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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

MrLogic17 $1,000,000 idea (232 comments)

I have a million dollar idea - if it doesn't' exist already. A radio head-unit upgrade to a real dream car system: physical knobs & buttons, and a USB & headphone input jack. That's it. Maybe even with no LCD display at all - just a power on/off LED.

Man, I'd buy one of those, and I bet a lot of other folks would too....

about a week ago

Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

MrLogic17 Re:Great. More touchscreens. (232 comments)

Have you been car shopping lately? Find a car that meets all of your non-electric criteria that still has physical buttons.

For some reason auto manufactures think we all want nifty touch screens - and consumers now don't have a choice.

about a week ago

Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

MrLogic17 Re:Great. More touchscreens. (232 comments)

Ditto. I don't want a car media interface. I want dedicated physical buttons & knobs for the climate, radio volume & input selection.
And a place on the dash to mount my own phone/tablet with a nearby USB plug.

I have never seen an electronic car interface that was any good at all, and that includes every navigation system I've ever seen. My phone has better navigation (Waze rocks), better audio, and a better interface than anything a can manufacturer could ever try to copy.

I only upgrade my car every 10+ years - an even then it might not be a new car. Hey Detroit - stop trying. Give up. Let Apple/Android/[new startup] give me the tech I want. If you want to get fancy, give the phone a read-only API to the car's status.

about a week ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

MrLogic17 Learning through repetition (514 comments)

Best solution? Encourage everyone to record every interaction with the police. This will systematically education the police on the rights of citizens.

Just like the 2nd Amendment public carry folks with a big old riffle slung over their shoulder on the sidewalk - it educated the police & public at the same time, and nobody gets hurt. (The the latter case, jimmes get russeled by some liberals, but, meh)

about a week ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

MrLogic17 View angles (566 comments)

Some monitors are make to be viewed landscape, and when rotated have horrible view angles.
I found some at work where the view angle was so bad, only one eye would get a good picture, while the other eye showed a faded & discolored image. Rubber-necking around would find a small sweet spot for viewing.

TLDR; doesn't work well on some monitors.

about a week ago

Starbucks Testing Mobile Order and Pay In Portland On iOS

MrLogic17 Do not want (40 comments)

I'm seeing single-store apps to order & pay all over the place. Wendy's, Burger King, now Starbucks...

Why would I want to have a different app for every single store I visit? That's why I have cash & common credit cards - they work everywhere.

Do not want. Doomed to fail.

about two weeks ago

Do you worry about the singularity?

MrLogic17 Re:Singularity? (181 comments)

Google "The Singularity"
Then google "a Singularity"

Totally different things.

about two weeks ago

The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

MrLogic17 Re:Accurate (257 comments)


We already have automated buses, single cars, and long-haul trucks that arrive automatically, on-demand. Every large city already has a network of them.
It just so happens there's a person in the driver's seat today. In the near future there may be a computer in that seat. Nothing else changes, from a transportation angle.

about three weeks ago

Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

MrLogic17 Re:Practically alone... (307 comments)

If you're stranded on a desert island, with no ability to reach another island- you are very much alone. Doesn't matter how many billions of other people there are out there, if you have no chance at reaching or talking to them.

If this math holds up, the next interstellar island is further away than we thought... and we are likely going to be a very lonely species.

about three weeks ago

NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

MrLogic17 Re:uhhh... (153 comments)

No but you might want those contracts from NASA to subsidize the launch fees. Space isn't a game for the poor.

about three weeks ago

Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

MrLogic17 Proof of racism! (123 comments)

Amazon demographic of African Americans: 15%
USA 2010 census African Americans: 12.6%

There we have it, proof of racism within Amazon. I eagerly await Jessie Jackson's protests of non-black victims.

about a month and a half ago

The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MrLogic17 Re:Am I the only one? (478 comments)

Ah, but it is spread through casual contact. Someone cough near you? Droplets are evil little creatures. Handshake with someone who coughed on their hands?

If you've not had the flu ever in your life, then you can feel safe. Ebola spreads at least as easily as the flu, likely much easier.

What I really worry about is the non-human vectors. Imagine one dog (1) in the park, finding the vomit of an infected human (2), and this becoming a new, very hard to track infection source. "Our family isn't feeling so good - can you watch Fido while we go to the doctor?" Repeat.

(1) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...
(2) - http://www.nbcnews.com/storyli...

about 2 months ago

NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

MrLogic17 Re:Wait, they couldn't of... (185 comments)

Wait - why would Facebook have her address? I've never given that info to Facebook.

The problem here is that an unreliable, unsecure, unverified account for a person claiming to be her is being used for official legal notice. It's even worse than E-Mail, and I'm not aware of that being a valid means to receive legal notices.

This is all a very bad idea.

about 3 months ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

MrLogic17 Re:heh (611 comments)

Slashdot is a bad example. Back when it was owned in Ann Arbor, I kept ads on - to reward the site for giving me value.

Since the buyout by Dice, I now check the box to hide the ads. They are a large for profit company, they can live just fine without my ad hits. Oh, and most of the ads I do see on this site are for other Dice sites. I don't want to reward bad behavior.

about 4 months ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

MrLogic17 Re:$230 isn't the problem (611 comments)


If ad ads were 100% gone today, someone would re-invent them by tomorrow night.

Advertising isn't a way for users to subsidize a web site - it's a method for companies to advertise their products & services. If it became illegal to charge or pay money for ads, they would still exist. Companies want to grow sales, and one way to do that is advertising.

about 4 months ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

MrLogic17 Re:Now do that with an AA-12 (219 comments)

Good comment, however when I got to this line:

Shoot him with a missile, and now you're sure he's not just merely dead, he's really most sincerely dead.

...my mind was suddenly speaking with a helium voice. Don't you know that helium is rapidly becoming very expensive?!?

about 4 months ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

MrLogic17 Who has the market share? (336 comments)

I read the very short article, so you don't have to.

Windows is the bulk, at 91.68%, of that Windows 7 is 51.22%

Mac is 6.64%

And overall, Linux is 1.68%

about 5 months ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

MrLogic17 Re:Take two cars (205 comments)

Which (gasp) didn't exist when I was a child and yet somehow we managed without. ..... Prior to that you either had a full sized econoline van, a VW mini-bus, a station wagon or a second car. Worked out just fine.

What percentage of the population could afford that back in the 70? or 80's?

Never was a problem getting all the people wherever we needed to go. I rode from the Great Lakes down to Florida several times in the back of a VW Scirocco.

And now we get to the heart of the problem. Would the local police or resident busy-bodies (with 911 on speed dial) let you get away with that today? Everyone needs a proper seat with seat-belt and side air bags. Rolling around lose in the back of a station wagon was good enough for us X'ers, but it's now considered reckless and dangerous today. And that is why minivans are essential to anyone with more than 2 kids.

about 5 months ago


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MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

"What Liberal Bias?" Dept

36 percent of stories about Bush were negative compared to 12 percent about Kerry.

20 percent were positive toward Bush compared to 30 percent of stories about Kerry.

Stores about the Iraq war were 25 percent were negative and 20 percent were positive.

The three network nightly newscasts and public broadcaster PBS tended to be more negative than positive, while Fox News was twice as likely to be positive as negative.

To which I reply, someone *paid* to find this out? News flash! The Pope's Catholic, film at 11.


MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Cool Tool:

Spell checker for IE - great for web-mail, SlashDot, and other on-line postings.


England's Mythical VAT Refund

MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Random Rant:
On a recent (Feb 2005) trip to London, every store we went to told us that the 17.5% VAT (sales tax) was refundable for goods we took out of the country. 17.5% is a mighty stiff tax (remember that the Boston Tea Party was over a 1% tax on one product!), but if it's refunded, it's not an issue, right?

That is, until we got to the airport. After checking in, checking bags, and going through customs, we found the VAT refund office at the end of a long, narrow, poorly marked hallway. (No, there was no "Beware of leapoard" sign, but you get the idea...) The ever friendly government employee had no intention of helping us get a refund. She informed us that:
-Not all shops participate in the VAT refund (Apparently it's the store's burden, not the Queen's)
-You have to get a form from *each and every* store you shop at
-You have to prove to the VAT officer that you really did purchase the stuff you paid for- by showing all goods at the window (yes, after you've checked you bags and gone through security!)
-I think she also said there was a per store minimum of 200 pounds before you could get a refund. (Don't quote me on this one.)
-If you've managed to get this far, you have to mail back the VAT refund form to each and every store for a refund, less a service fee!

Needless to say, we didn't get a single pence back from the VAT refund. The part that most upsets me is that *none* of the stores, clerks, or information we'd read hinted at *any* of the barriers involved. Be warned: if you travel to England, don't be fooled into thinking you'll get any of that 17.5% VAT back.

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