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Comment: Re: Automatic swap (Score 1) 363

by netwiz (#47170931) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Exactly since when have auto manufacturers standardized on anything? Go to AutoZone. Look at the oil filters. There are literally dozens, and that's a pretty common part. Hell, there's not even such a thing as a standard oil. Manufacturers have _never_ created a standard part, everything is unique by brand and model, and I just don't see this being any different. Exactly how large a battery are we talking here? Maybe, if the range was 5000km, it might be useful, because that's about the range of a severe-duty oil change interval, but I guarantee that it won't be as cheap as an oil change.

Comment: Not ideal (Score 1) 363

by netwiz (#47170889) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

At 3000km, that's shorter than even a severe-duty oil change interval. One long trip and it's done. Seriously, say I wanted to drive from Dallas to Las Vegas; the battery lasts just long enough to get me there in one shot. Sure, the rechargable pack lasts long enough for the short drives once I'm there, but the return trip is going to suck with the repeated stops for recharging, especially with the lack of SuperCharger stations along the way. So by the end of 2015 I'll be able to make it, according to Tesla, but what do I do until then? I suppose if I can afford a Model S I'm probably affluent enough to pick up a plane ticket instead?

This "battery swap" is going to be nowhere near cheap, and we're talking about adding 220lbs to an already relatively porky sedan. I think I like my chances with next-gen rechargables better than this.

Comment: Re:Um, why? (Score 1) 290

by netwiz (#45652311) Attached to: New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

You should never, ever, EVER do this with factory tires, or any tires that have a tread pattern on them. The burnout box is for drag slicks _only_. The tread on your tires will do nothing other than pick up that water and deposit it into the launch area, creating a dangerous situation for not only you but the other racers. In most tracks, you will be instructed to drive around the burnout box if you're sporting anything other than an honest-to-god race car, and kicked out should you do otherwise.


Comment: CO2 will make the sea _what_? (Score 1, Insightful) 407

by netwiz (#32567768) Attached to: Bill Gates's New Version of the Einstein Letter

You've got to be joking. To see a rise in sea levels, you have to melt land-based ice, of which the only significant volume is on Antarctica. Even the IPCC admits that to see appreciable rise would take over 10,000 years. This is a cruel joke, with us as the punchline.

It's another way to strip people of power sources that enable modern standards of living in the here and now.

Comment: Re:Some things not noticed - electric and size (Score 1) 555

by netwiz (#31714006) Attached to: White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards

Here's the problem with electrics: what do you do when you run out of charge? A gallon of 3,3,2 isooctane contains enough energy to move a 6,000-pound vehicle carrying half a ton of cargo or occupants ten miles in ten minutes, and it can be carried in a bucket. Not so much with it's electric counterpart.

Crash-tests: your Prius isn't up against a Suburban in the IIHS crash standards, it's facing off against a four-foot steel-plated, rebar-reinforced concrete cube, anchored to a poured, steel-reinforced concrete foundation. Eventually, mass wins. There's only so much you can do with fold-y bits and energy-absorbing impact zones. Sooner or later you simply have to add more metal.

Engine efficiency: Carnot-cycle heat engines have, at most, a 60% maximum conversion efficiency. In four-stroke motors, about a third of that gets eaten just operating the engine. There is an upper limit. Hope you won't miss that nine-second 0-60, because you won't have it much longer.

Electric dragsters outrace the best gasoline and diesel vehicle? Not at the track. You remind me of a talks-out-his-ass ex-coworker, who claimed that jet dragsters were getting 1.5s 1/4mi times. He doesn't have a job anymore. I'm honestly not surprised. Top fuel cars use nitromethane, and you don't even have to get into the exotic fuels before you outrun one of the turbine-powered cars. Top-fuel and funnycar classes have been ahead of the Jet-A boys for nearly two decades now.

Suffice to say, when the tech actually exists, we'll have electrics. Not that we don't want to make them, they're still really unfeasible for a large array of needs.

Comment: Never mind the Constitution (Score 1) 544

by netwiz (#31486278) Attached to: Yale Law Student Wants Government To Have Everybody's DNA

As I see it, this violates at least one Amendment (#4, right against search and seizure without warrant) and maybe more (I can probably make a case against #6 as a violation of the fact there's no act or cause of accusation and maybe #5 as a violation of my right to not self-incriminate). This is sick. This kid should be drummed out of Yale due to his gross misunderstanding of the fundamental tenants of criminal law in the United States.

Comment: Re:Before the arguments start? (Score 4, Informative) 517

by netwiz (#28846381) Attached to: Fair Use Defense Dismissed In SONY V. Tenenbaum

Because it's not legal in the U.S., nor is there any precedent of case law to suggest Tenenbaum's actions were legal? In fact, all the case law to date only reinforces the concept that what Joel did was illegal, and essentially sets fire to any and all copyright law that's ever existed.

Comment: Seriously, what the hell? (Score 5, Interesting) 517

by netwiz (#28846339) Attached to: Fair Use Defense Dismissed In SONY V. Tenenbaum

This "defense" cooked up by Neeson's retard students is absolute malarkey. The judge's ruling against fair use as a defense is spot-on. There's no "fair use" here, only some kid violating copyright for the hell of violating copyright. This is going to end badly for Joel, and his crybaby defense scheme is only going to set bad precedent. Someone somewhere will only extend this case's outcome to further wreck the place. The whole thing stinks to high heaven of a bunch of whiny Harvard assholes who simply didn't get what they want and would rather push a shitty agenda rather than work through rational means.

Comment: Fear the giant anonymous database (Score 1) 31

by netwiz (#27787209) Attached to: A Look Into the FBI's "Everything Bucket"

Here's a concern. Given the degree to which morons are let enter data to run-of-the-mill DBs like the one in the article, what's the level of accuracy? How many times has some nimrod phoned you up to generate harassment due to bad data? How many times have you yourself called to correct something only to be told "well, the computer says so, it must be right!"

People will make serious policy decisions based on this bad data.

Voluminous quantities of stupid and failure are certain to follow.


+ - I am the bad boss!! what now?!?

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Anonymous (666) writes "I'm an IT manager since almost 2 years now and out of no-where (maybe arrogance), I decided to do a 360 feedback (using one of those websites). Employees were able to answer anonymously and, now I'm sure, didn't hold on anything on their mind. Turned out I'm not very good; pretty much very bad. As suggested, I'm one of those managers who got promoted due to "technical prowess" in my previous position. And in all honesty, although I like the job (well, before I did...), I didn't sign up for this (people who hates you and goes bad mouthing about you — not that they're not right, just that I don't want to be known like that). What should I do now? You guys saw anyone in that same position (maybe you?) and actually turned it over and became a good boss?"

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. -- Thomas Hewitt Key, 1799-1875