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Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 437

by sound+vision (#47763293) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
Lol, are you for real? I guess you've never accidentally backed out of a driveway with the parking brake still on - it's definitely possible and not particularly hard to do either. If the car is already in motion, and the throttle is floored, that brake won't do much at all. This has been my experience with both foot- and hand-type parking/emergency brakes across different manufacturers on 1980s through 2010s models.

Comment: Re:Additional "benefit" (Score 1) 114

by sound+vision (#47754733) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games
I dunno how DLC works on consoles, but in the PC world, DLC is actually installed to your computer and is generally playable whether or not the developers are continuing to run some kind of server for the game. Even in those devilish games that do use "phone home" DRM dependent on an external server, there's always a crack available to remove that DRM. Even supposedly "unbreakable" DRM like Assassin's Creed 2, which stored your save games on Ubisoft's servers. IIRC it took about 1 week for a crack to be developed for that. In fact, I've never played it without a crack.

Comment: Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (Score 1) 193

by sound+vision (#47740277) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium
I'm having a hard time imagining a situation where waterproof and temperature-resistant would be significant factors for enterprise-grade storage. The storage isn't left out to the elements, and localized issues like broken A/C or a burst water pipe might kill a hard disk, but there should be backups in at least a separate room, if not a separate facility, where it would be isolated from those types of issues. Also, even if you can submerge a blu-ray disc without damage, I doubt the blu-ray drives take kindly to having water poured on them.

Comment: Re:Just not enough content! (Score 1) 357

by sound+vision (#47740133) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci
Perhaps no one's said it here yet, but it's definitely what I was thinking. The last episode of MythBusters I downloaded focused on Star Wars myths - things like "Is it possible to swing over a 40 foot chasm with a grappling hook?" and some others that were only marginally more interesting.

This was also the first episode I've seen in say 5 or 6 years. I did watch another just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, but the other one sucked too. I was stunned at how much suckage the show developed - even 5 years ago I think I could feel it slipping, which is why I stopped. If it were just the filler and time-wasting content, that would be one thing. But they have clearly run out of actual concepts to test, as well.

Maybe it'd be better for them to save the myths for one or two episodes per year.

Comment: Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (Score 1) 357

by sound+vision (#47740091) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci
Top Gear definitely does the recap/preview thing though, and not always at the beginning of the show. Admittedly it is done much more tastefully than the new Mythbusters. Commercials and the recaps are separate issues, but they can both combine for a multiplicative annoyance.

Comment: Re:Population declines (Score 1) 116

by sound+vision (#47686433) Attached to: Fukushima's Biological Legacy
The simplest answer to what spilled is "Everything" - nearly anything that human civilization has produced was present on the Japanese coast. Not even including industrial sites, you have pesticides, photographic developers, cleaning supplies, oil, medicines, antifreeze, fermenting garbage and excrement, etc etc... Have you seen video of the tsunami hitting a populated area? These aren't beach waves, it's more like a flash flood that buries the city under 30ft of water within minutes, then that water sucks everything back out to sea. Anything in that city is going out with the water, unless it's purpose-built to withstand a tsunami. You'd think that would be the case for chemical storage, but it looks like even the nuclear plant wasn't built for it.

Comment: Re:serious confusion by the author (Score 1) 235

by sound+vision (#47686105) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere
I wish email would die, but only because it's a really shitty protocol by today's standards. If you've ever had to maintain a mail server with any amount of traffic through it, you know what I'm talking about. In addition to the spam and all the spam-related problems with blacklisting... the protocol is inherently unreliable in guaranteeing that a message gets delivered, in a timely manner, without it being intercepted, and that the sender is who he says he is.

There are an array of extensions to email that tackle these problems piecemeal, like PGP, SPF, and DKIM. The issue is that people don't use them properly, or at all. Improperly-configured SPF can actually cause messages that would otherwise send successfully to fail.

I think the solution to this would be for major email providers to agree on a comprehensive suite of extensions to use, which I'm sure someone will call "Email 2.0". Messages from domains/servers with the Email 2.0 protocols enabled will be marked as "Verified" or "Registered", clearly in the user's inbox.
Right now, there is nothing visible to the end-user to indicate whether a message has been sent securely or not. The end-user isn't aware that email is insecure or that there are solutions available. If big email providers and email clients (Outlook etc) add this indicator, the issue will become apparent. Once that happens the small-time mail server operators will begin looking at it as well. Once adoption hits a tipping point, you may even have end-users calling businesses up about "Hey, I received this email from you, but it's not verified? Is this really yours?" That will take care of the stragglers.

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