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Comment Re:Plummet????? (Score 1) 563

Soda - a luxury product as it's not a necessity and there's the much cheaper alternative of tap water - down 25% while the population overall has increased a lot in size, and has become a lot richer within that same period.

Maybe not plummet, but a serious decline, and a decline that should worry any manufacturer.

Comment Re:Oy (Score 1) 451

First thought, I can fly up at maximum rate to a toll booth line, or line of traffic at a red traffic light, and the car will stop me without collision in dry conditions? That'll be TERRIFYING to the car in line. That'll mean MORE accidents for those accustomed to such systems in the wet or snow.

These systems do indeed not prevent moronic behaviour. Yet they do help to keep such morons (and, more importantly, the other people on the road) safe.

(It's like antilock brakes, they increase the stopping distance for those who properly apply brakes, but reduce it for those that don't, but nowadays everyone has to adapt to a different technique that is a greater stopping distance.)

Citation needed.

Second thought, I can push a button to keep the guy next to me from going anywhere because his brakes are now activated? I can get the guy on the highway who is a jerk to suddenly be stopped by using an app on my phone? The hacking potential is awesome!

Only if the system is somehow connected to an open network. Which is not necessarily the case.

Third thought, now if you drive over the speed limit, your car will brake wherever people decide you shouldn't be going faster than some amount, regardless of reasons for doing so, or your brakes will be worn down and overheated. Great.

Again only possible if your car is network connected, and the breaks have such a feedback possibility to reduce your speed. The easier way to accomplish this is course to fiddle with the throttle, considering you have gained access to the car already that should be no problem.

Comment Re:Translated (Score 1) 451

Your example shows poor driving overall: in this case keeping far too little distance between your car and the car in front of you.

There's not much technology can do against poor human driving, short of fully automating the car and removing the human factor from the equation all together.

Comment Re:I always assumed they were (Score 1) 220

Once in Korea I was picked out from the passport line: there was a ticking alarm clock in my luggage, and I had to come with them to open my luggage and show what's in. They didn't open it. The TSA destroying bags to inspect them is just sickening and reeks of arrogance and laziness. These "TSA-locks" are just one of the many symptoms of ineffective air traffic security theatre imposed on the world by the arrogant US government.

I never bother to put a lock on my luggage when flying. Those common tiny locks are ineffective anyway. If someone wants to open your bag, they can do anyway - just like the TSA - and you have no way to prove it was a thief, not the TSA, or that even anything was stolen. There's no insurance for checked luggage for that very reason, and it's always advised to not put any valuables in checked luggage. I just make sure my bag is zipped up properly, if a thief (either one working for airport or one that doesn't) wants to open the bag, they will do so no matter what lock you put on it. No lock is maybe even better than a backdoored lock.

Comment Re:Bug still in Web interface? (Score 1) 67

What is more surprising:

many users aren't yet using the updated version.

I always thought that one of the interesting bits of a web app is that when the server updates it, all clients are automatically updated as well, latest when the page is reloaded or the browser is restarted. It seems I'm wrong there. There also doesn't seem to be an (easy) way to check the current version of the app - just checked in Chromium.

Comment Vehicles interfering with each other? (Score 3, Interesting) 122

So LiDAR sends out a laser beam, then looks at reflections. It makes sense this can be flooded - just pick up the signal and send it back amplified, and it seems there's something really close. I assume at least they're looking for brightness rather than timing (distance travelled is very short and light is very fast) to determine the distance of an object.

This makes me wonder. Would it be possible for cars to pick up signals from other cars, and react to them?

Anything to prevent this from happening - and so also prevent such a disturbance attack from working?

Comment Re:Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 1) 229

Does it just have to do with rising prices? After all, there's always inflation, so rising prices as such are normal. Or does it more have to do with being able to do without the extra services?

GP suggests that next he's going to cut TV service. Obviously, TV service has little value to him, or he'd be willing to pay for that. Same for whatever other services Comcast offers. When Internet is the one remaining service, will GP cut that as well? Or suck it up and continue paying the higher fee, because it's the one service he actually cares about?

Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 246

It ain't broke, don't fix it. I've worked with Win7 for a bit, and have to admit it works, and allows you to get what you want to do, done.

Just got myself a brand new laptop, got Win 10 on it (after an upgrade - dunno what it was before - instantly got frustrated by not being able to find my apps for lack of a Start menu or anything like it). It feels terribly broken. No software included other than a browser. Mail client only does MS-based mail, nothing else, and forces full screen with no way to window it. No productivity software. Just nothing. Installed Claws Mail (happy to find out it has a Windows port), so at least that works. Installed Chrome to have a decent browser. Some McAfee thing has started to bug me already with a 1/3-screen sized popup, along with a dozen other meaningless messages like "we installed an update!" and "we added features!".

I need it this afternoon, so have to do more testing. For example, it makes me wonder if there's even an image viewer included that can do slide shows.

Not going to risk installing Linux now - even though I've a near-100% success rate, can't risk it. I'll probably have to hunt down and install an image viewer (and hope it's not ad-ridden or has malware included, missing a central repository).

In a few days I'm going to install Mint on it - use it on my desktop, love it, it does its job while letting me do mine. I'll have to keep Windows (though I'd rather go for Win7, just missing installation media so that's not a realistic option) on a trimmed down partition just in case. I've needed it once before in the past five years: to set up my WiFi printer. The 64GB SSD should comfortably hold both, and allow enough storage for the little bits that I need to store on the device.

Comment Re:Limited unlimited (Score 2) 229

Wrong idea.

Vote for the one that wants to regulate INFRASTRUCTURE as utility, that force to split infrastructure (laying and maintaining the cables and related hardware) from the network services, and allow anyone to use those same cables on equal basis (so Comcast infrastructure who owns the cables, has to charge Comcast ISP the same fee as Slashdot ISP to use the same cables).

Then you get a free market with real competition. Otherwise you're still stuck with local monopolies.

Comment Re:Translations (Score 4, Insightful) 394

"There are no programs for text editing, Skype, Office etc. installed and that prevents normal use,"

Translation: We have no idea what we are talking about, can't be bothered to ask any questions and only want to use what we are already familiar with.

Wrong translation. This should be: "those that install the systems have no idea what they're doing", as such software should be pre-installed on any system and be ready for use. Of course I'm taking the complaint at face value here, and the complaint is that standard productivity software has not been pre-installed. To ease transition, they may even consider using the default Windows icon for Word on the OpenOffice/LibreOffice launcher and so. Skype has a Linux version so that's even more of a no-brainer, it should be pre-installed or made dead easy to install if licensing prevents pre-installing it.

You will lose an important tape file.