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Comment: Re:This guy has a better idea (Score 1) 221

by drumlight (#49211715) Attached to: New Concept Tire Could Recharge Car Battery
Hopefully this isn't going to remain the case for much longer as regenerative braking systems do seem like a low hanging fruit with the potential for extremely high efficiency. I'm not sure if the F1 KERS solutions employ anything with more general promise than flywheels but it is bound to be a fairly active area of research by others. Toyota and Mazda have tried super capacitor solutions and I don't think it will be very much longer until it is normal to recover almost all the available potential energy when braking in any conditions.

Comment: Re:Please be an Onion link please be an Onion link (Score 1) 221

by drumlight (#49211607) Attached to: New Concept Tire Could Recharge Car Battery
Actually the 11-16% converting to 2.3kW in the Tesla doesn't really make sense as a conclusion. Also both those links actually seem to point to the significance of rolling resistance as they include the ICE and the combustion inefficiency dominates everything else.
Looking at the link and only considering the useful output power which is what I was really imagining above; probably less than 55hp for the typical car at cruise and ~22kW for the Tesla. Then while maintaining a cruise the useful power is only split between:
  • Rolling Resistance = 7-11%
  • Air resistance = 11-16%

Depending on speed either drag or rolling resistance are going to dominate the power required. I really had never considered rolling resistance to be of great importance to a car despite my experiences on a bicycle.

Comment: Re:Please be an Onion link please be an Onion link (Score 1) 221

by drumlight (#49210781) Attached to: New Concept Tire Could Recharge Car Battery
Thanks, my gut tells me the rolling resistance figures given there are too high. The 11-16% aerodynamic drag given in your two links matches up nicely with the 2.3kW which I estimated was required to overcome drag in the Tesla.
I've got an EcoBoost Fiesta and during the winter here (Canada) the pressure gauges on most of the air pumps at the gas stations seize in the cold and so are practically useless. When it was finally warm enough to accurately check the pressure in my tires they were all around 30-32psi. After inflating them back to the recommended 38psi I noticed my economy improved from 6.5 l/100km to 5.5 l/100km although admittedly the average temperatures had also warmed up from around -15 to -5C. Even so it was enough of an improvement that I was surprised and will be checking tire pressures more frequently in future.

Comment: Re:Please be an Onion link please be an Onion link (Score 1) 221

by drumlight (#49210133) Attached to: New Concept Tire Could Recharge Car Battery
A typical rolling resistance of a car on asphalt is 441 N. So the power at 60 mph (or 26.8 m/s) is

441N x 26.8 m/s = 11.8 kW

Using wikipedia figures the Tesla seems to require approximately 22kW at 60mph but it is extremely low drag and probably has lower rolling resistance than the typical value above. However I'd bet most cars are using 40kW (~55hp) or less to cruise at 60 resulting in the rolling resistance being responsible for 25-50% of the power requirements. I'm not convinced it would be worth it in many cases but recovering 10% of the energy could provide 1kW, the same as a 70A alternator.

Comment: Re:Now if I could just type... (Score 1) 165

by drumlight (#48862335) Attached to: Your Entire PC In a Mouse
I assume the whole point is that it is easy to move the brains around with you. A MHL cable instead of HDMI would provide power along with a more flexible cable. Putting the brains and the input interface to a touch based OS in an easily portable devices could be a much more flexible solution than the Chromecast and its ilk.

Comment: Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (Score 1) 100

I've built a a handful web servers hosting live HLS streams for PEG and hospitality customers and RAM disks are a very simple solution that works great for me. It doesn't take much memory to store just ~30 seconds of a hundred different streams, the encoders can use webdav to push the streams onto the server and Nginx (but probably almost any other webserver) can easily serve 10's of Gbps on the cheapest of the E3 Xeons.

I can't think of a cheaper and easier solution than a RAM disk for this particular application.

I'm trying to do a similar thing on the RPi to build a CCTV system. Live streams straight from RAM but to then use the hardware calculated motion vectors to trigger recording onto an SD card. Unfortunately I'm currently stuck trying to find a tool that can perform the HLS packaging of the segmented elementary streams the RPi camera can produce.

Comment: Re:Inspections? (Score 2) 169

by drumlight (#48415267) Attached to: City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber
England had yearly safety inspections (the MOT) but in Ontario they do not exist and a safety test is only required when the vehicle registration is transferred i.e. when ever a second hand car is sold to a new owner. I don't think the safety check is required when transferring the ownership to a family member but I wouldn't swear to that.
I've been utterly shocked at the state of many cars on the road here with no sills left and nothing but rust in other structurally essential parts of the car. I think the OPP can stop cars that they deem unsafe but there certainly is no annual safety inspection and the only required test is a bi-annual emissions check.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 329

by drumlight (#43628139) Attached to: Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?
Yeah my experience with Futureshops warranty coverage sucked and our camera was actually replaced/reapaired twice without too much complaint. The second time is why I'd never recomend extended warranty coverage. It refused to turn on one day and it would have been outside the manufacturer's warranty. We took it into future shop and they agreed to send it out for repair, it was all handled without too much difficulty. However it was more than 3 bloody months later before we saw our camera again.
Is the failed device something you actually use? Do you want to go/ can you live without it for 3 months?
Save the cost of the extended warranty and just buy a better/newer replacement for immediate use on the extremely rare occasions where the warranties might actuallly be used.
I didn't purchase the warranty above myself and in fact I've only ever bought one which I was delighted with (even if I never use it). From a repair/refurbishment center for Sony they offered a 5 year extended warranty on my PS3, the $50 extended warranty also included 3 brand new games (from a choice of around 50, I took Drake3 and GoW3 plus something else) and a second brand new controller.
Most extended warranties suck and are just a very nice extra profit for the store, the only time I've ever personally seen one used the experience was so slow I would much rather not have had the warranty at all, I felt obliged to make use of it when it would have been better to just replace the device.

Single tasking: Just Say No.