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Comment VPN works fine; Telstra is throttling (Score 2) 50

It's pretty telling that should a Telstra user (who's experiencing slow performance) activate a VPN, suddenly they have no issues whatsoever downloading from the various Apple services. The only way this could be the case is if Telstra is intentionally throttling (by way of some QoS method) traffic destined for Apple's address ranges. Their claims of a cable cut are bald-faced lies, nothing more. That they've "fixed" it shows the degree to which they've been caught, and relented their behavior. While the motives for this remain to a certain degree unclear, it' appears to be yet another case of a big, unregulated "communications" company (I place quotes due to the obvious nature of their desire to bleed their customers for all they're worth) pushing around their users as though they were a commodity to be monetized. Hey Apple, you want to not look bad? Pay up or else!

Comment Platform differences (Score 1) 227

I wonder how far off the OSX requirements will be. Typically OSX users pay a higher price for the kernel's greater abstraction between layers, although I've not really dug into the internals terribly deep for a few major revisions. Is that still the case or have the graphics APIs come along at a similar pace to DirectX? What's Apple calling it now? Metal? IIRC this is an IOS-only bit of tech, but it would help whole bunches for it to get ported to the main OS.

Comment Re: Automatic swap (Score 1) 363

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

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

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

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

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

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:gosh (Score 1) 517

Eh, I have a real problem with prosecuting the people for "making available." Prosecuting people that share their music for having enabled copyright infrigement is essentially like prosecuting people for leaving their doors unlocked and having enabled burglary.

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

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.

Make it right before you make it faster.