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Comment Re:While I love th instant torque... (Score 1) 458

...and my name must be Rockefeller.

https://www.edmunds.com/tesla/model-x/2016/st-200674639/review/

Still, can I "fill it up" - ie charge it - in five minutes? Are those seven adults all six feet tall?

Also, is the electric infrastructure renewable like it is here in SoCal?

Just playing devil's advocate here. Give me an electric vehicle with a diesel powered charge sustaining generator and I'm sold.

Comment While I love th instant torque... (Score 2) 458

...I need to see faster charging, longer range, and better battery management.

I have wanted an electric vehicle for some time. Almost bought a Volt when then Gen II came out, but the thing is a small 2+2. With me at 6'4" (190cm) and my two 6' tall teenagers, there's no way to fit in the vehicle. (I had the same issue in my Jetta TDI.) Recently bought a Malibu hybrid, which contains the Voltec engine albeit with a much smaller battery. At least I can fit by young boys, though still can't take four passengers comfortably, like in my Avalanche.

Now - if an electric can have the midsize of my 2006 Avalanche and the range (500+ miles) with the ability to recharge in 10 minutes, and the guarantee that the battery won't be sitting in a landfill after losing charge ability in five years, I'm sold.

Comment Re:HTC Did It First (Score 1) 205

Used to be reasonably common to have proprietary headphone sockets on phones. I seem to remember Motorola did it, and I -think- Ericsson but might be misremembering. There was an iPhone iteration that had a proprietary socket as well (or was it iPod? Not sure - they scrapped the decision after one generation). Taking them away completely isn't common yet but you're right, Apple wasn't the first to do so.

Comment Re:Maybe just profit taking? (Score 1) 296

It always amused me that the first thing this brave new world of decentralised control recreated was....currency and commodity speculation. They're being introduced to the idea of support and resistance levels, all standard stuff. The difference with crypto is that the volatility resulting from these swings is enormous.

Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 2) 445

That's a useless suggestion: people who need organ donations are generally not suitable to donate, and they know it long ahead of time.

Except in cases of injury, or where only one organ is the problem.

Well, one reason is a concern that doctors and hospitals might be less interested in saving you if that means potentially damaging donatable organs. There are many other reasons as well.

Considering that, far as I can tell anyway, virtually every medical organization on earth denies that happens, that seems an extremely unlikely and unreasonable concern. I would not be surprised if there were isolated incidents, but by that logic you should wear body armor in case someone stabs or shoots you. I think its much more reasonable to trust the opinions of major medical organizations than put stock in baseless fears pulled out the usual place.

Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 1) 445

Good point, I forgot to apply Hanlon's razor to the situation. I should have said prick or conspiracist with unreasonable fears. If there were any evidence whatsoever that organ donors die at a higher rate in emergency situation (are emergency medical staff even aware of your status in those situations?), it would be huge medical ethics news. Somehow I doubt that is the case.

Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 4, Insightful) 445

I think they should be tied together. Unless you have some sort actual medical reason as to why you should not be an organ donor (HIV infection, ect.) opting out should put you on the bottom of the donation list should you need it. If you contribute to the system, you get priority if you need the system. Otherwise, you go to the back of the line. Don't expect to receive if you're not willing to give.

I just don't get the mentality of people who refuse organ donation. If you're dead, you're dead, why take other people with you? It's one last act of good that could save lives and, seeing as how you're never going to use them again, costs you absolutely nothing. How big of a prick do you have to be to look at that proposition and reject it?

Comment I wonder if they'll reveal why a glass back? (Score 2) 131

My son bought himself one of these. Nice UI for an Android device, it wasn't the TouchWiz. My fears of a glass back came true, when he was switching from a case and dropped it two feet onto his desk. The entire back was shattered.

Fortunately, the phone was already recalled. Who's stupid enough to make a handheld computer with a glass back?

https://twitter.com/PerfectReign/status/778987256652587008

Comment That is a shame - too late to the game (Score 1) 85

FWIW, I have both a 950xl and a EliteX3. I replaced my Galaxy and Ios devices with the Windows Mobile devices because they work so much more intuitively for me.

However, it wasn't too long ago, when I was using my Galaxy S2, that I never tired of bashing Windows Phone 6 and the prior iteration - Windows CE. They were terrible in my opinion. With the advent of windows 8, the game changed. The UI finally surpassed both Android and Iphones and I found the devices worked great. Windows 10 is even better.

However, by this time, the proverbial ship had sailed and the world uses Android. (Some folks in the US still cling to Iphones, though I cannot figure out why.)

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