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Comment: Similar issue with Gsync / FreeSync (Score 2) 309

by foxalopex (#49480205) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

It looks like Nvidia's starting to abuse their market status by trying to force everyone onto their systems or at least to make it difficult to have alternatives. You can see a similar situation in the current adaptive sync Gsync / Freesync conflict where one became VESA standard (Freesync) and the other became proprietary and in general more expensive. I'm honestly considering avoiding Nvidia products at the rate they're going.

Comment: Re:Range Anxiety is Real (Score 1) 286

by foxalopex (#49270607) Attached to: Elon Musk Pledges To End "Range Anxiety" For Tesla Model S

Umm thou this is getting a little off topic. The Volt only provides about 60% of its true capacity because you risk damaging the battery if you charge a lithium up to its maxiumum charge and down to its minimal charge. I know this trick works because my Sony laptop is able to hold the battery charge at 50% and after 5 years of use the battery shows almost no degradation. GM I think decided to go conservative as well and I have noticed the range estimator seems a bit conservative in most situations. The amount of usable power it shows left however is accurate.

Still there's no such thing as no range anxiety on an EV. It's like going to space on a tank of air. Unless you have some way to produce large amounts of it or there's so much it's ridiculous, there will always be some range anxiety.

Comment: Range Anxiety is Real (Score 1) 286

by foxalopex (#49267087) Attached to: Elon Musk Pledges To End "Range Anxiety" For Tesla Model S

In a pure EV, Range Anxiety is a huge problem because obviously if you run out of power it will leave you stranded. Even if you could find an outlet to plug it into, it will take a significant amount of time to recharge especially if it is a low wattage 120v outlet. This could happen due to neglecting to charge up, incorrectly estimating range which is easy to do considering it varies depending on weather / driving conditions or in emergency situations. It's a problem because this means you need to plan for almost all your trips instead of the freedom a car is suppose to represent.

This is one of the major reasons why I went with a Chevy Volt, it's basically an EV but when you run out of battery, you have the safety net of using gas. It's a very good safety net as the Volt performs as well on gas with a flat battery as pure battery only modes. You will never hear of any Volt owners stressing over range anxiety but some will try hard to try to maximize their battery use to save gas. In recent studies, it's been shown that Volt owners are one of the few who are willing to risk pushing the battery use right to empty because they can. Most EV owners tend to only use half because it's too risky to run out of power on a trip.

I don't see how a software update could really fix this issue. Maybe there's a way to make the Telsa more efficient but that only gives you more range, it doesn't eliminate range anxiety. Or they design the car to outright lie to the user about how much range is left by severely underestimating.

Comment: Zombies Freeze in the Cold (Score 1) 247

The interesting thing about Zombies is they're for the most part fictional. In our Canadian winters up here, they'd likely freeze solid and they'd pretty much be easy targets at that point. Even if freezing solid doesn't kill them which is odd, there's no cold-blooded animal out there that is active in winter.

Comment: Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (Score 1) 529

by foxalopex (#48207035) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Umm you sure about that?

Here's one situation where trying to fight the bad guys with a gun turned out bad for the private gun owner. The cops ended up killing the couple so the sad fact is if this guy didn't try to handle the situation himself, he would still be alive. This isn't like the movies, in reality you don't want to be in these kind of conflicts.


Comment: Return of Space Sim Games? Zapper Fix? (Score 1) 154

I played a lot of games and I always found that first person view games stood the best chance of giving me motion sickness. I think a console game called Spiral the Dragon was one of the worst. On the other hand racing games, space sim games and flying games gave me the least problems which to me proves that this statement makes perfect sense. Maybe this VR tech will bring back the popularity of these kinds of games considering they were my favourites when I was a kid.

On the other hand I remember reading about a tech which applied electrical shocks to alter your sense of balance. While this might be a little extreme, it might be the solution to this problem.

Comment: Chevy Volt is a good compromise (Score 2) 247

by foxalopex (#47385047) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

For folks who want an electric now, the Chevy Volt is basically one for about 40 miles and then it switches over to gas for longer trips. It's a little small for some folks but being a hatchback, you can actually carry quite a bit of stuff provided you are not carrying passengers and price wise it's actually pretty close to $30K as well. I've owned mine for the last 2 years and it's turned out to be a much better car than I even thought.

Comment: Color E-Ink Tablet (Score 1) 321

by foxalopex (#47112513) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

I think what the author is really looking for here is a Color E-Ink Tablet. I would be very interested in such a device as well but alas such a device doesn't exist on the market sadly for a reasonable price. Folks seem pleased with back-lit displays but I find them not as comfortable to look at as an E-Paper device.

Comment: Asus Black Knight Routers (Score 1) 113

by foxalopex (#46823239) Attached to: WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

I would highly suggest Asus routers as a good alternative. Their native firmware is a customized verison of OpenWRT and they can be setup to run a version of Tomato firmware if you can't be bothered with the complexity. I own an RT-N66U myself and highly recommend it and it's successors. They even have a microSD slot inside for no apparent reason other than for hacking.

Comment: Re:Why would it kill millions? (Score 1) 987

by foxalopex (#46625301) Attached to: UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Mankind especially is very good at adapting to even quite sudden changes in climate, as are animals. They will move between regions, they will adapt to conditions. Areas naturally see drought and wet years over the lifespans of animals, they have to be able to deal with that - so they can also adapt to an overall change as well.

Umm no, I think you misunderstand how this works. Let's say you have 10 minutes of air. You need to spend 10 minutes in space. You're now told you have 5 minutes of air and to "adapt.". How do you "adapt"? The easiest solution is to draw straws and to have someone die in your place. Good-luck figuring out who and if you don't kill each other doing it. The problem is these poor countries are EXTREMELY poor, there's millions that are living on a knife's edge in that any small change in their lives will kill them outright or start literally a war. Yeah, we'll adopt all right but not all of us will make it though. Your logic is flawed.

Comment: Report Believable, but what to do? (Score 3, Interesting) 987

by foxalopex (#46624499) Attached to: UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

I have always found it interesting that a lot of folks would prefer that such problems didn't exist when even simple logic seems to point to the fact that it is human caused. Common sense tells you that if a billion of us start to burn things it might have some negative effects. Heck, I remember as a kid we use to dig holes in a riverbank for fun and over time with a few sticks we managed to amazingly reshape the entire riverbank. Granted maybe I shouldn't be so hard on folks who refuse to believe in it. After all if it doesn't directly affect me and I can't do anything about it, it doesn't exist right?

The real problem is what to do about it. It probably isn't all gloom and doom. The UN is making a huge deal of it because let's face it there's a LOT of third world and poor countries out there where even a small shift in climate would kill millions. The UN represents ALL countries. For us richer nations it will probably be uncomfortable, maybe an inconvenience at worst so long as serious world war doesn't break out. Still I wonder how morally bad we would feel if we knew that say saving a little now could save millions in another country. Sadly I suspect in the end greed will win out and we'll likely take the difficult road in life. It seems to sadly be what we do best. Wait until things get bad or someone dies, then try to fix it if we can.

Comment: Hopefully Stable and NOT explosive! (Score 1) 131

by foxalopex (#46399831) Attached to: Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Technically we could easily make a high powered battery pack using Lithium Polymer batteries due to their high energy densities. The downside of course is your car turns into a bomb if the battery pack malfunctions or is punctured. I wonder if these high density Sulphur batteries are as stable as some of the Lithium Phosphate Manganese batteries that are used in modern electric cars? Otherwise we'll never see them in large applications because they would be considered to be unsafe.

Comment: Not all Lithiums the same (Score 4, Interesting) 236

by foxalopex (#46348181) Attached to: Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

It's an interesting article for perspective but somewhat inaccurate. The article fails to point out that not all Lithium batteries are the same. The Volt for example uses such a different battery chemistry that it tends not to catch on fire even when punctured. The one simulated in lab fire occurred from the battery coolant catching on fire after it had a chance to dry out. (Took about a week.) The trade off is that the Volt's battery has lower power density which means that it holds less power for a battery its size. The Tesla S uses laptop batteries which have great battery density but have the obvious trade-off of catching on fire when punctured. An Iphone uses a Lithium Polymer battery which has some of the highest energy densities of all Lithium batteries. The downside is they explode when punctured. In a small device like a phone or tablet this isn't a big deal but in a Car which this would give it some amazing range, if it crashed it would literally be a bomb on wheels.

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