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Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 1) 422

True. Unlimited in a marketing sense has always had limits within common sense. Consider all you can eat buffets, 'free' car washes if you buy a new car, or even the free donuts your coworker brought in. If you over indulge they can and will ask you to leave - or call you an asshole.

Comment A Boutique car for a Boutique crowd (Score 1, Informative) 271

Ford had a problem in the early 2000's with their suspension springs. They scrimped on the rust protection and the springs (out of warranty) would snap and the car would drop down onto the tires.

There was no "I'm sorry" or "My bad". They did do a quiet recall to replace the springs. But that was pretty much the extent of it.

Tesla helped paid for this. Then they STILL end up being villified for fixing something out of warranty. And contrary to the hack-job write up, this wasn't a non-disclosure agreement. It was an agreement that Tesla needs in this day and age so the owner understands they aren't admitting wrongdoing just by helping with the bill.

But Tesla sells cars to the Boutique crowd. Mainly the I-have-more-money-than-sense crowd, and the I-am-right-no-matter-what crowd. You know who I'm talking about. Tesla understands that so they went out of their way to help. Any other auto maker would have told the customer to "it's out of warranty". The only story here is that it's got the word "Tesla" in it.

Comment Re:Ford SYNC (Score 5, Informative) 116

Mod parent up, because it's the truth.

To be fair, Ford made some fairly boneheaded mistakes and still CONTINUES to make some of those same mistakes. For instance, removing tactile knobs for key functions like heater control and placing them on a touch screen is horrible for both ergonomics and safety.

Next, something nearly every actual engineer knows working on a manufacturing floor - you don't don't make a fucking button a TOGGLE. One button turns something on, another turns it off. Otherwise, the switch better be a rocker or flip switch where the state is obvious. This is impossible using a touch-screen system - so any critical controls need to be moved OFF the touch screen.

There is never a reason I should need to reboot my touchscreen. Never. And yet, Microsoft has managed it. I particularly like when the voice control gets confused, and just 'dings' repeatedly like it wants a command. Or when it starts randomly forgetting playlists and voice commands. Or when it tells me phone numbers aren't available when they are.

I love deleting my phone out of the system and having to put it back in so it re-downloads the phonebook and un-corrupts it. I also love having to pull my USB storage and reinitialize the whole system so it can clear it's memory.

I love how Ford, in their infinite wisdom, created a way for the early versions of sync to use google maps then REMOVED that ability again. All because they want us to use a pay service that they created that isn't even close to good. I love how simply apps like Pandora can't interface - again because Ford wanted to develop all their own systems in house because they want to be able to SELL that user data to make a profit.

I just got in a buddy's Ram. Pandora that is interfaced with the touchscreen. Made me want to cry. Better yet, he had actual buttons on the dash for most important functions - like turning off the backup warnings and other things that can be annoying at times.

Jesus Christu Ford, get out of your own way. You brought out Sync to be first, but managed to fuck yourself 7 ways from Sunday in trying to make the system itself profitable, and now your system is a laughingstock, still isn't half as capable as the competitions, and the overall interface design sucks giant donkey balls!

You don't CHANGE the fucking menu tree structure based on what menu I'm in. I should be able to go forward and backward through all the menu and system settings, but if I enter through the phone menu I can't go up a level to get to systems - I have to exit the menu entirely, change the... ARGH. Fuckit.

Comment Re:Wrong technology (Score 1, Insightful) 59

Uh, really? Is there something inherent in 4G that somehow limits the total amount of data you can use per month? Or did you MEAN to say that the obvious lesson is that our mobile broadband companies in this country suck? Because the technology has nothing to do with the companies that are screwing folks over. 4G Seems to work for a whole lot less cost in many other places. Don't give me the old infrastructure bullshit either. You plan for huge volumes of data to be used, you make the capital outlay ONCE for the equipment, and you're good for 10-15 years. Instead, these companies do estimates of expected usage, drastically understate it, then purposefully buy the absolutely minimum about of infrastructure that will provide to their estimates. I.e., they'll continue to underprovide intentionally because scarcity allows them to jack up the prices.

Comment Re:I call BS. (Score 1) 129

You are 100% wrong.

A great majority of manufacturing systems that live in power plants are built on old platforms. Windows 3.1 and Windows XP abound. These systems are widely connected by standard ethernet connections to information systems that the engineers monitor. These reside on servers that are hooked to the same network as the IP phone systems, all directly linked by fiber-optic lines to the internet.

In other words, you have a bunch of horribly outdated non-virus / malware protected systems running on OS's without build in firewalls connected to the internet.

Now the companies have firewalls between themselves and the internet, but once you get inside that initial firewall internal security is fairly lax.

Comment Re:So... (Score 0) 103

Your post is perfect. I hope it isn't deleted. It's perfect because of the irony. In our case, we have you abusing a forum's anonymity to spread your "message".

In the case of these two children's groups, they are abusing the anonymity of the internet to spread theirs.

Most websites have removed the ability to anonymously comment. In fact many are getting rid of the ability to comment altogether. That same parallel is happening on the internet. New standards with higher security are being enacted and government control is increasing.

So thank you. Your ignorant and juvenile hate is just one more brick in the wall of destroying what the internet was built on and thrived on. Now that slashdot is owned by a company interested only in profits, you can bet that they'll eventually put a stop to your kind of post, along with ALL anonymous posting.

Comment I wonder.... (Score 2, Informative) 607

How many of them drive cars with foreign name plates? I have a friend who lost his job to someone from India a couple years ago. While we sat at his kitchen table I looked out his front windows at the two Toyota Prii that sat there. I was too polite to say anything.

I don't want to downplay the issue. But... market forces and cheap labor. There are a WHOLE lot of Americans in Vietnam, Korea, China, and South Africa tooling up their auto plants and teaching them to be competitive. Welcome to the real world. H1-B Visas are a red herring, and the sooner IT folks realize it, the better. The bigger problem is all the jobs that are going overseas - but there isn't a fix to that.

Comment From whose point of view? (Score 5, Insightful) 124

A operator running a drone that can hover near motionless may not consider things a 'near miss'. On the other hand, an airline pilot flying a jumbo jet that can not be maneuvered travelling at several hundred miles an hour is something completely different. At the speeds Jumbo jets travel, by the time they see something as small as a drone it's already passed by them. That's a near miss. They saw it. There's no time for them to avoid an object like that. So while the drone operators are bitching that - hey I was near a half mile or a mile away. Or even two miles away. The airline pilots are saying - get the hell out of my way. I can't turn and by the time I see your little hobby I'm either running it over or passed it putting my entire crew and my passengers at risk. It's not even an argument.

Comment Re:automatically install firmware updates (Score 2) 278

MOD UP!

One of the biggest issues with today's technology is the difficulty non-technical users have in getting it running. I just purchased a new truck, and learning how to run all the different systems is anything but trivial.

Turning routers into automated appliances is precisely what needs to happen. Google isn't the first to understand it. But they are the biggest, so perhaps they can be successful at it.

Give me something I can plug into my network and will auto-configure everything. An app to manage it, as long as it is straightforward, is a great idea. Auto updates for firmware are absolutely needed, as it a robust fallback.

Comment Why is this even a story? (Score 2, Insightful) 365

I'm struggling to find the point in this story. Are you really asking if anyone who wants to shouldn't be able to learn to code?

And it took you half a page of text to ask the question? A huge number of the 'advances' in technology have been made by people working out of their garage. People who would never have been allowed to program given this ridiculous elitist attitude.

Oh. Right. I forgot to check who posted the story.

Comment It's a Good Idea.... somewhat (Score 4, Insightful) 628

I love Android's auto-update functionality. Except when I don't. For instance, if I'm doing something like recording an hd video of my son wrestling, the last thing I want on planet earth is for the phone to start updating and slow to a crawl.

That same issue is shared at my work, where we already have this system of forced updates. I'll be working and notice the computer progressively getting slower, and slower..... to the point where I can't open documents, pull something from the network drive, or read email. Why? Because it's updating in the background while I'm trying to work.

Then, of course, there are the forced emergency security updates. The ones where I leave my desk for a meeting with a bunch of stuff open, and return to my desk with a rebooted computer because IT pushed an emergency patch.


These are all problems that can be solved, but the tech industry has chosen NOT to solve them. Limit background transfers to a 100kB a second. Don't update while users are working. Don't reboot while things are open. Yet they ignore all that. THAT's where they're really out of touch.

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