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+ - The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic that in the past year, after the killings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, many police departments and police reformists have agreed on the necessity of police-worn body cameras. But the most powerful cameras aren’t those on officer’s bodies but those wielded by bystanders. We don’t yet know who shot videos of officer officer, Michael T. Slager, shooting Walter Scott eight times as he runs away but "unknown cameramen and women lived out high democratic ideals: They watched a cop kill someone, shoot recklessly at someone running away, and they kept the camera trained on the cop," writes Robinson. "They were there, on an ordinary, hazy Saturday morning, and they chose to be courageous. They bore witness, at unknown risk to themselves."

“We have been talking about police brutality for years. And now, because of videos, we are seeing just how systemic and widespread it is,” tweeted Deray McKesson, an activist in Ferguson, after the videos emerged Tuesday night. “The videos over the past seven months have empowered us to ask deeper questions, to push more forcefully in confronting the system.” The process of ascertaining the truth of the world has to start somewhere. A video is one more assertion made about what is real concludes Robinson. "Today, through some unknown hero’s stubborn internal choice to witness instead of flee, to press record and to watch something terrible unfold, we have one more such assertion of reality."

+ - Phone app that watches your driving habits leads to privacy concerns->

Submitted by Toshito
Toshito writes: Desjardins Insurance has launched a smartphone app that tracks driver behaviour in return for the promise of substantial savings on car insurance. Two years ago, Desjardins began offering a telematic device that plugs into a vehicle's diagnostic port, to track acceleration, hard braking and the time of day you were driving, for instance. Now, there's no plug-in device required. With Desjardins's new Ajusto app, all you need is your smartphone. But this comes with great concerns over privacy, and problems have been reported where the device was logging data when the user was riding a bus instead of driving his own car.
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Comment: Re:other stuff matters also? I claim it does (Score 1) 330

by Toshito (#49416659) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Where I live, you don't run the heater for comfort, you run it so you can defrost the windshield and the side windows.

At -30C and below, if you drive without the defrost at maximum heat, your windows and windshield will be unusable in 10 minutes.

On the highway, with 4 people in the car, even with the defroster at max you can only defrost small parts of the side windows.

Even when it's hotter, like say 0C or -1C, if you have freezing rain it's hard to get the windshield hot enough so that the rain doesn't freeze on contact and block your view ahead.

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 3, Insightful) 477

If you bought it, you get the strings that come with it.

If it's anything like software music and books, you won't be able to "buy" it, you will rent it or pay a usage license.

Car companies are not dumb, they'll soon see that having a regular income from captive users is much better than selling good products that last decades and can be sold used to someone else.

And self driving cars will give them the opportunity to make this switch.

Comment: Consumers, not drivers! (Score 1) 477

The way that consumers interact with and operate cars

This sentence is scary.

I'm not a consumer, I'm a driver!

I want to interact with my car by operating a steering wheel, 3 pedals and a shifter.

Please refrain from adding electronics other than basic safety (I personnaly think ABS is useful, as long as it triggers at the limit).

If you don't like to drive and find it a chore, please use public transport.

I personnaly use the subway to go to work even if I love to drive. Even? I'd say that I use the subway BECAUSE I love to drive a car, so that it remains a pleasant activity, and I don't want cars to be banned (so if we all keep usage to a minimum it won't be necessary to ban them). But I know I'm dreaming right there...

Comment: Relinquish control? (Score 1) 341

Again each time I read an article on Slashdot about autonomous vehicles, I'm amazed at how the same bunch of geeks who would murder someone just so they can retain complete control of their gadgets, computers, websites and houses, can at the same time be happy to let a computer take control of their cars?

I don't understand?

Comment: Re:If it can run some win 10 apps (Score 1) 445

by Toshito (#49184055) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

Bug free?

I had a Nokia Lumia 920 for a little more than 2 years. I liked it a lot, loved the WP8 interface, the phone was great with a very good camera.

But there was a major bug, and even with the multiple updates it never was fixed.

Sometimes, for unknown reasons, the phone became very very hot (like almost to hot to touch) and the battery drained about 10% every 5 minutes.

It happened about 1 or 2 time a week, but left me a lot of times with a discharged phone when I wasn't fast enough on the reboot.

I was not alone, here is one thread about it: http://answers.microsoft.com/e...

You will notice that it spans 3 years with no solution... some solutions where proposed, but none worked for me and a lot of others.

It's sad but now I have a cheap Moto G running Android and I no longer fear of losing all my battery power in a hour.

Comment: Re:That's unpossible. (Score 1) 212

by Toshito (#49114633) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

Having said that, I rarely keep the heater on for very long.

Then you don't live in a cold climate.

This week in Quebec you have to keep your heater on at full and the fan at almost the highest speed just to keep the windows from frosting (forget fogging, here the fog freezes on the windows IN the car).

Even then, when we're 5 or 6 in the car it can't keep up and you only have the windshield and part of the side windows that stay defrosted. And it's currently only about -20 to -20C, at -35C it's even worse.

And forget about the AC dehumidifier at those temps, even when the AC is turned on the compressor is not running, below a certain temp it's prevented from running because it could be damaged.

The heater is not only for comfort, it's primary use in our cold climate is to safely defrost the windows and see where you're going.

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