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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Pentium100 Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

However, having bad roads and poorly trained drivers higher speed results in higher probability of a crash (for example higher probability that you won't see a pedestrian crossing or won't be able to stop in time) and a worse crash. So, the result is (even if probability stays the same) you drive too fast = you cause problems for other people, while you don't wear a seatbelt = you cause problems only for yourself.

Also, even Germany has speed limits on other roads and inside cities.

5 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Pentium100 Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

After a few accidents caused by drunk cops driving (that actually injuredor killed people) in my country, the new law is that if a cop is caught drunk behind the wheel, he can start looking for a new job (in addition to whatever punishment a non-cop would get in the same situation).

5 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Pentium100 Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Speeding = higher risk of crash. Crash can involve other people. This means that if you speed you are more likely to kill somebody.
Not wearing a seatbelt = higher risk of injury/death in case of a crash, but only to the person not wearing the seat belt. I think the fine should be lower and let the idiots kill themselves.

5 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Pentium100 Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Well, driving a car with a manual gearbox makes talking on the phone while driving (without using handsfree equipment) inconvenient (unless I am driving on a straight long road). I never text while driving. SMS is low priority and high latency to me - I will reply when I can. If it is urgent to you - call.

However, this device seems pointless. I have to buy it and install it in my car. Even assuming it can work with my older phones (a Nokia E90 and a Nokia 1100), I could, you know, just don't use the phone while driving if I do not want to and I do not need to spend money. OTOH, if somebody wants to use the phone while driving, they will not buy a device that prevents them or will turn it off.

This sort of device has to be mandated by law (hopefully just for new cars, so I do not have to buy such a device) or it will see very low adoption rates.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

Pentium100 Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

I have used cable for so long, I do not remember the terrestrial broadcasts. Well, other than the very noisy picture I got when using a portable TV outside or using a piece of wire as an antenna during cable outages.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

Pentium100 Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

Well, I get analog broadcasts from my cable company. Whether it's the multiple splitters or the long cables (after the amp), but the video quality is not that great. Sure, it's better than VHS, but I cannot really see a difference between it and SVHS.

I also get IPTV from another company. The SD channels are higher quality than the analog channels that i get.

And yet, with digital VCRs (and tapes for them) being so expensive, i have to continue to use VHS...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

Pentium100 Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

Still, when compared to analog broadcast, (or very compressed digital) SD, a good VCR and a good tape produce quite a good image, it's not full broadcast quality, but good enough for me. Especially since digital (and especially HD capable) VCRs are so expensive (tapes for them too) and not very common. So, no way to record HD and the best I can do is to record to a good VHS tape, since SVHS tapes are expensive too. DVDs don't last and don't allow overwrites, so a DVD recorder would not be useful to me.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

Pentium100 Re:Reverse-SSH tunnel phone-home from remote devic (137 comments)

As someone who's been a network admin for a few years, I'm fairly confident in my statements. Do you do even minor surgery on yourself if you're not a surgeon?

I am a network (and Linux) admin by profession, but I can also repair my audio equipment and do some repairs on my car, even though I do not work as a car mechanic or electronics repair guy. While I could find a mechanic to repair my car (and sometimes I do), a lot of the time is is cheaper and faster to do it myself.

So, if the OP wants to create a monitoring solution himself (assuming he knows something about the monitoring systems) more power to him. I probably would ask a similar question if I had to monitor 500 remote servers that are in different locations (if they are all in the same place I would just use VPN). It would be possible to use VPN or SSH tunnels or something else, but sometimes one may need an advice from others as to which option is the best.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Pentium100 Re:can it get me home from the bar? (289 comments)

What is I like driving? Actually, I probably could not sit in a driverless car for, say, half an hour with nothing to do. I cannot read while in a car because I get motion sickness if I am not watching the road, I also cannot talk to the driver (as I do now when I am in a car but not driving). And I can listen to music while I am driving just as well.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Pentium100 Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

And what's the difference between this and cat | grep?

To me it is also more understandable, that is, the flow of data:

cat file | grep this | grep -v butnotthis | cut | tr | awk > result.txt

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Pentium100 Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Are you also using 'cat | grep'?

What's wrong with that?

It is more convenient for me, for example
cat /some/file/somewhere| grep something (hmm, didn't get what I wanted)
cat /some/file/somewhere| grep some (good)

If I do grep something /some/file/somewhere and and to edit my search string, I have to move the cursor further than in the cat|grep version.

Also, I sometimes replace tail with cat when looking at a log file
tail -n 2000 | grep (it wasn't here, let's look at the whole file)
cat | grep (found it)

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Pentium100 Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

At least in Centos6, postgresql port is also configured in the start script that's in /etc/init.d/

about three weeks ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Pentium100 Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (173 comments)

Wouldn't it start at lower RPM though? If so, just increase the gear ratio.between crank and engine.

about a month ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Pentium100 Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (173 comments)

So that he didn't need to discharge the battery while starting the car? Useful if you are going short distances and the battery is not recharged before the next stop.

about a month ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Pentium100 Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (173 comments)

I would like a crank starter on my car as an addition to the electric starter of course. In some cases the battery is too weak to start the engine, but has enough power to operate the ignition, fuel cutoff valves and the field coil of the alternator. Sure, the car can then be push started, but that requires at least one other person and the car to not be at the bottom of a hill (it's difficult to push a car uphill). I could then crank start the car. It does not look lie adding the crank would have cost the manufacturer lots of money.

about a month ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Pentium100 Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (173 comments)

But only the combinations you think of, while in real life something might happen that you did not expect.

about a month ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Pentium100 Re:Pssssh (197 comments)

Well, some music I listen to is in mono because it was recorded before the invention of stereo records. A stereo system can play both mono and stereo music well.

And I once had a 4.0 system and later found out that just using stereo did not reduce my enjoyment of movies at all. To me there is not that much point (to me) of surround sound if the image is not surround and is not interactive (hearing an enemy behind me in games is better though, but that can be achieved with stereo headphones).

about a month ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Pentium100 Re:Pssssh (197 comments)

I have a "2.0" system - no need for a subwoofer if the main speakers can shake the floor.

Pretty much all music I listen to is either in mono or stereo and the system is primarily for music. Stereo for movies is good enough too (for me).

I don't care for 3D TV unless they start producing real 3D (a picture that looks different when looked at from different angles).

about a month ago
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Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

Pentium100 Re:High speed car chase on "Cops" (140 comments)

Well, the criminal then gets to pay for the damage he caused to the car.

If something was stolen from me I would damn sure want to (preferably) get it back or at least get loss compensated. It does not matter that that something is not worth tens of thousands of dollars - it's still my money and my item.

Now, whether it is worth to the public - yes, most likely. While I would probably be OK with the government buying me an identical car after the cops refuse to recover the stolen one, the number of car thefts would increase. After all, if you steal a car that's cheap enough, the police won't chase you, so you get a free car.

about a month and a half ago
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Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

Pentium100 Re:Their Job (171 comments)

If we don't allow natural car-versus-pedestrian fatalities to punish stupid parents by killing their children, how will they ever learn?

The problem is that the child will dent the car that hit him, causing the driver problems. Even if the driver manage to prove that the child ran out unexpectedly (lets say they have a dashcam video that shows this), there is still going to be a trial costing the driver money and the money needed to straighten out the car. Not to mention the stress and psychological issues for the driver.

about a month and a half ago

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