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Comment Where is the harm? (Score 1) 165 165

Unless the lawyer has nothing better to fill his time, he's not getting interested unless there is some kind of harm, which is the basis of a suit and payment of damages (that's how they get paid).

Still, I'm with you on this - I really hate when politicians and agencies or anyone for that matter imposes rules on others, then exempts or ignores the rules themselves.

Comment Are franchise owners employees of the parent? (Score 1) 88 88

Consider also the case of a franchise owner of a restaurant like McDonalds or Subway. The corporate franchise parent sets very strict rules on appearance, service, quality, procedures, product purchasing, marketing etc, but the owners pay for the facilities, equipment, product, fees, licenses, etc. Would this ruling potentially reclassify all of them as employees of the franchise parent? It may come down to convenience for the IRS to collect payroll taxes - they'd much rather just deal with Uber and not 10,000 independent contractors.

Comment Arduino and a new student project? (Score 1) 456 456

I'm thinking its time for a new robotics project at school to build an Arduino controller for it. Cost maybe $100, a world of education experience, and most likely uses less power than the Commodore so the school will save money. Spend the $2 million on the students for lab resources and materials.

Comment What is the purpose? (Score 1) 435 435

If a car is not designed to carry passengers it does not need windows, but then what is the purpose? I'm excluding trucks and delivery vehicles here to focus on 'passenger' cars. I suppose you really don't need windows, but provide another way to see outside or some other VR imagery with cameras and organic LED displays inside the car. Take a cross country or long haul trip, turn off the lights and sleep - this gives 'catching the red eye' a whole new meaning.

Submission + - Wireless Parking Meter Sniffing?

An anonymous reader writes: Two fellow employees of mine have related that they have had credit cards used illegally after using them to pay for parking in San Francisco, using meters that have wireless connectivity. Has anyone else heard of this kind of hack? I know they use the 900 MHz range, same as utility SmartMeters, for which I have seen sniffers built. Does anyone know if the traffic is encrypted from the meter to the local antennae, before moving to cell transmission?

Comment Screen size vs resolution (Score 1) 347 347

Just a WAG here - they'll charge based on pixels (screen size) and you'll get what you pay for. If you want to spoof your 80" HDMI TV to a phone size to save on the download, then your video will look terrible (or very small). So you can buy 800px, 1040px, 2400px or 6000px for your viewing experience - its all up to you. Pixels sent basically relate to bandwidth.

But will the studios cheat and up-scale a 2400px to 6000px so they can charge you more? Time will tell.

Comment Gen 1 camera (Score 1) 129 129

I just got the Gen 1 version of the camera. I like the small package size and the small price. You can use it to just take regular pictures, but you can have a lot of fun composing creative photos that takes advantage of the refocus capability to tell a story in the photo using the foreground and and the background as distinct photo elements. For example, a foreground subject tells one story, but refocus on the background element and the meaning of the story suddenly changes in a surprising way. Fun.

Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later 129 129

Iddo Genuth writes "Earlier today Lytro introduced a new light-field camera called Illum. This is the second camera with this innovative refocusing technology from the California based company founded in 2006. The new camera is a more advanced version of the first camera introduced in 2012. It has a much larger sensor with four times the resolution (Lytro still uses the term megarays instead of megapixels), a much larger and longer zoom lens with a f/2 constant aperture and of course the ability to refocus after you take a picture (the new Illum can refocus on many more points in the image compared to the older version). Users will also have more control of the camera, a larger screen, and the ability to create regular JPEG images or videos made from the refocused images they capture."

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.