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Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 1) 226

1. Google says it is not true.

Multiple different sources report that google wants that data; going back over a year.

2. Adding things like current speed and wheel angle can really help with dead reckoning when GPS is having a problem getting a lock like going through a tunnel.

"The publication says that Android Auto tracks variables including vehicle speed, throttle position, fluid temperatures, and engine revs, information that is collated and then sent back to Google"

So does it need to be collated and sent to google for dead reckoning? Why can't the phone do that itself? Or maybe the car doesn't need to give all that data to the phone so that it can do dead reckoning because the car already has GPS, antennae, its own dead reckoning and plenty computing power that's not constrained by a tiny battery... so rather than report its throttle position and steering wheel position etc, it can just tell the phone where it is, as a solved problem.

3. Knowing how much fuel you have left and your current mpg can help it find the cheapest gas along your route.

Yes, because saving a nickle a gallon sounds like a typical Porsche owner priority.

Meanwhile Porsches have been able to estimate their remaining range for over a decade. If the phone wants to know if it can reach cheaper gas the app can ask the car if it thinks it can go another 200km or not.

All that said... if Porsche doesn't want to hand the data over, big deal. The android app can just say "Feature not available. Porsche telemetry not available." I don't see why that's not a valid solution.

Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score 4, Informative) 346

Then there's the dialog pacing, which is constructed to suit the exaggerated laughing instead of the comedy.

Or it's acknowledging the studio audience reaction. You see the same thing in live plays... where the pacing of the action on stage adjusts naturally the audience reactions. And if you took a stage play and edited out that audience reaction you get the same unnatural cadence.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 5, Insightful) 824

You don't even have to win the fight, you just have to hurt them, and they will leave you alone in the future.

I knew a girl who was bullied by some other girls in school. One day she fought back, and landed a good punch. Two days later she was gone because they ganged up on her, set her hair on fire and burned her with cigarettes. Her parents drove her to another school after that.

bullies are usually cowards.

Except when they're not cowards, outweigh you, and have a lot of friends. This is not uncommon.

I know more than a few guys who were bullied. Some fought back, sometimes it worked. As often as not though, it didn't help one iota, and if anything just made it worse.

The football quarterback prom king dating the lead cheerleader who throws the best parties? Half the school worships him, including the teachers? He can be a bully too. I wouldn't count on the idea that landing a couple good punches on him is going to make life better for his victim.

Comment Re:Well now, not surprising (Score 1) 393

It was a reference to Egypt. Where the law says we can't provide aid to a government formed by coup. Egypt's government was formed by coup, they wanted to send aid, so they decided the law didn't require them to determine whether or not the government was formed by a coup.

That said:

Even without a passport, credit cards, a driver's license, and all sorts of other documents can confirm your identity.

"Can confirm" is entirely beside the point if they don't want to confirm.

You think a CBP agent would risk their job over denying a citizen re-entry?

If they were told to reject someone? Then rejecting them would be their job. If they asked "but I have to allow a citizen" and was told "so don't confirm he's a citizen"...

Even without those documents, it's relatively trivial to to answer some questions about your identity, have CBP look up a photo ID, and let you in.

Sure, if they want to be helpful. All he has to do look at the credit cards, drivers license, and call it a suspected fake, and send it in to be processed.

That could take hours, days... months. Sure it could be done in a few minutes if they WANTED to... but what if they didn't want to? What are you going to do about it?

Comment Re:Expect drama (Score 1) 160

Patreon is almost literally "Patronage".

There is a very good reason that for a long time, charity was considered best when it was anonymous.

Charity and Patronage are not really the same thing.

Patronage in many respects has as much in common with charity as it does to an employer/employee relationship. Patronage is somewhere in the middle of that continuum.

That said, I don't disagree with you that there are definitely situations where anonymous charity and patronage have benefits... BUT there are lots of situations where patronage doesn't need or benefit from anonymity; and where benefits are realized for either or both parties from the non-anonymity of the relationship.

Comment Re:In all seriousness, (Score 3, Interesting) 242

But to access the passwords in my password safe, I am required to enter a password that is only in my head. So, can the government force me to divulge my password to my password safe?

I'd like to know the answer to this too.

And as a follow up question, what about passwords I don't fully trust to the password safe, but keep part of in the safe and part in my head...

Comment Re:Well now, not surprising (Score 1) 393

even without a passport.

The obvious loophole is that the US border services doesn't have to take your word for it that you are a citizen. Nor is their any mandate that they process your claim or evidence of citizenship in any sort of timely manner.

Q "Why did you prevent this us citizen from entering the country?"

A "We did not determine he was a US citizen."

Q "He's been here for 6 months now."

A "We are not obligated to make a determination; we didn't want to let him go, so we elected not to determine if he is a citizen."

Comment Re:No. Give the control to the users (Score 1) 259

it would be trivial to automate detection of video, audio, animation etc

It would also be possible to block any ad that includes "object" or "iframe" or "script" "blink"...

Black any ad that plays with css positioning etc..

Or go one further, and whitelist; only put adds that use the restricted set of html that a typical forum textbox allows... bold, link, font color, image, etc. And that's IT. If the ad contains anything else, block it.

As for keywords, let the ad companies meta tag their ads. Give them 400 characters, and let them go nuts. Let users report any abuse. If an advertiser is found to be abusing the meta tags... blacklist the entire advertising company.

Comment Re:delivery service (Score 1) 145

What if you're in an apartment though, and don't have view of the street and didn't or couldn't hear the van pull up?

Yeah, its not universally applicable.

Also, what about other delivery services? Do you refuse to answer the door when you order a pizza and some guy driving his personal car shows up? Do you check to see if his car has a Domino's sign on top, or ask him for ID or call Domino's to make sure he's an employee there?

Not if its around 30 minutes after I ordered a pizza and he's holding a pizza box.

Remember also, this is supposedly a service so people can have stuff delivered from Amazon within an hour. It's not like Fedex when it could show up any time during the day; you place the order, and within an hour someone shows up with your item, not much different from pizza delivery really.

That's a good point.

Comment Re:delivery service (Score 1) 145

The Fedex van they got out of is a little more an investment though.

I don't know about you, but I'll answer the door if there's a fedex van out front and fedex uniform at my door.

I'm much less inclined if its random people knocking... usually they're either trying to recruit me to a religion, beg for money, or want to sell me something.

Comment A cheaper workaround (Score 1) 128

I suggest 1 cheap kvm, 2 hdmi switches, and a few hdmi port mirrors.

kvm1 manages your keyboard to input...

1 - dock input
2 - pc1 input
3 - pc2 input

hdmi switch 1:

dock video1 to screen1 left splitt
pc1 video 1 to screen1 (left split)
pc2 video 1 to screen 1 (left split)

hdmi switch 2:

dock video 1 to screen2 (right split)
dock video 2 to screen2
pc1 video 1 to screen2 (right split)
pc1 video 2 to screen2
pc2 video 1 to screen2 (right split)
pc2 video 2 to screen2

This setup lets you put any video 1 on the first screen, and any video1 or video2 output on the 2nd screen.

Ideally you'd want hdmi selectors with direct selections (a lot just have one button) that you push to cycle. Some also have remotes... you probably don't want multiple remotes, but pair the above with a programmable remote, and you could probably set it up so that you can switch screen confiugurations with one button. (and then set the usb input separately...)

not ideal; as its a bit more work to switch configurations but its doable for under $200, give or take; vs several hundreds to thousands for a matrix kvm.

Alternatively to that, I'd suggest software solutions. Making one unit the master, and then remoting into the other two various ways to accomplish what you need. Remote desktop / VNC / NX Machine ... etc. There are all kinds of solutions, cross platform, multimonitor support, etc...might work for you unless you are doing gaming or video editing.


Comment Re:Clarification? (Score 1) 106

And this is of course obvious from an anecdotal standpoint given the vast majority of viruses and bot-ted Windows systems out there over the last decade.

The anecdotal standpoint just observes that 90%+ of all systems are running windows; including a vast majority run by "consumers" and a "small business" with zero or even negative security awareness.

Comment Re:Re-what? (Score 1) 139

Heh, well, unlike you I still don't advocate actually USING cash. For me, its the lowest common denominator. I carry some because sometimes you do need the lowest common denominator; but given the choice to use cash vs credit I'll practically always choose credit.

I'm not sure I follow why you use debit cards instead of credit cards. The protection afforded you in terms of fraud protection, dispute resolution etc is far more favorable to the card holder with credit than with debit.

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