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Comment Plex (Score 2) 226

I've got an Apple TV 4 which has a native Plex client and that works really well. I've also set up (with a bit of fiddling) PlexConnect on the Plex server which allows you to replace the Apple Trailers on an ATV2 or ATV3 with Plex too without any jailbreaking. That works amazingly well too. This way I still have the benefits of iTunes for renting movies and for my iTunes collection, but also Plex which is a much more flexible media server with clients for lots of other platforms.

Comment Programming, not coding (Score 5, Interesting) 515

i learnt to program at school from a Ph.D computer scientist. We never even had computers in the class. We learnt to break the problem down into sections using flowcharts or pseudo-code and then we would translate that program into whatever coding language we were using. I still do this usually in my notebook where I figure out all the things I need to do and then write the skeleton of the code using a series of comments for what each section of my program and then I fill in the code for each section. It is a combination of top down and bottom up programming, writing routines that can be independently tested and validated.

Comment Re:More context (Score 1) 228

"Maybe he uses DC fast charging too much. Those chargers put a tremendous strain on the battery and regular use will quickly degrade its life. They're for occasional long-trip recharges."

Actually, that's not true. Fast charging every day may reduce the battery capacity by 1% per year at worst. There's an example of a LEAF used as a taxi which was fast charged multiple times a day and covered 130,000 miles before it lost the first battery bar. In fact, the observation seems to be that age is the killer so a car will lose capacity whether you use it or not, and in fact leaving the car charged to 100% or run flat (not that the car lets you do that) for long periods are what will damage the battery most. The early batteries also suffered in hot climates but the recent lizard batteries are much better. My own battery actually increased in capacity after a long hot run with three fast charges in a single day.

There's no reason to fear using the car regularly, or using fast charges. Also, replacement costs for the batteries are coming down considerably too and there's an opportunity for aftermarket upgrades with new technologies. The newer NMO battery cells which are planned for the next gen LEAF will allow a 60kWh battery to fit in the space of my 24kWh battery more than doubling range assuming someone is able to put them on the market for the older cars which would be a potentially large market anyway. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying my car, doing long trips and using the fast charger network happily without producing any emissions (my country is largely run on non-fossil produced power.)

Comment Re:More context (Score 1) 228

He doesn't think he can do 50 miles on a single charge in a LEAF? The battery must be desperately sick for that to be the case. My 2015 doesn't even have the 30kWh battery and it can easily do 84 miles at highway speeds even with hills and stuff. 50 miles is no trouble at all even if I turn off all the energy saving stuff. Even if I only charge to 80% rather than all the way to 100% it will still easily do 67 miles. The EPA 75 miles a charge is pretty pessimistic in reality and is based on the average between a 100% and 80% charge and is for high speed driving. At lower speeds my car will do 100 miles without issue.

Comment ITV still exists? (Score 3, Insightful) 84

I'm trying to remember the last programme by ITV that I regularly watched. Last time I looked it was a bunch of generic cheap reality crap. I guess there's Downton Abbey but that's done now. Seriously, ITV made its bed and is now complaining that people don't want to watch crappy shows that get broken up every few mins by adverts. What a shock. The problem for ITV isn't the time the programmes are on, but rather VOD services such as iPlayer meaning people don't sit in front to the TV any more at a specific time and they definitely don't want to watch adverts. ITV Player is a joke by the way. Netflix and iPlayer. Job done.

Submission + - The legal challenge against adblocking is failing over and over (thenextweb.com)

chasm22 writes: "Wherever you stand on the adblocking debate – often somewhere between the protection of people’s rights not to be bombarded or a destroyer of jobs and industries – there’s no getting around the fact that if you’re anti-adblocking, you’re on the consistently losing side, legally speaking."

Comment Re:This. (Score 4, Informative) 191

"I saw a chart somewhere and basically there is 0 incentive to subscribe if you're not in North America unless you have a VPN to make it appear that you are."

It isn't about the volume, but rather the quality. The thing is, US Netflix has terrible documentaries and I like documentaries so even if I lived in the US, I would prefer the UK version. Documentaries on US Netflix are so frequently those dumb ones that go "Aliens!....pause for ads.....before the break, aliens!" and that is simply brain damaged. So no, being in North America isn't really the only reason to have Netflix.

Comment Re:NO WORRIES (Score 5, Interesting) 265

"ICE engines are amazing now with computer control. I have no desire to stop shifting mine. :)"

I've been driving cars for 35 years, mostly manuals, mostly petrol although I did own a 6 speed diesel once. I've taken petrol engines completely apart and rebuilt them. You could say I'm a bit of a petrol head. And yet, last year I took a test drive in a Nissan Leaf which is frankly a pretty cheap little car. That thing runs like it is a Rolls Royce. Incredibly smooth, with a really sudden and direct throttle with no lag whatsoever. Sure, the range isn't great but It took a look at my current petrol car and I only do mostly short journeys well within the range of the Leaf and if I need to go further I can always rent. I was convinced and I've bought a brand new Leaf. Petrol cars and the ICE are dinosaurs. They're slow, unresponsive and wasteful. Even the whole range and fuel thing is a non-issue for the vast majority of users because, while most people think they need to be able to drive 300 miles all the time, they don't. I fill my car up once a month and I do around 300 miles a month in it. That means each week I do about the range of the Leaf and the Leaf is always fully charged and ready to go. Plus, I have rooftop solar so the usual argument that I'm just moving the pollution to the power station doesn't hold because my car is going to use 100% renewable fuel. I've switched power companies to a carbon zero supplier that buys my excess power and also has a good plan for people with solar and EVs. This is the future. The ICE has had its day. It was fun, but oily and dirty and I'm happy to move on.

Comment Re:Peak battery (Score 1) 266

You're not talking about a single battery, but a bank of batteries. The whole pack comes out of service when too many cells fail but there are still working cells so the whole pack can still work and hold plenty of charge. While it is possible to pull the failed cells and keep a pack in service, the current approach Nissan has been taking is to pull the whole pack mainly because they've got better chemistry in the new packs but they do require you to trade in the old pack and they're using them as commercial solar storage.

Comment Re:Peak battery (Score 2) 266

"EV batteries last a couple of thousand cycles at the most. Which might be 5 or 10 years worth of driving. After that they are recycled into stainless steel pans and other items that aren't batteries."

Actually, EV batteries that are replaced still have about 70% capacity and move onto productive lives as solar storage batteries which doesn't need anything like the capacity a car does. For example, Tesla sells their powerwall which has a capacity of 7kWh but a typical spent car battery is still going to have more than double that (e.g. a Leaf battery will have dropped to around 18kWh once from 24kWh once it is replaced)

Submission + - MS Web Site Joins the Blocker Blockers (microsoft.com) 3

mikeebbbd writes: MS Support web site will no longer work with any kind of cookie or script blocking. The home Support page puts up an ugly block page, and if a deep link is used it displays text only and a large blue bar on top complaining about the blockage and how "you agree" to allowing all access "by using this web site." Bollocks. All incentive (i.e. some support) is now gone for sticking with Windows; at least in the past you could limit cookies etc. to MS domain only. Now more than 1/2 dozen other trackers must be allowed in.

Comment I can't make hydrogen (Score 1) 155

I've got an EV, and roof mounted solar. For the amount of driving I do (about 200Km a week) an EV is perfect and I make the fuel. There's no transporting, storage or anything. I make the fuel and it goes into the car's battery ready with a full charge any time I need it. Hydrogen is just another way to keep us paying for fuel. If I need to go further than 150Km and there aren't fast charge stations at the destination or along the way, I'll rent a petrol car. Hydrogen is not the future.

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