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Comment: Re:Misleading Article Summary (Score 1) 70

by lag10 (#47958667) Attached to: Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

Well, it all depends on where you get your electricity. The vehicle is purely electrically driven. It does have a petrol driven generator to top up the battery, but the engine is not involved in driving the wheels, so could easily be described as all-electric as you can rip out the engine and the car still drives.

No, a hybrid is not an "all-electric car." The Fisker Karma is a series hybrid, not an "all-electric car." There is a huge difference between an "all-electric car" and a hybrid.

Being able to easily describe something one way does not necessarily make the description accurate.

The tesla has a large amount of batteries, charged from an external generator.

An "all-electric car" such as Tesla's Roadster, Model S, or Model X can obtain its electrical energy from any number of sources. That's one of the major selling points for "all-electric cars." Sure, The Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid, but it has a much smaller battery capacity than a comparable "all-electric car." Its ability to make full use of plug-in power is limited compared to an "all-electric car."

In summary, a hybrid and an "all-electric car" are not the same thing. They target different segments of the vehicle market.

Comment: Misleading Article Summary (Score 4, Informative) 70

by lag10 (#47958493) Attached to: Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

New submitter sumit sinha notes recent reports that Tesla may soon be joined again by Fisker in the world of high-end, all-electric car makers.

The Fisker Karma is not an "all-electric car." It has an electric drivetrain with a gasoline range extender. The article itself makes this quite clear:

The Karma, a hybrid-electric vehicle equipped with a small gasoline engine that kicks in when its on-board battery is depleted, previously had a starting price of around $100,000.

If you could try to make more accurate article summaries in the future, that'd be great. Thanks.

Comment: Re:What about flat cards? (Score 1) 142

Uhmmm, my credit union prints their own cards right in the branch and hands them to you when you open an account. With raised numbers like a normal card. The card printers for making properly-embossed cards are not that expensive.

That may be the case, but it's a moot point considering that some cards received in the mail (such as Discover IT cards) are now switching to flat printed (unembossed) formats. It's no longer an issue of how expensive embossing machines are.

Here's an article on the subject from MSE Money: http://money.msn.com/credit-cards/4-ways-credit-cards-are-changing


Ph.D Webcomic Gets Adapted Into Feature Film 126

Posted by timothy
from the grad-students-get-free-cheese dept.
Technically Inept writes with the lead paragraph from a report at Comics Alliance: "To the best of my knowledge, Jorge Cham's Piled Higher and Deeper (better known as PhD Comics) is the first webcomic to be adapted into a feature-length film. After months spent on a college campus screening tour, Piled Higher and Deeper: The Movie is finally available for purchase and streaming. And, like its comic inspiration, the PhD pokes fun at the frustrations of graduate students, those noble folks who enter academia with dreams of changing the world and inspiring young minds, only to be thwarted by indifferent professors, lazy undergrads and the ever-present fear that they'll never graduate." The short review linked makes this sound like a very watchable movie.

Comment: Re:But I thought... (Score 1) 378

by lag10 (#37087384) Attached to: Which Company Is the Largest?

I think you mean ten years ago not 'the last twenty years'.

No, people were predicting Apple's demise way back around 1991.

Just look at this one earnings story for a reference of what sparked that round of speculation:

Comment: Re:Did I miss something? (Score 1) 372

by lag10 (#36938774) Attached to: Foxconn To Employ 1 Million Robots

According to Google Dictionary:

employ Verb /emploi/


verb: use, engage, utilize, hire, apply
noun: service, job, occupation, work, business, office, situation, engagement, place, berth
employed past participle; employs 3rd person singular present; employing present participle; employed past tense

1. Give work to (someone) and pay them for it

2. Keep occupied

3. Make use of

I would say that option 3 was used in this case.

Comment: Re:Used this at HHGregg before (Score 1) 725

by lag10 (#34593398) Attached to: Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers

and I am going to try it again this year. Amazing what prices they will match when it comes to getting a sale. This year I need two 42 LCD televisions, they want 699 whereas I can get them from a certain major online retailer wants 599 and others 589 with no tax or shipping costs.

Will be curious what price they will go down to.

I have to disagree with your assessment of HHGregg's willingness to price match.

A local department store chain had a pedestal for LG washers/dryers on sale. I called HHGregg ahead of time to ensure that they could match the price, and the answer was "we sure can."

After a half hour or so of having the sales associate verify the deal on the competitor's website and asking his manager for authorization, he finally came back that they could not match the price. Apparently, the competitor's price was "below cost." Despite HHGregg's 110% price guarantee, they could not even match a competitor's price by 80%.

BestBuy had absolutely no qualms matching the department store's price, and they actually had the pedestals ready to go at the store. HHGregg would have had to order them from their warehouse, taking additional time.

I cannot honestly imagine myself ever again walking into HHGregg.

Comment: Re:Tech companies (Score 1) 685

by lag10 (#34034822) Attached to: From Apple To Xbox, Tech Companies Lean Left

and Calfornia is often seen as the most liberal state

Which of course explains why Reagan, Nixon, Wilson, and Schwarzenegger came from there.

Which Wilson? If you're referring to Woodrow Wilson, he was born in Virginia and lived in New Jersey for quite some time. Hell, he was the president of Princeton and later NJ's governor.

Comment: Re:Luddites (Score 2, Interesting) 506

by lag10 (#33671454) Attached to: When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

I live in South Jersey. I pump my own gas. Not because I'm anti-service either, but because I don't trust anybody to properly put my gas cap back on. Every time I let someone else do it, they either forget to put it on crooked, leave it unlocked, or forget to close the gas door. I generally get gas at one location (I don't drive very far) and they know me well enough to let me pump my own gas. All you have to do is say, "this thing's a pain in the ass, let me do it." or "save your strength, I got it." and you're clear.

As an FYI, pumping your own gas into any sort of container (gas can, your car's gas tank, etc.) is against NJ state law.

If the gas cap ordeal bothers you so much, you might want to get a car with a self-sealing fuel filler. Ford has made such fuel fillers standard across its product line: http://wot.motortrend.com/6253125/technology/fords-capless-easy-fuel-filler-to-go-standard-across-range/index.html

Comment: I know how the next codec standard will be chosen. (Score 0) 686

by lag10 (#32051876) Attached to: Steve Jobs Hints At Theora Lawsuit

It won't be chosen by the likes of Apple or Microsoft. I won't be chosen by potential lawsuits (at least not to a significant extent.)

Nope. There's one industry that will dictate the next standard. That industry is porn.

The porn industry had effectively chosen Blu-Ray as the de facto new standard for high def video: http://www.pcworld.com/article/125618/porn_industry_may_be_decider_in_bluray_hddvd_battle.html

The porn industry chooses its standards. Everyone else follows.

Comment: Re:This is not news. (Score 2, Interesting) 120

by lag10 (#31643606) Attached to: Yelp Founder Says "No Extortion — Just a Misunderstood Algorithm"

Yelp has been bullshit for some time. It's a neat idea, but they've censored several of my negative reviews which were all factual.

As such, Yelp holds no value.

This seems to be a common problem with such reviews. Fortunately, I've never seen Google Local remove any review that I've made.

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