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+ - Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Just the other day we read about how the Department of Transportation will require all manufacturers to include rearview cameras on all new cars produced after May 1, 2018. But there's something else auto manufacturers are pushing for, the ability to replace sideview mirrors with cameras in 2018. Tesla in particular is pushing for this to happen as traditional mirrors are bulky, and not very aerodynamic. That lump of plastic can cause surprising amounts of drag on an otherwise smooth car body. Camera units are much smaller and can be made streamlined, or even mounted nearly flush with the body, thus reducing aerodynamic drag. The idea has been around since the 1990s, and many concept cars have used cameras instead of sideview mirrors for years. But how will NHTSA respond? Is it finally time to ditch the sideview mirror?"

Comment: CN Tower and windows (Score 1) 488

by nsrbrake (#33649428) Attached to: Airbus Planning Transparent Planes

I'd rather see the windows turn into a long and relatively high window running the length of the plane.

The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario has a very thick glass for a floor over a small section so you can look strait down. You can walk over it safely with no problems, but it freaks the hell out of most people. When I went to visit it I had no problems but my 3 friends wouldn't go within a foot of the glass part of the floor. The vast majority of the other visitors reacted the same way, they'd lean over to take a quick look and then move away never setting foot on the glass.

Comment: Re:Firefox extension? (Score 1) 205

by nsrbrake (#33067396) Attached to: FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

For cookies there's lots of options. I'm sure there's more, but that's a quick list off the top of my head.

Ghostery - identifies and allows you to block the 3rd parties (web bugs) that are hidden on the current page you're visiting. Web bugs include ad networks, behavioral data collectors and web analytics providers.

BetterPrivacy - "super-cookie safeguard" Permanently opt-out cookies to stop behavioral advertising by 100+ different advertising networks, including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, all members of the Network Advertising Initiative, and many others.

Beef Taco - targeted advertising cookie opt-out.

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Comment: After something's gone wrong (Score 1) 233

by nsrbrake (#32861794) Attached to: I'd like my DNA analyzed ...

I could care less, but if I end up with some kind of physical ailment I wouldn't mind having a sample analyzed for research purposes. Likewise if a family member had something that's heriditary I'd volunteer. As far as the law goes, while I wouldn't volunteer to give them a sample, they've got my fingerprints (from when I was a child) and there's enough CCTVs that it probably wouldn't make a whole lot of difference. That is to say, if I ever did anything worthy of an investigation.

Comment: Re:Focus and line of sight (Score 1) 148

by nsrbrake (#30709602) Attached to: Samsung Develops a Transparent OLED Laptop Screen

That's impressive!

Unfortunately it only applies to one person and must still be some distance away. While the head tracking and perspective changes shown can certainly be applied to some products, it's still very limited imo. This screen is transparent and I wonder about the possible applications as you can't set the focal distance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accommodation_(eye) A young eye apparently takes 350ms to refocus, I can't say I'd want to use something like this even with head tracking for anything that may require constant switching between the transparent screen and scene behind. I'd love to know more about the possibility of changing the perceived focal distance and the effect of constantly switching between two distances for a length of time.

Comment: Focus and line of sight (Score 1) 148

by nsrbrake (#30708890) Attached to: Samsung Develops a Transparent OLED Laptop Screen

I can't see much use for an overlay unless there is a fixed viewpoint or the display is only used for information that does not need to be synced with what is behind it. Move your head a few centimeters and it'd throw it all askew.

The other problem I see with this, as someone mentioned glasses is the focal distance. The heads up displays and wearable computers, etc, that I've seen used mirrors and optics to achieve a further distance than trying to focus on the lens of your glasses.

Communications

Obama To Get Secure BlackBerry 8830 191

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-back-worn-radio-controller-devices dept.
CWmike writes "President Barack Obama is set to receive a high-security BlackBerry 8830 soon, The Washington Times reported today. The device is said to be in the final stages of development at the National Security Agency, which will check that its encryption software meets federal standards. It might not be ready for months. It was reported that Obama will be able to send text and e-mail messages and make phone calls on the device, but only to those with the secure software loaded on their own devices. The list includes First Lady Michelle Obama and top aides. The security software is made by Genesis Key, whose CEO, Steven Garrett, is quoted as saying: 'We're going to put his BlackBerry back in his hand.' The Sectera Edge was pegged in January by analysts as the top device choice because of its reputation for secure data communications when used by other federal workers. And there are many reasons why Obama might have been told 'no' on his BlackBerry. But Obama may wish he had chosen a Sectera if BlackBerry has more outage problems like its latest last week, which meant no mobile e-mail for hours across the US."

Comment: Re:I don't think it will work... (Score 2, Interesting) 272

by nsrbrake (#27318701) Attached to: Toward the Open Company

It looks to me that you're argument is based on the notion that the two goods A and B have no other cost associated with the production of said goods. Holding on to that, the only thing that separates the two goods must rely on scarcity? (supply and demand) to set the price. Even in that case, I am really curious as to how you can justify person A being paid more than person B...? Education? Experience? Being born in the right place? Cared for and raised by already wealthy individuals? Your claim and question that, person A's good is more valuable than person B's, have no bearing on their rate of pay. What is it that allows for one person to be entitled to more than another given the same effort put into it and ignoring the underlying costs which only affect the end price?

I find this terribly interesting and encourage anyone who has thoughts and or an opinion on this matter to reply and help clarify what I'm missing. Obviously I'm missing something because mrlibertarian is describing how things currently work, which the vast majority of the world population seem to agree with.

Hardware Hacking

An Open Source Coffee Machine 99

Posted by timothy
from the quite-entirely-unlike-tea dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Open Source Coffee Machine [video link] is a recycled coffee machine, controlled by a PC running Beremiz, and using some MicroMod CANopen I/O nodes from Peak-System. This machine have been prepared by Peak-System and Lolitech for SCS-Paris-08 exhibition. It served free coffee during four days at Peak-System's booth, and has been donated to IUT of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France, so that students can have fun practicing automation."
Security

Microsoft's "Dead Cow" Patch Was 7 Years In the Making 203

Posted by timothy
from the were-they-lean-years-or-fat-years? dept.
narramissic writes "Back in March 2001, a hacker named Josh Buchbinder (a.k.a Sir Dystic) published code showing how an attack on a flaw in Microsoft's SMB (Server Message Block) service worked. Or maybe the flaw was first disclosed at Defcon 2000, by Veracode Chief Scientist Christien Rioux (a.k.a. Dildog). It was so long ago, memory is dim. Either way, it has taken Microsoft an unusually long time to fix. Now, a mere seven and a half years later, Microsoft has released a patch. 'I've been holding my breath since 2001 for this patch,' said Shavlik Technologies CTO Eric Schultze, in an e-mailed statement. Buchbinder's attack, called a SMB relay attack, 'showed how easy it was to take control of a remote machine without knowing the password,' he said."
Cellphones

Why the Kill Switch Makes Sense For Android 384

Posted by kdawson
from the open-in-its-bones dept.
Technologizer writes "It came out this week that Google's Android phone OS, like the iPhone, has a kill switch that lets Android Market applications be disabled remotely. But it's a mistake to lump Google's implementation and Apple's together — the Google version is a smart, pro-consumer move that avoids all the things that make Apple's version a bad idea."

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