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Comment: Re:Obama's done more than Elon musk (Score 4, Insightful) 181

by bgarcia (#48123375) Attached to: The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura
Let me get this straight. You're giving more credit to a politician. A politician who didn't even write the law. A politician who did nothing but sign a piece of paper presented to him by 535 other policitians. He didn't invent anything. He didn't build anything.

And you're going to hold him up as having done *more* for the environment than an entrepreneur who spent - and risked - his entire fortune to make electric cars a mainstream reality.

Seriously?

Comment: Re:How do you pull over a driverless car? (Score 1) 626

by bgarcia (#47049527) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Would it pull over if it sees the blinking lights / siren behind it?

Sure. Why wouldn't it? It can detect cars with radar, and see flashing lights with cameras.

I think the hard question is whether it should try to get out of the way, or pull into an intersection to clear a lane (ambulance, fire truck, police), or if it should actually pull the whole way over off of the road and stop (police).

Could you spoof it with a bunch of blinking xmas lights on the side of the road?

No. Putting blinking lights on a car might spoof it, but that will probably get you arrested for impersonating a police vehicle.

Comment: DNS Benchmark (Score 1) 349

by bgarcia (#46456707) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast
This sounds like a very poorly-configured DNS server. There are other server issues as well. Some are slow. Others like to return their own special pages when you mistype a domain name. I've been using DNS Benchmark to determine the best set of DNS servers to use for a home network. It's a neat tool that provides a lot of information succinctly - be sure to read the walkthrough to understand what it's showing you.

Comment: Measure that DNS performance! (Score 1) 181

by bgarcia (#45835987) Attached to: How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won
I used DNS Benchmark to determine the best performing public DNS servers for my home network. Interestingly, it turned out to be neither my ISP's nor Google's public servers.

There appears to now be a similar, open-source DNS benchmarking program available: namebench. I haven't tried it out, but it looks promising.

Comment: Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (Score 1) 564

by bgarcia (#45804553) Attached to: PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

Google's dirty tactics include using and selling personal information on end users.

FALSE

While Google does collect and make use of the personal information of end users, the one thing that they have NEVER done is sell that information to any third parties.

You can read Google's Privacy Policy for more information about how they use personal information. In particular, read the "Information We Share" section.

Comment: Real world accident: Tesla S vs Honda Accord (Score 1) 627

by bgarcia (#44622875) Attached to: NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History
Earlier this year, there was a bad accident where a Tesla Model S hit a 90 Honda Accord head-on: Tesla vs Honda Head-on Collision. The two people in the Accord were killed immediately. The Accord was a crumpled mess, as you can see from the photo in the article. The Tesla driver had only minor injuries. He was able to simply open his door and exit the vehicle. The accident itself is a terrible tragedy, but seeing a real-world example helps you to see just how safe the vehicle is.

Comment: Re:Give it away for free to break the competition. (Score 2) 315

by bgarcia (#43402305) Attached to: Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

Google is really good at coming into markets and offering a free product and in doing that sort of stymieing the development of alternatives.

Stymieing? Seriously?
Do you remember the cell phone market before Android? Phones were expensive. Phones were locked down. Not only did you have to pay for apps, you also had to pay for stupid things like ringtones. Android helped drive down the price of smartphones. Android helped sprout a ton of cheap phones & tablets that otherwise would not have a decent OS to run.

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