* Posts by MrXavia

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Who needs CCTV? Get a terrifying slowpoke hoverdrone cam

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Re: Out o'curiosity ...

I remember a British documentary about police force using cctv, they saw a woman walking home alone at about 2am, and redirected a police car there.

If the police monitor city wide cctv it can help direct resources and prevent crime just by having an officer arrive in the area of suspicious activity.

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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Re: Who moved my cheese

She may be old but doesn't remember it all. Doesn't even have her diaries

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

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Re: 'emergency action

There is a simple solution to misuse, any 'emergency action' has to be verified by a judge within 48 hours, if it has been misused, the person authorising is prosecuted....

But there is never going to be anything like that put in place, because its too sensible.

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Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams

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Re: It will be called>>>>>>>

TNG and DS9 overlapped also, so even then can't count as a reboot....

And since DS9 included flashbacks/crossovers with TOS even THAT can't be reboot....

So that leaves ent... err no even that has a crossover with TOS...

---EDIT---

Ok already been said more eloquently by others...

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I've lost the remote! Fury as Samsung yoinks TV control from its iOS app

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Re: which is cheaper — new phone or new TV?

Buttons??? i've not seen a tv with buttons on the front for years!

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The android version has a warning about this coming in the latest version....

It makes absolutely no sense though! Why remove very useful functionality, to give us something any decent phone can already do with DLNA?

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UK ministers, not judges, to sign off on Brit spies' surveillance

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Re: Trust judges more than politicians?

Really we have to trust GCHQ, MI5 and MI6....

But what we need is a much clearer remit for out intelligence and security services..

I trust they are after the right people, but the problem is politicians are after security theatre, anything that they can say to make us feel safer...

In actual fact I would not trust a politician to do anything human...

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

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Re: liability....and how about some company control?

I never got why companies hold so much information on us...

I have a small business... The amount of information I keep on customers is minimal, only what I need to actually perform the service for them.

And actually storing bank details in a way that can be accessed over the internet??? are they mad?

Surely you have a one-way internal API call for that data, actual credit card data stored encrypted in that system and ONLY the payment processor should have access to the private key to decrypt?

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Re: They have left an open door for the competition

@Kubla Cant

Interesting, when I've talked to them in the past they 'reset' the password to default for me, which is always the same, but as long as you change it (which should be mandatory but I think is not) they don't have access to it (well they don't seem to)

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Bacon can kill: Official

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I thought everything caused cancer?

Surely the more positive thing the WHO could be focusing on is finding out what things help reduce the risk of cancer right?

And also, someone who eats a lot of bacon, probably is not eating enough fruit, veg & pulses (beans)...

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

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Re: Warning! Incoming - JimS

"And printer driver issues continue to be a massive pain in the ass on Windows."

I would say opposite, I find mac drivers are always inferior to windows ones, usually if you need to use a 'special' function of a printer (such as a flip/book/etc) the mac driver can't do it but the windows one can...

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

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Re: Viking electric eels ?

"Or that they identified themselves as Vikings?"

Tardis translation matrix, translated it to what they thought they should hear :-D

But the helmets bothered me as well, although I did not realise electric eels were not native to Europe!

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Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

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Re: Re:

You'll notice many odd shadows on the Apollo moon photos...

because the space suits were bright white, the earth was bright in the sky, and the LM was fairly reflective....

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GCHQ's exploding doughnut threatens to ooze into innocent field

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Dig down

Surly they should be building a big underground bunker, filled with hackers who never see the light of day?

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Miss Brittany dethroned for posting 'nude' Facebook pics

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Re: But she's wearing clothes...

bad eyesight? I can certainly see one... but I do agree, she isn't nude, she is only topless and its a very well done photo (its harder than you think to take a good photo)

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'ALIEN INVADERS OBSERVED': OFFICIAL ESA announcement

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Re: re. " .. Futura mission ..."

I had visions of bender putting a mosaic of his face on the ISS...

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Hutchison will float O2 … as soon as the Three merger is done

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As a previous Three customer, I would welcome the merging of O2 and Three, if it fills some of the not-spots... I just always found O2 expensive, Three was always good value, and good service IF there was a signal, the only downside being the Indian call centres made customer service a nightmare....

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You want the poor to have more money? Well, doh! Splash the cash

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Re: Vacation time!

I agree with both of you... People should not get benefits for nothing, but you have to be careful to not put anyone out of work...

If you have people working full time only for unemployment benefits, then you are getting almost slave labour (unemployment benefit is very low), but having them provide a community service in their community for maybe 1 day a week, would be a good compromise..

Have tasks such as picking litter, sweeping the streets, shovelling snow of the pavements, cutting the grass... these are things that councils rarely can afford to pay for, yet could be done by anyone..

These are also things that locals often volunteer to do anyway..

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Oh and I think the 8 hours a day at the job centre is a stupid idea, I've been on unemployment benefit.. the Job Centre was useless and if I had to sit there for 8 hours a day, I think I would go postal... and would never find a job.. No job I ever have taken was advertised at the Job Centre

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Why can't benefit claimants work for the government?

If the government is handing out cash to people who are not in work, why can't it get something in return?

I mean if you are not working, but are able to, why can't you do some work in your community?

There are many manual jobs that need doing that are not done in my village because the council doesn't have the budget, yet we have quite a lot of people on benefits...

If your working and have work related benefits, that is fine, you are contributing to society

If your not working but could work, then your a drain on society!

Picking up litter, cutting the grass, cleaning signs, sweeping the pavements, even running a club of some kind (i.e. a tennis club, football, rugby, cricket, etc...) So many ways to give back to the community if it was managed and most importantly seen as a good thing!

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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The Tardis is bigger on the inside... its been shown to tow things in the past.. .teleportation seems to be a simple matter for the Dr (he just doesn't use it much) so I have little doubt it would be fairly easy to bring one with him from the future if he wanted...

Of course the key thing is this is fiction, and Dr who has never been a show to get stuck on things like science or the laws of physics... (the 'moon egg' one just made my blood boil... I can forgive many things, but that abomination?!? never)

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Re: Hysteria

I would hope the principal gets sacked for such behaviour, also how could the police question a minor without his parents present?

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3D printer blueprints for TSA luggage-unlocking master keys leak online

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I have hard cases with integrated locks, and from the damage they have encountered, I know they've tried to get in before, but so far no one has managed!

15 years of travel with the same sets of suitcases, and not one loss!

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Last airline I flew with had the advice to not use TSA approved locks...

My cases don't have TSA approved locks, and if the X-Ray shows something that is suspicious they can just ask me to open it for them! that is what happens every other place I've travelled...

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Let's NUKE MARS to make it more like home says Elon Musk

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I think domed cities are a much better plan than trying to terfaform Mars.

Also we should build floating cities on Venus!

Air as we need it (oxygen/nitrogen), is a lifting gas in Venus's atmosphere, so the entire habitat would float happily, protected by Venus from the suns radiation.

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Sign of the telly times: HDR shines, UHD Blu-ray slides at IFA

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Re: UHD Blu-ray is already sunk

I like the Retail Idea....

But another idea, allow 4K downloads, no DRM, just save to your own USB/SD/NAS and play on any device you want and keep it forever, its like UV, sure its a nice idea, but I can't guarantee in 20 years it will be around, BUT I can still play my VHS if I want to....

Sure there is the piracy angle.. but considering I've never seen any DRM to work, is there a point to it at all? Better idea is to just digitally water mark the file some how...

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

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Re: 4K iPhone videos...

its a big sensor, plenty of pixels spare..... why can't apple detect the orientation and automagically record in landscape when your holding the thing at any angle... why not even automatically stabilize the video also so no more shifting your head to see wtf is going on...

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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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Re: "renewable energy:" .."needs to be a well thought-out integration of different technologies"

If they can just stop blighting the landscape in less windy areas with wind turbines... we have tons around me (thankfully none actually in line of sight of my house yet...) and when I drive out, they are always sitting there not turning except on the odd day in winter..

Wind makes sense, offshore...

tidal combined with wind makes even more sense.

Nuclear Fission, (when designed to reprocess spent fuel and minimize waste of course) makes sense.

What annoys me is when they talk about nuclear 'waste', if it is radioactive, its a potential power source...

Wind on shore? makes little sense and blights the landscape....

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MrXavia
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"the 500W needed to run a personal computer – which is harder than it looks."

Looks like its been corrected, but still... 500W for a PC?

My entire computing setup, i7 Gaming Laptop + 2 monitors, tons of USB junk plugged in, plus a small mini-itx based server is only using 140W right now (Its all plugged in through an energy meter...

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Heigh ho, oh no! Politically correct panto dumps Snow White’s dwarfs

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Re: Oh no it isn't ...

The 'lead role' isn't snow white she is playing, Sarah Accomando is playing snow white, and she tooks to be a good choice..

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Re: Oh no it isn't ...

I agree, snow white should be a young girl, 64 is pushing it to be playing that role (not that I have anything against older women in roles, just role that fit the actor!)

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Samsung’s consumer IoT vision – stupid, desperate, creepy

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"No one has yet come up with a significant use case for any of the devices which cannot be handled by a timer. "

I disagree, I think lighting, security and heating are the three things I would like fully automated, I just think the current offerings are pathetic. they are often proprietary or have terrible range (I tried Z-Wave and it barely worked in the same room!) or have poor features or are cloud based and stop working if your internet goes down (one of the reasons I don't want any nest devices)

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Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

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I don't think we need anything exciting in new phones... all the features we need are already there...

Personally I just want good build, a decent screen, powerful processor, fast camera and a micro sd card slot.. this fits the bill nicely.. Samsung, while upping their build quality, dumped the one feature that would have kept me a buyer, the sd slot...

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Intel keeps droning on, as PC sales continue to tumble

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I am not sure if I can agree.

Sure PC's are not as popular because tablets are ubiquitous, but a PC is a much more flexible device...

While I might browse on my phone or use a tablet to view a recipe while cooking, my main computing is done on a PC, my gaming is done on a PC.

What I think intel should do is help push Steambox's, help get a PC into every living room as the center of the entertainment system, which, if done right, could be so much more than just a gaming PC stuck under the telly, it could really be the center of the families digital life, even if its interacted with using tablet devices primarily.

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Re: Ok so 10M have installed it

I installed, but after finding out I couldn't stop automatic updates, and finding Windows 10 broke things, I reverted back to Windows 8.1, which will be replaced by Linux as soon as I have time to ensure my hardware is supported, something Windows 10 didn't have! and this is a 5 month old laptop!!!

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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I've just downgraded back to 8.1 from 10

Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare, it broke my built in touchpad, plus my VPN software does not work, making it useless for doing work!

I think I will be switching to linux soon, I would already made the switch if it wasn't for a couple of programs that won't work in linux :-(

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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No, the deaths are due to bad design& planning...

the shuttle had no Abort method, so the first crew, while likely surviving the explosion, had no means of escape.

Second crew, again bad design & planning, they knew about foam hitting the wings, but since they had no space suits on board (I only just heard about that) to go examine the damage, there was nothing to be done...

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Classic cars

"I'm not talking about the trim. I'm talking about what would once have been called the coachwork. Who's, for example, going to be producing the centre console for a 1992 Escort Cosworth in 50 years' time? It's made of plastic, it's an interior item. But it'll start to degrade and crack just like all plastics do."

My center console is leather/aluminum & carbon fiber... so no degradation there...

I know most cars are plastic, but I purposely chose a car that was minimal plastic, plus most plastics are UV stabilized now..

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: Agree on the H1-B comment.

agreed, this is proof that even a monkey throws something other than poop once in a while.

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Return of the Jedi? StarWars.co.uk bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

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Re: Resist the power of the dark side

will never work....

Disney may be the Dark side.. but the dark side is fun...

I have zero chance of boycotting the new film without causing extreme upset to my children, they love star wars, they love the original 3 most, think the prequels are OK, but are enthusiastic about the new film! If they keep up the quality found in the animated Clone Wars & Rebels I think they will have a winner

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Alien

Face of mars.. meh...

I find the Cydonia pyramids more interesting, one is a 5 sided pyramid that looks partially covered in sand/dust on one side from years of sandstorms...

Now is it artificial? unlikely, but until someone takes a look we will never know!

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Not yet, I will be giving that a try shortly.....

I wonder who gave me the thumbs down... a windows 8 Fan?

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And I have the evil windows 8.1 but it won't download and install windows 10...

ironic that many get it who don't want it,but I want it but can't get it... (seriously windows 10 HAS to be better than 8.1)

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Re: Most AC can't hack it anyway

"Add to that the fact that aircon systems may cool the air, but they generally recirculate most of it and don't bring in much fresh oxygen. It's a wonder any of us managed to stay awake."

This is the reason I prefer old buildings with normal heating/windows that open wide...

Get a decent cross breeze and its lovely to work, in the winter, crank up the heating, and you can always open a window for a few minutes if the air gets stuffy..

I hate working anywhere that has no opening windows...

Last office I was in had under-floor air con, the engineers used to remove the vents, leaving large holes in the floor, just to try and get a bit more air flowing...

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You could have come into work wearing a skirt, shirt and open toed shoes, if they had complained, sue for sexual discrimination :-D

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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There is a damn sight more difference between a real contractor and an employee...

Not only the pay, but the control...

as a contractor I can say NO to my client at any time (within reason of course or I'd never get work)

I use my own equipment, I can do the task how I think it should be done, I can work in my own office most of the time (a definite requirement for any contracts longer than 3 months!)

I can take time off when I want, no need to get approval, although its polite to ensure it doesn't affect the client, and I try to manage my holidays to slip between contracts.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Holmes

Its the mothers fault mostly...

Mothers don't buy geeky toys for their daughters, they buy barbie, dolls, etc...

Boys get toy cars, lego, nerf guns, computer games... Toys that encourage competitiveness and creativity.. Girls get pink things that encourage playing house...

I don't have a daughter, but if I did, she'd be the toughest & smartest, little girl on the playground...

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Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

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What makes him smart, is that he admits his mistakes!

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Terminator

Pointless, as soon as we have humanoid robots capable of independent action we are doomed...

DOOOMMMMMEEEEEDDDD!!!!

They will invade out homes, cook our food, clean our houses, wipe our asses and have sex with us!

There will be no need to fire a shot, the human race is doomed to extinction by artificial snoo snoo.

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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Not the first time they've grown it according to another poster here, so they're pretty certain its safe...

The risk is they are not sure what will happen with different plants, consider that tomatoes are a member of the deadly nightshade, family, so you really want to make sure the zero-g doesn't end up making them a poison for the crew!

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Re: and people really want

I was thinking that if you can mess with the emergency auto braking, then you can probably mess with the cruise control, steering, central locking... Very scary...

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