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Comment Re:Not shocked at all (Score 1) 990

So where are you going? Out into the deep woods? Because most of the places people drive to today are electrified. Remember that I said 'moderately in the future' and 'superchargers are common'. IE even if there's not a charge point now, there will be in the future.

Just driving inland on the eastern side of Australia.The towns are in the range 100km to 150km apart. With the example 30 minutes for 300km range trying to drive that 300km would have the car flat between towns.That is why I said breaks would have to be changed. When I head south 230km would get me to a town with the next town a further 130km. Do the 30 minute charge then the next town to stop at is again 230km as 300km would not get to the next town after that. With the next charge a possible 110km down the road because after that are small towns where petrol stations and motel have been closing and some places are not much more than a pub, a church, grain silo and a couple of houses. Then one more stop after that for charging.

With the initial charge you mentioned and planing for the 30 minute stops it would be doable with stops needing to be more planned than "i want a break lets stop here".

Once down to wanting the 30 min for 300km charges would be stopping in as little as 230km to charge. Starting with a full charge would stop to charge 3 times. Starting with a 30 minute charge would stop to charge 4 times. Making it a 2 day trip instead of 1 day would save 1 charge later in the trip at the cost of a motel room for the night.

It was a round trip of 28km to the local shop for the bottle of vegemite I got the other day. For those trips an electric car with a range of a few hundred km would not think twice.

Comment Re:Not shocked at all (Score 1) 990

From some of the comments with the article what I am thinking is some electric vehicle owners are slow to say how long it takes to charge their car. Not that ev drivers don't know the difference. As we eventually would like an electric vehicle people saying how long a charge and real world range would be are nice things to know.

I am aware a person is supposed to take a break. That 13 hours includes rest and meal breaks so a single driver can have enough of a rest to do the trip. With multiple people to drive would drop that to 11 hours or less.

One trip we do the figures you gave would lengthen the time of the trip. The 500km range you mention would get us to our destination with no where to charge which would require a rethink of how the trip is done. The 1,000km each way trip I am doing these days would certainly require a rethink of where we stop. Without some care the 30 minute charge for 300km range would have the car flat between towns. If that is actual and not marketing it us useful information. Would mean stopping at towns we normally ignore. Like petrol consumption figures I would like to know what people are getting and not what the brochures says which seem to have a habit of not matching reality.

If I wanted to believe the manufacture fuel figures I would get 950km from a tank. This particular vehicle it is more like 800km for full to empty. I don't think we have ever had a vehicle where real world fuel consumption matched what the manufacturer said which leaves me jaded and curious what people actually get.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 0) 990

The point is you don't sit around and do 'nothing'. Since my wife got her Leaf she's never spent time just standing around waiting at the pump. Come home, pop the flap, plug it in walk inside. Stop thinking of filling up an electric car in the same terms of 'filling up' a gasoline one.

Depends what you are doing. If you are driving around the city then then plug it in for the night. At the moment I am regularly doing 2,000km trips. Having rest and meal breaks it is taking 13 hours each way. If trying to use an electric vehicle for that then any long charge times is sitting around and doing nothing while you wait for the car to charge.

How far was the trip and how long did you have to wait for the car to charge. With petrol or diesel I do 1,000km in 13 hours. Nearly all of my driving at the moment is such trips. How long would it take including charging time with the electric vehicle?

Comment Re:Tell Windows it's a capped connection (Score 1) 867

That option is only for wifi. There is no option to set ethernet as unmetered and the ms faq explicitly says ethernet can not be set unmetered. I found the same using usb tether which I use in preference to wifi hot spot. Both win 8.1 and 10 will happily set a wifi hot spot on a metered mobile phone connection as unmetered.

Comment Re: No it is not (Score 5, Insightful) 351

Unfortunately I am inclined to agree with this. Like the post you are responding to I try to ignore the ads and block a lot when I can. I still find sometimes when I want something and think of a brand to later realise it is a brand I saw from advertising. Same with product placement in stores.
Censorship

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.
The Almighty Buck

Virtual Bank Woes 127

bobmorning writes "EVE Online's largest player-controlled virtual bank, Ebank, just can't seem to catch a break these days. A few months after it was revealed that the company had been defrauded of a staggering amount of virtual cash, it turns out that the institution's digital vaults are far more barren than many realized, leading to an in-game freezing of accounts for any individual or organization that happened to have invested any InterStellar Kredits (ISK) with the bank. Early this summer, it came to light that a veteran EVE player (known only as 'Ricdic') had embezzled — and then sold in the real world — over 200 billion ISK from Ebank, causing a run on the virtual financial institution. However, this was just the beginning of the problems for the player-owned bank. Recently-installed Ebank Chairman Ray McCormack admitted that the bank had been mismanaged, and rules, safeguards, and controls were not enforced. As a result, it's been revealed that Ebank is 380 billion ISK poorer thanks to a number of defaulted loans. Because of the aforementioned mismanagement, it apparently took the bank's new officers a while to figure out just how far in the red their institution is."
Games

Massively Single-Player Gaming? 209

Massively is running an article discussing the trend in recent MMOs to enable and encourage solo play. Where the genre's early offerings, like Everquest and Ultima Online, were heavily dependent on finding other people to interact with, it's common for today's games to allow players to experience most of the content by themselves. Quoting: "It is human nature to want to be the center of attention or at least feel like the hero on some level. It's also not too far of a stretch to call members of our species generally selfish. How can you really deliver this experience if you force your players to ask for help all the time? I think this was simply a natural progression of the genre in trying to appeal to our natural traits. ... Finally, I believe it all comes down to the mighty dollar. Audiences grew and so followed the market and competition. Suddenly, you couldn't make MMOs on the cheap anymore (though a stalwart few still try). Not only are game studios focused on appealing to the solo casual gamer to maximize earnings, they also want to build in artificial time sinks to make players stick around."

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