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Comment Re:Sucks for Lightsquared (Score 2) 178

I know that it is probably too much to ask, but if you had read some of the letter from the NTIA, they specifically mention that there are no performance standards for GPS equipment to be compared against. That is, no one ever told manufacturers of GPS equipment that they had to deal with so much interference in neighboring frequency bands. The result of this may be that some standards are developed, but that does nothing for the huge installed base of GPS receivers.

Comment Fob range extender (Score 1) 280

This just sounds like they build a range extender for the key fob, allowing the fob to be MUCH farther away from the car than it would normally have to be. This is nice to allow access to the car and to get it started, but once you've driven the car out of range of the (range-extended) fob, you'll never get the car started again. Maybe it doesn't matter if they're just taking the car to a chop shop. Still scary, though.

Comment Re:Easy for hackers to fix? (Score 1) 757

then the equivalent of "jamming in a penny" should be safe and effective

Except that the "eFuse" is inside one of the ICs, probably one of the processors, and is completely inaccessible. Since you won't be able to modify the code that checks the state of the fuse AND you can't physically "jam a penny" into the fuse, you're still shit out of luck.

Comment Re:so what? (Score 5, Insightful) 97

Losing credit card numbers or bank account numbers for large groups is bad; losing email addresses is not.

Losing email addresses is not AS BAD as losing more sensitive information, but it is still not good. I, for one, wouldn't be happy about that information being exposed.

Comment Re:Everything but the first two films? (Score 1) 256

Forget "rebooting." What they need to do is to combine franchises. I'm anxiously awaiting the Alien vs. Terminator movie, myself. Its set in the future after the Terminators have wiped out all of the humans. Tag line: Alien vs. Terminator: Who ever wins, we're already dead, so we don't give a fuck anymore. It's going to be huge!

Comment Re:Heaven forbid... (Score 1) 517

Given how important a functioning judiciary is to society, jury service really ought to be better rewarded, so competent people don't have such a strong incentive to get out of it.

Even if I did want to serve on a jury (I've never been given the opportunity), one or the other of the lawyers would probably reject me as a juror. Its widely known that they don't want smart, well-informed people on the jury so that their bullshit can work better.

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