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Comment: Re:China-based threat actors (Score 1) 78

Sometimes a driver simply isn't available for Linux, QNX, VxWorks or other embedded OSes.

That is actually the best argument to avoid such hardware. Rely on hardware that is open standards based, then you can reduce dependency on proprietary drivers

The reason they have to stay with XPe is because there probably aren't any drivers for Vista/Win7/Win8/Win8.1 So much for the benefit of reusing XP drivers

On the other hand, I'm sure whatever is needed could be ported to NetBSD - which can probably also run on these things, as it runs on just about everything else, including toasters. Just sayin' that there's more to wide-spread hardware portability than just XPe.

Comment: Re:Stop throwing good money after bad. (Score 4, Informative) 354

by fahrbot-bot (#47420607) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

F-18E/F will likely outperform it [F-35] as an air superiority fighter, as will Eurofighter. All of these are cheaper and proven to work.

The F-35 isn't intended as a air-superiority fighter, the F-22 is. From:

But now, the F-22 must be upgraded through a costly service life extension plan and modernization program because, “If I do not keep that F-22 fleet viable, the F-35 fleet frankly will be irrelevant. The F-35 is not built as an air superiority platform. It needs the F-22,” says [Chief of U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command Gen. Michael] Hostage to Air Force Times.

In addition, from Wikipedia:

F-22 ... designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.

F-35 ... designed to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. ... The design goals call for the F-35 to be the premier strike aircraft through 2040 and to be second only to the F-22 Raptor in air superiority.

Comment: Re:Ken Starr is a bad example. (Score 2) 150

The Beam Brush checks up on your teeth-brushing technique. "... What I cannot understand is how politicians fail to understand what a future Kenneth Starr is going to do with data like this."

Bad example? You say that now, but just wait until we get a President caught brushing his teeth side-to-side and not up-and-down, then you'll be wishing for a Ken Starr to try and take him down.

Comment: Exterior views provided by lasers... (Score 1) 464

From TFA:

The Airbus patent shows a windowless cockpit that removes the windows or reduces them to partial views of the outside world. Instead, exterior views are provided by a display formed by back projection, lasers, holograms, or OLED imaging systems fed by cameras outside the fuselage.

Great. Now sharks will want to be pilots.

Comment: Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (Score 1) 578

by fahrbot-bot (#47369741) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

And it annoys the hell out of normal hearing people, especially those living close to an intersection. Please, there's enough noise as it is.

If it's too quiet to be heard inside of a car then it definitely will be too quite to be heard inside your house quite a bit further away.

I live about a block away from an intersection (as the crow flies) with an audible tone for the walk light and can often hear it in my house late at night on quiet evenings. It's a bit annoying, but you learn to tune it out once you realize what "that damn buzzing is"...

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce