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Comment: Re:Ghost in the machine (Score 1) 128

by havardi (#47134679) Attached to: Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

Hydraulic isn't much different. A blocked port in the rack and pinion can send the wheel spinning wildly in one direction. Happened to my brother's old Volvo. The wheel would damn-near tear your arm off and try to send you into oncoming traffic. There are a lot of ways to build in saftey. I was impressed with recent brake-pedal light switches. My oldest car was one wire that completed a ground loop. If the switch failed you'd never know. My next car it was two wires. My newest car is three wires, and the plunger switch always opens one circuit and closes the other. With three wires the computer can sense a defective switch if the switch is ever in an open/open or closed/closed situation. In fact the computer logic allows *some* brief amounts of this situation simply to account for inaccuracies in the switch itself. So, things do get better.

+ - CNN auto-play violates their own advertising standards

Submitted by xmas2003
xmas2003 (739875) writes "I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have CNN on my news' bookmarks, since while they offer a quick look at the current news, their increasingly sensationalistic reporting leaves a bit to be desired. I almost exclusively would just look at print stories as their videos reporting is long-winded fluff ... a very low bandwidth way of consuming news. Plus hosts such as Piers Morgan and Jeanne Moos are just grating to listen to.

A few months ago, I noticed that CNN's videos (and audio!) were auto-playing at the top of their print stories. ironically, this violates their own advertising guidelines which says "Must be user initiated by click ...No host-initiated audio is permitted ...... Audio must be user initiated by click ... Audio must be user-initiated by clicking within the banner"

The power of the mighty (advertising) buck accelerates their downhill slide! ;-)"

Comment: not likely (Score 1) 865

by havardi (#46925737) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

"Eventually, drivers will be expected to download and install car software patches themselves."

I can hardly see that happening. You'll need a valid support and maintenance contract and the patches will be downloaded automatically or you'll have to visit an authorized service center if the downloads fail for some reason.

Comment: The next big thing (Score 1) 480

by Chainsaw (#46350909) Attached to: Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will
As it is now, GNU project can only be described as a huge success. My computer runs a completely free operating system, from the kernel to the desktop environment. It's all compiled with GCC (free) and edited with Emacs (free and awesome). With all of those components in place... Is there a big, new project in the pipeline for GNU? A free social network - GNUbook, Gnitter, GNUedIn?

Comment: Complete article on one ad-free page (Score 4, Informative) 107

by xmas2003 (#45709357) Attached to: Inside the Massive 2014 Winter Olympics WiFi Network
Here's the 3 page article on one ad-free page.

They are claiming it will handle 54 Tbps of network traffic ... up from the Vancouver games four years ago that was only 4 Tbps. One interesting tidbit is the ratio of wired to wireless traffic was 4-to-1 back then ... they expect that ratio to be reversed this time ... with 2,000 802.11n access points!

That a bit more bandwidth than this Christmas website has ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)

Comment: Typhoons are ranked my pressure, not winds (Score 5, Informative) 160

From the article:

It's estimated central pressure is 899 mb but it could be lower. The lower the pressure the stronger the storm. Since 1987, there have been only four storms in the western Pacific with a central pressure below 899 mb (Megi in 2010, 885 mb; Flo in 1990 890 mb; Ruth in 1991 895 mb; and Yuri in 1991 895 mb)

+ - Webcam-Equipped Remote-Controllable Halloween Haunt

Submitted by xmas2003
xmas2003 (739875) writes "Timothy asked yesterday what /.'ers are doing for Halloween and said "Maybe one year Alek Komarnitsky will switch to Hallowe'en instead of Christmas, and offer a webcam-equipped remote-controllable haunt." Turns out he actually has been doing that since 2005 ... and his Controllable Halloween Decorations allow you to turn 10,000 lights ON & OFF plus inflate/deflate the giant Frankenstein, Pumpkins, Grim Reaper, Skull, Headless Horseman, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson — D'OH! ;-)"

Comment: One video camera will blow through 5GB/month (Score 4, Interesting) 568

by xmas2003 (#45218641) Attached to: Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps
Doesn't say anything about things being different for uploading, but if you are running an Internet facing video camera (or three as seen here) you will easily blow through that 5GByte/month bandwidth cap.

NCTA calls is "Fair Broadband Pricing" ... for the industry perhaps?!? ;-)

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