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Comment: Re:Call me when.. (Score 1) 96

by drinkypoo (#48679269) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

What about a motorcycle's range? Are these vehicles not ready for prime time?

Of course not. Motorcycles only fit the needs of a minuscule segment of the population, they are not and never have been a "prime time" [equivalent] type of vehicle. They also get poor mileage (for their mass, especially, but many of them actually get poor mileage on the small car scale now, since small cars have come so far) and they have high pollution except in the few places where catalysts are mandatory. Even then, you can expect more pollution per gallon burned.

Comment: Re:Coincidentally... (Score 1) 95

by drinkypoo (#48679263) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

They also have new tires, which improve the rolling resistance coefficient by about 20%.

Do they mention that the minimum stopping distance has now increased by 20%?

Every year, tires get better. They can probably get the same level of traction with today's LRR tire as what they had before. We bought this year's best All-Terrain (Cooper AT3) which has finally solved their wet traction and tire wear problems, but it still has awful tire noise in turns, makes you think a wheel bearing's going. In a couple more years I expect them to have solved that particular problem. LRR tires have come a long way too, and there's a whole new generation of them now to fit into the space they used to occupy, for the cars least expected to handle well.

Comment: Re:Coincidentally... (Score 1) 95

by drinkypoo (#48679257) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

"assuming you don't have antilock brakes" is irrelevant to any vaguely modern car, because the EU made ABS mandatory years ago

So did the USA. And the USA has also made yaw control and traction control mandatory since 2010. As usual, the USA has more strict requirements for new cars than anyone else in the world, both in safety and finally now in emissions and mileage. (The USA has the strictest emissions laws sometimes, but not all the time...)

Comment: Re:There is a set of speeds and driving conditions (Score 1) 95

by drinkypoo (#48679253) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

Worse in the winter cause you're blasting heat? Why not just put a coat on?

People don't buy an $80k car so that they can wear a heavy coat instead of turning on the heater. People who can afford them just move closer to where they want to go in order to defeat range anxiety. #poorpeopleproblems

Comment: Re:Now we're getting somewhere (Score 1) 95

by drinkypoo (#48679249) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

In fact, strike that, this is simpler. Have your solar cells pump water to the cistern for all the hours the sun is in the sky. Have a separate pipe in which the water flows down hill to spin the turbine, which is your power source. The cistern acts as a ballast, storing energy during peak production times to be used during times of low or no production.

The electric motor which pumps the water might be 95% efficient, but you have to use it to fight gravity. Or you could just not have any conversion loss at all, and not fight gravity, when you're actually using the power. And that's why this is a dumb idea.

Comment: Re:careful about the tires - less safe (Score 1) 95

by drinkypoo (#48679241) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

Owners might want to take a close look at the NHTSA testing of the tires. Generally speaking, lower rolling resistance means less traction, which means less safe when cornering, maneuvering around an accident or animal ahead, or braking.

Sure, although they could have updated the traction/yaw control software to account for the reduced traction as well, and may have done.

Comment: Re:Wow.. imagine if your gasoline car did this. (Score 2) 95

by drinkypoo (#48678001) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

4 years after you bought it, it was up to 500 mile range and getting 50 mpg.

Well, you're not going to get that big an improvement, but you can often chip for efficiency and gain a few MPG at the expense of a few HP. Often it's actually a very good trade. Until recently when the mileage targets surged few automakers have truly pursued maximum mileage. Typically, they're too afraid of customer response to truly go all in.

Comment: Re:Scam (Score 1) 162

by drinkypoo (#48674899) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

Once you understand that "lefties" encompasses all evil dictators and genociders of the 20th and 21th Century AND drug cartels and mafia AND practically all terrorist groups AND most billionaries and CEOs of evil corporations on Earth AND most owners of the big and corrupted media (including MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood and Disney) that control the narrative, you stop listening to their lies, as they serve ONLY to their interests

Wait, really? Are you trolling, or just completely batshit bingo ball crazy?

Comment: Re:Cool, but not as cool as the N9 series... (Score 1) 50

There are millions like me who are waiting for the successor of N900.

Well, you should stop waiting, and get a case with a keyboard in it. Then, you can have the best of both worlds, because you don't have to carry the keyboard around when you're not using it. I understand that the TF series can be a bit big for one's pockets, but there are other options.

Comment: Re:Not that much less (Score 2) 50

When you're making a consumer decision, do you ask yourself, "what do the vast majority of people do?"

Of course I do, and furthermore, the more important the decision is, the more likely I am to follow the herd. If I'm buying a car, for example, I want to know that I'll be able to get parts for it. If it's used and cheap then I can afford some expensive parts, no big deal. If I'm buying a new car, I want something good yes, but also something everyone else is buying so that I know that parts availability will be high, and parts cost will be low.

Of course, the mast majority of people who buy mobile devices buy Android devices, not iOS ones, so the herd is still no argument for Apple.

Comment: Re:3 in lb? (Score 1) 94

by drinkypoo (#48674845) Attached to: NASA Makes 3-D Printed Wrench Model Available

I think that at this point in the technology, materials science in not yet at a place where a metal object built as a composite of liquid or powdered material could take the same stresses that a drop-forged or milled object can.

You can mill an object out of wood, or you can 3d print an object in Inconel. Many cheap tools (notably ratchets!) are just cast, and they work just fine unless a fastener is rusted on, or was grossly overtorqued to begin with.

Some people claim that the UNIX learning curve is steep, but at least you only have to climb it once.

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