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Comment: Re:Community is just as important as car (Score 2) 184

by CohibaVancouver (#48436621) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Not some half-a$$ed go cart that can't keep up in traffic.

I didn't realize the hundreds of Prius taxis that are zooming all over my city can't keep up in traffic. You learn something new every day.

I'll also have to let my friend who just drove his Prius cross-country that it couldn't keep up.

Comment: Re:I just want to... (Score 2) 184

by CohibaVancouver (#48436593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Waited for a friend to have an interview in my car when I was in highschool, listened to the radio for about 45 minutes.

Wow. That's bizarre. Back in the 80s you could listen to a double-feature at the drive-in on your radio then easily start up your car and drive away. 4+ hours of the radio had little to no impact on the battery.

Comment: Instrumentation (Score 1) 184

by CohibaVancouver (#48435549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?
Back in the day, when I had time for such things, for me 'hackability' meant lots of additional useful instrumentation. For example, in my 1988 Nissan Hardbody Pickup I had additional gauges for things like -

- Oil pressure
- Rich / lean fuel mixture (via O2 sensor)
- Vacuum
- Coolant temperature
- Oil temperature
- Volts
- Amps
- Fuel pressure

If I wanted to wind down the windows I just turned the conveniently located crank-handle.

Comment: Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (Score 1) 186

by CohibaVancouver (#48421749) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Battlestar Galactica was far from groundbreaking.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node...

I remain amazed by the number of chances the show took in terms of its approaches to faith (or the questioning there of), its handling of grief and loss, and illustrating the effects of war and adversity on not only adults - but children (notably Noah Hathaway's Boxey). The show impressively nailed its thematics of religion vs pragmatism, military vs government, the haves vs the have nots, father vs son, and suggested a far bigger and bolder universe than its first season - and its considerably less visionary follow-up GALACTICA 1980 - had a chance to fully explore.

Thus, I strongly assert that - despite its many shortcomings and frustrating elements - the 'classic' BATTLESTAR GALACTICA never got its due. It never found the innate corporate support of fan traction that so dramatically characterizes STAR TREK, and was roundly overshadowed by Ron Moore's 2004 reinvention of the concept. Yet, somehow, the original series abides.

Comment: Re:This article is useless (Score 1) 91

by CohibaVancouver (#48401881) Attached to: Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

All hit stage 5 of mass acceptance at work before hitting mass acceptance.

I have to call you out on 'email' and 'internet,' at least outside of tech companies.

I started in the working world in 1988, so I watched the arrival of email and internet. Long after everyone had it at home, PCs at work didn't have email / net access. "Mabel in the back" might have had a US Robotics modem so she could dial-up "the email" but that was it. In many businesses PCs weren't networked, or if they were it was via NetBEUI or some other inappropriate protocol.

Comment: Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (Score 4, Insightful) 186

by CohibaVancouver (#48399219) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

No - the original Battlestar Galactica was real crap. Cheesy as all heck

I think you're really looking at the show unfairly. When it came on the air (over 36 years ago) there was nothing else like it on television. Nothing. Sure it was riding the Star Wars wave, and it recycled FX shots, but at the time it was groundbreaking. Think about what else was on then - The Incredible Hulk, Vegas, Dallas.

I still remember the first time the trailer aired: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:One problem solved, now the other... (Score 1) 693

by CohibaVancouver (#48377495) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Anyway the sum of it is that it is hard to get a good measurement on

Obviously I was making a tongue-in-cheek nonsense suggestion. America could have a school shooting every week and would still do nothing about their beloved wonderful child-killing guns. They would have nothing left to use to compensate for their small penises.

Oh yeah, and it's not 'hard to get a good measurement on.' The countries that have gun bans have nearly zero incidents of terrified little kids being shot dead at their desks.

Comment: Re:One problem solved, now the other... (Score 1) 693

by CohibaVancouver (#48371861) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
Good point.

Tell you what. Let's outlaw all guns like Australia and the UK, and see what the the school-mass-murder rate is in the USA a decade later.

If it hasn't dropped, and there remains the same number of tragic killings (only this time via school bus-steering-wheel takeovers) then we can revisit the gun decision.

Make sense?

Comment: Re:Quite the poker player (Score 1) 285

by CohibaVancouver (#48367905) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

So China promises to stop increasing by 2030, and the US promises to cut ~26% by 2025.

Yes, and by 2030 the USA will still emit more carbon per person than China.

(Today the USA emits about 14 tons per person, compared to China's 7 tons.)

So yeah, you're right, that is some powerful negotiation right there as China is making a much bigger sacrifice...

Comment: Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (Score 5, Informative) 720

Democrats are going to keep demanding that the government force low-skilled workers out of work... sorry, increase the minimum wage.

Now that it's been studied, it turns out this isn't the case. Raising the minimum wage doesn't force people out of work, and, in some cases, causes local economies to surge. Seattle is the most recent example.

http://seattletimes.com/html/l...

Comment: Re:Cashiers (Score 2) 720

It was always unfathomable to me how more than a century after the invention of the cash register, a multi-billion dollar company could predicate all of their income on high school students' scribbling

Well, if this was true, I'm sure the beancounters determined that at the end of the day the arithmetic errors were in effect rounding errors. McDonald's certainly didn't go bankrupt in the '70s.

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