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Comment: Re:80-mile range? Keep trying... (Score 1) 178

by ihistand (#45154073) Attached to: Volvo Developing Nano-Battery Tech Built Into Car Body Panels

The intersection between people who want to drive pickup trucks and people want to who drive electric cars is close to zero.

I disagree with that totally. I have an F150 in the driveway, sitting next to a nearly worn out mid-size sedan which makes a lot of sense to me to replace with an EV. I think there are lots of households just like mine which a pickup and an EV would be a great combination, the best of both worlds.

Comment: exchangeable battery packs (Score 1) 178

by ihistand (#45153955) Attached to: Volvo Developing Nano-Battery Tech Built Into Car Body Panels

Seems to me the #1 problem with EV batteries is the time it takes to charge them. We need to get to the point that it is possible to re-fuel/recharge an EV in 5 minutes or less, like it takes to fill up at a gas station.

How about spending time and money researching something like a exchangeable battery pack, something standard sized which you could pull in to an EV station, drop out your used battery and exchange for a set of fully charged ones?

That would solve so many problems. I know Tesla is working on something like this, but they don't go far enough to make it usable in any car, like gas stations are today.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 938

by ihistand (#38361852) Attached to: NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

There is a practical difference: When you're talking to a person in the car, that person understands the context of the conversation. If traffic gets gnarly in front of you, or you have to shift the car, or make a U-Turn, or really anything.....they can see that and understand and respect the fact that it's important to put the conversation on hold until the situation is resolved...it may save both of your lives! A person on the other end of a phone doesn't see the situation, and can't prioritize it nearly as well.

Huge practical difference, IMO.

Education

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the people-get-what-they-deserve dept.
Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."
Apple

Old Apple 1 Up For Auction, Expected To Go For $160,000+ 156

Posted by Soulskill
from the doesn't-run-flash dept.
vanstinator was one of several readers to point out that Christie's is holding an auction for one of the original Apple 1 machines, complete with a manual, the original shipping box, and the letter from Steve Jobs to the owner. The invoice says the computer was purchased on December 7th, 1976, with an Apple cassette interface card, for a total price of $741.66. The auction house expects it to sell for over $160,000.
Image

Fine Print Says Game Store Owns Your Soul 262 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the anything-to-beat-this-level dept.
mr_sifter writes "UK games retailer GameStation revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of customers, thanks to a clause it secretly added to the online terms and conditions for its website. The 'Immortal Soul Clause' was added as part of an attempt to highlight how few customers read the terms and conditions of an online sale. GameStation claims that 88 percent of customers did not read the clause, which gives legal ownership of the customer's soul over to the UK-based games retailer. The remaining 12 percent of customers however did notice the clause and clicked the relevant opt-out box, netting themselves a £5 GBP gift voucher in the process."
Graphics

64-Bit Flash Player For Linux Finally In Alpha 172

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
Luchio writes "Finally, a little bit of respect from Adobe with this alpha release of the Adobe Flash Player 10 that was made available for all Linux 64-bit enthusiasts! As noted, 'this is a prerelease version,' so handle with care. Just remove any existing Flash player and extract the new .so file in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins (or /usr/lib/opera/plugins)."
Image

The Best Burglar Alarm In History 137 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the suck-it-Edison dept.
Sportsqs writes "When Nikola Tesla got creative with transformers and driver circuits at the turn of the 20th century he probably had no idea that others would have so much fun with his concepts over a hundred years later. One such guy is an Australian named Peter who runs a website called TeslaDownUnder, which showcases all his wacky Tesla ways, or rather electrickery, as Peter calls it." Very cool stuff, I wish I would have had something like this to protect my comic books from my little brother when I was a kid.
Input Devices

Rock Band Creators Hit With Class Action Lawsuit 79

Posted by Soulskill
from the thump-thump-thump-snap-!@#$ dept.
GameCyteSean writes "GameCyte is reporting that Harmonix, EA, MTV and Viacom have been targeted by a class action lawsuit. Customers allege that the companies knowingly shipped defective bass drum pedals for the music game Rock Band, then exploited customers' necessity for replacements by having the game's hardware warranty extension expire just as the sequel, Rock Band 2 — a game with improved pedals — was scheduled to release." I wonder if we'll see a similar suit against Neversoft and Activision over the equipment problems related to the Guitar Hero World Tour launch.

Comment: Re:IntelliJ IDEA still doing OK (Score 1) 277

by ihistand (#18034920) Attached to: Has Open Source Lost Its Halo?
I can't imagine working for a company that wouldn't shell out cash within reason for an IDE that I was comfortable with. What's a few grand in the grand scheme of employee-related costs? Currently I work with an IDE that costs $10k, not because I asked for it but it is the only choice for the proprietary ETL solution that we use. But certainly I don't get resistance when my license is up for renewal...

Software developers really have it easy. Generally speaking we get free laptops, free software, free coffee, everything we need to do our jobs, and the guys who fix our cars have a $1000/month Snap-On tools bill that they pay out of their own pockets.

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