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Comment: Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (Score 1) 389

by mattack2 (#46829553) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

I think that's exactly right. The "range" on electric cars is best case (no radio, no climate control, being that dick who won't accelerate on the on-ramp, etc). "Half" is probably a good engineering fudge factor, and a 40 mile practical range doesn't cut it.

You are WAY underestimating it.

I honestly have not driven my smart to absolutely empty, but I do know that its range is very conservative. E.g. I drive 20 miles, and it only takes off 15 miles from the range estimate after that. So I end up going farther than it says when 'full', which usually is in the low-mid 60 miles. (I think the official range is 68 miles.)

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 194

by mattack2 (#46829533) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

Because, as noted, you don't get the _current_ programming.

BTW, I used to do exactly what you did, with e.g. movies or HBO shows.. Just "wait a year" and get them from netflix.

Heck, I don't even stay current with my shows, I'm just now watching this season of "The Following" and "Revolution". But I'm still watching them much sooner (and without commercials) than other places get them.

If you want to watch the commercials on Hulu, great.. and I've used it one or twice in the past for some rare missed show (a local preemption perhaps).

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 194

by mattack2 (#46829513) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

It's not "a better deal" since you can't get all of the current/new programming. (Also, I skip all the ads with a Tivo.)

I would pay a LOT more for something like Hulu Plus if it didn't have commercials (yes, having it all On Demand _is_ easier than "having" to record it myself, even with lots of tuners, since there are preemptions, annoying timeslot overruns that make the # of tuners less than you think you have, etc.)..

I was a Netflix subscriber from the VERY early days until around a year ago, btw.. and am still a "fan"... Just not a subscriber, except maybe for a month or two sometime to get their orig shows and one or two other things they have exclusive rights to.. but not as a continuing customer most likely.

Comment: Re:So ... (Score 1) 91

by mattack2 (#46792065) Attached to: Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

Anything that makes "wearables" die out faster is good in my book.

Do you carry around a smartphone all the time? If you don't, many people do.

Isn't a wearable "just" a subset of an existing smartphone, or arguably an addition (due to using smartphone for communication with the wearable)?

I don't have any of the FitBit, etc., but they seem to have become reasonably popular for the early adopter crowd.

Basically, I don't see a need for a wearable currently either, but to completely throw out the idea seems ridiculous. It seems like just an extension of "more, comparatively powerful, personal electronics being used for specialized purposes to augment one's life".

Comment: Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (Score 1) 359

by mattack2 (#46784449) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

as well as a 110v plug (which is almost useless since 110v charges so slow).

I admittedly don't regularly charge at home, only because we have free chargers at work (and I only do that 1-2 times a week).. But I still don't get this attitude.

Plug in when you get home, your car is (at least partially -- e.g. for a Tesla) charged the next morning... cheaper than gas. Your car also has timers to charge, so you can make it only start charging at a certain time if you are on time of day pricing for electricity.

Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 1) 355

by mattack2 (#46775571) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

$40 for a set you build one time that takes an hour or so

BTW, you realize that even though the kit may be for a specific Star Wars vehicle, you can still use the various parts to create whatever you want?

Also, while I too somewhat bemoan the "everything's a kit, not just a bunch of plain LEGO" (though I know you can still buy plain LEGO), from the same podcast I mention another response (likely a Planet Money podcast), licensed properties basically saved LEGO, because cheaper plastic bricks were undercutting them (even though theirs do apparently actually stick together better, as someone else mentioned).

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]