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Comment: Cost per unit drives adoption. (Score 1) 400

People (=masses, as in democracy) tend to buy from the cheapest source. A home-printed 3D object is not going to be cheaper than a mass-produced trinket imported from China, at least not for a long time.

Niche is perhaps in manufacturing specific custom shapes that cannot be satisfied by mass-manufacturing.

Interestingly enough, perhaps Apple users will be the seed market - they are people with money and willing to spend a lot on expensive novelties.

Comment: Re:Double, triple, quadruple charging (Score 1) 74

by Moskit (#46461571) Attached to: AT&T, Audi Announce In-Car 4G LTE Plans, Starting At $99 For 6 Months

> Clearly the proper metric that used here is to charge for LTE
> data use per individual

Change service provider, or probably country ;-)

Some operators have not just "per device" but even "per family" plans. You purchase mobile subscription where the fee for data transfer can be shared between multiple devices belonging to multiple persons within family. You just pay small fee (~3$) for extra SIM cards. Limit is 4 cards.

There are also various promotions, for example during the first 6 months LTE data is free (but capped to 100GB before throttling to 2Mbit/s).

Oh, and there is no minimum lenght of subscription, so you are not tied for 12/24/36 months.

Of course majority of operators will make every attempt to milk you, and make you pay for every "service" they perceive.

Comment: In year 2000 we will all have flying cars. (Score 1) 365

by Moskit (#46188249) Attached to: Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

The same kind of overexcited journalists makes such assumptions. "Oh, the new shiny will be everywhere now!"

By the way - take your time to read comments while they last - many good commenters (called "audience" by /. owners) will go away when Beta is forcefully rammed down our eyes.

Comment: Re:Find the Danger (Score 1) 457

by Moskit (#46178567) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

If it works like that for "visually judging speed" in USA, then agreed.

Each country has its own gritty formal details, I guess.

Here you cannot be ticketed for speed unless this measurement comes from a certified system that has a valid and current certificate etc. People have disputed tickets successfully in the past, although now police learned how to fulfill all those formal requirements.
Also if you have a camera in your car, it will not be considered a legal proof, because it is not a legally certified device. You need to get validation from a court-approved specialist before you can use it in court.

For non-technical things word of policeman is by default truth, so if your version is different than police, with lack of other evidence or people, your position is lost.

PS: cheers to 5-digits, with Beta enforcement I'm outta here.

Comment: Re:Find the Danger (Score 1) 457

by Moskit (#46172047) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Your car is not legally equipped to measure speed of oncoming vehicles. Therefore you have no basis to know if they go below or above speed limit, and no basis to make decision to warn them.

Now, if they were going in the same direction as you, just driving much faster than you driving at legal speed limit, this explanation might be plausible and probably accepted, it's not the discussed case though.

It all comes down to how smart/intent on giving you the ticket the policeman is. As others noticed, you can also dispute the ticket, but it will take your time and effort, especially if you have to drive a long way to appear before the judge, and do it more than once - sometimes this is also intentional by a policeman :-/

Comment: Wrong classification? (Score 1) 457

by Moskit (#46165931) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

I am surprised that Police accused him of warning the others with high beams. This just doesn't fly, as judge has shown.

What happens elsewhere is that you are sometimes (lawfully) ticketed for using high beams against allowed exceptions such as:
- only at night (dusk till dawn),
- only if it doesn't blind other drivers or pedestrians,
- only if there is no car coming from other direction, and no car in front (could be blinded through mirror reflection),
- in other conditions only to warn other drivers about DANGER. Police speedtrap is not considered danger by the law.

I suppose USA road law has similar rules for use of high beams. "Flashing lights" means something different as far as I could find, and the rest of road law is too complicated to find applicable section quickly.

Just don't get caught.

Comment: Re:1200 bits/s, not bauds. (Score 1) 37

by Moskit (#45977349) Attached to: Three Videos On Codec2 and Open Hardware

Thank you for taking time to reply and adding interesting information!

Regardless of bauds/bits (and 1200 bits/s is more impressive than 1200 baud), Codec2 is a very interesting development in voice area. It also demonstrates how much has changed on endpoints when it comes to processing power and capabilites, while bandwidth (that in Hz and that in bit/s) still remains limited.

Comment: 1200 bits/s, not bauds. (Score 1) 37

by Moskit (#45969045) Attached to: Three Videos On Codec2 and Open Hardware

Even codec2 authors wrote "1200 and 2400 bits per second".

Nowadays with QAM64/256 and other modern techniques one symbol is not equal to one bit, and 1200 baud can be many times more bits/second.

Already in 1990s V.32 standard transmitted 4800 bits/s over 1200 baud line, using symbols with 4 bits.

Come on, this used to be technology geek site.

Comment: Re:The usual clueless submission... (Score 1) 213

by Moskit (#45898069) Attached to: 23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

> When was the last time you installed a "specially crafted" bdf font from anywhere?

I got a very nice BDF font recently from a guy who said he can't say where he works or doesn't work. It installed very nicely, and it is signed "specially crafted" indeed! Font file also has a "Made by ANToN of eSsAy" attribution. Nice handle!

Comment: Edward Snowden like Ryszard Kuklinski? (Score 1) 573

by Moskit (#45886051) Attached to: Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

Some food for thought.

Ryszard Kuklinski defected Poland to provide a trove of strategic Warsaw Pact defense information to USA. He was (technically) a traitor of not only his own country but undermined security of the whole group of countries, yet he was hailed hero by USA.

Snowden defeated USA to provide a trove of information about breaking the law to the public. He was (technically) a traitor of his own country, yet he is not hailed hero by USA.

Basic hypocrisy?
Kali steals cow = good deed.
Someone steals cow from Kali = bad deed.

Kuklinski was eventually pardoned many years later based on "acting for a higher need under special circumstances".

Same can happen with Snowden in, say, 50 years (it will likely take much longer for that highly marketed CHANGE to happen in USA than it did in USSR).

Comment: Wrong SD summary yet again. (Score 1) 259

by Moskit (#45812849) Attached to: Have a Privacy-Invasion Wishlist? Peruse NSA's Top Secret Catalog

Another fail at reading and at editing.

NSA did not backdoor Microsoft/Cisco/Huawei... but did the most simple thing, same as worms/hackers do - they used exploits on various devices:

"it exploits the technical weaknesses of the IT industry, from Microsoft to Cisco and Huawei"

Backdooring was not wholesale for all equipment/software from a given vendor (which is what summary implies), but was installed for specific end users:

" intercept shipping deliveries. If a target person [...] agents carefully open the package in order to load malware onto the electronics, or even install hardware components that can provide backdoor access for the intelligence agencies."

Slashdot editing jumped so many sharks it's largely worthless to read anymore, except for some insightful comments by users.

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