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Comment Really Improvements??? (Score 1) 388

My best guess is that most of the people don't like your ideas because they don't think your suggestions would improve the product, not any innate refusal to change.

Think about how many times one of your favorite apps has changed its interface in a way you thought sucked. Do you really think the designers said, "Hey, we've got a great interface, let's make it worse?" No, just like you, they thought their changes would improve it, but they didn't.

A favorite example was when Google removed the Pegman from Maps, making using Streetview almost impossible.

Comment Heinlein Once Again Predicts the Future (Score 1) 373

At the end of "Methuselah's Children," after the long-lived Howard Families return to Earth after escaping a lynching, they discover that Earth discovered the fresh blood rejuvenated people. Once they knew this, they had a crash research program to create fresh blood to allow everyone to live well into their hundreds.

Comment Re:Stargate Lesson (Score 2) 304

if you can find it, the ACM SIGGRAPH's "Story of Computer Graphics" ( from 2000 credits 1982's "Tron" as being the first film with significant computer graphics. There is a lot of discussion from people who worked on the CGI about how they did it.

However, to a man, they all said that they walked out of the theater saying, "Meh." They realized that the effects can't make the movie, there has to be something more.

Comment How Many AIs Can Fit on the Head of a Pin??? (Score 1) 364

This is one of those completely idiotic "thought experiments" that philosophers are so fond of.

I've been driving for 46 years now (I started early, but am still old) and have probably driven well over half a million miles. I have NEVER had to make a decision, "Do I kill myself or swerve and kill ten innocents?"

Almost nearly everyone on /. drives, and I don't even begin to guess the number of miles driven by this audience: has anyone here ever had to make such a decision? Has anyone even heard of such a decision occurring in the real world? For fighter pilots maybe this is a real concern - the Great Santini and the recent Blue Angel who died (as well as others) supposedly stayed with their aircraft to minimize civilian casualties on the ground. But driving a car???

It's about as smart as worrying about what the AI does in the event of a Martian invasion.

Comment Logistics??? (Score 1) 482

So after the concert, everyone has to go back through the turnstiles to get their bags unlocked and returned to the promoter? What if someone says they left their phone in the car so they don't need a bag - are they searched? Do people need to surrender something like a license to get a bag? If not, what prevents them from either leaving with the bag or ripping it open during the show, making the process much more expensive for the performer/promoter? What about people who can't bear to be out of contact with their kids caregiver even for the length of a show? I would guess that the bag makes vibration less effective, and they are unlikely to ever hear ringing at a concert. (I wouldn't have an issue with it, but don't respond that they should put up with it since it was common in my day - people's expectations have changed.)

I can understand this more for comedians - a leak of their material is much more important, since the difference between hearing their material on a smartphone or live is pretty small, so long as the audio is good enough to understand. However, the difference between being at a concert and watching someone's cell phone video of a concert is so large that I can't imagine anyone saying, "No, I don't need to go see Alicia (or whomever) - the cell phone video was just as good as being there."

Comment Violated the First Law (Score 1) 410

Not of robotics, but driving.

I grew up and learned to drive in SF and Rule 1 was always: "Don't mess with MUNI." The quality of their drivers, the driver's attitude ("I get to go home the rest of the day if I hit something?"), as well as the law of gross tonnage made it wise to give them as wide a berth as possible.

Corollary "A" to this rule is "Never expect MUNI to do the sane thing." I would have expected this rule to have been as ingrained in Google's driverless cars as strongly as the first law of robotics was ingrained in Asimov's robots, but I guess not.

Comment Re:Just reading the summary... (Score 1) 345

"After all, Boeing has not been able to put something together against the mighty A380."

Boeing's not trying to put something up against the A380. It consciously decided to go another route with the 787 - offering airlines more smaller, cheaper jets that could fly into more airport than one huge megaplane limited to a few major hubs.

I'm not sure the industry has fully decided which model it prefers, but sales for the A380 have been sluggish:

While the 787's have been more in line with expectations before design.

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