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Comment: Re:And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 1) 245

by AmiMoJo (#49781205) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Seems like there should be no way to override the automatic brakes. Japanese shinkansen (bullet trains) are like that. When certain events happen they can't be overridden and will always stop no matter what. I'm not sure about slower trains.

The shinkansen network is the gold standard. Never had a fatal accident or serious injury, despite operating the fastest trains in the world since 1964. Billions of passengers have used the system in that time. It is possible to be safe, fast and highly profitable if the will is there.

Comment: Re:Already has (Score 2) 110

by AmiMoJo (#49781153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

What I mean is that, for example, often one line ends and the next begins too fast for any normal person to breathe. Rap has some extreme examples of this. I recall a live performance by Eminem a few years ago where he sang most of each line but then had someone else cover the last couple of words so that he could get enough oxygen for the next line.

There is a lot of other marginal stuff that can be sung but you need to re-arrange the music a fair bit for it to sound good. That's one of the reasons why karaoke versions are often re-arranged rather than the original version. When the original is available it is usually an older pre-1990 song.

Comment: Re:If you can update the software... (Score 1) 79

by AmiMoJo (#49781135) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

Do you destroy the USB ports on your laptop before taking it out of the house? I don't, I just rely on physical security and locking down the OS.

Well, I do avoid laptops with Thunderbolt, PC Card and Firewire ports, or disable them completely because they are huge security risks that can't be mitigated any other way. But USB doesn't give the device DMA access to the system, so as long as I control access to the OS it's fine.

Comment: Re:New fangled technology (Score 1) 79

by AmiMoJo (#49781129) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

The modern equivalent of an AUX socket is MirrorLink. It basically displays your phone's screen on the dash board screen, complete with touch input. The protocol is based on VNC. Some phones have a special "car mode" that opens when you connect, with big easy buttons and limited functionality.

That's what they should be adding. The head unit only needs basic functionality, i.e. radio and maybe sat nav if you also offer infinite free updates. Everything else people can use their phones for.

Comment: Re:So where's the transcript? (Score 0) 100

by AmiMoJo (#49781101) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

Since most open source software is developed over the internet, "on the internet nobody knows you're a dog."

Says user BarbaraHudson :-)

You hammer on a point too long, you turn potential supporters right off.

Indeed, which is one of the key tactics of the MRAs. You can find extensive discussion of how they created hundreds of sock puppet accounts and astroturfed the hell out of both sides in an attempt to both confuse and cause people to turn off with fatigue:

Those are the logs published by the MRAs themselves, by the way. Raw and unedited, massive but easy to search. For some hints on what to search for check out

Comment: Re:Thanks, but life is too short. (Score 0) 100

by AmiMoJo (#49781073) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

How ironic that you are complaining about people complaining about hurt feelings, when clearly your own feelings are pretty badly bruised just because this video was posted.

So why do you hate women so much? What is it about people saying "girly" things that offends you so much? You could listen and make a reasoned counter-argument for more segregation and less civility, but instead you posted a little rant about girly girls and the stupid girly things they say. Why do you feel that way?

Comment: Re:This video lost me as "safe spaces" (Score 0) 100

by AmiMoJo (#49781063) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

As someone often accused of being an SJW I have to say that you have it completely backwards. I don't want segregation, I want integration. No preferential treatment, just equal treatment for everyone.

It's got nothing to do with the MRA special snowflakes being offended, I don't know why you mentioned them. It's just about a minimum standard of behaviour in a professional workplace. If you want to be unprofessional and basically a bit of a dick you can do it outside of work. In the office you leave your personal hang-ups at the door and behave like an adult.

Comment: Re:Already has (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by AmiMoJo (#49780463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

That's more a result of auto-tune and the loudness war. Actually this whole thing started in the late 80s, with 1990 being about the tipping point.

Before 1990 people tended to write lyrics and then set them to music. The music was built around what the vocalist could sing, because clearly the lead can only make one sound at a time and has to breathe from time to time. Then sampling became popular and people started to sample and layer up vocals, stitching them together in a way that no vocalist could repeat in real life, and applying effects to them.

People who sing will be familiar with this, especially if they do a lot of covers of popular songs (e.g. karaoke). A lot of post 1990 stuff is very hard to do live, if not impossible.

Later we got auto-tune. That lets people do ridiculous things with their voices, because they can hit notes effortlessly and it becomes more like playing an instrument than actually singing. Add the loudness war in and you get lots of distortion and ringing added into the vocal mix. Real time effects are standard too.

Comment: Re:But I love it when slides are read to me (Score 3, Insightful) 268

by ebrandsberg (#49778905) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

The problem isn't that they are crappy presentations. It is how they are being TAUGHT to present. Sales people are intentionally leaving out information and glossing over facts, because facts can lose a deal. Oh, there are some major cases that some piece of software doesn't handle? Don't present that, that goes in a footnote in the readme file tucked away somewhere. Presentations where products are concerned are drafted and built to never EVER loose a customer, only convince people that the product is the best thing since sliced bread. They are designed to not raise questions, or inform beyond a simplified message. The product isn't the issue--it is how people are being trained to use it, and changing the way a message is presented won't change the message.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 52

by AmiMoJo (#49773879) Attached to: Sniffing and Tracking Wearable Tech and Smartphones

Who would even think such a thing?

Ordinary people assume that when something is "connected" to their phone, it is connected in the same way that a cable connects things or they are connected to secure wifi with a password. The fact that you usually need to use a PIN number to pair Bluetooth devices further adds to to illusion that it is secure, because PINs are for security.

Engineers have to accept responsibility here. We have to make things secure by default, and respect privacy. Users don't appreciate the somewhat subtle differences between types of security, or that because one type of Bluetooth is fairly secure it doesn't mean that another type is also going to be secure, or even that there is more than one type.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz