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Comment Too many! (Score 1) 158

Seriously, it has become annoying... In the old days, before mobile phones, there was ICQ. Once most people had mobile phones, I only used SMS. At some point Google/Gmail Chat was used quite a lot alongside SMS as it was easily accessible as part of Gmail. When Smartphones started becoming popular, Google Chat/Hangouts was still used quite a lot (as well as SMS), but once the masses started using Smartphones, almost everyone moved to WhatsApp. However, there are some friends that don't like Facebook so they don't to use WhatsApp, and use Signal or Wire instead. So for personal instant messaging I now use mostly WhatsApp, some Wire, some Signal, some SMS, and a little bit of Hangouts. At work, we use Lync. As I forgot SMS when responding to the question, I answered with "5", but it should really be "6".

Comment I just want two things (Score 1) 249

It is very rare that I don't shut down my computer properly overnight. So I want to simply turn off automatic reboots completely. The second thing I don't like is when I turn on my computer in the morning, I need to wait a minute while it is applying updates. When I say "update and shutdown", why can't the computer update, shutdown, restart, fully apply all updates, and shut down again when done?

Comment Re:Power, not RPM (Score 1) 504

I see. That makes sense. Would it therefore not make sense to have some turbines in a wind farm that can deal with high winds (even though they do not turn at all at normal wind speeds) so that power can always be produced? I think this would make sense once a country starts relying on renewable energy for a large proportion of electricity demand as it would reduce the volatility of the energy produced.

Comment Re: What about at night? (Score 1) 504

Not really, lithium ion batteries are pretty efficient and don't lose too much energy in the process of charging and discharging the battery. However, batteries are expensive. Too expensive to be able to be used for more than overnight storage (at a large scale of course). Even lead acid batteries are quite efficient (maybe 80-95%) but are still too expensive.

Comment Re:All these fancy features, but unable to schedul (Score 1) 98

Interesting, never thought about using an instant messenger this way. Which messengers support this? I use Hangouts, Signal and WhatsApp. No more desktop clients as I use too many devices; my BBM, ICQ and Skype accounts are inactive. None of those allowed scheduled delivery IIRC.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 51

320 kbps are clearly enough so that no one can distinguish this from CD quality (even when it is MP3, and even without VBR). Personally, I use Vorbis with q5.5 as the quality setting, which averages around 175 kbps, and which is in my view as good as CD quality. The reason for getting uncompressed music files is to be able to convert to any format you desire later. Converting 320 kbps MP3 to 320 kbps Opus would probably not result in CD quality anymore, but if you rip your music as FLAC, you do not have this problem.

Comment Re:Box (Score 1) 277

As a driver you have the responsibility to read the manual, especially when it comes to functions like these. I certainly read the description of the self-parking feature of my car very carefully, and I would review even more carefully than that with any function that automates driving at speed. Just because a lot of people don't read the manual in a normal car without assistance systems doesn't make it right not to do read the description for the various autopilot functions. I'm not saying that Tesla is handling everything right (I think they should be more aggressive ascertaining that the driver is attentive and focused on the road) but would still put most blame on the individuals that trust this technology to drive automatically (and allow them to speak on the phone while driving) despite all the warnings displayed on the dashboard and explained in more detail in the manual.

Comment Re:Driver may be foolish, but (Score 2) 277

I mentioned it above, but so that you are aware as well: Maybe it should handle the situation, but the manual is very clear that this exact situation is one that cannot be handled: "Warning: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control can not detect all objects and may not brake/decelerate for stationary vehicles, especially in situations when you are driving over 50 mph (80 km/h) and a vehicle you are following moves out of your driving path and a stationary vehicle or object, bicycle, or pedestrian is in front of you instead. Always pay attention to the road ahead and stay prepared to take immediate corrective action. Depending on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to avoid a collision can result in serious injury or death."

Comment Re:Driver may be foolish, but (Score 1, Informative) 277

Maybe it should handle the situation, but the manual is very clear that this exact situation is one that cannot be handled: "Warning: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control can not detect all objects and may not brake/decelerate for stationary vehicles, especially in situations when you are driving over 50 mph (80 km/h) and a vehicle you are following moves out of your driving path and a stationary vehicle or object, bicycle, or pedestrian is in front of you instead. Always pay attention to the road ahead and stay prepared to take immediate corrective action. Depending on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to avoid a collision can result in serious injury or death."

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