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Comment They're Modding to Increase HP (Score 2) 500

Usually, these guys are modding the firmware to increase horsepower. Sure, I suppose in a few cases it comes down to mechanical breakdown situations, but mostly these guys are trying to squeeze out a few more horses. Last fall, my brother's JD combine started spitting up pieces of main bearings, blew the turbo. Then the rest of the engine went. $25,000.00 for a new engine and a week of down time. Turns out he had chipped the engine and the mechanic said that he had replaced 5 engines in the past weeks for similar failures - all of them chipped. I asked my brother "Why on earth would you chip such an expensive piece of equipment?" He replied that he wanted the extra 10 horses.

Having said that, there is no way that JD should be able to control the owner of the equipment in the fashion that they do. If the farmers want to mod, they should be able to. Whether it's a good idea or not. It should be the owner's decision.

Comment Accuracy? (Score 1) 52

Accuracy is not that important to me. We all are pretty used to inaccuracies while texting now. What is important to me is the synchronization. If the captions follow the actual speech by more than just a bit, it makes it hard for me to follow as I lip read in addition to reading the captions. Lip reading is often ok by itself, but with movies and TV, the speakers face is not always pointed to the camera or there might be something covering the speakers lips. That's when cc comes in handy.

Comment Parallel Construction (Score 1) 80

All this behavior, the hoovering up of seemingly inconsequential data, is all about Parallel Construction. LEOs seemed to be fascinated by the technique right now. The way things work these days is: Someone reports a crime. LEOs decide who did it. Having evidence is optional at this point. They sift through all the data they have on the selected person(s) until they arrive at some reason to make life really hard for that person(s). So hard, that the accused confess and plea to the originally reported crime. Case closed.

Comment Sellers Are Confused (Score 1) 120

My thoughts have been that these marketplace sellers think they are on EBay and need to get a positive on each and every sale. Maybe they do... on EBay. But on Amazon there is plenty of opportunity to leave feed back in the reviews and buyers like me look to those reviews primarily and consult the star rating later. Not everything is EBay, thank god, and these guys need to learn the difference.

Comment Well, There's This (Score 4, Interesting) 180

While the specific plans may not be actually feasible and the budget may bloat to 20 times its original estimate, there is this:

has redefined Internet access as a so-called universal service, while removing obligations for old universal services such as payphones

Something those of us in the US would do well to emulate.

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