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What's Next For Smartphone Innovation

artemis67 Re: Innovation (257 comments)

By that measurement, smartphones, themselves, would not be regarded as innovative because they all used existing technology.

1 year,7 days
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The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

artemis67 Re:"...knock Microsoft on it's heels..." = bad tac (286 comments)

Agreed...Apple has absolutely nothing to fear from Microsoft. Microsoft is destroying themselves from the inside. For Apple to buy Nokia, that might cause Microsoft to wake the fuck up and start building their own phones, like Apple does.

If Apple really wants to see Microsoft fail, the best option is to let them continue down the path they are currently on.

about a year and a half ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

artemis67 Re:It will certainly succeed (282 comments)

IMO, the controller should have been launched first as a standalone console.

about a year and a half ago
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Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

artemis67 Re:It will certainly succeed (282 comments)

The system will support *at most* two tablet controllers. I can't imagine any games will require 2 tablet controllers.

Just about any multiplayer strategy game. Each user having a tablet would allow them to interact with the game in secret. For example, a football game would allow each player to draw their own detailed plays.

about a year and a half ago
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Around 200,000 Tons of Deep Water Horizon Oil and Gas Consumed By Bacteria

artemis67 Re:What kind of waste do these bacteria produce? (170 comments)

More like a cycle of life... the oil spill is eaten by the bacteria, and then the bacteria get eaten by something else, which then gets eaten by something else.

I'm wondering what the fishing boats in the Gulf are seeing, if there was a corresponding explosion of growth in populations of shrimp or such.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident

artemis67 Re:Impressive, but (465 comments)

That's why the insurance lobby is going to get HEAVILY behind automated cars, and pushing legislation to make them required. Everyone will still be required to purchase insurance, but the incidence of traffic accidents will drop dramatically.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident

artemis67 Re:Rear Ended (465 comments)

There's also the issue of cost.

Everyone will want an automated car. Hell, who wouldn't want to take a nap during their work commute, or watch TV or read a book?

New technology is always expensive at first. To reduce cost, I can see car manufacturers offering a budget car that has *no* manual controls. I think that first world countries will adopt automated driving very quickly, and that by the turn of the century, manually operated cars won't exist on public roads.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident

artemis67 Re:Rear Ended (465 comments)

The automated car can be attentive 100% of the time, whereas humans make mistakes. There probably are bugs in the software right now, but maybe none bad enough to cause an accident. Until the Google car causes an accident, you can't really judge it less safe than any human driver.

I'm also going to guess that automated cars are going to drive like grandma, observing every safety rule you ever heard about driving.

Most drivers take risks; driving 10 MPH over the speed limit, not braking enough in advance, not leaving enough distance between the car in front, running yellow lights. I imagine that automated cars offer a very boring but safe driving experience.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident

artemis67 Re:Rear Ended (465 comments)

That's why the "black box" on automated cars will probably be heavily encrypted.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident

artemis67 Re:Rear Ended (465 comments)

Think of the implications of having an automated driving system... the onboard computer is collecting and analyzing data in real time, and it will likely store that information, at least temporarily. So if a Google car is involved in a crash, a full report will be generated, detailing exactly what happened and liability will be very easy to determine in most cases. "Car A has had a faulty motion sensor on the front bumper that the driver failed to have replaced" or "Car B drove through a red light to hit Car A".

I also think that automated cars will observe all safety rules to the letter... like only driving the speed limit (or slightly below), always maintaining a safe distance behind other vehicles, stopping for yellow lights, and having a generous braking distance. Remember, Google could be held liable if the system is reckless, and they aren't going to want that when human lives are at stake.

I think that making automated, passenger-less cars legal will be a very easy decision for legislatures, and will pass quickly. Like I said, I believe automated cars will err far more on the side of caution, like the most grandmotherly of drivers.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident

artemis67 Re:Rear Ended (465 comments)

"Evasive maneuvers, Mr. Google!"

"Aye aye, captain!"

about a year and a half ago
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Former Facebook Employee Questions the Social Media Life

artemis67 Re:A life with no privacy is no life (171 comments)

It's the difference between introversion and extroversion, isn't it? Introverts value privacy and solitude. Extroverts value attention and community. Everyone falls somewhere on the line between extreme introversion and extreme extroversion.

about a year and a half ago
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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

artemis67 Re:The unfortunate state of gaming (247 comments)

I would say that MMO's starting out tend to be tougher because they have generally put all of the work into leveling, and not as much into endgame content. They don't want a lot of people sitting around at endgame, getting bored.

Expansion packs for MMO's will add some leveling up content, and dump a ton of content into the endgame experience.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

artemis67 Re:No, it'll just be an OPTION (650 comments)

Less cars on the road? Or more cars?

If my car is autonomous, I can send it to get my wife to take her shopping, to the school to pick up the kids, run my son over to the football field, etc. My car will spend MORE time on the road as I dispatch it to take care of various tasks.

about 2 years ago
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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

artemis67 Re:No, it'll just be an OPTION (650 comments)

Human override will only be available at first. Over time, human controls will be removed because humans will lose their driving skills from disuse.

about 2 years ago
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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

artemis67 Faulty premise (650 comments)

Yes, everyone wants to drive fast. But, what's the trade-off for going a little slower? Oh, that's right... HANDING OVER COMPLETE CONTROL.

If you commute in rush hour traffic, you don't care about the speed limit, because you're not going to get the chance to hit it, anyway.

What this technology will do, in fact, is encourage longer commutes. People will be able to work, nap, play games, watch TV. The interior of the car will be redesigned to accommodate the driver engaging in a range of activities while commuting.

I say that automated cars will sell very well.

about 2 years ago
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Digg.com Sold To Betaworks For $500,000

artemis67 Re:What happened to Digg? (193 comments)

The Digg Patriots were a small group; hardly enough to make a significant impact. There was a lot more dust kicked up over that story than there was substance.

The real problem was that you had a lot of folks who figured out early on how to game the system (MrBabyMan, et al), and while Digg admitted that v4 made Digg harder to game the system, Rose specifically said that they liked the tone and direction of Digg content and did not want to wipe out the "karma" of their top users. So, the gamers remained in control of Digg throughout.

about 2 years ago
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DirecTV Drops Viacom Channels

artemis67 Re:Antitrust? (378 comments)

Of all these channels, the only one I really care about is Comedy Central

That's by design. Look at that channel list again; they are all tightly focused on particular demographic groups.

about 2 years ago
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Former Microsoft Exec: Microsoft Has "Become the Thing They Despised"

artemis67 Re:Courier Tablet (488 comments)

I don't understand why MS fans think it's so compelling to have a hinge down the middle of your screen. You can't watch fullscreen movies on it, or play fullscreen games. Sure, you can fold it in half, but now it's twice as thick and still not going into your pocket. :P

about 2 years ago

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Man Uses Drake Equation to Explain Girlfriend Woes

artemis67 artemis67 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

artemis67 (93453) writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus , a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, " Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK ," used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote "the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.""
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Do 90% of ISP's engage in traffic shaping?

artemis67 artemis67 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

artemis67 (93453) writes "A single Canadian company (Sandvine) sells traffic shaping gear in use on 20% of all broadband lines in the world--and nearly all of its clients throttle traffic by application. They recently admitted that a full 90% of them employ it to "manage" their networks in a discriminatory way. Considering that Sandvine is only one vendor of such hardware, is it safe to assume that the 90% number can be applied across the board to all ISP's?"
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CBO: Federal Budget is on an Unsustainable Path

artemis67 artemis67 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

artemis67 (93453) writes "The Director of the Congressional Budget Office writes in his blog, "Under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path, because federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run. Although great uncertainty surrounds long-term fiscal projections, rising costs for health care and the aging of the population will cause federal spending to increase rapidly under any plausible scenario for current law." Notice he said CURRENT law? Health care reform and a second stimulus are not law yet."
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President Bush Signs Genetic Nondiscrimination Act

artemis67 artemis67 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

artemis67 writes "Technology development guru George Church is playing a salutary social role with his Personal Genome Project. Church is in the process of gathering phenotypic data and sequencing portions of the genomes of ten volunteers. He intends to study how the genes of these people influence their phenotypes, and to make those data public. Church's point is simple: information, including genetic information, can and should be freely available. Whether or not one agrees with him, society had better be ready to deal with the results of such research, which is occurring against a background of explosive growth in the availability of genetic information. This past week, President Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which would protect people from being discriminated against by health insurers or employers on the basis of their genetic information."
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