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Comment: Doesn't seem completely unreasonable to me. (Score 1) 482

by Brannon (#48209961) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The bad chips are advertising themselves as genuine FTDI parts. The FTDI driver is making a reversible change to the EEPROM of the imposter chip so that it nolonger masquerades as a genuine FTDI part.

I agree it's a borderline case, but I think in this case it's defensible.

Comment: If you have a job that involves math, please quit. (Score 1) 117

by Brannon (#48209801) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

1. 21 stops * 0.5 hours / stop != 17 hours
2. 170 miles * 21 == 3570 miles. 3570 miles / 65 miles / hour ~= 55 hours (which is > 2days even if you drove straight).
3. 170 miles / 65 miles /hour == 2.6 hours; 0.5 hours / 2.6 hours ~= 20% additional road time for the electric car, not 50%

Comment: Armchair CEOs (Score 1) 328

by Brannon (#48187927) Attached to: Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

I'm not sure what any of this has to do with Microsoft--Apple sells Microsoft software in its stores right now. Apple has by no means broken ties with every non-Apple company. They have to make nuanced decisions about how to deal with partners and competitors and they just might have more information on which to base those decisions than you do.

I just always find it hilarious when some random internet dude living in his Mom's basement is certain that Apple is doomed. I found it hilarious when Apple was at a $10B market cap, and again at $50B, and then again at $100B, and then again at $200B, and then $300B, $400B, $500B and now $600B.

Comment: Here's my problem with that argument. (Score 1) 312

by Brannon (#48186163) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

It's so misleading that it is effectively dishonest. Apple makes approximately 0% of their revenue off of ads; they make hundreds of billions of dollars selling actual hardware to willing consumers. It would be absurd for them to threaten their main cash cow by building a perception that they are spying on their customers.

The truth is: they needed to enable advertising supported applications and so they created a platform which supported demographic targeting and analytics while properly anonymizing user info and keeping third party companies in-line.

Again, this has nothing to do with their 'ethics', it has everything to do with economics.

Comment: That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (Score 5, Insightful) 312

by Brannon (#48183111) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Apple has an excellent track record on privacy issues. Not because they are super nice people, but because that's not their business model.

They don't make money by selling user information to third parties or by selling ads, they make money by selling actual physical objects to end-consumers. I'm not sure what you mean by "it's to be expected from Apple", but I'm pretty sure you just made that up because you don't like Apple's customers (probably because you met somebody who likes Apple products who has a more expensive haircut than you).

Comment: It runs a program internally (Score 2) 303

by Brannon (#48171119) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

that implements the application of cooking something--why don't you expect to be able to re-write that program? Why don't you expect that you can re-write the code on the dozen micro-controllers in your car, or your refrigerator. What about your cable box? your DVR? your DVD player? How about that PS3 your kids play?

You probably own a few dozen processors which are similarly handicapped by the manufacturer to function as an appliance.

Your ethical criteria is arbitrarily created to castigate Apple for doing the same thing that hundreds of other manufacturers have done over the last 100 years. The point of technology is not "to let you tinker"--the point is to perform a specific function. Enabling tinkering is valuable and there are lots of computers made for that purpose (including Apple's entire Mac line)--but it is hardly the only valuable thing out there.

Comment: Kinda (Score 1) 395

Due to losses in transmission you'll need to apply somewhat more than 85kW on average over an hour to fully charge an empty 85kWh battery.

That doesn't have anything to do with the charge rate of Lion cells, though. The cells and assocated hardware limit the charge rate as one approaches capacity, so you charge at 120kW early on and much lower than that as we approach capacity. The average power will be ~85kW to charge an empty 85kWh battery in one hour (plus maybe 10% for transmission losses).

Comment: Why are slashdotters such idiots on this issue? (Score 5, Informative) 395

This entire thread is full of jackasses computing the peak power draw and saying retarded things like "does it come with it's own fusion reactor?".

1. It's not a big deal to supply constant MWs to a relatively small number of charging stations along interstates. Next time you're driving along a highway look up slightly and notice the power wires carrying hundreds of MW's right next to you.

2. You don't have to size the power grid connection to cover peak demand, capacitors and batteries located at the refilling station are good at averaging out the peaks so that you just have to worry about some windowed average demand--and average demand is just not that stressful. Think of it this way, gas stations would also run out of gasoline quickly if they were refilling 8 cars at a time every 5 minutes for the entire day. OMG is the gas station right next to a refinery?!?

3. The vast majority of miles driven are daily commuting miles, which will be covered by low & slow charging at home.

4. Tesla basically does this *already* with their supercharger network. Why is it so hard to grasp this concept?

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