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Comment: Re:I see what you did there. (Score 1) 146

by OzPeter (#48913561) Attached to: DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

And any pretense of the 4th amendment no longer being completely shat upon is pretty much gone.

This was already establish by the 100 mile border zone - which conveniently also covers pretty well all of the US population.

The Constitution in the 100-Mile Border Zone

Comment: And in other news drug smugglers fight back (Score 3, Interesting) 146

by OzPeter (#48913233) Attached to: DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

You can get "trusted traveler" status in order to reduce the time it takes to cross the border. Less checks, faster throughput - what's not to love? Even the drug smugglers love it as they have been targeting such travelers and attaching packets of drugs via magnets to the bottoms of said travelers cars. And to make it really helpful for the smugglers, the DEA used to issue decals for the windshield - thus making it really easy to target the travelers.

Smugglers using unwitting drivers to carry drugs from Mexico

Comment: Re: There are still contingency plans (Score 1) 281

I see your M-1 Tank and raise you asymmetrical warfare.

The out-gunned side takes more casualties but always wins in the end...

It all depends if the non-outgunned side cares about pacifying or wiping out the outgunned side. Why did the japs surrender when only a comparatively small number died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki? They were outgunned and could have taken on asymmetrical warfare and cause all kinds of hell for the allies.

Anyway, the M-1 was a facetious reference to the fact that the military has an assorted range of larger and more deadly toys than an AR-15

Comment: Re: There are still contingency plans (Score 1) 281

> I see your AR-15 and raise you an M-1 Tank

Marine infantrymen are trained how to disable tanks. They are aren't armed with much beyond the AR-15.

Aaaaannnd what side of the battle you think they will be on? You know, after having sworn oaths etc, and a command structure that can say "bang! you're dead" for not obeying orders?

Or do you consider that every ex-miltary person has a raging libertarian anti-government hard-on? And want to kill their former squad mates?

Comment: Re:Good example of bad use of touch screens (Score 1) 39

by OzPeter (#48904971) Attached to: Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

I wish the industry would go back to knobs, dials, and buttons

I generally work in industrial automation and I can assure you that physical controls are still used in a lot of places as primary controls where direct and rapid operator intervention/control is required (EG cranes, steel mills). Only secondary controls get shuffled off onto graphical displays.

This morning I was also lamenting the loss of the analogue volume control from laptops. It used to be that you could dial the volume down before you booted, where as nowadays the volume is stuck at where you left it, until the system is running enough processes that you can use the digital controls to quite it down.

Comment: Good example of bad use of touch screens (Score 4, Interesting) 39

by OzPeter (#48904805) Attached to: Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

The last video in TFA is about the Ford's HMI testbed, which is used to try out different cockpit configurations. During that video they show the driver selecting something on the touch screen panel in the center console. During this event you can clearly see the driver take his eyes off the road in order to watch what his fingers are doing.

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