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Comment misguided objections (Score 1) 134

I find the privacy concerns here overrated. If you are afraid of being tracked, disable your transmitter, or spoof your vehicle ID, etc. Go ahead, who cares. Hopefully you'll also have the ability to buy a third-party device (or build your own) which lets you do stuff like this, instead of depending on the original manufacturer who probably won't. While the Fords and GMs won't like alternate suppliers, they're also not likely to provide retrofits, so an aftermarket might spring up to handle older vehicles... and user-preference scenarios. Does NAPA have lobbying power?

The real benefit seems to be with new robo-cars (driver-less), or commercial services like taxis & uber, big things like trucks, and utility functions like police, firetrucks, ambulances - which would benefit from broadcasting their INTENTS of direction, speed, maneuvers, maybe even destination, etc. Also smaller vehicles like bicycles and motorcycles which may want to broadcast just to be noticed, as their accidents often involve other drivers who just don't see them.

How to RECEIVE and process this incoming data is an interesting question. Maybe an augmented windscreen, showing small color-enhancements of what to expect, and warning indication of impending hazards? There's also automation potential in some form. I assume reception will be free and without required login, ie, the familiar broadcast model.

Security against hackers is certainly a good topic, but just part of the picture of bad data. What if a real registered driver intentionally give "fake indications", or merely makes a mistake in giving it, or simply changes her mind?

I recall a cop saying that turn signals are only suggestions; they can fine you for not using them (or doing so falsely), but you are still liable for accidents if you believe someone's mistaken signal and trust that instead of doing diligence in watching what the other driver really does. In other words, it's a mandatory but still advisory system. Contradictions and displeasure aside, at least we have a working model to build upon.

Comment Re:A little late. (Score 1) 52

I hate mentioning Microsoft solution, but at least OneNote is decently secure, and one doesn't have to use a cloud provider to store the notes file. So far, it has been a suitable replacement.

Not true for MacOS. You can ONLY save to MS OneDrive, and the OneNote files seem to be hidden there, so forget about control over sharing with others.

In fact, the only reason I'm looking at EverNote now is to get around this restriction from Microsoft - the original "data spy" service.

Comment But ... (Score 2) 343

Snowden himself isn't begging your pardon, he just wants a fair trial; "fair" in the sense that he can use a "public interest" defense (whistleblower) instead of having it automatically disqualified. This is something Congress could (and should) allow.

As I see it, Clinton (with her email server) and Snowden are either both innocent or both guilty of disclosures. Maybe Obama could pardon Clinton on his way out, for any non-crimes she may or may not have accidentally committed during her dutiful years.

Comment The future of performance (Score 1) 281

Do you see a way forward to a "high performance" Perl for a niche of use-cases in which fast response times (low latency) is major consideration? This isn't meant to trigger a "fast enough" flame war, but rather, to gain insight and make comparisons with perceived competitors such as Cython, Rpython, and Pypy.

Comment Meanwhile 2 (Score 1) 135

So how come the FCC (and other Gov't TLAs) haven't cracked down on email spammers and telephone scammers as well? Also disruptive to communication. Maybe it will take a real weirdo president to put things into perspective. A couple candidates come to mind. And one of them thinks running one's own email system should be just a secure as what the feds can offer. How did Hillary avoid junk mails?

Comment Re:Poly-gas fuel? (Score 1) 121

Impressive, you've explained how to do it and described the issues which will be encountered!

So H2 fuel introduces new limiting factors; therefore let me reorganize my question: With an engine designed to burn H2 fuel, like the ones mentioned in the original post, is it feasible to make cost-effective modifications such that it could also burn more conventional carbon-based gases?

Comment Poly-gas fuel? (Score 1) 121

Is it feasible to build these engines such that they can run on several types of gaseous fuels - CNG and H2 and perhaps others like Propane? Flexibility in the fuel cycle could be a way to introduce H2 if large-scale manufacturing of it becomes worthwhile.

What's supposed to be the point of H2 fuel anyway, as far as cars are concerned? More convenient for fuel cells than Xanols?

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