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Comment Re:@Intel: Why no ECC for consumer-grade processor (Score 2) 97

Actually, wouldn't cosmic rays be capable of flipping bits even in ECC memory and processors, thereby making the whole ECC thing useless? Particularly in more recent process nodes, where the lithography scale is approaching atoms, and where cosmic rays would have a far greater effect?

Comment Re:Government run program (Score 1) 163

We know that the Russians still do nuclear tests. At some point, maybe even we will. Either case, ship these to the site where the test will be done, dump all the stuff into the hole that the test will be carried out, and then do the test. That stuff will become a part of the earth's mass, never to rise again

Comment Re:Breaking the law? (Score 1) 85

It's not conversion because the original owner is using the right they retained despite the sale.

No..... The original owner's App linked to the device is a Technical means of access, not a legal right to the property.

It's not like having an undisclosed Easement or Lease against the property, Because easements are actual contracts that Legally encumber
property owner's rights.

I mentioned the example: It's more like handing over the keys to a house after the closing papers are signed, But forgetting or failing to mention that there may be 7 other copies of the keys you handed over, some in your possession, some in your friends' or neighbors possession.

You don't commit a crime by failing to disclose this, BUT If anybody abuses their copy of the key to gain entrance into the house, then
they probably commit the crime of trespassing.

If you complete the sale of your car, the new owner is legally entitled to do Anything with the car after the transfer of ownership, Including have the computer memory reset to factory, or clip off all the antennas to block the remote control features.

Comment Re:Breaking the law? (Score 1) 85

Are the previous owners not breaking the law by retaining such control?

Probably not merely by still having the control. The new owner has a certain level of responsibility to ensure that possession and
control are fully transferred to themself, or raise the dispute within a reasonable time period.
 
For example: If you sell your house,
and happen to still have a copy of the key..... that's not illegal in itself, The generally expected thing to do is for the new homeowner to rekey their locks,
though, Because the previous owner is not really responsible for All the other people, neighbors, etc, they might have shared the key with ---- An oblivious Friend/neighbor unaware of the sale could come into the house with an unknown key 6 months later and not have committed any crime.

It will be illegal if After you sell your house, you come back later knowing that it is no longer your property, and use a copy of the key you kept stashed in order to
enter the building without Permission from the new owner.

Similarly it will be illegal if the previous owner of the car uses their App still linked to locate your car and gain access to it,
or send other commands to the car without the permission of the new Property owner to do those things.

Merely having the app as a file somewhere on their phone is not conversion though.
It's not conversion or break-in/theft until they intentionally take an action unauthorized by the new owner regarding the asset.

Comment Re:another case of fundamental bad design (Score 1) 85

No... it doesn't mean the sales have to go through the dealership.
It does mean that the Dealership gets to charge Tax/Service fee to correct the Links apps thing.

But there are other Reasons you might need to change authorized phones other than change of ownership for the car...

For example: Your Cell phone was stolen and you can't wipe the app off, Or you got a divorce, etc, etc.

Comment Re:dealership only sales and service coming soon? (Score 1) 85

Job One will be to identify and short to Ground all the GPS and wireless antennas -- except the one for the radio

Except this might interfere with servicing, when the Dealer requires wireless access to the vehicle for routine activities such as resetting warning lights, upgrading firmware to correct issues, or reading diagnostic codes.

Concern is that at some point, the dealers might make cars that literally stop working if they fail to check in to the dealership's systems for a long enough period of time to verify Software licenses, or something

Comment Re:Breaking the law? (Score 1) 85

Assuming you know about it. Some do, but it is likely that most sellers do not. And TBH, I couldn't even begin to tell you how to get in touch with the people I've sold used cars to, even if I wanted to. We did cash deals after a couple of phone calls. Yeah, I wrote them a bill of sale, but you know how many James Edwards are out there?

That said, this sort of story is why we kept my wife's 2001 Tahoe instead of selling it.

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 2) 414

Depending on how long you're staying, you could send your phone via courier to meet you at your destination. Of course, then you have to trust the courier company and the customs agents handling the package.

Depends on whether I'm travelling on a vacation to a place where I'm not likely to regularly communicate w/ anyone (like say, a few weeks visit to Tahiti) vs visiting friends abroad, where I would be. Either case would be different.

In the first case, I would take a blank phone, and at the country that I'm visiting, maybe rent a SIM card for the duration of the stay. Keep it w/ me, and return it when I leave. Use it only for local calls (like to the hotel or anyone I have to call while I'm there. When I leave, turn in the SIM, and leave. Mission accomplished.

In the latter case, if I'm visiting friends, I'd take that phone no doubt, but bring my US phone as well, since chances are that I'd be taking pictures and sending stuff to other people, and since I'm w/ them on WhatsApp, it would be disruptive to use this temporary phone just for that. I won't want to incur roaming, though, so what I would do is use a WhatsApp/FaceTime on WiFi to call my usual contacts, but use the temporary phone for local contacts, including my friends.

Short answer: depending on the situation, I've done both. Like I have gone abroad leaving my phone at home, but then found myself unable to participate in regular channels. On the other hand, on the occasions I have taken it, I've found myself using it so sparingly that I might as well have not taken it at all. Bottom line: since I have a blank phone, depending on the duration of my travel, I would go w/ or w/o my regular phone.

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