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Comment: Re:Could be dangerous (Score 1) 41

by The Grim Reefer (#48031037) Attached to: Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

but did they download an attack helicopter?

No, but this guy had purchased enough parts from government surplus sales to build as many as 88 Cobra attack helicopters.

I had a friend who worked on investigations into this kind of thing. She told me about a guy they caught who had 1 fully functional Apache Longbow helicopter and another that was about 70% complete. I couldn't find a link for that one. But it was around the same time.

Comment: Re:Which users? (Score 2) 257

by The Grim Reefer (#48027021) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Agreed. Win 7 is supported until 2020 and the last I heard the Pro version may go a little while longer than that.

I am wondering if this monitoring will cease and blow over as more people hear about it. Most people seem to have forgotten that XP phoned home with random core dumps when it was first released. I don't remember when they stopped that, It may have been "fixed" prior to sp1 even.

I suspect this will become opt-in, if it remains at all. The whole NSA thing has the masses much more cognizant of such things currently.

Comment: Re:Because GM is scared. (Score 4, Insightful) 261

by The Grim Reefer (#48022471) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

GM is in the process of getting disrupted, both in terms of business model and technology. They are afraid of Tesla, and it's obvious and there isn't much to see here.

No, they are not afraid of Tesla. As TFS stated, they think of Tesla as "fringe" Which at the moment, they are kind of correct. GM has sold almost 80,000 Volts. The Model S is has probably sold 30K units to date. Granted, the Volt is cheaper and has been for sale two years longer. But it's also not something that GM really cares about. And that's just looking at their electric vehicle sales. GM probably averages 200,000+ units sold per month in the US alone.

That being said. They should take notice. Times are changing and it's hard for large companies who have been around forever to see threats. And Tesla has been and is a very forward thinking company

GM should have been out of business long ago anyway. Leave it to Ford and Toyota who actually know how to make and sell things. They will be able to compete with Tesla where GM will not.

I wouldn't count GM out just yet. They still sell a lot of vehicles.They've also been very innovative in the past. It's possible they can do so again.

Comment: Re:too damn bright (Score 1) 181

Tinted window film should do the trick. But only if you have another use for it, as a roll will probably cost you as much as the clock.

While the advent of blue LEDs has been pretty cool from a certain stand point, some things make no sense. There was a study a few years back that showed how blue light can really screw with your sleep. Then another that seemed to indicate all kinds of health problems that can be caused by having blue lights on while sleeping. Here's one. but there are better ones if you feel like looking.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 2) 267

by The Grim Reefer (#48004303) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

In some states, all parties must be explicitly aware of the recording and consent to it.

The key here is explicit. However the driver is notified, it must be obvious and conspicuous so the sticker may need to be a lot more intrusive.

So have the HUD display, "Audio and Video of you is being recorded. If yo do not consent to this, GTFO", when the valet mode is turned on.

Comment: Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (Score 1) 200

by The Grim Reefer (#47993443) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Let's just give credit where it's due and learn from their success. We can't put our noses up and say our space program is a 2015 Cadillac Escalade whereas yours is a 2014 Tata Nano.

FTFY.

But I agree with the rest. It was one hell of an accomplishment for India. Or any other country to get to Mars on the first attempt.

Comment: Re:These jokes are old, get new material please. (Score 1) 203

by The Grim Reefer (#47988459) Attached to: Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

1) The "don't hold it that way" joke.

2) The "it's a new feature" joke.

3) The "it just works" joke.

I dislike Apple as much as the next person, but these are lazy jokes that we shouldn't support. I want to see fresh, new material, not the same recycled garbage.

Actually I thought the first two words in the title out of context was pretty funny.

Apple yanks...

Comment: Re:Also math? (Score 1) 976

by The Grim Reefer (#47928113) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

On other news sites I read that they banned teaching history, biology, music, literature and chemistry. If you add maths... then what's left?

Why the Quran, of course. So by literature, I assume that reading is still permissible. Although maybe not. That way they can tell the masses what ever they want to say about the Quran.

You still have marksmanship, physical fitness (at least as it relates to fighting), suicide bombing,

Of course without math and physics, I'm not sure how you can make bombs, or manufacture rifles and bullets. So that leaves you with acquiring ones made by the supposed enemy. You'd think using the product of infidels would be some kind of sin too.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.

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