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Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 1) 375

Fox and the BBC are in no way comparable. While BBC has lost some of its teeth lately, it is still far from harmless to the government.

Also, compare how the main Russian media speak about Putin with how Fox News speaks about Obama. For a third example, note that Rush Limbaugh does not, AFAIK, live in perpetual fear that thugs will beat him to a pulp and leave him dying in a ditch somewhere. Yet that is what tends to happen when journalists don't do as they are told in Russia.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 1) 375

It was fairly obvious that Russia was far from the top of the list of places Snowden wanted to flee to. When the US is able to arrange for even presidential planes to be forced down, it is difficult to escape.

This will no doubt not be the last uncomfortable thing that he will have to do. Let us just hope that it stays at "uncomfortable".

Comment: External touchscreen (Score 1) 193

by amorsen (#46762609) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

All I want from a car unit is a touchscreen + audio. Alas, while most phones can handle external displays, external touchscreens are generally unsupported.

A car has to last at least a decade. Trying to build in intelligence is futile, and adding 3G/4G is not much better. In a decade, CPU's and software and data transfer standards will hopefully have advanced greatly.

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 1) 594

The 20th century was the first in which the opportunity to rape and plunder with impunity throughout the occupied territory was not used as an incentive to sign up for the military.

That statement is too strong. There were certainly cases and countries where the opportunity to rape and plunder with impunity were used as an incentive to sign up for the military, and lots of rape and plunder was done.

Comment: Re:Wrong paradigm here (Score 1) 186

by amorsen (#46671471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

This is changing though. If you run a distribution with SELinux enabled, many applications and daemons are likely to be blocked from making outbound connections. Changing the rules is somewhat difficult though; distributions generally assume that the user does not have a clue when asked whether frobnitzd should be allowed to connect to Slashdot, so there is no GUI for asking the user.

AppArmor can do it too, and the configuration is perhaps a bit easier. I have no idea how much Ubuntu restricts by default.

Comment: Re:Green wave (Score 1) 364

by amorsen (#46642889) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Bikes must not go through roundabouts. They are the Achilles heel of roundabouts. They need their own lane entirely separated from the traffic in the roundabout, with their own separate crossings where they have to yield to cars. Even that solution is bad for bikes, because that means they have to yield a lot, and if there are a lot of bikes they end up in a traffic jam.

In England bikes rarely get squashed in roundabouts because there are so few of them and they generally go quite fast and seize the lane like motorcycles in roundabouts. That solution does not scale, in places like Denmark where bikes are plentiful and often go quite slow that would jam the roundabouts.

Comment: Re:energy from BRAKING - best for stop-and-go (Score 1) 262

by amorsen (#46600551) Attached to: Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Please register on spritmonitor.de. Your numbers will be very welcome there.

The Lupo has been out of production for a decade and only manages 3.5l/100km in practice.

Yes, if you go at a steady 50km/h any decent car can do 3l/100km or better. That is not a realistic test.

Comment: Re:energy from BRAKING - best for stop-and-go (Score 1) 262

by amorsen (#46596785) Attached to: Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

I know spritmonitor.de very well. They are one of very few sources of real fuel consumption data. Not silly test data that no one can achieve in practice.

Feel free to provide examples of in-production econoboxes with a 3l/100km fuel consumption under real-life driving conditions.

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