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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.

+ - How Machine Learning Ate Microsoft

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Yesterday's announcement of Azure Machine Learning offers the latest sign of Microsoft's deep machine learning expertise — now available to developers everywhere, InfoWorld reports. 'Machine learning has infiltrated Microsoft products from Bing to Office to Windows 8 to Xbox games. Its flashiest vehicle may be the futuristic Skype Translator, which handles two-way voice conversations in different languages. Now, with machine learning available on the Azure cloud, developers can build learning capabilities into their own applications: recommendations, sentiment analysis, fraud detection, fault prediction, and more. The idea of the new Azure offering is to democratize machine learning, so you no longer need to hire someone with a doctorate to use a machine learning algorithm.'"

+ - Superfish security certificate password cracked, creating new attack vector->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Robert Graham at Errata Security has published an article [http://blog.erratasec.com/2015/02/extracting-superfish-certificate.html] announcing his success in extracting the SuperFish self-signed security certificate from the adware which has caused Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo such embarrassment in the last day. Since SuperFish is already capable of carrying out man-in-the-middle attacks over secure connections on the Lenovo machines which use the certificate, the disclosure of the certificate's password presents hackers with a 'a pre-installed hacking environment' which would be difficult to arrange by other means. The password, 'komodia', is also the name of the Komodia Redirector framework [http://www.komodia.com/products/komodia-redirector/], which allows its clients to manipulate TCP/IP network sessions 'with a few simple clicks'."
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Comment: Re:Liability shift to merchants (Score 1) 449

by Toshito (#49089295) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

In the end, the rules appear to be nothing but a way of forcing you to use their approved payment processors - yet another way to suck money out of merchants.

I work on aquiring systems for a big bank, and we are bound to those rules as well. They are there for a good reason, I don't want my credit card information handled carelessly by any system half assed together by anybody who calls himself a web developper. Those audits are there to check that some minimum requisits of security are in place.

And believe me it's very costly even for us, but it's much cheaper than having your business name on the news...

+ - iWoz by Steve Wozniak Book Review->

Submitted by helix2301
helix2301 (1105613) writes "iWoz is a life story written by Steve Wozniak by well himself. We all have heard the stories of Apple but I think this book really gives you an insight into Steve Wozniak the person. I never knew so much about Steve Wozniak the person until I read this book. I knew his Apple stories but never his personal life.

Steve Wozniak really takes a deep look into his education talking about math his science projects and his college years and of course his college pranks. Steve Wozniak talks about his deep love of electronics and love of engineering. Steve talks about both his parents and how influential they were in his upbringing and education.

I loved his stories about creating a dial a joke number and using his blue box to call long distance numbers to listen to jokes. I really enjoyed his section about answering machines and picking easy phone numbers for jokes.

Steve Wozniak talks about his time at Hewlett Packard and creating calculators there and his love of working at HP and how great it was and all the fun things he did there and loved. He talks about how he left HP and moved on to Apple.

Steve Wozniak dives into his relationships with his wives and the love of his children. He talks about child hood development and his love of teaching and education.

Steve Wozniak writes about his journey of life after Apple and his work on the first universal remote.

I loved this book I would definably make this required reading for anyone with love of apple products. If you have an iPhone, iMac or iPad this will give you respect for the man who founded the first Apple products the Apple 1 and Apple 2."

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Comment: Re: Bug or feature? (Score 1) 138

by Toshito (#49067327) Attached to: Apple Hiring Automotive Experts

Nope, like parent said you have reserve power, so the first time you push on the brake after servo assist dies it will be as easy as when the engine is running. The trick is you can press ONE time, if you pump the brake or release and try again THEN you'll have no assist.

So you do like you where told in your driving ed (at least I was told that, don't know what they teach these days): you push the brake once and keep it down until you are safely stopped on the shoulder.

My first car (an '83 Ford Escort) didn't have power anything, no brake or steering assist, and it was very easy to drive.

Comment: Re:Choice but with consequences (Score 1) 740

by Toshito (#48968707) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

But at the end of the day, I have the freedom to choose my own health care, if I don't want to go to the doctor when I'm sick, that is my right.

Your rights ends when you carry a highly contagious disease and you put others at risk.

You live in a society, this helps you a lot since you can profit from the work and knowledge of other members of this society.

But it comes at a price, you also have to conform to a minimum of rules to be part of this group of humans. You also have the right to go elsewhere and be part of another group of humans with different rules, or go live in the forest alone and be free to do wathever you want.

This is the social contract, everyone chips in and limit their personnal freedom for the net benifit of everyone.

Comment: Re:You Don't Need A Minicomputer... (Score 1) 252

by Toshito (#48933595) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

You don't need a minicomputer to call 911. You don't need a minicomputer to text your wife that you're running late. You might be surprised what a smartphone is useful for though.

I don't know if you need a minicomputer for that, but you definitively don't want to lug one around, since it's much bigger than a microcomputer, which is already much bigger than a smartphone.


Comment: Re:Lucas has lost it. (Score 1) 422

by Toshito (#48887449) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Now, J.J. on the other hand is being made fun of for his "flares" etc, but he actually made us Trekkers be the cool kids for once! Yes, it was not "Star Trek" in the traditional sense, however it was highly enjoyable action sci-fi.

I don't think you can speak for Trekkers if you think Star Trek should be "action sci-fi".

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