[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 hours ago

They apparently were keeping them unlocked on top of cupboards.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 12 hours ago

The ONLY reason this is a law is because Michigan Democrats have the trifecta of House, Senate, and Governorship. Republicans are very salty about having to store their guns safely.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 12 hours ago

That was already illegal. Now it's also a crime to keep your gun somewhere a child can get to it.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 12 hours ago

A guest list? That's cool, I don't get invited to many parties.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 13 hours ago

Uhh, is 28 Years Later going to be a trilogy? Or is this the final movie capping off the two we already have? We did have two, right? 28 Weeks Later was a thing?

Did I dream it?

[-] [email protected] 2 points 22 hours ago

She was invited to fill a quota? That's probably the rudest reason to invite someone.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 22 hours ago

It hasn't been published yet. The Federal Register lags behind real life by a few days. Probably on Friday, or possibly early next week.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 22 hours ago

What has five thumbs and a Z chromosome?

[-] [email protected] 5 points 22 hours ago

Can't leave it outside, for obvious reasons.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 day ago

I've started buying sub rolls from a local bakery to make sandwiches. Recently I didn't have any, so I used store-bought sliced bread.

They're right. The bread is so soft and sweet it was like eating a ham sandwich made with two slices of cake.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 day ago

NHTSA references several SAE standards in their regulations, but they don't update the references very often, if ever. Many of the referenced standards date back to versions from the '70s and '80s. Back around 2012 I contacted SAE to find out if they provided a package of standards incorporated by reference in NHTSA regulations. I was told they don't provide such a package, and they couldn't even sell me the individual standards I needed because they were "out of date". My only option through SAE was to buy the latest version.

Shortly afterwards Public.Resource.Org posted the standards, and I copied them. But I thought they had lost their court case.

Nice to find out I was wrong.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 2 days ago

Hours before the law was set to expire, U.S. officials were already scrambling after two major U.S. communication providers ^(which?)^ said they would stop complying with orders through the surveillance program

Go ahead, keep telling me how I'm wasting my money on a foreign-based VPN.

submitted 2 months ago by [email protected] to c/techsupport

I recently bought this motherboard, based on descriptions on pcpartpicker.com and B&H's website. Both sites claim the board has 5 PCIe x16 slots (2x version 4, and 3x version 3). But I have the board in front of me, and while it certainly has full length slots, most of the pins are missing in all but one of them. Closer examination of the MSI website has this to say:

  • 5x PCI-E x16 slot

  • PCI_E1 Gen PCIe 4.0 supports up to x16 (From CPU)

  • PCI_E2 Gen PCIe 3.0 supports up to x1 (From Chipset)

  • PCI_E3 Gen PCIe 4.0 supports up to x4 (From Chipset)

  • PCI_E4 Gen PCIe 3.0 supports up to x1 (From Chipset)

  • PCI_E5 Gen PCIe 3.0 supports up to x1 (From Chipset)

Have I been swindled? Am I just stupid or ignorant?

submitted 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) by [email protected] to c/technology

From my previous comment, it looks like NHTSA is moving faster than I predicted. We're now at step 1, with this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

(edit: I jumped the gun, we're still at step '0' on my original list)

Most of this notice seems to be a report on why 'impaired driving' is bad. I see alcohol, cannabis, mobile phone use, drowsiness...etc.

Due to technology immaturity and a lack of testing protocols, drugged driving is not being considered in this advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

Makes sense.

There is no clear and consistent engineering or industry definition of ‘‘impairment.’’

Yep, another unclear request by Congress.

NHTSA believes that Congress did not intend to limit NHTSA’s efforts under BIL to alcohol impairment.

Okay, that's fair.

Camera-based-systems, however, are increasingly feasible and common in vehicles.


The Safety Act also contains a ‘‘make inoperative’’ provision, which prohibits certain entities from knowingly modifying or deactivating any part of a device or element of design installed in or on a motor vehicle in compliance with an applicable FMVSS. Those entities include vehicle manufacturers, distributors, dealers, rental companies, and repair businesses. Notably, the make inoperative prohibition does not apply to individual vehicle owners. While NHTSA encourages individual vehicle owners not to degrade the safety of their vehicles or equipment by removing, modifying, or deactivating a safety system, the Safety Act does not prohibit them from doing so. This creates a potential source of issues for solutions that lack consumer acceptance, since individual owners would not be prohibited by Federal law from removing or modifying those systems (i.e., using defeat mechanisms).

Note that "make inoperative" does not apply to a "kill switch" in this case. NHTSA uses the term to mean "disabling required safety devices". For example, as an individual vehicle owner, it's perfectly legal for you to remove the seatbelts from your car, despite Federal requirements. But it's illegal for the entities listed above to do it. (This example doesn't extend to state regulations. It's legal for you to remove your seatbelts, but may still be illegal to drive a car without them.)

There's a short 'discussion' here regarding how to passively detect impaired driving, noting the difficulties of creating such a system. Followed by a note that basically says if they can't do it within 10 years, NHTSA can give up and not do it, as stated in the Infrastructure law.

There's a long section on how to detect various types of impairment, current methods of preventing impaired driving, etc. An interesting section about detecting blood-alcohol level using infrared sensors embedded in the steering wheel. Body posture sensors can be used to detect driver distraction.

This is followed by a brief overview of the technologies NHTSA is considering:

Camera-Based Driver Monitoring Sensors

Hands-On-Wheel Sensors

Lane Departure and Steering Sensors

Speed/Braking Sensors

Time-Based Sensors

Physiological Sensors

On page 850 (21 of the PDF), NHTSA asks for feedback to several questions. There are a few pages of relevant issues, so I won't cover them here. If you wish, you can go here to leave a comment. Please don't leave irrelevant garbage like "I oppose this on the grounds of my Constitutional rights..." While applicable in this situation, it's irrelevant to NHTSA, and commenting like that will just waste everybody's time. There's a section on page 855 (26 of the PDF) about Privacy and Security.

That's that. Let me know I can answer any of your questions. I'll try to come back to this post throughout the day and see what's happening. But, I do not work for NHTSA, so can't remark on agency thought process.

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