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Comment Re:And just how will it know the difference... (Score 1) 291

It may be possible to put some sort of device inside the "A" pillar on the drivers side and then have the phone automatically enter Driver mode when the car is in motion and within X distance, about 3 feet, of the device.

Of course then people would be trying to operate their phones holding them at arms length over the passenger seat, which would be even more distracting.

I have also seen research which involved cameras watching the drivers eyes and using that data to understand what the driver is paying attention too. Perhaps using that kind of approach would be possible to block specific phones but that would be very expensive I would think.

Comment If the really want to add value for advertisers... (Score 1) 60

You don't even need to target me. Just let me choose between multiple commercial streams.

For example, when I am watching a football game with my son, give me a way to not be subjected to Viagra, Video Games, and Violent, Scary, or sexually suggestive movie trailers.

I'm not gonna buy a video game or go to a movie anyhow. And I don't need Viagra (yet). Give me the choice of a G-Rated stream where I feel like I have to cover his eyes and mute the sound.

Comment Project administrators held PRC passports! (Score 5, Informative) 142

Total and complete incompetence from the Obama administration where the only qualification that matters is political loyalty.

From the article:

"A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project "was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People's Republic of China]. Both had direct access to every row of data in every database: they were root. Another team that worked with these databases had at its head two team members with PRC passports."

Comment Re:Teach the cyborg cockroaches a useful skill (Score 2) 43

I am not sure cockroaches are the right insect because they are particularly filthy, eating their own poop and all.

However a few years ago a friend of mine remarked how useful ants would be for such a role, for cleaning the floor of crumbs.

I think if you could find a way to borgify insects the profitable sector would be in agriculture.

Sell dragonflies and mantises programmed so seek out and destroy corn pests. Sell engineered grasshoppers who leave the corn alone but eat everything else.

Comment Re:Laws of thermodynamics don't apply at GoodYear (Score 1) 221

They are just making use of what is normally waste heat which would result is some small increase in efficiency of the total system.
But of course the amount of waste heat energy they can recover is limited by thermodynamics. On a hot day you won't get much.
It is a ridiculous idea. Cool looking tire however.

Comment Re: Sales tax (Score 1) 167

There are some big advantages to replacing the income tax with a sales tax: Cost of compliance and Personal Privacy. Your personal cost to comply now would be zero. You are no longer have to send a report to the government every year. Because it is none of their business how much you make.
Yes if you are in a business which sells things, you have to pay the tax, but in most states you are doing that already. And your burden to report everyone's income is gone so you are saving time and money there.

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