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Comment Re:Problem is antiquated remote controls (Score 1) 234

I was trying to convey that LCD screens allow a much richer UI over fixed buttons. Push button remotes are limited by the number of buttons on the remote. I find it very frustrating to navigate a menu by pressing combinations of pressing menu and exit. And then remembering what the combination is when I switch to another TV.

LCD screen is effectively a GUI. So there are opportunities to make the remote far more functional, even colorful or animated. For example, LCD screen could show very different controls for volume adjustment vs audio configuration.

There is the option of using apps on smart phones and tablets. However, I have found that not all apps work 100% perfectly with all TVs. A missing command or the TV vendor didn't comply completely with IR code standard...things that make apps harder to use.

Others that commented made a great point: tactile feedback. LCD doesn't offer that at all. In the dark, that tactile feed back is critical to finding the right button to press. This is probably the most compelling reason push button remotes remain the standard over new technologies.

Comment Maybe its more about trade offs (Score 1) 630

It seems to me, lots of our "energy efficient" things are trading efficiency in one category for another aspect that is not environmentally sound: CFLs use less electricity and contain mercury; the HE washers use less water and have longer run times (using more electricity); etc. So maybe going to hydrogen as a fuel is not as efficient in one area but gives us an advantage in another area (like less CO2).

Comment Re:I fear for the future of Linux. (Score 1) 172

All good points. To me, it's nothing new. Linux has "always been that way", so to speak. Die hard Linux users and admins will continue to admire, exclaim its superiority, and use it for their main OS. Business will swap directions as the winds blow. Hobbyists will continue to use with passive interest. This has been par for the course for as long as I can remember (for point of reference I started in Unix (ok technically not linux) on the now defunct unix SVR 5). I feel what it means is linux it will continue to hold similar market shares it does, and remain in use in similar capacities.

Comment I suspect you're doomed to failure :( (Score 4, Insightful) 234

" so it'll be tough to build an internal team quickly enough "

This smells of failure. Contractors aren't going to get up to speed any faster than internal resources (sans technology specifics like expertise in a language). Our management tried the same thing: hire contractors for a short term (less than 3 months), hurry up scenario. Except it took a month to interview and get the contractors on site. Much of the 3 months of contractors time was spent to get their environments setup, work with IT to configure permissions and the contractors themselves to learn the complex product enough to contribute. Not to mention the loss of focus of the internal team assisting the the contractors.

I would spend more effort coming up with a realistic plan that has a chance at success rather than trying to meet a date that is not going to be met. Build a plan that includes a mix of internal an external resources. I would include time to hire contractors (remembering that background checks take time) plus all of the other activities that will consume time away from producing the finished product.

Comment its near panic levels (Score 0) 124

drones are bad! that's the mantra and the panic that ensues. I say follow the money and see who stands to gain or lose from drone users (from hobbyists to professional and government uses). There you will find your real motivation for such panic.

I've struggled with how pilots flying at 100+ mph can honestly report sites of hand size drones and consider it legitimate information. I remember a fire fighting pilot being interviewed about how unsuccessful the fire fighting effort was because of drones-- let's see there's smoke, fire, debris, stationary obstacles and everything else and he actually had time to recognize hampered by drones. I think it's panic, fear and just opportunity to blame something new with lots of unknowns, than than realistic (before everyone gets all cocky eyed, I do hold a recreational pilot license which I've had since the 90s, PDK of all places)

That's not to say there is potential for a drone could cause harm. However, I'm sure the panic is driven more by money and control than common sense.

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