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Comment: 3.3kW is not right (Score 1) 107

While I appreciate the limitations of trying to put a higher powered charger on a car with a small battery like the Volt, you're just plain wrong about the Spark EV.

You may be doing the calculations for overnight home charging. And indeed overnight 3.3kW is fine for a 20kWh battery like in the Spark EV.

But you are selling (leasing) a lot of Spark EVs to people who use and charge the cars at work. These spots are busy charging cars all day and if you have a 3.3kW charger it means your car is perceived as "hogging" the spot because it has to sit there twice as long.

I implore you to put faster chargers on cars which can take them. This will give your cars a better profile among techies. Remember, people are more likely to see and talk about these cars at work than when they are at home hidden in a garage.

And the Spark EV, for example, which can charge at 30+kW using SAE CCS clearly could charge at 6.6kW or more on AC L2 charging too.

Comment: Re:AT&T customer uses $24,298.93 in services (Score 0) 234

Just because a journalist wrote about it doesn't mean it took the journalist to get the job done. Journalists love to talk up what they do, especially in these kind of "consumer advocacy" stories because they attract viewership.

For AT&T to bill a person for this much just requires a computer to total up some numbers. For them to collect it requires them to enter into collections. This would involve a review of the bills before it was submitted to collections. To assume that it took a reporter for AT&T to figure out they would do better to waive this bill than collect it is to take quite a leap.

Comment: AT&T customer uses $24,298.93 in services (Score 5, Insightful) 234

This isn't an errant bill or anything. The person called long distance that much in two months.

And AT&T waived it after it was pointed out. So why freak out about this?

Finally, I'm really ashamed of slashdot approving an article which refers to an AT&T spokesperson as a "spokeshole" for no reason. Georgia Taylor didn't do anything to deserve that.

Show some maturity, slashdot.

Comment: emitter of a FET? (Score 1) 85

by YesIAmAScript (#49479367) Attached to: Researchers Design a Self-Powered Digital Camera

In figure 3 Q1 is drawn as a FET (and the circuit implies it is one) but they refer to the "emitter" of it when speaking of the drain.

And obviously the goal of high resolution is counter to needing large cells to capture charge for harvesting.

The design would seem to imply that the device cannot be self-starting. That is, if it runs out of charge, it has no way to activate the harvesting and get it self running again. Ah, I see in there it say they had to start with a charged supercap.

It's still an interesting experiment.

Comment: it doesn't matter (Score 1) 100

The other countries already do this. And no, the US doesn't like it. No one does.

Every country expects their laws to be followed and considers them supreme to all others. If a law is broken in the US, the US expects to be able to subpoena the evidence even if it is in another country. And other countries feel the same way.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.