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Comment Re:My first thought... (Score 1) 368

Uh, it doesn't work that way. The thieves didn't get "locked in". The car was remotely disabled. If they chose to stay inside, that's because they were dumb. There is a safety feature mandated by law in most western countries where there must be a mechanical override available from inside to unlatch any door locks and the trunk lock. The summary is stupid or the article is written by someone without any understanding of how cars really work.

TL;DR: It's patently false.

Comment Re:hello? dock? (Score 1) 347

Are you serious? Just buy the fine USB-C to lightning cable and call it day. No need for docks, dongles, or anything.

As for gigabit ethernet: I dig why they don't want to put that on the laptop. The laptop is too thin to fit the jack, other vendors resort to ugly hacks like the movable-jaw RJ-45 receptacles that Apple will have nothing to do with - rightly so IMHO. A USB-C/Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter is $30. Plug your patch cord - that you have to have anyway - into it, and call the complete assembly a "cable". You can heatshrink them together if you think it'll make it cooler somehow.

I think you're making up imaginary problems.

Comment Re:Missing Info (Score 1) 639

Dude, have you never ever heard of people working on their fucking cars? Are you that stupid, or do you just play one on Slashdot? WTF?!

The ECM settings that can be changed without breaking the warranty are the ones that are there to be changed to begin with, pretty much. You really must have not ever worked on your own car using factory software. I've been working on my Volvos for more than a decade now and no, the factory software doesn't let you change the engine tune, or really do anything but what the dealer might be willing to do if you ask them. Yes, even the fucking dealer sometimes has advisors or techs stubborn or not giving a fuck enough not to bother changing settings (at an hourly rate!) that the fucking factory documentation advises specifically are changeable per user preferences. These settings are hidden only to route some more business to the dealer, BTW, there's no technical reason why they shouldn't be exposed to the user.

The seatbelt chimes as they are implemented in most cars on US market are useless. Either give me Swedish system where the chime is ON until you put the damn seatbelts on, or give me no fucking chime. In the US you normally have a chime that'll bother you for a few seconds then turn off no matter what you do. Worse yet, if your order of operations is start the car then put the belts on, as plenty of people do, the stupid chime will always beep at you for no reason other than some designer's stupidity.

The "shitty world of liability" is the one you live in. It's all in your head, a made-up problem. My close family is a bunch of litigation lawyers and even they aren't as risk averse as you seem to be.

Comment This is a ripe opportunity for 3rd party ECU devs. (Score 1) 639

3rd party hardware people should jump on that bandwagon. There isn't all that much to an ECU, the simplest way to overcome Deere's stupidity will be by ditching their ECU modules and replacing them with 3rd party drop-in replacements. There's plenty of vendors out there that could offer such products, the main reason they didn't jump on it yet is that Deere can stop being stupid at any time, making the 3rd party efforts worth quite a bit less. OTOH, farmers may be jaded enough that even if Deere reversed on their IP retardiness, they perhaps would stick with a 3rd party solution.

Comment Re:On the contrary (Score 1) 392

When it comes to autopilots: usually planes crash and people die not because the pilot had to override the autopilot, but because the conditions changed - e.g. one of the air data sources has failed - and the autopilot has failed safe and turned itself off. But the pilots all too often manage not to notice and fly into the ground while under the assumption that the plane's airspeed, altitude and attitude are controlled by the autopilot. Tesla's autopilot is no different. It will disengage when the conditions are too far out of its specifications. And everyday people will get into danger exactly the same way the trained pilots do. Take it for what it's worth.

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