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Comment: Exact detail route NOT! (Score 1) 278

by jraff2 (#47795423) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars
When a human drives in a new area she must observer traffic signs, lights, markings, etc. She must become aware of all routes, access and egress with out help from some GPS system. Yeah it may be used to find a location, but beond that she must do the driving with out help of specialized directions. The self driving car (SDC) MUST do the same thing, Yeah one can provide the SDC with a set of regular traffic signs, lights, markings, etc, but it must be alble to handle accidents, construction, new and closing of old entrances, exits, etc. So knowing where every corner and driveway exists is over kill, it must think for it self and figure out the way with out human intervention.

Comment: Never Brick them! Only disable the smart features. (Score 1) 299

The cell phone has become one's safety line to all assistance. If they were bricked, no one could use them for any purpose. The safety line MUST exist, congress mandated it. The phone should be able to call for help or assistance in some reasonable way, like 911 or call home, etc.

Comment: Line Conditioning (Score 1) 78

Power conditioners may handle more issues, but surge protectors will probably be enough protection to limit the actual damage from geomagnetic storm since brown outs usually do not cause major damage. Yeah I know low voltage over a while can cause considerable damage to some equipment. Maybe a low voltage cut off would help with brown outs. So one either needs surge protectors with expensive coils and caps in addition to the a $0.29 MOV. Now are they needed for the whole house or just the expensive and delicate computer and TVs?

Comment: The Transistor was invented in 1925 (Score 1) 183

by jraff2 (#47308119) Attached to: How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law - Physicist Julius Edgar Lilienfeld filed a patent for a field-effect transistor (FET) in Canada in 1925, which was intended to be a solid-state replacement for the triode.[1][2] Lilienfeld also filed identical patents in the United States in 1926[3] and 1928.[4][5] However, Lilienfeld did not publish any research articles about his devices nor did his patents cite any specific examples of a working prototype. Because the production of high-quality semiconductor materials was still decades away, Lilienfeld's solid-state amplifier ideas would not have found practical use in the 1920s and 1930s, even if such a device had been built.[6] In 1934, German inventor Oskar Heil patented a similar device.[7] - The transistor was REINVENTED in 1947!!! - Following its development in 1947 by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley, the transistor revolutionized the field of electronics

Comment: IOT Security NOT (Score 2) 62

by jraff2 (#46381917) Attached to: Cisco Offers $300,000 Prize For Internet of Things Security Apps
Most devices that one would connect to the Internet of Things - IOT are mundane data, not peeps into ones life.
Temperature, humidity, wind, sun, rain, etc. None of these need security, so why bother?
Only the things that indicate some personal action, absence, presents like open/close door, walk down hall, would one want to be secret, use HTTPS.
Since most of the reporting will be mundane statistics the security is NOT needed, just us HTTP.

Comment: Security and Safety (Score 1) 305

by jraff2 (#46303331) Attached to: Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't
I would have the owner of the car get a phone messge to go get in the car and activate the bluetooth connection and then punch in some code. Once this is done the phone would provide the car with any updates. This would prevent any script kiddies, theives, police or FBI from doing any damage to the vehichle becuase only the owner with the authorized bluetooth would be able to do the updates. I know the police and FBI would prefer to have total access but this is a HUGE privacy issue and they MUST have a court order and show cause BEFORE they get access. Fishing expiditions are NOT allowed!

Comment: Water conservation (Score 1) 362

Turn all the canals off! Build lakes, resevoirs up in the mountains and preserve the water for future use. The Core of Eng. should be shot for building the canals. Very bad planning, nobody could forsee the time when Cal. would NEED water. I guarantee you people were screaming that the water should be preserved not thrown away. Tell the town fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers that okayed this catastraphy that they just lost their right to live in Calif. Shame on you!

Comment: There goes ANY child porn conviction! (Score 4, Interesting) 92

by jraff2 (#46198273) Attached to: Snowden Docs Show UK's Digital Spies Using Viruses, Honey Traps
The Government now will be the goto excuse for anyone with any type of computer hackery, virus, trojan, malwear, etc. including ilicit images and pornography. I am not to blame, the Gov.; NSA, FBI, CIA, other TLAs used "Ambassador's Reception" ( to put it on my compuer. Prove me wrong! The Gov. reply will be some form of "we can neither confirm nor deny"... End of case,

Comment: Home Automation (Score 1) 336

by jraff2 (#45950921) Attached to: New Home Automation?
While it might be the desire to "do it yourself" don't! The "do it yourself" job will never end, always be in need of some tweaking, and it almost totally unsaleable, it's yours only you know what it's doing and how to fix it. I would not rely on WiFi for communication, due to security issues. Anyone can listen in on your system and get a good idea of what is going on, how vunerable one is and how to gain access. One can help the instalation by putting Cat5/6 in all the walls and access locations. Don't forget, garage, patio, pool, front walk, etc. When someone wants the front lit up with blinking Xmas lights timed to some music, it needs HA connection.

Comment: Protect yourself and us (Score 1) 599

NSA, FBI, CIA, other TLAs or the Police, any could show up and DEMAND the information. To protect yourself and us put up a sign that No-one has come looking for the data either individually or en-mass. You have NOT received NSL letters and will remove the sign when they do arrive.

Comment: Re:How are we going to harness tech and knowledge (Score 1) 94

by jraff2 (#45776893) Attached to: 2013: an Ominous Year For Warnings and Predictions
Something like the 1859 Carrington Event or even stranger will provide some warning. Shut the grid down! Turn EVERYTHING OFF! Unplug EVERYTHING! With no live current the device killing current surges will be much less. Go ouside and enjoy the light show. DO NOT use any electrical appliance, not even battery operated, it will be burned out!

It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. -- Woody Allen