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Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score -1, Troll) 406

I think that's the main reason I can't watch that show, and to this date haven't watched a full episode yet. Every time I hear the laugh track I want to gag. What is this, 1965? If they're going to do it that way, at least have a live studio audience like Married with Children had that actually responds appropriately to what's happening when it's genuinely funny.

Um, they do have a live studio audience

Doesn't stop the producers from using "Laugh now" signs. I don't know if they actually do this, but my guess is that they probably do....

Comment Re:Better to drink from a leaking garbage bag (Score 1) 570

Weird to see people complaining about sugar but switching to fruit juice, though. Many if not most fruit juices have a higher sugar concentration than coke.

Now, that's only from the sugar perspective. Caffeine has its good and bad sides, so if one wants to cut down, there's that. Phosphoric acid may or may not have a negative effect on bone density (lower bone density is associated with soda consumption but there's dispute over whether it's the phosphoric acid or just the aforementioned caffeine). Fruit juices have vitamins and minerals that most colas won't. But really, the biggest health issue with colas is the sugar, and one may actually increase their sugar intake by switching to juice.

I've taken to mixing 1/3 juice with 2/3 water. Get some nutrients, hydration, and less fructose.

Comment Re:Obviously fraud (Score 4, Insightful) 153

At what point does a group of people, perhaps thinking they're working to create something good, but that actually results in something that maybe isn't so good, become a "conspiracy"?

The moment it becomes obvious that what they are attempting is impossible and they start looking for illegal ways to circumvent a test. At that precise point they should have stopped and done something else.

There is no real grey area here where people weren't fully aware of what they were doing and at no time were they under any illusion about the legality. The people who implemented this are professional engineers who knew(or should have known) what the rules were and decided to go ahead anyway. This isn't a piece of consumer software where there are no federal laws involved. This wasn't a piece of software where what seemed like a good idea ultimately didn't work. No, they intentionally and with premeditation committed this fraud. Stop it with trying to excuse what they did.

I think that you missed the point of the previous post. It could be that many people involved thought that they were adding a performance function. For example, my Jeep has an ECO mode by default but I can change it into Sport mode for better acceleration.

Granted, at some point it clearly crossed the line. I would say that point was when the wheel spin rate, steering wheel position, etc. were added as triggers. Whoever did that had to know the conditions (i.e. emissions testing) for the trigger to be able to code it properly. But the performance function/mode itself could have started out as a valid feature that they wanted to add to the vehicles. Of course, it all depends on timing. If the triggers were developed at the same time as the performance code then it would be much harder to believe that anyone was innocent. If it was developed separately, then there might be some plausible deniability.

Comment Re:will they "cost no more to" buy? (Score 1) 182

You sound like some sort of religious fanatic. I'm all for solar and off grid but it's not cost effective yet. It's getting better but there's no way for me to go off grid as that's a huge outlay of money and it'll take many years to recoup the investment. DC appliances cost way more than their AC alternatives. I priced a DC air conditioning system and it was prohibitively expensive. I can see this getting better but we're a decade or maybe two away from solar being more affordable than being on the grid. I plan to start small and build a system a little at a time as I can afford it and it makes sense.

They are cost effective as an alternative to the grid. Going off the grid entirely is another issue.

That being said, we go off the grid during the summer at our summer camp. The stove and fridge are propane and all of our lights are connected to portable battery packs that we charge using solar. The bathroom is an environmental toilet. We have the lake to swim in. Granted, there is no TV and internet is via cell, charging everything off of the battery packs. We do have a generator as a backup in case we need power for power tools, etc.

I bought a new 30W panel this summer and used it to keep our Dewalt batteries charged while building two new docks. I did run into one issue with the panel not charging. It turned out that the 12v plug that I was using had a fuse in it rated for 500mA and the fuse had blown. I had new un-fused 12v plugs so I simply replaced it. The charge-controller would take care of any spikes, etc. anyway. No need for the fuse.

Comment Re:What new version of the iPod? (Score 1) 328

Based on this, it doesn't sound like Jobs outfoxed HP, more like HP shot themselves in the foot.

This is no different than HP announcing the HP Touchpad and then immediately turning around and discontinuing the product, dumping them at firesale prices. Granted, they would have had a tough slog against apple, but if they had kept at it they could have carved out a nice profitable niche. WebOS was ahead of Android in so many ways....

Comment Re:So when are they making something we can AFFORD (Score 2) 323

Selling cars that cost as much as a small house is all well and good if your target market is 1%ers and boomers, but if you want to sell to the mass market you need something that's priced for a generation that will probably never be able to afford to own a home.

Tesla will eventually design and price vehicles for everyday people but this follows their strategy of appealing to the 1%ers first to get the products off the ground and to pay for R&D. It's why the first car they produced was a sports car.

Plus, range, especially for an SUV, is really important for most families. Yes, some are used as daily drivers but most families also use them for long trips (Range is 250 miles, ~4 hours highway travel). I would also argue that range would be decrease if you are towing (i.e. boat, camper, etc.). Because of this, it makes sense for them to focus on the luxury market until range is a bit better.

Comment Re:No Osborne Effect! (Score 1) 398

no, he's pretty much claiming that he'll have new battery tech that will turn 300 into 600+ DURING NEXT YEAR.

pretty sure he's just talking out of his ass on that one though - or he is going to introduce a model that has the backseat and luggage areas filled with the batteries.

Yeah, battery technology, while improving, has been improving incrementally over the last 10 years. It may seem like we have made big jumps because our toys now last longer (i.e. tablets) but what has happened is that the electronics have continued to get smaller leaving more room for the battery, which has gotten bigger. Also, electronics have become more efficient. Perhaps this is where Musk feels that they can make huge improvements, in actually making the cars and engines more efficient.

Comment Re:How much will it cost. (Score 1) 398

I can go 500+ miles in my car, and then do it again 2 minutes later.

You can go for a ride inside your clothes dryer too, but why would you want to do something so unpleasant? Outside of a dire emergency, I can't imagine anyone wanting to do make two 6-hour trips with only a 2-minute break in between.

Here's something to try: find out how much time the average ICE car owner spends driving to gas stations, waiting in line, waiting for his car to refuel, paying for the gas, driving back, etc. Then find out how much time the average electric car owner actually spends waiting for his car to recharge. The results may surprise you.

I would think that the average ICE owner is smart enough to choose a convenient gas station along one of their routes not to have to make a special trip to a gas station just for gas so that time would have been spent getting groceries, going to the bank, etc. Also, unless it is a tiny gas station I don't believe that I have ever had to wait in line for the pumps for very long. On the weekends during the summer and holidays along the interstates it can be a bit of a pain at times, but not during the normal work week. Pretty much the only time spent is actually at the pumps.

Comment Re:I've seen a few shops in my time (Score 1) 61

You just have to see if any of the pixels are wrong.

True, but the vast majority of the public would not know what to look for or even think of zooming in to the pixel level, looking at independent colors for uniformity, etc.

Oh, and flags on the moon should hang down.

I assume that you are being sarcastic (grin)... but, just in case, the flag had a metal rod running across the top to keep the material from drooping, otherwise it would have...

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis