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Comment Re:The only fix for vampire draw (Score 1) 424

1,000 amps? Since when did residential electrical service supply that much current? No, Tesla's highest-powered residential charger draws less than 100A at 240VAC. And even the Supercharger doesn't use that much power--it's 120kW, whereas 375V 1000A = 375kW. Don't know how much current the Supercharger draw, but Wikipedia says "The SAE DC Level 3 charging has not been determined but the standard as it now exists has the potential 200–600 V DC at a maximum of 400 A (240 kW)."

Comment Re:BT (Score 3, Insightful) 336

People had been complaining about misleading "download" ads on TortoiseSVN's download page for years, and the maintainer, Stefan Küng, refused to do anything about it, basically saying he develops TSVN for free, so he's entitled to as much ad money as he can get. Even reasonable suggestions such as putting a border around the ad that said "Advertisement" were rejected. I had even offered to donate to the project if he put a labeled border around the ads. While I don't have any problems with him getting ad revenue, I did have a problem with him relying on deception to get it. So, I suggested that anyone who found the ad placement misleading file a policy violation report with Google ("The site makes it difficult to distinguish ads from content."). In response, he killfiled me and banned me from the tortoisesvn-users list. Talk about butthurt :P. But perhaps the reports had an effect, since he did add the border as had been suggested. And I donated 150 euros to the project. And I still think Stefan Küng is an asshole (which I mentioned in my Paypal note to him :)

Comment Re:Google Uses Quick Office... (Score 1) 178

The point is that if editing documents on the phone is important to you, you'd buy a device that did have a way to output video to a larger screen. (My Android phone can do that, although I have no use for the feature and have never tried it... I bought it because it was cheap--LG Nexus 4)

Comment Re:Technology is hard and dangerous (Score 1) 610

That's true, but has anyone bothered to do it yet? Cars have had electronic throttles for quite a few years now, and I haven't heard of that feature.

Toyota? See: Smart Stop Technology.

Nissan too. And Ford, Hyundai, BMW, etc....

Actually, after the Toyota scandal, I'd be surprised if it wasn't standard on all cars with electronic throttle.

Comment Re:No backup infrastructure? (Score 2) 262

What is the most disturbing part of this story is it seems that doesn't have any major infrastructure for backup of users data. I would have thought that it would be as simple as pressing a button "undelete" for the support people to restore last available data before deletion.

Well, maybe they do. As the Fine Article says, he did get his data back. It just took them a while to figure out the chain of events that caused it to disappear in the first place.

Comment Re:Not that interested in the teething problems (Score 4, Informative) 429

Yes, please, lets mention them. Or wait, we can't because they haven't been stopped. Anyone who had difficulty one day, has been able to get through later that day or the next day at worst. Remind me again what your dictionary has listed for "disaster"?

"Anyone"? It only takes a single counterexample to disprove that, and here I am. I signed up for an account on Oct 1--took me a couple of tries, but I was eventually able to do it. Got my confirmation email, confirmed it, and my account should be active. However, I have never been able to actually log in. When I try, I get a red error message under the username/password boxes saying, "The information you entered isn't valid. Review this information." If I use the "Forgot Password" link in an attempt to reset my password and enter my username, I get an email with a password reset link--so my username is obviously in the DB and associated with the right email address. But when I click that link, I get a page that tells me that "We weren't able to process your request because we couldn't find a Marketplace profile that matched the information that you provided." Wut.

And although it only takes a single counterexample to disprove a universal, I'm certainly not the only person having the exact same problem. Do a web search for those error messages and you'll find many others saying the same thing.

Comment Re: Who do people still use PayPal high value acco (Score 1) 443

Have you ever tried that, asshole?

Which is easier: getting your local idiot bankers to roll back a fraudulent debit, or doing a VISA chargeback?

Why yes, I've done both, and they were about equally easy. Someone printed up some checks with my account info, and pretty much all merchants turn checks in to ACH debits these days. I called up Bank of America, they looked at the check images and other stuff, agreed that the checks were fraudulent, transferred my money to a new account (including the amount that was fraudulently debited), and mailed me an affidavit to fill out, sign, and send back. The main difference with a VISA chargeback is that depending on the situation, they might not insist on sending a new card with a new number--however, I suspect if the amounts involved were the same as in the check fraud case (almost $2000), I would've gotten a new card number.

Comment Re:Wow, an amazing co-incidence (Score 1) 106

How is it a "huge problem"? ASCII has a number of control characters too. A whitelist is a great idea, but why is the whitelist so restrictive? Just grab a copy of the current Unicode Data file and whitelist all current non-control characters. And if you're concerned that Zalgo might come, I suppose you could omit any non-spacing chars from the whitelist without people complaining too much (though perhaps it'd be good to include the ones that are actual letters in various Indic scripts).

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