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Comment Re:Fantastic, really. (Score 1) 306

The later second generation of General Motors EV1 ran on NiMH batteries, leased at prices comparable to a BMW, and had a 100-140 mile range on a full charge - more than enough for the vast majority of journeys (a 50 mile commute each way from city to city is about 3-4 hours driving depending on traffic, I sure as hell wouldn't want to drive more than that on a regular basis). Hell, even the 1st generation EV1 with a lead-acid battery (70-100 mile range) would be enough for my current commute.

Comment Re: Fantastic, really. (Score 2) 306

And unless your particular battery module is a commodity component, this is worth jack.

Nokia had the right idea on this ; most of their user-replaceable battery modules had lifespans longer than the line of phones they first appeared in. But with the trend toward integrated batteries, everyone started designing special-purpose units for one particular model, which is no longer worth manufacturing after that model became obsolescent. Which is a shame, because treated well, most phones will, as you note, outlast their battery.

Batteries degrade even on the shelf when you don't use them, so unless your phone was so mega-popular that it's worth manufacturing new ones (basically just iPhones), any module you're going to get is going to be old stock, or a knock-off manufactured so cheaply that you could almost rely on being able to use your phone as a grenade.

I have a Nexus 4 that I've had 5 years, has survived being repeatedly upgraded to the latest version of Android even when Google / LG stopped supporting it, is even outlasting the TPU case I bought for it, has only one or two imperceptible scratches on the screen. It's still my daily driver and still a great phone - the only two components I worry about are the USB port (I got a wireless charger to help reduce the number of cycles) and the battery - I still get 2 days of standby time if I'm careful, but it's starting to drop charge a little quickly once it drops below 40% now. I'd love to get a brand new, official, manufactured-this-year LG battery module for it, but such a thing does not seem to exist. And even the third-party knock-offs all seem to have been made in 2013 and sat in some superheated SE Asian warehouse since then, degrading to the point where they are sometimes worse than the unit they are replacing (as far as anecdotes on /r/nexus4 seem to reflect.)

Comment Re:No shit (Score 3, Insightful) 215

And frankly, who gives a shit.

You sweat the same stuff as you get in pee. You're covered in this stuff already. You're probably get more of someone else's on you from shaking hands with someone than you do from jumping in the pool.

And unless you have a bladder infection, pee is sterile.

There's no reason for concern, and what's more, people don't want to know. There was a vogue for putting chemicals in the pool that turned purple when they mixed with pee. Guess what? No-one uses them any more, because thinking about swimming in someone else's pee is far more of a (mental) health hazard than actually swimming in someone else's (highly diluted) pee.

Comment Re:AV Free for years (Score 3, Insightful) 352

Problem with whitelisting is that it destroys your computer.

It's not a computer any more. It's an appliance.

Which is fine for people you can only trust to run an appliance, but it prevents anyone from programming aka becoming more productive.

It's a nice little racket - it guarantees the IT dept. a job (they were charging £2,000 to vet programs for distribution at my last place), it gives the "real" programmers more work, but it stops users reaching enlightenment and getting the computer to do what it's for - lots of repetitive tasks in an automated manner.


Aside from that, whitelisting software has been responsible for some of the more spectacular performance drops I've seen - like taking a process that writes around 30,000 files and increasing it's runtime from 2 minutes to 15 minutes, taking an operation that subject matter authors were doing when they felt like it and making it a tea-break thing, totally wrecking productivity.

Comment Re:Its the capacitors (Score 1) 195

You wouldn't use electrolytic capacitors in space because the low pressure would cause the electrolyte to boil away fairly rapidly. Yes, even faster than normal.

As Mark Watney discovers in The Martian when his laptop goes "phut" when he takes it outside of the dome, consumer electronics, even units approved for usage on NASA missions, aren't designed to withstand environments outside what's normal on Earth.

Comment Re:Shoe on other foot (Score 1) 531

There are over 300 people in the USA for every police officer, and that ratio is only slightly higher in cities (1:250 for New York City).

There's now more guns than people in the USA, the bulk of them in private hands. In a civil war between the police and the people, I know who I'd back. And that's not even accounting for the fact that the majority of the police signed up because they wanted to protect those people, not mow them down en-masse.

Until the robot factories are mass producing killdroids, the people still have the edge in terms of power.

Comment Re:The business model (Score 1) 531

This is why business in the USA desperately needs to push for single-payer state healthcare.

You're spending 17% of your GDP when systems with comparable or better outcomes spend 10-12%, or even as little as 7% in the case of the UK NHS. Most of the difference is profiteering and insurance admin overheads.

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