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Comment Re: Maps technology is lost... (Score 3, Interesting) 158

Yeah, but - use it or lose it. I'm scared about *anything* that reduces our cognitive ability/ies.

And it's not so much that we don't have a clue where the hell we're going, it's more that we don't give a damn to find out, when the technology will take care of it.

Fair enough, I suppose, except when the technology proves unreliable cough*apple maps* cough.

Comment Re:Beating Commodore 64!!?! (Score 4, Interesting) 145

I get the joke, but mine is a very effective headless, X-less torrent client and media server. It streams internet radio into the home stereo, and without the buffering issues that Windows machines seem to have. I can add a Linux ISO to the torrent queue and forget about it until I actually want to try it out.

Both of which could be handled by an old laptop running Windows or Debian, of course, but not for the price and energy consumption of the Pi.

Comment Re:Solving the problem through random numbers (Score 1) 41

Does that mean that one or more subscribers who have never "shared" copyright material will have their details sent to the court?

Educate me, please - just how could a plaintiff establish to a court's satisfaction which particular subscriber was involved?

Talk about a scattergun approach.

"Here is the list of subscribers sharing that IP address at nine PM last Tuesday night, your honor."

"What, there's twenty of them, all at different physical addresses, and not otherwise related to each other? Case dismissed. Plaintiff, get your facts straight before coming here again."

We can only hope, and trust in VPNs.

Comment Re:Not well thought out (Score 1) 142

That being true, the next stage of the project is to install some supercapacitors just for those sorts of inrush loads. Quite a lot of very big capacitors, sure - but is there any reason this couldn't be part of the arrangement?

Also, what happened to your radars if/when the island's power failed?

Comment Re:Bios settings (Score 1) 140

Lots of windows laptops have this, also. BIOS or hardware switch.

Also, depending on the situation, you could:

1. only one AP in range? i.e. are you working from home, and out of range of other APs?. Blacklist your laptop's MAC address at the AP.

2. turn off DHCP on the laptop, set static IP to

3. not sure about this one, but: arp -s your-mac-address

Comment If they've got cameras in advance..... (Score 4, Funny) 110

and software to "curate" your ads, why not go further and identify you by licence plate?

Tie your licence plate to your vehicle's onboard 3G/4G account, and via that to your social media (a fair assumption that you've been silly enough to use your social media gmail/hotmail address to activate your vehicle's 3G/4G access when you bought it, or even used that gmail/hotmail address as a recovery email if forced to use a '' address), and you've got access to a wealth of information.

And don't believe that {social media} wouldn't sell the contents of your profile to the highest bidder. Do any social media accounts ask for vehicle licence plate number?

Maybe it won't be long before social media start to ask you for your vehicle's account details "to serve you better", perhaps in the guise of "if you have an accident, we can notify your friends!"

Hell, that'd be a damn sight more accurate for curated ads than just the car make and model.

My next car will be pre-1980, european, manual, and two-seater. I will of course upgrade it if necessary with radial tyres, and decent brakes.

And replace all the poor-design or faulty components with something more modern - but it won't have a computer in it.

Comment Re:Instant Noodles don't cause obesity elsewhere (Score 1) 242

Cold water fish, which tend to be oily, and herbivore meat, aren't what I'd describe as meagre, calorie-wise. Of course, they might not have eaten a lot of it, but that's not connected with the gut's ability to extract nutrition.

The gut flora has got to be significant here - starchy carbs are a big component of many diets - italian, for instance - and there's got to be something more to study there.

Comment Re:They did it to themselves (Score 4, Insightful) 266

You're correct about the morality of it, but it's been a sound business model since planned obsolesence was first thought of.

It's a better long-term business strategy to keep selling another unit to a customer - frequently and repeatedly - rather than make a product that is 1. long lived (reliable), and 2. economically repairable.

Farming hardware - tractors, harvesters, etc - has traditionally been *very* reliable and long-lived. In other words, what you might call "overbuilt". They have a hard time comprehending why their computers don't last longer than 3-4 years. I have to try to explain modern economics to them.

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