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Comment Re:Benny Hill? (Score 3) 124

Congratulations! You just disproved the theory that Americans (and especially us Texans) are the most arrogant people on Earth!

Talk about misinformed. We didn't "find it 20 years later". I'm 50. I watched Benny Hill and Monty Python with my folks in the 70s. I watched Red Dwarf in the 80s and 90s on PBS here in Houston. On November 8 I bought Red Dwarf series XI on blu-ray, less than two weeks after it finished airing in the UK.

Monty Python: Introduction to North America

In the summer of 1974, Ron Devillier, the programme director for nonprofit PBS television station KERA in Dallas, Texas, started airing episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Ratings shot through the roof, providing an encouraging sign to the other 100 PBS stations that had signed up to begin airing the show in October 1974—exactly five years after their BBC debut.

Comment Re:Does Tesla actually make a profit? (Score 1) 198

" the transmission line efficiency is about 50%"

You're way off on that one - How much electricity is lost in transmission and distribution in the United States?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that electricity transmission and distribution losses average about 6% of the electricity that is transmitted and distributed annually in the United States. 1
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1 Average of annual losses in 2005 through 2014. Estimated losses in 2014 for the entire United States were about 5%.

Comment Re:With Experience of Similar Incidents... (Score 1) 596

all Teslas are automatic by default

"Manual" and "automatic" are terms used for describing how multi-ratio transmissions change which ratio is in use. Tesla only uses one ratio so there's no way to automatically, nor manually, change it. Transmissions that only use one ratio are known as a "simple".

Comment Re:Get rid of the side mirrors (Score 1) 123

Seems strange to me that Musk engineers can't make this happen.

They already did...

The battery can be replaced in 90 seconds - https://www.teslamotors.com/vi...

There are three different motor configurations: Rear Wheel Drive, All Wheel Drive, Performance

Standard 48 amp charger can be replaced with the 72 amp High Amperage Charger

Comment Re:They are avoiding the right way (Score 4, Informative) 150

Third party keys are never safe, here's two real-world examples:

The $8 key that can open New York City to terrorists

Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos

For digital keys all that needs to happen is the bad guys to identify who has access to them then kidnap their family members - "give us the keys or your daughter dies".

Comment Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 270

The charger is built into the car, you just need a power outlet to plug into. The power cable is modular and has adaptors for different outlets.

* NEMA 5-15, a standard 120 outlet, will recharge at the rate of 3 miles per hour
* NEMA 5-20, a standard 120 outlet that supports more amps, will recharge at the rate of 4 miles per hour
* NEMA 14-50, a standard 240 outlet (used for electric stoves), will recharge at the rate of 29 miles per hour

For people with short enough commutes, a standard 120 outlet will work just fine, else just get a NEMA 14-50 installed in your garage.

Rates from Telsa's Model S Charging Guide (click on Adapter Guide in the Outlet Charging section).

Adapters for other standard outlets are available though sadly they dropped the NEMA 14-30 one, which is typically used for electric cloths dryers (which would have been handy when visiting family).

Comment Re:Again? (Score 1) 121

Odd that they don't mention the wildfire that shut down 101, which caused traffic to be diverted to 5. So the higher traffic due to holiday travel was compounded by road closure.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-...

A section of Highway 101, a key north-south route, remained closed on Saturday afternoon, forcing holiday travelers to use alternative routes.

Comment View Master VR (Score 2) 64

I received a new View Master VR for Xmas. It's impressed the hell out of everybody I've shown it to, a number of friends plan to pick one up soon.

It uses your smart phone for the display so it's rather inexpensive - while the starter pack (viewer and a demo disk) has a list price of $29.99, Amazon has it for $20.95. It's compatible with apps written for Google Cardboard.

I've written a blog entry about it for anyone interested in more detail.

Comment Vote with your wallet (Score 2) 170

it's the only thing the cable & satellite companies will understand - basically cut the cord and buy your content à la cart on DVD, blu-ray, or a streaming service.

I set up a Mac mini DVR at the end of 2012 for off-the-air content - based on my last scan there's 115 channels available via antenna here in Houston. Once I got everything working (my HDTV predates HDMI so I had to get a solution to convert HDMI to Component Video) I then cancelled DirecTV in January of 2013. I buy cable series on blu-ray and iTunes, as well as watch some series on Amazon via my PS3. I've saved over $2000 since then (what I used to pay DirecTV less content purchases).

I'm using the prior generation of these networked HDTV tuners. Since they're networked I can watch live TV on my MacBook Pro as well as on my iPhone and iPad.

more info in my DVR Project blog entries.

Comment Re:113 OTA channels?!?!?!? (Score 1) 261

Yep, 113. There are quite a few religious channels that I never watch. Likewise there's channels in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Farsi that I'd never watch.

Thankfully EyeTV 3 lets me filter the channel listing, so when I call up the Guide it only shows info for the 33 channels I'm likely to watch.

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