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Comment Re:Incoming (Score 1) 273

You did in fact say "drones". It was the very first few words of your post - "If you use drones/"

What I said was "drones/robots/self-driving cars or some combination" - clearly indicating any and all. Not "drones" per se.

But even military drones can't cope with all (or even most) weather.

Today's tech is not the end game by any means. So using today's capabilities to make claims about tomorrow's likely circumstance needs to extend the progress curve before it can be taken seriously. IOW, the fact that a military drone can't cope with some weather at this time is in no way an indication that the same type of drone won't be able to in the near future (and the progress being made in LDNLS systems is a very strong indication they probably will.) Same for everything else. What it boils down to: Yes, today there still are lots of delivery jobs. But in a not-too-distant tomorrow, there won't be. Same for many other sectors.

Prepare or be blindsided. It's just that simple.

Comment Re:Well, perhaps you *should* be worried (Score 1) 363

It sounds like you haven't used any actual software development/engineering skills in a long time

Heh heh. Yes, well, I suppose I can see how you might get that impression. However, no. It's just that a lot of the make work is gone, and so I can concentrate on the meat of the problem instead of having to write menu systems, widget systems, threading, etc. Here is an example of the stuff I write. That software is pretty much state of the art for the sector it addresses. It offers some things that nothing else in the market segment does, and it's very high performance. None of the core functionality comes from anywhere but my head. But having said that, there's a shitload of stuff I didn't have to write to make the app work, and I have the source code to all of it too, so generally speaking, nothing is "going away" such that it would get all up in my face.

As for my career, I'm retired. Already made my nest; I do this for fun now.

Comment Re:Several things (Score 1) 143

It can't be dead due to the enormous security risk, because the industry has supposedly accepted proprietary EME "content decryption modules." The one aspect of Flash that really mattered is still with us; it's just theoretically smaller (provided people abstain from installing the ones that will have them join botnets, mine bitcoins, etc).

Comment Interesting (Score 1) 84

Ya have to wonder what this speculative subrosa funding operation would do when presented with a bill for the five billion dollar hit Samsung took with their stupid non-replicable battery, though. "Sure, no problem"?

At that point, assuming remuneration was not forthcoming, might be best to part ways with said public agency.

Comment Re:It's all about the battery (Score 1) 84

We know they want to create disposable phones, because then they get to sell you a new one.

However, this issue shows that this particular reduction in function can cost them billions in immediate costs, plus loss of reputation. If this doesn't change the approach, then we know they're stupid, and some people will make decisions on that basis.

Not that I'm surprised Samsung continues to act stupidly. After all, they can only see 1/4 down the financial road, because they have allowed themselves to be captured by a diseased financial system. Same for everyone else that copies the thin-over-all mindset.

Comment Re: Amazing! (Score 1) 62

Except, sauropod dinosaurs were probably warm-blooded, just like an ostrich, penguin, chicken, pigeon, owl, or hawk is now.

T-Rex was basically the biggest, most bad-ass ostrich the world has ever known(*). And make no mistake... an angry ostrich can fuck you up quite badly.

(*) In terms of genetic distance, T-Rex had more in common with a modern sparrow than it did with any modern reptile or amphibian.

Comment Some things not mentioned... (Score 1) 138

The main thing mentioned that I care about is the new screen dimmer, but I've been using f.lux for years.

"Dynamic Lock" could be very handy (auto-lock when you walk away) and I've been looking into something to do that, but I'm looking at it for a scenario of PCs in exam rooms so pairing all of them to doctors' phones isn't really a viable option.

Not mentioned in the summary, but possibly important to readers here:

Improvements to control over updates, such as being able to prevent driver updates.

Improvements to privacy settings - Maybe not so relevant if you're using O&O ShutUp, but nice to have. Apparently includes the ability to see (and clear) the info that MS has, along with a reduction of the info sent when you're using "Basic" telemetry settings.

An upgrade to Windows Subsystem for Linux (will be bumped to Ubuntu 16.04 from the current 14.04) and better integration with Windows apps.

A navigation bar in the registry, which could actually be really handy.

If you use OneDrive on both a desktop with tons of storage (and everything local) and a laptop with an SSD smaller than what's in your OneDrive, now there will apparently be better behavior for files not local on the smaller system. Currently, you basically just modify in OneDrive Settings which folders are available on each system.

Comment Re:Dilemma Solution (Score 1) 363

who says that as a business you have some sort of a right not to have competition?

Nobody does, but we haven't even gotten to market yet, we're still discussing the relative costs and benefits of our staffing decisions. As it stands the opportunity cost of choosing to hire humans over purchasing robots seems to be quite high. Maybe you can "compete on the fact that you hire humans", ask the "Buy American" people how that worked for them?

automation is not an immediate thing

Neither is hiring a human, they will have to be trained in whatever innovative process you've dreamed up. Except that every human you hire will have to be trained, while the robot would be trained once and that programming replicated as many times as necessary.

Comment It's all about the battery (Score 2, Insightful) 84

If the battery is still a non-replicable unit, then I will know they haven't learned the obvious, profound lesson:

Non-replaceable battery: Battery problem? Phone is garbage. Write off entire cost. Purchaser has nothing. Seller loses everything.

Replaceable battery: Battery problem? Send new battery. Preserve most of purchaser's value and seller's income.

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