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Comment: You already have a scouting drone for driving (Score 3, Interesting) 25

by SuperKendall (#46803191) Attached to: Drones On Demand

I wish my car had a drone for instant scouting of traffic-jam alternates.

You do, it's called the Waze user that is ten minutes ahead of you down the road, mixed with many road sensors reporting traffic flow rates.

If you are using navigation many mapping applications automatically route around traffic issues (including Waze). I personally just have it up while driving, not really using navigation but just to keep an eye on traffic rates and issues. I've turned off many a highway before to avoid a Waze reported issue and taken a pretty obvious alternate route you could see at a glance on the map.

For anyone that has not tried leaving modern mapping applications open with traffic status enabled, I highly recommend it - just get a decent car mount so it's easy to see the display. I recommend Waze in particular only because it's one of the best at taking in user reports as to police or road hazards (like chair in right lane! just one example of something I have reported in the past).

Comment: It is possible to know (Score 1) 134

by SuperKendall (#46803131) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

It's probably impossible to know until you are actually in the same situation.

It's possible to know because you know how it is from the side of people noticing things. I find artificial hands immediately obvious, as much so as a robotic hand would be.

I think either would fare just as well in terms of not attracting notice when covered by a glove. Why not, then you would just look a little odd in summer...

Comment: Re:Does the math work out? (Score 0) 169

by Hognoxious (#46801543) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

Many high end restaurants do in fact grow part of their own produce

By "many" you mean "about three", and they're all within 200 yards of Google HQ, where you find the kind of people who'd spend thirty bucks on an ethically sourced sustainable cress sandwich.

Even with savings aside, this could really benefit Tesla because the battery market is driven by other industries with different needs.

I'm not going to say that an electron is an electron, and there are probably trade-offs to be made in designing for, say, peak power versus overall efficiency. But there are plenty of battery powered vehicles out there already, and I remain to be convinced that the Tesla needs something that isn't already there.

From Steve Jobs' will:

... and to Elon Musk I leave my reality distortion field ...

Comment: Re:this is why I leased my Leaf (Score 1) 169

by Hognoxious (#46801455) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

I think it's a pretty fair comparison.

Well you're wrong. A comparison should be like for like. The fact that you've owned both of them does not constitute fulfilment of that condition.

It's like claiming that New Zealand and Ivory Coast have the same murder rate because you've been to both and (sadly) didn't get killed.

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