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Comment: Moto X Assist App Driving Mode (Score 1) 184

by enbody (#46885355) Attached to: Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution
Motorola has an Assist app that detects when you are in motion. If enabled and a call comes in, it will identify the caller and ask you if you want to ignore it. You reply verbally. If you say "ignore," it will ask if you want to send a text "I'm driving I'll call later" (something like that) or have you create a message. Also, you can have it read text messages as they arrive. If you aren't the driver, you can simply turn it off. I find it to be a nice compromise between a nanny app and nothing.
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Getting Cooler 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft is getting hip again, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, but Google with Android still the coolest kid in school, Apple doing great as well. The polling organization asked the US's finest 18 and 29-year-olds what the coolest tech brands are, allowing them to give a 'thumb up' for brands they liked. Interestingly, for the first time in a long while around half answered Microsoft. The opinion was that Microsoft is cooler now than it was a year or two ago. 'It's more customizable, and not as rigid as an Apple phone, where you have to buy all the products from Apple. If you want a ringtone, you don't have to pay iTunes. I know Apple is the cool, hip brand right now, but if Microsoft keeps coming out with new tech I'm sure it'll be back soon.', Josh Johnson, a 24-year-old media arts student at the University of South Carolina commented. Although 'coolness' remains, at best, an amorphous concept, consumer perceptions are pivotal in determining the longevity of products, particularly in the fast-moving consumer electronics industry. The survey 'definitely shows that Microsoft's efforts are paying off, but we'll have to see how cool translates into customers,' said Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg."

Comment: Re:CAN is cool, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 153

by enbody (#41056263) Attached to: Intel Team Takes On Car Hackers

Maybe they could start by separating networks for the critical functions and entertainment systems.

Cars used to have multiple busses, but they unified them to save weight to improve fuel efficiency.

That is, they chose fuel efficiency over security. Remember, right now fuel efficiency will sell more cars than a more nebulous "security" that few can appreciate (until something really bad happens).

Comment: Re:As a youth services librarian . . . (Score 1) 726

by enbody (#40397707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?
The Redwall series by Brian Jacques is excellent for young kids. The characters are animals, and the stories are engaging. There are quite a few titles in the series. Many of the suggestions are excellent suggestions, but in my opinion are better for slightly older kids, YMMV. My son is now a young adult and started with Redwall. He has read many classics such as LOTR, is into the Game of Thrones (happens to be reading Lolita at the moment and loves Hemmingway).

Comment: guest book larger than graduating class (Score 1) 127

by enbody (#31473316) Attached to: Classmates.com Settles Lawsuit Over Phony Friends

Classmates has notified me weekly of multiple sign-ins to my guest book for years, adding up to more guest book sign-ins than students in my graduating class. Apparently I had not realized how popular I was! Being a nerd led to a reluctance to socialize that saved me from this fraud.

Comment: Overheated brakes don't (Score 1) 1146

by enbody (#29980570) Attached to: Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

One point missed on all posts is that overheated brakes don't work. If brake operation allows them to heat up too much before enough stopping occurs, you will get to complete failure. I can see it possible to be racing down the road, get the brakes heated, and then fail to generate enough braking to stop the vehicle.

Having said that, I'm on the side of "user error" in these cases.

Comment: Old NH hiker with mixed feelings (Score 1) 162

by enbody (#27921953) Attached to: Replacing New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain

I grew up in NH and spent my youth hiking and camping in the White Mountains. I like the proposed glass "old man". It is a nice memorial to the fallen face, and both the viewing platform and the internal water fall are clever ideas. If you have to hike to get in it, I would be in favor of it. However, if a road is going to be built to it, I'm not in favor. That part of the plan is not specified in the linked article, but presumably it would be car accessible. A lot of back-country territory would be spoiled to make that spot car accessible and that would be a shame. I now qualify for some senior-citizen discounts but would rather struggle up the slope than drive, and it won't be too long before I won't even be able to do that.

Earth

+ - Green Cement as year's top tech breakthrough

Submitted by enbody
enbody (472304) writes "A Wired article on "The Top 10 Green-Tech Breakthroughs of 2008" listed Green Concrete as number one.
"By employing catalysis instead of heat, it reduces the energy cost per ton of cement. And in this process, CO2 is an input, not an output. So, instead of producing a ton of carbon dioxide per ton of cement made — as is the case with old-school Portland cement — half a ton of carbon dioxide can be sequestered.""

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.

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