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Comment: Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 1) 377

by Teancum (#47436307) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

> When the police called off the chase (for other
> reasons) and he kept going at 100+mph...

Just to play devil's advocate here, it's not like they informed the guy via their loudspeakers that they were calling off the chase.

I presume that the guy had a rear view mirror to look at. Then again, when you are traveling at 100+ mph through urban streets with cross traffic and parked cars, you likely aren't spending much time looking at what is going on behind you.

Comment: Re:Remote Kill Switch. (Score 1) 377

Since GM runs ads about how they can remotely kill OnStar equipped vehicles, I am sure that if the capability exists in Tesla Cars, they wouldn't need a warrant to do it. They would only need authorization from the owner. Only time Tesla would need a warrant from the police is if the police are chasing the Owner and the Owner won't grant authorization

Comment: Re:To what end? (Score 1) 211

by Whorhay (#47432603) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

The last "Israeli spy" I remember hearing about was actually someone who volunteered to spy for the Israeli's. The Israeli's made agreeable sounds and then called the US State department or whoever to notify them that they had been approached by so-and-so who was offering to spy for them.

Some Russians were caught who were acting as couriers for real spies here in the USA. And there was some acknowledgement from the NSA awhile back that they knew or assumed they had at least one Russian spy on the inside that they couldn't identify. And there was a Chinese industrial spy caught some time ago.

I wouldn't say that we're catching ally spies all the time. Periodically catching spies, of any alignment, might be more accurate.

Comment: Re:Yay big government! (Score 1) 295

This is the other kneejerk response to any suggestion of reduced government spending that needs to die forever.

1 - How about we cut government spending in some are other than the tiny percentage spent on protecting people against corporate abuse?

2 - We have a system in place for this. The problem with it is not that it's underfunded, but that it's been corrupted by the very corporations it tries to regulate! Arguably, stuff like the DMCA shows that more harm than good is done in some areas, thanks to this. This is perhaps the most serious problem in internal politics in America today but it's not in any way a funding problem.

And you just disproved your thesis. The end result of a body that regulates a business sector is always that the regulators get in bed with the people they're supposedly regulating and work together to erect barriers to entry into their cozy little oligopoly. Throwing more money at them will not fix the problem.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 468

Not exactly. Yes you do have nutcase audiophiles that must use virgin gold connectors with natural rubber insulation made by Buddhist nuns under a full moon.
But there is a big difference between a good set of speakers and the $5 speakers you get with your new PC.
When I plug my headphones in on my workstation I get a hiss I can hear when no sound is playing and the sound is just not that good. It does not need to by since I am usually just listening to NPR shows.

Comment: Re:Tannenbaum's predictions... (Score 1) 128

by LWATCDR (#47428761) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Mobile, Routers, NAS, and now servers. ARM is getting very big very quickly.
In computers Attacks come from the bottom up. PC where a joke and could not hold a candle to a real computer like a PDP-11! Forget about mainframes like the 370!
It was not HURD at the time but GNU Unix that was going to be the next big thing.
It wasn't but hey no one is perfect.

Comment: Re:why new balls (Score 1) 143

It looks like every world cup but perhaps a couple has had a different stitch pattern on the ball.

No, it doesn't. They were all somewhat different up until the Telstar introduced the 32-panel, pentagon-and-hexagon stitching pattern, but it appears to me that remained unchanged for almost 40 years, from 1970 to 2006. The balls in between appear to have the same stitching pattern, just different printed designs.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.