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Comment: Re:100 year old survival knowledge in PDF files??? (Score 1) 264

by Lumpy (#48249347) Attached to: A Library For Survival Knowledge

And I would LOVE to see you carry them. Stupidity is not taking advantage of modern tech. I disagree with PDF, I think Epub or Mobi a format that works on epaper devices that can run off of small solar panels that are 5W in size.

If cared for a kindle DX can last 100 years. Unless you made the books properly by hand binding with thread and leather on very high end paper, they will not make it 100 years in use. I know this for a fact, I have several 100 year old books and they are all falling apart. Glue based binding has completely disintegrated, only the hand bound ones using thread are in good shape but even then, because the books were not read in a dark room with cotton gloves, the pages are fading and crumbling.

Comment: Re:I wish I'd thought of that (Score 1) 202

by Lumpy (#48246811) Attached to: Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

"I haven't heard of a car key that you can just easily clone. The code is never static."

I have, most of the GM VATS chip keys were nothing more than a simple resistor.

http://vats.likeabigdog.com/

Trivial as hell and was broken BEFORE the system was released by GM, even though it was used from 1990-2005

Comment: Re:Pre-mapped environments are a dead end (Score 1) 287

by Lumpy (#48217981) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Programming a race car to drive a perfectly mapped track is brain dead easy for even a 2nd year CS student.

Let cattle roam the track randomly, and the car drives at racing speed avoiding cows, goats, etc randomly darting in front of the car, then I'll be impressed.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 287

by Lumpy (#48217971) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

"Imagine a wage worker making $20/hr produces the factory sensor part, at a rate of 100 per hour through the operation of a machine."

Will never happen. Reality is very different...

Imagine a wage worker making $8/hr produces the factory sensor part, at a rate of 100 per hour through the operation of a machine.

Executives do NOT want to pay living wages. It will be an $8 an hour job or outsourced to China where they pay $3.25 an hour.

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