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Comment Re:What Tesla doesn't get is Marketing (Score 3, Informative) 328

I saw the episode when it first aired. He said "[we wanted to do some more shots] but look what happened" in the VO that showed the car being pushed into the garage by hand

I saw the episode when it originally aired as well, and I quite distinctly recall mentioning to my buddy that it was silly to estimate the range by the usage on a race track, since nobody would, or should, drive like that on public roads.

I think you're mixing it up with the part that comes a bit later, where he says

And it appears you don't get much in the way of reliability either.
[Shot of Tesla driving slowly along track] Oh I don't believe this, the motor's overheating and I got reduced power.
[Exterior shot] While it cooled down we went to get the silver car out again.
[Shot of silver Tesla in garage with doors open] Only to find that while it was being charged it's breaks had broken. So then, with the lights fading, we had no cars at all.

I haven't followed the case closely, I have no idea how this specific segment holds up.

Comment Re:What Tesla doesn't get is Marketing (Score 2) 328

He also said some downright false things, for example that it had run totally flat and had to be pushed back into the garage by the crew to be recharged [...]

He said no such thing, at least in the episode I watched. What he did say was

This car then really was shaping up to be something wonderful. But then... [cuts to shot of the Tesla losing power followed by the car being pushed into the garage] Although Tesla says it does 200 miles, we worked out that it would run out after just 55 miles.

Emphasis and errors are mine.

So yeah, the images were overly dramatic which makes the whole thing seem bigger than it is, but that's not really that uncommon in the news world now is it.

Reference: http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/electric-shocker

Comment Re:I'm a little confused (Score 1) 115

However, there is one thing I am confused about with the muon: it can decay??
I thought fundamental particles are the smallest that small can get, as in, you can't get anything from "splitting" it, there is no substructure within?

Yes, the muon decays. Just because it's a "fundamental" particle doesn't protect it from E = mc^2, so to speak. Since the muon is a heavier version of the electron, it is also more energetic, and thus the tendency is for it to decay to the less massive/energetic electron.

Comment Re:Performance (Score 1) 199

I can't imagine that you're going to be making the most of the hardware somehow.

Depends on what you do with it. Consider this article about PCI-Express scaling on a 5780... A lot of games get 75% FPS or above using only a 1x PCIe port compared to a 16x. Keep in mind that the 5870 is a high-end card, and the 520 is a low end, so I don't think the performance hit will be that bad.

Comment Re:I remember the same arguments about Calculators (Score 1) 511

The end result was that rather than having people solve very simplistic problems that they could actually pull off in a 4x4-inch section of paper, students were to solve far more complex problems that actually test their understanding of what they are attempting to do instead of their grasp over carrying a 1.

Not in my experience.

Calculators were strictly forbidden at every math exam I've had at university. They tested my knowledge and understanding far better than any other exam I had. All I needed was to know the multiplication table (up to 12 helps), how to multiply larger numbers and how to divide numbers.

With calculators you may learn how to solve certain problems by rote, and thus score slightly higher on tests. That doesn't mean you have any understanding of the math involved. Tests where calculators are involved seem to be prone to this, at least in my experience (which is admittedly not that extensive). My girlfriend had "learned" math like this. She attempted to take further math classes, but quickly struggled as there was no longer a magic button that would rescue her.

I guess my point is that calculators doesn't do anything for understanding.

Doing trivial multiplication and addition on paper is a skill I believe most people should possess, and if you have that as a basis you can test their skills in everything from easy to complicated math problems.

They can of course help with productivity if you know what you're doing.

Comment Re:Shortage of engineering jobs, (Score 1) 580

I asked you below, and I'm going to ask you again. Do you have some proof of this? I honestly want to know. I'm an independent voter and a musician. Can You Prove what you've asserted twice in this thread?

While I don't have the specifics on the case parent mentioned, The Economist ran a couple of stories about somewhat similar cases a year ago. Here a relevant quote:

In 2000 four Americans were charged with importing lobster tails in plastic bags rather than cardboard boxes, in violation of a Honduran regulation that Honduras no longer enforces. They had fallen foul of the Lacey Act, which bars Americans from breaking foreign rules when hunting or fishing. [...] The lobstermen had no idea they were breaking the law. Yet three of them got eight years apiece. Two are still in jail.

Comment Re:My Concerns about CS:GO (Score 1) 109

"CS: GO is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment." - Valve is not the primary developer for the game, so it may not be up to standard Valve quality.

The above statement doesn't shed much light on who's doing what, however Hidden Path has Xbox experience and apparently also have provided updates for CS:S lately. In addition Their "Defense Grid" game was very solid IMHO and I think they're capable of delivering "Value quality".

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