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Comment: Re:See you at -1 (Score 1) 189

by danomac (#49486905) Attached to: The Car That Knows When You'll Get In an Accident Before You Do

I have a good blind spot monitor too: It's called setting your side mirrors properly.

Pretty much everyone uses their side mirrors as rear view mirrors - if you can see the side of your car in your side mirror it isn't set right.

My mirrors (on both my car and my truck) are set so that when a vehicle leaves my rear view mirror it is in my side mirror, and when I can't see it in my side mirror, the car is directly next to me. Neat, huh?

Also: If I had a car binging at me with some sort of notification, I'd look down at the dash to see what it was, and I suspect that won't help my odds in avoiding a collision.

Comment: Re:If you insist on keeping physical hardware (Score 1) 443

If you do attempt an in-house solution keep in mind that fire is the first step - don't forget about all the water the fire department will use to put the fire out!

There are fire rated safes that are waterproof that are made specifically for media. You can source one of these out and use it - the safe will list what mediums it can protect. If all you are protecting is a single hard drive or memory stick, you don't need a huge internal capacity safe. Also, remember to look at the internal dimensions as media safes have much thicker walls than normal safes.

Comment: Re:Great idea... (Score 3) 160

by danomac (#49330903) Attached to: Energy Company Trials Computer Servers To Heat Homes

Correction: They regulate the minimum temperature for rentals. The landlord has to provide a heating system that can heat to a minimum temperature for the winter, typically 20-21 C.

I have rented several units, I've never seen a unit where there was no temperature control. One of my friends, however, liked to rent basement suites, and they often had no separate heat controls. The thermostat would be in the upstairs part of the house.

Comment: Re:Death traps. (Score 1) 451

by danomac (#49295309) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

Seat-belts and airbags also occasionally kill people, but they save ten lives for every one they take, and people accept the tradeoff.

Unless you or your family has been affected, then you tend to think a little differently. I've had the misfortune of having ABS fail thinking I was in a skid, so during a low speed stop I almost rearended the car in front of me. I did have the reflexes and quick thinking to go to the shoulder to miss an accident. However, as a result, I don't completely trust the ABS on any car now.

Comment: Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 1) 451

by danomac (#49294997) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

I for one am eagerly looking forward to autonomous cars purely because of the minor few that make the roads dangerous for everyone else.

I'm eagerly awaiting a time where people stop being so focused on getting cars around and start focusing on moving people around. I think the amount of infrastructure required to have millions of cars moving around is a waste, there must be other ways. And no, I'm not suggesting that trains are a solution. But there must be better ways that nobody has bothered to think up yet.

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