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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

plebeian Encouraging bad behavior. (142 comments)

My brother was just rear ended by someone who was talking on the phone. People do not need more distractions while driving. A HUD should be limited to presenting information that helps people drive. Talking on the phone even hands free is still a distraction, visual navigation systems are also an unnecessary distraction. Honestly people put the phone down and pay attention to the road, your life and the lives of others depends on it.

about two weeks ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

plebeian Re:Why does Obama keep doing this? (211 comments)

Someone must have explained to him what really happened to JFK (remember to wear your tinfoil hats).

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

plebeian Use common sense measures. (125 comments)

Start with the basics; document operational procedures, implement a change management system (can be as simple as an issue tracking spreadsheet) and hand them over to the new person for comment. Start handing over the responsibilities that impact your time the most (As you are going to be training a new person, demands upon your time are going to go up for at least the first 2 months). This process will dictate the level of access you give them (but use common sense). Micromanage until you get a good feel for their abilities and work ethic, but be upfront with them about this. If they cannot handle a little micromanagement or are unable to explain why their purposed change is better when they identify something you did wrong, you do not want them as an employee. Other common sense measures include; Do not ever let your sysadmin lock you out of a system, Setup regular supervision(do not rely on informal meetings or drop in sessions), Don't worry about certifications or unnecessary documentation, Pay attention to what matters(actual system performance and DR planning).

about 4 months ago

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

plebeian Re:Why spend another $700 for a car stereo (194 comments)

1. A bright enough display on the phone eats a lot of juice. If you are going to have your phone display on all the time so that you can change music or have a nav display you really need to have it plugged into external power. 2. If you are going to have to plug it in why not run everything over the physical plug. It removes problems introduced by Bluetooth (RF interference, degraded sound quality, extra power drain..etc). 3. It allows people to update their displays as new technology becomes available. Updating an App to support the new 8" 4K oled tablet that comes out in a year or two is a hell of a lot easier than replacing a bunch of built in entertainment clusters. 4. If you were a car manufacturer you could sell a premium entertainment system that is basically a $100 amp with a $200 tablet on the front end(all you have to do is develop the app). Considering they wanted $2100 for a bluetooth entertainment/nav system when I bought my last car you could charge $1000+ and make a killing. 5. By developing an app in house you could incorporate music controls and performance/error monitoring in a single system(this could be seen as a drawback by manufacturers that are tied into a dealership network as dealerships make a lot of money because of the lack of adequate error reporting being built into vehicles today). Need I go on..

about 4 months ago

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

plebeian Why spend another $700 for a car stereo (194 comments)

What I really want is someone to design a micro USB car dock and app so that I can plug my android phone in and have it replace the Stereo and GPS, charge, and allow me to display performance data (a la Torque) at the same time. All I really need mounted in the dash is an AMP and speakers. P.S. make it compatible with tablets as well..

about 4 months ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

plebeian What about child support? (632 comments)

If I have to pay my fathers child support debts (that he refused to pay to my mom for care of me) I will seriously go postal...

about 4 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

plebeian Re:Implied warranty. (650 comments)

I meant to draw a parallel between the states implied warranty for manufactured goods and software development. From a end user perspective I don't see why software should be treated differently than hardware. The whole line of reasoning that it cannot be enforced because a third party sold the product (and may have set expectations incorrectly is bunk). If someone sold me a car by telling me that it worked under water and I drove it off the end of the pier, I would not have a case against the manufacturer, I would have to sue the person who told me the car would run underwater (or maybe better yet be accountable for my own actions in not reading the information provided by the manufacturer).

about 4 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

plebeian Implied warranty. (650 comments)

In the state of Maine we have an implied warranty law that states that if an item fails to function as advertised due to a manufacturers defect within 4 years the consumer can initiate legal action against the manufacturer. As 4 years is about an average lifespan for a computer I feel four years is fair. I for one feel that Microsoft has gone far above and beyond the call of duty maintaining XP for as long as it has. Personally I wish MS would ditch the one OS to rule them all mentality and develop multiple operating systems with multiple UI's and turn them over faster. Given their resources they could foster a atmosphere of friendly competition within the company to see which Operating systems sold the best. I would be willing to bet companies would snap up a pre-packaged locked down desktop OS that came with a simple to use application distribution system (build a secure APT like system for windows). Anyone who has used System Center to lock down desktops would agree that it should not be this complex, if you built a desktop OS to be centrally managed from the get go it could be so much easier.

about 4 months ago

Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA

plebeian Re:Is this a joke? (68 comments)

I disagree, This article is a joke. Let me introduce one variable. Weight.. Add a hundred or drop 50 lbs and people have a hard time recognizing someone they went to high school with. The idea that a person could reliably identify someone with only genetic information is a joke. That is not to say that if you add other factors into the search you could not possibly use genetic facial reconstruction to aid in identifying people, Just that it is not a magic bullet. I would be willing to bet if you did a random sample of as few as 50 people you would find that the reconstruction they produced for this article is a abnormality.

about 5 months ago

Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

plebeian Re:What?? (180 comments)

As a systems/network administrator I must say that If you are relying on general purpose wan connection for life or death services you are doing it wrong. Where I work we physically segment everything that is truly critical. The fire and alarm systems have multiple redundant connections including two that are 100% separate from our data network. The closest thing we have to a critical system running on a general purpose network is the use of SIP to provide connections from our phones to the PBX and that system has had a number of minor problems in the 7 years we have been using it. Ultimately if a phone call gets dropped in an office building the chances of someone dying because of it are truly minuscule. If on the other hand a drive by wire function fails you have a lot larger chance of death. I believe they will segment mission critical systems to a dedicate physical bus with redundant links in any proposed in car network. That way a entertainment system cannot interfere with the operation of say the headlights. My comment was made to expose the naivete of the original post and not to offer any truly insightful criticism.

about 6 months ago

Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

plebeian What?? (180 comments)

Lucas123 wants to stream audio and video across the same switches as his throttle by wire?????, I say we sell tickets to this event!

about 6 months ago

Math Models Predicted Global Uprisings

plebeian Re:Hindsight? (265 comments)

I agree that the complexities of the world are hard to model, that does not mean the basis for the story is incorrect. Food prices have long been tied to an increase of social unrest ( provides a decent analysis of the situation). Those who write off the tie between food prices and rioting do so to their own detriment.

about 6 months ago

Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

plebeian The wrong approach. (187 comments)

Honestly I think blocking the merger is the wrong approach to anti-trust. What we should to is mandate the separation of content distribution and connectivity. The cable companies are leveraging their connectivity monopoly created by the cable Franchise agreements to create a larger monopoly. These franchise agreements were created for the purpose of making content available to under served customers. Now that there are multiple connectivity options (DSL, Cable modem, Fiber...etc) we should decouple the local connectivity from the content distribution. Let those who have DSL or FIBER from another vendor sign up for Time Warner CABLE TV content (via streaming service) and let people served by TW data connections choose another TV provider.

about 6 months ago

Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

plebeian The elephants in the room. (424 comments)

As a so called cord cutter they way I see it is the cable companies are leveraging their cable TV monopolies to dominate the ISP/Telecom markets. The real anti-trust push should not be to stop the merger of comcast and time warner but to require separation of services in an area where a company has a monopoly. That is to say make them spin off their core networking and content distribution services into a separate company/corporation.

about 6 months ago

California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

plebeian But there already is a built in kill switch. (341 comments)

You just have to drop the phone from higher than 3 feet. I have had 8 smart phones in the past 10 years. They are all designed to fail. The last decent phone that I had was a Nokia 6200 series.

about 6 months ago

Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

plebeian I was not aware this was a scientific study. (237 comments)

My understanding based upon reading the originally posted materials was that they published their reliability findings based upon their own experience. I did not see anywhere that they claimed that it was comprehensive research into the reliability of hard drives. We should not crap upon backblaze because people could not be bothered to read the articles and made some faulty assumptions based upon the headlines, to do so would just serve to dissuade others from releasing their experiences. As for the argument about some of the hardware having known faults... If a company does not want bad press they should do more quality control before releasing crappy hardware...

about 7 months ago

Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

plebeian Re:I beg to differ (385 comments)

I would actually go further, and site the prevalence of mood disorders as exactly the type of malaise of the spirit he was predicting.

about 8 months ago

Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

plebeian Re:Darwin (923 comments)

As if, I suppose you are now going to tell me that the posts to damnyouautocorrect are fake.

about 9 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

plebeian The problem is a lack in innovation. (453 comments)

why would I want to buy a new PC when my 5 year old quad core 3Ghz AMD system with 12 GB of ram with a R5770 graphics card can do 99.99% of what I want in a desktop. Honestly it boots and runs every program I throw at it almost as fast as the new $1200 I7 I have at work(as perceived by the human Eye and not some benchmark). If the innovation in desktop processors/graphics cards kept up with mobiles I would buy a new desktop. But for now there is no need.

about 9 months ago

4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television

plebeian Higher Frame rates. (559 comments)

Having more pixels is all well and good but I would rather have a higher frame rate so that we do not have to rely so heavily on interpolation to reduce artifacts in action shots.

about 10 months ago


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