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Comment Re:It will succeed, or at the very least, won't fa (Score 1) 69

Like, say, mostly that Nintendo wanted everyone and their dog to include the stupid handheld-screen-gimmick in their games that didn't really make it very possible to port your games to any other console, so unless you got some Nintendo-exclusive deal you probably didn't want to tie your company's fate to a console that had a lukewarm reception?

Comment Re:Netflix v. Cable? How about Netflix v. HBO (Score 1) 102

As as city dweller, I don't want my bill going to subsidize those people in the rural areas.

Yes, you want to live in a third-world shithole. But everyone else recognizes the value of extending communications to a whole nation, which is why we formerly had funding going to spread land lines to rural areas, and why we now have funding going to spread internet access to those same areas. As it turns out, we actually want internet access in those areas when we visit them, so covering the last mile benefits everyone. Unfortunately, there's a lot of short-sighted people like yourself out there who don't comprehend the benefits of a connected populace, and who only care about themselves.

Comment Re:It will succeed, or at the very least, won't fa (Score 1) 69

Wrong question. The question isn't "Why wasn't the WiiU a hit?" The question is rather "Why is an abomination like the WiiU, the biggest design blunder in console history (and yes, I do remember the Atari 5200, the 3DO, the Saturn, the Philips CD-i and yes even the Hyperscan, why do you ask?) selling AT ALL instead of going into blissful ignorance like the aforementioned other design atrocities?"

Comment Re: uhm, no.... (Score 1) 102

And televisions + cable boxes are cheaper than the computers that you'll need to watch Netflix with separate people.

You can watch Netflix on a $40 tablet, or on the cellphone you already own. Thanks for playing, though:

People are more likely to watch Netflix on phones in India, South Korea and Japan, but televisions are more popular with U.S., South American and Australian customers. Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia prefer tablets, while some parts of Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe use desktop and laptop computers the most.

So you have kids using tablets, teenagers using their gaming desktops... you don't have to buy a TV for each additional station. But you do for Cable, because you can't watch Cable on anything but a TV, or something more expensive: a PC which can take a cablecard.

Comment Re:Still hasn't learned (Score 3, Interesting) 69

Nintendo is in the fortunate position that they needn't rely on third party games. They have a pretty well stocked catalog themselves. Mario, Smash Brothers, now probably Pokemon, too, what more "exclusives" do you need?

Noticeably, Nintendo has always been the "odd man out" when it came to games libraries. Non-exclusives for XB or PS usually eventually came out for the other system, but Nintendo always had a nearly distinct game library from the other two. That does matter. It means that Nintendo doesn't have to compete with them on their turf. XB and PS have always been busy one-up'ing each other in specs, mostly because, well, if you have the same games on both systems, what matters is simply "where does it look better" and "where does it run more smoothly". If you're dealing with a completely different game base, you can't compare. More over, the games have a vastly different focus. Where PS and XB focus on action oriented games where multiplayer is mostly a thing of online gaming, Nintendo's consoles always had a distinct focus on local multiplayer, complete with a lineup of party games and controllers that were, compared to XB and PS controllers, VERY basic and simplified, so you didn't first have to learn to play, you could simply pick them up and play. Maybe not perfectly, but most games were of the "easy to pick up" kind that lends itself well to party gaming.

So I do think that Nintendo can (and will) survive as this "niche" player. It has a few strong IPs in their pocket, and since they themselves own that IP, there is exactly zero danger that this IP would ever go to another console, hoping for a bigger market share there. Even the WiiU, which was a train wreck from conception to inception to realization to actually playing with that piece of garbage, couldn't prevent that. I still don't see why anyone thought the WiiU was a good idea, and I don't know anyone who really wanted that console, but, well, there's nowhere else you could play Mario games. And Smash Brothers. And the other consoles simply suck as party consoles. Even more than the WiiU, believe it or not.

Comment Doesn't matter (Score 1) 69

What people will want to know is what the new Mario title is going to be and what characters are going to be in the Smash Brothers title.

Nobody really gives a shit about anything else concerning Nintendo consoles. The gimmicks are the smokescreen to get other console makers desperate, thinking that this is the reason for the Nintendo's success and they embarrass themselves by trying to copy the gimmick only to be shown that the gimmicks were pretty much the reason people were wondering whether they really want to put up with it just to play the next Mario title and Smash Brothers.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 324

Go ask a pilot if they keep their hands on the controls at all times when autopilot is on.

You can remove your hands from the controls in the Tesla for short periods, but you are still responsible for maintaining attention, just as you are in an aircraft:

Â91.13 Careless or reckless operation.
(a) Aircraft operations for the purpose of air navigation.
No person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.

Careless manner says it all. And the operator of this Tesla did it in a careless manner.

Comment Re: Er (Score 1) 324

Unless Musk has a trick up his sleeve to bring the cost down to Toyota Corolla prices, and can successfully lobby for charging stations becoming a utility that must be provided by landlords and employers, it's not going to be for the masses.

The Toyota Corolla will come up to Model 3 prices instead, pushed there by ever-tightening environmental regulations which matter not at all to an EV. Probably it will even turn into a hybrid eventually (as in, not available any other way) which will certainly drive up the cost.

Comment Re: Er (Score 1) 324

The only problem with the terminology is that there is a disconnect between what the common person on the street thinks the capabilities of an autopilot is versus its actual capabilities.

Ironically, you are experiencing the same kind of disconnect.

An actual autopilot is not much more than an airplane cruise control that maintains a preset altitude, heading, and airspeed, while the common perception is that it is essentially an autonomous robot pilot that can do everything up to and including dogfighting while the human pilot takes a nap.

Sigh, no. Yes, there are autopilots like that. There are also autopilot systems that can handle the takeoff and landing, and the most fancy-pants military autopilot systems can take off, fly waypoints, launch ordnance, and land without human intervention. They can't dogfight, but they can fly. This isn't even difficult any more! A radio controlled plane powered by a 16MHz AVR chip has no problem doing the same stuff.

You're wrong on literally every count, because Tesla won't even activate the feature for you until they've given you a lecture on the limitations of the system, so it doesn't matter what people think of the word "autopilot" in any case; Tesla is quite explicit about what it does and doesn't do, where you are or are not supposed to use it, and what the driver's responsibilities are. This driver clearly shirked his, and paid the price, just like any other driver.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 324

I would also expect the car has no way to know the posted speed limit of the road,

That would be a false expectation. Teslas use machine vision and OCR to read signs. Also, some companies have databases of this kind of info, e.g. Garmin. My GPS doesn't have any cameras in it, but it knows the speed limit most places.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 324

And despite being modded down for mentioning it - the whole concept behind this is the car is supposed to be controlling itself. Giving time for the pilot to go to the lavatory and stuff.

The pilot is required to keep his seat while using autopilot. Having a copilot with a second set of controls is what permits the pilot to get up and go take a dump. If people want that in their cars, it's technically feasible.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 324

That doesn't mean I will break the law when overtaking, and I certainly won't do it just because some mouthbreather behind me wants to go faster and thinks tailgating is his ticket to that.

Wrong. You're already breaking the law by passing when you're going to hold someone else up. It was illegal for you to pull in front of them and block the roadway. Wait until there is room for you to pass without holding anyone up, or you are both an asshole and violating the law.

Comment Re:What have they shown? (Score 1) 57

Farmers aren't all looking for the exact same animal, which is in part why there are so many different breeds of livestock.

True and not true. There may be many different breeds of livestock, but for many of them huge numbers of them are fertilized with semen from a single source. If it has an undetected congenital defect, there is a high risk that it will be passed on to its descendants. And when it gets cheaper to raise cloned animals, then farmers absolutely will be looking to clone the very best individuals and raise them, just as we do with plants today. In the interim, they will be seeking to clone the best breeders, to secure a supply of high-quality semen.

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