost you $100.

Comment Re:"defined as homeless here, mostly sharing homes (Score 1) 504

As long as you have access to a full hook-up, there is nothing really wrong with an RV, depending upon the circumstance. With kids, far from ideal. For one or two people (especially in an area without harsh winters), it can be just fine.

Some of us want to live in an RV once we can retire and get the kids to move out.

Comment Re:Did he mean an unprecedented level of gouging? (Score 2) 214

Well, halfway-decent for $150. My smartphone has a $35 128GB micro-SD card in it with my entire music library, and a big chunk of my movie library in it, with about 40GB to spare. How much would 128GB cost you from Apple?

The sole reason that Apple exists is because some people don't care about price -- it is all about status. That is why nearly every single case for a iPhone has a cut-out in the back so that the Apple logo always shows. Fanboys would hate it if they pulled out their iPhone and nobody noticed the brand.

Number of cases for Android devices that I have seen with a cut-out for the logo? None. Not a single one. Android people just want something affordable that gets the job done.

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