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+ - Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit The Next Green Light

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Hitting that red light sucks. We've all been there, and you know what I'm talking about. But what if your car could tell you the ideal speed to maintain to hit the next green light? That's exactly what's going to happen in the near future thanks to car-to-car technology. Many automakers are already working on this new tech, and Honda's the latest to trial such systems. This is all part of what's known as Universal Traffic Management System which will eventually provide feedback on car-to-car and infrastructure systems before they go into practical use. The system will also be able to tell the driver if a red light is likely to show before reaching an intersection so the driver can slow down, or notify the driver when that red light will turn green. All of this may seem like something that's supposed to benefit the driver's temper, but in reality it's to help save fuel and lower emissions without any physical changes to the car. This is the future, and your vehicle will talk to other vehicles whether you like it or not."

+ - Unofficial patch extends Windows XP support

Submitted by dfsmith
dfsmith (960400) writes "Many companies, my employer included, have stopped supporting Windows XP starting today. Luckily, a couple of engineers at Microsoft have released simple patch to extend XP support. "Our patch extends March indefinitely. For example, with the patch, today is March 32nd. And we wish you Merry Christmas later this month, on March 300th!", explained Rolf Paoli. Seems like an ingenious way to fix an awkward problem."

+ - He Pressed The Brakes, His Tesla Model S Didn't Stop. Why?

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "When things go wrong with the Tesla Model S electric car, its very loyal--and opinionated--owners usually speak up. And that's just what David Noland has done. An incident in which his Model S didn't stop when he pressed the brake pedal scared him--and got him investigating. He measured pedal spacing on 22 different new cars at dealers--and his analysis suggests that the Tesla pedal setup may be causing what aviation analysts call a "design-induced pilot error". And pedal design, as Toyota just learned to the tune of $1.2 billion, is very important indeed in preventing accidents."

Comment: More like "Satanists want Headlines" (Score 1) 1251

Whether you are religious or not, or believe in the existence of the leaders of these religions or not, or believe that there is corruption within the human organizations that run some of these religions or not; the country was founded on values that are consistent with those espoused by "real" religions (oh yes I did), and inconsistent with values tied to the concept of "Satan".

So I'm sorry, but: Satanists, shut up.

At some point, the common values of 98% of people do matter, even while protecting a reasonable freedom of anyone who wants to identify as a minority in some aspect of life. You DO draw a line at hate and violence, for example, regardless that a small minority wants to spread that. Their freedom stops when it goes against the most fundamental rights of everyone else.

Comment: Re:It's really dumb once you understand the purpos (Score 1) 462

by dacaldar (#45320669) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like
That trashes the BS "economic" argument that the slashdot article claims. Most of the reasons in that post were wishy-washy or just plain BS.

In the modern world of auto-time-setting devices and instant information (google "time in new york"), there is no confusion caused by DST, certainly not economically harmful confusion.

The "minimal" energy savings, across a whole population, are still probably worth it on their own, but I agree with other posters that most of us would like light in the evening for a number of reasons (I hate shopping, but I strongly prefer keeping DST on all year round, if possible, even with a second hour added in the summer if you want). I'm in Southern Ontario (Canada, not California), and don't like the bright sun shining right through my curtains at 5:30am in June anyway.

Comment: Re:Bullshit we won't notice (Score 1) 466

by dacaldar (#45193505) Attached to: Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers
I can sympathize - I think I'm a bit under 190 cm. (almost 6'2 - switching to imperial for largely American audience)

I just did a crude measurement of my femur with a ruler - from hip bulge to patella, it's 22.5 inches. + another 4 inches taken up by tailbone / skinny butt behind the hip ball. I have been on planes where I didn't physically fit - my knee pushed into the hard part of a seat in front of me - had to constantly sit on an angle. Very annoying.

I don't know if it's fair to equate height requirements with obesity, in terms of arguing who should pay extra. I'm skinny. I eat well (mostly) and exercise. Maybe a few obese people have medical reasons they can't control, but I believe conventional wisdom is that most such people got that way by making bad choices (yes, in large part due to marketing and the food mass-production system in North America, but they still made those choices).

There are plenty of ways tall people already have to suffer to accommodate shorter people - door handles and kitchen counters/sinks are too low, so it's literally a pain for us to navigate a building and do the dishes. If one thinks tall people should pay extra (over double) because of needing an extra inch of forward space, then fair is fair, the airlines should design variable or configurable row depths and ensure the seat in front of you is touching their short femurs, too. Save all that wasted space in front of short people!

Comment: Re:Same as any other potential fraud. (Score 1) 223

by dacaldar (#44620393) Attached to: Germany: Bitcoin Is "Private Money"
Sigh, can't find anything good when I have mod points a few days ago, and now this.

Original sig is absolutely correct: (except possibly by a fringe standard of morality that someone might claim to have, but that would quickly not hold up to the scrutiny of just about anyone)
"You do not have a moral or legal right to do absolutely anything you want."
and it makes a good point. I rather like it.

Comment: Re:Hey look at us, we are still relevant! (Score 1) 394

by dacaldar (#44609047) Attached to: Wikileaks Releases A Massive "Insurance" File That No One Can Open
Just a random thought (not exactly OT for this subthread, but I had to find somewhere interesting to tack this on)

The cracking time today is irrelevant. How many years until a reasonable sized quantum computer comes out that can decode it in seconds? 10? 20 at the most?

+ - China to Try Out Ocean Thermal Energy System->

Submitted by the_newsbeagle
the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "When you've got a wacky high-tech idea that will cost a lot of money, head to China. Lockheed Martin is the lastest company to heed this advice. For decades, Lockheed has investigated ocean thermal energy conversion, in which the temperature difference between warm surface water and cold deep water is leveraged to produce power. Just a few years ago, the company was working with the Navy and discussing a possible OTEC pilot project in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. That idea has since been scrapped, and Lockheed is now partnering with a Chinese resort developer to build the 10-MW pilot plant off the coast of southern China. Lockheed hasn't disclosed the cost of building this plant, but outside experts say it might cost more than $300 million."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:solution to all problem (Score 1) 317

by dacaldar (#43930535) Attached to: Israeli Army Retweeting 1967 War As It Happened
I agree with what you do with your kids, but surely you realize that it's overkill to "nuke it". Forcibly removing both parties would be a bit more palatable, but still, in practice, where would you put them? No, I'm sure the world powers have thought of these ideas and agreed that it's preferable to keep pushing for a more reasonable outcome, even if it has taken too long.

Comment: Re:Crack (Score 1) 100

by dacaldar (#43631027) Attached to: An Exploration of BlackBerry 10's Programming API
Really? Do the math. How many BlackBerry users would you have to sell the app to in order to make enough money that those one or two days are worth your time. I don't know your app or its price, but surely a few hundred would easily make it worthwhile.

There are 80 million BlackBerry users and growing. You don't think you can sell even a few hundred copies out of 80 million users? Even if you make 10x more money on other platforms, it never hurts to add an extra few % to your bottom line.

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.