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Comment ...and I will not let you track it. (Score 1) 102

It may be of great benefit to your business but it is still none of your business.
It may be a huge source of revenue to your business but it is still none of your business.
It may be very interesting to you people with nothing better to do than read about other people, but it is still none of your business.
In short: It's none of your business.

Comment Autonomous driving begs to be exploited (Score 1) 477

Remember those fun car games on PC where you could drive in a certain way to fool the computer into taking moves that made the opponents crash?
Well, in a eminent crash situation, an autonomous car would have to judge how to handle the situation, and if you are playing "chicken" with it, how will it know?
This just begs for someone to exploit it. Before we know it the first murder will take place by fooling the car into killing it's occupants to save another car that was never in real danger.

Self driving cars is cool and all that, but I am still weary of getting in one myself.

Comment The end of an era. (Score 1) 240

This marks the end of an era.
It means I will no longer have the option of using either Linux or Windows for my desktop computers. When one leaves the desktop in favor of a platform I find cumbersome, overpriced and unnecessary I am left with only one choice. Unfortunately this choice seems to be hung up on tablets and mobile systems as well. Luckally it at least have multiple flavours and some are still promising to be true to the desktop.
I am just hoping I can find proper software to continue my work without it being riddled with open source "but you can fix it yourself" issues. Open source is fine, but I do not need open bugs. Paying for software is fine as long as I do not have to pay for someone to package open source stuff and then maybe fix the bugs.

Change is good if it is for a reason but change for changes sake can be left to the bedroom walls please...

Comment Re:er, okay. (Score 1) 209

In fact, the timeline will be a huge disadvantage. You will be profiled and influenced much more than you can influence others.
Do you think your "like" is really that important? It's no more important than a drop in the ocean, but together with billions of others it is worth money.
You will be declined form job interviews due to your timeline. It may be a concert or a movie. Maybe it is the data on how many times you moved that gets you. Hiring someone who you find out could be likely to move within next 2 years is not a good move as you waste time and money training them and when they start to turn a profit they split.

I for one, would like some privacy.

Comment Hogwash! (Score 1) 217

I myself have looked into using someone to get my models produced and found I could get it done much cheaper than these guys claim.
Proto Labs was my choice as i found I could get protoypes from a proper injection-mold cheap ($4-5k) and after the protos I could get production runs of 5k series for less than $1 each. Compared to the 50k I read in this silly fail, they could have done 5 rounds of new mold + 5k impressions for same price.

Oh, and I am not affiliated with or paid by Proto Labs. I just wanted to mention it so we maybe get fewer failed Kickstarters...

Comment Re:Data-counting and accountability (Score 2) 237

I believe you are wrong here.
In your example you can actually watch the person, you can even videotape (or digitally ofcoruce) him/her.
But, in the case of your phone or pc, the supplier/isp refuses to tell us exactly how they count and what they count.

For example, phone service providers will often charge differently for a picture message than for data traffic. In which case they may or may not deduct the snooped message sent via IP from your data total and add a fixed number to the bill instead. On the other hand they may later switch to a unlimited plan where they now only bill for the data, but will not clarify, or even know themselves, if they are now still deducting the picture messages.

In comcast case they used an independent party to verify their billing and then went out and stated that they felt it was really good and only -0.76% to +0.36% wrong. The problem there is any error in such sales shall be on the side of the consumer, so they would have to offset all their billing by +0.76% to be in the clear from a regulatory perspective.

Comment Re:That's unpossible. (Score 1) 212

Yep. Heating eats a LOT of extra power.
If I could have I'd gladly pay extra for the heatpump system in my e-up.
My pure resistive electric heater in the e-up is 6kW meaning if I don't use pre-heating before driving to work my short 11km commute changes from a 12kWh/100km to 16-17 during cold winter.
In summer I do it on 11kWh/100km due to no heating and less rolling resistance on tyres.

Comment Re:Data-counting and accountability (Score 1) 237

If you bill by the gallon, it DOES apply to water and the meter has to be approved. (UK example.)

If you bill by the kWh it also applis to power and again your meter has to be approved.
If you bill by the cubic meter volume of gas it also applies to Gas and again has to be approved. (UK example.)

You see, you cannot sell a measured quantity without having some sort of proof that you are measuring an acceptable accuracy of said quantity. If there is an error, its benefit must also be on the side of the customer. Delivering a bit too much is allowed, but too little is not.

Comment Data-counting and accountability (Score 5, Interesting) 237

What bugs me with these data-counting plans is how they never have to prove to anyone that their numbers correlate to the real world.
If you sell apples by the lb you have to use a set of scales approved by the government. You have to show that it has been checked and correctly installed.
So, why does this not apply to bits and bytes?

So many users see odd calculations and billings from so many companies that one should think it was obvious by now this isn't fair...

We're living in a golden age. All you need is gold. -- D.W. Robertson.