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Comment: Re:Damaged reputation? (Score 1) 191

by sunderland56 (#47161889) Attached to: Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

Several reviews of Ford and Cadillac models I've read, particularly models with older versions of SYNC/QUE, have been overwhelmingly positive with the exception of the infotainment system.

Every review of BMW models is overwhelmingly positive.... except for the *bleep* infotainment system.

All car owners want entertainment along the journey. Some get their entertainment from music, maps, and the like. The others get their entertainment by hitting the cloverleaf at 90 MPH. Intel can help the first group; Intel can do nothing but frustrate the second group.

Comment: Re:Cinema-like (Score 3, Interesting) 261

by sunderland56 (#47123617) Attached to: Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

Samsung and LG claim that the curve provides a cinema-like experience

Then why are the screens in a real-life cinema flat?

The answer, of course is that the camera (either film or digital) uses a flat sensor. Taking a picture with a flat sensor, and then displaying it on a curved screen, is just distorting the image. So the consumer thinks they're cool - but in reality they are watching an inferior picture.

Comment: Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (Score 1) 64

I have seen bathrooms like that in Japan

In Japan you wash yourself - soap down and rinse - *outside* the tub. You only get into the tub after you're clean. So yes, the entire room *is* a shower stall.

That's why the toilet is in a completely different room from the tub.

Comment: Re:"OpenSSL C dialect" (Score 1) 164

by sunderland56 (#47029631) Attached to: 30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

OpenSSL has basically wrote their own version of libc

The language you use and the libraries you use are different concepts.

C - especially in the (most excellent) Whitesmiths compilers done by completely separated the compiler itself from the libraries; the ones they supplied were completely and totally different from what is now called libc, but everything worked.

This model has been (sadly) broken by things like c99 and c++.

Comment: "OpenSSL C dialect" (Score 1) 164

by sunderland56 (#47028545) Attached to: 30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

What is this "C dialect" of which you speak? Last I checked, they are using standard compilers for the various platforms.

Writing cross-platform code is tricky, and you need to avoid using some things that appear fine, but work differently on different platforms. That will make your code look a tad peculiar to the regular single-platform programmer; but I'd hardly call it a "dialect".

Comment: Re:Lease? (Score 1) 482

by sunderland56 (#46893307) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

The lease on my summer car is at 0.003% (yes, really). So the numbers are fairly close to reality.

Also, there is a tax advantage to leasing. You pay tax on each month's payment; for a purchase you pay tax on the entire value of the car. So, if you turn in the car at the end of the lease, you've saved paying sales tax on $25K.

Comment: Re:Lease? (Score 2) 482

by sunderland56 (#46891699) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

I don't do car leases because at the end of the lease, I don't get to keep the car.

At the end of a car lease, you can keep the car - if you want to. You just purchase it for it's agreed upon value. It's pretty much a win/win situation. You have a much lower payment over the length of the lease; and then you can buy and keep the car if you like it, or return it if you don't.

In essence - say you are interested in a $50K car. For a purchase, you make payments on a $50K loan. For a lease, you make payments on a $25K loan, and at then end you either buy the car for $25K, or return it.

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