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Comment Re:Heater (Score 1) 700

It is probably not common knowledge that the heater in an all electric car uses the battery extensively vs. just blowing heat off of the radiator.

Please tell me more about this car that warms the passenger compartment by just blowing heat off of the radiator.

Comment Re:A little information (Score 1) 700

That 1% is the reason my friend called me silly for buying a convertible. Sure, it's a fun ride for 99% of the time but won't be any good when we have to move a piece of furniture. Simple solution: get 2 cars. One for everyday use, one for the 1% trips.

For those 1% of trips, I just rent something from U-Haul, Home Depot, or Enterprise, or have the furniture/lumber/whatever delivered. It's already far more convenient for me to use conventional rentals than to buy, insure, license, and maintain a vehicle that I only ever intend to use 1% of the time. And I can pick the type of vehicle that would be best for the job: Whether I need a van or a trailer, a large box truck or a glorified church bus, it's easy and comparatively cheap to rent what I need when I need it.

And in the future, perhaps even the near future, that second car won't be necessary anymore, because we will have convenient car rental: the kind where you book a car for the next day,

I don't need the vehicle to deliver itself: Even if I'm by myself, leaving my car at the rental place isn't a problem (I can't drive both of them at the same time anyway).

Comment Re:Musk to NYT (Score 1) 700

I can tell you with pretty good certainty exactly how much further my car can go based on the gas guage. Clearly there isn't that same capability with this car and the battery.

Good! You know how to estimate. Given enough time to get used to things, I'll bet you can estimate the range of a Tesla equally well.

Comment Re:No thanks. (Score 1) 362

European/Mexican Coke tastes better than U.S. Coke, for example, but they're still fairly close. Mt. Dew Throwback tastes more different.

Mexi-coke is just Coca-Cola that has never been fucked with: Notice that it does not say "Coke Classic" as every bottle of stateside-produced Coke does. Cane sugar is very cheap almost everywhere but in the US, so they've never had to do anything different.

Mt. Dew Throwback is a different animal entirely, the most obvious difference being that it does not contain orange juice whereas "regular" Mountain Dew does.

I'm fortunate to be able to visit a little Mexican shop downtown that, in addition to fresh tamales, has real Pepsi imported from south of the border. It comes in 16-ounce returnable bottles, and is exactly as I remember it being ~25 years ago.

Comment Public shows (Score 3, Interesting) 164

It's not so hard to get from A to B in any public show: The trick is just to act like you belong there, just like everyone else who also belongs there. Blend in.

My own favorite was at a show at the Detroit State Theater. We had assigned seats in the balcony, but the sound really was very bad up there. So we left, wandered, and came up to the entrance for the general-admittance floor area.

There were two security guards looking at tickets before people were allowed into this space, with a small line formed before each of them. We walked right between them as if we owned the venue ourselves, and didn't encounter any trouble. (The sound at front, stage-left was excellent. Kudos to the boardmonkey, and meh to whoever it was that specified the line arrays for that show.)

And for other intermittently-crowded places, carrying a Motorola 2-way portable radio helps. You can direct traffic and behave authoritatively in almost any capacity, even with long hair, regular clothes, and a beard, as long as you have a radio and the gumption to make it look like you belong there. Do that for a little bit, and nobody around will think twice when you slip in through a side door. And after that, just blend in differently: At that level, people aren't paying much attention to security.

(And no, it doesn't matter if the radio works or can talk to anyone.)

So: Social engineering one's way into the Superbowl? Nice feat, but not very surprising.

Comment Re:The TL;DR (Score 1) 210

That makes sense to anybody and everybody. "Protection against what?" "Short circuit." "Oh".

These are the same people who have a light fixture that is intermittent, and declare that it is caused by a "short," when in reality they're almost certainly experiencing what would more appropriately described as a "long."

You're really not helping educate anyone at all. Please stop.

Comment Re:The TL;DR (Score 1) 210

Yes I am strange, and your UID is strange: It has too many digits. So what?

The "protection relay" is all that has been discussed in any of TFAs that I've seen, without any mention of "breaker". And then someone generalizes and says that it's a "circuit breaker," before some EEs come along and say that the "protection relay" is not a circuit breaker, when the fact is that it does just that: It does not have to be in series with the load in order to control that load*.

And then I show up in the middle of all of it and try to simplify terms. And then you tell me how wrong I am for using simple and established English terminology, even though in the broadest of terms such a system would obviously be considered a "circuit breaker."

*Simple, bone-headed electronics: Need to turn things on and off? Use a transistor. Need to turn bigger things on and off? Use that transistor to drive a relay. Need to turn even bigger things on and off? Use a contactor* driven by that relay. Bigger things? Switchgear. Need a fancy way to turn big things off when something goes wrong? Use a "protection relay" in place of or in addition to your usual relay.

Most folks would consider that a pedantic way to describe a simple system, even if they don't even know the word "pedantic" but merely understand the concept, because such details aren't really all that important to the general populace. And anyone who understands English could properly describe the system as "an electronic switch."

**: The delineation between "relay" and "contactor" is also pretty vague, such that the terms can be used interchangeably across a fairly wide range of applications.

Good luck flying your car to work.

Comment Re:The TL;DR (Score 1) 210

A circuit breaker never detects *anything*. Ever. It can't.

Mine do. They're in the basement, in the panel. Not on a trolley, or on a cart, or in their own building. But they do. Some of them detect overcurrent, some of them also detect ground faults, and some of them additionally detect arc faults. It's not an abnormal panel.

I know you don't care but swallow your pride and learn something.

But you're not trying to teach. You're trying to prove that my terms are wrong. And they're not incorrect terms to begin with.

Which, really, is the whole point that I've been trying to make. Or did you miss that part?

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