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Comment: Re:It's not only about the antivirus (Score 1) 515

by breakfastpirate (#41442851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?
I did this for my father. I gave him a non-admin account and set up UAC. Then in case he did want to install something, I made an admin account with the username "stopandthink" with the password "aboutwhatyouredoing" and wrote it on a post-it note for him. I told him if he ever has to use that account to do anything like watching a funny video or opening an email he should just stop right there and assume it's a virus. Seems to work for him so far.

Comment: Re:Or, translated in plain english (Score 2) 318

by breakfastpirate (#38335238) Attached to: Renault Opens Up the 'Car As a Platform'
I just bought a 2012 Fusion, and I've got to say, I've actually been really impressed with the Sync. If you actually read through the manual once or twice to learn the commands and what it can/can't do, it's incredibly useful while driving.

And it has the added benefit that since it uses your own phone's connection (through a bluetooth phone call) to gather it's traffic/directions/whatever, you don't need to have OnStar-like overlords constantly getting updates on where your car is. It sends it's GPS location, once, when you ask for directions or traffic. That's it.

Comment: Re:Bicycles (Score 1) 137

by breakfastpirate (#36752796) Attached to: US Wants Drivers To Test Wireless Auto Safety Tech
The problem with this is that not everyone who hops on a bicycle cares about traffic laws. I consider myself a semi-avid cyclist and I ride with traffic quite regularly. I usually don't run into too many issues besides the occasional person honking at me or shouting something, but I follow every traffic law and make sure to give right of way when required. On the other hand I see a lot of bicycles doing stupid things like riding on the wrong side of the road, not stopping for red lights, darting into traffic, riding at night with no lights/reflectors whatsoever, etc. Should I go to prison and have my life ruined because one of these idiots did something insane? I'm all for cyclists' rights, but it goes both ways.

Comment: Re:a shame (Score 1) 137

by breakfastpirate (#36636110) Attached to: Judge OKs Wiretap Lawsuit Over Google Wi-Fi Sniffing
I think a better analogy would be me shouting my banking information to some friend of mine over a random CB radio channel. There are IIRC 40 CB radio channels, so the chance that someone besides me and my friend are listening and are within range is remote, but still possible to do with a trivial amount of equipment and skill.

Comment: Re:I'm fine with this (Score 1) 510

by breakfastpirate (#35694150) Attached to: Google's Driverless Car and the Logic of Safety
Automated cars plus motorcycles would actually probably cause a lot less deaths than the current situation we have now. Aside from the occasional idiot cruising down the highway on his motorcycle doing 180mph, I'd venture to guess a good majority of motorcycle involved accidents boil down to "driver didn't see them". Put a pair of redundant radio beacons on every motorcycle and now I can merrily ride around the (automated) interstate without constantly having to worry about the SUV three lanes over veering across the road into my lane because their GPS didn't tell them about the exit in time.

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