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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Pentium100 Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (136 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.

8 hours ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Pentium100 Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (136 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.

9 hours ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Pentium100 Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (136 comments)

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

9 hours 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 week 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 week 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Pentium100 Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

In some cases yes. It all depends on the priorities and how much weight one assigns to various parameters. Efficiency is not the only feature of a car.

For example - I am willing to pay extra for fuel (since my car consumes more), to have a car that I can maintain/repair myself (mostly) and that to me looks better.

I have a CRT TV now (because it was cheap (used), shows analog SD content very well and can show 720p), but if I decide to get a newer TV, I will most likely buy a plasma because it has better image (even though the power it uses will cost me more than that of a LCD TV).

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Pentium100 Re:In-camera special effects (194 comments)

I don't know. I guess if the police pulled me over I could explain that either 1) I waited at the light for 10 minutes so it must be broken (hopefully they will check it) or 2) I saw multiple other drivers ignore it so the light is most likely broken or if it;s not, then why I was the only one who was stopped?

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Pentium100 Re:In-camera special effects (194 comments)

Cocaine was seem as a "black" drug, marijuana was "Latino", and opium was "Chinese".

My country is almost completely white. Usually the people with darkest skin around here are Jews (more common) or Muslims (less common). There are a few black people living here, but they are probably less than 1%. If I see a black person I usually think he's a tourist or on a business trip.

So what would be good evidence that at least one machine on a particular ISP subscriber's home network was connected to a swarm?

Well, somebody could produce a torrent app that signs the records and is verified to produce correct records. It that gets the app certified for evidence gathering, the police could use it to, well, gather evidence. It is usually assumed that a police officer would not intentionally alter the records.

If not, what is someone stuck at a red light for half an hour supposed to do?

I do not recall a rule that a red light can be ignored after x minutes, though I suppose it could be used as defense provided the light was actually broken (there should be repair records).

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Pentium100 Re:In-camera special effects (194 comments)

What's the reason for banning drugs in the first place, other than racism?

What racism?

Mind explaining what's on that 18 1/2 minute gap of the Watergate tapes? Now shorten the concept to silencing individual words, and then look at how YouTube Poop artists have perfected the art of sentence mixing.

That was manipulation by a human during or after the recording. There is no way to prevent it. However, the tape recorder itself cannot be so out of cal that it would alter words. Like, say a radar that can show a wrong number.

Then perhaps you aren't aware of "fake smile" or "big eyes" gimmick effects in some modern digital cameras.

Actually, no. I do not have a camera with these functions and I usually do not look for gimmicks in a camera. But if the change is big, I guess the defense could argue that the photo was altered.

But, let's say that I have a dashcam and just filmed somebody speeding. It would most likely not count as evidence since 1) the speedometer on my car (or the dashcam) can be wrong and the recording could have been sped up. If I record him running a red light, OTOH, it would count as evidence unless the defense proves that this was CGI or whatever.

A guy successfully avoided a speeding ticket in court because the calibration on the radar was expired by a couple of days.

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Pentium100 Re:Crime scene photos (194 comments)

I think (IANAL) that a camera does not need to be certified because the camera cannot take a false photo - either the photo is out of focus or otherwise unusable, or it is properly taken and you can see what is in it. The camera cannot change, say, the face of the suspect. Same for a tape (or digital) recorder - it cannot alter the conversation recorded, so if it's understandable, it can be used. Compare that to a police radar - that needs to be certified because it can display a false speed. Or a breathalyzer - it can be inaccurate - that is usually good enough for a home one - even if it says that I am just below the limit I am not going to drive anyway, but I do not want to be fined because the police breathalyzer was out of calibration.

Software can show anything you want. I can make a screenshot of uTorrent showing your IP even with the regular version (and photoshop) or a modified version. Or it can just show your IP anyway. How do we know it's the truth?

And did any copyright owner decide to follow up on this dismissal by modifying one of the free software BitTorrent clients to get it "certified as an evidence gathering tool"?

No. The tracker is still operational and given how publicized the initial trial was (the anti-piracy agency wanted to make an example) if it succeeded, it would be even more publicized. Also, IIRC another point against the anti-piracy group was that you have to accept the EULA only when installing Windows - downloading it you do not see nor need to accept any agreement forbidding you from downloading or uploading the software.

And recently the loudest anti-piracy person (the manager of the agency) was caught with illegal drugs (so, I guess drugs are okay, but movies aren't in his opinion).

about a month ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Pentium100 Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

But I didn't pay $20k to keep my current car from now on, so if it breaks down without the possibility of repair I still can buy some other used car and save money.

Now, safety features are important, but from what I have seen, modern cars are too soft - hitting another car at 40-50km/h can completely destroy your car, but when I hit some other car at around 40km/h, my car could be straightened out (though it needed a new headlamp, radiator and bonnet). Though the soft modern cars most likely are safer at very high speeds. But driving even a 2005 car (not very new obviously) on a gravel road leaves it full of dents (I guess driving it a few times on that road will cause it to start using less fuel).

Also, my current car does not have software in it (really, the car was made in 1982 and all controls are mechanical), so it is easier to repair (that and everything is easier to access - I do not need to remove a wheel to replace a lightbulb). So this may be worth to me the higher cost of fuel (then again, LPG is not that expensive compared to gasoline).

But we were talking about the fuel efficiency and how more efficient car saves money for everyone. Just like having your own solar power - while the power may be free from now on, I may have to pay enough money for the panels, installation etc to keep using grid power for 20 years. And the solar power will need periodic battery replacements, so the power is not completely free after installing.

about a month ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Pentium100 Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

If every car looks this way, the argument of "ugly" is nonexistent.

Well, I already slightly dislike the look of every modern car, one of the reasons I love old cars - the manufacturers tried to make a car that looks good, they were not focusing all their effort to make the car as efficient as possible.

It's not whether you drive a lot or not, it's just a flat benefit.

Let's say the new car costs $20k and uses half the fuel that my current car uses.
For $20k I could buy a lot of fuel for my current car, let's say it will be enough to go 100000km.
So, my old car costs $0.2/km to drive. The new car would be $0.1/km, so it saves me $0.1 every km I drive it. I have to drive it 200000km for it to save me enough money to cover the cost of the car. If I do not drive a lot, chances are that the car will break down (in a way that cannot be repaired) or be smashed in a crash (and be not repairable), because it may take me many years to drive 200000km.

So, I may be better off with a car that uses more fuel but costs less up front. Or just keeping my current car which I like and which looks nice (not completely aerodynamic).

about a month ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Pentium100 Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

Just because kids like the music they like does not mean that I do too.

about a month ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Pentium100 Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

Because it looks ugly. Also, the laws in my country limit the maximum speed to 130km/h, so I don't care that denting the car will make it faster - I can break the law already if I want (my not very aerodynamic car made in 1982 with 80kW gasoline engine running on LPG can go at around 165km/h (and going 35km/h over the limit would result in a huge fine)), I do not really need a faster car). Also, saving 11% money on fuel but having to buy a new car would not pay off unless you drive a lot.

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Pentium100 Re:Is anyone left to care? (194 comments)

I use Classic Theme Restorer and Status-4-Evar. That makes it almost like the old Firefox, I just need to customize the toolbar and I'm done.

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Pentium100 Re:Emigrating isn't always practical (194 comments)

If you archive a 4K video

But for SD or HD, I can keep the files in playable format.

Besides, if you produced video, you may want to archive the source footage in its original format and a non-destructive edit decision list.

That and a format that can be played immediately. I do not want to re-edit the file every time I want to watch it :).

But does it have anticircumvention legislation (DMCA, EUCD, etc.)?

Most likely (it is part of the EU), not that anybody cares to enforce any of this. Microsoft tried to sue some users (or rather, told the police about them) of our local BitTorrent tracker for downloading Windows - they got nothing (because the proof - a screenshot from uTorrent was dismissed since uTorrent is not certified as an evidence gathering tool - like, say, a police radar).

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Pentium100 Re:Is anyone left to care? (194 comments)

Unlike Chrome, you can get the normal UI of Firefox. I have customized it such that My Firefox 31 looks almost exactly like Firefox 3.6.

about a month ago

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