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Comment Voice apps are stupid (Score 1) 126

Voice to text is handy in a bunch of situations now. Mostly when I want to send someone a message when I'm walking or typing. It's sort of neat for appointments, and I use it all the time for setting a timer. ..on my phone.

Screens and keyboards, or touch devices, are remarkably effective at conveying large amounts of information almost instantly. Voice is not an efficient medium. Do you know why people hate voicemail? Because it's slow and ineffective.

Voice apps will be the next 3DTV, which should have been clear to everyone wasn't going anywhere. If you have to put on goggles, it might as well be a VR headset..

In the meantime, I can order from Amazon from my tablet in a few seconds, deal with issues and confirmations, while I'm watching Netflix on my 65" regular 2D TV.

Comment Other blockchains are more interesting (Score 1) 296

e.g. Ethereum.

The shady exchanges are the problem with all of the cryptocurrencies. The biggest asset would be a very easy way to facilitate a micropayment via bitcoin; the current exchange mechanisms make this hard or impossible for average folks.

Ultimately a blockchain (and the resulting currency) will need to be backed by a nation state to have validity. Political notions aside, that's when things will get interesting. If Bitcoin ever gained any traction it will be put down by force.

Other blockchains provide easier ability to develop applications and thus provide real utility, and the concept of putting a value on distributed hash calculation to actually do interesting things is a neat one.

One thing has been validated by Bitcoin, however - the concept works.

Comment Compellng reason absent (Score 1) 84

AR ala Hololens will fail while you need to put on clunky anything. There's a compelling reason to do so if you're playing a game, or using a work application, but for everyday use there is no compelling reason for this technology over the utility offered by your phone. Add the batman factor concerns and yet another thing needing a battery charge and you're into a product nobody wants and will fail.

VR has a compelling reason. The games are badass. But you're not going to wear it around. AR ala Hololens is basically a VR visor you see through.

This technology will get compelling if you combine it with a contact lens and wireless power, but we're into science fiction at the moment as far as that is concerned. Theoretically possible but a long way from being realized let alone mass produced.

My $0.02, but I've seen the pattern before.

Comment It's the controller, stupid (Score 2) 221

If they'd make a nintendo-branded bluetooth dpad and holder we wouldn't be having this conversation, it would be a conversation about how much money they're making.

Touchscreens aren't everything. Humans have fingers. D-pad is brilliant. Stop drinking the Ive kool-aid. Poor Mario.

Oh, and make some more of those NES classics. Stupid nintendo. I'd have bought at least 5 of them if they were available. I got a knockoff chinese USB d-pad clone instead.

Comment More to do with dismal futures and performance (Score 3) 263

By this metric, I "divested" myself last year of a substantial amount of energy sector stocks and reallocated to "green" electric utilities.

What actually happened is the price of oil tanked, there's no limit on supply, the floor went out on the returns and there is no sign of a rise in price in the futures markets.

I'll be more impressed if this trend continues when oil goes on the upswing after growth in consumption rebalances with supply glut. I've got $0.02cdn on this "trend" fast reversing if that's the case - and my $0.02 isn't worth what it was a few years ago for the same reason.

Comment Re:Recreational drug use versus harm to others (Score 1) 560

Life is too short to be taken so seriously. You sound like you should smile more, or something.

Banishing drugs has failed. It's filled prisons, ruined far more lives than drugs ever will, enriched dictators and corrupted politics.

Drug abuse is a medical problem, often lined to other pathologies. Most drug users have no problems at all. This is born out by the massive amount of drugs consumed by society, legal and illegal. Seriously; do you have any idea how much cocaine, heroin and marijuana are consumed globally?

Driving under the influence, assault, robbery - all are illegal now, with stiff penalties.

People find drugs fun. Provide information on safe use, reduce harm, help addicts. People aren't going to stop taking drugs, because messing with your brain is fun. People have been taking drugs for that purpose for all of recorded history - the only difference is now we know how the drugs work.

This seems very obvious versus the relative insanity of the current drug policy.

Comment Re:No, just no (Score 5, Insightful) 560

Drugs are fun. That's why.

You're going to die, I'm going to die, everyone dies from something. Life is about having fun.

Drugs aren't for everybody, but people like drugs; treat drug abuse as a medical condition, not crime; that approach has failed.

Alcohol, caffeine.. all drugs.

You do what you want. Stop telling other people what's good for them.Live free (and die anyway).

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