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+ - Whose car is it? Bricked Model S a no go unless Tesla says so.-> 3

Submitted by blagooly
blagooly (897225) writes ""SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man bought a high-end Tesla at auction for nearly half price, but now he can't get the company to activate the car.
He says repairing the car has been easy; dealing with Tesla has been the challenge.
Rutman says he needs a Tesla-certified mechanic to switch on the car's brain so it will accept a charge. But Tesla won't do it unless he signs a liability release form. The form also gives Tesla the final say on whether the car is roadworthy."
Should a manufacturer have the power to shut down your gadget, your car, your refrigerator? For what reason? We have just seen shutdown devices for folk's who miss car payments. Buyer beware."

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Comment: Re:C=128 (Score 1) 165

by Megane (#48011771) Attached to: Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled
A lot of people never heard of MSX because by the time it came out, the US was already going 16-bit with PC, Mac, Amiga, and Atari ST, with the C64 firmly entrenched in what was left of the cheapie 8-bit market. And the TMS9918 was pretty weak, being the same graphics chip used in the TI99/4A and Colecovision. (Coleco used the 9928, which had a different video output.) Later versions of MSX video chips were better, but by then it was even more outclassed by 16-bit systems. (The Sega Genesis graphics were also an extension of the 9918.)

Comment: The refresh register is weird too (Score 1) 165

by Megane (#48011617) Attached to: Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

I had always wondered why the refresh register only counted 7 bits wide, which made that feature mostly useless when 64K DRAMs came out. (a few 64K DRAMs were made with 7-bit refresh, probably because of the Z80) Turns out that the increment/decrement circuit used in the Z80 had carry lookahead for groups of bits: 7 5 3 and 1. The I and R registers were implemented as a single 16-bit register, and to keep the I register from incrementing all the time, only the first group of the increment circuit was used, resulting in only 7 bits counting.

Not surprisingly, this comes from an earlier post on the same guy's web site:

+ - Why does the DNA double helix twist to the right?->

Submitted by Annanag
Annanag (3853767) writes "Most organic molecules have left- or right-handed versions, mirror images of each other, just like gloves. For some reason, life always seems to favour one version over the other — the DNA double helix in its standard form always twists like a right-handed screw, for example. But why this preference for left or right happens has always been a mystery. Now, in an experiment that took 13 years to perfect, physicists have found hints that this asymmetry of life could have been caused by electrons from nuclear decay in the early days of evolution."
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Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 904

by Megane (#47996631) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Except that this is a 9-year old vehicle. It shouldn't be a $30k car, unless she bought it new, in which case where did she get a 9+ year loan?

I've had one vehicle with a $500+ payment, bought new, and the extra insurance brought it up to $550/mo. I paid it off long ago and it just hit 193K miles. Not having to pay $6600/year makes a big difference in your lifestyle, though I pay about $1k/year in maintenance to keep it running.

Comment: Don't get more car than you can afford (Score 1) 904

by Megane (#47996315) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender remotely activated a device in her car's dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March.

Okay, let me get this straight, she had a $389 monthly payment (though that probably included late charges) on a 9 year old vehicle? (Maybe it didn't happen this year, but if so, then why did it take over a year for this to become a story?) I'm sure she didn't get it new (when would have they installed the device?), but that's a pretty big chunk of dough for a 9 year old vehicle.

But we all know there's a reason for most people who have bad credit scores, and that's because for whatever reason, they can't resist spending all the money they get and then some, buying stuff on credit that they can't afford, the big TV, the big car, saving nothing, then it's all panic when they get behind on payments.

Comment: Re:Test string here: (Score 2) 399

by Megane (#47987851) Attached to: Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash
FWIW, I tried changing "echo vulnerable" to "whoami" and it didn't work. In fact, it segfaulted! Then I changed it to "echo `whoami`" and it worked as expected. So while it may possibly only work directly with built-in shell commands, they still get the full benefit of the command line parser and its handling of backquotes.

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