Re: In SciFi predictions (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Driverless cars may reduce U.S. auto sales 40% by 2040 on 2015-05-23 14:42 (#9KZ9)

Wow, somebody who understands economics! This is rare even among economists.

Re: Discourage investment? (Score: 1)

by in T-Mobile granted rule-change in fight over AT&T, Verizon roaming charges on 2014-12-19 15:11 (#2W52)

I think they probably mean that it would discourage investment BY VERIZON into building out their network, since they would be forced to let other companies use the infrastructure that they invested in building.

Re: My killer app (Score: 1)

by in Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith on 2014-11-17 16:38 (#2V3B)

Google Glass for Driving would be a great idea. Too bad Google wants to get rid of driving with their autonomous vehicles, so they probably aren't interested.

But I can see a market for dedicated driving glasses that incorporate infrared sensors (to see pedestrians and wild animals at night), anti-glare magic (for oncoming headlights), maybe software-assisted highlighting of lane markers and roadsigns. Probably lots of other cool stuff. This would be great for people who are scared of driving at night because of night blindness or extra glare from cataract surgery. Maybe use the GG software platform but tailor them to driving and hit a $299 price point. Then you just keep a pair in your car for much safer night driving and don't have to worry about looking like a fool for wearing them while walking around the street/school/office.

Maybe you could even market a "professional" version at a higher price point for truck drivers that includes additional features that would be useful for that application (not sure what those are, but I'm sure there are some -- connection to the CB radio or dispatch office, maybe).

Re: Utility (Score: 1)

by in Obama speaks out on Network Neutrality on 2014-11-13 18:01 (#2V22)

My point exactly. Monopolies are never good for consumers. (Except maybe AT&T in the early decades. But even in that case, who knows what would have happened with multiple competitors? Very possibly faster, but likely more chaotic, innovation.)

Re: Utility (Score: 1)

by in Obama speaks out on Network Neutrality on 2014-11-11 22:04 (#2V04)

I'm not sure what you mean by "enviable" in this context, but having broadband providers treated like utilities sounds awful! How often do protected monopolies result in innovation, lower prices, or good customer service?Please see for a good article making some interesting points.

Re: Why no TV tuners and HDMI-input? (Score: 1)

by in What's next for tablets running Linux? on 2014-09-18 01:13 (#2SHT)

If you have an AppleTV hooked up to that television (and on the same WiFi network as the iPad), you would just activate AirPlay and mirror the screen to the TV.

Re: My favorite feature (Score: 1)

by in Friday Distro: Absolute Linux on 2014-09-15 02:09 (#2SDM)

Actually, I would love that. I use FreeBSD myself as desktop and server, but I'd be very interested to read about using OpenBSD or PC/BSD or DragonFly or NetBSD or whatever else is out there.

Re: My favorite feature (Score: 1)

by in Friday Distro: Absolute Linux on 2014-09-12 19:00 (#2SBS)

Absolutely! I don't know how long he can keep this up, but so far Distro Friday has been great.

Re: Here's to hoping the iWatch is standalone (Score: 1)

by in iphone 6 and iwatch expected at today's event on 2014-09-09 18:41 (#2S7H)

Looks like it's a companion to the iPhone (5 or above). Sorry, Charlie!

Re: Alright then, I'll start (Score: 4, Insightful)

by in The experiment with feeding Soylent articles: your comments! on 2014-08-27 14:22 (#2QNE)

I absolutely agree. For Soylent content, I'll go to Soylent. I was hoping Pipedot would remain lower-volume, higher-quality and tech-focused.
If 95% of the content on Pipedot is coming from Soylent, then 95% of the reason for Pipedot to exist is gone.