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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

havardi Re:Ghost in the machine (128 comments)

Hydraulic isn't much different. A blocked port in the rack and pinion can send the wheel spinning wildly in one direction. Happened to my brother's old Volvo. The wheel would damn-near tear your arm off and try to send you into oncoming traffic. There are a lot of ways to build in saftey. I was impressed with recent brake-pedal light switches. My oldest car was one wire that completed a ground loop. If the switch failed you'd never know. My next car it was two wires. My newest car is three wires, and the plunger switch always opens one circuit and closes the other. With three wires the computer can sense a defective switch if the switch is ever in an open/open or closed/closed situation. In fact the computer logic allows *some* brief amounts of this situation simply to account for inaccuracies in the switch itself. So, things do get better.

about 3 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

havardi not likely (865 comments)

"Eventually, drivers will be expected to download and install car software patches themselves."

I can hardly see that happening. You'll need a valid support and maintenance contract and the patches will be downloaded automatically or you'll have to visit an authorized service center if the downloads fail for some reason.

about 4 months ago

LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Users Exposed

havardi Facebook Connect (80 comments)

I used facebook connect-- I don't have a password to reset. It still asks me, which is confusing. But I guess I'm all good?

about a year ago

Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

havardi Re:What a stupid statement (367 comments)

We have a late 2008 Xserve-- the thing won't support Mountain Lion! Have you ever heard of Windows or Linux not working on 4 or 5 year-old hardware?! We'd put ESX on there but that's not supported either! Truly depressing.

about a year and a half ago

Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

havardi Re:VMware ESXi (367 comments)

Mac mini isn't support by vmware. You have to fuss around with broadcom drivers to get ethernet to work. . .

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Game For Young Kids?

havardi Jump N' Bump (338 comments)

Ridiculously cute bunnies, up to 4 players on one computer. My 5 and 3 year old love playing this. Oh, just turn off gore mode so there aren't chunks of bunnies flying around.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Killing Silverlight?

havardi Re:Netflix (324 comments)

It can't be worse than running Netflix in a Windows XP VM on a Linux host. That's what I do and it nearly melts my computer.

more than 2 years ago

3 Share Nobel Prize In Medicine For Immune System Work

havardi uncertainty of death? (75 comments)

Perhaps Steinman wasn't certainly dead until the committee was informed of which world they were now in (the world where Steinman died on Friday), and therefore the normal rules of the award don't need to be broken to give him the prize. That is, when the committee made the announcement, Steinman was both dead and alive? I'm conflating theories, I know, but please understand I have no idea what I'm talking about.

more than 2 years ago

Monitor Household Energy From Your Smartphone

havardi SRP (southwest U.S) is doing this (free) (58 comments)

Well, not up to the minute, but just last month they added daily usage graphs with on-peak and off-peak as well as average temperature. You can see yesterday's usage. You can also let it calculate your next bill based on partial usage. So, you may not want to drop hundreds of dollars on this if your local power company has the data and is willing to share...

about 3 years ago

Google Music Adds Linux, Ogg Vorbis Support

havardi *only* linux? (111 comments)

Isn't that a bit ogg?

about 3 years ago

Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

havardi Re:Holding back? (460 comments)

I installed pulseaudio so that my wife could plug in USB speakers on her laptop and have the sound come out. Maybe you can do that with ALSA?

more than 3 years ago

Acoustic Superlens Built From Soda Cans

havardi Re:Crappy Speakers? (59 comments)

Hah, I actually did that. Maybe it was less than 50%-- the volume was so low it was really lame to equalize both to the lowest denominator. Not to mention when I'd plug in my headphones I'd have to go reset the balance because the physical defect didn't affect the headphone jack on the speaker.

more than 3 years ago

Acoustic Superlens Built From Soda Cans

havardi Crappy Speakers? (59 comments)

Here's a tip: those speakers suck. I just tossed a pair because the left speaker was about half as loud as the right speaker. Don't believe me?

I only mention this because I would think with a scientific experiment like this, speaker volume consistency would be VERY important...

more than 3 years ago

Apple Deemed Top of Movie Product Placement Charts

havardi Wall-e (321 comments)

When he rebooted and I heard the Mac Chime... a part of me laughed at the recognition, and my other part was sort-of annoyed at being distracted from the movie.

more than 3 years ago

Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer

havardi Laptop Soundcard died in my dell mini9 (507 comments)

Bought JLab USB Laptop Speakers. Kinda bulky, but better than buying a new laptop. Also, they sound really good.

more than 3 years ago

Why Debian Matters More Than Ever

havardi Quiet! You Fools! (345 comments)

Let Debian do it's collectivist work in the shadows, and Canonical can provide the capitalist facade that keeps Them at bay. . . This arrangement might be its only hope for survival. Voluntary virtual-subjugation? Since data, unlike food, can be copied endlessly-- this might be a pretty good arrangement. Until it isn't, anyway.

more than 3 years ago

FCC To Vote On Net Neutrality On December 21

havardi I asked a republican. . . (319 comments)

A good guy too. His response to the Comcast/Level 3/Netflix thing was "The middlemen always get their cut". The netflix bits on the wire have a higher "value" or "profit potential" than other bits, and therefore the people carrying those bits should be entitled to a cut of that profit. I asked if shipping companies do the same thing regarding the content and value of the boxes they move around and he suggested they do. He was totally cool with the concept.

I guess this is basically the idea that businesses need to maximize profits using any means. This is actually really great-- instead of profits being tied to your own operations, i.e, shipping more packages at minimal cost-- now you can "piggy back" on the success of other companies. The more successful another company becomes, the bigger your cut can become!

I feel dirty now.

more than 3 years ago

Digital Archaeology Show Reveals 'Lost' Web Sites

havardi robots.txt (113 comments)

Did apple recently put up a robots.txt to block all robots including the internet archiver?*/
It would be sad to miss out on their logos in the future.

more than 3 years ago



havardi havardi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

havardi writes "Don't ask me why you'd enable telnet on your Windows XP machine, but if you do be prepared to lose some data. When you logout of your telnet session, virtually everything and anything in Documents & Settings\Username\Local Settings\ is deleted!! Go ahead, give it a ride!"


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