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Comment: Re:Hopefully this gows (Score 1) 167

by Plumpaquatsch (#49372923) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

Turbo engines were complex machines whose layout limited the ground effect 'tunnels' under the car. They were an emerging technology and so they were difficult and expensive to develop and build and make reliable. It was mostly manufacturer-supported teams, such as Renault, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo which took that route. In contrast, the cheap, reliable and narrow Ford-Cosworth DFV engine, still used by most teams more than a decade after its introduction, lent itself well to highly efficient ground effect aerodynamics.

So which of the two technologies is found in more production cars today?

Comment: Re:How to make a small fortune in auto racing (Score 2) 167

by Plumpaquatsch (#49372331) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

Have you ever been to an auto race? I would not describe the typical crowd as "rich people".

Then you have clearly not been to a Formula One race. With NASCAR you are quite correct.

But that is just the spectators.

You are confusing the people visiting the pits with the spectators. Does this look "rich" to you?

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 177

Cars are very complex machines that can have loads of things go amiss with them without rendering them undrivable, and can have loads of other things go wrong while in operation. You're correct that it's safe to assume everything will be recorded, but I expect equipment failures will plague first-generation autonomous cars once they're old and the tolerances have loosened up. Steering, tires, brakes, suspension alignment, all things that will lead the computer astray as it's attempting to self-drive.

If the computer still works, it will realize that the parts don't operate at full capacity anymore, and will drive to account for that - including refusing to drive when it can't do it safely. Including when self-analysis shows itself isn't working anymore. Just like cars today will stop or only allow driving at low speed when they detect a problem.

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 177

Welcome to a world with lawyers and liability laws.Someone is always to blame.

And, as I said, you can bet your ass Google et al are going to try to make sure it's you and not them.

So? Don't drive a Google car then.

Even if that means you'l be in at least 10 times as many accidents where you are at fault as a consequence.

Comment: Re:Show me 1 independently publicly tested autonom (Score 1) 177

Oh, sorry, I forgot to add "successful". These are very interesting research challenges, but nowt here about succeeding on an actual real-world road.


The next culmination point was achieved in 1995, when Dickmanns re-engineered autonomous S-Class Mercedes-Benz took a 1000 mile trip from Munich in Bavaria to Copenhagen in Denmark and back, using saccadic computer vision and transputers to react in real time. The robot achieved speeds exceeding 175 km/h on the German Autobahn, with a mean time between human interventions of 9 km. In traffic it executed manoeuvres to pass other cars. Despite being a research system without emphasis on long distance reliability, it drove up to 158 km without any human intervention.

Comment: Re:As a recent buyer of a mid-2014 MBP (Score 1) 204

by Plumpaquatsch (#49335951) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

Using a USB hub is like distributing a garden hose to many nozzles. When you turn them all on, the spray from each one slows to a trickle.

In the case of of USB 3, the trickle would burst your USB 2 hoses, and fill several mass storage hoses. Wasn't that the point of USB 3? Or were all the USB fanboys lying?

Comment: Re:As a recent buyer of a mid-2014 MBP (Score 1) 204

by Plumpaquatsch (#49334323) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

This is why I am a PC. Not a Mac (paraphrased in the commercials)

When something goes obsolete I replace.

In 2013 I got my first SSD in my 2010 AMD phenom II. Then a dual SSD in raid. Then an i7 4770k. Then a another SSD raid. New video card and last a new workstation class computer.

With a mac it is soldered on. Throw away and buy anew.

Yeah, buying everything but the case, floppy (I bet you still have a floppy) and the big, inefficient power supply new makes for such a cheaper buy.

Comment: Re:As a recent buyer of a mid-2014 MBP (Score 0) 204

by Plumpaquatsch (#49334305) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance


I swapped my old Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53) O/Ced to 3.8 with an OCZ Agility2 SSD for an i3 with a Kingston SSDnow 300 (*old* retired machine that was given to my dad). Altough the new machine boots way faster, and the new SSD is about twice as fast in benchmarks (even if low-end), I find it faster, but not *blew me out of my chair* faster.

Once you go from HDD to SSD, even the cheapest lowest performing SSD is gonna be much faster than anything with spinning platters.

True, that is simply "diminishing returns". Just going from a HDD to ANY SSD will make your computer incredibly faster, but then going to any faster SSD will not give the same benefits, because that one only will be faster on continuous access (like copying large files). Booting the OS or accessing small random files will not benefit much anymore. So going for a super expensive SSD will only be worth it if a.) you read/write lots of LARGE files (e.g. movie editing) or b.) need the long-term reliability of a SSD designed for multi-year writing of tons of data.

I bet you stuck to ATA for your hard drives, because you were used to floppys, and those ATA dries were soooo much faster, everything beyond was just diminishing returns.

Comment: Re: Hasn't been involved with Greenpeace since 198 (Score 1) 573

by Plumpaquatsch (#49325831) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic

Anyways don't let me get in the way of your quest to rewrite history. Remember to just keep repeating your lie enough, and it will become the truth.

If the "birth of the souther GOP" wasn't tied to “white racism.” - why the heck are there so many openly racist pigfuckers among them?

Felson's Law: To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.