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Comment I've been the subject of a MAC address error (Score 5, Interesting) 124

Comcast won't let me activated the modem that I purchased brand new from Amazon and used to have active on a Comcast account in another state. They say they own it. I have the box and receipt from the purchase. After a couple of hours talking with various people they admitted that perhaps they had made a mistake, but couldn't fix it as it involved two different 'regions' of their service. They said it might be fixable in a customer service center, but at that point I was disgusted with it and instead bought a new modem.

Comment Re:Still don't trust SSDs (Score 2) 144

Interesting? For a "works for me!" anecdote? Really mods, DaFuq? What is your experience with SSDs, 1? 2 maybe?

Well I have to have dealt with hundreds in the last couple years at the shop and its pretty damned obvious they still haven't fixed the driver controllers as they are still a complete and total CRAPSHOOT.

We have about 1100 of several brands and types deployed in our organization, and have seen a lower than hard disk failure rate, even on the cheap OEM Lite-On drives. How's that for an anecdote? (I do agree about the controller problems - we had to push out a firmware update for those Lite-Ons to fix a Deep Sleep issue.)

Comment Why isn't there a disable switch? (Score 1) 235

So why don't built-in webcams have a sliding cover? It seems like the equivalent of a 'WiFi Disable' switch for the camera would stop these things dead. Of course it could just be a switch on the power supply line, but that wouldn't encourage the same sort of consumer confidence as an actual sliding cover.

Comment How about a simple tweak? (Score 2) 455

Many of the Windows ones look like a specific default theme - XP's blue Luna theme or the default OS X theme. How about if the default color scheme was mildly randomized? It wouldn't change things for users who set things to something other than the defaults, but that way everyone who just leaves it at the default settings would have slightly different colored windows. They would know their 'system color' and a fake window would stand out like a sore thumb as it would be a different color. The range of random colors would not even have to be that large to make it obvious to most people. If the Mac default color was 'nearly gray' instead of pure gray, nobody would notice until a fake window popped up that was a different gray.

Comment Re:I can't wait. (Score 1) 327

Seat heaters can do quite a lot to increase core body temperature, and they're often less than 100W. A 1000W heater properly designed should have no trouble staving off hypothermia. The bigger problem with your hypothetical scenario is that the power of the batteries decreases as well at low temperatures. Thankfully the truly life,threatening temperatures are a corner case. Most of the population doesn't live there.

Comment Re:What a waste of effort. (Score 1) 349

Wait a second there ... [citation needed] on that one. I find it very difficult to believe the seatbelts cost that much. There were many safety changes mandated starting in 1967, lots of them serious lifesavers. Here's a period article on the subject which highlights how much the industry had to do to cope with it. Of course it also shows how the driver training versus safety aid debate was raging even then, with the muscles car era in full swing.

Comment I quote from a 1974 Road and Track article (Score 1) 349

Specifically, a review of the Mazda Rotary Engine Pickup. In 1974 cars had the truly horrible seatbelt interlock system, which would kill the ignition if you didn't put the seatbelt on at the right time. Pickup trucks were exempt from the requirement, as well as many other safety requirements, leading to the following lovely little snippet of text:

"We found the Rotary's cab refreshing in one way: it is devoid of a bunch of buzzers and warning lights and the seatbelt interlock system afflicting today's passenger cars. Once again, we are left to our own judgment as to whether to belt up (we always do), or whether to leave the key in the ignition switch when leaving the pickup. It was nice. We felt almost like grown-ups again."

I have disabled my car's seatbelt buzzer. It's a much calmer place now. I still wear my belt every time.

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