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Comment Re: *The* Quickest, Not *Its* Quickest (Score 1) 126

Outstanding. My only thought is I wish they still made the roadster. There's a guy who parks one from time to time in front of where I work, and it always catches my eye cause of how good it looks. Tiny, as most roadsters are, but real good lookin'.

Roadster 3.0 will be back after model Y, which is expected in 2018/9. I would think 2020.

I don't think it would be as good looking. The original Tesla Roadster had a body made by Lotus (basically from the same molds) based on the Elise. Unfortunately, for some reason that relationship soured and Lotus won't be doing that anymore.

Comment Re:Nah (Score 1) 126

You keep saying that as if you know better, but they keep calling it a *limited* production car.

A limited production car is a subset of all production cars. As far as classification goes, the term "production car" comes from the rules for various group autoracing - see this for overview - and each group has different rules for allowing cars. Some need production cars with at least 2500 produced per year while others allowed a mere 200/year production run[1].

The classification "production car" for all groups means "a car produced for sale to the public". No more, no less. Even a handcrafted Bentley is considered a production car.

[1] Thus resulting in such rare beauties like the Ferrari 288GTO.

Comment Re:Mobile Web (Score 5, Interesting) 47

The irony is that the way Tim Berners-Lee designed the web, the web server was to send you a minimally-structured set of information to display, and it would be up to the client to format it in the best way for the local display. This meant things like font sizes, page flow, in-line photos, etc. should adhere to settings on the browser.

The designers and page layout artists were horrified at this, and did everything in their power to subvert this model and return control of how the site would appear back with themselves. That's why flash websites were so popular in the early 2000s - it gave them complete control of how the site would appear, giving the user none. Gradually they've figured out ways to take away control from the user using regular html, which is why you now have websites where you can't zoom, can't resize fonts, everything is locked to three columns (menu, text, ads) which you can't move, resize, or rearrange, etc.

The way Tim Berners-Lee envisioned the web, there would be no need for a desktop site or a mobile site. You just create one site, and it's up to the visitor's browser to format it in a way which makes it most usable on the display device. The need for different desktop and mobile sites only arises if you design your site so that it will only operate at a certain resolution or screen size.

Comment Re:Just what I wanted.. (Score 2) 87

5 Mbps is what Netflix uses for its highest-quality 1080p streams. For a movie file analogy, 5 Mbps is equivalent to 2.25 GB for a 1 hour movie. The compression is there if you really look for it, but most people won't notice it. (Current video compression algorithms have a hard time with sharp high-contrast changes since those are relatively rare in natural video images, but are common in computer-generated images. So that's an area of video compression which could be improved in future algorithms.)

The input lag is there, but its detrimental impact is mostly the result of how the joysticks on the PS4 (and Xbox) controller works. The sticks only have a position resolution of -127 to +127. This isn't precise enough to aim on a 1920x1080 screen. So the kludge is to have the sticks control velocity instead of position (aim point). You tilt the joystick, and it changes the speed at which the aim point moves. This hack for controlling aim position is devastated by input lag. You let go of the stick when the aim point is just right, and the aim point keeps moving for 100ms.

The Steam controller fixes this. It uses a trackpad for the right (aiming) joystick. It has much higher resolution and works analogously to a trackball. You're no longer controlling the velocity at which the aim point moves, you're controlling its position directly like with a mouse. After enough practice, you learn how much to flick it to move the aim point exactly where you want. Just like you learn exactly how much you need to move the mouse to move the aim point to a certain location. Input lag becomes irrelevant except during the learning process.

Comment Re:As the phone company, I fail to see... (Score 1) 169

But yet Apple does it all the time. So does Google if you bought a Nexus directly from them. Why can't the rest?

Apple does it because you are still incentivized to buy a new iPhone every 18 months, and probably lust after it in a shorter period than that.

Google can update the nexus because it's usually a "bring your own device, off contract" thing. I.e. you bought it without a plan by paying for it up front, and in exchange you get updates and the ability to do exactly the thing carriers don't want you to be able to do: switch carriers. So they charge more on the plan, and you pay maybe 30% of the extra amount (say $10 a month instead of $30 a month to get a subsidized over 18 months iPhone thrown into the deal).

The rest can't do it because you aren't willing to pay full cost for their phones up front, because frankly, the phones are crap compared to an iPhone or a Google Nexus. The only way you can sell them at all is on a subsidy plan, which suits the carriers just fine, since that gets you locked into the contract.

They tolerate Apple, because as long as they keep coming out with new shiny, people put on the contract handcuffs voluntarily.

They tolerate Google because they tolerate "bring your own device" as a marketing means of providing the illusion of choice, when they know that only a tiny minority is going to exercise that choice. If everyone started paying cash up front for their phones so they could go month to month, the carriers would come unglued, since they only axis they'd have available to compete on would be service.

Comment Re:uranium runs out (Score 1) 290

Yeah, that's still an issue. Except...you're running your laundry on a timer now.

The models you listed on that link do not have start timers. Electronic controls, yes; but without timers, all that means is you can't mechanically set a setting, and then have a timer power the thing on at a specific time. Nor do they have protocol based external management, so you could trigger them at a particular solar generating level that's sustained over a period of time to avoid using grid power, and program a (much smarter) external system to run them.

These appliances are not as smart as they'd need to be, and even if they are, they're not smart in the right direction, nor are the external control management systems there yet for doing things like coordinating the dishwasher vs. the laundry.

Just have it set to run twice each week on different days instead of twice in one day, back-to-back.

Dude or dudette, I totally promise not to tell your SO that you just put their favorite yellow shorts that they've had since college in with your new blue shirt and turned them green. But you *will* be buying them that expensive dinner by way of apology.

Us laundry ninjas know you can't just throw in anything with anything else. Some things will simply shred if you put them in with some other things, like delicates and thick towels, instead of putting them on a different cycle. What this boils down to is that any given laundry day requires multiple loads.

Put in the next load before you go to work, take the dry clothes out when you get home, no problem.

And forget this, if you have kids: there's no such thing as a small amount of laundry, or two day a week laundry.


Look, personally, I want local energy storage: I don't want to have to change everything, just because I'm going to be powering everything with the big fusion reactor up in the sky, instead of the little fission reactor down the coast. At some point, it becomes a quality of life issue, and that point hits pretty hard with solar in a different way.

As soon as there's enough solar capacity, and people aren't home to use it, then it redefined "off peak" and "on peak". The "off peak" hours are during the day, when generating capacity exceeds demand, and the "on peak" hours are during the morning and evening, when you're at home and awake, but the sun isn't shining, so there's more demand on the grid, because everyone else keeps the same hours you do.

One of the reasons the PUC in Nevada got rid of net metering was because Nevada was on a trajectory to eventually hit this "solar tipping point", and it was obvious to the utility company that at that point, they'd be paying spot market prices for energy, mostly in the evenings, and they'd end up pretty screwed.

Unless I can have local storage, and it's got to be able to store everything I can generate all day, assuming it starts out dry, the "grid battery" approach looks to be doomed to jacking my utility bills right back to where they used to be, so the power company can maintain revenue under the pretense of "we have to maintain the grid, but all these people have solar, and aren't paying us enough for us to be able to afford to maintain it".

The only viable alternative is to be able to pull the plug completely. And sadly, solar is just not there yet.

Comment Android is FOSS (Score 1) 169

If Google designed Android so that they could push out forced updates to the OS, carriers and manufacturers who wanted it Their Own Way would simply take the FOSS version of Android and compile it Their Own Way, like Amazon does. That's the trade-off here. You can make it closed source giving you complete control over the OS and updates (what Apple and Microsoft do) and force carriers and manufacturers to bend to your will. Or you can make it FOSS, but attempts to wield control over updates risks carriers and manufacturers jumping ship and forking their own version. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Google Sheets, Docs, Photos, Plus, etc. are not FOSS. So the carriers and manufacturers (and users) don't have a choice - take it as-is or leave it.

This is the dangerous thing about all these anti-trust lawsuits against Android. Google already makes Android available as FOSS, so anyone can roll their own version of Android without paying Google a dime. If you hate Google but want Android, you can just grab the source and compile your own version. No other company making an OS with significant market share does this. I don't know how much more anti-trust you can get. Google only requires you to install their apps if you want access to the Play store. There are other Android stores out there (Amazon's probably being the biggest, Microsoft for all their complaining about Android is notable in not having one). The EU is playing with fire. If they succeed in their lawsuit, Google may just say "Screw it. We're giving the damn thing away as FOSS and they're still unhappy with it. If they're going to treat us as if we were charging money for it, we'll just make it closed-source and start charging money for it."

From an anti-trust perspective, about the only complaint I have with Android is that Google puts all non-Play stores into a catch-all "unknown sources" category. You can either allow them all, or block them all. They need to change it so you can authorize select stores, while still blocking all others (and side-loading). If there's any monopoly behavior, it's in the store, not the OS. Hell, even Apple could take the Android source code and produce their own version if they wanted.

Comment Re: Fuck mdsolar (Score 1) 290

You are letting your little far right extremism brain.

Sorry, I think you have "nuclear" confused with "big oil". If you want far right extremism, that's the next door down.

Carter stopped it, rightly, and raygun restarted it.

And then it was stopped again.

In addition reprocessing is not the right solution.

What is the solution, then? It's not the sun shining day and night, and it's not the wind blowing all the time.

Comment As the phone company, I fail to see... (Score 1) 169

As the phone company, I fail to see how allowing you to push an update that you've not re-certified to not break our network, over our network is going to lock consumers into a new two year contract every 18 months.

We also fail to see how not incentivizing the purchase of a new contact subsidized phone gets the customer locked into a new two year contract every 18 months.

Comment Re:Need to compare on an energy generated basis (Score 1) 290

Can you honestly put your hand on your heart and say the true decommissioning costs of these nuclear plants are built into the prices today?

Decommissioning costs are built into the price today. The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) requires utilities operating a nuclear plant to put aside a portion of their revenue into a decommissioning trust fund to cover decommissioning costs for the plants.

Comment Re:User friendly (Score 1) 281

That can't be true - Win95 had a timer bug that locked up the machine if you ran it more than X days

No you remember wrong (or this was fixed by the Release B version in Europe). Win98 however could not survive many days without rebooting.

My memory isn't *all* bad :-) I was referring to this bug, which was only fixed for both Win95 and Win98 in 1999: Microsoft patch from 1999, thus Win95, in 1999, could not run for more than 49.7 days.

Comment Re:White-washed submission (Score 1) 75

My submission was clearer about this: https://slashdot.org/submissio... Lenovo/Motorola aren't going along with this because they legitimately think customers want Microsoft bloatware. They're doing this to avoid the ~$10 patent tax that Microsoft extracts from Android OEMs so that SD cards will work out-of-the-box (their patent on the exFAT file system, to be precise).

Your submission wasn't clearer! Your submission made two separate statements: (1) lenovo+motorola will ship with MS apps, (2) for the past 9 years Android companies have been paying an android tax. Your submission lacked two crucial (and plausible but as far as I can tell unsubstantiated) conjectures: that doing "1" will get them off the hook for "2"; and that this is why they are doing it.

Comment Re:Protection (Score 1) 114

Right, so they're going to reengineer every last subcomponent of every last part to withstand cryogenic temperatures, specifically for production in the tiny volumes needed in the space industry? Just for the inconvenience of reusing an upper stage?

Again: contrary to would-be-rocketeer imaginations, launch costs are not the be-all end-all of expenses when it comes to space. Engineering and low-volume production is killer. Mission designers always heavily stress TRL (Technology Readiness Level) of all components, as it's such a key determiner of mission cost. If any plan you propose involves "just reengineer everything", you do not have a plan.

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