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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 394

Windows users were at least half the support time, if not more.

Perhaps, but is that because of a deficiency in Windows, or a deficiency in the users?

If the employees were given a choice between a Mac and a WinPC, I think it is reasonable to assume that they would self-sort by IQ.

Comment Re:How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 4, Interesting) 394

Who else's fault would it be that Windows requires 3x more support?

TFA does NOT say that Windows requires 3x more support. It claims that the TCO is three times higher. That is not the same thing.

Let's do the math:
I buy a low end Mac for $1000 and you buy a low end Win-PC for $500.
I need $500 worth of support from the Genius Bar, bringing my TCO to $1500.
If your TCO is three times that, then it is $4500, so you needed $4000 worth of support.
That is EIGHT TIMES as much.

Comment Re: Wrapup phrase should read (Score 3, Interesting) 55

And the support of the US Miltary is the protector of Middle East oil. What is your point? It is called leveling the playing field.

Solar power is used to generate electricity. Oil is used as a transportation fuel. Those are two different markets. You should compare solar subsidies to tax breaks for gas fracking instead. That would make more sense.

Comment Re:Asimov vs Cameron (Score 1) 110

Actually, everything you've ever seen in movies about AI is probably implausible.

Some very common Hollywood implausibilities:
1. Sentience/consciousness emerges by accident. Hard AI is really difficult, and we are not just going to stumble onto it while trying to make, say, a lawnmower.
2. Most robots are humanoid. This is obviously done so human actors can play robots. But other than sexbots, there is no reason for them to be humanoid.
3. AIs have human attributes like jealousy, anger, selfishness, and ambition. Those are emergent properties of Darwinian evolution, and there is no reason to expect an AI to have those attributes unless they are intentionally programmed.

Comment Re:Ok (Score 1) 110

They will then be used to attack civilians.

You don't need robots for that. All current wars are civil wars. Most countries have settled borders, no external threats, and their armies are used primarily for control of their own people. Some countries (Costa Rica, Panama, etc.) have abolished their armies with no detrimental effects.

Comment Re:You are wrong. Elon is right. (Score 3, Interesting) 253

Aside from this, anyone who watches local TV news sees frequent stories along the lines of "Entire family wiped out in car crash."

That isn't quite the same. People drive cars everyday. So when they see a story about a car crash, they can weigh it against their personal experience. People are also familiar with men and dogs, so they can dismiss a story about a man biting a dog as an anomaly. But people don't have personal experience with terrorism or self-driving cars, so when the media reports on rare events involving them, they should provide some context.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 185

Unfortunately, they are planning on using neural net software

The NNs are for object recognition, like the proverbial "rock vs plastic bag". They aren't using NNs to control the brakes and steering.

a neural net, cannot be proven to be fool-proofed

There are NO systems that are "fool proof" at object recognition, including human brains.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 3, Informative) 185

Maybe you can explain how these work in snow when they still need to see clear lane markings.

I have a Tesla. They work fine in the snow. In fact, Tesla specifically recommends engaging Autopilot on snowy roads because that is safer than driving yourself. Tesla Autopilot has driven several million miles on snowy and icy roads.

It is funny how people trying to point out weaknesses of SDCs, often focus on areas there they are particularly strong. On snowy roads, a human has only their eyes, so if they cannot see the lane markings, they have difficulty navigating. Tesla has cameras for vision, but also has GPS and radar, and can access a database of "landmarks" such as mileage markers, traffic signs, etc. that they can use as waypoints.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 2) 185

I'll believe it when I see it. It seems like a strong claim to make that "we don't know how to do full class 5 driving yet, but we know this hardware is enough to meet the requirements of the thing we don't know".

Just because something isn't done yet doesn't mean they don't know how to do it. Tesla has self-driving software under test, that mostly works with their current cars. It is not yet ready for the public, but that isn't because of any deficiencies in the sensors.

Comment Re:Who would buy a smart TV? (Score 1) 58

Serious question, not an attempt to troll. What kind of people buy these 'smart TVs' and why?

Because you get additional functionality for zero cost. Compare the cost of a "smart" TV and a "dumb" TV of equal size and resolution. The smart TV will be the same price, or likely even cheaper. A TV already has a CPU, to handle decoding and clicker input. The extra software to make it "smart" has near zero marginal cost. The cost of a CAT-5 and/or WiFi interface is less than $1.

Doesn't almost everybody have a PC or tablet nowadays anyway?

Yes, and I don't want to stop using it because my kids want to watch Netflix. So I spent an extra $0 on a smart TV.

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