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Comment: Re:Umm safety? (Score 1) 305

by oPless (#46300339) Attached to: Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

Because dealerships want to charge customers as much as possible for any work on the vehicle.

£200 for an electronic radio key is just daylight robbery. Then they'll also try and charge you for topping up your oil, doing a "30 point safety check" etc.

Frankly why they don't have a usb port the user can download firmware from the internet, then upload the new firmware to the engine management unit I don't know.

Hell they can sign the binaries so that ricers can't modify it ... but then again, auto manufacturers aren't computer companies, and certainly won't buy in the crypto expertise to do it properly. sigh.

Comment: Re:"standards-based web platform" (Score 1) 170

by oPless (#44929539) Attached to: Google Dropping Netscape Plugin API Support In Chrome/Blink

Last I looked, NaCl is moving to llvm bytecode, allowing on the fly JITting to x86, Arm, etc.

The only thing that'll be really annoying is there will be no way to access hardware directly. I wrote a PC/SC plugin ages ago to do just this.

I guess the only way there now would be writing a signed Java applet...

But wait ... I can't do that on OSX, because ... Chrome is a 32bit app!

Comment: Re:Not autonomous? (Score 3, Insightful) 356

by oPless (#44871243) Attached to: FEMA Grounds Private Drones That Were Helping To Map Boulder Floods

Because otherwise, it's simply an RC aircraft. They've been around for 30+ years. "Drones" are new, "RC" is old. But the meanings are the same, depending on who you are talking to.


Since there's a perfectly good word with an identical meaning, use "unmanned aircraft" for any without a human on board. Use "RC" to mean remotely controlled. And use "drone" to mean weaponized or self guided.

I'm of the opinion that "Drone" should refer to autonomous (flying) vehicle. The question of it having a weapons or surveillance payload is irrelevant.

"To take a significant step forward, you must make a series of finite improvements." -- Donald J. Atwood, General Motors