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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

zwede Re:Old proverb (366 comments)

Would have been insightful had Snowden actually committed a crime.

yesterday
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Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

zwede Re:Questions: (93 comments)

* Can the owner switch off the remote control/access to their car ?

Yes.

* Can the owner switch off the remote control/access to their car by Tesla as well as the owner ?

No.

* 6 character password. Is that the minimum length or the length it must be (Ie can't set a longer one) ?

Minimum. The password can also contain special character.

* It mentions an iPhone app. What if I don't have (or want) an iPhone ?

There's an official android app. I think there's an unofficial winphone app too. There's an unoffical chrome plugin and stand-alone JAVA app.

* What cars made by companies other than Tesla have similar systems ?

No one has anything as comprehensive. Closest is probably on-star.

about three weeks ago
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Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

zwede Re:I had issue with this day one when we took deli (93 comments)

The article is a bit misleading. The Tesla account requires a MINIMUM of 6 characters for the password. You can use a much longer one. The password also allows special character. You're not brute-forcing mine this side of the end of the universe. It's a generated password, very long and all kinds of special characters.

about three weeks ago
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Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

zwede Re:Option? (93 comments)

Yes. The remote access to the car has to be turned on by the owner. When the car is delivered it is turned off. Tesla still has remote access even if the user-level access is off, but that would prevent access via the REST API and mobile app.

about three weeks ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

zwede Re:Or I could buy three Ford Fusion Hybrids (318 comments)

A fully loaded Fusion Hybrid Energi Titanium is about $35K.

And from 50 feet away it's nearly indistinguishable from a Tesla.

It also has a gasoline engine that'll get me home when the batteries are depleted.

I've seen 'em, sat in them. I think it'd be a tough sell convincing me it's $55K better.

It's easily $55K better. Sorry.

about 2 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

zwede Re:2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year (318 comments)

Renault Alliance was Motor Trend's Car of the Year. My dad bought one and it sucked. I quit listening to anything they had to say after that.

In their defense: What other new cars were there in the early 80's? The Chrysler K-car? Maybe the Renault really was the best (least sucky) at the time.

about 2 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

zwede Re:One thing that gets overlooked (318 comments)

It cost me $55. My house was built in 1999 and already had 200A service. I went to Lowes and got a NEMA 14-50 receptacle, a 50A breaker and some 6 gauge wiring. I installed it according to code, of course. Don't want to take any short cuts with a 50A circuit.

about 2 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

zwede Re:Odd (335 comments)

You have your mp3 player, so you're not changing radio stations.

Unless, of course, you're listening to the radio and, y'know, want to change stations.

Which, on the Model S, you do with the steering wheel controls. Next.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

zwede Re:Sooo.... (603 comments)

Are you suggesting that passengers be allowed to carry guns on a plane? OK Corral at 30,000 feet. I think I'll take the train.

Concealed carry is legal on trains and tons of people do it. Yet I've not heard of any OK Corral shootouts on trains. Maybe licensed concealed carry holders are not as trigger happy as you think.

about 5 months ago
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How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

zwede Re:Slashdot Canidate (688 comments)

Only naive ideologs argue for "no government regulation" or "no taxation" or "privatize everything". It's a sophomoric position, easy to spew but it doesn't make any kind of sense.

That's nice to know. However, most of the people who I know who describe themselves as libertarian promote some combination of those ideas to me. Should I be telling them that they are not really libertarian?

Sounds like your friends are anarchists, not libertarians.

about 7 months ago
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What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

zwede No data at all (277 comments)

It allowed me to login, but all the categories said "no data available". That makes me happy. Looks like AdBlock + Ghostery is doing a great job at thwarting the data collectors. Wish it worked on the NSA.

about 7 months ago
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

zwede Re: It was a myth (986 comments)

There will be two kinds of people in a true libertarian society: the super-rich and the minions. That's why so many rich people want to shrink the govt. - so the people have no recourse against their power.

And we know this because the rep-dems told us so... We haven't seen a true libertarian society yet. Maybe it will suck, maybe it will be great. Would be interesting to try, though. What we have now doesn't look to swell.

about 8 months ago
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Spaceport Development Picks Up Steam In Texas

zwede Re:Disneyland with tax money (116 comments)

By that logic the Interstate highway system was a waste of tax money. After all, before the highways were built there weren't that many people travelling between states.

about a year ago
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Steam For Linux: A Respectable Showing

zwede Re:wtf (372 comments)

Serious Sam 3 is on steam. I bought it during the Linux sale and I've been playing it the last week. Runs perfectly. Yes, it's a few years old but still looks good.

about a year ago
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'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

zwede Blacklists work (235 comments)

On Android: Create a contact (I call it "Spam"). Click settings->More and add to reject list. Whenever you get a spam call, select "update existing contact", select "Spam" and no more calls from that number. For a home phone, use a VOIP provider (I use and can recommend Galaxy Voice). They should have a web page that lets you add numbers to a blacklist. Also select the "anonymous call rejection" feature which will block all calls where the caller id has been intentionally blocked. By doing the above it is very rare for me to receive a spam call.

about a year ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

zwede Re:Goodbye Windows (313 comments)

No, I think a large number of games are in the process of being ported and 60 of them were completed in the last couple of weeks. More will be finished in the next couple of weeks, etc.

about a year ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

zwede Re:Linux != Ubuntu (313 comments)

As far as I can see they've only released for Ubuntu.

Not true. Valve only _supports_ ubuntu. Other distros are welcome to add steam to their package managers. For instance, Gentoo has steam in their repo. It's a thin wrapper package. When you install it, it makes sure all dependencies are met and then downloads steam from valve's server and installs it. All this is automagic as far as the user is concerned.

about a year ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

zwede Re:No 64-bit? (313 comments)

Which distro might that be?

Gentoo.

about a year ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

zwede Re:Goodbye Windows (313 comments)

At this time, there's only ~100 titles available for Linux

And a couple of weeks ago there were only 40. If they keep going at this rate things are looking promising!

about a year ago

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