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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

SuperKendall Re:Not the same, but tangentially related... (72 comments)

increased rates of those that had poor overall driving techniques (fast acceleration, hard braking, etc.)

Yes, you should definitely make people pay more who are poor drivers.

But the things you list may not be indicative. They could mean someone avoided an accident instead of causing one...

The next time someone behind you is about to hit you, reflect on if they should apply brakes gently or with force.

5 hours ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

SuperKendall Now We See The Real Greed (72 comments)

Yes, because it can help others, you selfish bastard.

People always complain companies are greedy, but they should take a look at individuals who want a piece of the action for EVERYTHING.

What is wrong with you? Seriously? Why is everyone so greedy that a company cannot accidentally or otherwise make one cent off data you willingly contribute for the greater good?

Could you have sold that data anyway? No? Then what the hell man?

5 hours ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

SuperKendall Re:Not in agreement (238 comments)

There are some that go that far (I am not one). But at least they are logically consistent. If you are not OK with killing babies one second before birth, or one second before the brain activates, you are not logically consistent.

It's OK to not be logically consistent. It's NOT OK to not be so, while claiming others should be. Then you are just a dick.

8 hours ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

SuperKendall Not in agreement (238 comments)

I think abortion should be allowed twosome degree. But this argument has a problem:

it should be possible for everyone to at least agree that it can't happen before there is brain with some level of function. No brain, no problem!

When you buy a lamp without a bulb, do you throw it away before you plug it in because it's not emitting light?

Or instead is some value placed on the container before it's switched on, because of inherent capability...

12 hours ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

SuperKendall Wrong (238 comments)

And they do. Except on drugs. And media regulation. And pornography. And abortion.

The only one of those things that most people "leaning to the right" I know disagree about ever, is abortion. That's still a hot topic which society has not figured out an answer that pleases everyone, and probably never will.

But all of the other things? Please. Modern libertarians are not not for heavy regulation on anything, much less drugs... I personally think legalizing all drugs is the only sensible thing to do.

12 hours ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

SuperKendall Left-Wing Propoganda (238 comments)

the Colorado Government is already at it with their right wing propaganda

Colorado is (narrowly) governed by the Democrats, not right wing. The Democratic governor is trying to slow down states from legalizing, despite it being a roaring success for everyone.

In fact what you'll find these days, is that most right-wing people lean libertarian - which is exactly why the people of Colorado (who lead independent/to the right) were perfectly fine legalizing something so many people did all the time anyway.

Look to the Democrats to shut it down... They are the ones that need the massive funds the government gets from the war on drugs to help fund lots of other progressive measures.

yesterday
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

SuperKendall Can have trippy cake and eat it too (238 comments)

You can easily legalize MJ and continue your money-generatin war on all the other drugs. It's like a token gesture to the people to make them think the government has given them something, while at the same time pacifying them even further. Win/Win (for the government).

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

SuperKendall Republicans do help - directly (318 comments)

The US is allegedly a rich country, that your government chooses not to help is the problem.

We choose not to have the government help much, because government is inherently wasteful.

Instead many Americans donate money to charitable organizations that waste far less of the money, so more people obtain help... America by far has the highest rate of donation to charity.

I've always wondered how god-fearing republicans can choose to not the help poor people

That's where you are utterly, terribly wrong - I am an independent, and do not attend church. But I know a lot of "god-fearing republicans" that donate a large amount of charity, plus every church I've every know has lots of missionary work they do to help the poor.

In fact if you look at statistics you'll find that Republicans donate quite a lot more (on average thousands more) than Democrats do - because like you they don't really care about helping the poor, they just want to feel like they are.

yesterday
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

SuperKendall Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (193 comments)

First of all, sorry about your not closing the quoting tag you used. I do that sometimes, and it's so sad to see all your hard work obscured under an italic fog... so I thought I would at least respond in detail to help make up for it.

The charging point you make is a great one. There are some powered mounts that you can plug a phone into, but they require more work to fit... I prefer a general mount you can use with separate power so that as I change phones I can maintain the same mount.

A really excellent non powered mount is the FlexPod, if a model exists for your car... it's very sturdy and is not obtrusive when not in use.

If notifications are an issue you can usually set the phone to something like Do Not Disturb mode. But I've never had that really cause issues.

Now about the Garmin device giving great directions - that may be true, dedicated devices have had a while to build good nav systems. I personally use Apple Maps and find the navigation for that works pretty well, it also gives land guidance... (it was better than Google Maps for navigation from Day One).

But, there also exists a Garmin dedicated app with offline maps. You get all of the Garmin benefits you detailed, only it's easier to update,

And you can switch to Waze when not needing navigation (I totally agree with you about Waze navigation not working very well). As you say, nothing beats the Waze Police/Hazard alerts.

yesterday
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

SuperKendall Re:Uproar? (145 comments)

The uproar was that with computers long term storage the IRS could do things like make you pay taxes on something your parents did 60 years ago, or use the power of tagging to harass specific organizations based on political leanings. What absurd notions those people of ancient times had!

Chuckle.

2 days ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

SuperKendall The Alternative (318 comments)

What could be worse than food!?

Taco Bell

2 days ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

SuperKendall Why that would not work (136 comments)

So, the more appropriate method is to ask (nicely, or send some guys with guns) the cell service providers to shut down all towers in the required area.

They are not going to do that because a cell tower covers a lot more area than any protest.

Consider the protest in Nevada recently over the Bundy Ranch cattle being taken by armed federal agents. If you shut down cell access for that group, you are shutting down cell access for a potentially very large area of I-15. That's just not going to happen.

The reason why the kill switch would be used is that it cuts off video/image feeds from newer devices, the older phones that still might work would not be as much of a concern. As long as the government can prevent video and images escaping real time they have a lot more latitude in dealing with civilians.

2 days ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

SuperKendall Helping the poor (318 comments)

In San Francisco you "have to see the poor" daily as well. Hows that working out for them?

The trouble with the homeless is that they are not just poor, there are usually multiple problems at work including mental issues... so seeing them and giving them money is usually not helping much.

If you really want to help the poor I suggest going to Modest Needs, that is the best place I've found to help the truly poor directly before they fall off the bottom rung of the ladder.

2 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

SuperKendall Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (193 comments)

So please take your "standard" USB on one

I do every day and charge iOS devices with it all the time. The cable hardly matters, and in fact it's easier to find an Apple cable in a store if you've forgotten one than the "wrong" kind of Micro-USB cable (since there are a few different types).

You are on the wrong side of standards on this one.

The fact that you can plug anything into USB is enough.

2 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

SuperKendall Re:Its all about the apps (266 comments)

That is a big reason, but it also mattered that the device itself was not OSX shrunk to a touch-screen tablet (some people thought that's what it would be instead of using IOS). That was the mistake Microsoft made.

But it's also related, Apple had the luxury of not just plopping desktop OSX on a tablet because they knew iOS developers could produce a good range of software out of the gate. Microsoft apparently never trusted in the development community enough to take that leap of faith.

2 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

SuperKendall What Apple did was not make a Touch PC (266 comments)

There were many tablets released before the iPad that did not sell that well.

Yes, Microsoft made them, they ran Windows, and since applications were not designed for touch they sucked compared to laptops.

What Apple did was not marketing, but make a tablet that was usage because everything from OS to software was made for a tablet, not a PC.

It also relied heavily on many IPhone developers being able to quickly write software for the tablet before it was even launched - we could only test apps on the simulator before they went into the iPad App Store on day one! Kind of insane if you think about it, but it generally worked because the devices were similar in OS. If there had not been a good base of software from day one, sales would probably not have been as good... oddly parallel to a console launch come to think of it.

2 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

SuperKendall Smartphone king of offline mapping also (193 comments)

How well do the maps work when you don't have cell coverage in most cars? Just fine.

Same is true of the phone. Either you can buy any offline mapping program ranging from $10-$20, or just use what offline maps exist in Google/Apple maps (Apple maps once it starts a nav route no longer requires a network to get to where you are going).

Those are all updated automatically, for free, and I can chose the navigation I think works best for where I am.

2 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

SuperKendall The adaptor does charge (193 comments)

I use the adaptor in my own car, which provides a custom cable from 30-Pin iPod to the car's USB port (but it needs that cable in order to run an app specific to the car).

I've been using the lightning adapter with the iPhone 5 every since it came out, it charges just fine.

3 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

SuperKendall You do (193 comments)

You know those USB ports in the back of some airlines seats? You can use them to stream video from an iPad.

That was from 2006... I thought I had read recently where some airline was working on a system where you could get in-flight movies on your iPad.

3 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

SuperKendall Re:Less apple more ISO standard interface please (193 comments)

To me, phone GPS is plenty good enough for car use (either Google or Apple). I've been using a car mount to hold my phone for years and have never had issues with it reporting where I was accurately, outside of one odd anomaly somewhere in the middle of Utah where for about thirty miles GPS assured me I was 500 feet off the side of the road.

3 days ago

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