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Comment Re:No (Score 1) 64

This severely penalises small content producers in favour of massive corporations, all a publisher needs to do is wait five years and they can leverage their marketing and distribution might to completely own a franchise while the original creator gets nada.

If after 5 years, any producer of content is relying on that content for income, then they effectively have no further value to society.

Another way to say it is that if you haven't made your money on it within 5 years, you almost certainly never will.

Comment Re:How much will it cost. (Score 1) 397

You don't even need to replace the brake pads, because regenerative braking means they don't wear out.

Be a little cautious with that one. Regenerative braking requires a large enough battery to handle the charging current. The Tesla Batteries are fine, and you'll never need the actual brake pads. The $30k commuters like the leaf, volt and iMiev, do not have a large enough pack to absorb the full brunt of regenerative braking, so they use the brake pads a lot. It kills their actual range, and burns up the undersized pads they put on those cars. The only way to avoid the problem is to get a car with a large enough pack to do 0-60 in less than 8 seconds (braking is simply that same stunt in reverse...), or learn to drive extremely defensively: begin slowing down 1/2 mile from red lights and expected turns, keep at least 10 seconds following distance, etc...

The reality of the matter is that in order to have real regenerative braking, you need a pack that will give you at least 300 miles range. The only alternative is a design that uses ultra-caps to store some of the energy recovered during braking, a radically new (and better) battery chemistry than anything commercially available, or both.

Comment Re:The question is 'why' (Score 2) 308

It's the same reason that, despite being absolutely awful, WinCE is widely used. The same reason that ATMs run Windows XP.

Wince isn't widely used. There are a few large customers who (for reasons passing baffling) stay with microsoft. Most everyone else in the embedded space uses linux, or spins their own OS. There are 15 Billion embedded devices connected to the internet, and approximately 10x that many standalone embedded single board computers. Of those, less than 80 Million run Wince, with that number steadily dwindling. That's less than 1/2 of 1%. Microsoft makes relatively little money on embedded systems (to get companies to use their products at all, the per unit cost has to be ridiculously low). It's part of the reason that Microsoft largely ignored the embedded devices markets (including MP3 players among others) until after other companies exploded the markets, and suddenly microsoft realised they had missed the boat and jumped in the water to try and swim after.

At the end of the day, microsoft has nothing to offer the embedded market that others aren't already better at, cheaper at, and less likely to pull the rug out from under their legs.

Comment Re:Every since emissions happened people cheated (Score 4, Insightful) 161

We are treated this worse then a safety issue where people died.

This is a safety issue where people are dying. NOx causes premature death and a whole host of respiratory illness'. Just because you can't grab a single person out of the mix and say "this person is specifically dead because of it", doesn't mean that people are not dying as a result of the deception. Its people like you who keep voting for the liars and scumbags that are ruining every democracy in the world. If someone came up with a law to disqualify people with your demonstrated lack of ability to understand consequences, I would support that law, no matter how flawed the test was, just on the basis of having some chance of keeping you and your ilk out of my political system.

Comment Re: Sorry, but you're screwed (Score 2, Interesting) 288

Stop buying their software? Windows 10 is free, nobody has to buy it.

Just because you didn't give them money up front, doesn't mean there aren't other costs associated with using the products. One has to ask how long before microsoft starts selling advertising services to customers that can't be blocked because its the OS that’s feeding you the ads? Only way out is to buy enterprise edition? Guess what, that costs $200 per seat, and unlike past generations of PCs, when you buy a PC now, you're getting the free version of windows, so now that $500 PC is actually going to cost you $700 to get what you used to get. You as the tech support guy need to warn your friends and family that this is what they have signed up for with windows 10. Beyond that warning, refuse to support it, and tell grandma that you would be happy to install Ubuntu or Debian, or some other such that really *is* free.

As long as you keep trying to do free tech support for microsoft, they're going to keep shitting on people like you. If the product doesn't work, why are you fixing it for microsoft? tell the people that if they have trouble they need to contact microsoft for tech support, and when microsoft refuses, that's when you offer one of the Linux variants.

Comment Re:Israel hasn't vowed to "wipe Iran off the map" (Score 1) 441

You stated that Jews should have the right to live there, yet before 1945, they weren't there in any appreciable quantity, and they sure as hell didn't have a political entity there. They took the land where others were living and booted large numbers of them out of their land. All because they hold a "sincere religious belief" that the land belonged to them...

If you go back far enough, pretty much anyone of earth can lay claim to pretty much any patch of dirt through some lineage or other. Claiming a religious right should be treated for the absurdity that it is. If someone is claiming that God gives them the right to something that otherwise wouldn't be theirs, I would propose that they should have to provide proof by some method other than circular arguments. They should first have to prove that God exists...

Comment Re:Raspberry Pi (Score 0) 212

Are you a MAC user? Do you need a plug and play system, with only one button and voice recognition?

Did yours have the sound activation, voice recognition, remote access, automated 911 dispatch, servo motor control for pan/tilt, etc...

If it does, then you spent way more than a few hours on it, and you should market it.

Comment Re:Israel hasn't vowed to "wipe Iran off the map" (Score 1) 441

If the Jews believe that Jerusalem is holy, they should be able to live there.

Fuck what??!?

Do you also believe that Kim Davis has the right to impose her religious beliefs on the rest of the country? My religious belief is that the White house is holy land, and that god has commanded me to live there. By your reasoning, this should be perfectly acceptable, and Obama should turn the keys over to me forth-with. People need to get past the idea that religion gives anyone the right to anything. Religion is between a person and their god, and has no business interfering with anyone else. As soon as you allow one persons religion to be imposed on another, no ones freedoms are safe. It's high time that we take active steps to prevent *all* religions of the world from being politically active. Mixing religion and politics always ends in someone being persecuted. Always.

Comment Re:Get serious... (Score 3, Insightful) 212

Because otherwise what the system runs is irrelevant and makes very little sense to tinker with it. If you *really* enjoy the tinkering, install a primary security system and get a secondary as an add-on to play with.

The entire point of a security system is deterrence. The thing you have to understand is that, even if you have 4k video, DNA evidence, and a signed confession, the police will not do a damned thing to help you. If you're in a tough enough area, they wont even send a cop; just take a statement over the phone. At the end of the day, once the crooks have your stuff, you've already lost, so your only hope is to scare them off before hand.

Comment Re:Raspberry Pi (Score 1, Interesting) 212

Why not a network of some raspberry Pi's outfitted with cameras and IR lights. One could even add a $8 usb sound dongle for sound detection. Couple that with either a WiFi or Cellular network, and instant home security. Could even add voice recognition "panic switch", something like "Linus, compile my kernel" which would call the police/911/999 with an automated message. Add a few cheap servo motors, and you can get pan/tilt cameras. Total cost of a camera, with servos, power supply, camera, raspi, about $60-$80. Still almost 2X cheaper than the crappy "ip cameras" dlink/linksys et al peddle.

Then add 1000 hours of labor to get it all working. The OP was looking for a *pre-existing* system that he could tinker with, not ideas for something he would build from scratch. Even at minimum wage, 1000 hours is $10,000. That'll buy one very spiffy security system.

Comment Re:This is to be expected, and affects many printe (Score 4, Interesting) 268

In the case of consumer cartridges, HP, Lexmark, and Epson would be deeply upset if a bunch of the customers complained about "empty" cartridges that still said they had 5% capacity left. To prevent complaints, add a little bit of ink ...

There are two obvious solutions to that problem:

1: Stop lying to your customer by claiming to be measuring the remaining ink in a cartridge when you're not.

2: Actually measure the ink in the cartridge and report that amount to the user. I understand that from the printer manufacturers point of view, the ink is cheap, but from the customers point of view, ink is hideously expensive. Given the customers cost of ink, they would be better served by an accurate mechanism to measure the remaining ink, rather than stupid tricks like this to claim a feature that the product really doesn't have. There have to be dozens of different ways to measure ink remaining, some of which are bound to be dirt cheap and far more accurate than the current method of "guessing"

Comment Re:astroturfage (Score 1) 137

In America, even people on welfare have television. That's not a need.

It is if you don’t want your citizens to revolt. Its been well understood for literally thousands of years, that if you want to foment revolution, the quickest way is to have an otherwise bored population. Provide a distraction, and you can get away with a lot of oppression.

As for health care, our present system ensures that those on the bottom get substandard health care, thereby causing a significant difference in the quality and length of life of those on the bottom as compared to those on the top. In a society with so much surplus, there is no need for it. If the income inequality were not so great, everyone could have top quality health care too, and the top 1% could still be obscenely wealthy.

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark