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Comment Re:Idiotic Summary (Score 1) 399

in-vehicle concierge (43%) - that means that 57% do use it

No it doesn't. It would have been faster for everyone if you had of said "I dont understand surveys" because that's what you said.

Remember there will be a large percentage of people who answered along the lines of "I dont have this feature", "I dont know" and "I'm not sure".

Comment Re:It's the interface, stupid (Score 1) 399

We do not need Apple for this. What we need is an interface that is porgrammable that can do all of this and do it regardless of Apple or Samsung.

What we need are head units that are replaceable.

Head units will become obsolete faster than brakes, suspension or radiators, yet all of these are easy to replace.

In 5 years, your head unit will be horribly out of date, not just in software but hardware which cant be fixed by a firmware update. A $150 head unit will be more advanced than a $1000 head unit from 5 years ago. Even if the manufacturer has bothered to update it.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 399

"I'd be happy if folks would just bother to use their blinkers, instead of fiddling around with other hi-tech in their cars."

I'd be happy if people would go forward when the light changes so I can get through the intersection before the light turns red again. instead of texting, or updating Facebook, or whatever the fuck they're doing with their stupid phones.

You have a device fitted to your vehicle for use in these cases. Its usually connected to the steering wheel (although old SAABs liked to put it in strange places) and when engaged it will make a loud sound.

I give people about 3 seconds before I do this, for those with a difficulty in perceiving time, this is long enough to say "wake up Jeff, we need you for the show".

BTW, as the owner of a loud car, when I see someone on their phone at the lights in my rear view mirror, I generally give it a bit of throttle to wake them up. Its fun to watch them drop their phone and panic. The death stares they give me after they realise I'm doing it deliberately are priceless.

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 1) 193

what keeps you up? the noise, the awkward body position?

I wish it was that simple an answer.

I simply do not know, it's definitely not noise as I've slept through a cyclone before. Once asleep, I am a very difficult person to wake. Probably not vibration either as I can sleep in cars and trains.

Could be the atmospheric conditions (dry air, pressurised to a higher altitude) but I cant say anything for certain except I dont sleep on planes.

Comment Re:"quality of finish" does anybody really care? (Score 1) 126

I can see you do not own an iPhone either.

That being said, I think the Nexus 5 really was the best looking phone on the market when I bought one. Mostly because it did not have that goofy curved back that some Samsung phones have, nor that absurdly large bezel that Motorola has. I hope the Nexus 5mkII looks the same.

When I showed my Nexus 5 to my car detailer, he was shocked at how good it was simply to hold compared to his Iphone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S 5.

This is a car detailer, so he really didn't know much, nor care about the technical details. He was just impressed by how easy it is to hold for such a large phone (IMHO, its due to the type of plastic used for the backing). These are the kinds of things that non-phone people find important. His first question was about how good the camera is, which is pretty damn good on the Nexus 5. The problem is, the Nexus 5 is no longer for sale.

Comment Re:Because Everything To Do With Air Travel... (Score 1) 193

That and the airports usually require that the airport location not charge more than their locations in the city center. So somebody like McDonald's has to charge the same price. The newsstands typically *only* have airport locations so there is no baseline comparison.

Erm, I've seen newsagents in the centre of most cities I've visited so there is a baseline comparison.

The big difference is you've got more foot traffic willing to buy in a city centre.

Comment Re:Fragmentation is an issue? No shit! (Score 5, Interesting) 109

Nobody who has done Android development is surprised to hear this.

I generally find the opposite, the ones crowing about fragmentation tend to be the ones who have no experience in development on Android (and indeed any non-iPhone platform) and handling perfectly pedestrian problems that we've been working with for all of programming history...

Different hardware and OS versions is standard standard, part of being a programmer...


If you want to avoid version issues with Android, target the lower API levels. Sure you miss out all of the newer features, but you dont need those for a fart app. Android itself handles most (or all of, in most cases) of the backwards compatibility.

Besides this, we've seen the problems inherent in monocultures in IT. Remember I.E. 6... This is why aged web developers never complain about writing compatibility layers for Firefox, Chrome and Webkit browsers.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 235

I can't think of a valid reason an individual LEO should be allowed control of an individual self-driving vehicle, ever. There is simply too much potential for abuse.

The correct answer to "when should cops be allowed to take control of an autonomous vehicle" is "never".

An autonomous vehicle should never allow remote control because it's only a matter of time before it gets compromised and then used by someone with less than benign purposes.

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 1) 193

How do I pull off this witchcraft? I don't go to sleep the night before a flight. so when I get to the plane... I'm pretty tired... and I can reliably sleep whenever and where ever I want to sleep.

He's a witch, can we burn him.

Seriously, I cant just turn my self off like a light. Tried, failed and it doesn't matter how tired I am. The only time I've ever slept on a plane was chemically assisted (I was royally hung over) and this was on a 1 hour flight from Bangkok to Phnom Penn.

I've flown from Perth, Western Australia to Las Vegas (assuming everyone knows where that is) and didn't get a jot of sleep, I even stayed up until 9 PM local time to avoid jet lag which worked, I was completely functional at 8 AM the next day, which is odd, I'm not normally functional at that time. I spent 42 hours waking in total considering I arrived at LV at 3 PM.

Comment Re:Because Everything To Do With Air Travel... (Score 1) 193

I'm sure I'm not the first person in the world to have come up with the idea of putting a Dollar Store in an airport. Since I've never owned or operated a retail outlet of any kind, though, I can imagine there's some sort of prohibition to the idea that I haven't thought of yet

The reason you don't see dollar stores at airports or malls, is that they operate at very low margins. If they sell you stuff at $1, they would simply not be able to afford rent at a premium spot like that. There is no law against it, it is just not economical.

This, low margins and high volume.

Only a certain type of businesses can afford to support the higher rents of an airport with high volume, this is why Burger King/Mickey D's is the same price airside but newsagents charge $4 for a pen. A McD's will see the volume necessary to support those prices and still make a profit whilst a dollar store wont.

Comment Re:Glad they didn't read the books (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Pedophilia, incest, multiple non-abrahamic religions, polytheism, zombies, ghouls, various fantasy figures, idol worship, paganism...

I'm pretty sure most of that can be found in the bible.

Things I've seen in Game Of Thrones is on the same level or more tame than things I've read in books. So why aren't the "moral majority" up in arms about about that?

Well because books dont get the same media coverage and more likely, these people dont read.

Comment Re:As much as I hate to mention the "O" word ... (Score 1) 87

It wasn't even *close* to cheap (either in implementation or ongoing support) but we added OIM (Oracle Identity Manager) to our existing Oracle suite of products

We're an University of 30,000 students and 5,000 staff and we're getting rid of OIM because it cant do anything properly. After 3 years and literally millions of dollars it still cant communicate with Exchange, not only are we still employing the same number of people to do account provisioning (approx 14,000 new accounts per year) we're also employing a large team of developers who spend more time rolling back failed changes than developing new ones (jury is still out on whether this is a good thing). When Oracle recently turned around and said we needed to license another product to get Exchange connectivity it was the straw that broke the camels back.

Not only this, Oracle is adamant that it cant be virtualised using VMWare. This means we need to keep around massive amounts of iron for the two times a year we do student intakes.

Not only is OIM not even remotely close to cheap, it's not even remotely close to functional.

Comment Re:Well, this explains a lot! (Score 1) 234

Ignorance is perceived as "deviant" rather than normal?

That is because "ignorance" in the colloquial definition is entirely wilful ignorance despite the technical definition including simply being unaware.

When we refer to someone as being ignorant, it means they deliberately ignored information and knowledge rather than not possessing it in the first place.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

if the data hackers grabbed ak 47s and stormed the colocation facility and ripped out hard drives, then your analogy works. the company is innocent and the hackers deserve full condemnation

Not sure about where you live, but you'd need more than AK47's to storm a colo in Australia. We're a country that doesn't have gun nuts and mass shootings twice a week but even our datacenters are designed to be extremely secure buildings. There will be under 10 windows, windows on the ground floor will not permit direct access to data halls, the glass will also be bulletproof and the place is under 24 hour guard. They are this secure (by law) because of the sensitivity of the data they keep. This is even if you get to the front door, datacenters are surrounded by 2.5 metre high fences and remotely controlled gates.

A datacentre is the kind of building I'd look for in the event of a Zombie apocalypse.

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