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Comment: Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (Score 1) 66

by jrumney (#47734633) Attached to: Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

They've made this "bluetooth 5.0" you speak of. It's called Miracast.

More accurately, it was Bluetooth 3.0. Miracast is a pure WiFi solution. Bluetooth 3.0 supports establishing video streams over Bluetooth which are handed off to WiFi. In theory. I've never seen an actual working implementation of Bluetooth 3.0 in a commercial product.

Comment: Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (Score 1) 66

by jrumney (#47734595) Attached to: Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

It's not hard to make a device compatible with USB mass storage.

It is hard. USB MS exposes the internal storage as a block device for the USB host to do with as it pleases. The device has to avoid using the filesystem it is exposing for the duration that it is plugged in to avoid corruption, and when unplugged it has to dump any media indexes and reindex everything, as it has no way of knowing what changed.

This is why modern Android devices are now MTP only. With MTP, file access is via high level commands that are implemented on the device, so the device can track and control what is going on.

Comment: Not putting up with jerks (Score 3, Interesting) 212

by Animats (#47732661) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

You don't have to put up with jerks.

  • Internet provider - Sonic.net DSL. No packet filtering, good support, no nonsense.
  • Phone - Caterpillar B15 ruggeized Android phone.. Bought from Caterpillar dealer, not carrier. Declined Google account at first power up. Google services disabled. No updates from Google.
  • Cellular carrier - T-Mobile. Has no control over phone. No carrier apps.
  • Email - IMAP server. SpamAssassin spam blocking.
  • Main desktop machine - Ubuntu 12.4 LTS.
  • No Google account. No Twitter account. No pay TV. Ad blocking on all browsers.
  • Main news source - Reuters. (More news about Ukraine and ISIS, less about Bieber and Apple.)
  • Main food store - Trader Joe's. No "club card" required. Good prices.

For almost every crap business, there's a competitor that isn't crap. Find them.

Comment: Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (Score 1) 393

by sh00z (#47731673) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
These are the same companies that as part of setting up shop, extorted millions of dollars in tax exemptions out of the cities and states in which they operate their businesses, thereby depriving the public education system of the revenues needed to help their students achieve at the level the companies "require." They created this problem, and it's wholly disingenuous to claim that the only viable solution is to look outside of the country for talent. I'm not exactly a proponent of Big Government, but if President Obama is the only one who can make this point to them, and get them to wake up to the ethics of their situation, then he should absolutely clamp down on tech-driven immigration.

Comment: Re:Benjamin Franklin said once (Score 1) 367

by TubeSteak (#47731407) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

And it's been parroted sans critical thought ever since. Unless you think that we should all be free to randomly assault one another, you are trading the freedom to assault for the security from assault.

What a load of crap.
There was a functional legal system at the time Benjamin Franklin wrote those words.

Far too many people try to interpret the words and documents of America's Founding Fathers in a complete vacuum.

Comment: No big deal (Score 2) 175

by Animats (#47726537) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

This is a straightforward industrial electrical installation. There's a pad-mounted distribution transformer and meter provided by the power company, a weatherproof load center provided by the customer's electrical contractor, and the Tesla supercharger control unit and outlet stations. No big deal to install. There's a comparable installation at every large standalone store.

That's a small charging station. Here's the build-out of a bigger one. Black and Veach, which does infrastructure construction for the energy and communications industry (substations, cell sites, etc.) is doing the job. They see it as a lot like building out cell towers. (If you watch that video, you may wonder why the transformers and switchgear are on raised platforms. Probably because there's a flood risk at that location.)

Installing a gas station's underground tanks, which today are dual tanks with leak detection, is a much bigger job. There's a big excavation, lots of plumbing and wiring, and several different trades involved.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 332

by TubeSteak (#47726123) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

What? No they aren't. This isn't telephone serviceâ"it's internet service. There are no regulations requiring them to provide service out in the boondocks.

Cable tv/internet franchises almost always come with a build out requirement,
or the cable companies would never do more than cherry pick profitable areas and build there.

Comment: Reality (Score 1) 332

by TubeSteak (#47724821) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

[March 2014] Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, [Verizon CFO] Shammo said the company would not consider other markets until it generates more cash within the wireline business.

"I am not going to build beyond the current LSAs (local service acquisitions) that we have built out," Shammo said. "We have to generate more cash within the wireline business and once we do that and I feel that FiOS has returned its cost of capital, then we can look at expansion, but at this point we're happy with what we have."

These are the same people that are allowing their copper network to rot out in order to push people onto FiOS.

Why should we-the-people have to wait for a conglomerate to make the business case for bringing service to our communities?
Especially if we can do it now.

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