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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Idbar Re: minivan dead? (205 comments)

TO be honest, I like the idea (and I'm a grown up man) of a minivan. I see the Sienna, and seems to have aggressive looks. But never as the SUVs.

I'd go for the minivan if they had more aggressive/sporty looks. As you said, it's the stigma it's for moms, and therefore, for some reason they look like cute cars rather than sporty cars. Make them look sporty like the new Siennas, and they will win some market back (unless people actually need AWD).

about 1 month ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Idbar Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Furthermore, if you drive under the category of "bad" driver and you never have an accident, what does it tell you? What if you drive under the category of "good" driver and have more accidents than the regular "bad" driver?

This is certainly not a selling point, as they clearly only use this gimmick to grab your attention, and the charge you more in some way (i.e. they will charge you a fee for the device, then usage fee, etc, etc.).

Eventually to them there would be only drivers that have accidents and drive "aggressively", so they pay more, and those who were involved in accidents and pay more.

about a month and a half ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

Idbar Re:wifi (128 comments)

I still see people listening music, watching movies and playing games, now during take off and landing. I don't know where is the submitter flying.

And although the price is high, I see many people paying for it. They claim streaming services won't work, so I don't see any advantage unless people REAAAALLY need to see their facebook, update their status or tweet that they are flying.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

Idbar Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

t's not, but every single country in the world still has a military,

For your stats... no, not every single country.

about 1 month ago
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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

Idbar Re:Well ... (298 comments)

Wow, you sounded like a patent lawyer.

about 2 months ago
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What percentage of your online communications are encrypted?

Idbar Re:All my Wifi? (186 comments)

Most insightful comment I've seen.

I use https most of the time, but how does it count to access e-mail, when the e-mail service is provided by a third party so they have access to all my communications.

In the end, there's always a third party involved that may not care about the secrecy of my communications, so end-to-end encrypted, is probably none. I connect to my work computers using VPN but then again, my employer probably have access as of what I'm typing and doing.

Does having partially encrypted communications help? Perhaps. Perhaps, so that Comcast/Verizon/T-Mobile or other carriers cannot steal the ad business from Google, Amazon, etc.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Idbar Re:PCs aint expensive (452 comments)

This is a great point. If what you really want is to save on hardware, you can migrate the whole company to TinyCore. It's really cool, but I don't know if you want to go through the process of teaching everyone how to use it.

But hey, we have the whole company running on calculators!

about 4 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

Idbar Re:Give us better battery life (217 comments)

Second this. It feels like the number race of PC's of years ago: "This one has more pixels", "This one more GHz", "This one more MBs". But nobody seem to care about more autonomy.

Did they bring in all the marketing guys from the 90s? I guess is what all those tech reviews with meaningless astroturfing performance tests have given us. "Hey this phone can decode and re encode 4k videos on the fly! while you play angry birds!" WHO CARES if it's going to get hot as hell and die in 1.5 hours?

about 4 months ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

Idbar Re:If time machines exist, what should warrants me (320 comments)

One part is that they can go back and look for anything that may sound incriminating and use it. Like the quote: "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

The other, is, how easy is to "plant" evidence that only they have access to?

about 5 months ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Idbar Re:"Robots" will never be as smart as a human. (294 comments)

The internet holds more knowledge than a single human ever could, but machines cannot do anything without direct, explicit directions - told to it by a human.

I'm sure not doing anything would still be way better than someone only checking facebook for a whole day. Which increases the score on the Robot side.

about 5 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Idbar Re:Ya think so? (606 comments)

Not sure, but my first thought is: Have you seen the prices of land downtown? Then you'll figure out what's the first thing companies see on moving out of town. They get their own building at a cheaper price, and they gain in traffic (commute time), if they have/provide their own cafe, then also keep people near the office during lunch time (so they engage in conversations and probably creative talks, and reduce information leaks). Clearly there are more sides to the story.

In any case, if Google offers free food, how are the neighborhood restaurants going to compete against that? (If some local businesses are the issue)

about 6 months ago
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Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

Idbar Re:I saw faster screening at Orlando (163 comments)

I don't know if people receive background checks when they belong to "elite" airline miles programs. But many first class and other people in those programs for sure can go through the fast line.

about 6 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

Idbar Re:Questions. (597 comments)

The proportion of people who can actually afford to stay at university for a very very long time (either rich or living with parents) AND who actually desire to do such a thing is so small it's almost zero.

I thought the word to describe those individuals was "post-docs". ;-)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Idbar Re:Bad Analogy (716 comments)

Bad analogy also because bricks have a single shape. Now go ahead and give the builder many different shapes that they have to use in a particular order so the wall actually holds together in the best way. Then ask them to put those bricks in such a way that the end result is the one the customer required.

Or maybe, you can just ask your manager to provide you only one line of code you can use and you'd glue the many lines with semicolons. (I guess you can do anything you want with just NAND gates, but it may turn fairly unmanageable rather quickly).

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Idbar Re:Text-based books (876 comments)

Hey, the last thing is touch, we should be migrating to touch!

Clearly, some ladies will find it awkward at first, when introducing your self to them, but hey... it's the new thing, waaaay better than words!

about 6 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Idbar Re:Colonialism??? (398 comments)

Permanent Resident and Visa are two different things.

H-1B Visas are tied to a company, and legally you're bound to the company that got it for you. If they fire you, you have about 2 weeks to leave the country as the visa automatically expires. (Which seems in line with the proposed idea, just you'll have the visa not as long as you remain in the company, but rather in the state, however, another company can pick that visa up and renew it and you can move around).

Permanent residency is not actually a visa and it's not bound to a particular company.

about 7 months ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

Idbar Re:You poor baby (277 comments)

Indeed.

I lived for 1.5 years in a place. Since I didn't originally know the length of my stay in that city, I contracted Sprint 4G instead of a wired network provider.

Turned out my connection was very spotty, so I had to tape the usb dongle to the window, use a USB cable extension and use a laptop to share the internet. I still had about 1Mbps, with 100ms+ latencies to Google. I streamed Netflix and hulu without much issues (unless it was heavy raining, or something happened at Sprint).

Not sure what's all the fuzz about this article.

about 8 months ago

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PRS Wants ISPs To Pay For Pirating Customers

Idbar Idbar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Idbar (1034346) writes "A group representing British songwriters and composers will on Wednesday call for the introduction of a levy on broadband providers based on the amount of pirated music they allow to pass through their networks.

Will Page, chief economist at PRS for Music, will argue at a Westminster conference that a piracy fee would better align the financial interests of internet service providers (ISPs) with rights holders at a time when the two industries are at odds over who should bear the costs of online song swapping."

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Will Lightning Strike?

Idbar Idbar writes  |  about 6 years ago

Idbar (1034346) writes "I ran into a document today unveiling a new car company in the UK. They are presenting an electric car capable of producing 700bhp. The lightning car company in their website, compare their achievement with the Prius and a Jaguar (Not to the Tesla, though). The main core of the design appears to be what they call NanoSafe(r) batteries and motors on each wheel. Can 700bhp on batteries be a real claim? If you believe so, you can reserve yours already."

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