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Comment: Re:low speed is the problem (Score 1) 823

by bgarcia (#48878837) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
I drive a Nissan Leaf. It has an exterior speaker that generates a noise when the car is travelling at less than 20mph (such as in a parking lot).

It doesn't matter. People just simply aren't paying attention, whether or not the car makes noise. They're too busy staring at their iphones.

Comment: Re:I don't think hydrogen makes sense (Score 1) 293

One nit: Tesla has not yet solved the recharge time problem. Sure, you can drive cross-country in a Tesla, but if you value your time, it's not nearly as convenient as doing so in a regular ICE car. But they're doing their darnedest to make it better.

(Disclaimer: I too own an all-electric vehicle)

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.


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.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.