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Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 536

The port wore out on my galaxy s3 and then on my nexus 4. On both those phones it was about a year and a half before the jack started cutting in and out no matter what earbuds I used. The all metal frame on my note 4 has actually been holding up very well. I think it was just the plastic frame wearing and allowing to much movement over time breaking the solder connection.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 536

Here is how it's done. Step one: download the Audible app. Step two: listen to audiobooks at work all day every day while walking around and working. Step three: replace the headphones every three to four weeks due to the wire breaking inside the housing at the jack end. Step four: Suddenly realize that you have to hold the jack in a specific position for it to work...

I've done this to several phones. The jack comes out of the phone right at the bend in my leg while the phone is in my pants pocket. The Jack gets a crazy amount of torture. I've learned to try to find earbuds whose jack comes out and does an immediate 45 degree turn but they are surprisingly hard to find. One of those sets will usually last me several months as apposed to weeks.

I've tried bluetooth headsets, but the batteries are uncomfortable, they never last that long and the bluetooth sucks the battery life of my phone

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 536

I've never had a modern 3,5mm headphone port wear out.

I have. I listen to audiobooks while I work. I usually go through a pair of earbuds every month. (the wire breaks right at the connector) The newer aluminum edged phones are better but the old plastic edge phones the jack hole :) would inevitably stop working.

The point is USB type-C earbuds are over $40. I can't even imagine paying that much for something I'm going to throw away in three or four weeks, and I can't see that little USB connector holding up either.

Comment Re: Wow, open source is a disaster (Score 4, Interesting) 124

I think what he is talking about is how KDE has lost it's way. KDE3 had a very solid foundational philosophy based on everything is a file. That no matter what you accessed or how you accessed it or where it was in the end all you are accessing is a file. So from the user perspective you just needed a browser to access textFiles-documents-websites-media-NFS-SMB-SSH.. you name it. You could split the app into non overlapping windows ad infinitum and copy and paste from anything to anything as if there were no such things as different access or format types. That was goal. If you wanted to open that file with another tool it was right there in the left-click drop down menu or could be selected from the full list of applications available without having to search for the file from the application menu or application file browser.

KDE4 s-canned that whole schema instead creating a just-like-everyone-else file browser and web browser (pushing konqueror to the background with no more development) and focusing instead on little desktop gizmos that never really took off. And while I admit the KDE activities thing is pretty cool it doesn't make up for the fact that it takes longer for the desktop to load than it does for the rest of the OS. KDE has really just become a big just-another-desktop..

Comment Re: Heck yes, (Score 1) 351

seriously.. if you completely forgot history ok. We were looking at a food shortage. The government could not calculate in innovation so they took in to account what was available.. They realized that if food production went below a certain level we would all die. Not having the money to maintain higher than needed food production levels they created a false need for food production in the hopes that if we needed it.. food production would be available. That was the reason for the corn-ethanol debacle. Now you can look back on it 20-20 but if you had been there looking at current food production you might have agreed that it was a good idea. Of course once in place is turned into a cash cow that should have dissipated with the need for all that corn.. but we live in an oligarchy. That's just the way things are until we vote outside the two parties.

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 398

And the engine maintenance?

Was that free too?

According to Edmunds.com the Nissan Leaf has the lowest TCO of any car over five years.

No Engine, no transmission. The braking system powers the battery which greatly reduces the amound of time your pads actually contact the disk. What equipment there is in the car is fully enclosed from the weather unlike an ICE that is fully exposed to the road and weather while you drive, corroding wires and hoses.

Comment Re:Monitoring isn't peace of mind. (Score 1) 212

Not me. I'm lazy. Zoneminder sends me a notification if a zone alarm goes off. It records zone movement outside the house and sends me a notification if one occurs inside the house. So far, other than testing, I haven't gotten a notification. The fact is that even a security company has to call you first, before the authorities can be notified. I just cut out the middleman, and the monthly payments, no extra hassle for me.

Comment Re:Slower, Same range, within 5 years?!? (Score 1) 213

The BMW i3 is a weird car. However the issue with EREV's is that unlike full BEV vehicles you still have standard vehicle maintenance. You might and in fact not believe this but the Nissan Leaf has the lowest TCO of any car in recent years. No oil, no exhaust, no transmission (relatively speaking). The brakes ride on the recharge system prolonging brake pad life. No wiring exposed to the elements. In fact all of the components are in an enclosed space making them much less susceptible to the environment.

My point being that a fully BEV (battery electric vehicle) can potentially make back the money you've invested in the car initially, by the time your payments have expired. This may not be True for your EREV (extended range electric vehicle)

Comment Re:Monitoring isn't peace of mind. (Score 4, Insightful) 212

My house was broken into with the alarm blaring. It's happened to a couple of my neighbors too. Someone pulls up they smash in the front door. Then spend about 30 seconds rifling through the house looking for valuables and then get in their car and run. The security system did nothing but make noise, and yes the cops were called. So what. Even if they would have been able to react immediately they would never have been able to get here in time.

So I put up some cameras in places outside, totally visible in areas that you can't walk around behind them. I have a small linux based home server/backup system that is built into a cabinet downstairs anyway, so I put zoneminder on it. If someone actually enters the house I get a message, and I can call the police. But it doesn't happen. No one wants to walk up in front of the cameras, and yes I know they could wear balaclavas or some crap, but they can't walk around the neighborhood like that without someone calling the cops, and the whole idea is to be inconspicuous.

There is no sure fire cure, and anyone who really want's in will get in. The idea is to make it more difficult than it's worth.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 311

Technically what AM was charging for is to remove accounts that people suddenly regretted making. There are a lot of unhappy marriages out there, and who knows the motive of every person that signed up for that site. However I'm pretty sure that people figured out pretty quick that the women weren't real. Then they were left with the realization that they made a stupid decision. So AM would happily remove their account for a fee.

The thing is it looks like in most cases they actually didn't remove the personal information, and that may in fact be what they get sued for in the end.

Comment Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 688

I love all these "I know someone, who isn't me" posts about something.

I actually am a leaf owner. So I'll let you know from personal experience. I bought mine used for $14,000. It had just over 20,000 miles on it. It wasn't the base model it was fully packed older model with a battery in very good condition. And before you ask, the answer is "no my situation is not uncommon". My brother bought his new, and walked out having paid $22,300. If someone actually paid $32,500 for one they got ripped off.

electricity costs.. $2.50 per what?
Per month for me.. I couldn't tell you, honestly I have never been able to notice any solid increase in my bill. I notice more when my wife does a lot of cooking. The charger uses far less electricity than the hot water heater, or the stove.

The older leaf I own has a reliable range of 40-50 miles, I'll agree with that. In the dead of winter when it's freezing out and I'm running the defroster and the heater in traffic I probably wouldn't do more than 40 miles. I've had to use the quick charger a couple times when I had to do a lot of driving or if I forgot to charge at night. No more than ten minutes worth of charging on the quick charger, it's usually if I'm getting low, and I never let it get below 20% so that has to be calculated into the actual range. In the summer even with AC on full time I do more like 60 miles before getting to 20%. I don't give a rats buns about watching my power usage so I couldn't tell you what the range is without using AC, or smoking cars off the lights. The car has quite a nice bit of acceleration, and it handles hella solid in the corners because of the low CG. On top of that, my maintenance costs are zero. No oil changes, no transmission, no engine parts to replace. The regenerative braking kicks in to slow the car until you are almost at a dead stop which means the brakes last a hell of a lot longer.

Also worth noting, Nissan has just announced that starting as soon as August newer cars will be equipped with an improved 30kwh battery up from the existing 24kwh battery. It's just newer tech in the same size battery pack giving the car another 30% usable range.

Personally I don't think electric cars are for everyone. At least not yet. But they are getting there. The cost of Lithium Ion batteries have dropped 50% in the last few years and they are expected to get even cheaper and yield much higher energy densities in the future. When you can buy an electric car (that looks like a normal car, gotta say that) that will give you 200+ miles on a single charge for around the same cost of a ICE car people will opt to buy them.

Now if it only ran Linux..

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