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Submission + - Microsoft Sync Could Make You A Worse Driver (zdziarski.com)

Nuclear Elephant writes: Yesterday I test drove a 2010 Lincoln Navigator equipped with the MS Sync feature advertised to make driving safer and easier. In the audio below, it took me a total of three minutes and thoughts of suicide to assign a simple destination using MS Sync. I was forced to take my eyes off the road several times to read numerous lists of possible voice matches for city, street name, and more. Have a listen to my conversation with the onboard computer. And to think that only yesterday, I considered texting to be the most dangerous thing to do while driving.

Submission + - FiOS vs. Cable During a Windstorm (zdziarski.com)

Nuclear Elephant writes: A nasty windstorm blew through a couple weeks back and decimated the power infrastructure in my town. A large part of the town was out for as much as six days. While most of us have generators, many neighbors were still unreachable via their telephone, and weren't online. No connection to the outside world, ... and most importantly – no 911. Come to find, they were all on Comcast. ... But our FiOS was up, even though telephone poles had been torn down into the middle of streets and intersections, roads were closed, and live wires were flying around. To understand what’s going on here, you need to understand the differences in the technology...

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