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Comment: Re:Clock Radio! (Score 1) 671

by ThosLives (#46789393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Mine is similar - I have a GE AM/FM alarm clock radio with red LED segmented display, but mine is a bit newer - I got I think in 1993. 21 years is pretty good - 100% fully functional (go go pre-ROHS analog radio!) and still keeps accurate time. Only thing wrong with it is the tab on the 9V backup battery compartment broke, so the door falls off if you lift the thing off the nightstand. I refuse to keep my phone by my bedside, so I still use the alarm function.

Contrast to a new one - it was either Emerson or Panasonic, can't remember which - I bought while on an extended work trip where I was put up in an apartment. This was in 2008, and the clock was so inaccurate it would gain 15 minutes a month.

Comment: Hmmâ¦a mirror is too simple? Radar is th (Score 1) 496

by cayenne8 (#46649179) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?
I mean, it is cheap, it works and doesn't often have to be replaced.

My biggest gripe is the use nowadays of the fucking backup radar systems that never seem to turn off.

THey keep setting off false signals on my radar detector while trying to find cops in speed traps. It seems the Audi's are the worst offenders.

Wasn't there laws and regs against having radar in a car? Does it have to be always on, how about only when they are backing upâ¦.not needed when driving forward.

Comment: That logic has it's limits.... (Score 1) 409

by dfenstrate (#46532521) Attached to: Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

If all the money spent on software licence had instead been spent on developing software, the government would have produced the necessary software ten times over and been able to distribute for free instead of still paying to this day.

I don't contest the logic of this statement in and of itself, but I do wonder were this kind of thinking ends. The Government has it's own critical tasks to perform, and officials should focus their efforts on, well, governing what they're supposed to look after. Should the government build it's own office chairs? It's own cars? How about servers? Handguns?

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 144

by cayenne8 (#46519281) Attached to: Lit Motors, Danny Kim, and Changing How Americans Drive

You've been saying that for ages but you still haven't bought anything in spite of the fact that there's lots of those cars around for not that much money. I'm starting to suspect you're just trolling.

You're right, I've not bought one yet.

But in past couple of years, just when ready to get one, something came up.

I really am hoping later this year, I can pull the trigger and get one.

I constantly am still researching them, what to look for when buying, what I can get for my money, especially looking for a more or less already fully restored one, in the $18K range.

I've been wanting one of these since I was a kid, so, it isn't unreasonable to still be wanting one while saving the funds up.

But I don't know how to work on cars, I'd like to learn on this one since it would be such a simplistic car, no computer, basically and engine with carbs and drive train. But, I need to get one in as good of condition as I can to start with.

And, there aren't that many of them in my immediate area of New Orleans. I see many more offered in TX, and it does take a bit of time/money/effort to buy an antique car that long of a distance.

If ya'll know of a good deal on a '73-'76 Trans Am with a 455 4-speed, drop some links for me. Even if I can't get one this minute, it helps my research.

Comment: Re:Not that much more dystopian... (Score 1) 133

by cayenne8 (#46518489) Attached to: New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

However this doesn't actually look for people acting out, it looks at facial expressions to determine if a person is mad. This may be interesting itself but, I would submit the population of people who get mad while driving is so much larger than those who actually act out their aggression that this is unlikely to be the least bit useful.

They could save a LOT of money on this, no need for fancy eye tracking, etc.

Just have some simple sound recongnition, and list for how many times I yell MotherFucker per minute, and that would be an easy gauge on my mood and opinion of the pinheads driving around me.

Comment: Re:Fortunately for Jobs (Score 2) 129

by cayenne8 (#46517143) Attached to: St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

Well, in this case, it's livers. And livers have a very stunning capacity of self-replication. It's quite fortunate that such a vital organ to life is so robust - it has extensive self-repair capabilities, it can regenerate missing parts, etc. That capability is often used to turn one liver into multiple (if the patients don't need full functionality immediately), or to remove cirrhosis in its early stages. (Heck, it takes a LOT to get liver cirrhosis)

In that case, I almost think I'd like Keith Richard's liver...I mean, if it is STILL working to this day, it has to be superhuman.

God I hope he donates his body to science when he does someday, finally go. Whatever genes he has for survival need to be studied and learned from.

Lord, if we started a stem cell line from him now, we could likely have almost immortality for most of the earth!!

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