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Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 80

Granted I don't know much about cars, but don't eletric cars still need winter tires, aren't there still moving parts that needs oil, etc?

You only need winter tires if you're in a location that experiences winter. Even then, for most of the USA good quality all-seasons* are more than sufficient. You still need to replace them though.

Yes, there's generally still 'lots' of oil in an electric vehicle. However, the reason engine oil needs to be replaced so often is heat and contamination. The heat breaks down the oil eventually, and the byproducts of combustion contaminate it, which is why you need a filter.

The oil in a properly operating EV never gets that hot though, and is thus treated more like gear oil - so it's like the oil in your transmission, gear boxes, etc... Which is generally changed out far less often.

Regular maintenance items an EV needs: Tires, wipers, wiper fluid, cabin air filter, lights, etc...
Regular maintenance that an EV doesn't need: Engine oil, coolant, brake pads*, air filter, spark plugs, etc...
Maintenance that's more expensive on an EV: Replacing the battery, but costs are coming down 'quickly'.

*EVs still have brake pads, but regenerative braking cuts their usage enough that a pad designed to last around a decade for a regular vehicle lasts the lifetime of an EV.

*Disclaimer: ~2" of snow and today I had to push a woman in a tiny car who had gotten stuck in the middle of the road because she was driving on half-worn 'all seasons' that were 90% summer tire.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 3, Informative) 80

Which state would that be, as the ACs mention?
From wiki:

In the United States, direct manufacturer auto sales are prohibited in almost every state by franchise laws requiring that new cars be sold only by dealers.

Customer Experience
According to one survey, more than half of dealership customers would prefer to buy directly from the manufacturer, without any monetary incentives to do so. An analyst report of a direct sales model is estimated to cut the cost of a vehicle by 8.6%.[11] This implies an even greater demand currently exists for a direct manufacturer sales model. However, state laws in the United States prohibit manufacturers from selling directly, and customers must buy through a dealer.

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 2) 306

Funny, because I had an laptop that came with Vista SP1. Later when I upgraded it to Windows 7, I wondered why I even bothered since it looked and performed exactly the same.

And I had a laptop that came with Vista. It was totally unusable. Then SP1 came out and it became mildly usable. Then I got Windows 7 on it and the difference was like night and day. Boot times were cut by far more than half. Time to usability after login, likewise. Responsiveness increased dramatically. Crashes reduced likewise. Windows 7 in particular uses less memory than Vista; Vista chokes on 2GB systems and doesn't become acceptable until 3 or 4GB, and 7 is acceptable in 512MB and fine in 1GB. This is not a big deal today when RAM is practically free — I have 16GB in my budget desktop, and that only because I like to run virtual machine and keep them running while I run big, memory-hungry apps. At the time, it was a big deal.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 219

The real reason we see this is twofold - first, because of manufacturing and second, because of fraud.

No, you missed the third -- and most important -- reason: if the corporate oligarchy can abolish the concept of property rights (only for "consumers," of course), they can turn us all into serfs and force to rent everything from them in perpetuity.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 219

Playing the devil's advocate... Where exactly is our "right to repair" granted? Is it in the constitution? Is it a bill signed into law?

What part of the concept of "ownership of property" do you not understand? It's been a fucking axiom of English common law since before English common law even existed!

Comment Re:Just what I want (Something like it) (Score 1) 306

My sister's new Acer laptop came with a slew of bloatware. I want a program that will remove it all with a couple of clicks

Some Acer factory restore CDs come in two parts and if you skip the second one they don't install the bloatware. I have no idea if yours is one of those. But if you didn't make at least two copies of the factory restore image before doing anything else, fail fail

Note that I have made this mistake before and paid (literally) for it

Comment Re:flawed "research" (Score 1) 195

TFA is a troll, perhaps by a shill. it is a crock of shit, and it stinks.

That's what I would have said before Nest legitimized the assertion by having a PR flack say "when Nest Cam is turned off, it completely stops transmitting video to the cloud, meaning it no longer observes its surroundings". But this is a lie which was spoken in response to this complaint, which tells me that the complaint is dead-nuts accurate.

Comment Re:FUD at least sort of. (Score 1) 195

Even more appropriate might be the hot water recirculating loops you can create with a small pump. The hot water is off, but the pump continuously circulates water through the system so that as soon as you turn the water on, the water out of the tap is hot. It's a convenience for which you pay an energy penalty, and the flip side is almost zero startup time.

That's analogous to power being delivered to the camera, which is always the case. Nobody is switching power off to the module in any context. That would take more hardware that would consume power while the module is active, or which takes up a lot of space. Instead, they are simply telling the driver when to spit out data, and when not to. Nobody is telling the driver to spit out data when they're not using it on a mobile device, because that increases power consumption. I would personally avoid doing it even on a static device because it only increases the chance of exposing some flaw in the driver, but that doesn't mean Nest hasn't done it.

The hot water loops are a good analogy, though; keeping the power on is like having a hot water loop, but water still doesn't come out of the tap unless you actually open it — in this case, by connecting to the driver and retrieving image information from it.

Comment Re:FUD at least sort of. (Score 1) 195

It is good engineering practice that when you "soft" power something down, all unnecessary circuits get switched into low power/standby modes, and you only retain just enough functionality to detect the "power on" signal. It takes some effort to do well but it's not rocket science.

Sounds like they decided their customers would rather have instant on /shrug

Sounds like you don't know what you're talking about. This is not about removing power from the camera. This is about using the functionality built into basically every camera-control IC to turn on a LED when the camera is recording, and turn it off when it isn't. Unless there is something drastically wrong with the camera driver, and that would be their fault since they chose the camera module, that doesn't take any appreciable time. If their customers would like instant on, they can have that and a LED which does what the customer expects at the same time. Your logical fallacy is false dichotomy, but it was probably brought about by ignorance.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.