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Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 266

by Knuckles (#48894637) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Most cars have an off switch which disables it, some cars have various settings, and on some you cannot completely disable it (e.g., it will in any case reenable at highway speeds) such as the new Ford models.

Not sure about mechanical failsaves, but in any case, while nothing is 100% fail safe I generally trust automotive engineers or I would not step into a car. A hydraulic circuit can fail as well, for example.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 266

by Knuckles (#48894041) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

I do not approve of any system that will arbitrarily override my basic controls of the vehicle, it's a bad idea. Why should I or anyone relinquish control of braking to some anonymous software writer(s) that may or may not have covered all possible contingencies properly? Just one more system to fail in your vehicle. No, I propose we educate, train, and test drivers more rigorously, and if they're not truly competent, then they don't get to drive.

You may not approve, but ESC is mandatory for new cars in the US, and has been mandatory for longer in other places. It has very clearly improved safety.

Comment: increase and change visa's. (Score 1) 502

by WindBourne (#48881371) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration
Visa's should be awarded based on nation need first. Iow, we should increase yearly visa ( say 15% more ), and then make 50% of all visa's dependent on nations need and candidates education. The rest can remain as it is.

however, they need to resolve the current group of illegals as well as change what is citizen, along with who can run for president/VP.

Comment: Re:Time to riot (Score 2) 567

by Overzeetop (#48868631) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

You're quoting the mouth diarrhea of Pete Pachal, a Mashable "reporter" who can't discern between facts presented and his own, flawed interpretation of a slide show line.

Here's the actual quote from MS "Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, we'll be keeping it current for the supported lifetime of the device," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems Group

Comment: Re:Pete Pachal is an idiot (Score 2) 567

by Overzeetop (#48868609) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Well, if the lifetime of the supported device ends after a year, then you would have to buy a license/subscription for an unsupported device.

As I speculated, it's probably like Apple. My Gen 1 iPad, bought in early 2011, is no longer supported by Apple. None of the OS updates since 5.1.1 have been available on the device, despite it being less than 4 years old. My daughter's iPod Touch (4th gen) was bought in December of 2011, and won't run anything past iOS6.1.6, and it's barely 3 years old.

Will MS EOL devices so quickly? Hard to tell. Possibly for tablets and handsets. They have less control over hardware so there could be processor cut-offs or minimum installed requirements checks (proc type/speed, installed memory) instead of model number limits.

Comment: Re:Still will cost around $100 for an OEM license (Score 1) 567

by Overzeetop (#48867905) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

As is true with every piece of hardware out there. OEMs don't get to install 10 for free, they pay a per-box fee. Even Apple has a value for the OS they install with each Mac, and when you buy a new Mac you get to pay that engineering fee all over again.

If you own a W7 or W8 license (i.e. you bought their software) and you build a new machine in within a year of the new W10 release, you get to upgrade for free, too.

Comment: Pete Pachal is an idiot (Score 5, Informative) 567

by Overzeetop (#48867869) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

The linked article has Pete Pachal's unfounded speculation that Windows 10 will be an annual subscription, touting it as fact.

The actual quote from a MS executive is, "Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, we'll be keeping it current for the supported lifetime of the device," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems Group.

So, no, you won't be losing your upgrade after a year. Like Apple, once your device has reached it's supported lifetime MS isn't guaranteeing that you'll be able to upgrade anymore and you'll be stuck with an OS that has basically been EOL'd as far as support is concerned. This is really a way to (1) get you on the hardware upgrade train (2) reduce version fragmentation in the Windows sphere and (3) reduce legacy OS support for the vast majority of MS users.

Comment: Re: many are scummy. A few quite useful (Score 1) 100

by WindBourne (#48862817) Attached to: Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet
Actually,many of us will tell you that sales ppl and marketers ARE four-letters words. Sales ppl have little to no integrity, and even less knowledge of the product. Fuck, they run telling you that they do not sell the product, but themselves through any means possible.

given the choice of keeping sales, or keeping manufacturing/engineering, well, only idiots go with sales/marketing.

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