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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

TubeSteak Re:Community is just as important as car (187 comments)

, that could be implemented without replacing the window regulator. You'd just have to hack together some electronics the latch the circuit in the roll-up position until the current being drawn spikes indicating that it's rolled all the way up.

Not the regulator, the actual door pod with the switches.
Some models can be modified with a little soldering and some trimmed plastic,
but, because of how they're designed, most require a complete replacement of the entire unit.

That said, there are aftermarket control units that you can splice onto the existing wiring.
But you should really only go that route if there's no OEM pod you can pull out of a higher trim level or another model.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

TubeSteak Re:Community is just as important as car (187 comments)

More importantly, community will tell you what's not possible.
For example: or hack the power windows so holding 'up' automatically rolls it up

AFAIK, almost all auto features on power windows are pure hardware and you have to replace the entire module if you want that feature.

2 days ago

US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

TubeSteak Re:Wait what? (164 comments)

The US Government routinely seizes the assets of its adversaries, even US Citizens

What you're talking about is the US Government seizing the assets its adversaries have parked in the USA.
I'm not sure why the US Government thinks it can seize foreign assets.
That's not how jurisdiction works.

4 days ago

Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

TubeSteak Re:Hard to copy? (112 comments)

By adjusting the size and mesoporesâ(TM) proportion of nanoparticles, we can precisely control the original color and vapor-responsive color shift extent of mesoporous CPC. As a consequence, multicolor mesoporous CPCs patterns with complex vapor responsive color shifts or vapor-revealed implicit images are subsequently achieved. The complicated and reversible multicolor shifts of mesoporous CPC patterns are favorable for immediate recognition by naked eyes but hard to copy.

I assume that if you can't come up with the exact size/proportion of nanoparticles, you won't get the same color shifting effect and your counterfeit will not pass as real.
It's certainly better than the current security measures which mostly rely on restricting access to the materials and equipment necessary to make fake currency.

4 days ago

Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

TubeSteak Re:don't tax alternative energy and transportation (498 comments)

If you gave fossil fuels the same advantage of not charging [...] government regulations on production etc... like you do with solar,

There's no government regulations on production of solar?
You can't even install solar panels without a licensed electrician to certify that your house isn't going to burn down.

I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts about the lack of regulation for solar.

5 days ago

The Downside to Low Gas Prices

TubeSteak Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

the purpose of austerity isn't to keep everyone happy, it's to prevent bankruptcy.

Well that's your problem right there, you don't understand the point of austerity measures.
Except for a handful of countries, austerity has nothing to do with preventing bankruptcy.

The theory behind austerity is twofold. First, cutting deficit spending and increasing taxes will reassure lenders/creditors and prevent a governmental debt crunch. Second, the reduced spending will reduce inflationary pressures and prevent a rise in interest rates.

Somehow all of this is supposed to create economic growth. The reality is that austerity created unemployment and poverty in most countries that tried it, which is pretty much what non-austeritians said would happen. There's really not enough room to explain just how poorly austerity has gone. Any random google search will kick back more than enough real world results.

Even the IMF (the original wielder of the austerity wrecking ball who spent decades ruining the economies of South American and African countries) has said that austerity isn't automatically the solution, once they saw the effects of their traditional austerity measures in Europe.

If you lose your job and have to take a new lower-paying job, and you have to cut your daughter's allowance [...]

To reply directly to your analogy: it's wrong. Government spending isn't a household budget and anyone who tries to make that comparison is explicitly demonstrating their ignorance of economics.

about a week ago

The Downside to Low Gas Prices

TubeSteak Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

Yup. You have to look carefully at where the "information" in this "article" is coming from - this is not even an article, it's basically a piece of political propaganda for the government - the same "author"'s other "article" headlines look like this: "More Evidence Austerity Is Terrible",

Italy is currently being roiled with strikes and protests over austerity.
France recently presented their budget and told the EU to stuff its immediate cuts to social spending.
Besides Germany, you can throw a dart at Europe and it'll land on an example of austerity not-working.

I'd be happy to see your examples of successful austerity since the global recession started.

about two weeks ago

The Downside to Low Gas Prices

TubeSteak Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (554 comments)

To enter (or leave) New York by car, one has many options â" most of them involving a toll of $10+ (in addition to the fuel-taxes). Why can't those bridges and tunnels be privately owned and compete with each other? Maybe then they'll start treating drivers as a profit opportunity, rather than a nuisance...

I'm guessing you don't know much about privately owned roads/bridges/tunnels, because they're de facto natural monopolies.

Not only because of the very high initial costs, but also because the private companies enter into contracts with the State that exclude the construction of alternatives. Without that exclusivity, no private company would ever recoup its initial and ongoing costs. And even if there were alternatives, the discussion has only moved from the ills of a monopoly to the almost exact same ills that exist in an oligopoly.

Honestly, it sounds like your problem is with the Constitution, which gives government the power to collect taxes and establish (post) roads.
This really isn't the best windmill to be tilting at.

about two weeks ago

Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

TubeSteak Re:Pinky swear? (98 comments)

This promise, or pledge, or PR stunt ... is neither legally binding nor particularly meaningful.

What'll happen is one or more States will pass laws to codify those privacy pledges.
Then the manufacturers will push for a national standard/law so that they aren't stuck with a patchwork of 50 State laws.

It's what happened once Massachusetts passed a Right-To-Repair law

about two weeks ago

How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

TubeSteak Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

#2 will make you more money, so the cost of the seeds is a non-factor. #1 will make you poor, because when it doesn't rain your crops die.

So, what exactly is the issue?

The issue is that you didn't RTFA.
Most farmers cannot afford the seeds, so the cost turns out to be the main factor.
Add in the price of synthetic fertilizers and most farmers can only use DuPont seeds if their government subsidizes the products.

There are important questions surrounding the wisdom of allowing 1 corporation to be a choke point for a significant portion of any country's agricultural output.

about two weeks ago

Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

TubeSteak Re:Hypocrites (224 comments)

No, the restrictions on who can run campaign advertisements are the free speech restrictions that cause people to oppose Lessig's group (and other groups, like Wolf PAC, which have the same goals.)

You talk about free speech and yet you seem to ignore the history that brought us the previous limits on such "speech."

If all limits on political spending are unconstitutional, then the natural result is going to be a Constitutional Amendment to reestablish 100 years worth of legislation that reduces the corrupting influence of money in politics.

about two weeks ago

Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

TubeSteak Re:Maybe the voters just rejected THEM... (224 comments)

Or maybe they showed that the voters don't want to put Lawrence Lessig in charge of determining who gets free speech and who does not. Maybe the voters think that individuals shouldn't lose their right to express their support for a candidate financially just because they're acting in a group.

This was the first result for mid-term election spending that I found.
Feel free to dig up an alternative source of numbers
FYI - I cleaned up their word salad into a more digestible format

Democratic House candidates - average per candidate
2010 general election: $106,494 from donors of $200 or less, 8.8 percent of the average total from individuals.
2014 general election: $89,194 from donors of $200 or less, 9.4 percent of the average total from individuals.

House GOP candidates - average per candidate
2010 general election: $153,209 from donors of $200 or less, 13.8 percent of the average total from individuals.
2014 general election: $85,118 from donors of $200 or less, 7.3 percent of the average total from individuals.

Democratic Senate candidates - average per candidate
2010 general election: $923,000 from donors of $200 or less, 12.2 percent of the average total from individuals.
2014 general election: $1,450,000 from donors of $200 or less, 17.2 percent of the average total from individuals.

GOP Senate candidates - average per candidate
2010 general election: $1,600,000 from donors of $200 or less, 16.3 percent of the average total from individuals.
2014 general election: $508,275 from donors of $200 or less, 8.1 percent of the average total from individuals.

The numbers are very clear.
House and Senate Republicans got significantly less from small donors this mid-term cycle.
House Democrats got less from small donors and (seemingly a lot) less from large donors.
Senate Democrats got a lot more from small donors.

You can't draw any clear line between these numbers and what voters think of MAYDAY PAC, but it does seem to show that small donors (aka the average voter) were significantly less interested in supporting the winners this election cycle.

And to me, regardless of what anyone thinks about Lessig's efforts, this suggests the general public's speech is getting overridden by the kind of campaign spending which Lessig and others would like to stamp out.

about two weeks ago

Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

TubeSteak Re:Hypocrites (224 comments)

On top of this, their support for a constitutional amendment that would allow congress to restrict speech, makes them a contemptible organization.

I searched around a bit and this is what I found:

Our plan for reform has four stages:

3. In 2017, we will then press to get Congress to pass, and the President to sign, legislation that fundamentally reforms the way elections are funded.

4. After a Congress has been elected under this new system, we will push for whatever constitutional reform is necessary to secure the gains from this reform.

Is there some non-campaign finance related restrictions on speech that they're endorsing?
If so, I'm not aware of it and I'd like to know more.

about two weeks ago

Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

TubeSteak Re:Energy Independence Means (334 comments)

We need to do several things to be truly energy independent:

5. Build pipelines to transport oil cheaply (XL Pipeline needs to happen, Canada is a huge ally and trust worthy)

Previously, then-Representative Markey challenged TransCanada on this question at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on December 2, 2011. There he asked Alexander Pourbaix, TransCanada's President of Energy and Oil Pipelines, whether he would commit to including a requirement in TransCanada's long-term contracts with Gulf Coast refineries, as a condition of shipping, that all refined fuels produced from oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline be sold in the United States. In response, Mr. Pourbaix stated "no, I can't do that."

Here's the clip from the hearing:
It's a bit painful to watch TransCanada's President of Energy and Oil Pipelines get beaten up for his ridiculous claims until he's finally forced to say that he won't make any legally enforceable commitment to improving the USA's energy independence.

about two weeks ago

When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

TubeSteak Re:A classic example of a false dichotomy (282 comments)

b) adapt to the changes, encourage as many people as possible to survive through prosperity or

survive through prosperity... I need this explained to me.
There seem to be so many implicit assumptions being made and i'd hate to put words in anyone's mouth.

about two weeks ago

Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

TubeSteak Re:No. (206 comments)

Worth mentioning, there's a difference between asserting it will all be video, and preparing your infrastructure for that possibility.

I tracked down the webcast and the question is asked ~34 minutes in.
Here's what he actually said, beyond the snippet being quoted everywhere

5 years ago, most of facebook was text and if you fast forward 5 years, probably most of it is going to be video, just because it's getting easier to capture video of the moments of your lives and share it [...]

He then talks about the news feed ranking your stories.

Every day there are about 1,500 stories that are shared with you and the average person will only look at about 100 a day, because that's all you have time for

In 5 years, if everything on facebook is video, the average person is sure as hell not going to have time to interact with 100 videos per day.
Unless they copy Vine, a richer video experience on facebook will necessarily mean that you interact with less people per unit of time.

about two weeks ago

Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

TubeSteak Re:How cute! (206 comments)

That anyone thinks video will be all we consume in 5 years.... how awful.

about two weeks ago

Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

TubeSteak Re:Tax collection for hire (200 comments)

Note that the story says this is only about non-U.S. earning.

If you RTFA, there's only one of three possibilities:
1. US assets were under priced in order to keep income out of the US.
2. European assets were over priced in order to shift income to a lower tax EU jurisdiction.
3. All of the Above

The correct answer is 3 and this story is not about US earnings, because those articles have already been written.
Special Report: Amazon's billion-dollar tax shield
Dec 6, 2012

Amazon disclosed in October 2011 that the IRS wanted $1.5 billion in unpaid taxes. It has declined to say exactly what transactions the charge relates to but said it was linked to "transfer pricing with our foreign subsidiaries" over a seven-year period from 2005.

Who knows why the EU didn't bother to aggressively investigate until now.
The broad outlines were laid out years ago.

about two weeks ago

Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

TubeSteak Re:we wish (200 comments)

It worked like this: Amazon Europe paid 105 million EU to Amazon Technologies Inc in Nevada to license the rights to Amazon's intellectual property -- the patents and software for the websites, including that button that buys a book with one click.

Amazon Europe onsold the rights to use this intellectual property to Amazon EU for 519 million EU -- five times what it had paid the US company. Amazon Europe made an instant profit of 414 million EU, which would have been taxable, except that Amazon Europe is a limited partnership. It doesn't pay tax in Luxembourg.

Normally this would be called "transfer pricing" and considered "tax avoidance."

Transfer pricing involves a company selling [stuff] to its subsidiaries at market cost.
Tax avoidance involves completely legal maneuvers to minimize your tax exposure.

There are international norms for transfer pricing.
No way in hell is re-licensing some IP for a 400% profit going to pass muster.
Most likely, they'll have to restate some earnings and negotiate the size of their fine.

Over the last few years, there have been various hearings in the USA and internationally over transfer pricing.
It's on the radar of western governments and they're not very happy with the practice.

The most recent case I can think of was against Caterpillar.
They settled for peanuts on $2.4 billion in transferred profits.

about two weeks ago

Low-Cost 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand To Be Tested On Amputees In Ecuador

TubeSteak Re:Manufacutring isn't the problem in the US. (16 comments)

If you have FDA regs, liability insurance, and lawyers all of a sudden it's $100k.


(a) Identification. An external limb prosthetic component is a device intended for medical purposes that, when put together with other appropriate components, constitutes a total prosthesis. Examples of external limb prosthetic components include the following: Ankle, foot, hip, knee, and socket components; mechanical or powered hand, hook, wrist unit, elbow joint, and shoulder joint components; and cable and prosthesis suction valves.

(b) Classification. Class I (general controls). The device is exempt from the premarket notification procedures in subpart E of part 807 of this chapter, subject to the limitations in 890.9. The device is also exempt from the current good manufacturing practice requirements of the quality system regulation in part 820 of this chapter, with the exception of 820.180, regarding general requirements concerning records and 820.198, regarding complaint files.

I even linked all the cited sections if you want to read a bunch of dense legalese that in no way supports your claim that FDA regs are the reason for expensive prosthetics.

about two weeks ago



Update: Comcast Doesn't Block Web Browsing

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TubeSteak (669689) writes "It turns out the results from the previous /. story Comcast Blocks Web Browsing were the result of the researcher's NAT hardware being overloaded.

A note regarding our findings: Further experiments have led us to believe that our initial conclusions that indicated Comcast's responsibility for dropping TCP SYN packets and forging TCP SYN, ACK and RST (reset) packets was incorrect. Our experiments were conducted from behind a network address translator (NAT). The anomalous packets were generated when the outbound TCP SYN packets exceeded the NAT's resources available in it's state table. In this case, TCP SYN, ACK and RST packets were sent. We would like to thank Don Bowman, Robb Topolski, Neal Krawetz, and Comcast engineers for bringing this to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this posting may have caused.



TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 10 months ago

MOVIN' ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more.

No thanks. And since when did the journal lose its classic /. layout?


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms
I suggest we drop by the house of everyone that doesn't understand IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DON'T WATCH/READ/LISTEN TO IT, and slap them in the side of the head.
-This is the best presentation of an argument I've heard in weeks. I can't imagine why you've never run for public office.
--It would be far too exhausting. Can you imagine how many voters would need their heads slapped during the campaign?

Wanted: Campaign volunteers
Requirements: At least one hand and a desire to change the country

Campaign slogans:
"Hit the IP industry where it hurts: Upside their heads."
"How can she slap? She slaps for copyright reform."
"Communicate with today's voters the way their parents once did: with a slap."
"Would you rather have 14 slaps or 95 slaps? We feel the same way about the length of copyright."
"How many slaps does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

-This message sponsored by Students Litigating Against Pratty Publishers


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm going to quote an old post from the "DMCA Abuse Widespread" article:

Whenever a controversial law is proposed, and its supporters, when confronted with an egregious abuse it would permit, use a phrase along the lines of 'Perhaps in theory, but the law would never be applied in that way' - they're lying . They intend to use the law that way as early and as often as possible.

I'm sticking this here so that next time i want to quote these words, I won't have to go looking.


MoG Trolls

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 9 years ago Every now and then, something comes along and makes you laugh till your sides hurt. The following is one such "thing".

MoG Trolls

I tried to flush one down the toilet. It didn't work. It's still there. Then I had one wet gibbering MoGTroll, 1 acid-stained MoGTroll, and 248 dry MoGTrolls, and one blocked toilet. The MoGTroll won't come out of the toilet. I don't mean its stuck in it - it REFUSES to come out


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Evil Overlord

If I ever become an Evil Overlord:

1. My legions of terror will have helmets with clear
plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will
be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten
cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will
not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River
of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will
be in my safe-deposit box.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before
killing them.

7. When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-
on-one and asks, "Or are you afraid without your armies
to back you up?" My reply will be, "No, just sensible."

8. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look,
before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this
is all about?" I'll say, "Nope" and shoot him.

9. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be
married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a
lavish spectacle in three weeks time during which the
final phase of my plan will be carried out.

10. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless
absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not
be a large red button labeled "Danger: Do Not Push".

11. I will not order my trusted lieutenant to kill the
infant who is destined to overthrow me -- I'll do it

12. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum
-- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just
as well.

13. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore,
I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in
the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive
to show they pose no threat.

14. I will not waste time making my enemy's death look
like an accident: I'm not accountable to anyone and
my other enemies wouldn't believe it.

15. I will make it clear that I _do_ know the meaning
of the word "mercy"; I simply choose not show them any.

16. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-
old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to
spot will be corrected before its implementation.

17. All slain enemies will be cremated, not left for
dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of
their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration,
will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

18. My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying
them as members of my organization, nor will they be
required to wear military boots or adhere to any other
dress codes.

19. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last
cigarette, or any other form of last request.

20. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown.
If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable,
I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117
and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

21. I will design all doomsday machines myself. If
I must hire a mad scientist to assist me, I will make
sure that he is sufficiently twisted to never regret
his evil ways and seek to undo the damage he's caused.

22. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill
you, there's just one thing I want to know."

23. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally
listen to their advice.

I for one welcome our new *_____* Evil Overlords


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 11 years ago I like "In Soviet Russia" jokes. I think it's a shame that they've faded away... kinda like the Cowboy Neal option on polls.

Q: How can you tell an extroverted computer geek from an introverted computer geek?
A: The introverted computer geek will look at his shoes while he talks to you. The extroverted computer geek will look at your shoes while he talks to you.

Q: How do you tell if an Extroverted computer geek is Russian?
A: His shoes look at you while he is talking.

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