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Comment It looks like the best system for my needs... (Score 1) 134

...is a notebook with usernames and passwords written down in it. Primarily because any system I use has to work on Linux, Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.

I don't actually write down the password, but a description of it. "Usual, first letter cap, +9*3, without old First Sergeant's name" type of thing.

Comment Re: So what does it do then? (Score 1) 485

I only used it on rather flat ground, so I don't know. If it started to chug I would have taken it off cruise and shifted myself, but I believe if you clutched it would have killed cruise. In owning it 4 years I never actually clutched with cruise on, so I don't know. All I can say is that it worked fine for my needs.

Comment You can't do autonomous half-way like this. (Score 5, Interesting) 485

The car was basically equipped with a stay-in-lane and slow-down-if-you-approach-the-car-in-front-of-you kind of system, which is not an autonomous vehicle, nor can you take your eyes off the road. At best it reacts a bit faster if someone in front of you hits the brakes. Google did a talk on this and said in their tests, as soon as a car seems to be working by itself, drivers stopped paying attention to the road, so half-way-autonomous is a bad idea. People don't want to pay attention and they won't if the car seems to be doing a good enough job.

Only a fully autonomous car will be good enough.

Comment Working with DHS components (Score 2) 198

DHS being the Defense Health Service of the DoD. Someone had the brilliant idea of requiring the use of CACs (ID cards) to log in to terminals used by military medical personnel worldwide. This would satisfy the HIPAA requirements, keep Security happy, make it easy to log who was seeing what, and generally be a Good Thing.

Then it was pointed out that using a CAC for login required a connection to validation servers. And field hospitals in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places generating lots of patients might not have good connections... Oh, and Navy ships at (and especially under) sea can also lack good connectivity.

Amazingly, the Powers That Be agreed that the Idea, while Good, was not practical, so using the CAC is now recommended rather than required.

Comment I bought a VW TDI because (Score 1) 124

It was, according to independent testing and according to VW's marketing: More powerful than gasoline cars, more fuel efficient, and less polluting. The fix, whatever it is, will probably reduce the power available, or reduce fuel economy, in order to bring it within limits. Probably reducing power. So I bought the based on false pretenses. Oh, and I paid more for it than I would have for a gasoline vehicle.

So, yeah, I was definitely defrauded. Of potentially several thousand dollars.

Comment Re:How to collect "atmospheric" CO2? (Score 1) 170

So I just read that article, and they're talking about using CO2 from an industrial source, not getting it from the atmosphere ("The Keyes ethanol plant already uses a dual-pass wet scrubber to produce 99.9% pure CO2"). It's referred to in the article as Carbon Capture and Use (CCU). That's what they're doing for $160/ton.

Comment How to collect "atmospheric" CO2? (Score 4, Insightful) 170

Atmospheric CO2 is about half a percent (400 PPM), though it's rising. Most of these "sequestration" ideas only work if you have high concentrations of CO2 to begin with, so you take the high CO2 concentration from some kind of industrial process and instead of dumping it in the atmosphere, you pump it underground, or in this case into volcanic bedrock. It's not a good way to get existing CO2 levels down. Still, it's a much needed improvement if it works.

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