Top Gear is not a factual/scientific car review show. It is an entertainment show, hosted by three stereotypical caricatures of "the male". Top gear is to serious car review shows what Blackadder is to history documentaries. The tongue in cheek point they were making is that their CHARACTERS were too stupid to cope with an electric car that required some forethought and planning with regards to charging.
Other antics on the show include Jeremy's toolbox consisting of about twenty very large hammers etc
a wiring problem could be as simple as using an incorrect thermistor on a Li-ion pack or not wiring a thermistor in at all. These are often used to alter charge/discharge rates in response to the battery pack temperature. A battery will still work in every other respect, except it won't respond accordingly in response to overheating. This is a fairly simple example of what could go wrong to cause a fire that would not stop the battery from working (until it failed by going on fire). The trouble with Li-ion packs is that if this happens (and it does) then the fire can very easily spread to the surrounding cells. I can see how this could cause short voltage spikes that would overcome resistance in a line to "flicker" a light.
I'd just like to add, I may be totally wrong, but I thought I'd weigh in for the fair minded rather than the conspiracy theorists on this one. Also, before anyone assumes I'm a Boeing employee, I'm not. I'm just a bloke who works with Li-ion batteries and who has seen faults similar to this in the past.
While API is important, your statement that "It's the libraries that matter" makes me question your skill as a programmer.
OK, I'll bite
I take it from your post that you would actually consider using a
...If I come to your car showroom and tell you that you should think of naming your cars better, your response "why don't YOU make YOUR OWN car" sends me straight to the competition.
Seriously? you would consider having a conversation with a car manufacturer to tell them that they named one of their cars badly?
That's a bit like telling your neighbour that you think Timmy was a shit name for their son and they should really rather have gone with Walter like you told them to.
A name is simply a name, a word to help you distinguish one thing from another. Arguably descriptive names are more useful to someone who is unfamiliar with the thing being named. But they are not a requirement for most use cases.
Do you find yourself unable to fly because you can't find the plane because it was called "747" instead of comfy-flying-thing-that-makes-me-happy? or perhaps you never have ice cream because "Rocky Road" bares no resemblance to the frozen dairy product in the tub? I could go on with examples to highlight the ridiculous nature of your assertion all day but I choose not to.
Good point sir
but I believe war4peace is even nuttier than that, referring to installed binary files by name e.g. abcde, he no doubt refers to "Microsoft Word" as "winword.exe" in casual conversation as well.
Someone should show the poor guy how to create menu items, or use a package manager that would create them for him, he's clearly uninformed
When I open Ubuntu Software Centre (on my desktop OS at work I might add) and I enter "database" or "web browser" or "word processor" in the search box I actually get meaningful results back showing examples of each with package names and brief descriptions of what they do.
I can also browse the software centre and click on things like "Developer Tools" then "Web Development" and once again get a meaningful list of things to install complete with descriptions.
I fail to see how this is in any way difficult when compared to sourcing your windows software from the Internet. Windows has finally got a software repository to call it's own with windows 8 so maybe it will become as easy as Linux and OS X for finding and installing applications now?
I suspect you've been self-harming by trying to use a Linux box the same way you use a Windows box with regard to finding and installing software by package name from the Internet? Package managers are your friend, they remove much complexity from this process, you should try one some time
Look, the whole concept of cars is very OLD HAT, regardless of whether they're powered by gas or whether they're powered by electricity. Furthermore, they're the wrong solution to the real problem.
Good luck with that idea, you have just completely disregarded all of the people and infrastructure in existence in one fell swoop! If you're going to make crazy suggestions, you may as well say "hell... what we need is teleporters, then we won't need cars at all". I feel these things have an about equal practical chance of being realised. Meanwhile in the real world, new design and invention typically has to improve on something or be so damn good that people rush to change their behaviour to include the obviously better new thing. New inventions that don't do one of these tend to stay on the drawing board, or on the shelves. Also I'd like to point out that it's better to have a "wrong solution" to the right problem than a "right solution" to the wrong problem. Many of the most useful things I've come across can be described this way. Cars are locally efficient for the user, but traffic is nasty and inefficient for the system. Trouble is... the user does not care! The average user ponders trains and thinks... "trains don't go where I need them to go; thus trains suck ass for me". This is a great example of the "wrong solution" to the "right problem". I don't think this simple problem will ever be solved with transport that runs on rails when users are free to choose alternatives. A good compromise is to make a better, cleaner car. It does not take away choice (we can still build super-sonic trains), but it does solve some of the problems that concern us the most about the environment. We also get to use the existing infrastructure we spent so much money on, and we don't have to somehow deal with the massive congestion centralising the whole frikkin population in cities would cause. There is no one true way, diversity rules