* Posts by Dazed and Confused

2112 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Perhaps its just as well

That I couldn't get the poking HW encryption working on my Samsung 850 EVO then.

The steps Samsung suggest you need to go through, like pulling out certain cables while standing on one leg in a vat of cold porridge were clearly written by someone who'd never seen an M.2 device.

So I've ended up with bitlocker using SW encryption. I suspect there are ways around that too, but the customer who's paying the bill insists on bitlocker on the PC.

There has to be a way for the system to access the disk before getting the password since normally with bitlocker W10 boots first and asks for the password later.

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We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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RHEL7.6 release notes and IBM

So I was quickly scanning the release notes on Wednesday night and noticed lsslot, Bugger! thought I why hadn't I seen that before, saves all the messing around in dmidecode. I got all excited till I realised it only runs on IBM boxes, it's not in the x86 version

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BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Roll on some competion

The more people wanting to get into the FTTP market the sooner people are likely to get it and the more more homes are likely to be offered the service. Left to themselves OpenRetch (or any company) will just cherry pick and invest the minimum they need to to make a profit rather than take any risks.

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Re: Let this be a lesson

All it needs is a heavy footed JCB operator and you are locked out of your home possibly for days.

Well when I couldn't talk to the alarm over the interweb I just used the keypad.

Pain in the arse, YES, but not like not being able to do stuff.

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Party like it's 1989... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

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Re: A standard dating back to 1987?

Indeed - I remember reading about the awesome new tellyboxes that were going to be able to display 720 horizonal lines...I was reading the story on a rather elderly monitor running at 1280x1024 and wondering either what the fuss was about, or what the misprint was

Likewise, workstations had been running 1024x768 for years by then and most had switched to 1280x1024. In about 1991 Sony were pushing 1920x1200 as their proposal for HDTV and lent me a graphics card and a 40" reference monitor to go with their workstation we were marketing. Could have sold them by the lorry load at the AliPali computer graphic show that year if we'd had any SW to run on them, the stand was usually swamp with people wanting to take a look.

By the early 2000s 1920x1200 was pretty common on laptops then came to big switch to HD (HA!) and screens went all crappy again and we lost lots of our lovely pixels.

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: HP keyboards are special?

> They've got a bunch of keys to launch the browser, printer, calculator, etc...

The last W10 update hosed the key I used, I found it very useful having a key for controlling the screen brightness rather than having to going through all the settings menus. But since it was useful MS decided it would no longer be allowed and stopping it working.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: which is vegan, don't you know?

Yes, we can just see little Timmy's eyes light up at the thought of slurping down a nice hot cup of meat-flavoured liquid (which is vegan, don't you know?)

I call cultural appropriation!

I've no problem with people deciding to be vegan, but if they want to be vegan they shouldn't be allowed to enjoy the flavours belonging to meat eaters.

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Re: Crimble Free Zone?

> Can we please make this site a Christmas free zone until say... 1st December.

Please, Please, Please, not just this site but this whole country!

Anyone marketing or even mentioning Christmas should be banned from celebrating it in any way shape or form for at least 7 years.

AC, just be glad you don't live in Oz. Since Christmas day arrives midsummer lots of places down there have added a second commercial Christmas in the middle of their winter too. ARGH!

Now why isn't there a humbug icon when I need one, oh well beer will have to do, role on December when I'm more than happy to fall over with a few jars of Christmas Ale, but even that has a time when it's acceptable.

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Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

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Re: Similarly...

Oh yes, Skype for Business because sometimes normal Skype just isn't bad enough.

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Re: I knew it!

> I stopped using Skype when Microsoft took it over

But when MS took over Skype all of a sudden a lot of very attractive girls wanted to be my friend.

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Re: Microsoft like to change user interfaces in order to piss off users.

This seems to be their main hobby.

If it works, break it.

If it's useful, hide it.

If they like it, change it.

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Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Re: Negative towards who?

woman in blue as jealous....

Oh leave it out, anyone can see she's saying "Oi! I saw her first"

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NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: In numbers rounder than my stomach

Cost of Apollo* - something around $250bn - $300bn, inflation adjusted. Benefit to humanity - some practical, huge psychological

I thought the normally bandied about figure of the US economy benefiting to the tune of $10 for every $1 spent on the Apollo program was generally considered to be somewhat conservative.

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Re: Flat earthers

> Perhaps we could send up a few flat-earthers...

It's much cheaper with flat earthers, they don't need that expensive rocket bit, you can just take them to the edge and push them off.

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Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: Is it the micro, or the soft that causes you so much anguish?

I can cope with soft, I mean soft cheese is very good.

I can cope with micro, I grew up thinking about computers being "micros" and still tend to think of CPUs as being microprocessors.

No, it when the 2 words are combined that they represent a concept which I find too ghastly to contemplate.

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Re: No masters!

> Even if they rename it, the architecture itself is offensive. I will be boycotting the product until all offensive dominance roles have been removed therefrom.

I've been involved in IT training for most of the last 30 years and must admit that I came to find the terms master and slave as distasteful quite a long time ago, but they were the words that were generally used. There are other words commonly bandied about in the industry that perhaps don't sit well these days.

But when it comes to the actual architecture issue it's very often the slaves processes telling the master what to do. You often see the slaves asleep and the master busy and it's not unusual to find that masters actually do more work waking up the slaves than the slaves do when they've been woken up.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: redefining what a watch can do for you

Anything else??"

I'm a much more demanding user than you. I want a watch to tell me not just the time but the date too!

I wound have been with you up until a couple of years ago. Sadly I can now only read the date on my watch when I'm wearing my glasses.

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Re: redefining what a watch can do for you

Can I use it to tell the time?

OK, enough said, that's all I want.

No honestly, that's what I want a watch to do, I want it to tell me the time.

Anything else?

Errrr yes, OK, it you insist, I don't want to worry about the batter more than say once every 5 years or so.

Yawn. Can I go back to sleep now?

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: wonder why people pirate ?

More like, most people wonder who the real pirates are.

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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

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Re: Helium leaks

> Helium leaks will cause cloud servers to lose altitude

Is that why servers keep going down?

Does Helium leak more through windows?

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: other options

Paying Torvalds to rebook his family holiday for a different week, or move the holiday to Vancouver, would surely be other options - and less disruptive than booking 30 new sets of flights and accommodation.

They probably discussed this option and then someone realised that that it would involve explaining it to Mrs Torvalds and they decided that all heading over to Edinburgh was a better plan after all.

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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Re: Right to be forgotten

> Criminal records are public so that it is possible to check them without using a search engine.

Yes, but would the average member of the public know how to do this?

So if search engines such as Google must hide the information then major league investors won't be taken in by previously convicted fraudsters because they can afford to employ legal teams to search things like the court records, but Jo public can be ripped off easily.

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Apple web design violates law, claims blind person

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Re: ..well in Cal about 90% of ADA lawsuits are straight scams

Our local supermarket's bays are so narrow it's physically impossible for larger vehicles to park legally (by which I mean of the former agricultural type now commonly owned and driven by the wives of wealthy businessmen).

There needs to be a law that if the vehicle doesn't fit in the bay then it can't be parked.

When I used to visit the US frequently it was common to find that there was parking for "compact" cars near the mall and larger spaces further away. If the chelsea tractors had to park 1/4 mile away then they'd probably be a lot less popular.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: EU Standard plug

> Also the most painful thing in the world to stand on.

Oh, I don't know. Sometimes I think it's a close run thing with a Lego brick.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: Too big for my pockets

A number of years back I was teaching a course in Seoul to a group of Samsung engineers. The guys made similar comments. The Note (?can't remember which version) had come out in winter time and lots of them had bought one and it was great in coat pocket. Then come spring time where the **** do you put it. The hand bag carrying engineers all still loved their ones.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Actually back in the 1990s I was at a company...

I think I remember that issue, didn't HP provide a clip on tray to collect the dropped letters

Provided? No chance, they might have sold one, you might have needed to order option -wdlc. It probably wouldn't have been available as a standalone product.

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Re: I thought printing systems

Ah, but the old printing system involved the highly paid and educated school head writing a letter which was then sent to a lowly paid school secretary who then typed it all out while correcting all the mistakes on the way. Secretaries also typically not only corrected the spelling and grammar but also put letters into a suitable business like form, replaced obscenities with recipients correct name, title, job description etc.

Other types of secretaries were also available, not just school ones.

It's only the new computerised printing system that sends out what was actually given to it, rather than what should have been given to it.

(disclaimer, this was not typed by secretary and is probably also full of errors)

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: What about the manufacturers' rights to the data?

If I buy a secondhand car, how does the manufacturer know the owner of the car has changed

I think this is a key issue here. If the car is sold through the main dealer chain then they should know, sure. But if I sell a car privately do the manufactures have the right to know that I have sold it?

It's sometimes hard enough to get the DVLA to recognise the change of ownership.

I don't believe the DVLA pass on the information to the manufacturer so who is going to be responsible for informing them.

What happens if there is a third party monitoring device?

The second hand car we bought for our kid to learn on isn't connected as a standard feature but VW provide a module that plugs into the industry standard diagnostic port to collect data and then uses a app on the phone to upload things. So this shouldn't leak, but I can imagine a business providing many of the features of connected cars as an after market add on, if they included their own comms unit instead of relying on a phone and app, they'd face the same issue. Tracking devices already do this kind of thing.

This looks like being a much wider issue that just the car manufactures.

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Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Re: I think I lack computer skills to do my job well

That's after decades as an IT professional.

I'd go along with that. Today I've been trying to solve problem in a couple of areas which I've been working with of over 20 years.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

Meanwhile the other 2 thirds are deluded, they don't know enough to know what they're missing out on.

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Re: Just wait until all the old people die off

I'm usually taking the mickey when I use that subject line, but here I'm not. Surely the figure will increase above 89% as the 70 and 80 year olds who have never used computers drop off their perches, and nearly everyone who is alive will have had some computer experience?

It would be interesting to see the break down on age groups of the refusniks. You're probably right that it's higher for the elderly, but then again my mother first used a PC in her mid-eighties.

Perhaps it's reasonable to expect that ~10% of the population just doesn't care about computers. We've never reached 100% ownership for TVs for example, plenty of people who could easily afford one just never saw the point, why should Internet access be any different.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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its scanning 127.0.0.x

Well there's a big difference between opening port 59xx to listen on 127.x.y.z and listening to VNC connections more generally. This also means they are failing to test whether you're protected by a firewall. On Linux boxes I'd often have VNC ports open, but that's got nothing to do with malware.

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Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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Re: Costs?

While part of me agrees with your sentiments the problem is that ICANN doesn't have any money of it's own. So if you award costs against ICANN then that money needs to come from somewhere and that somewhere will be you an me. The one groups of people who won't end up paying are the people who run ICANN which is presumably the people you want to suffer.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: I can see where this will lead

I swear at toasters when they trap my toast, swear at self-service checkouts, swear at

I frequently swear at my PC because it's so bloody infuriating, intransigent (which I expect, it's a bloody computer after all) and inconsistent (which I don't, see above). If it was a person I employed I'd have fired them years ago for all of the above reasons.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Of course wine is good for you

It's basically grapes, and therefore fruit and therefore 1 of your five a day.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Calls? Check?

Are you sure about this?

I'm sure there are millions of "smartphones" out there where no one has ever tested the theory that they can make or receive calls. I know when I try phoning the kids they never answer so I'm forced to suspect that this is not a feature that their phones support.

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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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Re: There needs to be a concerted push to bring FTTP to all areas

In the news yesterday they were talking about insisting all new homes get charging points for electric cars. How about insisting that they get fibre too.

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: Insurance Black Boxes

> saying they'd caught them doing over 100mph round a roundabout.

I've just got insurance for my son which requires a black box. The cost difference is over £1000.

On his first trip with it they logged him doing just over 40 in a 30 zone and included the location. It's a bloody great dual carriage way which has a 50 limit all the way down it.

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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Re: The clangers was a documentry series

aka the armpit

That would be the top right hand corner where it joined to the rest of the body.

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Re: Lovely chap, great series

but it's well worth checking out the original black and white series

When the time came for little confused to arrive I sort out the "complete" set of Ivor the Engine and was applauded that some of the ones from my dim and distant memory of times yonder were missing. Still I persevered and was able to find that those too had been released on a separate VHS tape. So my children were brought up to the sounds of Ivor singing with the choir.

The first of the stories from the black and white series is essential to understanding the rest, it's where the story comes from. It took a while hunting through eBay to find the original story book.

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The clangers was a documentry series

Surely they didn't make it up

Next you'll be telling Ivor doesn't live in the top left hand corner of Wales.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Now he can get a tattoo, "Shot by the Mom!"

LRRH kept her pistol in her knickers.

Everyone knows that.

"The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers."

Roald Dahl

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Re: "Auckland to Sydney"?

Auckland to Sydney isn't half a world away, it's a whole different planet. Neither of whom chose to admit the existence of the other :-)

Beer coz it's not to early from one at either end of the worm-hole.

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Dob in naughty data slurps to top EU court, privacy groups urge

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Can the European court go after the telecoms companies?

I'm not sure whether their legal remit allows them to fine the telecoms companies. If the likes of BT were to be repeatedly slapped with multi million fines they'd pretty quickly bring pressure to bare on the government.

Business leaders and shareholders are far more likely to have an impact of government policy than mere voters. Political parties tend to oppose these sorts of things while in opposition but they all seem to immediately change their tune when in power (and change back again next time they aren't).

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Linus Torvalds tells kernel devs to fix their regressive fixing

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Re: A thin line

> Sigh ... Somewhere, perhaps, there is an unparallel universe, where software is carefully designed before it is coded, and programmers translate carefully written specifications from people-speak to machine-speak. And I'm sure if it exists, it runs a lot better than this universe.

OK, so it's been 20ish years since I was programming professionally, rather than just hacking the odd bit together to solve an immediate problem.

This is how we worked back then.

I was working for one of the major IT vendors. There was an "external reference specification" written and only once that was agreed on were we allowed to start coding. If you found something which couldn't work out in code it took an act of god to get the spec changed and you'd get a kick up the pants for not having got the spec right. You didn't just add code on a whim.

I know that company no longer works that way. I know they have a lot more quality issues. In fact non of what we did as "good practice" seems still to be done.

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Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Re: Irony?

I don't know, first they tell us there's too much of the stuff, now they complain there isn't enough of the stuff. Can't they just make their bloody minds up.

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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Re: To which I reply "autopilot".

The safety driver's job is... well, the clue is in the title isn't it?

To which I reply "autopilot".

To my mind this is the problem with the Tesla autopilot. They say that the human driver is responsible for safety and is supposed to step in and take control when they notice the automatics not doing the right thing. Well this tragic case highlights a total failure to understand human nature. Here there was a "test driver" specifically tasked with monitoring a protype out on the road and yet they still can't keep their mind on what is happening. What chance is there have your average customer is going to be paying enough attention to make split second decisions and over-ride the vehicles automatics.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

> I can't stand all these driver assistance aids, even automatic lights are pretty annoying. Cruise control is the only item that might be useful, and even that isn't always perfect. Rain sensitive wipers are never quite right. Reversing sensors are useful, but proximity sensors when driving along occasionally get things wrong and actively distract from being able to to study the road.

The roads over here are rarely quiet enough to contemplate cruise control but most cars that have cruise control can also be set to use it as a speed limiter and this I do find much more useful.

Your point about rain sensitive wipers I find interesting. The Mrs' previous car had them and they worked really well, after 150K miles we upgraded it for couple of generations newer model and the wipers are no where near as good as the previous ones. I assume that the earlier one was a first generation and the solution the engineers had found wasn't too cheap, so the bean counters sent them back to the drawing board and told them to find a cheaper way to implement the function according to the 80/20 rule.

We don't care if it's only 80% as effective so long as it only cost 20% of the working version.

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Re: Seriously have we all just forgotten how to drive?

> And don't get me started on parents getting / installing a baby seat from the traffic side. In a narrow road with parked cars both sides. Are you trying to get yourself and your kid killed? People really are getting dumber by the day.

And parents who push a pram/buggy out in front of them through a gap in parked cars till they can see what's coming, by which point the poor little darling has been pushed into the middle of the traffic flow.

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

> something like ABS, it should detect your emergency stop and provide the most effective stop the car is capable of.

That's not what ABS does, ABS just cadence brakes for you only it's able to detect when a wheel loses grip and stops that wheel actually braking until there is a chance to regain grip when it will re-apply the brake effort. A proper ABS system should be able to do this many times more quickly than a human driver.

What you sound like you are describing is emergency brake assist where the computer decides you are doing an emergency stop and then takes over and brakes as hard as it can, relying on an ABS system to avoid locking up the wheels and loosing braking efficiency. The idea is that often drivers don't brake hard enough or scare themselves at how violently the car brakes when they do hit the peddle hard that they back off and don't slow enough to avoid hitting things.

Emergency brake assist systems can be a total PITA. The Mrs' Merc has this and if you move your foot too quickly from the accelerator to the brake peddle it guesses you're emergency braking and tries to pull a full blown stop. So unless you're careful you find the car doing crazy things while you drive moderately quickly down country lanes, where it is normal to move your foot quickly but only apply minimal pressure. Once the stupid computer has got it into its tiny mind you want to stop you have to completely remove you foot from the brake peddle before it will give you control of the car back.

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

> What kind of prat waits for the car to decide?

This is the core problem with the current system.

"Drivers" won't be paying as much attention to the road with AP engaged as they would be without it. If they have to then why bother with AP at all if it ain't saving you any effort. But even if you try to concentrate most drivers simply won't be able to keep their attention on the road with AP engaged as they would be without it as they won't be needing to make all the regular adjustments that are normally required while behind the wheel.

My feeling is that this system shows a basic lack of understanding real people.

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