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Comment: Re:Nice to see. (Score 1) 216

by Nefarious Wheel (#47321739) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Carbon-Carbon batteries have gone from laboratory to small-scale commercial production in Japan, with the intent to ramp them up to car sized units as soon as the production processes are sorted out. From my back of the envelope calcs, it looks like a Tesla-sized car could recharge to 80% capacity in about two minutes, 100% in four, if using a Tesla Supercharger station.

Don't assume Lithium is the only battery type. We're still learning.

Ref: http://www.iflscience.com/tech...

Comment: Re:It's about the apps stupid (Score 1) 516

by Nefarious Wheel (#47151685) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Microsoft had an epiphany. That epiphany was called iTunes and later spun off as the App Store...

You are absolutely correct. One spin-off issue from this attempt at forced monetisation was that nobody saw Microsoft as adding value to the users with that approach. They weren't just changing the UI, they were changing their entire business model.

Windows 8 itself? The cake was okay, but the icing was a lie.

Comment: Re:I am using Windows 8 (Score 1) 516

by Nefarious Wheel (#47151577) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

.... If Microsoft would just fire all their UI people responsible for the "different + dumbed down = better" concepts they've been pushing the past couple releases of all their products...

They did. They fired Steven Sinofsky, chief architect of W8, shortly after its release.

And when sales tanked as a result, the BoD fired Steve Ballmer.

Comment: Re:flame away, but... (Score 1) 516

by Nefarious Wheel (#47151453) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Windows 8 is shit, from top to bottom.

Then how come the only criticism ever levied against it is the UI? Performance? Better than 7. Stability? Better than 7. Security? Better than 7. System requirements? Better than 7. The only thing you can legitimately criticize are subjective components like the interface, which some people like myself actually *prefer* to the start menu.

Well, I really did want that slice of carrot cake. It was a really great recipe for carrot cake, but for that layer of cat vomit on the top.

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 1) 423

by Nefarious Wheel (#46599589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

There are analogue targeting computers on naval ships that still work, and work quite well. Deck guns that can fire a Volkswagen Golf-sized projectile from (say) Hobart to any tennis court in Launceston. Maybe not the best economical solution, but what's money to the military, anyway?

Point is, you look at the system, and determine whether you can support the subsystem that drives it. As an integrated system it either works or it doesn't, irrespective of the weight, the cost, or the paint job on any subcomponent of it. And sometimes the bit that the computer controls is just as old and slagged-out as the operating system driving it.

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