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Comment: Re: Only a matter of time... (Score 2) 123

by Knuckles (#48945545) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

Bullshit. The real problem is that women aren't treated like human beings in India. That is why so many rape cases get dismissed and why it is perfectly legal for a husband to rape his wife there.

It was legal in most Western states until roughly the 1980ies/90ies.
The Soviet Union made it illegal in 1922.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 304

by Knuckles (#48894637) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Most cars have an off switch which disables it, some cars have various settings, and on some you cannot completely disable it (e.g., it will in any case reenable at highway speeds) such as the new Ford models.

Not sure about mechanical failsaves, but in any case, while nothing is 100% fail safe I generally trust automotive engineers or I would not step into a car. A hydraulic circuit can fail as well, for example.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 304

by Knuckles (#48894041) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

I do not approve of any system that will arbitrarily override my basic controls of the vehicle, it's a bad idea. Why should I or anyone relinquish control of braking to some anonymous software writer(s) that may or may not have covered all possible contingencies properly? Just one more system to fail in your vehicle. No, I propose we educate, train, and test drivers more rigorously, and if they're not truly competent, then they don't get to drive.

You may not approve, but ESC is mandatory for new cars in the US, and has been mandatory for longer in other places. It has very clearly improved safety.

Comment: Re:So how are they (Score 1) 108

by BranMan (#48869669) Attached to: <em>Star Trek Continues</em> Kickstarter 2.0

If you ever find a way to download them, please post here and let me know. Us old-timers don't trust this new-fangled intarweb too much - I'd much rather download them, burn them to a DVD and both have a copy forever (everything on the WWW is temporary) and easily pull it out to watch it big-screen.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 562

by BranMan (#48850927) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Key exchange IS the problem - it relies on trust, partially, and obscure mathematics, partially. The keys are used for both parties, by using parts of the others' keys (i.e. the Public half of a Public/Private key pair) to generate the same Secret key. Then that Secret key is used to encode and decrypt messages.

It is not fundamentally secure. The correct way to do it is to physically travel to the other party and exchange Secret keys directly - and use 4096 bit to boot. With keys that long it *is* mathematically unable to be cracked using brute-force methods. Ever.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 5, Informative) 592

by Knuckles (#48844373) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

However, the Apple trackpads are limited to two fingered use on non-Apple operating systems through the use of crippled drivers and therefore something like a Logitech T650 is far superior when using a non-Apple OS.

Wrong. At least on my 2009 MB Pro 3- and 4-finger touch has been working out of the box on Ubuntu for many years.

To answer the question from TFS, I can only echo what others already wrote. When I purchased this laptop, the MB Pro had by far the nicest product design for my needs, and the PC laptops I found in the same price range did not come close: Full-body aluminium instead of plastic, smooth outer shell instead of little knobs and slits everywhere (important, e.g., when having to remove the laptop from the bag at airport security check), low-key LEDs instead of a blinking christmas tree telling me useless stuff like my wifi working (I know, no need to blink for every packet!!!) but require the use of tape when you want to watch a movie.

Comment: Re:We already are (Score 1) 319

by Knuckles (#48769123) Attached to: How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Not necessarily. Sometimes it is cheaper to let shit happen and fix the aftermath. For example, it is easier to remove dust with a broom than to track down and eliminate every source of dust in your house.

Actually if you intend to stay in that house for a longer term it is a better idea to eliminate at least some sources of dust.

Comment: Transcribed voicemail (Score 1) 237

by BrookHarty (#48662867) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Both my google voice mail and tmo voice mail transcribes into text, and I can delete or hear it with only press. Go ahead and leave me a voice mail! Only problem is most carriers charge for "visual voicemail" services... That should be the thing to attract people, after using transcribed voice mail services, you never ever ever want to go back.

I can read my voicemail in meeting, its great.

If I was a phone system vendor id be adding transcription, make those IP phones display the voicemail, etc.
Even asterisk and freepbx can do transcription.

Byte your tongue.