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Comment Re:Summaries, how do they work? (Score 1, Interesting) 86

You might also be interested to know that Microsoft is adopting Docker as well. That you haven't heard of it is a little surprising because it's been talked about awhile both here and elsewhere. I too am in the Windows world nearly all of the time and had heard of it although I've yet to use it (one of my Linux based systems supports it though). It looks like pretty interesting concept although when I approach Linux guys about it the first thing they say is that it's a security nightmare

Comment Re:No Backdoorts (Score 3, Insightful) 345

I'll never forget getting pushback from a lawyer regarding a desire to use AES with a claim that I'd need an export certificate. I pointed out that AES wasn't developed in the United States and that when I went to the Bureau of Standards website at the time that it linked to a foreign website for sources. Now how exactly was that an EXPORT or cryptography? Do these idiots think this country has a monopoly on crypto? On MATH? If they force the likes of Apple and Google to build in back doors then people will simply run their own apps to enforce it and they will be no closer to what they want. Sure, let's kill the cash cow that is our tech industry why don't we? Idiots...

Comment Re:The regulations have destryed Dishwashers (Score 1) 481

Buy a tankless - endless hot water on demand! I compared the two efficiency graphs between the newish one I was dumping (remodel) and the new tankless. The tankless was way to the left in the cheap zone and the other was mode to the middle of the right on the higher cost zone. Then I realized that the two graphs didn't overlap! I was skeptical but sure enough my gas usage in the Summer time when the only appliance using gas was the water heater went down year to year in the first year I owned it. Hell in the Summer the fees cost me as much or more than my gas usage. I have endless hot water too for as long as I want to shower. The only two issues are that in super freezing temps I have to be careful not to run the shower and the jets at the same time as it can begin to overrun the heater with the arctic water coming in. The second "issue" was that I was required to get and use a softener because the water here is so hard it would kill the heating coils as they superheated the water flowing through. Not been a big deal though as the soap works much better and I got the added benefit of a whole house filter :-)

Comment Re:The regulations have destryed Dishwashers (Score 1) 481

Toto Drake - best low flow toilet I've ever seen and I've yet to replace a part in mine after more than 5 years. I chose it after speaking to multiple plumbers at a trade show - they told me these things were great and I had one installed in my new addition. WOW! Works great. I wish I'd gotten the soft close lid option and the taller height but when I replace the rest of my toilets I WILL get those options :-)

Oh and it doesn't cost a pile more than the junk at the big box stores...

Comment Re:Won't work (Score 2) 481

Oh and a little thing called a flexfuel sensor. The link below is to an OEM part, I'm about to install a fuel system on my car that uses one of them. I'm not sure I'd call it a hack since the software to function on a WIDE range of alcohol levels is pretty decently different and must accept input from that sensor. Seems that "e85" often isn't and in Winter has more gasoline in it to promote cold start. You may also find out your piddly little gasoline injectors can't handle the flow for ethanol use and that many injectors fail when exposed to e85 unless specifically designed for it and most OEM injectors are NOT although they finally seem to have the fuel lines and tanks done right. Sorry but on this one you're talking out of your ass if you think it's just a software flip.

P.S. Any vehicle that can run on both alcohol AND gasoline isn't running on alcohol "efficiently". Generally you want a ton more compression or a good bit more boost if it happens to be turbocharged. Alcohol makes a great race fuel but it's got much less bang per mole.

Comment Re:Won't work (Score 1) 481

Not always true although higher clockspeeds could be an exception. Lookup the fiasco with the Quadro cards. Lookup Apple specc'd cards that were sold for more money with the only difference being an identifier in the flash. HAM radios that have had features crippled. Scanners. DVD drives. I posted a list above but there's lots of examples and those were just the ones I knew about generally lol.

Comment Re:Won't work (Score 3, Informative) 481

Most any WiFi firmware artificially limits the radio ->

Whoa, your car has hidden features?

Extra cores on your CPU? No way!

Cripple phone features? Oh noes!

More than one HAM radio have been found to be subject to software tweaking for improvements in scan speed and frequencies covered.->

Got a RAID card? Some of them can be crossflashed to gain features BTW. Or you can pay thousands to the manufacturer for some features (*cough*PERC*cough*)

Gains can be had by flashing custom firmware to your DVD\BD RW drives but I didn't feel like spending any time past a cursory search to find this.

Firmware being used in external HDD has also been found to be crippled vs a standard drive, this didn't used to always be the case....

Here's one that's just an upgrade with features the manufacturer didn't include (see also ANY Jailbreaking post ever)

Oh look, your camera now supports RAW? Thought that was only for pro cameras not P&S pocket models...

I could go on and on with examples but suffice it to say yeah it DOES happen and it happens fairly often. It happens most often with system that have a full OS, often Linux, where a firmware flash can give you all sorts of features (OpenWRT or Tomato anyone?) but it also happens in cameras, lab bench tools, TVs, stereos, and just about anything else that is driven by software. Want more turbo boost in your car? Software baby! Want that printer to register an empty toner cartridge sooner? No problem!

Tired now, think I've made my point?

Comment Re:"record low"...maybe the current ratings work (Score 1) 165

Ha, pay attention to people crossing an intersection making a turn. One lane coming towards you turning their left onto a road with two lanes. You will see almost all of them switch lanes even when the dashed lines have been placed in the intersection. In theory you facing them should be able to safely make a right on red but in my area you risk your life and will surely be honked at if not worse. Actually, rereading your post - that is EXACTLY what I'm talking about. You get it! People who swap lanes like that kill capacity and in my area have the nerve to get upset at YOU for daring to pull out. Argh!

Here's a peeve - I have crosswalks with signs all over my commute and I drive through them daily. I see pedestrians stranded at the curb all the time and I stop for them - they usually look shocked! Doing this I've been yelled at, honked at, cursed, passed on the right, and in one case the car behind me was rear-ended. I'm not panic stopping and the speed limits around many of these is just 25mph. It's courtesy! Many of these folks are going to a grocery store or walking to work when I see them. The flip side is that at night they are often wearing black and are near invisible if not under a streetlight. They often tend to skip crossing at the corner where it's lit and there's a crosswalk. I knew a guy growing up who thought he could "make it across" a road and didn't - he spent a good bit of time in the hospital as a result. He tried to cross a 4 lane road, no median, outside of a crosswalk - it was his fault for sure.

Stop signs.At a friend's house out walking their dog I see people literally drive through their 4 way and I see the same at the end of my street albeit with less traffic flow. Some of them barely slow. I was taught to look all ways and there's no way you can do that at 20 or more MPH and if someone else is coming doing the same on the cross you've got a problem. On my street it used to be a 2way until one too many cars ran it and ended up in a neighbor's yard up against their house.

Here's one education could fix - school bus coming towards you stops to let kids out, red lights flashing. It's a road with a median strip in the middle dividing it. In my state you don't stop, morons do usually by slamming on their brakes unexpectedly and then wondering why they're being passed and what all the noise behind them is about. That occurs about once a month, I try to miss school bus time...

Comment Re:"record low"...maybe the current ratings work (Score 1) 165

Ding Ding! Winner! The vehicle entering the road is a threat to be watched! It used to be easy to detect a DWI, these days the kids on cell phones either talking or texting are just as bad. Some adults can't talk on the phone without waving their hands either :-O

My all time fave was coming across a guy who had nodded off at the wheel early one morning while traffic was light. Straight away with a slight jog to the right up ahead, we were doing a good 65MPH in the clear. He was tracking straight but I noticed his chin on his chest as I glanced at him passing. I let off the gas to stay beside him, confirmed he wasn't awake, and lightly beeped the horn as I knew he wouldn't make the turn ahead - I was prepared for a possible swerve. He woke right up and thankfully didn't steer towards me. When he realized what had happened he gave me a sheepish grin, mouthed thanks, and waved. No biggie I went on my way and hope he made it to his destination safely.

I've seen folks shaving in the car (electric), reading a newspaper on the wheel, and once someone was eating a bowl of cereal with a spoon - bowl balanced on the airbag. Yeah, I pay attention to what's around me and I'm happy not to have to travel that nightmare of a highway in the mornings anymore. I still sit in traffic though :(

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