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Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 236 236

It's awesome how you really are the stereotypical dead broke neckbeard on slashdot.

Getting just five used cables this way will save enough to pay for breakfast for two in a nice restaurant in Mendocino. You don't get to do fun stuff by throwing away money. I've saved hundreds of dollars just by hauling crates of cables around with me through my various moves, many of which came from thrift stores, yard sale, and flea markets.

If I need a cable right away, I don't look to see which flea market occurs next. I just buy it. But mostly I don't have to, because crates. Sorry you haven't got a place to store crates yet.

Comment Re:Balancing Act (Score 1) 161 161

There are other issues that you are insured for as well. Such as Window damage, chances are they can cover flat tires, and issues that may occur due to less then stellar maintenance. As less people will be directly driving the cars, they may not notice issues in performance as well.

Comment Re: Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 858 858

I called you daft for not understanding the concept that someone who runs a swapping service station covers all costs related to their business activities and rolls them into what they charge for service, just like every other business does. I fail to see what is hard about this for you to understand. The answer to "who pays for X cost" is *always* "the service provider, with the costs indirectly passed on to their customers via the rate charged".

Really, you think that bad fuel can't damage an engine? It can and does. And it's the supplier who ultimately bears the cost. No, "bad electricity" is not a proper analogy (although your sarcasm in this regard is funny given how many devices are damaged by surges every year); a gas station fuels vehicles by insertung fuel into them, while a swapping station fuels vehicles by inserting pre-charged batteries into them. Batteries correspond to fuel in this context.

In what world do you live where car parts are regularly inspected by the manufacturer after being installed into the vehicle? Cars have hundreds if not thousands of parts more safety critical than a battery pack, and yes, manufacturers *are* liable if their failure modes due to damage pose an unreasonable risk of injury. Think of a famous failure case - say, for example, the Ford Pinto fires. Were the gas tanks defective? Nope. But the cars had an unacceptably bad failure mode in certain types of crashes, and it fell on the manufacturer to fix it - as it always does. A part must meet its use case, and if its use case is "deliver electricity from a swappable system and not burn the vehicle down if damaged", it has to contain the necessary safety systems to do that.

Lastly, you're still stuck in bizarro world where ICE vehicles full of combustible fuel are incombustible, whereas EVs with no combustable fuel and more often than not with batteries less flammable than a block of cheese (once again: *not all li-ions are the same*!) burst into flames left and right. Meanwhile, in the reality that the rest of us live in, the opposite is true. Heck, last summer I saw a flaming hulk of a passenger car with fire crews trying to put it out to extract the burned bodies of the two tourists who had been driving it. Meanwhile, Teslas and Leafs have been in many wrecks - go to Google Images and search for "crash tesla" or "crash leaf". Where are the fires from these oh-so-flammable vehicles? Yes, they have happened, but at a much lower per-vehicle rate than gasoline cars according to NTSB stats. Sorry, but your fire conceptions are just not based in reality.

Comment Re:HAHAHAHA! (Score 2) 161 161

Yet still New Hampshire has one of the lowest rates of uninsured drivers at 11%. Mind you, if you opt to not get insurance, you are still on the hook for costs of bodily injury or property damage resulting from a car accident you caused.

Personally, I think that car insurance, like house insurance is one of those things you are stupid not to get, even if it isn't required. You stand to lose a whole lot of money if something goes wrong. In the case of a car, that could be accidentally running over a person or crashing into expensive property. In the case of a house, if your house catches on fire, or somebody steals all your stuff. There cost of liability and theft insurance is usually very low for houses and cars, and it's pretty stupid to not get it, even if it isn't mandatory by law.

Comment Re:give us stuff we actually want. (Score 1) 51 51

This is especially true for these "flagship" phones. Give me something really impressive rather than some gimmick. I think that Nokia was the only one who got anything close to this wit their 42 megapixel camera on a phone. Everybody else is just making it thinner or adding gimmicks like the edge screen that are fun for the first 10 minutes and then eventually don't actually provide any useful features.

How about sticking an actually actual SSD into a phone. Those things are getting pretty small. It would be great if my phone had a real, upgradeable SSD in it. Add a real camera lens with an actual flash (non of this LED nonsense). Really somebody should be making a phone that can substitute for an actual computer when you're in a pinch, it should be able to connect to all the peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitor). Maybe it only works in this mode when it's plugged in. But it should be possible. As it stands right now, you don't get anything extra real features out of buying a $700 phone then you do when you buy the $200 phone. And in some cases like removable storage and battery, you actually get less for your money.

Comment Re:Please (Score 1) 310 310

Its like saying "Hey, Chevrolet, you know your customers like the radio station set to 101.9, why cant you engineer your cars to respect their choice instead of forcing your nefarious 101.5 agenda."

Yeah, but this is a Mozilla car analogy we're talking about here.

In the current 2015.7 model, release, the UX team has decided that a 5-button hamburger menu on an AM dial (and only from 1100Khz to 1150KHz in 10KHz increments) is all that's needed. Users who want to access a wider range of frequencies in the AM band are free to write an extension or purchase a third-party radio head unit.

To further improve the user experience, we remind prospective extension developers that in the Aurora channel for the 2016.1 model year, the about:config setting for frequency.megavskilohertz has been removed, along with the FM antenna. The UX team has made this recommendation based on telemetry that suggests that few drivers actually listen to FM radio, especially since the 2013.6 model, in which the AM/FM toggle switch was removed because the UX team for 2012.1 felt it was cluttering the dashboard.

Comment Re:Why go without GPS? (Score 2) 29 29

On the Moon or Mars they wouldn't reach very far. But a RTG-powered version on Titan would have unlimited range (although may need to land periodically to recharge its flight batteries). And even a rocket or gas jet version would have quite significant range on an asteroid.

Such a design is obviously going to be very mission sensitive, hence the need for different propulsion systems. Some missions would benefit significantly as well from wings to allow for long distance flight on bodies with atmospheres (Venus, Titan, maybe Mars, etc). A couple worlds, such as Titan, might benefit from landing floats. And so forth. But that's where rapid prototyping tech (such as 3d printing) becomes useful - they engineer the base model and then can play around with variants with ease. Hopefully in the end they'll have a sample collector module with a workable version for almost any body in the solar system. And for the interests of science, we really need something like that, a universal adaptable drone module - to be paired with a universal adaptable ion tug module, one of a couple variants of a universal adaptable reentry / landing modules, and the same for adaptable ascent modules.

It's impressive what science can be pulled off on the surface of another world. But it's nothing compared to what we can do here on Earth with a sample return.

Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 858 858

In one truck, yes. The frequency of dead batteries, however, will be the same as passenger vehicles; who will dispose of those?

Seriously, you can't be this daft. The operator, of course, with the price rolled into the service cost.

All of which are relatively involved.

No, they're not. Even your laptop battery estimates its capacity, and that's about as simple as li-ion battery packs get. Coulomb counting, voltage measurements at start and end compared to the charge temperature, charge voltage curve shapes, direct measurement of pack heating over the course of charge to measure internal resistance, and about half a dozen other methods are all usable and widely used to estimate capacity remaining in a pack. Pretty much every modern EV and hybrid in existence checks its battery pack's performance at least at the pack level, if not the individual cell level (Tesla does it at the "brick" level), to see how it's aging and when components or the pack as the whole need to be replaced.

Measuring remaining battery capacity is a concept older than the light bulb.

testing and inspecting a battery for damage and danger conditions so you don't install it into someone's vehicle and get a lawsuit for "vehicle exploded in a giant flaming blaze" (or drive all your customers away with "we don't test our batteries for anything but charge, and damaged batteries may set your truck on fire") is wholly different.

Just like gas stations check their gas for impurities that can cause damage to an engine? No, it's the manufacturer's issue to ensure that the product meets its stated usage specs - in this case, the specs including safe handling of damage and X number of swap cycles. Meeting damage control specs is why Tesla isolates each cell in a canister to prevent failure propagation. And why packs always come with fuses/breakers that blow when the pack gets wet or there's otherwise a short.

(Just ignoring that many types of li-ions don't burn even when abused. Tesla uses standard cobalt-based 18660s, which is why they have to have a failure isolation system, but vehicles like the Volt and Leaf use more stable spinel chemistries)

That may result in diesel being the cheaper fuel by far

Tesla's battery packs have an 8 year, unlimited-mile warranty. Even if we assume that they're only good for 1000 full charge cycles (which should be well on the low end), at 30 tonne-miles per kWh of charge, times 1000 cycles, and $150/kWh for the pack, that's 200 tonne-miles per dollar of pack capital cost. A diesel truck will get about 120 tonne-miles per gallon of diesel, and diesel costs somewhere in the ballpark of 6x more than electricity per unit range (depends on your location), meaning that the electric version saves about 3-4$ per dollars of energy cost per dollar of pack capital cost.

There are a lot more batteries on a truck.

Wait, so you're picturing them being done individually, one after the next? Seriously? *smacks forehead*

Fortunately, if you mount batteries under there without a bunch of armored doors and other shit to hold it all together, the cargo container catches fire when the batteries become damaged.

In the parallel world where EVs are always catching on fire, and petroleum-fueled vehicles aren't - quite unlike our actual world.

Comment Re:Does it still record everybody around it? (Score 1) 44 44

The difference is that Glass can cross-reference what you do at that secure facility with what you do at home, your shopping habits, and your political opinions (if you express them on the Internet... and if you use it at all, you almost certainly do at least indirectly).

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 3, Insightful) 310 310

I actually really like the way they implemented it in Window 10. As far as I can tell, It's no longer possible for the browser to change the default browser for you. They can bring up the screen to change the option, but the user has to change the option themselves. This is much better than the old functionality where applications would constantly be setting themselves as the default application either with no warning or with a simple yes/no dialog. Making it take more clicks is a good thing.

Comment Re:Moor? (Score 0) 161 161

It's a stupid argument. Same people who complain that their 4G cell connection which gets them 14 mbit/s speeds but only 5 GB of download per month. Sure you could blow through your transfer limits in a few minutes, but isn't it nice that you can also download a webpage in under a second. Would you rather they capped you at some low speed so that you could only use 5 GB if you used the full connection speed 24/7 for the entire month?

Comment Re:Percentages? (Score 1) 334 334

Did they really check to make sure that the movies didn't exist? Once you start looking at independently produced movies, there's a lot of movies that exist that you would just swear are fake. Such As:

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter
3 Headed Shark Attack
I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
Slaughtered Vomit Dolls

Just look it up. Think of a plausible movie title, and it probably already exists in some form or another.

Comment Re:better late than never (Score 1) 73 73

Which is part of the siting and site analysis process that failed to keep a plant that was not designed to be hit by a tsunami out of the path of a tsunami.

It's the post-bean-counter phase of design. Engineers find a site which will work, bean counters fuck it all up, just like I said.

"What I've done, of course, is total garbage." -- R. Willard, Pure Math 430a