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Comment: Re:How About (Score 1) 224

by DocHoncho (#49307191) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Autonmous features are already finding in their way into high end models, as we speak. Here's a self driving Mercedes. They're also advertising features such as automatic stopping of the vehicle if some obstruction appears in the road. Many mid to high end brands also advertise self-parking features, which would envolve many of the same "smarts" as needed for the car to drive itself. I'm no sage, I don't know how long it's going to take for autonomous cars to be mainstream. But given that these features are already appearing in high-end vehicles, it's only a matter of time before your crummy Ford Fiesta can do the same thing. And it's only a relatively small step from there to fully autonomous vehicles.

I would agree, however, that the legislature is going to drag their feet about legalizing these sorts of autonomous cars. I honestly don't know if my daughters are going to need to learn to drive or not, but a part of me can't help but feel like they probably wont. We may not be experiencing the technological singularity, but you've got to admit that the pace of technological development is moving faster and faster. It's folly to predict exactly what the future holds. That being said, I have little doubt that whatever forms the new technology takes, the desire for the modern security state to retain, or gain, control over unprecedented aspects of human existence will not be easily stopped.

Comment: Re:How About (Score 1) 224

by DocHoncho (#49307171) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

If your kids never learn to drive its likely either because they live in a dense urban area with good public transit or are too rich to drive themselves.

Well I can assure you neither of those are true, but if Google and Tesla are to be believed self driving cars are much nearer to reality than not.

These automatic driving features are already being rolled out by premium brands like Mercedes or BMW. I saw a commercial last night about a Mercedes that could stop itself if necessary. That's not to mention the self-parking features being added to the high-end models. Some of those features probably even find their way to the mid-range brands like Buick.

The self-driving car isn't going to be a "totalistic" phenomena, we're going to see more and more autonomous features added into "regular" cars, until at some point they become more autonomous than not. Perhaps you can press a button to take manual control, but the autonomous car revolution is upon us and cannot be stopped.

Comment: Re:I dub all unswitchable hardware: disposable (Score 1) 362

by DocHoncho (#49307161) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

Much better than their bank account getting siphoned.

Unless, of course, it's OEM's doing the siphoning. Surely they don't want cyber-criminals to get an edge on a protection racket they could themselves get evolved in. Let's charge premiums for CPU clock speed, maximum install-able RAM, etc. The possibilities are endless, and if the existing tablet/phone manufacturers are any indication, PC makers are lagging behind the extreme monetizing techniques available to a modern day PC maker.

Comment: Re:I dub all unswitchable hardware: disposable (Score 3, Insightful) 362

by DocHoncho (#49307151) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

Freedom is, in all aspects, "pining for the fjords." With regards to the manufactures of gadgets, it isn't in their interest to allow even the slightest bit of freedom. You can't install your own OS on the device you paid for, you can't install software that wasn't blessed by the prevailing curator of the local app store. We're moving towards a society in which you (as a consumer) don't own anything, it's leased or rented or provided "gratis", so long as you remain in accordance with whatever contractual terms they wish to impose. And before the Desktop centric crowd chimes in with "I own my box!", sure, you do now. But the current business practice is to retain ownership of everything and dole out access with as many restrictions as possible. It isn't that big of a leap to presume that sometime in the future you'll only be renting your motherboard, and may even have to pay extra to enable more memory access or "Premium CPU interconnects". Hell, you might be already! Have you read through the entirety of the terms of use provided with every component present in your machine? Do you really think Intel has your best interest at heart? These corporate scumbags can stuff end user agreements with whatever they want, knowing full well that practically no one is either going to read it, or have the financial means to fight it out in court.

Once the BIOS is locked down, why wouldn't manufacturers require extra payments for increased CPU throughput or maximum available RAM? Sure, your new mobo comes with slots for 64 GB, but it's only licensed for 16GB, any more requires an extra payment. These components are getting so sophisticated that bits and pieces of what used to be considered standard functionality, parts which were once hardwired, will be doled out as premium add-ons and DLC-like upgrades. There's nothing stopping them, it's only a matter of time before each and every aspect of the computing environment is held ransom by one company or another.

Comment: Re:They're from the government and they're gonna h (Score 1) 130

by DocHoncho (#49307059) Attached to: ISPs Worry About FCC's 'Future Conduct' Policing

In the current environemtn of governments denying their spying activities, do you really think they'd be this bald-faced about enacting new powers for themselves? If the government really wanted to take control of the internet, they'd just fucking do it, FCC and procedure be damned. As far as I can tell the FCC is doing the right thing in spite of the fact that the tendency of modern governmental institutions is to seek more and more control over everything.

If the new rules were meant to be a governmental take over of the internet, either they'd just say "We're running this now. Fuck you" or you'd never even know it happened in the first place.

Comment: Re:Underlying problem (Score 2) 130

by DocHoncho (#49307029) Attached to: ISPs Worry About FCC's 'Future Conduct' Policing

It isn't really the contracts that keep American's from switching cellular companies, its more that instead of GSM being the standard radio technology, as it is in Europe, is that there are several competing radio technologies in the US which keeps consumers tied to a particular provider. In the States we have T-Mobile and ATT&T using GSM, and Sprint and Verizion using CDMA2000. The fact that you can't take your Verizon phone over to ATT&T is part and parcel why cellular services are as locked in and non-competitive than they are in other areas.

Comment: Re:Underlying problem (Score 1) 130

by DocHoncho (#49307007) Attached to: ISPs Worry About FCC's 'Future Conduct' Policing

Don't bother feeding the trolls. The new technologies arguable happened because of the regulations, not despite them. That doesn't mean, however, that just because the entrenched monopolies managed some innovations that they deserve to capitalize on them without reservation. So the telco's are doing the same thing in a new medium? Good for them, doesn't mean they deserve an automatic regulatory pass.

Comment: Re:Underlying problem (Score 1) 130

by DocHoncho (#49306987) Attached to: ISPs Worry About FCC's 'Future Conduct' Policing

Yet once the government was pretty much out of the picture, we got cell phones, internet, mobile email, even high-definition video on devices you can wear on your wrist.

Basically once the government was out of the picture, in less than two decades we went from incremental improvements in 19th century technology to tiny mobile devices that are more advanced than what was shown as science fiction not too many years ago.

Sorry, I don't want the stagnation that comes with government regulation.

What does any of that have to do with the FCC's regulation of telephone lines? If anything, you should be arguing this new regulation is a GOOD thing, since in an effort to escape from said regulation the entrenched monopolies will seek new technologies to get around it.

Comment: Re:Yeah because you know... (Score 1) 224

by DocHoncho (#49306969) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Except there's no positive purpose of this technology outside of driving home to your kid that you don't trust them, ever, or for any reason. Discount for the moment the fact that this sort of technology is also intended to keep tabs on where every human is all the time, do you really trust your kid so little to do the right thing that you need a technological solution to a complete non-problem? Why the fuck even give them a car if you can't bring yourself to trust that they'll do the right thing?

Comment: Re:How About (Score 1) 224

by DocHoncho (#49306921) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

It isn't just safety in a driving sense, safety has become an all encompassing ideal. Life isn't good unless you and your own are safe at all times, from all things, even from themselves. Just look at all the baby boomers pushing the encroachment of CPS (CHild Protective Services) into all aspects of parenthood? Don't you DARE let your children roam free (exactly how those baby boomers did), or the authorities will descend on you with full fury. Don't you DARE let your young adults experience even a small amount of freedom from constant supervision, make sure they're SAFE at all times by keeping tabs on their movements and implement technological solutions that serve to wrest any and all autonomy from them.

Safety trumps EVERYTHING.

Comment: Re:Yeah. (Score 1) 224

by DocHoncho (#49306893) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Well consider yourself lucky to be among one of the last generations who got to experience even a slight amount of freedom from parental, and State supervision. This technology has less to do with easing parents minds, than providing the security services a convenient "in" for the complete surveillance of everyone's movement. Do you really think the tracking turns "off" when you're driving?

Comment: Re:How About (Score 2, Interesting) 224

by DocHoncho (#49306877) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

My kids, who just turned 8, are unlikely to even learn how to drive. They'll live in a world where all cars are self-driving, and which report all location data to the security services for National Security. We'll be sold on the convenience of self-driving cars, in return for the manufacturers knowing where every car is at every moment. Since self-driving cars will be leased, and not sold (even if they were sold, vehicle registration takes care of the identification), they'll know, more or less, who is driving where and when. Those who drive themselves will be viewed with suspicion, and likely treated as subversive actors. Only a criminal would care if there's a record of their every move.

Before you shrug it off as "well so what if Ford knows where went?" Consider that the security services will certainly have complete access to all of that data, for National Security purposes, of course.

This isn't "tin foil hat" territory any more, it's standard fucking practice.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"