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Discussion in 'Technical Board' started by wexton, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. wexton

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    I think that's a generally incorrect oversimplification that suffers from confirmation bias.

    The real reason, I think, is that modern CPU's are so very, very different than older ones, and the backwards compatibility issues and complexity around maintaining older CPUs isn't worth the hassle, or isn't possible.

    A lot of non-developers have no real appreciation for just how much of a time suck the increased complexity of backwards compatibility really is.

    I know I've made the same call for a bunch of my company's products... we're aggressively supporting only the recent versions of browsers and platforms... anything older than 4 years and "too bad".
     
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    I think that it is actually the opposite. Now that they no longer have a complete stranglehold on the market, they are more willing to take risks and give up on the legacy stuff that is the source of most of their headaches. A big part of Microsoft's problem has always been enterprise customers with outdated software that they want to keep using. That sort of stuff is now being built in a more robust way to deal with a more diverse marketplace in terms of OS and web browsers, and Microsoft is taking advantage of that to kill their old product lines faster than before.

    I think it is a good strategy for Microsoft, but the transition is going to be hell for everyone in corporate IT. None of the software my team supports is currently officially supported on IE 11 by the vendors and will need to be upgraded or replaced within the year.
     
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    @Aetius or whoever has interest or knowledge in the subject

    Regarding your comment about agent based modeling for self driving cars.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent-based_model related to this ?

    It sounds very interesting, is this tech something that exists now in similar uses like you describe for self driving cars or is a lot of it theoretical right now? It looks like a lot of the current uses are more for modeling future behaviors.

    I am overly fascinated at the thought of self-driving cars and how it's going to change life as we know it. Does anyone else have self-driving cars on the brain?
     
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    Machine learning is a huge part of AR/VR and things like self-driving cars. Machine learning is what allows computers to optically analyze and recognize their surroundings... think "hot dog, not hot dog" from Silicon Valley. It's also what allows them to respond to situations within those surroundings.

    My new company specializes quite heavily in that space (machine learning, robotics, AR, etc), but we haven't had anything to do with self-driving cars, per se. That being said, the team of data scientists we have that work on machine learning are pretty out there... some very cool stuff.

    If you're interested: https://www.fingerfoodstudios.com/work/

    I think the biggest hurdle to this technology will be human acceptance. As with anything in human history, it seems that a generation is born and ingrained with a way of thinking and living, and pushes back against innovation. Specifically innovation that directly involves themselves on a day to day basis. Put a guy in a rocket and put him on the moon? No problem! (because it's not them). Text on a cell phone? WHAT THE HELL?!?! Gay marriage?!? Legalized pot!?!? Hell no! It will take time for those people to literally die off and new ones to replace them. As that happens, societal acceptance will change accordingly. Sure, a few people will change of their own accord, and are "open minded" to new ideas, but it will still take time, and they will probably do so more because of societal pressure than personal desire.

    I think automated driving will be somewhat similar... I don't see it happening as a 100% mandated adoption, but I do see a higher adoption of those kinds of services moving forward. Especially those in more urban environments, who are more and more turning away from getting outside and having fun (camping, driving, etc). There's a whole culture that is online and inside, who have no interest in getting a driver's license never mind owning a car. Especially if they're in or close to a dense urban environment and have access to Amazon.

    That's what Uber is for... and that, I believe, is the REAL market for self-driving cars. Commercial transport, whether it be freight or people, will benefit from automation... improved safety, less expensive, probably cheaper insurance, and no bullshit drama that comes with having to manage employees.
     
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    Interesting announcement today: https://news.voyage.auto/self-driving-cars-in-a-city-like-no-other-c9b38807a9a6

    Self-driving service launching in a Florida retirement village. Perfect match, if you ask me. An aging population that is becoming less able to drive due to medical conditions, and a self-driving service.

    It will be very interesting to see how well an older, usually technophobic population would accept such technology.
     
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    I'm just not sure at all what to think of this whole cryptocurrency thing... do I believe that there will be some form of digital currency?

    Yes.

    Do I think that any of the ones currently in existence will be that currency?

    No.

    The people I see buying any form of cryptocurrency right now are trying to get rich quick, and some of them are seeing some modest gains... but as far as I'm concerned, it's mostly a boiler-room pump and dump.

    Just google Bitconnect. <--- fucking hilarious
     
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