The point I was making is that while you personally might not notice or care there are indeed people out there who do care. Some people do enjoy watching their videos at a high resolution and the modern smart phone is more than able to handle it.
"At least this is made for mobile phones where the screen is too small to take advantage of the highest quality settings."
Hate to burst your bubble but 640×480 is a lot different than 1920x1080. Yes, my screen is only 5.5 inches but it is 2560x1440. So yeah, it can play a video at full 1080p and even if your eyesight sucks, I can still tell the difference in 480p and 1080p.
There is a difference between things like stability control, anti-lock brakes, and systems such as those and a full drive by wire car. Those systems fail and you still have control of the car.
I'm not saying that I don't see the benefit of a lot of these advancements. In fact I find ABS systems to be pretty awesome especially in the rain. I just don't like the direction things are going where their is no redundancy and the computer has far too much control.
Also, My dislike of these computer systems is far from the only reason I like older cars. One of the biggest reasons is because most modern cars look like shit.
You assume a lot just by my stated opinion about cars. Such as assuming I dislike technology. In fact, I work in IT and love technology. That still does not mean I like the idea of trusting a computer to handle things like acceleration, steering and braking.
I especially don't like the idea of trusting a computer when some moron insists on connecting that same computer up to the in dash entertainment system that has Bluetooth and WiFi enabled.
Even more so when the code is locked away and I'm not allowed to look at it. This is a big concern. Knowing what I know about computers I would rather not blindly trust some programmer without having the right to check his work.
As for your questions.
Yes I do financial stuff online, and by doing so I risk someone stealing my money, but no physical harm is done.
I don't fly if I can avoid it. I would also like to point out that those computer systems have been hacked before.
Do I trust traffic camera's? What does that have to do with anything? And no, I don't really trust them, I mean come on. Most of them are not secure and open for anyone to watch if they like. Then they are also wide open for abusive use in tracking people's movement.
I do not fear all technology. In fact I love technology and I am very excited about the advancements that I am seeing in technology. What I fear is the fact that time after time after time people have shown that technology will be abused. I do not fear the tech, I fear the people who are already drooling over the new ways they can abuse it.
I realize the point of the crumple zones. I also realize that most of the wrecks will be car vs car, not car vs solid object. Even more to the point is that very large part of the time I'm driving in town at 35mph or less.
Either way, I'm taking on certain risks by driving older vehicles. They are risks I'm willing to accept though. I do not base my decision to buy a car from the standpoint of planning to crash it. I do base it on things like my ability to control the car and avoid a crash. Things like not having a computer inserted between my controls and the car.
There is something nice about knowing that I have control and no computer glitch can crash the car for me.
I will take that solid steal frame and body vs your fiberglass crumple zones any day. Also, nothing stops me from adding a modern bucket seat, rollbars and a 5 point harness and I will have that extra $25k to do it with.
I have told many people that having looked at the price tags I would sooner by a restored classic car long before I would buy a new car. Every day I see new stories about modern cars that just reinforce that feeling. Why would I spend $55k on a new corvette when I can get a beautiful 1969 corvette for $30k? To me the older cars look much better than the new ones and I know I can fix that 69 corvette with a good set of wrenches. No worries about DRM on that thing.
Well if you really think about it. They threatened a biological attack against the publisher. They are just lucky their name doesn't sound Muslim or they would be charged as terrorist and locked away. Well, they might just skip the whole "charged" thing and skip straight to locking them up.
It kind of makes me feel sick, well actually, it makes me down right disgusted with this country to say, but I think a project like this really should start overseas. Sadly there is little chance of making it through FDA and other groups without a large amount of money. They could go somewhere without such groups though and start production of cheap insulin for those people who really need it.
"Do you honestly think that CVS would prefer to sell you a bottle for $25, when they can instead sell one for 10 times that? Keeping in mind that their markup is probably 10X as well."
Yes, I honestly do think they would want to do this. I have never understood why someone would rather charge large amounts and make a few sales verses selling for cheaper and making lots of smaller sales. In the end it is often more profitable to sell at the lower price. Also, you seem to assume CVS is a monopoly. You think CVS would choose not to sell the lower price one and risk Walgreens stealing that market?
Wait, so I'm supposed to take her seriously about anything to do with balancing privacy, security, and allowing government access? This is the same Hillary Clinton that ran her own e-mail server to hide her shit right?
This is the kind of thing that has me seriously planning on recording any calls I make to ISP tech support lines. Sometimes the way to get the support you need is to light a fire under them with bad PR. I just wish I has some recordings of my past dealings with ISPs.
Re: Re: "There's a way to fix this mess and it's to stop mass surveillance" -- WHETHER BY GOVERNMENTS OR CORPORATIONS.
You can opt-out yes, but as has been shown with Windows 10 for example, they can opt not to listen to you.
This is why I'm really liking the idea that we push forward with making everything encrypted. The governments and the companies took advantage of the trusting nature of how the net was built. Now it is time that we slap their hand and make them at least have to work harder to vacuum up data.
Sometimes I wonder why Google doesn't just respond to these things in more fun ways.
Like hey, why not box up everything they own in France and ship it to another country. Then offer to move all their employees to their new sites in the other locations. They take the free move or they start job hunting.
I think that would be a nice wake up call to these governments. Loosing access to Google, loosing lot of jobs, AND loosing a lot of highly skilled workers.
Is it just me that is really puzzled by how stupid these companies are? It seems really simple to me, the entertainment system and the car control system should be air gaped. There is no excuse to have these two systems talking to each other.
Even if you want to display diagnostic info, that should be setup as a very strict one direction messaging system. This whole idea of lets connect the dvd player to the accelerator is just stupid in so many different ways.
As for the onstar, I have always thought that system seemed creepy and I have zero interest in owning a car with that system on it. I do not trust a company enough to be handing over that level of control of my vehicle. The idea that someone in an office can push a button to unlock and crank my car.... No thank you.
A directional antenna will increase the broadcast power even without an amplifier being built in. It is because the power is being directed instead of just going everywhere, as a result it is much stronger in that one direction.
Kind of like how you take a Mag light and remove the top, the light shines in all directions but pretty weak. You put the reflector on it and suddenly it seems much more powerful in the direction that you point it, but the power output at the light bulb is the same.
"In the meantime, any YouTuber who supports themselves with ads and just wanted to show off the level to their subscribers, or perhaps added some good commentary to the footage, will lose revenue (as well as gain an unnecessary headache.)"
Considering all the issues that keep happening around this, why have they now fixed this already? It is REALLY simple, when something gets flagged all money should start dumping into a holding account where it stays until the copyright questions are answered. Soon as proper party is identified the holding account dumps funds to that person. TADA, the ContentID trolling has been killed.
Sure, that solution is not perfect. The creator still might have to wait for their money, but that is hell of a lot better than getting told. "Yeah, sorry about that, our bad, all that money is just gone."