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Comment: Traffic Furniture (Score 3, Informative) 611

by schwep (#48603135) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

We have the same problem where I live (spoiler: not LA), and the solution is pretty easy. Traffic furniture (aka concrete obsticles in the road) and anti-traffic flow patterns both work very well. Make it hard to get through your neighborhood (lots of 1 ways and blocked roads) for people trying to parallel the 405 & your traffic problems go away. Of course, work with your city government to make this happen.

Comment: What could possibly go wrong... (Score 3, Funny) 66

by schwep (#45417643) Attached to: Viruses Boost Performance of Lithium-Air Battery Used In Electric Cars

Fred: Dude, where's your car?
Sam: I don't know - I parked it hear like 2 hours ago.
Fred: Did you patch against the latest virus they found?
Sam: What?
Fred: Yeah, it caused the batteries to eat all the metal parts.
Sam: Crap.
Fred: Now if only you could download a copy of the car...

Comment: Upgradability, replaceability & interchangabil (Score 4, Insightful) 173

by schwep (#43670013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Look For In a Prosthetic Hand?

Technology is moving very fast. State of the art today won't be in 5 year. I would want a system that I could disconnect the replacement part(s) and connect up new ones without surgery. This also allows for custom limbs for specific tasks. Holding a brush may be a custom limb. I may also want a custom chainsaw arm, too.

I want flexibility for change & all the specifications for the mating connector to my body to be open source or license/patent free so I can have custom limbs made. I want a copy of the specs for the same reason.

Comment: Basic services are often free over the air (Score 2) 328

by schwep (#43108329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

Get a pair of digital rabbit ears - you should be able to pick up many local channels (which is what it sounds like you want). Depending on where you live, a TV antenna either out doors, or in your attic might solve the problem. Then you can pretty much cut the cable completely - and still be legal.

Alternatively, look for other (smaller) providers. I have family that lives in an area where there is one big cable company, and 2 or three much smaller companies that offer very similar & competitive products.

Comment: Re:Honest Question (Score 2) 946

by schwep (#41624019) Attached to: Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF

Being open about drivers for the hardware that is made up of your IP is very different then needing to open their hardware up. This is a subtle but important detail. It is completely reasonable to have an open interface to a closed piece of hardware.

Personally, I was fed-up enough with the hacky, buggy nvidia linux drivers to switch hardware to intel graphics.

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