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Comment What is it, or more importantly why (Score 1) 274

This also sounds like a lot of effort and hoop jumping just to avoid dependency hell, you might as well just ship rpm/apt packages with statically linked binaries in them, the result would be just as bloated, and you wouldn't lose the conflict avoidance that would otherwise belost by running more than one package manager.

or is it just a NiH attempt at a Docker clone

Comment Re:This is only going to get worse (Score 1) 58

You are referring to the eCall system, it is mobile phone (GSM) based, and is meant to remain dormant until there is an accident, at which point it calls the emergency services and reports the location and a few other limited pieces of info. There are quite strict rules on data privacy and anti-tracking that go with it.

Comment Re:Poor system design (Score 1) 58

The thing is that so far they have used the wifi to access only the functions that the wifi system is meant to have access to, those functions are supposed to be limited to the owner so yeah theres a security issue there, a mitm attack it reads like.

but. It doesn't give access to anything terribly exciting, or dangerous. "oooh scary they can drain the drive battery" (by activating the pre-heater), it's a hybrid, it has a petrol engine, that battery drain could cost you whole pennies in extra fuel on your journey. sigh.

If your going to freak out about security then the keyless door entry would be the more tempting attack vector, the old "use a signal booster to unlock the car" trick, then you have access to the OBDII port directly and could maybe cause some real problems.

Comment Whoopie Do (Score 1) 117

Being able to 3D scan something from your phone would be neat, if a bit niche, but the printer will not be mobile, and just like the current desktop scanners, your highly precise model will only be of the visible OUTSIDE of the object. That might be fine if you just want a cheap plastic replica of that sculpture, but pretty much useless if you wanted a replacement for anything but the crudest of mechanical parts.

Comment Re:The bttn (Score 1) 327

Cheaper again, ESP8266 wifi board, the NodeMCU firmware is very easy to program with, write a script that on wakeup it connects to wifi and makes a http request to your alerting system, or sends an email, or whatever, then shuts it down to 'deep sleep until reset' wire the big button to the reset line. costs just a few quid, its being hardware reset to wake it up so less chance of it failing, and should run off batteries for months if not years.

Comment Re:yeah... (Score 4, Interesting) 208

Go look at the source code to one of the open source projects like OpenPilot,
they integrate accelerometers, gyros, magnetometers, barometric altimeter and GPS for their navigation system,
modern GPS chips also have anti-hijacking/jamming, eg SiRFstarIV GSD4t consumer device chipset,
and the off the shelf radio control kit can do encrypted spread-spectrum comms.

It is not trivial to stop one by jamming, a shotgun up close is way more effective

Comment Found this by accident a few months ago (Score 2) 71

Well that explains a lot, a few months ago I discovered that my laptop had started to trip the mains when i took it into the office which had a more modern fuse box than at home. Figured out through trial and error that it was the cable from the wall to the psu, and application of a multimeter showed a measurably small resistance between live and earth when the cable was disconnected. I put it down to wear and tear, chucked it away and bought a replacement. Sounds like i was lucky to spot it early before it caused a fire, as that cable was usually left plugged in at home.

Comment Re:Useless Elements and Padding. (Score 3, Insightful) 250

Because -clutter-. I never maximise any windows, thats such a huge waste of screen space, even on a smaller laptop screen i still have some shells open in the background with logs and chat sessions etc in them. the main working window takes maybe 70% of the screen, and everything not in use right now, like email clients, browser, etc are minimised so they dont produce visual clutter.

Submission + - Questionable Patents From MakerBot (openbeamusa.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: OpenBeam USA is a Kickstarted company that builds open source aluminum construction systems (think erector sets). One of the main uses for the system is building 3D printers, and creator Terence Tam is heavily involved in the 3D-printing community. He's now put up a blog post about some disturbing patents filed by MakerBot. In particular, he notes a patent for auto-levelling on a 3D printer. Not only is this an important upcoming technology for 3D printers, the restriction of which would be a huge blow to progress, it seems the patent was filed just a few short weeks after Steve Graber posted a video demonstrating such auto-levelling. There had also been a Kickstarter campaign for similar tech a few months earlier. Tam gives this warning: 'Considering the Stratasys — Afinia lawsuit, and the fact that Makerbot is now a subsidiary of Stratasys, it's not a stretch to imagine Makerbot coming after other open source 3D manufacturers that threaten their sales. After all, nobody acquires a patent warchest just to invite their competitors to sit around the campfire to sing Kumbaya. It is therefore vitally important that community developed improvements do not fall under Makerbot's (or any other company's) patent portfolio to be used at a later date to clobber the little guys.'

Comment Combined it with the network of lockers (Score 1) 243

If this was combined with amazons network of lockers, they could pre-ship items they anticipate to sell into some of the lockers in that area, then when someone orders an item you can offer them immediate delivery if they are willing to go collect it from a nearby locker.

You would need some pretty accurate algorithms to make this work, as the space available in any given set of lockers is very small, but you dont have to be quite as accurate as per-customer, just down to the set of customers in the vicinity of the locker, and/or have used that locker in the past.

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