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Comment: Re:Are Americans really this lazy? (Score 1) 454

by marc_gerges (#30890650) Attached to: The DIY $10 Prepaid Cellphone Remote Car Starter

It ain't really necessary unless you go to seriously deep temperature. If your usage profile includes -12 C (conversion for those of us having no clue about Fahrenheits), proper oil with the right viscosity will be 'there' within half a minute, tops. From then on, light load is way better to heat up the engine than letting it idle for an eternity. It's quite some air pollution, too.

Now, if you're going -30 or so on a semi-regular basis, I'd suggest a block heater or a propper fuel based heating system. Those will actually prewarm the engine.

Comment: Re:10+ is winning... (Score 1) 958

by marc_gerges (#29691793) Attached to: How many countries have you visited?

In Europe you can hop on a train or bus or car and visit 10 countries in a day.

Europe's not quite that small. You could do it with a sports car or private plane I suppose, but your life would be truly miserable.

That'll actually be a nice challenge, I'll need to try that one of these days.

I'm in Luxembourg, so 2 countries is about 5 minutes, 3 about half hour, 4 about an hour. 5 about 3 hours, but then it's getting somwhat pesky.

Starting in Dover/UK, I can do France, Belgium, NL, Germany, Luxembourg, then down south to Switzerland, Italy, back to France, taking Monaco into Spain. Around 2000 km, that'll be 20 hours of driving.

Better way: starting in NL, doing B, then down to Lux, dashing over to Germany, Switzerland, taking Lichtenstein, Austria, then down to Italy, over to France and Monaco. 1500 km.

Good plan, I'll try that next summer :)

Comment: Re:xxx (Score 1) 16

by marc_gerges (#29563007) Attached to: The reconstruction of the last days.

Jorg, as said, answer not for us, but for yourself. We don't need any justification.

In your writeup, you got the call when getting out of office in Lux City. Filling in blanks, I assume you got on bus to Howald (Konz?), picked up the car, went to your parents and then drove over to hospital.

I expect my reaction to have been to take a taxi and get to hospital. Irrelevant of the fact that ER is not open to outsiders, or that the dealer expects the car to be picked up that evening, or whatever else.

No wrong or right here, yours is just different than mine would have been.

The Almighty Buck

+ - Outsourcing Pricier Than In-house Services

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narramissic writes "According to research by Compass Management Consulting, based on analysis of 240 deals worth more than £20 million ($40 million), outsourcing providers were pricing contracts to produce savings of up 18% compared with in-house costs in the first year, but by the final years of the contracts, outsourcing charges escalated to an average of 30% (and as much as 45%) more than comparable internal operations. Furthermore, Compass said, 'the providers' need to cover bidding costs, generate profits and cover risks and corporate overheads were raising contract prices, typically by 20 percent more than a well-performing in-house operation.'"
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+ - ZX Spectrum is 25 years old today.

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JaJ_D (652372) writes "The BBC has got a nice little piece of history.

25 years ago today the ZX Spectrum was released (in the UK), and for £125 (250 USD at todays excahnge rate) you could get a 16 kB of RAM or with 48 kB for £175 (350 USD)

This was my first introduction to computing, and I still have my 16k (almost mint) and my 48k (not so mint) at home in the loft, and I can still remember the first program I wrote!

Looking back it is amazing the performance improvement of computing, in fact the standard size of an empty Word XP document couldn't be loaded into the memory of this little thing.

In the UK at least, this computer, more than anything else kicked off the whole home computing market, and triggered the first geeks sat at home in their bedrooms writing some fantastic code on this little thing.

Jaj"

'Push Ringtones' Establish A Whole New Level Of Pointlessness->

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As ringtone sales begin to fall, the mobile content industry searches for something else to sell people. They've tried ringback tones -- which replace the regular ringing noise callers hear with a song -- and even endtones -- snippets of songs to let you know your call has ended. Unsurprisingly, these haven't really sold too well. But brace yourself for an even more useless idea: "push ringers". Push ringers are ringtones that get pushed to your phone by whoever's calling you, meaning they'd get to control the sound your phone makes when you receive a call. While such an idea holds a fascinating potential for abuse, it's hard to imagine very many people willing ceding control of their ringtone to whoever happens to call them. Never mind the technological barriers to the idea, the sociological ones make it bound to fail.
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Journal: [Z80] Core board hopefully complete

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Hopefully I've finished the design for the Z80 core board now. I made a few changes yesterday - moved the bus connector to the left of the board (beside the memory and CPU), realising it was pretty damned stupid to put it on the right hand side (beside the CTC and PIO) in the first place, since that would require a huge via farm in the middle of the board, and then some very creative track routing, to get the rest of the address bus over to that side.

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