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Comment: Re:HUD should only show vital information (Score 1) 195 195

V2V stands to be fucked up for a multiplicity of reasons: shitty engineering, corporations trying to monetize it, and privacy issues

Bad engineering and monetization efforts ought to only foobar the 1st generation products. Remember..... before Ethernet, we had DECnet, and many proprietary network protocols designed to help corporations attempt to monetize it by making themselves the patented standard everyone would have to buy.

Note we no longer use all those protocols, but the Internet still became a reality. Corporations trying to monetize don't necessarily stop an idea that is good enough that has the right community backing it who isn't willing to put up with vendor crap.

By every indication, people only say they care about privacy issues, but when it comes to actions in the real world, the vast majority people ignore privacy or will happily throw it away for convenience, free products or services, enabling them to interact with more people, or more fun toys.

Comment: Re:HUD should only show vital information (Score 1) 195 195

They'll probably "give away" the V2V enablement, and have all that stuff turned on by default, so it's maximally useful to OTHER drivers who pay for the feature, BUT for getting the V2V features that most benefit the end user, they will probably be options or "licensed feature packs", for example... you need options to have a display or warning tones to alert about hazards immediately ahead by the V2V network, or you need additional 'sounding devices' or 'display features' to show the construction/slowdown ahead.

Without the options your V2V is a "headless" sensor that will still interact with other drivers' cars as a sensor to provide information, but without providing you nearly as much benefit.

Comment: Re:Full disclosure (Score 1) 33 33

Usually an admin can solve the problem with a firewall, or by temporarily disabling a feature

A lot of problems would be fixed if we disabled Internet Exploder permanently, and Java, and Shockwave/Flash/Silverlight.

Most exploits these days are not the type that can be solved by closing a port: unless by that you mean closing outgoing ports such as port 80, and port 443.

It would also be great if we could permanently disable e-mail clients that allow you to double click an attachment.

Microsoft's "Mark of the Web" was a good idea.... until they added an Unblock button and a dialog box that lets you run the program anyways.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 325 325

I bought shares in a company should I be compensated when the company folds?

Hey, sure.... your share of any value that is left over after all the higher-priority claimants were paid.

But Taxi medallions are not like shares in a company. The government doesn't have any duty to maintain or attempt to increase their value.

If the local authority sees fit to do so, they can likely issue out 50000 medallions for auction over an X month period, or whatever number they want, to generate more cash for the city, regardless of the affect on market value.

At some point they could choose to start issuing them in even larger quantities if they like, and then, the artificially inflated value would be over.

Comment: Re:HUD should only show vital information (Score 1) 195 195

In reality, that guy behind you in the 1987 Malibu isn't going to have it, and never will.

Until the insurance companies start requiring it in order to have the best possible insurance rate, then he will pay for the retrofit, once it doesn't make any financial sense not to add the system.

This still requires that V2V be affordable and provide sufficient benefits.

I don't see it sticking with fancy cars only.... If backup cams have been made mandatory, then I see V2V safety features becoming mandatory as well.

Comment: HUD should only show vital information (Score 1) 195 195

Don't throw distracting trivia at the driver. DO use computational methods to highlight things the driver should definitely pay attention to that might not be obvious.

For example: if the view ahead is obstructed, or visibility is limited, a supplementary warning about oncoming objects that are out of sight could be useful.

Comment: Re:but not amplifiers (Score 1) 62 62

although I'm not sure if "through the center of the earth" is the next big thing for high speed communications.

It won't be until we develop technology that can shoot neutrinos through earth, capture them on the other side, and demodulate the encoded message.

Comment: Re:I have an iPhone 1 (Score 1) 149 149

It is now 8 years old. And using the original battery, and not having charge or capacity problems.

The longevity of the battery depends on random chance and how it's treated. The AppleCare+ thing doesn't address the concerns, because it only lasts 2 years. MOST LIKELY the battery will last longer than 2 years, but still cut short the life of the device, Especially if the battery is frequently cycled too deeply.

I have a desktop that is over 8 years old, and it's still using the original hard drive. It does not mean I should not be very concerned, if the system had a non-removable hard drive. Just because mine didn't fail yet, does not mean these things don't fail.

Comment: Re:Sorry most Americans... (Score 1) 119 119

I wouldn't use it without a parachute either. With an emergency parachute... um....

An emergency parachute is no panacea. If something goes wrong... first of all, well, the parachute can fail to open..... the shock from the parachute opening can be painful, even if not as painful as freefall into the ground.

With little/no control of where you're going.... You can land at a very inopportune place, such as grazing/crashing into the side of a building, being impaled by a vehicle antennae, having the parachute get tangled up in something, or come into contact with live electric wires.

Other nasty scenarios include landing in water or in the middle of a highway where you might be run over or other unsafe/unsuitable ground.

Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 1) 136 136

I think you didn't get it....

"If you've got nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear"

Is the broken argument governments are using to "justify" pervasive surveillance of the people.

Why should governments be treated differently from people?

France essentially just took on new Patriot-act style surveillance legislation back in may not too long ago, that allows warrant-free phone taps, e-mail taps, keyloggers, and covertly installed cameras/recorders.

Comment: Re:"Other types of electromagnetic radiation" (Score 1) 529 529

Health complaints start instantly when the (still disconnected) antennas are installed.

OK, then, so perhaps the health problems are not solely based on what is being transmitted using that antenna.

The antenna could be picking up existing signals that are a multiple length of the antenna and reflecting them back out as a modified signal, all without any equipment attached to that antenna. ^_^

Comment: Re:Rolling Code RKEs (Score 1) 165 165

But the first acknowledgement recorded by the dongle is sent back at the fob.

What acknowledgement? I thought you were jamming the fob.... If there's an acknowledgement, that means the remote side saw the message at least once, so you started jamming after they already sent a signal and operated their RKE one time.

I am also under the impression that the vast majority of fobs are one-way transmitter-only devices, and the car side only has a receiver, so the fobs are not expecting an acknowledgement.

Comment: Re:Rolling Code RKEs (Score 2) 165 165

since the next time the fob sends a signal it won't be the right one needed to trigger whatever it was supposed to do

No different than if the fob sends a signal while out of range of the device.

They would have to jam the fob across numerous communication attempts, before they would truly come out of sync so badly that the fob could no longer operate after the jamming was turned off.

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