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Comment: Re:Good points, bad points (Score 2) 283

by cyn1c77 (#49333123) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

I've driven a car with a manual speed limiter for 10+ years now. I don't understand why all cars don't have one. Entering a 30mph/50kmh zone? Set that as the maximum speed on the limiter and you can drive around normally without having to keep checking your speed. Less time checking your speed equals more time looking where you are going. This is only a good thing.

I completely disagree. If there is roadway traffic, you don't need to check your speedometer as the safest and smoothest thing to do is to simply travel with the traffic. If you drive much faster than the bulk traffic flow, you risk causing an accident. If you drive much slower than the traffic, you risk getting rear-ended or clipped as irritated drivers people pass you. You also substantially disrupt traffic flow and actually slow down everyone's commute.

If there is no roadway traffic, it really shouldn't be much of a burden to check your speedometer every 5 seconds, preferably right after you scan your mirrors.

Devices like this actually promote driver inattention and complacency. People get bored and their minds wander. Or they think that it allows them to spend more time on the phone. All this new feature is going to do is result in some idiot driving at the speed limit, in the passing lane, exactly matching the speed of the car right next to them and perfectly blocking all traffic, while dicking with their cell phone while 2000 irritated drivers piling up behind them.

Comment: Re:We *will* create a species greater than ourselv (Score 2) 292

by cyn1c77 (#49330329) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

I think that you are not fully considering all of the possible implications of your comments.

When direct neural I/O becomes a thing, millions (or billions) of people will be directly, electronically linked via the internet. Tell me that's not a new form of intelligence.

I would argue that MySpace and Facebook have not provided us with a new form of intelligence.

An AI doesn't need much, and can figure out how to get enough more efficiently than we can.

The logical conclusion for an AI would be to eliminate itself of its less-efficient human parasite and utilize all available resources for the most efficient mind, which will be itself.

Wozniak, et. al. need to chill. It's just evolution.

Evolution for some is extinction for others.

Comment: Re:what's the point (Score 1) 94

by cyn1c77 (#49272631) Attached to: Top-Secret US Replica of Iran Nuclear Sites Key To Weapons Deal

If we the US were invaded, _I_ would be making roadside bombs, shooting invading troops, doing whatever I could to free my home and I am sure that I would be called a "terrorist" back in the invading country's media.

No, no, no. You likely wouldn't if you don't even have the testicular fortitude to post under your actual handle.

The Patriot Act tested Americans' willingness to fight for our rights and we failed.

You could fight, but its a lot easier to just sit back with a drink, watch episodes of "24," and bitch on /. The government knows that and ensures that you have reliable access to liquor, electricity, and the internet while restricting your ability to obtain useful guns, ammo, body armor, and explosives.

Many of the powers in the Middle East haven't figured this sheepifying formula out yet, which is why they continue to endure social unrest.

Comment: Re:god hertz sucks (Score 1) 188

I just had a rental from them while my car was in the shop -- Chrysler 200 -- it had the annoying as feck GPS / nav unit.

On vehicle start up, after about 5 seconds it would play a super annoying jingle followed by "Hertz!". No way to turn down the volume, disable it, or turn off the nav unit entirely.

Starting the car.. I felt like Peter on office space preparing to get shocked by the door handle.

Methinks that they went this route to stop people from going postal on that fucking thing, and destroying it. (After a week I was about to.)

I always figured the GPS unit in the Hertz cars was a theft deterrent.

When I rent from Hertz, I personally hate being in the same space as the GPS unit. It would definitely make me find another car to steal.

Comment: Propaganda much? (Score 3, Insightful) 179

by cyn1c77 (#49260071) Attached to: Russia Abandons Super-Rocket Designed To Compete With SLS

Wow... Was the summary written by Putin? (Hello Mods: The author is even Russian!)

There may be no current commercial need for the SLS, but you can bet that it will appear once the system launches successfully a few times.

Also, I'm sure the US military and NASA will be excited to be able to launch heavier and heaver things into space and stop being reliant on Russian launch technology, especially with the Russians dusting off their 1950's era bombers to test NATO defenses.

Comment: How small does a laptop need to be? (Score 1) 450

by cyn1c77 (#49234087) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

It strikes me that Apple is continuously trying to find the balance between minimalism and functionality.

What's unfortunate is that they generally err on the side of minimalism. This would be fine (great even!) if they restricted that philosophy to products intended to be small like the iPad and MacBook Air, but it becomes a problem for the user when they start applying it to their Pro product lines and even their mainline models.

Some can learn to live with a hardwired battery and hard drive, even though it goes against most techies' core philosophies. But when you start taking out ports, it gets really fucking annoying if you don't have the requisite dongle RIGHT NOW when you need a connection to work.

And what is the ultimate limit to this philosophy? Sure, you can make the laptop a lot smaller and prettier if you take out the physical keyboard, and the hard drive, and the RAM, and the keyboard. But, at some point, the laptops become so small they they are actually annoying for average-sized people to use for real work. Also, it doesn't look as pretty or feel as convenient in use when there are 50 cables, port extenders, and dongles attached to it just to restore the device to some level of base functionality.

Jobs always had a hard time with that point as he got older. It's unfortunate that Cook seems to have inherited it as well.

Comment: Re:No it doesn't. (Score 1) 609

by cyn1c77 (#49233855) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

Stop being such shills and realize that if you accept this then the republicans are going to start doing it. And then MAYBE you might grasp why this is unacceptable.

Wait, you think that the Republicans aren't already doing this?

The only reason that this is even an issue is because Clinton didn't perpetrate the facade of having a token government email account.

Comment: Re:As if SMTP were ever secure... (Score 3, Insightful) 609

by cyn1c77 (#49233811) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

General Petraus just plead guilty to talking documents home and giving his biographer access to it.

Hillary seems to have taken everything home and given her entire political team/IT/family access to it.

Nice spin, but there is a large distinction between Petraus' intentionally distributing classified documents (to someone he was sleeping with) and Clinton keeping her unclassified email on a non-government server (and not intentionally sharing it with anyone).

It's also interesting how you refer to one of those individuals formally and one informally.

Comment: Re:But, but, you're using logic and science (Score 1) 328

by cyn1c77 (#49078655) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

The problem is you're using logic and science to argue with people who still believe bullshit WOD propaganda like the "gateway drug" theory.

They're not interested in facts, statistics, or scientific evidence. Like fundamentalist religion people, they've made up their mind and anything that disagrees with their predisposition is a "lie".

Right on!

Wait, we are talking about people against driving drunk, right?

Comment: Re:Drop it on Europa (Score 2) 119

by cyn1c77 (#49035791) Attached to: NASA Releases Details of Titan Submarine Concept

Too bad the next launch window to Saturn (2018, 4,13km/s delta-V, 8,2 years) is simply not going to happen. : There's not going to be such a low delta-V/time window for a long time - 2020 is 5,18 km/s / 11,0y; 2021 is 4,80km/s / 8,8y; 2024 is 4,81km/s / 10,4y; etc. So if we're lucky maybe we could get the 2021 window (though the increased delta-V reqs would significantly hurt the payload)... otherwise, there won't be a spacecraft getting to Saturn before the mid 2030s. :

I think you're looking at launch windows waaaaaay to close to present.

There is no way that NASA, at its current funding level, is going to design, build, and test a nuclear-powered submarine for an interplanetary mission in 3-5 years.

Comment: Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (Score 1) 314

by cyn1c77 (#48822297) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

I know this is meant to be a joke, but closing Radio Shack means there is no longer any place you can just run out and grab a specific capacitor or DB9 connector or whatever. It will be online only. This isn't the end of the world, but it is a little sad.

Their assets are basically their storefronts. That's a lot of retail space that is certainly not going to be transformed into something I would ever want to visit.

Many RadioShack stores do not consistently have electronic component bins and, without going to the store, you don't really know which ones do or how large their selection is. They had a core following for the do-it-yourselfer (DIYers)s for decades and then they effectively stopped carrying what those people wanted in favor of products with larger profit margins. Nothing is more frustrating than on a 30-minute driving round trip to find out that you just should have ordered a capacitor and resistor online because the 18 year old at the store doesn't even know what those parts are, much less if they stock them.

In my opinion, this is how they really blew it. They could have grown their online presence (like Newark Electronics or Digikey) and used that capability to more easily stock their storefronts with electronic components. They could have also brought in more computer components into their stores and also added that to their online stock (like Fry's or NewEgg). They could have continued to embrace DIY electronics. Instead, they kept their stores small, were not proactive on internet sales, and tried to copy larger appliance stores like BestBuy. In doing that, they lost most of their core customers and did not effective replace them.

In reality, they died decades ago but their management didn't realize it.

Comment: Your optometrist took advantage of you. (Score 1) 464

by cyn1c77 (#48728317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

If you only need glasses for reading, you do not need progressive lenses. You need reading glasses, which you will only wear when you are reading.

You can just buy an over-the-counter set of glasses ($15) with your prescription. Or you can have a fancier (lighter or more stylish) pair made, but they will be called single-vision lenses (meaning that they have a single correction factor per eye).

Optometrists prefer you to get the most expensive lens option though their shop. Reading glasses are the cheapest. Single visions are the next cheapest. They have a higher profit margin on progressive lenses, multi-focal lenses, bifocals, etc. They also have a nice profit margin on coatings for anti-reflection or transition lenses. (Contact lenses too!)

I recommend you do the following:
1. Visit your optometrist's office and ask for a copy of your eyeglasses prescription. By law (in the US), they must give this to you at the end of the exam. You should always request this, at every visit, as you have paid for it.
2. If you got your lenses at the optometrist, tell them that they simply are not working for you. Usually, if it has been a few weeks to a month, they will remake your lenses in a different option at no cost to you. (This is generally the only advantage of getting your lenses at your optometrist.)
3. Read online about how your prescription works and figure out if you can get by with a simple set of cheap reading glasses. (You can do this if your eyes both require the same diopter correction value.)
4. Go to a drug store and try out cheap reading glasses.

Good luck. Look at the bright side, some people need glasses for both distance and reading!

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