I also can check on my mirrors with even more frequency and entertain conversation with people in all three rows, sometimes even with eye contact. (I also watching tv while I'm typing this too. Actually I leave the tv on when I'm doing other stuff just because.)
But back on topic, interesting stuff. I would be interested in a separate GPU just to play HD content and maybe visualization stuff. Also some front ends do benefit from extra processing power.
But given your needs, I don't think it's a must. If the FE you choose depends on flash a lot, I would chose as much cpu power as you can get. Also recording from webcam requires CPU, and if you do that while routing, and displaying fancy graphics, that can tax your cpu.
Why not plan for video playback? Ever been stuck in traffic because of a wreck? Ever found yourself waiting in a parkinglot somewhere for someone/something? Ever found yourself on a long drive with a passenger?
In our test-drive, we managed to pull in everything from HBO to ESPN on the avenues of New York City. When we cut down side streets, however, the skyscrapers sometimes blocked out the signal. Granted, watching TV from the driver's seat while the car's moving is, strictly speaking, illegal. But if you're going to do it, here's how.
Law & Order: Every courtroom looks the same. No need to watch.
The West Wing: Heavy on dialogue and light on eye candy.
CNN: We think you can probably resist the awesome temptation to focus on Aaron Brown's face.
Monday Night Football: Dangerous, thanks to Lisa Guerrero, the Christina Aguilera of sportscasting.
Anything on Fox with the word temptation or paradise in the title.
The Lyon's Den: This show is, well, a car wreck.
Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ1...#ixzz13fQ0vJRh
BTW, just because it's illegal in America doesn't mean it's dangerous, as we all know re. substance and underage drinking. Everywhere in the world, specially countries with DVB-T reception, you can do it legally.
<sigh> Well this thread is probably now a lost cause.
I genuinely try NOT to judge people or flame them publicly, but in this case I must. It is FOOLISH and RECKLESS and IRRESPONSIBLE to drive and watch ANY kind of TV. You are risking your life and - much more importantly - the lives of people around you. Don't even try and justify it. Just think about what it will feel like explaining to a jury someday about why it was OK to watch Law and Order and how it's not your fault you killed that kid.
Anyone else want to comment on the Mobo choice please do so before this erupts into total chaos
Passengers watching videos is just fine.
There is still the potential for the driver to be distracted, but it is the passenger(s) with focus on the screen.
It's perfectly legal for me to smash myself in the head with a hammer, too. That doesn't make it safe.BTW, just because it's illegal in America doesn't mean it's dangerous, as we all know re. substance and underage drinking. Everywhere in the world, specially countries with DVB-T reception, you can do it legally.
Your arguments are pointless.Exactly. Don't let the puritans rule the world though.
When you are driving on a public road, your safety is not the only concern. There are other drivers, pedestrians, animals and peoples' property that you have to concern yourself with.
Whether you choose to believe and/or accept it or not, this is a question of public safety.
Just like consuming alcohol and driving.
Just like texting and driving.
Just like any other act which takes a significant amount of focus away from the ability to pilot your vehicle: You shouldn't do it in the name of safety.
Now, if you choose to ignore the laws and all the safety recommendations you've heard ad infinitum, that is your business.
Don't expect any condolences after you ruin someone's life because you thought you were Superman.
You guys crack me up with all the hysteria..."hey, don't do this, cos's if you do you'll crash a school bus full of innocent poor children and they're all gonna die".
I don't see how yelling can be productive too. Respectful disagreement is a worthy goal...
So my point still stands. I don't think tv is an all hypnotizing attention grabbing thing that will lead us to hell. I actually watch videoclips more, but the way you guys react to it, videoclips are equally dangerous. I wonder if you guys are going to attack the guy who made the youtube plugin next?
Oh yeah, visualizations (sp. the mesmerizing Milkdrop) are equally dangerous for children..
Yeah, I guess that's crazy -- there's just no way at all that watching TV while driving could cause you to crash into another car or a schoolbus and kill someone. No way at all. It's totally safe, huh?
So your TV is NOT an all hypnotizing attention grabbing thing? Wow, you must have a different TV than I have.
Yes, videoclips are equally bad - while driving
Yes, YouTube should not be watched - while driving
Dare I suggest that while driving, interaction with a CarPC should be a limited as possible? Like choose a playlist, advance a track, adjust the volume, zoom in on your GPS, etc. Make it brief and don't forget you're driving. Is that crazy-talk?
I'm not dictating rules or being overly cautious. These things are (or should be) self-evident. Like not climbing on the roof of your house to adjust the antenna during a thunderstorm, not smoking a cigarette while you hook up the gas to your new dryer, and not smashing bullets with a hammer for fun.
Like I said, this should be self-evident. I can't actually believe I am debating it.
Afraid I don't really have much of an opinion on the actual original topic, but I do have to side in principle with RipplingHurst on this one.
The safety-nazi's seemingly are all that's left in this country, safety features, and information are always a good thing, but making everything madatory or passing laws because a few are actively watching law and order on their carpc while driving on main st, or writing a Victor Hugo style novel to their boy-toy in text on their phone is just as insane.
I don't see the issue unless your truly paying attention to it while actively driving. I haven't done so, but I have texted while stuck at a stop in rush hour traffic. Quick! Burn me at the stake now!
I think we might just have the FBI checking homes in a few years to issue fines to those who smoke in bed; perhaps a small jail term for those daring to smoke inside if they have a pet, as it's bad for the animal and considered abuse. We're just about there now..