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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

lexman098 Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (193 comments)

all of the screens that will be mandated in cars soon because of the back-up cameras...

Yeah I never really understood this. I'm too lazy to look up statistics for people killed from cars backing up, but it can't be higher than those killed from "inattentive driving". What they really need to mandate is fucking bluetooth speakerphones. It would be a lot cheaper than a screen and save more lives.

3 days ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

lexman098 Re:Here's why I did so. (121 comments)

Yeah, it's a decent free RSS generator I guess. It's really always just been glorified RSS though.

3 days ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

lexman098 Re:Yes and no (117 comments)

On the PC, we often solve it by throwing more hardware at the problem, but you can't do that on a console.

I think the OP's point was that they should have been starting with this extra hardware to begin with.

5 days ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

lexman098 Re:In other news ... (179 comments)

You should try the newer XCOM. Even on normal mode some alien attacks you at the drop point causing half your team to panic and start killing each other.

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

lexman098 Re:But they can't build anything (218 comments)

Google acquired Motorola and had no idea what to do with it. Now they're selling it.

I think they knew exactly what they were doing. Sell the hardware end and keep the patents.

about two weeks ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

lexman098 Re:Three keys (97 comments)

Data basically can not be input into this tiny device. It must be for quick data consumption only. The rule should be that if the data needs more than a glance then it shouldn't be coming from the watch.

I'm not sure I agree with either of these points. It's true "data entry" in general would be cumbersome, but what about simple controls? I think there's a middle ground between "data consumption only" and "massive data entry". Also, the screen may be small but text can be scrollable like with any other screen. Why pull out my phone to read an email when I can just scroll through a few pages on the watch?

about three weeks ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

lexman098 Re:Form factor (97 comments)

The problem with having the watch compete with the phone for "core device" dominance is that the phone will always have more power and/or battery life due to the larger form factor. There's no need to put a heft processor/battery on the wrist when you have a nice big pocket that still goes with you everywhere. A wearable needs to look sleeker as well, which means thinner which means less power/battery. It's just more efficient to make it a thin client (literally) for the phone.

about three weeks ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

lexman098 Re:I disagree, watch not optimal for many things (97 comments)

I think of wearables in two senses - primarily sensor packages and quick but very limited information.

The watch is not in a great position for either of those things. For one thing it's often covered by sleeves, so the sensors to outside conditions get obscured and any visible notifications get booked too.

It's not just about information, but also easy control/input. The watch, even though covered by sleeves sometimes, is in a good position because it's always within eyesight and you don't need a free hand to operate it. It's also much easier to slide your sleeve back with a pinky even than to get the phone out of your pocket.

about three weeks ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

lexman098 Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

Well, to go even further let's not forget that buying an electric car fuels more research and development for electric vehicles and machinery in general which could one day supplant the use of gas powered machinery to mine materials and construct dams etc. Electric cars (bought now) might turn out to have a negative carbon footprint if you look enough years into the future (which we can't).

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

lexman098 Re:Most Transparent Ever! (152 comments)

Perhaps you're not aware of the fact that meaningful political shifts in this country tend to coincide with third parties gaining the attention of the electorate.

I believe this is the protest effect I was going for. The big 2 get scared when this happens.

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

lexman098 Re:Most Transparent Ever! (152 comments)

I did vote for a third-party/independent. Like I said...

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

lexman098 Re:Most Transparent Ever! (152 comments)

The problem with this is that it just pushes the pendulum back a little bit more. I just opted to throw my vote away in protest.

about a month ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

lexman098 Re:Mod parent up! (281 comments)

Well, my original point was that an increased supply of educated people doesn't devalue the education like an increased supply of sugar or some other commodity.

It's true that forcing degrees on people because you refuse to hire someone that doesn't have a piece of paper is bad, but there is actually some value behind what they went through to get that paper. College degrees aren't *only* required more often these days because of increased supply, but also because we're moving to a more global economy. Education is more important today for producing valuable goods than it was 50 years ago.

about a month ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

lexman098 Re:Mod parent up! (281 comments)

Of course if everyone had a degree then they would be worthless, so rather than limit student numbers with the cost of entry, the universities in Oz limit numbers on ability alone.

This is not true. If everyone had a degree society would be much more efficient and productive. There is never a downside to more education (except maybe the cost). I have a feeling "Oz" is limiting student numbers due to cost as well.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

lexman098 Re:Windows Store (125 comments)

You must have a shitty phone. There's not that many apps worth purchasing.

about a month ago
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Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

lexman098 Re:16GB SSD storage is enough for Linux (103 comments)

It's a plug-in computer anyway, so you can probably just sleep instead of shutting down and then avoid the BIOS start up.

about a month ago
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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

lexman098 Re:A tale of two standards (362 comments)

I have a feeling most of the upset people are renters. The property owners are all too glad for the influx of rich tenants. It sucks for the renters of course because rent goes up, but their income doesn't. They're being pushed out of their home while they see a private bus full of yuppies drive by. It's an easy target.

Quite obviously, an influx of wealth to a particular area can be a good thing, but city planners have to make the most of it. This seems to be a case of stagnant development at a time when they need it most.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

lexman098 Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

As a matter of fact, the FAFSA and University grants were both in excess of my tuition and books costs by about $1,500 every semester, so I effectively got paid to go to school. Most of my peers however are taking out loans...why they do this is beyond me

Uh, maybe not everyone can get those kind of grants?

about a month and a half ago

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