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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: Today at 07:02:38 AM
Granted I'm a dog person, but...

Cats are selfish, unfeeling, environmentally devastating creatures.

So... Cats are really more like people - Sounds like a better match to me.

Besides if they've been "killing billions of birds every year"...and we're not showing any signs of running out of birds - which we ain't - It kinda sounds to me like they're holding down the balance rather nicely.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 06:20:55 PM
Amen to ^That^!! I went through $100 in float needles before I finally gave up and traded in my beloved tricked out 87 FLHTP. Now I've got a 100lb heavier (electronics mostly--> EFI 10 FLTRX with a 23ci larger engine that tops out ~20mph slower (but mileage is roughly the same). Sad

Instead cops should be driving a 4 cylinder turbocharged toyota or a 3 cylinder turbodiesel saab, that way the bulk of their cruising time is done with the utmost fuel efficiency while still retaining the kick in the pants for running down fugitives.

While it would be fun(ny) to force them all to drive Smart Cars, the fuzz are just fine with American muscle. The Dodge Chargers are actually pretty good on gas (we just bought one a few months back) if you don't stand on it constantly. AFA cruising efficiency, that's what the computer is for ... They just need a chip they can toggle between pursuit and eco-tastic happy butterfly mode.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 05:52:21 PM
Regardless of how it's paid for, they need to go back to selling actual gas ... Instead of this marginally combustible Ethanol shit they've been foisting on people. Ethanol is more expensive to make, destructive to the engine components, kills performance, and ruins gas mileage. It's just one big black-eyed tree hugging Epic Failure all the way around. They need to quit it, apologize - maybe refund a few bucks for damages - and go back to what works.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 17, 2014, 07:56:15 PM
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5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 17, 2014, 05:05:44 PM

Yes, some people are trying it, in some places...tentatively ...And that's fine. It's what is colloquialisticly referred to as 'sticking a toe in the water'. Nobody however is jumping to mandate it as option on all 2016 vehicles ... Which seems to be what you're pushing for. The technology is simply not mature enough.

So unless one's objective is to get a bunch of people killed...caution is warranted. Much like the article I posted earlier implied, it would be foolhardy at best to perceive this technology as a magic bullet. Because you're only going to alter which people get killed how ... Not save them all.

As the admin for many managed business networks, I see all sorts of truly bizarre issues crop up in systems that  - "smart" as computers are... - then invariably require me to sort out what really went wrong after some maintenance, management, or security system completely borked the end result that the end user thought they were waiting on. So knowing this, would I be willing to bet my life on a (linear thinking) computers ability to (fail at generating a truly random number and) contend with the chaos that is modern day traffic? Hell no.

The computer can't look into the window of the cars around me and react to the fact that the driver is on the phone, disciplining an unruly child, bopping to the radio a bit too enthusiastically, or just looking totally pissed-off-at-the-world ... But I sure as shit can.

And even if everyone went driverless tomorrow - to completely remove the people factor - there will still be glitches that result in fatalities...and I'm neither willing or interested in gambling on those odds. Because nothing in IT is truly "Standard" ... And if you want proof of that feel free to pick any two routers from two different manufacturers and try to set up a VPN between them. When you're finished tearing all your hair out, think about all the different auto manufacturers, how they will design their systems, and the scant snowball's chance in hell that they will be able to effectively communicate anything useful before the point of impact.. cheesy
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 17, 2014, 06:59:34 AM
you who moan about driveless technology, you have already used it, if you have flied with an aeroplane

There's not a lot of cross traffic at 30,000 feet.

what is the possibility for aeroplane automatic pilot systems to fail?

Well... they do seem to make a point of having a someone sit there ready to take over in case an alarm goes off...and there a second someone there to back the first someone up if they're in the bathroom when the alarm goes off. So I'm guessing that somebody - who's willing to waste the money on paying all these people - thinks it is a possibility.

and how high would be the percentages of aircraft accidents if there weren't automatic pilot systems?

IIRC autopilot was added primarily as a convenience to mitigate the really boring parts. So outside of preventing the plane from wandering off course...(making them late)...it's not really a safety system.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 16, 2014, 12:00:54 PM
@Wraith - That was beautiful man!

we are in a technology forum and I can't believe people are so much afraid of technological advancements!

I believe the part you are missing, is that Automotive Technology, is technology too. And that there are many more aspects to it than just ease of navigation. I get the impression that you've never actually been behind the wheel of a real car...otherwise you'd readily understand the shear joy of putting one through its paces on an open road the way it was designed to be driven. But this is the problem with some of the current generations who have only been exposed to the bubble wrapped, mother approved, child proof, gutlessly sterile econo-class conveyances of today. Like the Toyota Prius, or that god awful MP3 player on wheels contraption from Kia they are trying to pretend is fun to drive...Ha! With a 0-to-60 time north of 18 seconds and a top speed of not really calling it a soul is just a bad joke...'cause it ain't got one - or any heart either.

Try sliding behind the wheel of one of the old muscle cars from their (late 60's early 70's) heyday. When you put one of them two the floor, the back two barrels open, and the beast comes alive ... Then you'll understand what it means to have a pulse.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Change the focus of all the"save or search in" possibilities at once on: October 16, 2014, 11:32:48 AM
This is why I always keep the currently active project(s) folder(s) open so I can drag and drop files into anything if need be. No this method doesn't scale well...but then again at my age neither does my memory.
9  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: You Can Relax Now v1.0 on: October 16, 2014, 11:27:12 AM
LOL (really) I Love IT!  Thmbsup
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 16, 2014, 06:44:36 AM
Of course when it's commonplace most everyone will lose the skill of driving or never learn it.

Quite true, much liker coopers and candlestick makers. It's funny really that the smarter we get the stupider we become. I'm not so sure that is really forward movement. It's more like progress is just a rolling average paradigm shift in what is perceived as common knowledge.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 15, 2014, 04:43:35 PM
or are all the people interested in these things already here?

I'll go with yes, as some of us are just lurking to keep the content high and the chatter to a minimum. smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures.. on: October 15, 2014, 03:39:16 PM
^ That looks like an Anolis if I am not mistaken.

Beats me...I've never seen it before and it weren't wearing a name tag cheesy (e.g. it's not a pet). It just showed up this morning, hung out for a bit, and wandered off. I was actually surprised it hung out long enough for me to fumble around with the phone camera 6 times trying to get the thing to zoom and focus at the same time. May it liked the flash because it thought it would be warm?  undecided
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures.. on: October 15, 2014, 03:02:00 PM
Here's a Lizard that came to visit me at my desk this morning.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 15, 2014, 02:41:57 PM
but she'd be lucky to get the brakes to work much at all without manifold vacuum squeezing the booster for her.

Which is why the brake booster has a large reservoir protected by a one way valve. So even if the engine stops you still have enough stored vacuum pressure for 3-5 good stabs at the break petal. And that's really all that is needed if you're coasting to a stop.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 15, 2014, 02:17:15 PM
but you already put your life in other drivers' hands

Hell no, I don't.


Oh yeah, and Damn Straight to the rest of it too. Defensive Driving 101: Watch the %&$^# Road! cheesy
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 15, 2014, 11:39:44 AM
but you already put your life in the hands of technology (eg, your vehicle's electronics) and other drivers' hands

That's incredibly not the same thing because the "vehicles electronics" are not in involved in the decision making process. They are passively assistive yes (ABS/ESC/etc.), but they are not in control. The current vehicles can't just up and decide that the best course of action is to kill you to save something else that is statistically more relevant.

Current vehicles simply do what you tell them, so the only "gamble" is on hard linked systems transferring driver input to the vehicle properly. Yes there are some Fly-by-Wire systems that have no direct mechanical link, but they are far from the norm...and IMO not to be entirely trusted (like the Toyota Prius' little runaway acceleration issue).

We have people now trying to sue GM because they think the ignition switch is killing people when the vehicle loses power. Frankly I thinks it's total crap because the ignition switch losing power didn't kill anyone...what the driver did next is what got them killed. Sure the control inputs (e.g. steering & breaks) take considerably more effort without the power assist ... But if ones life really does depend on it - Hay call me crazy, but... - I'm thinking a bit more effort just might be warranted...Ya know?

There are many things that can cause a vehicle to lose power, but with hard linked inputs...you can still maneuver the thing to the side of the road using the available inertia. But in a driverless car...with no available controls you either go sailing right smack dab into what is in front of you with zero restraints. Or toe vehicle mechanically auto stops dead in front of whatever is flying up behind you.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 05:02:31 PM
^Oh how I love dark humor.. Thmbsup

Not to mention guilty as charged, as I've already hacked the brain on my bike to kill the traction control that was pissing me off...(because sometimes I want the rear wheel to spin)...and etcetera.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 03:10:07 PM
The Ethics of Saving Lives With Autonomous Cars Is Far Murkier Than You Think

This covers the topic rather nicely.

One of the most popular examples is the school-bus variant of the classic trolley problem in philosophy: On a narrow road, your robotic car detects an imminent head-on crash with a non-robotic vehicle — a school bus full of kids, or perhaps a carload of teenagers bent on playing “chicken” with you, knowing that your car is programmed to avoid crashes. Your car, naturally, swerves to avoid the crash, sending it into a ditch or a tree and killing you in the process.

Oopsy Daisy...
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 11:07:12 AM
what are the statistics to get a BSOD in a driveless car and what are the statistics of all those numerous reckless drivers to cause an incidence?

Here's the thing to keep in mind, nobody cares about your own - and by that I really do mean you specifically - safety, as much as you do. That's just the nature of how things work ... So being in a hurry to put your life in the hands of a device that isn't even capable of giving a shit about the outcome...just doesn't strike me as all that wise.

Now as for what entirely subjective nonsense I base that on, I'll have to simply refer you to any of the recent myriad of news reports dealing with massive recalls by auto manufacturers due to some miscellaneous system failing/malfunctioning resulting in the death of X people so far.

Now as far as the "reckless" bit it really depends on how you define it. However typically it generally gets plastered on the folks that drive fast and or aggressively...which is a load of crap. Speed doesn't kill, it never has, and it never will...because it simply can't. Speed is relative to the objects around you, simply avoid high closure rates and you'll be fine.

 The things that do get people killed in traffic, (strangely) are exactly the same as the things that get people killed everywhere else: inexperience, inattention, and stupidity. Put down the phone and watch the road. Finland as I understand has very few traffic accidents despite their rather tricky roads...because they also have the stiffest drivers license exam. They actually expect people to know how to drive before letting them take a crack at it.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 07:02:07 AM
let the government decide who to blame in case of an accident, it's not big deal if accidents will diminish!

...And somebody goes to prison for life because their car decided to divide by zero and the manufacturer - as is the norm - had much better lawyers ... Oh hell no. The government is not to be trusted with anything of that magnitude.

Not to mention I seriously doubt accidents will be diminishing during the initial Beta phase death toll wise. They'll more like be twice as horrific when a system glitch creates a huge pile of oops.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 12, 2014, 10:25:04 PM
I'd decided that the keurig cups were the best way to go- both for taste and convenience.  But now...

 cheesy Preeecisely the point I was making above. Thmbsup
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 12, 2014, 01:38:40 PM
So... The cost of the - now additional - coffee pod DRM chip is passed on to the customer...who was trying to save money in the first place. Because the whole point of the Keurig was to not waste money making a whole pot when you only wanted one cup. Shit, they come with a brew your own coffee basket that's basically just a reusable pod ... So why don't they just work on cost control to keep the price down so people can afford to be loyal??

Talk about self defeating behavior...Damn!

...Think I'm going to go shopping for a Black Fedora.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 10, 2014, 05:02:41 PM
(Admittedly showing my age> I really don't see a need for having a bidirectional relationship with an appliance... I hit a button...it performs a function...we're good.

However I do agree with Haunter in the comments:
Quote from: Haunter in the comments
This article should be best search assistant because that's all you talked about was using the search feature, phone assistant helps you do more than search, creating alarms, appointments/events, calling people, etc.

They really could have done a better comparison of the RW functionality of the devices...instead of throwing the book at only one aspect of user interaction.
24  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: All possible combinations of letters and numbers with options like 2 character on: October 10, 2014, 11:52:34 AM
All possible combinations of letters and numbers (and Hyphen) with options like 2 character combinations (like a1, a2, 1a, 2a etc), 3 character combinations (aa1, aa2, 11a, 12a etc), 4 character combinations (aa11, bbb1, 111a, 111b etc).


No need to say that I want to use this software for domain searching.

Really? Because the functionality you're looking for is actually quite easy to find if you search for it under Password Cracker or dictionary file generator, which are more common names for it.
25  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY Q&A about what software can be submitted on: October 08, 2014, 09:47:59 PM
After all, NANY does stand for "NEW APPS for the new year" not "Stuff already released that we just want to give some publicity to"

+1 - New means new, and any attempt at widening that scope detracts from the frantic comraderal push to create something within the time frame allotted. You can't be in the moment ahead of time...it just doesn't work that way.
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