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Comment: Re:Want a great example? (Score 1) 516

by dummptyhummpty (#39467907) Attached to: NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

It's only because of historical reasons we have analog displays. They all just read all their info from the computer and then generate an analog-like display. It would be much cheaper and simpler for companies to just use LCD flatpanels at this point. They already have hoods over the displays to shield the sun, so washout wouldn't be a big issue.

I know Mercedes has started doing this in their S-class (possibly other models by now). The gauge cluster is partly a giant LCD that displays an analoge style gauge. It even displays an analogue style radio tuner for switching stations.

Comment: Free service? (Score 1) 543

by dummptyhummpty (#37212754) Attached to: Do You Want Best Buy Opening Your New Laptop?
I realize this is an old article, but at my store (and others in the area) this was $29 service that you would have to pay for, not something they just did. It sounds like this store was just throwing it in for their customers. We would create the restore disks and run an optimization. We would also (at least I would when I was moved up to GS) clean up all the crap that was preloaded on the machine. If the customer purchased AV/AM protection, we would load that too, update it and setup a scan schedule. Of course most of this was automated :-).

Comment: How old is this? (Score 2, Informative) 488

by dummptyhummpty (#29595165) Attached to: Company Uses DMCA To Take Down Second-Hand Software
From the only comment in the article: "Ron said on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 Of course no one responded to your request for comments, this was decided over a year ago http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2008/05/court-smacks-autodesk-affirms-right-to-sell-used-software.ars So much for breaking news."

Comment: Re:Cat-6 (Score 1) 635

by dummptyhummpty (#28204063) Attached to: You've Dropped Your Landline — Now What?
I was looking into using my phone wire as pull for Cat-5 and wondered about this too. I wasn't able to see about the in wall stuff, but in the attic, they used very few staples, mostly at the point before it heads down the wall. I remember I was able to pull on the one for my room and it seemed to be free in the wall. If he's serious about this, he should at least investigate.

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