I can confirm, you can reboot those systems while driving. I had to reboot my system (the center screen anyway) the very next day after I took delivery when the thing locked up. Oddly, not had to do it since.
If only... my Tesla cost $130K!
I know service can unlock your car remotely, since I have one (model S) and they did it for me.
The interesting thing is Elon made his fortune at PayPal. You think he'd know better.
FULL DISCLOSURE: These are products I created and operated by my company. But very relevant.
The term MUD tends to harken back to an earlier time before 'puters had graphical horsepower of any note. But the reality is, online text-based games come in all varieties, and the one's we operate are in a league all their own. More significantly, they are still serious ongoing commercial efforts. If you want to see what a MUD can be when it's been in continuous development, expansion for decades, then check out:
GemStone IV, which began its life as a sequel to GemStone ][ (then called GemStone III just to confuse everyone) first came to existence on the online service GEnie. Eventually it moved to CompuServe, AOL, Prodigy and others. When online services went the way of the doodoo bird, we moved them to the internet machine. DragonRealms is somewhat younger than GemStone, but same sort of history. I began work on it shortly before forming my company Simutronics, something like 27 years ago.
Despite having worked on lots of other types of games, such as mobile titles, and working on other PC/Mac/Linux games of a much more graphical variety now... these text based games remain the corner stone of Simutronics.
I got the SEIKI 4K TV from TigerDirect not long ago. I hooked it up as a 4th (!) monitor. It dwarfs the 3 30" dells I have next to it since, well... it's frikin 50"!
Despite being a lot bigger the pixel density is roughly the same as the 30" Dells which are only 2560x1600. The SEIKI 4K is rocking, obviously the 4K resolution of 3840x2160.
So is it cool?
The fundamental problem, of course, is that the refresh rate is only 30 hertz. This is driven by the fact that current 1.4 HDMI spec can't push faster than that. So the screen has a soft pulsing. It also tears badly on fast moving things, but this may be a separate issue not related to the TV, not sure. Been messing with my video card to try and solve that. VSync doesn't seem to help, so maybe it is the TV.
Color reproduction is just
The bottom line is, don't get this TV unless you are a crazy early adopter who just likes cool toys and throws money away to do it. Wait until next year when HDMI 2.0 comes out and more monitor-class 4K units come onto the market. Then, yes... if you are a resolution junkie like I am, get one! Because even in this early form, the promise is quite clear.
Oh, and it impresses friends. Very important point.
I find that an even better way to construct a password (that you can still remember) is to use a language other than English for all or part of it. More specifically, it works best if you use a language that that requires transliteration to type in the Latin character set and then use your own transliteration/transcription spelling (rather than, necessarily, the common or "official" one). Good examples might be words in Hebrew, Russian or Greek.
Consider the Russian word for 'good'. I will spell it using substitute Latin characters since
I love Russian because it uses mostly Latin or Latin-like characters, but they are usually pronounced differently (that "p" looking guy sounds like an "r" and that "w" looking character is more like "sh").
So that word is pronounced, to the American ear, something like "hur ah show" (leaving out the hard-to-transcribe soft guttural). You might spell it in your own transcription style as "herisoh" or "whoreashow" (which might be easier to remember!) or whatever.. the more you make it your own, the better.
You don't have to master another whole language to do this, just a few words will do.
Oh, and be sure to stay out of the rainbow table range or none of these techniques are all that helpful.
Didn't notice if this was mentioned or not, but there are some commercial solutions like deathswitch.com
They fire off emails to you on a schedule. If you fail to respond, then they suspect maybe you are pushing up daisies... other fail-safes kick in (they check with a designated friend, etc.). If you are, indeed gone, then they spew whatever you want to whomever you designate. You can even program in a follow up or two for later. A year after you are dead, a nice parting practical joke, eh?
What??? Game Programmers are NOT secretive at all. We share virtually everything! I'm sitting right now at the tail end of GDC where we spent a week of doing nothing but sharing. Where did you get that notion?
Seriously.... a book?
Just Google what you want to know.
If you've done C#, then look at XNA. It lets you do game stuff in C#. You know how to program, now just pick up things you don't know to build on that toolbox. On sites like http://create.msdn.com/ you can find all the information you need, and better yet, full functioning examples projects to pick apart and learn from.
Why back in my day there was no Google machine. Much less any book son the subject. Now there is so much information out there, for free, you have no excuse to not just trip over it even if you take 10 seconds to look for it.
ROWE was initiated at Best Buy internally and has grown way past that. It may be the one great thing Best Buy ever came up with.
You can be snarky about it. Or... educate yourself.
Actually, I don't care either way. For those of us who live it, there is absolutely no going back. Ever.
Yes, I was being hyperbolic to make a point and get attention....
We did away with formal vacation time, sick time, etc.
You have unlimited amounts of it.
ROWE is a system where an employeer treats their employees like competent adults who know how to manage their time.
Does everyone know how to do that? No. And those people fail to get good results under ROWE and get fired.
Is measuring results hard? It's as easy or as hard as you want to make it. You can do 360 Reviews and all that BS if you want. Or you can keep it more informal, like we do.
ROWE increases productivity and employee's become amazingly loyal.
The biggest difficulty with it is for the boss(es) who feel like they are somehow losing control. Who fear that the day after they start ROWE no one will come into the office anymore. Know what really happens? People come into the office, they get work done, and they feel far, far less stress.
It is amazing. Its simple. It works. And of all the BS systems that have come and gone, this is the one that just flat out does what it says.
We'd never consider going back. Ever.
At my company, we did away with vacations. You get no vacation time. At. All.
But that was just for starters, we also did away with sick time. None.
Personal days? Don't make me laugh.
I am proud to say that was my initiative.
One might think this could have some impact on moral. But when asked during on camera interviews, how much would people have to pay you to leave? Some said at least double, and most said they couldn't even think of a number.
If you want to know how that's possible, then Google ROWE. Results Only Work Environment. And you'll understand why.
I give talks about our transition to ROWE, and it's been nothing but phenomenal.
Does this mean things that patents that were previously invalidated by prior art will then be patentable again?
I know that's the common belief, but that's not technically accurate. It is not "illegal" to not buy health insurance. You might be subject to a surtax that's basically the same as the premium, if you don't. I say "might" because there are exemptions.
For the boring details: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/H.R._3962/Division_A/Title_V/Subtitle_A/Part_1/Subpart_A#Sec._501.
Yes, they exist to offer their services. They don't own the concept of ROWE, just good insight into implementations of it.
The book is good, but a little hyperbolic. We also had them come out and do a one day course. That was semi useful. Geared more towards the corporate environment than we had already.
But the concept is sound, practical and really makes work a much better experience.