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Comment I'm thinking..... (Score 1) 53

Convert them to BitCoin mining operations and PROFIT! Yea.....

Oh, wait....

Sarcasm aside... As the fine article points out, hacking someone else's device, regardless of the reason, is not a legal activity. And as my mother always said "two wrongs don't make a right" applies here. Where this is an interesting thought experiment, unless you can get the legal authorities to approve this kind of activity, let's not develop this idea too far. Perhaps you'd get by with a way to remove the affliction and reboot the device, they are likely to never find you, it would be all to easy to get your hat color misinterpreted should ISP's start monitoring this kind of thing.

Perhaps it's time to put some legal safeguards in place for users to force device manufacturers into having liability when they ship stuff with gaping holes like this. But I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for Congress to draft and pass anything reasonable in this regard and I loath that they would likely make a bloody mess of things if they even tried. Maybe some kind of regulation on ISP's to monitor and deal with such garbage coming from their networks? Again, I wouldn't trust Congress to write that law either.

Comment Re:I own one... (Score 1) 116

I own a 2014 model... Less than 40k miles. Basically, I can turn my car in, and walk away with $30. According to them anyway... No restitution for sales tax and fee's paid when I bought it, no restitution for my lost time and the anguish of having to go to a car dealership and buy something else. Hell, I'm not sure they're even going to cover the sales tax to turn it in. I've moved states since buying it, and I think this state will want to collect taxes on the buyback...

So sue them...

Seriously, get a lawyer, find a group of owners and sue....Class action lawsuits can pay of big, well if you are a lawyer they can... Good luck!

Comment Re:Wow (Score 5, Informative) 116

They do it because the CAFE and air standards are unrealistic and stupid. It's good that we have standards, but we have raised them too high too fast and NOBODY can make those numbers without cheating in one way or another. Either through "creative accounting" "creative calculating" or straight up fudging the tests, as VW has.

The fix they propose to apply will make the cars meet those very standards you claim are impossible to meet. How do you explain that?

You guys got this all wrong.. This IS NOT a global warming issue, at least not directly. The EPA rules VW bent where about air quality.

NOx is a serious pollution problem, but it is NOT a greenhouse gas...

However, in this case, meeting the NOx standards runs counter to green house gas emissions. The likely solution for VW is to lower power output, add a urea injection system and lower fuel economy, all of which will up operating costs for the owners. This will ADD to CO2 emissions for each mile these cars drive, but it will also make the air we inhale cleaner in areas where lots of these cars drive....

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 116

I'm genuinely surprised this story has been on the front page this long: a) without a comment, and b) without a comment from someone making a snarky remark about global warming being fake and how its killing businesses. Good on you Slashdot.

How does the specific NOx emission issue they where cheating on have anything directly to do with global warming/climate change? NOx is not a greenhouse ga so this was about air quality not C02 emissions...

It's *really* hard to clean up those high compression diesel engines without using urea injection, which comes at a increased price, lower power output, lower economy and higher maintenance cost. VW was just trying to save a few hundred bucks a car and keeping it's power and fuel economy up by skipping the injection system. They basically broke the EPA's rules for competitive price advantages and MPG bragging rights, but I dare say N0x is more an air quality issue than a Global Warming one.

Actually, from a C02 release perspective, bringing the engines into NOx compliance is likely to INCREASE CO2 emissions..... But we digress..

Comment Re:Someone missed the Spirit of the Law (Score 1) 86

Have you ever in your life seen a design spec that covered all possible use cases?

Nope, but I've also not seen a protracted court battle over something that wasn't actually addressed in the contract's specs either. I've seen debates of what the spec means, but never have I been sued for non-conformance on a requirement not at least implied by the contract.

We have a serious problem in this country where our laws and regulations are out of hand and in many cases conflict with each other. This, my friends, is on of the paralyzing affects of "big government" and should not be so.

Comment Re:what about security? (Score 1) 552

I didn't consider it "normal" but, it was the price I paid to be gainfully employed by a Telco company during the dot com melt down in 2000. So the family and I could eat I kept taking the paycheck and putting up with the work hours and being on call. When I found a better situation, I moved on.

All I'm saying is you do what the job demands of you, or find another. If that's being on call 24/7, then that's what you do. If you cannot do it tell them you can't, but be prepared to get another job.

Comment Re:what about security? (Score 1) 552

However, I can imagine a situation where "on call" at "all times" is considered the norm. I've had such jobs, one where as the primary support engineer of a mission critical system, I was expected to be available after normal business hours should the need arise. I was given a cell phone, data service and a laptop to carry and it was my job to answer the phone when it rang, regardless of when it was or where I was. I was compensated accordingly for this availability and even took calls during "vacations" from time to time. I didn't get called that often at off hours, but when I did, I answered the phone. The company I worked for had contracted SLA's, and I was responsible to the customer to meet them.

I can see where a Trauma surgeon might be put "on call" for weeks and have specific response times. The very best of these know what they signed up for and are paid handsomely for their skills and availability. How a life choice like this is a bad one is beyond me. Work can be inconvenient and a pain at times, but if you take a job that requires after hours availability, or travel or whatever, you do what you agreed to do, and if you don't like it, find another job you do like.

Comment Re:mdsolar (Score 1) 108

Solar beats it? Not on your life.... Solar is a really dirty business that uses a lot of energy. Building those solar cells is an environmental nightmare in it's own right, you just don't notice it because most of the bad stuff is done overseas these days but it produces hazardous chemical waste and uses scads of energy. When you get done with all the building, then solar struggles to produce more energy than it uses in production of the equipment before it is worn out.

Or to coin an old phrase: "Stick that where the sun don't shine!" and see how well it works...

Personally, I'm for "all of the above" when talking about energy production. Wind, solar, fossil fueled, you name it. But more than just production, I'm about conversation. Using LESS energy when possible is worth more than all the green/renewable sources you can come up with...

Comment Re:Not Netflix's fault (Score 1) 181

Also stop living in the past. The US was also founded on the principle's that only land owners got to vote and slaves counted as 3/5ths of a person. Things change.

Yet we are quite past all that now. Not to mention that NONE of these imply the government needs to be bigger to deal with the issue. In fact, all that was required was to change the law and practice of voting to what we have now.

Yes, things change, but just because some idea seems new to you, doesn't make it new nor does new mean better. I quite like the principles upon which this country was founded and I think folks like you are all too quick to abandon even the pretense of giving lip service to our founders principles. Of course that is to be expected when these principles are no longer taught or held as being historically important and revolutionary as they really were (and still are).

Socialists, progressives, liberals, communists, are all the same idea, bigger government is the answer, people cannot be responsible for themselves. Changing the name doesn't make it a different idea, nor does a different name produce a different result. I advocate for freedom and liberty and the necessarily small government that allows them to exist, for the genius of our founding principles.

Comment Re:Not Netflix's fault (Score 1) 181

Seriously, take it for what it obviously is. A mind set that says, "Government is the answer of last resort" and "Government should be as small as possible, and we should be striving to make it smaller."

There are way to many folks who think that any problem is a chance for a bigger government and that's simply wrong headed. We where founded with the principle of LIMITED government, with LIMITED powers that left us free in as many ways as possible. Now days, folks demand MORE government, more laws, more entitlements, not seeming to care that with every one of these we loose just a little bit more of our freedom....

Comment Re:Lame duck making lame promises (Score 1) 348

Nice sounding theory, but not true. The Tea Party barely more than a pipe dream before September 2009 when this bill was passed and nobody knew who they where. They certainly didn't have any pull yet with anybody in congress. The republican objections to ObamaCare where therefore in place a LONG time before it got shoved out of congress and that was before the Tea Party had any influence even in the red states. In fact, HARP and ObamaCare where likely the driving forces in making the Tea Party what it became, not the other way around.

But I'm glad you agreed to my basic point. Democrats did this on their own, disregarding republican input. The *reasons* they did this are really irrelevant because as passed, nobody on the other side of the isle voted for it and did everything they could to stop it. Democrats didn't care about the objections, and passed it.

Therefore, good, bad and ugly, your side owns this mess... Which is fine with me. Now you want to claim that the other side is being obstructionist because they won't compromise to help you fix your mistake? Grow up. Politics is a rough and tumble business and if you are unwilling to take your lumps, go home.

Comment Re:Hot air... (Score 1) 348

It's still not over, we have about 3 weeks and a debate to go and Clinton only has about a 2 point lead outside the margin of error nationally, it could go either way.... But you are right, if Trump keeps up his 3AM twitter fights over stupid stuff and refuses to stay disciplined and on message, Clinton will walk away with this in a land slide.. I'm sure there is at least one more "October surprise" planned for Trump and maybe one for "Clinton", something might actually stick to one or the other...

Trump has been counted out before and managed to rally... In fact he does his best work when he's on the ropes... But hey, if you want to underestimate him, feel free...

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