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Comment: Oh Come On, it's a Press Release (Score 4, Insightful) 62

OK, no real technical data and some absurd claims here.

First all-digital transceiver? No. There have been others. Especially if you allow them to have a DAC and an ADC and no other components in the analog domain, but even without that, there are lots of IoT-class radios with direct-to-digital detectors and digital outputs directly to the antenna. You might have one in your car remote (mine is two-way).

And they have to use patented algorithms? Everybody else can get along with well-known technology old enough that any applicable patents are long expired.

It would be nicer if there was some information about what they are actually doing. If they really have patented it, there's no reason to hold back.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 2) 343

by Lumpy (#49187845) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

"Detecting a malfunction in a sensor is hard, really hard. "

it depends. you have a known range the sensor will read and you have a known rate of change. For example the sensor in my BMW that measures steering angle will go from 10 to 65525 it can read from 0 to 65535 but the physical limits of the mounting will not allow it. which is fine. the computer system also knows that it is 100% impossible to have more than a rate change of + or - 3500 per second. so if any rate changes are high than that, like a glitch that causes it to jump? fail the sensor fall back to limp mode and illuminate the "bring your wallet to the dealer" light.

What if the sensor falls off and does not change? you can make assumptions based on time If I don't see a sensor change within a time frame, sensor is bad.

Systems with only one sensor does not exist in anything other than entertainment devices like your wall thermometer. A car has enough data points to easily identify sensor failures without redundant sensors on each measuring point.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 343

by Lumpy (#49187793) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

If there is any way the driver can disable the 100% automated stuff. Then they need to prove they are not a drooling moron and get a license. If the manual overrides are all locked out, so if it goes off a cliff, the rider's only choice is to die horribly... Then ok, no license required.

Comment: What its like..... (Score 5, Funny) 123

by Lumpy (#49181009) Attached to: The Mexican Drug Cartels' Involuntary IT Guy

Cartel leader: "My phone is broken, fix it!"
IT Guy: "Ok what is wrong with it?"
IT Guy: " I cant, they removed it from the App market"
Cartel Leader, pulls gun and points it at the IT guy..

Comment: Re:So basically we're finally catching up to Novel (Score 1) 124

by Lumpy (#49180773) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Getting No-Reboot Patching

One place I worked at we had a horribly out of date NW server on the network that nobody knew where it was... I searched for weeks and could not find it. Finally years later it was found inside a wall because of previous construction it was placed out of the way and covered with a plastic tarp.

So it was running all those years WITH NO AIRFLOW and no reboots. A testament to old SCSI hard drives.

Comment: The sound sucks because your gear sucks. (Score 1) 94

by Lumpy (#49176955) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?

Get management to pony up for real AV gear. The problem is your gear is garbage and not designed for the use. There is no magical CHEAP thing you can buy.

Now get a biamp or BSS DSP and 4 boundary mics hanging from the ceiling on some 18" diameter glass plates... I can make a meeting room cover all voices in there perfectly for video and teleconference.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 652

by Lumpy (#49174505) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Absolutely, He is a fool if he even thinks about it because the DOJ can promise the world and not abide by it. In fact I guarantee they will make his life a living hell and an example to all those bad bad americans that would dare let out secrets that help terrorists.

Only a fool would come back here after blowing the whistle like that.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun