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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

David_W Re:On that note (290 comments)

Indeed. And squirrel gravy is awesome. Haven't had it in like 25 years though... :(

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

David_W Re:The Good Old Days! (522 comments)

Worst idea ever.

Blasphemy!

about 2 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

David_W Re:How about "no thanks" .... (218 comments)

At least I know mozilla with any luck won't piss all over a simple UI.

I'm sorry, have you seen Chromefox 29?

about 2 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

David_W Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

There have been cases when I want to move from 2 to 1 without turning everything off

Kinda repeating something I said earlier... In my Acura, the magic sequence for that is to put the shifter in Neutral instead of Park before pushing the button. That causes it to go to accessory mode instead of full off. (Not defending that... I think it is kinda silly, but at least in some cars a way exists.)

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

David_W Re:It ain't broke (865 comments)

I would be very happy with a two position switch to turn the car off and on and a push button starter. All the single button systems have design issues.

Ah, someone else who has experienced the issue I have. The core problem with single button systems is they try to represent 3-4 states (depends on if you count cranking as a state), but a single button can generally only transition from one state to another, so is best suited for 2 states. So you get weird hacks like leave the shifter in neutral if you want to go from running->accessory, and then press the button twice to go from accessory->off, or having to hold the brake while pushing the button to start. I like being able to leave the key in my pocket, but a knob or multiple buttons seem like a better system than the single button most have now. I suspect Nissan is figuring this out; they had a single button several years ago; last year my parents looked at one and they've went to a knob in the place where the key used to go.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

David_W Re:The actual technical fault. (865 comments)

Other than keyless systems, all cars I've seen with start/stop buttons need the electronic key to be inserted in some kind of reader, and I would very surprised if those with keyless systems didn't have some simple way to stop the engine in case of emergency.

I've driven two cars with push-button start, my Acura and a Chrysler. Both have no slot; the fob stays in your pocket. I haven't tested it, but for the Acuras either holding the button for 3-ish seconds or pressing the button twice is supposed to act as the emergency stop.

about 3 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

David_W Re: Chip and PIN (210 comments)

retailers- in the US, at least- are suposedly *prohibited* from checking ID

I don't have a link handy, so I'm going from memory here, but I think they are prohibited from requiring ID. They can ask, and that might be enough to ward off some folks trying to pull something, plus most legitimate people will show it. However, supposedly you could refuse (or lie saying you don't have it with you) and they are still supposed to run the transaction. It reduces down to largely the same thing in the end for anyone who knows what they are doing.

about 3 months ago
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David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

David_W Re:What's good for the goose.... (86 comments)

Maybe they should re-evaluate their position on the Microsoft Office formats.

But, but... the Microsoft Office formats are open and documented!

about 3 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

David_W Re:uphill and snowy (355 comments)

With a very angry cat, I assume?

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

David_W Re:A win? (328 comments)

During the summer months any usage over your average winter usage is charged at a higher rate

Are you sure? The reason I ask is this: They have winter usage monitoring where I live as well. However, the way it works here is during the summer, anything over the winter usage is assumed to be outside usage and hence not eligible to be billed against sewer usage (since outside water goes into the storm drains, not the sewer). So it has the net effect of lowering your overall bill vs. if they didn't have the winter usage concept. Not that I'd put it past a utility to work the way you say; just making sure you haven't been misinformed.

Reference.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

David_W Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

> yawn apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade -y
zsh: command not found: yawn

about 3 months ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

David_W Re:Cue the naysayers... (172 comments)

Ha ha. If only.... Seriously though, it becomes much more of a problem than the side windows for two reasons: 1) It only takes one drop of water or one decent-sized speck of dirt/dust to cover enough of the camera to be useless. Surface area will get you. 2) You only see the camera output when you are already in the car, in reverse (in the case of the back-up camera). Windows, you stand a chance of noticing they need cleaning as you are getting in. Plus you can roll down the window if you are desperate.

All that said, I still love my camera, and unlike most of the naysayers from the other day, I think they are a great asset. There is just room for improvement.

about 3 months ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

David_W Re:Cue the naysayers... (172 comments)

Yes, actually. Most annoying aspect of my back-up camera is when it gets dirty, or wet. Not all the manufacturers have figured out keeping them clean automatically yet.

about 3 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

David_W Re:Personally (641 comments)

You know what would be interesting...? If every year, MS lowered the price of Windows by some factor (like 13.5GPB using this discussion), to account for the reduced service life of that version. Of course the counter to that is it would probably make steering into a subscription model that much easier.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

David_W Re:Does that include Bing Bar? (177 comments)

Pay attention to the version numbers. Basically (and I'm making up the numbers here), if you tell it to hide v5, the next time it'll offer v4. Hide that, v3. And so on. They go away once you've told it to hide every one of them. And it'll come back whenever they release v6, but if you've hidden all the others, once you hide that it won't show up again until v7. So it takes some effort, but they can be squashed, eventually.

about 4 months ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

David_W Re:..and we need this technology why exactly? (176 comments)

To change a fixture you need tools, and need to fiddle with wires and screws, and things that can go wrong.

Also add in the fact that 35% of people rent (in the US, according to these guys). Many of them may not be in a situation where they can reasonably change out the fixture, even if they possess the needed skills.

about 4 months ago
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Gmail Goes HTTPS Only For All Connections

David_W Oh the irony... (141 comments)

You know, if I didn't know better, I'd think someone did this on purpose... right now the fortune at the bottom is:

Today is a good day for information-gathering. Read someone else's mail file./quote.

about 4 months ago
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Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

David_W Re:You know *nothing* about security (220 comments)

I think you are overestimating this a bit; a 1024 bit RSA key is worth about 80 bits of password strength.

How do you know this? Is there some equation or strength tester I can use to calculate the strength of my keys vs. my passwords? (I know about, for example, the strength meter in KeePass, which I love; an equivalent for my keys would be interesting. And yes I do realize they aren't directly comparable due to the differences between how PKI and passwords work; I just found the statement of equivalency intriguing.)

about 4 months ago

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