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Comment: Re:Why the atheist mention? (Score 1) 278

It's important news that matters for nerds...because real nerds don't like seeing delusional whack jobs (i.e. Christians) in positions of power fighting science and progress. Having an Atheist is historic like having a historically persecuted minority in a position of power.

Comment: Re:only trying to help? (Score 1) 144

by schlachter (#48917189) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Exactly my point. They are only trying to make money for themselves, and if exploiting a disaster make them more money, they will do that. Yet here we have people (like the OP) trying to claim that they are 'ensuring there are enough drivers'. Bullshit

No, he's claiming that capitalism...i.e. supply and demand...will ensure enough drivers as long as the sky is the limit on the rates that can be offered or charged. Putting a cap on rates will prevent that. His point has nothing to do with helping people...beyond the extent to which allowing supply and demand to take its natural course will help people meet their needs.

Comment: Re:Good example of bad use of touch screens (Score 1) 39

by schlachter (#48905469) Attached to: Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

My Nissan Leaf is setup like this. It's got a nice big color screen for information but dedicated buttons surrounding the screen. The buttons mostly have preassigned functions although they are context dependent. I love that I can operate my audio without looking but can get loads of info if I choose to look.

Don't know if I could ever be happy with a touch screen in my car.

Comment: Re:electric car driver here (Score 1) 808

by schlachter (#48884947) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Funny that you should make that argument.

I also own a Nissan Z in addition to my Leaf. It's my fun car. A bit hypocritical I suppose but I enjoy them both.

My Leaf is faster than my Z off the line because it drops 100% torque (about 200 lb-ft) the instant you hit the pedal. Above 20-30mph the Z is much faster...but initial acceleration is less.

Comment: low speed is the problem (Score 5, Informative) 808

by schlachter (#48877845) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I drive an electric car. At low speeds, say under 20mph, people NEVER hear or see my car coming. These are also the speeds I'm typically driving at when pedestrians are around. People always meander in front of my car or jump in surprise when the turn and see me cruising past them a few feet to the side of them. I sometimes honk. I sometimes pause extra long. There is definitely a need to account for it.

At higher speeds, sure there's tire noise.

Comment: electric car driver here (Score 5, Interesting) 808

by schlachter (#48877743) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

As a Leaf Electric car driver, I can say that the lack of engine noise is one of the primary benefits of an electric car.

I hear things on my commute that I didn't even know existed prior to my Leaf. I hear birds chirping, walk ways for the blind clicking, subtle details in my music, and occasionally, total silence. It's calming. It's also kinda cool to accelerate hard off the line (faster than most gas cars can do) with near silence.

The car does chirp externally when backing up, but it's not very audible from within the car. Perhaps a similar chirp when driving forward at a slow speed would work.

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