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Comment: Minumum Wage will push these sooner (Score 2) 46

by amxcoder (#49602959) Attached to: Robots In 2020: Lending a Helping Hand To Humans (And Each Other)
With the push for higher minimum wage for low/no skill jobs, I'm sure there will be more focus on robots that can flip burgers and serve up milk shakes. These types of robots are actually possible with todays technology, only they weren't economical, however if you have to pay McD employee's $30K a year, they will make more sense to the restaurant and fast food industry.

Comment: Re: Not sure, if this is much better (Score 1) 121

It doesn't matter if I read the fine print in the TOS of my ISP or not. If they are all going to be mandated to collect/store this stuff, then there are no options to NOT agree to the TOS without giving up internet connectivity altogether as well as cell phones. Its not like if you fond it in the tos fine print you can choose a different ISP that wont do it. Our ISP choices are already limitedas it is, so if you want internet, you'll have to agree to it period.

Comment: Re: Excellent. (Score 3, Insightful) 319

by amxcoder (#49595967) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
Actually this. I'm in the same boat, with my own domain on shared hosting. I'm not going to shell out money to a third party for a cert that really isn't needed for a website that just gives info about me and my business.

On another note, I program embedded control systems for a living, and often am incorporating automation to reach out and either pull out scrape data from web servers for different reasons (to diplay weather or energyvusage stats) or control home security monitors etc. These embedded platforms dont have the encryption frameworks for them to access most https sites. Meaning to do the simple thing like scraping info from a https page requires delving into encryption protocols, rolling your own encryption implementations and having it run on a platform that is less powerful than a typical phone. It all started when all email servers went to https and then trying to get an automation system to send a status or alert email turned into a major PITA. Now the whole web is going to be like that. I love how in the dawn of IoT, that everyone assumes that all these microprocessors are going to be running standard full fleged web frameworks and all the goodies that goes with them, including encryption, XML, JSON, Restful and other frameworks that are common on on your big 5 OSes, but not so common in the land of proprietary OSes running on embedded platforms.

BTW, I program AMX and Crestron automation systems if anyone was wondering what platforms Im specifically referring to, but there are others as well.

Comment: Re:Fins - probably not. (Score 1) 216

by amxcoder (#49574787) Attached to: US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets
The summary mentioned that these are shot from a "smooth bore" rifle. Meaning no twisted landing to make the bullet spin, like a shotgun. So unknown from the info given if the bullet even does spin. The reason most bullets spin are to keep it stable in flight so it doesn't start tumbling. *IF* it used fins somehow, I'm sure that is what would keep it stable in flight instead.

Comment: Re: and... (Score 1) 299

by amxcoder (#49553517) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
Yes, there are downsides to a generator as well, storing of fuel etc. But, I would say in an emergency situation, most of your argument goes away though, as most people would realize that some major catastrophe (hurricane, earthquake, etc.) has taken the power out, and it could be a while until it's back up, and start conserving their power to only necessary things to help live, like refrigerator and minimal cooking appliances or lights. A typical residential generator usage, would likely involve a very undersized generator that would not run the whole house, but would run just the necessities, maybe even requiring things to be unplugged for a bit while you plugged in something else that you needed. Possibly having more than one generator, so that you can start and stop ones that don't need to be used all the time to conserve fuel.

Only an idiot (or someone filthy rich) would try to run his entire house on a generator (or a backup battery for that matter) without immediately scaling back power usage to absolute bare necessities.

Comment: Re: Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 299

by amxcoder (#49550973) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
I think PG&E just likes putting that on your bill to make you feel like you should save more. Mine says the same thing.

However in my case it may be somewhat valid, as I run a home office with multiple PCs and such that goes with that, am home most of the day, as well as my wife and kids (who are homeschooled). So we use power almost all day long. And we are billed into the 3rd teir pricing as well. We dont have AC but all of our appliances are elec. vs. gas which doesnt help either.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 356

by amxcoder (#49528473) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today
Yes, and often times, when you zoom in to see the content, what you are not seeing are the ADS that surround the content on top, sides and bottom. So zooming in, actually zooms the adds out of, and off your mobile screen and enlarges the content area to fill the screen. If they did this automatically for mobile sites, maybe more people would like them, but the ADS on most sites are to important to most site owners, that they would rather show the Ads and no content, rather than the content with no ads.

Comment: Re:Instead... (Score 1) 356

by amxcoder (#49528139) Attached to: 'Mobilegeddon': Google To Punish Mobile-Hostile Sites Starting Today
Yes, this is a stupid move, since when I google for information, regardless of whether I'm using a phone or my desktop/laptop, what I'm really wanting is relevant information about my search. If I'm looking for information to a question I have, I want the best information to answer that question. It shouldn't matter what the hell the site designers did to make it mobile friendly or not. If I'm looking for specific information, I don't care if the best information is located on a webpage that looks like it's been created in 1995 and belongs in geocities, I want the information that best answers my question. Don't omit the best results just because they think that by some irrelevant criteria, that Google decided, that the info I need is not worthy of showing me, and instead they are going to show me info from a less than relevant source that has 'mobile friendly' site architecture.

And like a lot of you, I can't stand most 'mobile friendly' sites. Most suck, and most are stripped down versions of their normal site that don't allow the same access to the site information/functionality. The last 3 phones I've owned (over 6 to 7 years) all are plenty capable of showing regular websites scaled down to the screen, that allow me to zoom and pan and scroll how I want it. Most of this preferential for me than giving me a mobile friendly site that doesn't have the same navigation, or content organization, or features.

Ads are mostly annoying on mobile sites as well, since they don't use a column off the side to display them (where they are easily ignored). Instead, they put full width adds in the column of content, or even worse, they make the adds popup and cover the whole frickin' screen everytime you open a new page on the site, and you have to close the add popup constantly.

Comment: Re:Probably best (Score 1) 649

by amxcoder (#49516939) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
When changing the ECU on cars (like when Tuners flash a new tune) it is not the same as changing the entire underlying operating system. In most cases, the parts being changed are the parameters (or mapping points) that the underlying program uses to determine Fuel/Timing (and Boost if applicable) under certain RPM-Load points. The calculation of these and engine operation coding is rarely if ever touched.

It's almost analogous to changing config files for a program. You're not effecting how the program operates, just the parameter data that the underlying program uses.

Comment: Re:IRS - Taxes (Score 1) 109

by amxcoder (#49503447) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...
And this is the real crux of the overall problem and immorality of taxes. It's not enough to tax your income, nor is enough to tax your spending, but everytime money changes hands (and in many cases does not change hands), it is re-taxed, again and again.

You work and get paid, your salary is taxed. You put some in the bank, and some in investments, and live on the rest. Everything you buy with the money that was already taxed, is taxed again when you spend it (and again as income for whomever you made a purchase from). Then your money sitting in the bank earns measly interest, which is taxed. And your investment earnings is also taxed. Then when pull money out of your investments, it is taxed again, and once more on what ever you purchase with that money. To add insult to injury, you purchase a home, and pay tax, then each year you have to pay tax on the property that you purchased, just to keep it, over and over till you die or your can't pay (in which they confiscate your house and property). Oh yeah, when you die, everything you owned is taxed before being given to your heirs, and then they pay more taxes on it when spend that money (or sell your house or property).

While taxes of *some* form may be required for civilization to exist, I'm of the mind set, that the only way to reduce this drastically is to greatly reduce the overall size of government in general. It will never be enough for government, as the more it grows, the more it wants to take, and the more it takes, the more it will grow. Less money needed then.

Comment: Re:No more refunds from here on out (Score 1) 109

by amxcoder (#49503075) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...
At many places, you can adjust how much is taken out. I used to work with people who would get big returns every year, so they went into HR, and raised the number of dependents on their withholding calculation. This made the software assume you had more kids/dependents and thus took less out of each check, and they would play with the numbers to try to attempt to get it as close as possible by the end of the year, so they reduced they yearly refund but kept more on each paycheck instead.

+ - Voting Machines used in Virginia fail security standards.->

Submitted by amxcoder
amxcoder writes: An investigative Commission released in it's findings that Virginia voting machines that have been in use since 2002 have been found to be seriously lacking security protections from hacking. The Guardian reports that these machines have been found to have multiple sloppy security implementations that could allow these machines to be easily compromised. Some examples given were the use of WEP WiFi encryption with pass-phrases such as 'ABCDE', the use of administrator password 'admin', use of non-patched OS's. Jeremy Epstein, from SRI International, says “You could have broken into one of these with a very small amount of technical assistance...I could teach you how to do it over the phone. It might require an administrator password, but that’s okay, the password is ‘admin’.” Epstein also claims that if the machines had been hacked or tampered with, there would be no evidence of such activity as there are no logs being kept by the machines (another security flaw). Keep in mind that these brand machines were used in at least three presidential elections and were also used in other states for various periods of time.
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