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Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

wb8nbs CMax Wooo (39 comments)

Maybe they can figure out why my C-Max makes a loud tone out the speakers when the engine is at exactly 2380 RPM. This car has an Active Noise Cancellation processor with several microphones and it is going berserk. Some Fusions get the same oscillation.

Apparently Ford decided it was cheaper to put in a DSP than to add sound insulation.

4 days ago

Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

wb8nbs Noise Cancelling, Bad Idea (818 comments)

And sometimes it goes wrong. Like my C-Max

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

wb8nbs I had *exactly* the same experience. (464 comments)

Tried them, hated them, set them aside. Could not even maintain focus across a single line of newspaper column. If simple fixed readers work, just use a 15 dollar pair from the drug store. I have found drug store glasses vary quite a bit in quality though so shop around.

That said, complain to the optometrist, they may be able to remake the lenses with a physically larger reading area. They might not charge you for it if you are truly dissatisfied with what you got.

about a month ago

Inside China's 'Christmas Factory' Town, Yiwu

wb8nbs Christmas Capital? (32 comments)

And all this time I thought it was Frankenmuth.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

wb8nbs PC is not the problem. (720 comments)

Maybe there's a 12 step program...

about 2 months ago

A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

wb8nbs Brakes (174 comments)

If there was EVER a vehicle that could use regenerative brakes, it is a garbage truck. Also the post office truck or whatever that thing is.

about 4 months ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

wb8nbs Hazard? (245 comments)

What happens when some beer drinking redneck puts a bullet through one of those batteries?

about 5 months ago

MicroxWin Creates Linux Distribution That Runs Debian/Ubuntu & Android Apps

wb8nbs RPI (42 comments)

Somebody try this on a Raspberry Pi!

about 6 months ago

Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

wb8nbs Texas? (132 comments)

My brother in law died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in Wisconsin. They said he could have been infected up to 20 years earlier, it hangs around until it flares up.

Trust me, it is NOT a good way to go. Similar to death from Alzheimers, but only takes about a month. Mys ister had a hard finding someone to take the body, noone wanted to touch it.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?

wb8nbs Try a microcontroller project. (172 comments)

I would suggest getting an Arduino. There's tons and tons of example code out there at all levels of expertise. And it's fun.

about 9 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

wb8nbs Re:If not... (865 comments)

Well, I have a six month old C-Max with keyless start and they told me to replace the key fob is over $300.

about 9 months ago

Mystery MLB Team Moves To Supercomputing For Their Moneyball Analysis

wb8nbs Re:Call Asimov (56 comments)

You have to agree though, it's one step closer to Psychohistory.

about 10 months ago

Mystery MLB Team Moves To Supercomputing For Their Moneyball Analysis

wb8nbs Re:The Million Dollar Question (56 comments)

Ha! Couldn't agree more.

Can you imagine where America would be today if all those man hours spent obsessing over Baseball were instead spent doing something productive?

about 10 months ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

wb8nbs Where it's needed (262 comments)

I was out for a walk this week, and watched a garbage truck make his rounds. If anything needs regenerative brakes, it's a garbage truck.

about 10 months ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

wb8nbs Streaming doesn't work. (490 comments)

Streaming is completely useless on a DSL line. I copy my DVDs to an SD card. You can get a lot of video on a 32G card.

about 10 months ago

Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right

wb8nbs Intelligent Particles (150 comments)

It is now clear that Quarks are sentient beings. This disproves the existance of God. Bill Nye is correct.

about a year ago

What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

wb8nbs Please clarify (140 comments)

What's "Vacation"?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

wb8nbs Re:iPad sync? (317 comments)

I have a generation 6 Ipod and AFIK, nobody has broken the encryption du jour Apple uses to transfer files to it.

about a year ago

The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

wb8nbs Cell phoe reliability (582 comments)

Cellular phone networks are hugely over subscribed. In a large scale emergency like a hurricane when everybody is calling, they become useless.

about a year ago


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