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Comment Re:I found their problem (Score 1) 76

There's a reason for that. Large companies are incredibly good at putting startups out of business. The barriers to entry into just about any business are incredible nowdays, between the competition and the regulation.... and the regulation that's been written BY the competition. Uber and Lyft are a perfect example of businesses that are 'illegal' in many places because of regulation put in place by lobbyists and local monopolies. Sort of like what the Cable and Telephone companies do.

Comment Re:When will it end (Score 3, Insightful) 265

I'd like to correct your first sentence. If every company in every facet of your life took that view point, you would spend your entire life re-learning how to perform nearly every task on a yearly basis. Many people like myself are resistant to change because we have other areas of our life we need to focus on. For products with a longer life-span, say an automobile, this isn't such an issue. I am not forced to buy a new automobile every year or two. Even smart phone manufacturers have figured this out. Almost every popular OS / launcher functions in a similar manner with similar characteristics. Because people may want something a tiny bit different, but don't want to relearn the system. In addition, phones are like cars in that way - they are a fun 'toy' to show off to your friends etc. A computer operating system is none of those things. It isn't fun. It isn't something I want to 'show off'. It's not something I want to constantly be forced to relearn by updates every year or two. As a technical user I have better ways to spend my time, as do most non-technical users. Microsoft needs to stop fucking with things that work. Seriously.

Comment Re:I own one, it's horrible (Score 1) 292

You may have one of the later systems. I have one of the early, and the menu navigation is impossible. Go forward into one menu, then go back, and you are in a DIFFERENT menu branch.

There is no logic to it. It's what happens when you have pure engineers design an interface component instead of people with common sense.

Ford deserves to be actually fried for this, but they won't LEARN from it. For instance - they had an android integration app that allowed many google apps to communicate with sync. They killed it though. Their internal reasoning was that they wanted to monetize the data. As a result the customers have been screwed over for 6 years.

I continue to use my smart phone, as does every else I know to navigate and perform other functions. The sync voice command system is horrible. The reminder prompts are torturous. The menu systems suck. The speaker phone reception is poor. It's disgusting.

I hope Ford REALLY learns when it comes to the self-driving car phenomenon and buys the technology rather than trying to create it themselves. They aren't a computer company. Oh shit. Too late.

Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 1) 422

True. Unlimited in a marketing sense has always had limits within common sense. Consider all you can eat buffets, 'free' car washes if you buy a new car, or even the free donuts your coworker brought in. If you over indulge they can and will ask you to leave - or call you an asshole.

Comment A Boutique car for a Boutique crowd (Score 1, Informative) 271

Ford had a problem in the early 2000's with their suspension springs. They scrimped on the rust protection and the springs (out of warranty) would snap and the car would drop down onto the tires.

There was no "I'm sorry" or "My bad". They did do a quiet recall to replace the springs. But that was pretty much the extent of it.

Tesla helped paid for this. Then they STILL end up being villified for fixing something out of warranty. And contrary to the hack-job write up, this wasn't a non-disclosure agreement. It was an agreement that Tesla needs in this day and age so the owner understands they aren't admitting wrongdoing just by helping with the bill.

But Tesla sells cars to the Boutique crowd. Mainly the I-have-more-money-than-sense crowd, and the I-am-right-no-matter-what crowd. You know who I'm talking about. Tesla understands that so they went out of their way to help. Any other auto maker would have told the customer to "it's out of warranty". The only story here is that it's got the word "Tesla" in it.

Comment Re:Ford SYNC (Score 5, Informative) 116

Mod parent up, because it's the truth.

To be fair, Ford made some fairly boneheaded mistakes and still CONTINUES to make some of those same mistakes. For instance, removing tactile knobs for key functions like heater control and placing them on a touch screen is horrible for both ergonomics and safety.

Next, something nearly every actual engineer knows working on a manufacturing floor - you don't don't make a fucking button a TOGGLE. One button turns something on, another turns it off. Otherwise, the switch better be a rocker or flip switch where the state is obvious. This is impossible using a touch-screen system - so any critical controls need to be moved OFF the touch screen.

There is never a reason I should need to reboot my touchscreen. Never. And yet, Microsoft has managed it. I particularly like when the voice control gets confused, and just 'dings' repeatedly like it wants a command. Or when it starts randomly forgetting playlists and voice commands. Or when it tells me phone numbers aren't available when they are.

I love deleting my phone out of the system and having to put it back in so it re-downloads the phonebook and un-corrupts it. I also love having to pull my USB storage and reinitialize the whole system so it can clear it's memory.

I love how Ford, in their infinite wisdom, created a way for the early versions of sync to use google maps then REMOVED that ability again. All because they want us to use a pay service that they created that isn't even close to good. I love how simply apps like Pandora can't interface - again because Ford wanted to develop all their own systems in house because they want to be able to SELL that user data to make a profit.

I just got in a buddy's Ram. Pandora that is interfaced with the touchscreen. Made me want to cry. Better yet, he had actual buttons on the dash for most important functions - like turning off the backup warnings and other things that can be annoying at times.

Jesus Christu Ford, get out of your own way. You brought out Sync to be first, but managed to fuck yourself 7 ways from Sunday in trying to make the system itself profitable, and now your system is a laughingstock, still isn't half as capable as the competitions, and the overall interface design sucks giant donkey balls!

You don't CHANGE the fucking menu tree structure based on what menu I'm in. I should be able to go forward and backward through all the menu and system settings, but if I enter through the phone menu I can't go up a level to get to systems - I have to exit the menu entirely, change the... ARGH. Fuckit.

Comment Re:Wrong technology (Score 1, Insightful) 59

Uh, really? Is there something inherent in 4G that somehow limits the total amount of data you can use per month? Or did you MEAN to say that the obvious lesson is that our mobile broadband companies in this country suck? Because the technology has nothing to do with the companies that are screwing folks over. 4G Seems to work for a whole lot less cost in many other places. Don't give me the old infrastructure bullshit either. You plan for huge volumes of data to be used, you make the capital outlay ONCE for the equipment, and you're good for 10-15 years. Instead, these companies do estimates of expected usage, drastically understate it, then purposefully buy the absolutely minimum about of infrastructure that will provide to their estimates. I.e., they'll continue to underprovide intentionally because scarcity allows them to jack up the prices.

Comment Re:I call BS. (Score 1) 129

You are 100% wrong.

A great majority of manufacturing systems that live in power plants are built on old platforms. Windows 3.1 and Windows XP abound. These systems are widely connected by standard ethernet connections to information systems that the engineers monitor. These reside on servers that are hooked to the same network as the IP phone systems, all directly linked by fiber-optic lines to the internet.

In other words, you have a bunch of horribly outdated non-virus / malware protected systems running on OS's without build in firewalls connected to the internet.

Now the companies have firewalls between themselves and the internet, but once you get inside that initial firewall internal security is fairly lax.

Comment Re:So... (Score 0) 103

Your post is perfect. I hope it isn't deleted. It's perfect because of the irony. In our case, we have you abusing a forum's anonymity to spread your "message".

In the case of these two children's groups, they are abusing the anonymity of the internet to spread theirs.

Most websites have removed the ability to anonymously comment. In fact many are getting rid of the ability to comment altogether. That same parallel is happening on the internet. New standards with higher security are being enacted and government control is increasing.

So thank you. Your ignorant and juvenile hate is just one more brick in the wall of destroying what the internet was built on and thrived on. Now that slashdot is owned by a company interested only in profits, you can bet that they'll eventually put a stop to your kind of post, along with ALL anonymous posting.

Comment I wonder.... (Score 2, Informative) 607

How many of them drive cars with foreign name plates? I have a friend who lost his job to someone from India a couple years ago. While we sat at his kitchen table I looked out his front windows at the two Toyota Prii that sat there. I was too polite to say anything.

I don't want to downplay the issue. But... market forces and cheap labor. There are a WHOLE lot of Americans in Vietnam, Korea, China, and South Africa tooling up their auto plants and teaching them to be competitive. Welcome to the real world. H1-B Visas are a red herring, and the sooner IT folks realize it, the better. The bigger problem is all the jobs that are going overseas - but there isn't a fix to that.

Comment From whose point of view? (Score 5, Insightful) 124

A operator running a drone that can hover near motionless may not consider things a 'near miss'. On the other hand, an airline pilot flying a jumbo jet that can not be maneuvered travelling at several hundred miles an hour is something completely different. At the speeds Jumbo jets travel, by the time they see something as small as a drone it's already passed by them. That's a near miss. They saw it. There's no time for them to avoid an object like that. So while the drone operators are bitching that - hey I was near a half mile or a mile away. Or even two miles away. The airline pilots are saying - get the hell out of my way. I can't turn and by the time I see your little hobby I'm either running it over or passed it putting my entire crew and my passengers at risk. It's not even an argument.

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