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Comment Re:Jeremy clarkson does not approve (Score 1) 366 366

This quote got me:

"Electric cars will be better than any alternative, including the loud, inconvenient, gas-powered jalopy,"

Seriously, do people not like the throaty growl of a well tuned engine? Heck, even kids today put the coffee can mufflers for at least that type sound (I don't find it as pleasant as better, large engine sound, but to each his own.)

I mean, right now, I'm kinda looking at the new Dodge Hellcat Challenger, 707 HP (underrated) bone stock..and MAN, do these things sound good to me. So happy to see a muscle car once again available on the market...harkens back to the muscle care days of the last 60's and early 70's, but with better modern tech, braking and handling.

Me? I want one of these to play around with I think:

Hellcat Quick Burnout

Or this for a bit more in-depth review:

Review..skip to about 1:33 to get past the opening commercial

Will a Tesla out drag this car? Sure. But what fun is it when it is silent? If I had an electric car, I'd almost have to mount speakers outside and give it an engine sound. Cars are meant to be FUN as well as a means for getting from point A to B.

Life is too short not to have a few thrills.

Comment Re: Couch multiplayer (Score 1) 114 114

At this point, you'd want to either A. put your gaming PC in the living room or B. stream the game

My computer isn't even really considered a gaming computer yet even it has an HDMI jack on it so I can plug a 80" screen into it.

I'll take that as an A. ;-)

Why would we crowd around the desk?

A few years ago, I collected eight comments from other users who were unwilling to put a gaming PC in the living room. The market may changed substantially in the past few years since comments like those were posted; if so, what has spurred this change?

Comment Dubious assumptions are dubious (Score 2) 123 123

This is indeed good news for amateur astronomers. Unfortunately, they are among the only people who will actually benefit or want to go out at night under these conditions.

My wife and sister, in contrast, are now uncomfortable about things like getting a late train home and then walking back from the station in pitch black conditions, to the point where if they can't make arrangements for more secure travel either end of a journey then they will sometimes not go out at all. And yes, before anyone asks, there have actually been relevant crimes recorded in the relevant areas, so their concerns do have have some justification. There is a reason that police and public safety advisors have long recommended walking home along well-lit streets instead of dark paths late at night.

While we're at it, several sources have already highlighted other data, up to and including coroners' reports directly attributing actual deaths in road traffic collisions to reduced lighting, that conflict with the claims here of no harm being done. Those claims are also in conflict with more general evidence about how to design homes and wider areas to minimise the ability for criminals to approach targets undetected and the reduced crime rates that result.

In short, this seems to be based on one selective result, published in a relatively obscure journal and from a relatively unknown source that has some unspecified link to UCL for credibility, that directly contradicts established policing policy, public safety policy, road safety policy, architectural principles, common sense, and hard evidence. But yay for astronomers though, I guess.

Comment Re:Sticking with a 1982 design (Score 1) 636 636

why are computer numeric keypads and phone keypads reversed from each other?

DTMF keypads have 1 on top because 9 was next to 0 on rotary dial telephones, in turn because 0 was encoded as ten pulses. Computer numeric keypads are descended from mechanical adding machines, which have higher numbers up top.

Another "standard" that bothers me: In the transition to digital video, they had the chance to do away with the PAL/NTSC dual-standard nonsense... but they still chose to support both 50 and 60 FPS video?!?

Mostly for movies (which may be 24 or 25 fps per country) and upscaled SD programs embedded in a high-definition stream. Also for the same reason as DVD and BD region coding, namely to continue to enforce decades-old territorial exclusive licenses that specify the "PAL region" (mostly defined as Europe, Australia, and New Zealand).

Comment Re:Definitely not the least used key (Score 1) 636 636

I press Alt+SysRq+REISUB, waiting for disk activity to end after each key, maybe once every few months to reboot a wedged Linux PC. Some PC games use the Pause key for its labeled purpose. And someone else wrote a comment to this story suggesting making a PC game that uses Scroll Lock to keep thieves from stealing items in your tool belt (hotbar).

Comment Re:Trucking (Score 1) 360 360

While in general I think battery swapping is a stupid idea for cars (there's way too much need for different form factors, capacities, performance capabilities, etc, and it makes up such an integral part of the structure due to its size and mass and represents such a great amount of capital one would have to stockpile), I think it could actually work incredibly well for trucks. Rather than having them in the cab, I picture them slotting under the trailers (where various hardware is already often slotted), with a power connection to the cab. It would in such a situation be very easy to have a single form factor for the batteries and very easy to remove and reinstall them - you already have a standardized shape, easy undercarriage access, and the structural strength is already right where you need it. And whenever a truck picks up a new trailer that's been sitting around for a while, it could be already charged and ready to go. The cab would of course need its own batteries to haul itself around a good distance when not towing a load, but the trailers could basically hold the power for their own towing needs. And it would have little effect on an empty trailer's cost - it just needs the mounts for the batteries installed and the wiring to feed the cab, but would otherwise be a normal trailer haulable by any vehicle.

Comment Sleep key on a laptop (Score 1) 637 637

To be fair though, putting power and sleep buttons on the keyboard was a monumentally stupid idea. It's far too easy to accidentally hit them.

If they're placed in proper positions on a keyboard, how are they any easier to hit than the corresponding keys on a laptop? In any case, I have my keyboard's sleep key bound to "Ask what to do" (shutdown, restart, log out, or lock and suspend).

Comment Re:Error 1 (Score 1) 366 366

Indeed - and they can sell people on the concept pretty easily. Rather than saying "We're going to have you charge inside our store to tempt you to buy things", they'd sell the concept as "Remember back in the day when you used to have to fill up your car with gasoline out in the cold / heat / wind / rain / etc? Now we're enabling you to charge your car in comfort indoors in our stores because we love the environment so much and want to support people like you - you're welcome!"

Comment Laptop, you insensitive clod (Score 1) 637 637

I've long wanted a game where you are a wizard, and thieves steal your scrolls, unless you Scroll Lock.

That's fine until you get players using laptops. Imagine the following question in your game's support ticket system or in Arqade:

How do I lock my scrolls?

How do I keep thieves from stealing my scrolls? The game's manual says push the Scroll Lock key on the keyboard. But I'm playing on a Dell [model redacted] laptop whose keyboard doesn't have a Scroll Lock key.

[sparlock] [pc]

Comment Re:Crooks are afraid of the dark, too (Score 1) 124 124

I used to walk home through a park. Except on cloudless nights with no moon, you got enough reflected light to be able to see quite clearly across it. Then there some some hysteria about the potential for being attacked (triggered by a flasher, who only exposed himself to people in broad daylight) and they added a row of streetlights along the side of the path. If you stood about 10m from the path, you were completely invisible to someone walking along it, but they were clearly visible to you for their entire trip across the park (as were any potential witnesses on the path). If someone actually wanted to attack people crossing the park, the lights made it a lot easier. It would only take a few seconds to hit someone and drag them out of the visible area.

Any program which runs right is obsolete.