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Comment Re:Cyanogen != CyanogenMod (Score 1) 124

Sorry but your comment doesn't makes sense. All you need is the play store and play services. Everything else is available on the play store itself. Why would you want Hangouts Gmail, Chrome, Drive, etc all bundled with the firmware? Bundled apps get installed in system space and then when the play store updates them in two weeks they go to the non-system part of your phone's memory, meaning all that space used up in /system is just a waste now. Google started moving away from bundling all the apps a long time ago. You just install them now from play store like other apps. That's the way to go.

Comment Definitive real-word testing not possible (Score 1) 136

To those thinking the EPA should just drive the cars, even that won't actually get very accurate results. Real-world fuel efficiency depends on so many factors that it would be impossible to reliably and accurately measure them all. For example, so-called hyper-miler enthusiast employ driving techniques to maximize their fuel efficiency. Conversely an aggressive driver could easily drop fuel economy in half. Then we have differences in temperatures, altitude, and terrain across the country.

So with that in mind, I think the current, 40-year old testing regime is probably still our best bet. It may not tell you how much fuel economy *you* will get, but since it's done under very controlled and consistent circumstances, it can give an indication to you how it will do relative to other cars. Honestly that's the best we should expect.

I fear we're going to meet the same problem with "real-world" emissions testing. I don't know of any car out there that can meet standards all the time. Take the cleanest car and get it to accelerate up a grade and it will dump pollutants. Or punch it off the light and you'll dump a lot more NOx and particulates than if you accelerate at a more reasonable rate.

In short, "real-world testing" is fairly meaningless. The only way to actually accomplish this is to have sensors and recorders on every car all the time and measure it and average it over time (and after the fact).

Comment Re:This is why you can't use solar/wind for base l (Score 1) 269

And if there's any power in excess of demand, use it to convert carbon dioxide into methanol. Which can then be stored or burned for fuel.


one step forward and two step back?

Why is that? Chemical storage is very high density and it's still carbon neutral. There will be efficiency losses, but I don't see it as a bad idea or a step backwards. Why do you say it is?

Comment Re:Yeah, right (Score 3, Informative) 148

For those that sell software, copyright guarantees (or so they think) a potential revenue stream through licensing. As to open source software, copyright becomes the vehicle for keeping the software free and open, and prevents it (theoretically) from being stolen by companies who want to make money off of it. At the same time, it does allow the copyright holders of the open source (GPL'd, etc) software to be able to sell their work if they choose under proprietary terms. This is one reason I select the GPL for my personal projects. It gives me the freedom to sell proprietary licenses if the code ever was interesting enough to catch a commercial vendor's attention.

In any case, the OP's point still stands, and I think he was making the point from the POV of the music industry first and foremost. They see copyright as a rent-seeking mechanism, not one for innovation.

Comment Re:I suggest passcode lock and physical security (Score 1) 159

Israeli vehicles are all equipped with a numeric keypad that enables the ignition and fuel systems. You have to enter in the code before starting the vehicle. Otherwise you can crank and crank and it won't ever run. Now I'm sure this is just as hackable as hot-wiring. But passcode systems for ignition do exist in parts of the world and are heavily used. I'm not really sure if they prevent vehicle theft or not, though.

As for a lock on the diagnostic port, that's a good idea, but a physical key to block access to that seems a bit funny and circular. Physical locks can be compromised, so we'll protect them with digital locks which can be compromised by hackers, so we'll protect that with another physical lock. And so on and so forth! I guess it's all about layers.

Comment Re:Is it even possible to buy a new 32 bit chip? (Score 1) 378

But in embedded space 64-bit has no real advantage, and may even be a very slight disadvantage in terms of memory consumption (64-bit pointers, etc).

The Raspberry Pi 3 is based on a 64-bit Arm processor, but all the distros available for it are all 32-bit right now. This might have to do with the lack of information from Broadcom. There's no data sheet available without signing an NDA about that chip, so it's hard for open source developers to support the more advanced features. In fact, even the exact electrical specifications of the gpio pins aren't really known.

Comment I watch a fair bit of YouTube, other online things (Score 2) 188

There is some amazing content being put on Youtube these days. Watching various makers and machinists on youtube is fascinating stuff for some of us. Or the guy building a 74-foot steel chinese junk in Oklahoma! Between them and the science channels I track, I watch about 30 minutes of youtube each evening.

I also often watch episodes of classic TV shows in the evening, British and American, often from various internet sources.

That does add up, though. Maybe 30-60 minutes a day. Not sure what people are watching to get 4.5 hours a day though! What's actually on TV these days?

Comment Re:most people already prefer listening to acceler (Score 1) 296

I take it you don't listen to podcasts at all. Almost all pod cast listeners listen at 1.2 to 1.5x playback speed. And no, there's no chipmunk effect these days!

Also, most youtube videos let you speed up playback in the browser the same way, though I always watch youtube with mpv and speed it up with the "]" key.

Comment Suddenly resolved when it hits the media (Score 4, Insightful) 180

No doubt nothing would have happened had this story not gone public and they started getting media queries. Now all of a sudden they discover the error and correct it! Really makes me angry. They should have done all this even if there was no publicity. It's rank dishonesty. Sadly dishonesty pays well these days. In spades. For them.

Comment Re:No Headphone Jack? No Sale. (Score 1) 227

There's a big difference between replacing a simple, ubiquitous, general purpose, analog headphone jack and replacing the special-purpose PS/2 with USB. The PS/2 port had one function, whereas the headphone jack can interconnect nearly any audio device going back 40 years.

The headphone jack is small and simple, and compatible with just about everything out there. Headphones aren't magically obsolete just because they are 10 or 20 years old. (Dropping the jack to make the phone even thinner is just silly.

Do people really want their phones even thinner than they are now? Judging by the bulky cases people buy for their phones, I am not so sure. Pretty soon we'll have phones as thin as a sheet of paper and we'll keep them in our wallets or pocket, and then they'll provide a bluetooth headset that looks like an old nokia candy bar phone to keep it useable and we'll have come full circle.

Comment Re:ch@nge0ften (Score 1) 637

Sounds good in theory. When implemented as a mandatory policy, not so much. In my experience, forcing users to change a password often and not allow repeats (something a lot of places like Banks are requiring) does not help with security. Users typically end up making superficial changes to their password to get it to be accepted, and then they have to write them down since they can't remember which password they are on that month.

It's a tough issue to solve. If a password is very strong (which most bank sites don't actually allow), then wouldn't it be most secure to allow this password to exist for a long time, provided the user keeps it secret? If we're worried about password interception somehow, then even changing passwords regularly isn't necessarily going to protect us from that threat.

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