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Comment: Re:I Don't Understand This Legacy (Score 1) 375

by th0mas_g (#35202340) Attached to: FBI Releases File On the Anarchist Cookbook

It simply blew my mind that someone could be arrested for possession of this book because after all the notoriety it's really not that useful.

Just like locks are put on doors to keep honest people honest, banning the sale of this book keeps the half-heated attempts of "disruption" at bay. Those who would use the tactics in the book aren't going to be stopped by it's ban, just like those who would break into your house aren't going to be stopped by a deadbolt.

Comment: Re:remind of a Cult of The Dead Cow tfile (Score 1) 483

by th0mas_g (#29998504) Attached to: Computer Failure Causes Gridlock In MD County

the sensors in some very old traffic lights in the uk can be fooled by flashing your car headlights at them

Yes... here in the US you can see lights with lux sensors attached to the overhead wires. I think the idea is that if the light was red and there was traffic backed up at the light, an emergency vehicle with flashing lights would trigger the signal to turn green for that direction, allowing the emergency vehicle to pass.

If you're caught at one of these lights (works best at night) and you want it to turn green, you can flash your brights a few times. It's worked for me on occasion with limited sucess.

Best if no police see you do this, though. ;-)

Comment: Re:Put the damn thing in neutral! (Score 1) 1146

by th0mas_g (#29981640) Attached to: Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms
The rev limiter *should* kick in as soon as you put the car in neutral and the rpms go through the roof.

However, I suppose that if an electronic throttle has decided to go wide open, then it's possible for the rev limiter to go haywire as well. They should be mutually exclusive in the event of failure, but i suppose anything is possible.

Comment: Re:Worst Mistake That Still Needs Fixing (Score 1) 806

by th0mas_g (#28340857) Attached to: Fifteen Classic PC Design Mistakes
Agreed. I have one as part of my home entertainment setup. For that purpose (and perhaps for a space saving design on the desk of someone who requires form over function) it's great. For other applications, meh. It is not a computer for the person who wishes to: a) tinker with hardware, b) do anything that requires serious horsepower, and c) avoid spending money on adapters, cables, a keyboard/mouse... etc.

I did the RAM upgrade on mine, and yes... it's not for the faint of heart: very much the potential to break something important in the process if you're not careful.

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments. -- Earl Wilson