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Comment Re:About as useful as touch screens for amputees (Score 1) 160

So?

Oh no, a system makes an improvement, but not a perfect, 100 percent improvement, so what, lets throw out the improvement it *does* make?

It's not an improvement across the board. It's likely not an improvement at all, if you are listening to elevator music to make you calm enough to drive in the first place, and suddenly there's a startling "BRAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTT!" that could just as easily come out of the ambulances horn, but didn't, it came out of your radio.

Also: call me back when it can turn an off radio to on, or force your stereo away from whatever you're listening to, over to the FM band so the ambulance can scream at you more than the flashing lights, siren, and horn are already screaming at you.

Also also: so I assume the computer in self driving cars will now listen to NPR most of the time so that the FM radio will alert the car's driver -- a computer that apparently likes "Lake Woebegone Tales" -- will "hear" the ambulance.

Comment That would be cool! Except... (Score 3, Insightful) 89

Cortana is better than Google at answering questions. Unfortunately, unless the question is very simple, she dumps you into a Bing search, which is even less helpful than Now always dumping you into a Google search. If you're interacting via voice, you shouldn't have to look at your phone or press links. At least in Google, you can often read the answer (after you stop driving/doing whatever it was that prevented you from typing in the first place, of course); with Bing, you end up copying the search text so you can paste it into Chrome to get useful links to answers.

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 253

Allowing one person to have the power to cripple your organization is a recipe for disaster.

In every article I've read that's exactly what happened with this organization. They fired everyone for refusing to locate to Indianapolis.

He was the last one standing and they fired him then Administration tried to play IT and log into their old accounts and got themselves locked out.

At my job the second I'm no longer employed your IT problems become not my problem.

Comment Re:Mac OS based espionage malware (Score 4, Insightful) 59

It doesn't. Someone has to authorize it with the admin password.

Is this based on anything, or are you just guessing?

The article makes it clear that in order to extract and run the malware, you have to extract and install other malware named "Java".

This "Java" is apparently malware developed by a large database company in order to install security holes in otherwise secure computers, and is so named to trick tired programmers into believing that they are installing coffee.

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 253

Has it ever crossed your mind what would happen if you got hit by a bus? It sounds like the school didn't have proper succession protocols in place.

They fired the admin. From that moment forward he wasn't in charge of doing anything for them. If they needed access to something they should have thought of that before hand.

Comment About as useful as touch screens for amputees (Score 1) 160

As of 2004, there were ~530,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Sweden (Encyclopedia of Deafness and Hearing Disorders, p.197.)

So basically 5% of the population isn't going to hear the radio announcements, even if they have their radio on. Which they probably don't, or it's tuned to Sirius Satellite or plugged into their iPod/iPhone.

About as useful as touch screens for amputees whose prosthetic hands can't capacitively couple with trackpads or iPhones...

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 91

Same here. Uploaded a choral concert, private link only, and it got flagged in less than an hour. I'm not sure whether I'm mad that it was flagged or pleased that the performance was good enough to produce a match. ;-) I believe they have a monetization agreement in place with the publishers, so the video stayed. I've had a couple of short clips I uploaded (which were clearly infinging, but just meant to show some examples of ideas to friends) flagged and taken down, while other, similar clips (clearly not by the content producer) have stayed up - sometimes for years.

Comment Re:Leaf off the air too (Score 3, Interesting) 127

At least you get Pandora, TripAdvisor, etc.. Us Infiniti owners just got a broken promise with our Q50s. The jack wipe managing the Airbiquity Choreo integration (branded InTouch) never bothered to turn on anything other than Facialbook and Google Search. I guess they prefer drivers to fumble with the phones they're streaming from via bluetooth instead.

As someone who just rented a car with Apple Carplay for the first time, I wish they would just STOP IT with the touchscreens and just have radios that pair quickly with bluetooth devices and can swap between devices without going 7 menus deep. Showing the currently playing song is plenty. I don't need any more information than that. My phone knows how to interrupt my Pandora music with Waze navigation prompts or any other notification. Even this basic function seemed too difficult for Carplay to do.

If they absolutely must have a touchscreen in the car, let it handle the car stuff and only the car stuff. I have never seen an phone-integrated car app system that worked well. And I travel roughly 75% of the time and cycle through a LOT of different rental cars of all makes and models. It's mostly all rubbish. The least annoying ones are the simplest ones which only handle basic bluetooth functions.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 81

I wonder how well NBC's books are actually doing.

The Olympics have turned out to be a bad investment for NBC. They paid 12 Billion. But: “We wake up someday and the ratings are down 20 percent,” the chief executive officer of NBCUniversal said at a conference. “If that happens, my prediction would be that millennials had been in a Facebook bubble or a Snapchat bubble and the Olympics have come, and they didn’t know it.” They're blaming it on everything but the fact that some people want to watch sports and not fluff pieces and Chevy Ads.

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