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Comment Re:Deeply offensive, beyond spoiled brat (Score 1) 460

You get yourself into this trouble by living beyond your means. My parents and grandparents didn't grow up with air conditioned 2000sf+ homes with attached garages, satellite TV, smartphones, or more than 1 car (which also didn't have AC or automatic anything),

Kids today somehow think that they are entitled to everything their parents worked so hard for and more. It's absolutely disgusting.
I can't really blame them though, after all they were raised this way.

Go read the Compound Effect or The Slight Edge. Being wealthy has nothing at all to do with luck. If it did, then lottery winners wouldn't be going bankrupt soon after their winnings. It has everything to do with day to day choices you make compounded over time. Nothing more.

Comment Re:Only if it's affordable (Score 1) 265

Yeah no kidding. Especially with the average modern car containing 100+ ECUs, with each coming from different vendors that won the lowest bid.
AFIK there currently isn't any certification requirement that auto manufacturers have to comply with with regard to ECU hardware and software other than emissions requirements.

Comment Re:Change the name of the feature!! (Score 3, Informative) 265

Autopilot is actually an accurate name for it.

Autopilot was primarily invented for aircraft and even today, autopilot will still happily fly an aircraft into terrain without human interaction if you let it. There have been numerous CFIT fatal crashes of aircraft with over 9000 deaths. Each of these incidences brought more knowledge of how to improve technology to help prevent future occurrences (I expect the same to happen with autonomous vehicle technology). Autopilot was never intended to replace the human pilot or alleviate the responsibility of the human pilot to maintain constant situational awareness. Likewise, autopilot in the Tesla was never intended to alleviate the driver of the responsibility to maintain continuous situational awareness. The driver actually has to agree to this when using it.

I think Hollywood may have warped people's perception of what autopilot actually is and its limitations.

Comment Re:TMobile.... (Score 1) 145

Verizon has the coverage and they know it. Verizon was very meticulous in which local carriers and towers they bought up over the last 3 decades. They made sure that whenever possible they were going to have service in every nook and cranny in the states. While the other carriers largely focused on population dense cities.

For city dwellers that don't travel much it makes sense to not use Verizon. But if you want cell service with reasonably reliable data nearly everywhere you go you have no other choice but Verizon.

As a Verizon customer I hate that they charge so much, but for me the extra expense is worth having the extra coverage. And as much as I drive, it could potentially save my life or that of a family member in a breakdown or accident.

Comment Re:Solution (Score 2) 181

The ATMs in the video already protect against these types of skimmers by emitting a jamming signal in the EM range that interferes with magstrip read heads making skimming impossible here. There are also sensors around the card reading housing that alerts the bank to the presence of tampering.

As discussed on reddit when this story broke, this video is likely an advertisement (filmed in vertical much like the guy sleeping in his Tesla on the freeway to make it look amateurish). Seeing now that it's linked directly to the security company's website and his linkedin profile in this slashvertisment^H^H^H^H article, an astroturf viral advertisement would be my assessment.

Despite this, it's nice that people are being made aware of skimming.

Comment Re: How can this work with European smart cards? (Score 1) 181

The US is currently transitioning to CHIP and PIN. By October of this year the liability will fall on whomever is using the weakest technology in the chain. Bank -> Processor -> Merchant. Nearly every store I visit already has new terminals and some have already transitioned to requiring chip & pin. Most banks have already replaced their customer's cards with chipped cards.

You can bet that once the deadline comes nobody is going to want to be on the receiving end of liability. There will be no bank or processor that will want to touch the mag strip with a 10 foot pole.

Comment Re:movie theaters (Score 1) 482

Like you said it is part of the experience. It has always been like this since I can remember from the 70's, and I'm sure it's been that way long before then too.
What you are expecting is a home theatre experience in a public theatre. With that kind of expectation you are always going to find disappointment especially on opening weekends.

Probably best to stick to home theatre, or wait a bit until the crowds have died down a bit.

But I feel your pain. Some movies I want less distraction like Interstellar, Gravity, etc. I've found IMAX (not lieMAX) to be a better venue as the concessions stands are smaller and not the primary source of income. The ticket prices are higher so parents are less likely to bring a bunch of little kids, rowdy teens probably don't care enough for the higher quality or can't afford it, etc.Not always but generally speaking.

Comment Opting out (Score 1) 85

the most secure option is to opt out.

I'd think that doing this would put a bigger target on you.

With facial recognition the way that it is now, the data gathered from these sources will carry a little more weight to compensate. Meta data collected from these sources would be analyzed a more thoroughly. Links to other data monitored more closely, bank accounts, utility usage, stores frequented, etc. This is likely already being done automatically.

You are going to be profiled whether you like it or not. We are long passed the time of being able to opt out and live a civilized life.

Really, the battle is long lost folks.

Comment Re:Alternative uses for this software (Score 1) 72

Planes have been flying and landing themselves for decades now. Pilots are there to transition the flight from one automated task to another depending on conditions and instructions from control centers and towers. They are also a backup in case of system failure. A modern airline pilot probably manually controls the aircraft for less than 1% of any given flight but really doesn't have to. He can instruct the flight computer to do all of these tasks if he wishes. Depending on the airline, pilots are required to make manual landings from time to time to keep their skills sharp. The Korean Air disaster in SFO last year was the result of a new pilot manually landing a craft for the first time at an airport unfamiliar to him (he had done only automatic landings prior to this). Automated landing was not possible due to the ILS system at SFO being down for construction at the time. This is a sad side affect of too much automation and little training.

Military drones are already capable of doing this completely autonomously. Smaller surveillance drones are doing the same and it won't be long before you start seeing these things hovering around your local mall. The software exists, but the cost to implement it and risks associated with it is still too high for commercial flight in a short amount of time. It will happen eventually.

Comment Re:The lesson here (Score 4, Interesting) 266

There is a lot of truth to that statement.
It was the cheaper consumer models that were affected. Retail profit margins are so thin that manufacturers and retailers make up for it with preloaded crapware.

Lenovo's business products were not affected by this as these aren't usually preloaded with crap.
The same goes for other manufactures too. Dell and HP both offer cheap crapware infested models, along with pricier crap free business models.

You do get what you pay for.

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