Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

cbope Re:Bluetooth pairing coming soon?!? (187 comments)

Seeing all the comments on "infotainment" systems, I'd like to add that MMI is much more than that. Many of the car's systems are controlled/customized through MMI, including steering and throttle response, suspension settings, interior and exterior lighting systems, service intervals, GPS navigation, etc.

about a year ago
top

Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

cbope Bluetooth pairing coming soon?!? (187 comments)

Wow, Toyota is going to "allow" bluetooth pairing in next year's models? Welcome to 2005 Toyota! This is 2013, right?

I've had no pairing issues in my 2013 Audi with the MMI system. It works flawlessly with my Lumia over bluetooth. It even detects changes in contacts on my phone re-syncs it with the MMI system whenever the car is started. Using MMI I can also access placed and missed calls, my voice mailbox, etc. Call transfers and multi-party calls also work.

What's this "fee" for using your phone as a hotspot? Oh right... US carriers. Carry on...

about a year ago
top

Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

cbope Re:QNX Car 2.0 (187 comments)

Oh, and what OS is running in the device that you connect your BYO to? Surely, you don't think that's an analog connection these days...

about a year ago
top

PM Calls Facebook Irresponsible For Allowing Beheading Clips

cbope Re:PM? Which country (201 comments)

Nah, he's just a 'Murican!

Seriously, this is a MAJOR problem with the so-called "news" in the US. It's so US-centric (and crime and entertainment-centric) that even the prime minister of the UK is not known by name.

about a year ago
top

Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

cbope And so... (258 comments)

... the beginning of the end is near...

about a year ago
top

A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

cbope Palin anyone? (668 comments)

Interesting study.

Now please explain Sarah Palin.

about a year ago
top

Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

cbope Great quote from the summary (466 comments)

I love it:

  'All that foam cushion and padding probably didn't add all that much comfort. All that's been taken out,' he said. 'You haven't really lost all that much if the airline does it right.'

Pure speculation at its finest and spoken by a person who probably doesn't travel much.

about a year ago
top

Swartz-Designed Whistleblower Tool "SecureDrop" Launched

cbope Re:This is only one layer. (79 comments)

Maybe so, but you can bet the manufacturer keeps track of the items shipped by serial number and to whom they have been shipped.

about a year ago
top

Google To Support Windows XP Longer Than Microsoft

cbope Re:Google WTF are you doing? (154 comments)

If it ain't broke, then why does MS still keep pushing out patches for XP? Because there are exploitable holes, that's why.

The whole thing falls apart after April 2014 when MS stops pushing out any patches for XP. Zero-day exploits will undoubtedly appear shortly thereafter, and now black hat hackers will have a huge incentive to target XP machines because they know that once they are in, a patch is not coming to close the hole. Think about that for a moment...

The only way to keep an XP machine safe from attacks after April 2014 is to unplug it from the internet completely.

Please let it die, it's had a good run. It's time to move on.

about a year ago
top

Existing Drugs Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs

cbope There, fixed that for ya (110 comments)

"*Big Pharma Companies* have been powerless to stop the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and are increasingly desperate to develop novel drugs."

Here's a hint: Stop indiscriminately throwing antibiotics at everything that moves. It's precisely the over-use of these drugs that has created the problem in the first place.

about a year ago
top

Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

cbope Re:Sour Grapes (364 comments)

+1 Insightful, where are my mod points when I need them.

about a year ago
top

Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

cbope Re:Missing Point (364 comments)

Same here in Finland. My last two cars (VW, Audi) did not even require routine service until they hit 30,000 km (19k mi). With my daily commute that's about 2 years. In between, just top off fluids, if needed. The routine service is little more than a simple oil change, checking the brakes, tires, etc.

I completely support Tesla's idea of selling direct, even if I'm not an owner (yet). I hope that they someday find a solution for batteries in Nordic climes, so it's a viable car here as well. After all, we already use the grid to keep our cars warm and start-able in the winter.

I find it appalling that some states, including my own home state, are using legal means to try and block Tesla from entering the market. Whatever happened to the so-called free market in the US? This sounds decidedly less free market.

about a year ago
top

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

cbope Re:Nah, it's just pure stubbornness (1293 comments)

Native Texan here born and raised, and 100% true.

Fortunately, I decided to leave the state (and the country, for that matter).

about a year ago
top

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

cbope Re:I disagree. (1293 comments)

Not necessarily stupid, but ignorant. They are not the same.

about a year ago
top

Secret Court Upholds Phone Data Collection

cbope Shocking news... (174 comments)

Secret court finds secret spying OK. News at 11...

about a year ago
top

Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

cbope Re:The short version... (233 comments)

I would replace "Android" with "WP8" for almost all of those (all, once Amber drops on my device), because I've got karma to burn at the moment and it's true. There's a shit-ton of copying going on in iOS 7 from WP8, WebOS... and Android.

about a year ago
top

Brazil Announces Plans To Move Away From US-Centric Internet

cbope Re:Brazil always answers to USA (285 comments)

I can confirm this as a US citizen who travels to Brazil every 12-18 months. It's not quite as bad as Russia, but it is a pain to have to go to the Brazilian embassy and get a visa just to go to Brazil on vacation, plus the additional costs of the visa.

about a year ago
top

Brazil Announces Plans To Move Away From US-Centric Internet

cbope Re:ballsy move (285 comments)

Exactly. A similar thing happened in Finland a few years ago. The previously state-run mobile phone and internet provider was sold to a Swedish company and as a result, the hub for all the data flowing into and out of this provider moved to Sweden. The problem was, the Finnish government used this provider, and suddenly all government data was "overseas". This was/is illegal. So, they had to quickly build new datacenters in Finland to host all the government data. I would also speculate that Sweden's close ties with the US had some impact to the urgency as well.

Note, this was well before the whole Assange affair which also seems to smell of US interference/cooperation with the Swedish government in order to get him on Swedish soil so he can be extradited to the US for prosecution.

about a year ago
top

Sailfish OS Gains Two-Way Android Compatibility

cbope Re:no thanks (130 comments)

No, this belongs on a "news for nerds" site. If you are so dependent and coddled by the whole app-store experience, then you are not a nerd and you need to use that other news site you mentioned.

A real nerd/geek/whatever label you want to use is not going to be bothered that he/she can't get their apps through a single source.

about a year ago

Submissions

cbope hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

cbope has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?