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Comment Re:Tesla's Autopilot is in the "uncanny valley" (Score 4, Interesting) 440

I've been driving for 40 years now.

In that entire time, I've had only 5 (maybe 6) occasions when I had to pay attention to the road.

You need to pay attention to the road the whole time. I think you mean you've had only 5 or 6 occasions when you've needed to take emergency evasive action. I'm intrigued as to where you live. I've been driving a similar length of time in the UK and would reckon on incidents such as you describe happening 5 or 6 times a year. My most recent one was when I was driving a mini-bus last week, and a lady coming out of a side road just decided she could pull across my path right in front of me. Cue emergency stop and people nearly sliding off seats.

If you aren't paying attention to the road all the time, then you won't be ready to respond when these things happen.

In fact, most the time driving home from work people are in a semi-trance like state.

Now there I have to agree with you.

Comment Re:In other news the sun is hot. (Score 1) 193

Online stores and even in-person transactions often require the CVV if you swipe them, as well.

On-line stores have to ask for the CVV. It's been a while since I ran my own business, but back then we were explicitly forbidden from capturing the CVV for in-person transactions. The idea is that nobody has it but the physical card holder.

I do admit to being puzzled by this story though. If the wireless conversation between a contactless card and any kind of reader carries enough information for the card to be cloned, then the design is terminally broken. It's not as if the necessary crypto techniques are not very well known.

Comment Re:So Tesla tracks everything to do with your car. (Score 1) 596

The two are (potentially) very different.

I have no first hand experience of Teslas, but from the descriptions I've seen it sounds like this is a black box type of recording. It doesn't appeared to be used for anything until you crash the car, when it can be used to investigate what happened.

The tracking in Windows 10 on the other hand serves no such purpose. Call Microsoft and say, "I've corrupted my vital spreadsheet. Please check your tracking data and tell me what I did wrong." and you're not going to get much in the way of useful assistance. The Windows 10 stuff exists purely for the purpose of Microsoft extracting value from their customers.

I may be wrong - it may be that Tesla track where you drive and when and then use it to try to sell you stuff, or to sell information about you to third parties. I've seen no evidence of it so far though.

Comment Re:And what's our suggestion to friends and family (Score 1) 79

I had the same problem with my father.

What I did was to arrange for all his files to be rsynced daily to one of my servers, which in its turn was backed up nightly.

We had a couple of instances of him accidentally deleting stuff and I was able to restore it for him easily. Happily he never got hit with any malicious software - not after I weaned him of Windows anyway.

Comment Re:"7:30 PM" (Score 1) 117

It's been many, many years since the +1 has been mandatory for a large portion of the US

It's still mandatory if you're calling from outside North America - same as everywhere else on the planet.

Comment Re:"7:30 PM" (Score 1) 117

Within North America, we don't use country codes, even when calling internationally.

Good trick if you can manage it. What do you use - owls?

though in writing this is commonly represented simply as + (and people are just expected to know 011 is the replacement)

This is the standard way of representing "code to go international", the point being that it varies from country to country.

I can give my telephone number as +44 1491 NNNNNN

and then anywhere in the world, anyone knows to dial their international access code (in the UK it's 00; it used to be 010), followed by the rest of the number.

FYI, the international code for North America is "1".

Comment Re:no thanks (Score 1, Insightful) 458

Just remember that the tradeoff in Windows is constant breakage and the need to fix glitches manually.


Honestly, if you think your assertion is the right way around then you really haven't tried the pair recently. I've just recently been called upon to do some work moving data out of a Microsoft SQL d/b into some pre-defined XLS spreadsheets. Sounds simple doesn't it? It took two of our software support guys two days to manage to find a magic combination of Microsoft products which would actually interwork together in the advertised fashion. In contrast, installing, configuring and starting all the tools I needed on my Linux system took one command - admittedly I had to press Enter a second time to confirm the system's choices - and then waiting for about 30 seconds.

The Microsoft software environment is a horrendous nightmare when compared to trying to do the same thing on Linux.

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