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Comment: Re:batteries are not rechargable (Score 1) 247

by bigtomrodney (#43357719) Attached to: Israeli Firm Makes Kilomile Claims For Electric Car Battery Tech

No moving parts, no maintenance

Let's see you couple that battery directly to a wheel and see how far that gets you moving before you wish you had moving parts between them. I am looking forward to electric cars being more common but blind optimism doesn't help, the fact is you still need an electric motor and batteries have too small a charge, too short a life and too much environmental impact.

You still have maintenance on the electric motor, you still have a motor and you still have toxic emissions albeit they are now suspended until the battery replacement.

Comment: Re:Antibiotic Placebo? (Score 5, Insightful) 240

by bigtomrodney (#43244363) Attached to: Most UK GPs Have Prescribed Placebos
That's exactly how I feel, but moreover logically that is why these medicines are prescription only.

As a European I was horrified to see that prescription medicines are routinely and frequently advertised on television in the USA instructing the viewer to ask their doctor to prescribe the medicine.

Comment: Re:Fascinating! And congratulations (Score 1) 81

by bigtomrodney (#43053365) Attached to: The Raspberry Pi Turns One
I'm running mine as primarily an XBMC box for my TV, pulling streams. However over the months I've used it for more and more stuff via ssh and I'm now running transmission-daemon on it as my torrent server. It performs flawlessly apart from the odd time I'll be watching something in HD and simultaneously have a 500K download but I'm almost positive that's more to do with the slow flash memory I'm using with it.

They're a great device. A close friend who is an old-school programmer has had his running non-stop since November and now uses it as his permanent *n?x development environment. It's only hobby stuff but he gets to play with GCC and ssh all day.

Comment: Re:who cares? (Score 4, Insightful) 266

by bigtomrodney (#41692573) Attached to: OpenOffice Is Now, Officially, Apache OpenOffice
I'm not so sure about that. I've seen cases where big-guns enterprise software has changed name and it's had a more positive impact. Users might have ignored a few point-version upgrades, even the occasional major upgrades. However when that new banner goes up it must be all new and good!.

Colours and words have a more tangible effect on the non-technical.

Comment: Re:In Xenon/HID headlight bulbs (Score 2) 225

by bigtomrodney (#41618937) Attached to: Where Has All the Xenon Gone?
No, Audi and Volkswagen's entire new line has LED headlights on all of their models this year and the A4/A5 have had them for 4-5 years now.

But don't think I'm agreeing with Tastecicles, because they're almost wrong. They are only the dipped/low-beam headlights as LEDs are not yet legal in the USA or Europe for full or high-beam use. But as for this usage, even SEAT has them now on some of their models and that's one of VAG's "budget" brands.

Comment: Re:EU needs money to give to Greece (Score 1) 292

by bigtomrodney (#41434605) Attached to: Google Could Face Heavy Antitrust Fines In the EU
Analogies are a bad debating tool. They sometimes work but they are not often logically sound.

If you really want to have a restaurant analogy in this case you should frame it like this. A restaurant that has 95% of business already, already has you as an existing customer for an unrelated product requires you to walk through their restaurant to a small door in the back that allows you access to the town's other restaurants. Their undue weight is approaching monopoly in that their inertia allows them to obscure competitors.

If you're not engaged in monopolistic practises then of course you will not be deemed anti-competitive. A monopoly does not serve the consumer.

Comment: Re:That looks... (Score 4, Informative) 263

by bigtomrodney (#40894811) Attached to: CDE Open Sourced
Come on, seriously. It's CDE. You know, the closed source desktop that preceded KDE. To look at it in these circumstances and say it looks "horrible" could be compared to Windows 95 being open sourced and you skipping to saying "it's out of date". There's a massive piece of the puzzle you just skipped over here.

In fact, I'm left wondering if you'd even heard of CDE before this article. I hate to say it, but you're reading Slashdot - we expect you not to RTFA most of the time but to be blind to something like CDE is fairly unforgivable.

"I may kid around about drugs, but really, I take them seriously." - Doctor Graper