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Comment Re:Randomly selected policy positions (Score 2, Insightful) 116

You know. Trump never solidly supported the Iraq War. On Howard Stern's show, he was asked and simply said, "I guess so." He then made it clear he didn't support it in 2002. The fact that: a) he wasn't a politician at the time, means his off-the-cuff luke warm support meant nothing; 2) that the media and Democrats are accusing him of lying about his support is nothing more than a political ploy. Hillary Clinton voted for the war; that's a bit more serious.

Submission + - Armatix to introduce 9mm semi-auto smart gun (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: The German firearms manufacturer whose .22 caliber iP1 smart pistol caused a backlash from gun advocacy groups who protested stores that planned to sell it, will introduce a 9mm semi-automatic smart pistol. Armatix LLC's new iP9 smart gun will go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2017 and differs from its predecessor in that it will not use an RFID-equipped watch to unlock the gun but instead will have a fingerprint reader that can store multiple scans like a smartphone. The iP9 is expected to retail for about the same suggested retail price as the iP1 — $1,365, which is more than twice the price of many conventional 9mm semi-automatic pistols. Several large U.S. retail stores have already met with Armatix and "not one of them" expressed any concern about the weapon's price, according to Wolfgang Tweraser, CEO of Amratix, who compared the smart guns to Tesla cars. "Always the latest technology comes with a higher price tag. As you make hundreds and thousands of units, then the price will change also," he said. The company also plans to re-introduce its iP1, but this time it will target sales to gun ranges.

Submission + - Smart gun technology evolves but politics may be keeping dev funding scant (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: Smart gun development was once hampered by old processing technology as start-ups struggled to find funding, but innovators have found renewed life for projects through the use of today's cheap microprocessor technology and some money through at least one private entity — Smart Tech Challenges Foundation. For example, 19-year-old MIT freshman Kai Kloepfer recently won a $50K grant from the foundation to further develop a semi-automatic pistol with a fingerprint reader. Even stalwart gun manufacturers, such as O.F. Mossberg & Sons firearms, who've had efforts to create a smart guns in the past have found renewed life. Jonathan Mossberg, the great grandson of Oscar Mossberg, who founded the namesake firearms company in North Haven, Conn. in 1919, has created an offshoot company that built a smart shotgun and now plans to make a smart handguns using RFID-style chip technology. But the picture's still not completely rosy. Like other inventors who've developed smart gun technology, Mossberg found seed money difficult to come by for his iGun Technology Corp. and its iGun. Still, between his family's arms business and a machining business he later opened, Mossberg managed to invest about $5 million into developing the weapon. Now, he's tapped out and again looking for investors. But, Silicon Valley may be sheepish to get involved and continued efforts by some lawmakers to force citizens to buy smart guns once they're on shelves have backfired and lead gun owners and lobbying groups to fight any uptake of the technology in the market. Smart gun developers such as Mossberg and Kloepfer are none to happy about mandates and say it's time to get rid of any threat to create them and allow the free market to determine if the technology sinks or swims.

Submission + - Class-action reveals Ford engineers thought infotainment system was unsaleable (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: A class-action lawsuit against Ford and its MyFord Touch in-vehicle infotainment system — originally based on a Microsoft platform — has brought to light corporate documents that show engineers at the Dearborn carmaker referred to the problematic technology as a "polished turd" that they feared would be "unsaleable." The documents even reveal Henry Ford's great grandson experienced significant problems with MyFord Touch. In one incident, Edsel Ford was forced to wait on a roadside for the system to reset and could not continue to drive because he was unable to use the IVI's navigation system. The lawsuit describes an IVI screen that would freeze or go blank; generate error messages that wouldn't go away; voice recognition and navigation systems that failed to work, problems wirelessly pairing with smartphones, and a generally slow system. Ford's CEO Mark Fields even described his own travails with the SYNC IVI, referring to it as having crashed on several occasions, and that he was so frustrated with the system he may have damaged his car's screen out of aggravation. The civil suit is expected to go to trial in 2017.

Submission + - Aetna to hand out 50K Apple Watches as well as subsidize them for customers (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: Health insurer Aetna said it plans to give employees 50,000 free Apple Watches and subsidize the cost of the mobile device for a select number of its largest customers in an effort to bolster its analytics-based mobile wellness and healthcare management programs. Aetna is working with Apple on several iOS-exclusive health initiatives, starting with integrated health apps for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices that will help users to better "manage their health and increase healthy outcomes."

Comment Aren't we getting a bit ahead of ourselves... (Score 1) 289

We've yet to even land a human being on Mars, and Musk is talking about how his spacecraft will take people well beyond Mars -- to where, one of Jupiter's moons? That's nearly a two-year journey, and we haven't even figured out how to return people to Earth from Mars... so basically it's a suicide mission.

Let's take one step at a time, especially considering that one of Musk's rockets just reminded us that space travel is hard.

Submission + - Connected cars will create 98% of mobile-to-mobile traffic by 2021 (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: By 2021, telematics and in-vehicle-infotainment systems will create up to 98% of all data traffic on mobile-to-mobile networks, according to a new study. The study, by U.K.-based Juniper Research, claims that data-intensive applications such as Internet radio, music streaming apps and information services will generate approximately 6,000 petabytes of data annually by 2021 — the equivalent of more than 300 billion hours of music streaming. Along with entertainment services, in-vehicle 4G Wireless SIM Cards will provide "over-the-air" (OTA) vehicle software updates, as well as subscription updates for drivers and passengers. And, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, which will assist autonomous cars in navigating through traffic, will also add to the data deluge over mobile networks.

Comment Time for Blockchain? (Score 1) 134

Considering some of the world's top financial services corporations are working on ways to incorporate Blockchain for many types of transactions, perhaps it's time for the retail world to jump onboard too. It could allow consumers and retailers to connect directly and form online networks, removing the need for middlemen and do it securely.

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