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Comment Re: Volvo have screwed themselves (Score 1) 147

Either Ford have screwed up, or you got a bad example. Small engined VWs (1.2/1.4 TSI) I've driven have exhibited none of this, with plenty of torque available from ~1400rpm, with no effort required to spool the turbo. Compared to a 2.0TDI, you get far less noticeable boost.

Comment from someone here who owns one suggests they're not all bad.

Comment Re: Volvo have screwed themselves (Score 1) 147

I drive a 1.4 TSI, so not quite as small, but not worlds apart from the 1.0 Ecoboost. As long as you've got 1400rpm it's fine, more than 2000 and the rest of the power arrives. But that's not wildy different to my last naturally aspirated Toyota, and all in there's lots more low down torque, so you can accelerate uphill at 40 in sixth.

Comment Re:Volvo have screwed themselves (Score 1) 147

I'm not convinced this is that big a deal for most people. UK average mileage was 7900 miles in 2014. Even if you say the engine goes pop at 120k miles, that's still 15 average years of driving. Let's be honest, somebody buying the 1.0L Mondeo is probably going to drive fewer miles than average, so I don't see that being a bother for anyone, even if it does suffer reduced engine longevity. Any slight bump in an old car turns it into an insurance write off anyway. Average age of a car in the UK is 8 years.

If I had a choice between a modern 1.0L Focus, and a 1.6L Focus of roughly a decade ago, you see what difference you're talking about. Better performance (25% more power, 33% more peak torque), far better MPG, lighter. General torque curve means much more lower down power, so you have to work the gearbox less.
Hell, look at the current 1.6 Duratec engine, and convince someone to get that over the 1.0L.

If these engines were going pop at 50k I'd think you had a point, but they're not.

Comment Re:Ah, cry me a protectionist river (Score 1) 496

Which car are you referring to that needs 3 month oil changes? 1.4 TSI VW engine standard oil change interval is 10k miles. In the low tune version you get, achievable 40mpg, 122bhp, 148lbft. 60mph with no traffic, you get ~50mpg. No soot at all, exhaust clean as a whistle after 40k. Nicer to drive, and quieter than the equivalent diesel. Lower performance than that 2.0TDI, but quicker than the 1.6.

Does it matter that the engine lasts 600k miles when the car is typically scrapped well before that?

Comment Re:Who Cares? (Score 1) 262

Companies maximise profit, and they influence politicians to get the loopholes they want to avoid paying tax. Your annoyance needs to be focussed on the politicians for doing this, not the companies, I agree. That doesn't mean you should feel good about companies lobbying and then using loopholes to avoid tax.

You obviously have the option of not using companies that behave in ways that you disapprove of. Don't like companies that don't pay a living wage? Boycott them. Don't like companies that go to extreme lengths to avoid tax? Don't buy from them. Don't want bonded labour to be used to make what you buy? Don't buy it.

If enough people behaved this way, companies would start to behave better. The reality is that people choose to not find out, or don't care, then buy the cheap thing off the shelf.

When you renew your insurance, do you get the cheapest, or the one that you trust to deal with you fairly when you actually need them? I think the majority pick the former. Does that mean they deserve to get screwed when they need them? I'd say no, but it doesn't necessarily encourage the industry to evolve in a good direction.

Comment Re:No hardware or software fault? (Score 1) 80

I'm not sure that's a sound argument. You should be checksumming such that you're confident that what you're doing is what you were asked to do, and working in transactions, such that if you've not received a whole command group, you're not running any of it. I'd think it was only in desperate circumstances you'd issues a command that says do this, or in fact do anything plausible if you don't fully receive this, because you're about to fly into something hard...

Comment Re:Unfortunately, they're right (Score 2) 289

It happened to me with genuine products. Logitech keyboard/mouse that had a bluetooth receiver. Windows 7 decided it should have a new shiny bluetooth 3 driver installed for it which didn't work, which lost you access to the keyboard and mouse. Downgrade and pin, as you say, or disable the bluetooth entirely and have it act just as a keyboard/mouse.

Comment Re:Diminishing returns (Score 1) 181

Sure, but the smaller you go, the higher the ppi, and I'm just not feeling the benefit for most of the work I do. You're at 160ppi with a 28" screen, so end up scaling things up to make them a better size to use. At that point, yet you've got slightly nicer looking visuals, but not more lines of text. That said, the 28" you point to is a very attractive price, so you end up not having to argue for paying for 4k, as they're just a pair of reasonably priced 28" screens.

Comment Re:Diminishing returns (Score 1) 181

But the argument you're making is for screen real estate there. A pair of Dell 27" 110dpi 2560x1440 IPS monitors for £800 for me is probably of more interest than a 4k 32" screen. 50% more area, at a DPI that's adequate, for slightly less than a decent 32" 4k screen costs. Having used the Dell 32" 4k screen, I couldn't convince myself that the DPI was doing me any favours in normal work.

Comment Re: So - the fact that others are doing it makes i (Score 3, Informative) 312

That's not true. Companies charge what the market can bear, and if they had lower taxes, they'd mostly just reap higher margins. Do you really think Apples prices would significantly rise if their tax burden went up? That's certainly not true of all markets.

Comment Re:So - the fact that others are doing it makes it (Score 1) 312

In an ideal world, the electorate can deal with the immoral government, and the government can deal with the immoral company by making their actions illegal (if indeed it's the will of the people to crack down on immoral activity).

I'm not arguing that they should be punished for being immoral, but long term, they probably *should* expect the law to stop treating them so favourably.

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