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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

bleh-of-the-huns This would never work (437 comments)

Cars are sold for a profit (regardless of how thin it is). If they want to use this business model, they would have to sell a loaded vehicle at a loss, and hope that customers would then pay for the features at a cost point to make the sale eventually profitable for the manufacturers.

Then there is the used vehicle, sure I might sign an agreement that says I will pay for whatever features I want on a rental basis, but I still bought the car, I can sell the car to anyone I want, and there is no way that the manufacturer can enforce any contract on the second owner, which means he could in theory use alternate methods of reactivating all the disabled options...

Hell, in theory, once I own the car I could just make the features work, this is not a lease, (unless they restrict the rental options to leases only), at most they could void the warranty.. who knows.

about 3 months ago
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Notorious Patent Troll Sues Federal Trade Commission

bleh-of-the-huns The issue I have with patents.... (102 comments)

Is not the patent itself, or even patent holding companies (to some extent).

What I do have an issue with is those holding companies going after the end users. To me that is double dipping. I purchase a product that does "X" made by "Company Y". Y purchases components and licenses the technology needed to manufacture/perform X, that is the end of it, the patent holder has received his/her pound of flesh.

Going after End users is essentially asking to be paid multiple times for the same product/technology instance.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

bleh-of-the-huns Well...... (383 comments)

The Internet was fun while it lasted....

about 3 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

bleh-of-the-huns Re:This just in, spy wants spy rules to stay (316 comments)

Well, hence my ( ) statement, yes they are operating in the US, but my response was to the poster who rattled off a list of US locations. Once the NSA became aware of a domestic issue, they are supposed to/should have notified the FBI and let the FBI do their thing. The ineptitude of the FBI is also a topic for another time.

As I said earlier, my point was strictly about jurisdiction, not about methods, and who was breaking what laws.

about 4 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

bleh-of-the-huns Re:NSA vs FBI (316 comments)

Where did I say that, where did I even imply that. My statement was simply about jurisdiction, not about methods.

about 4 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

bleh-of-the-huns Re:This just in, spy wants spy rules to stay (316 comments)

And in every one of those places, the NSA has no (well is not supposed to anyways) purview. Domestic issues are meant to be handled by the FBI.

The NSA and CIA mandates are to operate outside the US, so yes, I have no issues whatsoever with the NSA spying on everyone and there mother outside the US, just like those same countries spy on everyone else. We just got caught with our hands in the cookie jar. Operating within the US is supposed to be illegal, although it appears no one in power wants to enforce the mandates.

about 4 months ago
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USB Sticks Used In Robbery of ATMs

bleh-of-the-huns Re:Moral of the story (252 comments)

My bad, I posted before I read the article. I was thinking that they used keys.

about 4 months ago
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USB Sticks Used In Robbery of ATMs

bleh-of-the-huns Re:Moral of the story (252 comments)

There is no need to drill the outer shell, apparently it is not difficult to buy keys for ATM machines online, dress as a repair man and no one thinks twice. Failure by some institutions to utilize maintenance logs and scheduling for ATM repairs.

about 4 months ago
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USB Sticks Used In Robbery of ATMs

bleh-of-the-huns Barnaby jack jackpotting ATMS (252 comments)

Google the subject, he performed this attack live at both Blackhat and Defcon 18. It was definately an eye opener, and one of the reasons I tend to avoid those rental ATM's you see in mom and pop stores, and restaurants/bars...

yes I realize that even the major Bank ATM's are susceptible, but at least with a major bank you have some recourse if you have issues.

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

You are correct, I was actually thinking active suspension which would have helped Senna, but for some reason wrote traction control. Active suspension was banned for level playing ground reasons.

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re:Stability Control (961 comments)

Exactly, I did not say that it did not exist, I said that it was still in its infancy, and not widely in use. The calculations required in a supercar is a little different than trying to keep your BMW 3 series from sliding around when you hit a puddle.

Stability control or ESC was introduced around 94. Consider computing power and the requirements to develop advanced electronics. Look at the difference between computing process progress between 1994 and 2004, and then look at the processing power progress between 2004 and today. We have made significantly more process in the last 10 years over the previous 10.

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re:Should have been driving a Tesla (961 comments)

Really, you are going to compare a 10 year old race car (remember, for Porsche to compete in the GT series, they had to make a bunch of them road going and sell them to the public, so this is a race car with lights) to a modern car with more electronics than a small datacenter.... Because that is apples to apples comparison...

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re:Most are missing the point (961 comments)

Who said they were racing, racing had already been ruled out. Additionally, speculation has it that they were going slightly over the limit when they reached the end of the road which drops to a 15 mph limit and a sharp turn (maybe the speed drop should be further up the road).

Keep in mind that the CGT handles much better at 150mph then it was at 40mph. A simple bump in the road while braking would easily cause teh CGT to lose control, and unfortunately, it appears the point of impact was also the gas tank.

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re:How safe is it driven within the law? (961 comments)

You post so far explains the car most elegantly. It should be added that the design of the fuel tank and it's location in the CGT is what made this accident, even at low speeds so deadly. Based on pictures, and what I have read elsewhere, the point of impact was right where the fuel tank was, rupturing it and spilling gas near the engine, which was most likely the ignition source.

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re: How safe is it driven within the law? (961 comments)

It has 2 options for traction control, dry and wet, and all that does is adjust the throttle sensitivity if I remember correctly. Go read about the Porsche test driver who basically crapped his pants when he was testing the CGT... it is called a widow maker for a reason.

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re:Stability Control (961 comments)

Because when the CGT was developed, traction control/stability control was still in its infancy, and not widely used in vehicles at the time.

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

Stability control and ABS are two totally different systems. Although some modern cars use the brake system to aid in stability control (also in place of proper differential, the cheap mans diff) where the vehicle will selectively apply braking to 1 or more wheels. They are not the same.

Stability control monitors wheel slip and in some cases lateral gravitational movement and adjusts power/braking/gearing to compensate for when the vehicle breaks loose. It is a pain in the ass, and can in many cases put you in danger in the event that you are in a situation where you may have to accelerate quickly to get out of a situation, say turning left and someone in oncoming traffic is not paying attention to the red light since you have a green left arrow and almost tbones you, if traction control kicked in, which I generally turn off, or atleast put into sport mode) I would have been in the intersection instead of 2 feet further and would probably have been killed.

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

bleh-of-the-huns Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

That is incorrect. There was never a reason to ban an aid that allows a vehicle to go faster, it is racing after all, the point is to go faster.

The primary reason many of the driver aids were banned was to level the playing field between race teams. It literally all came down to money, where some teams (like Williams back in the day) had 10 to 20 times more money for R&D. Other teams just did not have the finances to develop all the advanced functions that some teams were coming out with. Traction control for example was banned, which is a shame as that would have saved Senna's life (traction control is different from stability control). At the time the cost of the system put it out of reach for many teams, so FIA decided to ban it.

about 4 months ago

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