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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

bgarcia Re:Poor material choice (162 comments)

As explained in the article, the skin is useful for travelling over a sandy surface.

about a month ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

bgarcia Re:How do you pull over a driverless car? (626 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

bgarcia DNS Benchmark (349 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago

Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

bgarcia Re:Consumer acceptance? (236 comments)

No cooling water
No brake fluid

Don't go crazy. There is still brake fluid in an electric car. And they still have radiators of various types for cooling purposes.

about 7 months ago

Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw In iOS

bgarcia Re:goto fail (101 comments)

I wouldn't blame the goto here.
The problem is single-line if bodies.
Or not using a tool that auto-indents the code.

about 7 months ago

AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps

bgarcia Re:geezer on the deck. (229 comments)

I think the shift key on your mighty model M is only working sporadically.

about 8 months ago

How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won

bgarcia Measure that DNS performance! (181 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago

PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

bgarcia Re:Any movement away from Microsoft is good. (564 comments)

Google's dirty tactics include using and selling personal information on end users.


While Google does collect and make use of the personal information of end users, the one thing that they have NEVER done is sell that information to any third parties.

You can read Google's Privacy Policy for more information about how they use personal information. In particular, read the "Information We Share" section.

about 9 months ago

Adults Make Riskier, More Inconsistent Decisions As They Get Older, Study Finds

bgarcia Re:I think they were just bored (225 comments)

For that matter, I think that once I reach age 65, I'll start to also become bored with life and start taking some chances here and there.

Call it "Walter White Syndrome". :-)

about a year ago

Don't Fly During Ramadan

bgarcia Re:Why? (1233 comments)

You are correct. The only difference is that the Westboro Baptist Church isn't governing an entire country, spending nine billion per year on a military force and attempting to develop nuclear weapons.

1 year,24 days

NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History

bgarcia Real world accident: Tesla S vs Honda Accord (627 comments)

Earlier this year, there was a bad accident where a Tesla Model S hit a 90 Honda Accord head-on: Tesla vs Honda Head-on Collision. The two people in the Accord were killed immediately. The Accord was a crumpled mess, as you can see from the photo in the article. The Tesla driver had only minor injuries. He was able to simply open his door and exit the vehicle. The accident itself is a terrible tragedy, but seeing a real-world example helps you to see just how safe the vehicle is.

1 year,27 days

Norwegian Town Using Sun-Tracking Mirrors To Light Up Dark Winter Days

bgarcia Re:Awesome. (143 comments)

Now we could hack into the controller and reprogram it to direct the sun to a single point and voila! Instant death ray. Might help with the tourist problem.

How would that help attract more touri...


about a year ago

Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

bgarcia Re:Give it away for free to break the competition. (315 comments)

Google is really good at coming into markets and offering a free product and in doing that sort of stymieing the development of alternatives.

Stymieing? Seriously?
Do you remember the cell phone market before Android? Phones were expensive. Phones were locked down. Not only did you have to pay for apps, you also had to pay for stupid things like ringtones. Android helped drive down the price of smartphones. Android helped sprout a ton of cheap phones & tablets that otherwise would not have a decent OS to run.

about a year and a half ago

SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

bgarcia Re:Musk still claiming that review was "false" (167 comments)

Indeed. In the early 1900's, before there were three gas stations at every intersection, travelers would often have to stop at a farmhouse and ask to buy some gas from the farmer. No stealing necessary.

It's still early days for electric cars. Tesla is doing more than most to accelerate their development and adoption.

about a year and a half ago

Google Will Cut 1,200 More Jobs At Motorola Mobility

bgarcia Re:Wake up Google (112 comments)

This was upvoted?

You bought a cellphone manufacturer but then use other companies to make Nexus products

Dude, the deal with LG to make the Nexus 4 was in place before they bought Motorola. It takes a while to develop new hardware. Have patience.

about a year and a half ago

Google Chrome Getting Audio Indicators To Show You Noisy Tabs

bgarcia Re:Good idea (155 comments)

That would slightly interfere with using streaming music sites like Pandora. I open that up in a tab & move on to other things, leaving it play in the background.

about a year and a half ago

Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

bgarcia Re:Why is this on slashdot? (542 comments)

"Why is this on slashdot?"

It's about a guy who can talk to the cloud without any computer.

Chuck Norris?

No, Jeff Dean

about a year and a half ago

Google Declares War On the Password

bgarcia Re:Brilliant idea (480 comments)

The worst feature of a password is that it can be obtained from you from someone located anywhere in the world, and you wouldn't necessarily realize it. Fishing websites and social engineering make passwords by themselves too easy to get around.

You would still have a screen lock on your phone to prevent someone from using it to authenticate into all of your other accounts.

about a year and a half ago


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