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

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

Sure, how?

Looks like it only has a "lightning" interface: http://support.apple.com/kb/sp...

  Plug the cable into the android charger. You know, the same way you plug the micro-usb cable into the Apple charger to charge the Android phone.

i know, you use your USB 2 Lighening dongle?

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

jo_ham Re:No Thank You. (193 comments)

One of the reasons I didn't buy a Ford was because of the Microsoft crap and I am not going to buy a vehicle with anything from Apple installed. If they want to conform to an industry standard port / interface then maybe their products will have a use in my vehicles.

Then it's a good job that Apple won't be installing anything in a vehicle.

This is about the Carplay protocol, not about Apple making head units or stereos.

Man, I know that slashdot users can't read the articles, but it's getting bad when they don't read the summary either before rushing to post.

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

jo_ham Re:Apple head unit? (193 comments)

My goodness you really made yourself look foolish didn't you?

This is about a protocol that head units can support. It is not about an Apple-made head unit. Apple will not be making a head unit. Companies like Alpine and Pioneer (and others, but not Apple) who do make head units can implement the CarPlay protocol allowing the extension of the phone's interface beyond more than the current protocol enables.

These head units, of course, can/will/may not implement other protocols, such as the similar one that supports Android phones.

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

jo_ham Re:Burned once (193 comments)

I'm sad to say I have to agree with Curunir... Apple has this nasty habit of breaking adapters for reasons I can't understand and then failing to provide a way to intermingle the old and new ones without buying a new computer. The new magsafe adaptors come to mind.

You mean the new magsafe connectors that have a $10 adaptor that Apple sells to convert between the two?

Oh, sorry, you were making an uninformed Apple bash for karma, sorry to interrupt with something as trivial as fact.

http://store.apple.com/us/prod...

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

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

My Honda Insight has USB that has some sort of magic integration with iCrap, but can treat everything else as USB storage.

It would be fine with me if the USB port was just powered.

You're old enough to drive? You do surprise me!

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

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

Any device can charge by USB now so your griping looks like lunacy.

So please take your "standard" USB on one and and mini or micro on the other and charge any apple product with it.

orginal IPOD -firewire and dock connector

Next gen ipod - USB and dock connector

Now what is it, usb on one end and "lightening" on the other?

I charge my iPhone with an Android charger.

Next question?

2 days ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

jo_ham Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

I see you have absolutely no understanding of how science works, or have any understanding of the current state of research into fusion power, if you suggest that we could have had it already based on the money spent so far.

If we'd have spent two orders of magnitude more money on it over the past 40 years then that's still less than a year's expenditure on oil surveying by a single oil company.

Bargain.

So, given how you're clearly an expert on these sorts of things, how much should we be spending on cryogenic coal cracking as a way to extend our useful fossil fuel lifetime?

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

jo_ham Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

The evidence is the amount of money that has been spent on that research - it's a tiny drop.

Large scale research projects are required to probe science at this level - look at the development of fission reactors, for example. The money poured into that was vast, and it cracked the fundamental engineering problems associated with it.

Fusion power is not a theoretical concept - it happens all the time (and life on earth is reliant on it), but the practical challenges are large. The lines on that graph are obviously projections, but they are projections based on the science and engineering of the time as it pertained to fusion science. They weren't just "made up", and they do not take unforeseen circumstances into account, but they are based on the costs of solving the challenges inherent in fusion power production which were known at the time the graph was made.

You don't believe that fusion researchers are doing anything useful, so it's clear you don't understand how science works, so this is likely lost on you, but the amount of money on that graph in total since 1978 is so small that it is laughable, and yet here we are. It outlines one of the main problems with large scale science - that short sighted people such as yourself consider pure research to be "harmful" because it isn't immediately profitable or an obvious path to near-term profits.

From my perspective, the 20 billion per year air conditioning the desert in Afghanistan is wasted - what exactly has the war in Afghanistan accomplished? Apart from destabilising the region, increasing xenophobia, damaging the USA's reputation and giving a few people some closure because some terrorists who weren't from either of the two countries you invaded in response flew some planes into a couple of buildings in NYC.

Solving fusion power will change the face of civilisation and is an almost-necessary step in transitioning into an era where the bulk of our energy doesn't come from fossil sources (it could be done with purely fission power too, but again, PR issues and funding problems dog it). The worst part is we could have already solved it by now had we actually spent any reasonable amount of money on it. If it had been funded at 5 billion dollars per year since 1976 then you could have had twenty thousand simultaneous fusion power research programs running over those 40 years for every eight-year Iraq war (using low estimate for the cost of the war).

The point being, fusion power is being funded for peanuts, and even the "aggressive funding" is a tiny amount.

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

jo_ham Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

It's actually vastly, vastly, vastly underpriced and underfunded.

It is an absolute disgrace that fusion power hasn't seen the funding necessary to succeed given the importance of energy to modern civilisation.

ITER is a necessary step in the chain to produce working fusion power plants. It's amazing they've come this far while being funded with what amounts to hunting for pennies in vending machine coin return trays.

Here's a picture that paints a thousand words that makes the laughable troll headline of "skyrocketing" cost for ITER make the idiot who wrote it seem like he has trouble tying his own shoes:

http://i.imgur.com/sjH5r.jpg

Also note the scale on the y axis, and remember that the annual cost of the air conditioning the troops in Afghanistan is $20 billion.

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

jo_ham Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

Keep to the science! ahahaha ahahahahahaha! AHAHAHAHA

You are fucking gold.

The efficiency of fusion power doesn't come from anything as trivial as the energy used to grow food or refine the fuel. Fusion power derives its energy from the strong nuclear force. This energy density is already present in each atom of your fuel.

When you start fusing atoms and releasing the energy from those reactions it starts going well beyond "well, it cost us x amount of energy in the truck to bring the fuel to the reactor". The strong nuclear force is orders of magnitude above any of the other forces involved and that potential energy has been locked up in your fuel since the beginning of the universe.

Processing it into usable fuel, transporting it, feeding the workers that do that is not even a rounding error in the calculations.

You seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of how fusion (and fission for that matter) works.

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

jo_ham Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

Heh, so you think the sun actually makes power, do you?

All that gravity counts as power. There is no net power gain in the Sun's 'working'.

I think you misunderstand the laws of thermodynamics.

The sun converts mass into energy at an enormous rate. There is no "net power gain" in any closed thermodynamic system, but from the reference frame of the earth, the sun "makes power" insofar as it takes the fuel it has in the core and fuses it, and as a helpful side effect it the energy released in said fuel consumption is released as heat, light and other EM radiation.

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

jo_ham Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

I'm so glad you're smarter than all the scientists working on it.

On the other hand, how does $3.9B over 6 years compare to the annual cost of securing US fossil energy sources?

It doesn't even compare.

For example, the cost of running the air conditioners in the tents in Afghanistan is $20 billion *per year*. So, if the US just pulled out of Afghanistan a few weeks ahead of schedule, they could fully fund their minuscule contribution to ITER.

about a week ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

jo_ham Re:And yet they supported Obama (564 comments)

No, it has nothing to do with his job performance, but he is now the public face and representative of a corporation.

I think this is a convenient, facile excuse. How many people, when they want to look at the values of Mozilla, will Google Brendan Eich? How many will look at the wider group of people that form Mozilla, and how many will look at the Mozilla website?

The idea that one guy at the top of a company is seen as representing the *whole* company and all its values is pretty dumb, and just not true.

You are describing the literal job role of a CEO (or at least, one of the many roles the EO has).

So how many? "A lot".

Or perhaps "more than enough for this to be a serious problem".

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

jo_ham Re:Voltaire (564 comments)

You can't see how applying peer pressure when someone says things you don't like will have a chilling effect on people saying what they think in the future?

Why? People do it all the time, from both sides of almost any conceivable argument.

It's human nature.

They key thing to take away from it is that while you are free to express any belief, you are not immune to the consequences of that belief.

It's not oppression for someone to disagree with you. This wouldn't even be a story if the guy was a racist - the bad PR for Mozilla would mean that his beliefs made him incompatible with the role of CEO. This is exactly what this is.

People will go on holding and expressing beliefs long after this is over. Of course, if those beliefs (that previously had been casually accepted by society, and thus had never been challenged) start to face opposition it doesn't mean you're suddenly being oppressed.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

jo_ham Re:Use your heads (564 comments)

This is abso-fucking-lutely ri-goddamn-diculous. So many of these organizations bitching about Mozilla are relying on Javascript! I can't wrap my head around such stupidity. It's bad to use a web browser Mozilla created far before they hired a guy who donated his own money to Prop 8, but you can use a programming language he created just because you can't do business without it? Kick rocks. They guy is entitled to his opinion just like the rest of those assholes.

Yes, he is entitled to his opinion. He is not entitled to a job if that job is as the public face of a company that has values that are at odds with that belief, especially if that company derives the bulk of its funding from a company that is very definitely at odds with those beliefs.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

jo_ham Re:Voltaire (564 comments)

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

It fascinates me how many people want to stifle those they disagree with; are willing to put up with the chilling effects.

In what way?

No one is denying him the right to say or believe anything he likes, just that saying or believing those things also has consequences like jeopardising your employment as the CEO of a company that relies on 90% of its funding from a company with a CEO who believes the opposite thing to you.

Mozilla as a company is looking out for its image. There's no attempt to "stifle" his beliefs, just noting that they are incompatible with the job position he held. Having that job is not a right. Holding those beliefs is a right he has. Only one of those things has been put in jeopardy.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

jo_ham Re:i don't understand (564 comments)

i'm sorry but i genuinely fail to see the importance of any of this "personal view" stuff. a technically-competent person who has been with it almost since the beginning: they were the CEO of Mozilla for about a week. someone as technically competent as brendan should have absolutely no difficulty firewalling personal from professional: why do we have to have idiots believe otherwise? could someone therefore please explain to me in simple language what's really going on?

Simple. You are free to believe what you like, but that does not mean that what you believe or do that is a matter of public record (like donating to a homophobic campaign) means that you are free from consequence.

You are free to tell your boss he is a cock, but that doesn't mean you are immune from the consequences of that action.

He is free to be a homophobe, but as the public face of a company, he may face scrutiny for that.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

jo_ham Re:And yet they supported Obama (564 comments)

can we stop speaking of marriage as a right in the same vein as life liberty and speech? No where in the constitution is marriage a "right" and homosexuals are already a protected class these days. If the issue were reversed for example and he was a gay CEO and he donated to gay causes, would you support the majority having him get fired (sorry resign) I wouldnt

It's only a "right" insofar as the government has a set of circumstances that apply to some married couples but not others. For example, tax purposes.

Either all married couples get the same entitlements, or none of them do.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

jo_ham Re:And yet they supported Obama (564 comments)

"So I don't want to talk about my personal beliefs because I kept them out of Mozilla all these 15 years we've been going," he told the Guardian. "I don't believe they're relevant."

If only everyone lived by this creed the world would be a better place. He was correct, his donation in private has NOTHING to do with the job he has been doing at mozilla for 15 years. Why only now do they make a big deal about it?

No, it has nothing to do with his job performance, but he is now the public face and representative of a corporation. His right to do what he likes and think what he likes are not at issue here - he is free to do them, and to donate to any political cause he likes (which is a matter of public record), but that does not mean that the decision is free from consequences.

The right to say and believe what you want is not carte blanche to avoid the repercussions of said beliefs; it might jeopardise your position as the head of an organisation that draws a lot of its funding from a company whose management believe differently than you do.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

jo_ham Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

Marriage existed before the bible and before the christian god was invented.

Next question.

about two weeks ago

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