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+ - New Toyota helps you yell at the kids

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you're tired of yelling at the kids without the help of technology, Toyota has a van for you. From the article: "The latest version of the company's Sienna minivan has a feature called 'Driver Easy Speak.' It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak 'so parents don't have to shout to passengers in the back.' But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway. And the feature only works one way, so the kids can't talk back. At least not with amplified voices. The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an optional 'pull-down conversation mirror' that lets drivers check on kids without turning around.""

+ - Netflix pay us. Verizon keeps throttling.

Submitted by Chas
Chas (5144) writes "Even though Netflix caved to Verizon's demands and is now paying protection money to them to ensure better service, Netflix performance still has not improved on the Verizon network.

This is the problem with giving in to extortion like this. Sure, Comcast at least made a token effort to improve performance for end-users. Verizon just treated it as a payday, and maintained status quo, continuing to blame Netflix."

Comment: Re:For Starters... (Score 1) 88

There is plenty wrong with _just_ wanting to get acquired. Many times, acquisition is predatory, in the sense that a bigger company wants your tech, but not your people. So you stand on the backs of hard working people until you get your golden parachute, and leave them with nothing but unemployment when you go.

This sucks for the people let go, but there is no reason to lose out on a golden parachute if that is what you want. If offered a ton of money, how many of those people would keep working for you - and do you have a right to expect them to stay with you for less money?

Comment: Re:A minority view? (Score 1, Interesting) 649

by JackieBrown (#47268683) Attached to: Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Does the idea of no God or afterlife bring you joy or any feelings (besides smugness?)

I've had both a wife and son die. It really brings me sadness and feels me with emptiness to think that there is no after.

I know my wishes do not effect or create a reality that does not exist, but I have faith that God is there and that there is more to our lives than what we have here.

Also, for the record, I have always had faith, this is not something new driven by a desperate hope to see the woman I love as well as my son again.

Comment: Re:Government fails again (Score 1) 267

by JackieBrown (#47179553) Attached to: Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

On the opposite, most of the regulation was repealed over last thirty years

So you are arguing against regulatory committees and rules created in the past 30 years ago and hoping we can get back to where we were during the Reagan years? I can support that.

The rest of your post is pretty much just a personal attack with no substance but at least it lengthened you post to look like you had content to provide.

Comment: Re:Government fails again (Score 2, Informative) 267

by JackieBrown (#47178323) Attached to: Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

That's because there were not as many regulations then as there are now. It got to the point where instead of the government and businesses working together, it was a war. Business won it and "big business" gets a stronger foothold against small business every time the liberal anti-corp "do-gooders" create new regulation.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (1) Gee, I wish we hadn't backed down on 'noalias'.