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Comment It will be like service areas for phones (Score 1) 258

You'll look up where you'll be using the car to see if it's covered. I think for 85% of the folks, it would work fine for them: commuting the same paths to work, to the stores, to friends and family houses, etc. There would also be plenty of cases where an autonomous could wouldn't work well. [sarcasm]What?! A solution doesn't work for everyone?![/sarcasm] :P

Comment A Geeky Wish (Score 1) 242

It's just a geeky wish that we control the devices that we've bought.

But yes... this FCC rule is about taking away control. It looks like too many people have been modding their routers to do illegal things... use foreign frequencies in the USA, changing the broadcast power above what is allowed in the USA, etc. Instead of tracking people down and charging them, which would admittedly be a fool errand, they've proposed some drastic changes to stop the problem. These changes in my opinion do more harm then good and I will be contacting them and my reps. to try and stop this from happening.

The harder solution will be one that router makers will not like... make different routers for different countries. Or more specifically- one for the USA, and one for the rest of the world. The USA ones would be hardware fixed to the max broadcast power, and allowed frequencies for the USA.

Comment Physcial Switch (Score 1) 242

A physical switch would be fine. The USB key has some pros and cons.

Pros: another hurdle on the physical access of device, not just anyone can update it, you could use the key possibly on other devices (PC motherboard/parts, car firmware, etc.), you could make copies of it for people you trust, you could use a USB key with more security (encrypted with fingerprint lock)

Cons: more complicated, someone could steal/copy your key, you could lose your key

Comment Consumer Private Key (Score 4, Interesting) 242

I wish someone would make this stuff to have a consumer private key... say like a USB drive that is plugged in the router when you get it. Once you set it up, you pull the USB key. Anytime that the router needs to be updated, you insert your USB key, do you updates, and then pull it when you are done. Ta-dah! Private key to keep it from being compromised and owner has control. You could also add some consumer dummy protection: once it is setup, require the key to be pulled to operate (keeps people from being lazy and leaving the router unlocked), prompt people for the key only when updating.

Comment Ender's Game? (Score 1) 68

I'm trying to remember which book it was (maybe it was Ender's Game?). Where the computer sometimes intentionally makes a ruling error in the game between the contestants. It was added to make the game more human/exciting/unpredictable. In the case of the story, it resulted in a win for the protagonist.

Comment The swicthing rate is declining (Score 3, Informative) 344

The interesting thing on trying to find the number going the other way... I came across conversion numbers from previous years for Android to iOS. They have been slowly decreasing year after year. 2012 the rate was 25% ( 2013 the rate was 20% ( This article says 16% in 2014. Judging from the derth of articles touting the rate the other way... would seem to indicate the rate from iOS is less than the rate to iOS... but that's far from proof.

Comment Solution: You need an engaged electorate (Score 1) 163

You need people engaged enough to have someone run that supports closing the loophole, support them, vote them into office, and have them pass laws to close the loophole. I'm not sure how you can create an engaged electorate... you need to educate some of them (most folks already generally know that the system is corrupt... even a gut feeling/ wo knowledge of things like this... but some don't), and something to inspire/drive them into action... a charismatic leader? I think that's the magic sauce. I wish people weren't influenced by personality/appearances as much as we are... but we are social animals. I guess all we are waiting for is a charismatic leader (crosses finger and mutters "Please don't be a psycho, please don't be a psycho.")

I was playing poker the other night... with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 4 people died. -- Steven Wright