Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars
I bought a 2014 Honda Accord a few months ago. It has a camera in the trunk lid, that gives an image of what is in back of the car on the center panel display when the transmission is in reverse. When you turn on the right turn signal a camera in the right hand mirror housing displays an image of the right side of the car and the adjacent space. There is no such camera on the left side. I assume this is because they don't want drivers moving left to look to their right towards the center panel display.
I believe that many current model cars have similar cameras and displays.
A 360 display would be a step further in the evolution of these displays. But, I am not sure they are totally necessary. Vision forward and within the front 180 degrees is really not much of a problem. The A pillars are small and it is easy to look around them with very small head movements. Only the areas to the side and back and below the trunk lid are obscured. The back up and right turn cameras cover those areas, the only real blind spot is to the left and back.
BTW: Car talk has a detailed explanation of how to position your side mirrors to minimize your blind spots.
Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her
"A happily married Ontario woman was shocked and dismayed last January to discover that she had an active account with dating site Zoosk.com."
At least, that is what she told her husband.
Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0
6 is nervous, because 7 8 9
Hint. Say it out loud.
Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine
If you run a restaurant, and you serve soft drinks, you can serve Coca-Cola Products or Pepsi products.
Many years ago (before 1997) some restaurant chains objected to Pepsi products because Pepsi owned restaurant chains including Pizza Hut and KFC, and cross promoted its drinks with the restaurants.
Back then Pepsi would pay restaurants to use their products in stead of Coke. So they were able to overcome some of the competitive objections to using their products. Coke never paid.
In the late 90s, Pepsi solved the problem by a corporate separation of the restaurants and the drinks. The restaurant company is now called Yum! Brands. I assume they stopped paying restaurants to take their products.
To me Google vs Yahoo resembles the Coke vs. Pepsi situation. And, it is just as important.
Imagining the Future History of Climate Change
"Average life expectancy has actually been going down recently, at least in the US."
That is very interesting. Can you cite a source for your statement.
Here is what I read recently:
Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high by Larry Copeland, USA TODAY 3:54 a.m. EDT October 9, 2014:
Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years - a record high.
That was an increase of 0.1 year from 2011 when it was 78.7 years, according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion
As Umberto Eco wrote:
"G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: "When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn't believe in nothing. He believes in anything." Whoever said it - he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.
"The "death of God", or at least the dying of the Christian God, has been accompanied by the birth of a plethora of new idols. They have multiplied like bacteria on the corpse of the Christian Church ..."
Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
The more information you add to the process and the more people who review the information the more subject the process is to manipulation by the operators. Not that the current admissions system completely in the hands of the colleges who play how ever they like for whatever their goals are -- which are mostly to keep the system running with lots of rich kids who can pay the freight.
A lottery subtracts all information and leaves very little room for manipulation. Unqualified kids in the lottery? They will go home after English 101 and Calculus, and be replaced by a new group.
The lottery does not discriminate by race, sex, religion, or national origin. It is completely fair.
Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?
I won't eat octopus, because chewing on octopus is like chewing rubber tubing. It is not a pleasant experience.
End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3
Think Pads, now made by Lenovo, are still good, still solidly built, and very difficult to break. They are my go to advice for Windows laptops.
FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
"They also don't think there's any chance the NFL will move its games to pay-per-view."
What are they smoking? The NFL will go PPV, ASAP.
If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?
"Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good" By SPIEGEL Staff on 09/04/2013:
Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start.
The State of ZFS On Linux
Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?
To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
They still do in San Francisco.
A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October
From the lead article:
"In May, China banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft's latest operating system"
It seems to be a needless gesture. Even in the US, no one uses Windows 8.
A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October
Information Warfare: Running For Linux January 9, 2011
For a decade now, China has been trying to get business and government users to adopt Unix (and later Linux) as their operating system. Yet most Chinese businesses, and many government departments, continue to use Microsoft operating systems. They do this because Microsoft Windows is widely pirated in China, and there's a large amount of pirated software you can use only on Windows systems. Another critical reason is that more games run on Windows machines, and that is important, even in China. Finally, the Chinese government is more resistant to complaints from Microsoft than Russia.
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China has tried to get around this by subsidizing Linux training for Chinese engineers and computer technicians. The government also subsidized the development of the Kylin Unix based server software. Kylin is shareware, and anyone can download it. Kylin is also designed to be very secure, much more secure than Microsoft server software, and most other similar products. China has had more success in getting users to adopt non-Microsoft server software, but the real battleground is PCs.
Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
I can see from reading this thread that there is a lot of righteous anger about this issue. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
Just mouthing off on slashdot is not doing something. You need to let your elected representatives know that this issue is important to you and that they should not toe the party line on immigration just because Green and Zuckerberg, and their ilk are laying down big bucks to the the parties and campaign funds.
Writing your congressman and calling his office are just baby steps. What you need to do is vote incumbents out of a job. Eric Cantor, then the House Majority Leader lost his primary to a guy who campaigned on a mere $50,000 because of Cantor's support for immigration "reform" (i.e., letting loose the flood gates). That sobered the House Republican leadership up real fast.
Tech people have for too long wasted their votes on trivial social issues, or have not voted at all. You need to find candidates, support them, and get out the vote to oppose Zuckerberg, et. al. That is the only thing that can save your hides.
Allow me to conclude with a short poem by the great German playwright and poet, Bertolt Brecht*.
After the uprising of the 17th June, the Secretary of the Writer's Union,
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee,
Stating that the people had forfeited the confidence of the government;
And could win it back only by redoubled efforts.
Would it not be easier in that case, for the government
To dissolve the people, and elect another?
* You may know him best as the author of "The Three Penny Opera" from which the song "Mack the Knife" was taken.
Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?
The gating issue is now screen size and finger size. Nice big high def screens need big batteries to keep them lit. I don't think those items are going to get much smaller.
Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?
Agreed. invest in ux.
Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi
There is an inverse correlation between the price of the hotel and the price of the wi-fi. But, even at expensive hotels with $15/day wi-fi, there are things you can do.
At many of those hotels wi-fi in the lobby and restaurants is gratis, and they may be pleasant places to sit while you read your email. Also, it is worthwhile to butter up the desk clerks who maybe able to slip you a password. I have also found that most hotels never change their passwords. Sometimes I have paid once and used it several times.
BTW, Panera's coffee and food are much better than MickeyD's. The wi-fi is usually serviceable. A couple of years ago a storm knocked our cable service for a week. I spent a lot of time at the local Panera.
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