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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

weszz Re:Not surprising (473 comments)

So imagine if people are expected to not only realize they are doing it, but to then also hit an override and take over. It ain't gonna happen in time to be meaningful for this type of thing.

yesterday
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

weszz Re:Not surprising (473 comments)

The whole split second decision to me is funny...

After a while, who is going to be in any kind of position to make a split second decision?

You will be reading a book, daydreaming, sleeping or just plain zoned out, maybe you realize what is going on, and probably don't have time to remember how to override it plus get yourself into the position to drive your way out of it.

for a while yes, people will pay attention, but VERY soon after all will be forgotten.

If you need assurance this will happen I have two things for you. Take the average person you will meet in your life, then remember that by definition half the people out there are dumber than that.

Those half are clicking the Okay button in the popup DOS window saying their computer is infected because the computer told them to. It's a DOS window, it must be my computer so it's okay to click the big button in it..

yesterday
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

weszz Re:Short term (473 comments)

A taxi service would be excellent this way. drive people around while you can, then return to fill up with gas when needed.

yesterday
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

weszz Re:Not surprising (473 comments)

My whole concern is you sit there for say 2 months letting the car drive itself and you sit paying attention and all is good.

Then you go on a 2-3 hour drive, maybe to the really boring Illinois highways (just drove north on them, and yea, straight and boring) so you nod off a little or pay less attention mainly because you can, and life has been good with no issues.

How do you know to take sudden control of the car to save your life, or can you even possibly understand and react that fast?

Is sitting facing forward now a more dangerous position? what if EVERYONE faces backwards in these for safety (granted some will get sick doing it), or maybe you could be better protected laying down?

yesterday
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

weszz Re:Not surprising (473 comments)

Remote controlled car sounds closest to what this sounds like, however that is not at all what Google is trying to do.

yesterday
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

weszz Re: The world we live in. (575 comments)

Now hold on there... I take great offense to this.

Like Police, Teachers and all kinds of others, I would say 90-95% are good people doing good things, the 5-10% give it all a bad name. If we found/find someone who wasn't living up to standards, we remove them from membership and when applicable alert law enforcement. plain and simple. Most groups I talked to did the same. Our declaration of principles talks about secrets, but it's secrets that a family would keep (and keeping rituals secret is mainly intended to give them value to the person knowing them, not because they are scandalous. Not much value is normally given to public knowledge), breaking the law is not something you can expect to "be covered" on, and being a bad person is a sure way to find the door.

Now if we are talking frats vs fraternities, then yes there is a difference. a frat is a drinking club, a fraternity is a wholesome thing with adult oversight from local volunteers and a national/international body that also oversees the groups. Yes there are some bad actors, but they are typically either removed, or do something dumb and get the whole chapter closed if they aren't dealt with.

2 days ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

weszz Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

Brilliant! what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

I for one can't see anything. Engineers could fix problems from anywhere in the world... from their smart phone.

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

weszz Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

explains my 4 year old running around the house singing nationwide is on your side...

The girl is perpetually happy and heard that on the radio, never to be forgotten... along with the "fact" she told me about MLKjr.

He had a dream, then he died. like Jesus and great grandpa. well yea... but you're kind missing some important parts there... Jesus died in the crosswalk for us.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

weszz Re:Does it have Cold resistance level 2 (170 comments)

Pandemic reference anyone?

In the game you can get antibiotics resistance to your deadly virus, cold or heat resistance etc...

Pretty sure that is where this one was going...

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

weszz Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

I use Dashlane https://www.dashlane.com/en/cs... (for 6 month free trial)

I have it on my computer at home, my phone and the website at work.

It's pass phrase encrypted so they claim they can't decrypt the passwords without your passphrase.

Really works well for me.

about a month and a half ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

weszz Re:This makes sense. (280 comments)

Recently read through a penetration test we had done, and some of the things in there I didn't know... thankfully they couldn't get into our servers from the outside, but from inside the network wasn't too difficult from a system having some outdated software letting them in...

Anyway the whole deal about LANMan, kerberos and other things storing passwords in memory in a way that is very easy to decrypt was surprising... I also thought that if I told PCs to not store the LM password locally and don't use it, then it would be okay. Nope. have to do that AND have a 15 character or longer password. LM makes the hash of the password regardless of if it will ever use it, so the only defense is a password long enough to break it.

Kerberos... well there is no getting around that one. it's there and if they get admin access on the server they have the plaintext password of anyone logged in interactively. end of game.

Was surprising never being in part of a mitigation team for a test like that.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

weszz Re:We're sorry we got caught? (401 comments)

I also did tech support for Real Networks back in the day (dirty dirty company) and the way they ran cancellations wasn't much better. for every "Save" you got you earned an extra dollar. being in tech support we didn't fall into that pay scheme, but we felt it.

It went something like this, you go online to cancel the subscription you didn't know you agreed to, unless you said you have windows 95, it said you had to call in.

you call in and the person offers free tech support, a few months free etc... then eventually they get to well, how about i give you 3 months free and send you an email. if at any point you decide that you want to cancel, just reply to the email and we will cancel it, but i can only do that if you agree to the email. Thinking you are getting 3 months and canceling anyway, you agree, they get their dollar, you then have to watch for the email to cancel.

it isn't easy...

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

weszz Re:We're sorry we got caught? (401 comments)

They do... With all the cable companies now you get the base rate, then you get promotions that expire... (i just went through this with Uverse)

so promos expire and you call in, the first person offers to take something like $30 off the bill a month for 6 months or a year. you say no and talk to retention, tell them you are looking at time warner, comcast or whoever because $200 a month is ridiculous for internet and cable, and then they knock $70-80 off with a year contract, and in a year you do it again. If you don't like to press the issue, work during the time that retention is open, or for whatever reason don't call, they bend you over every month.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

weszz Re:Signals (144 comments)

For the Dr Who it was this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

The probe is intercepted by a giant spaceship heading for Earth. When the broadcast is shown, an alien face appears and identifies itself as being a Sycorax. The alien demands Earth's surrender and causes a third of the world's population to go into a hypnotic state. The Sycorax threaten to make these people commit suicide unless they are given half of the world's population as slaves. One of the scientists discovers that all of the hypnotised people share the same blood type (A-positive), the same as contained in a sample on Guinevere One.

They used blood control to control people.

On the Ansible you are probably right.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

weszz Re:Signals (144 comments)

Couple books/shows come to mind...

Ender's Game using the ansible for instant communication across great distances (the idea that half of it is in one place, the other half somewhere else) and didn't they do that for very short distances already? like a few feet or so?

but also Dr Who comes to mind... depending on what we send out, can they control us with it?

Could it be a very weak attack?

about a month and a half ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

weszz Re:Email is expensive? (130 comments)

sure it would... the salary of the people doing the work to move money around and account for it.

A few months ago I put a request into the company I work for asking for a $20 piece of software (against policy to buy it and install it myself, gotta go through the process...)

Looking at the process, it would have cost thousands in employee time to document, review and approve the purchase of the $20 piece of software at all the different levels of management involved in it. it's insanely wasteful.

about 2 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

weszz Re:waste of time (380 comments)

numbers were way off.. but still 5 more cars per minute is impressive.

4 way stop average number of cars through in 15 minutes was 385.
Roundabout average number of cars through in 15 minutes was 460.
Improvement of about 20%.

If you don't care to watch the video they set up a 4 way stop course and then a roundabout course. They used a bunch of drivers and did two 15 minute tests of each course counting the number of cars that got through and averaged them. The roundabout was a 20 percent improvement over the 4 way stop. And even though they let the drivers practice a bit on the roundabout before the tests they were American drivers that for the most part don't have the day to day experience that European drivers do with roundabouts so I am thinking the efficiency of the roundabout is even greater.

http://webcache.googleusercont...

about 2 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

weszz Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Myth Busters took this on for a very congested test (also very controlled)

They got somewhere around 180 cars through a traditional 4 way stop, and over 300 through the same space as a roundabout. I was floored it was that great of a difference, they said because at any given time there were multiple cars in the roundabout doing their own thing. (may be off on the numbers, but the roundabout was unbelievably better in their test)

Granted the layout of the roundabout matters a TON, and most I have seen around here are cram a roundabout in a tiny space so you don't REALLY know if the car to your left is leaving the roundabout or continuing...

about 2 months ago

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