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Comment: Re:No! (Score 1) 142

I would say that Windows 8 is the version that tried to fundamentally change what Windows is. It was arguably the biggest change in the user interface since Windows 95, and the whole Metro thing is a whole different way of interacting with the computer. It of course flopped, and all that Windows 10 is (and to a lesser extent, Windows 8.1) is Microsoft making Windows look and act more like it how it was in WIndows 7.

Comment: Re:its nothing new really. (Score 1) 790

by toddestan (#48896843) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Usually what they do is put a blank plate where the tach would be. Looks cheap, but that was probably intentional with the hope that you'd upgrade to a model that included it. It was actually pretty common back in the 80's and 90's for the stripper manual version of the car to not have a tach, but the higher end automatic model would include it, which was completely backwards from what you'd expect.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by toddestan (#48895263) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

That, and the auto's final overdrive gear is often has a lower ratio than the manual's final gear. This allows the car to run at a lower RPM on the freeway which is why you'll see the manual version get better mileage in the city but the auto wins on the freeway. I'm not sure why they do this, unless they think that people don't like downshifting to pass. To make this somewhat on-topic, this also has the side effect that the auto version is also quieter on the freeway.

Comment: Re:Spoofing! (Score 1) 199

by toddestan (#48847947) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

How? I don't know of a way to get the VIN through the ODB2 port, though such a capability wouldn't surprise me terribly with the newest cars. They could try to infer whether the data is consistent with the model of car that's being insured through some of the metrics such as fuel usage. Though the biggest problem would be the GPS showing the car being parked at a place you don't live at, and being driven to a workplace you don't work at.

Comment: Re:Wrong direction (Score 1) 217

That's absolutely correct. They banned sound trucks (a truck with loudspeakers that used to drive around and play political messages) a long time ago because they were obnoxious*. I don't see why the same reasoning couldn't be used to ban robocalling, except that the politicians won't do it.

*Technically they are still legal in most jurisdictions if you get a permit, but good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Easy fix (Score 1) 70

by toddestan (#48837083) Attached to: Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

The idea is that people not using Verizon could do this, and pollute their databases with garbage data. It likely wouldn't affect their ability to track actual Verizon users, but it could make it more difficult to do so by burying them in garbage. Only problem is that I can think of a couple of easy technical solutions to easily filter out most of the "noise".

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