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Comment: Re: minivan dead? (Score 1) 205

by Idbar (#47501313) Attached to: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

TO be honest, I like the idea (and I'm a grown up man) of a minivan. I see the Sienna, and seems to have aggressive looks. But never as the SUVs.

I'd go for the minivan if they had more aggressive/sporty looks. As you said, it's the stigma it's for moms, and therefore, for some reason they look like cute cars rather than sporty cars. Make them look sporty like the new Siennas, and they will win some market back (unless people actually need AWD).

Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 1) 353

by Idbar (#47410149) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Furthermore, if you drive under the category of "bad" driver and you never have an accident, what does it tell you? What if you drive under the category of "good" driver and have more accidents than the regular "bad" driver?

This is certainly not a selling point, as they clearly only use this gimmick to grab your attention, and the charge you more in some way (i.e. they will charge you a fee for the device, then usage fee, etc, etc.).

Eventually to them there would be only drivers that have accidents and drive "aggressively", so they pay more, and those who were involved in accidents and pay more.

Comment: Re:wifi (Score 1) 128

by Idbar (#47372779) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

I still see people listening music, watching movies and playing games, now during take off and landing. I don't know where is the submitter flying.

And although the price is high, I see many people paying for it. They claim streaming services won't work, so I don't see any advantage unless people REAAAALLY need to see their facebook, update their status or tweet that they are flying.

Comment: Re:All my Wifi? (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by Idbar (#46881883) Attached to: What percentage of your online communications are encrypted?

Most insightful comment I've seen.

I use https most of the time, but how does it count to access e-mail, when the e-mail service is provided by a third party so they have access to all my communications.

In the end, there's always a third party involved that may not care about the secrecy of my communications, so end-to-end encrypted, is probably none. I connect to my work computers using VPN but then again, my employer probably have access as of what I'm typing and doing.

Does having partially encrypted communications help? Perhaps. Perhaps, so that Comcast/Verizon/T-Mobile or other carriers cannot steal the ad business from Google, Amazon, etc.

Comment: Re:Give us better battery life (Score 1) 217

by Idbar (#46551273) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

Second this. It feels like the number race of PC's of years ago: "This one has more pixels", "This one more GHz", "This one more MBs". But nobody seem to care about more autonomy.

Did they bring in all the marketing guys from the 90s? I guess is what all those tech reviews with meaningless astroturfing performance tests have given us. "Hey this phone can decode and re encode 4k videos on the fly! while you play angry birds!" WHO CARES if it's going to get hot as hell and die in 1.5 hours?

Comment: Re:If time machines exist, what should warrants me (Score 1) 320

One part is that they can go back and look for anything that may sound incriminating and use it. Like the quote: "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

The other, is, how easy is to "plant" evidence that only they have access to?

Comment: Re:"Robots" will never be as smart as a human. (Score 2) 294

by Idbar (#46432111) Attached to: Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

The internet holds more knowledge than a single human ever could, but machines cannot do anything without direct, explicit directions - told to it by a human.

I'm sure not doing anything would still be way better than someone only checking facebook for a whole day. Which increases the score on the Robot side.

Comment: Re:Ya think so? (Score 1) 606

by Idbar (#46334983) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Not sure, but my first thought is: Have you seen the prices of land downtown? Then you'll figure out what's the first thing companies see on moving out of town. They get their own building at a cheaper price, and they gain in traffic (commute time), if they have/provide their own cafe, then also keep people near the office during lunch time (so they engage in conversations and probably creative talks, and reduce information leaks). Clearly there are more sides to the story.

In any case, if Google offers free food, how are the neighborhood restaurants going to compete against that? (If some local businesses are the issue)

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"