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Comment: Definitely a HOAX (Score 2) 175

by Lluc (#49019471) Attached to: Hobbyists Selling Tesla Coil Kits To Fund Drone Flight Over North Korea
1. Bogus idea: They are going to build a UAV from scratch, fly it from CA to NK and back, all for $10K? They could barely afford the fuel they need for $10K! 2. Arbitrarily using the word "Tesla" -- might as well jump on the Tesla Meme Bandwagon promoted by The Oatmeal to get some popularity. 3. Going after a political hot topic, North Korea, to get some more press attention. 4. Yep, it's a bogus kick starter.

Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 1) 646

by Lluc (#47273145) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks
If you correctly parse the original comment you will note that I was referring to a person's appearance, not their country of origin. I have met some Indians that share characteristics that some people consider to by stereotypically middle eastern. From a visual perspective, you could confuse the two.

Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 1) 646

by Lluc (#47271345) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks
Depending on a person from Indian / Pakistan / Bangladesh / Afganistan looked, you might hear them called Indian, Middle Eastern or just Asian.

Also, I would consider "Oriental" to be an archaic term that I would never hear in modern conversation. Chinese people tell me that "Oriental" is a racist term when applied to people, and should only be applied to rugs. This fits with AthanasiusKircher's above post about older terms used to describe a racial group becoming offensive as language evolves. Perhaps some people take offense because "Oriental" combines all racial subsets in the "eastern" hemisphere into a single group. In historical terms, I believe that Orient / Oriental and Occident / Occidental basically divided the world between the East (Middle East through Asia) and the West (Europe, or longitudes once covered by the Roman Empire).

Comment: Re:Speculation... (Score 1) 455

by Lluc (#47271139) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Volvos will be made in China and exported to the US beginning next year.

*one* model of Volvo will be made in China and exported to the US late 2015. This model is the S60L, which is currently only built in China for the Chinese market. I've read about no other models coming to the US. I'm sure they will come eventually, though. If it wasn't for Geely (Volvo's owner), the company would probably heading for the same fate as Saab given their shrinking market share.

Comment: income and parents' education (Score 1) 688

by Lluc (#47065233) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards
The BBC article shows a table of countries and their ranks. I'd like to see a couple more columns in the table, including the number of years the parents spent in school and some number relating the average income to the cost of living for the particular area in question. I bet the statistics for certain areas of the "Deep Southern" US would show families below the poverty line with parents who did not complete high school. Also, I'm shocked that Israel (rank #29), a country with a modern and high-tech reputation, is actually ranked below the United States (rank #27).

Comment: Re:As opposed to the shining example of US democra (Score 1) 557

by Lluc (#46932263) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

17.8% of the U.S. population voted for George W. Bush in 2000 [0]. 21.0% of the U.S. population voted for Barak Obama in 2012. [1]

Seems to me not very far off from the abstract's note that "15% of all Crimeans voted" to secede. If it's legitimate in the US, why not elsewhere?

[0] Yes, Al Gore did better by winning 18.1%.

[1] Percentages calculated mainly using Wikipedia's numbers, which admittedly are not a primary source, but I'll guess are probably "close enough" to make my point: (for 2012 population)

You assume that every citizen of the US is eligible to vote. Some are underage, some are ineligible due to being in prison. If you look at the correct numbers, you get:

Eligible voting population: 221,925,820
Total votes for Obama: 65,915,796
Percent of population voting for Obama in 2012: 29.7%

Comment: Re:Jewelry (Score 1) 399

by Lluc (#46859209) Attached to: Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

I wear a watch 1) to tell time and 2) as a piece of jewelry. Besides a wedding ring it's about the only piece of jewelry a guy can wear, and if you buy something nice (I have an Ebel Brasilia) it'll last forever, retain its value, and you can pass it on to your kids as a family heirloom.

That's the target market for luxury watchmakers. A smart watch is never going to compete with watches worn as jewelry.

High-end jewelry watches will retain some value, but I doubt I could buy one today and sell it for the same price next year. Long term it will probably retain 50-75% of its inflation adjusted purchase value, *if* you get a good deal on it and *if* it is in like-new condition. I'm sure you can find ultra-limited production runs of watches that go for over $25k that will retail full value within a set group of collectors, but i doubt an average Rolex will do to well as an investment.

Comment: Eye / Head tracking required(?) (Score 1) 172

by Lluc (#46708253) Attached to: Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"
I think this would require eye tracking. The image projected on the windshield would change depending on the height of the driver, and would also change as you move your head up and down. It's a clever idea, but it could be very distracting as the image is continually adjusted for the height of your eyes.

Comment: Re:Use a RJ45 jack please (Score 1) 358

by Lluc (#46486957) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Now that would be a reliable connector, more power than piddly USB, and it would lead to widespread adoption of power-over-ethernet. win-win-win.

Now that's a bad idea: that would make the minimum cell phone thickness ~10mm. (An RJ45 is about 8 mm "tall".) Many (most?) smartphones are already less than 10 mm thick.

Comment: Re:Model X is the Wrong Model (Score 1) 155

by Lluc (#46213481) Attached to: Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades
An all electric Golf-sized hatchback that costs $60k+ would be a much smaller niche than a full-size CUV at the same price point. Tesla will supposedly build a $40K Model E as their low end sedan, but the Model X will be much more expensive. Your Golf competitor already exists. It is the Nissan Leaf.

Comment: Re:Volvo - 2017? (Score 1) 134

by Lluc (#45577149) Attached to: Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By 2017
Geely will continue to keep Volvo alive for the next couple years. The real deciding factor for Volvo will be whether the Chinese consumer accepts it as a luxury brand and purchases the Chinese-made Volvos. I wouldn't be surprised if Volvo manufacturing starts shifting to China by 2017, however.

Comment: Re:New phone almost as fast as month old phone (Score 4, Informative) 310

by Lluc (#45375239) Attached to: Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

the article doesn't touch on this, but I wonder how much untapped power is in that 64bit processor in iPhone. what's cool is, that's dormant in my phone right now, but will be unleashed next year so it will be like getting a new phone.

Please tell me you're being sarcastic... Even if all your apps get recompiled to 64-bit versions, you are not going to get a massive performance boost. Have you ever tried running a 32 vs. 64 bit install of Windows or Linux on the same hardware? Not too much difference for average use cases...

Comment: Re:Oh the MEMEs (Score 4, Insightful) 243

by Lluc (#45345245) Attached to: HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

If they had succeeded Intel would have owned the 64 bit CPU realm on the desktop with a proprietary architecture effectively eliminating any competition in the space.

Realistically, Intel would have licensed the IA64 architecture to AMD or some other third party. Intel would not want to have an absolute CPU monopoly and risk government intervention. It is much better for Intel to have a barely competitive company (currently AMD) operating in the same space but not offering any kind of threat to their market position.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.