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Comment Re:That's called a "helicopter" (Score 1) 101

"Vertical Take-off and Landing" (VTOL) vehicle is marketing bullshit for helicopter.

If the rotors turn forward and allow regular flight like an airplane after liftoff, then it's a VTOL - regular wings have efficiency and other advantages over helicopters which make this desirable.

Comment Re:Who should we blame? (Score 2) 190

The problem with some of these devices is that they also have a hardcoded root password. I have one like that - I kept it behind its own router since I didn't trust it, but took it offline a couple of months ago when I learned that it has a hardcoded root and no new firmware. I had changed the admin password of course, but that really didn't do anything.
I'm no longer going to allow an open port for any device like this, but most people won't know how to set up a vpn for home.

Comment Probably headphones too (Score 1) 192

I recently bought a couple of "genuine Apple" headphones from Woot (owned by Amazon) thinking that with all the fakes around I should get them from someone legit. The first pair failed within a couple of weeks. I'm going to guess they were not, in fact, genuine. It does make it a pain when it seems that the apple store is about the only place you can be sure you're not getting a knockoff. I'm happy to buy knockoffs for certain things, but I like to know what I'm getting.

Comment Re:IOT (Score 1) 47

Ah. I have been looking at the Amcrests, and I have set up zoneminder before, but I want remote access for my application. I may actually end up with some cloudy cameras (Blink or Arlo maybe), since at least they are connecting out to a server and not allowing access in. In theory they should be more secure that way.

Comment Re: As it should be (Score 1) 230

You'll still be able to get a $5k car. You will just have to wait an extra 10 years after the original purchaser has paid the $3k for the autonomous upgrade to get one with self driving features. Think about it - even when they become available, they will initially only be a small part of the cars sold in, say, 2020. Even if they are the majority of cars sold by 2030, there will still be lots of used non autonomous cars available at that point and beyond. Maybe by 2050 it will be hard to get anything else, but who knows what Uber will be offering as a per mile rate by then - maybe car ownership will seem quaint to some people, at least in urban areas.

Comment Re:One solution (Score 2) 164

It would actually be pretty great if there were a site which would let you scan the ip address you were coming from (so you couldn't use it against others) with a full Metasploit style array of checks. It could be helpful to a lot of home users who have a basic NAT router going on, maybe with some port forwarding so they can get to various devices like DVRs.

Hopefully someone is going to chime in "You mean like..."

Comment Re:How utterly predictable from Samsung. (Score 1) 446

>According to them: "among the features people most care about in a high-end smartphone ... is the camera."

My next phone, that's pretty much what it's going to come down to. I rarely use my headphone jack, don't really care about SD cards and removable batteries and don't really care too much about screen resolution. But I do use the camera quite a lot.

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