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Comment Reality check. (Score 3, Informative) 377

When I can but a Toyota Matrix for half the price, get twice the cargo space and still get 38 mpg. I think consumers are realizing that hybrids are just a clever way for automakers to tax people who suck at math.

Really it sounds like you suck at math, but full points for hyperbole.

The Matrix gets 28 MPG, not 38 MPG. (vs 50 MPG for the Prius)

The Matrix doesn't have twice the cargo space. According the same link, the Matrix has LESS cargo space than the Prius.

The Matrix wasn't half the price (It Appears the Matrix is no more), but again according to the above. Matrix was $19275 vs $24200 for Prius. Hardly half. The Base Prius is also a lot better equipped than a Base Matrix.

Also the average driver would save $850 annually on gas driving the Prius over the Matrix(if gas prices stay the same), meaning it would take 5.8 years to make up the price difference, after that it is gravy and you have a better equipped car, and more savings going forward.

Comment Re:Of course... (Score 1) 164

That actually seems backwards to me.

If you are young, then you probably don't have much of a music collection, so you will probably spend a lot to build one.

If you are old (as I am), then you probably built you collection years(decades) ago, in Vinyl/CDs, ripped them, and just keep mainly listening to this older music, spending next to nothing on new music, which you (I certainly) don't like much of.

Comment Seems like a ergonomic nightmare. (Score 0) 520

The width might be reasonable, but the vertical change looking up/down the screen is likely neck strain inducing.

Beyond that they are using cheapo TVs, not monitors and the minimum brightness is very high. Fine for a TV, not so hot on a monitor you stare directly into all day.

I would MUCH rather have two smaller computer monitors, than one large cheapo TV.

Comment Re:Except that it completely sucks that way. (Score 3, Informative) 128

I see nothing at your link which differs from information here.

You just have people arguing about the same two Verge/Wired stories on the tab casting.

Regardless that Wired didn't notice any issues with it, it is still a poor solution. Wired used it to play a TV show MKV, likely lower resolution so they may not have noticed the problems. They spent a whole 2 and half lines of text covering the feature.

Verge has more extensive coverage, including how it works. It plays the video locally on your computer, then uses WebRTC to essentially send screen caps to the device.

This is the critical part: it needs to recompress the video again in real time to send it to the chromecast.

That is bound to destroy quality for most people and cause hiccup on higher resolution materials.

Comment Except that it completely sucks that way. (Score 2) 128

That is a very poor workaround, that plays the video locally then does some messy screen casting to give you compression artifacts/chop/stutter and lip sync issues:

Perhaps most interesting of all, we got to try a new beta feature of Chrome that lets you stream the contents of a web browser tab itself to your TV via the Chromecast. It's not particularly impressive yet: scrolling doesn't come close to keeping up with your finger, and there's visible compression artifacts whenever there's rapid motion: it's a lot like streaming game services like OnLive and Gaikai, but with a lot more delay. ... Video plays with only a bit of chop and stutter, and lips don't quite sync up with the audio, which could be maddening for some.

WD TV, Roku aren't that expensive and handle local streaming flawlessly.

Comment Questionable ending to article. (Score 1) 707

Here is the ending to the article:

" In May 1980, during an interview at Oregon State University, Linus Pauling was asked, "Does vitamin C have any side effects on long-term use of, let's say, gram quantities?" Pauling's answer was quick and decisive. "No," he replied.

Seven months later, his wife was dead of stomach cancer. In 1994, Linus Pauling died of prostate cancer. "

It implies Linus died a premature death from the side effect(cancer) he denied. Which is just as bad, or worse than his own assumptions about the benefits. There was no such evidence that Vitamin C increased his chances of prostate cancer. I also don't believe there are any studies that have ever suggested such a link.

It also neglects to mention he was 93 years old when he died, so he wasn't exactly cut down in his prime by his mega-dosing.

Comment Core market decline + fail to launch in new one. (Score 4, Insightful) 467

The traditional PC market has had 5 consequential quarters of decline. This is Microsofts core market, where it makes much of its money.

On top of that Microsoft has essentially failed to gain any traction in the the new growth markets of smartphones/tablets.

So it is understandable that like the PC market, which is adjusting to some new smaller number of annual sales, Microsoft which makes it's income from those sales will adjust down to some new lower level of earnings, and a correspondingly lower stock price.

Comment Re:Yoleo Reader works for me (Score 2) 335

I lasted about 5 minutes with Yoleo and gave up. I don't like the layout and it doesn't seem to be configurable and it failed to import many of my reader feeds.

If nothing web based turns up that is half decent I will go with "newsfox" add on for firefox which does a half decent job. But I would prefer a web based client like reader.

Comment Re:Actually only one "loophole" matters. (Score 1) 716

The most significant quote of the article: "we expect overseas cash balances will continue to grow unless tax laws encourage U.S. companies to repatriate money".

Congress needs to give up on this pipe dream that they can have 35% of the profits made off of all foreign sales. When no one else is double-taxing like this, it makes the American tax system look foolish and antiquated.

Further to this, AFAIK the only western country that taxes foreign income is the USA. If Apple was headquartered in any other country it could bring home foreign earnings free of extra taxation. So only the USA has this problem of it's companies keeping their money out of the home country.

Comment Actually only one "loophole" matters. (Score 4, Informative) 716

All the foreign "loopholes" actually only help Apple avoid paying foreign taxes, those aren't about US taxes at all. These seem more about adding to the political theater of the government going after tax dodgers.

The entirety of Apples foreign cash horde earned on foreign sales, is subject to US taxation. Not one of those foreign shell games protects those earnings from US taxation. In fact they make the cash horde larger, making it potentially sweeter for US taxation.

But here is the one "loophole" that really counts. US Taxation doesn't come into effect until Apple repatriates the cash, which there is no requirement that Apple (or any other US corporation) ever actually do.

This is why US corporations have 1.45 Trillion dollars parked outside the USA.

Comment Re:Your degrees of separation from the EPA test (Score 1) 374

If you drive a constant 55 MPH on a calm wind day, you will get the raw EPA Highway numbers.

It is a complete waste of time to argue about individual anecdotal MPG results. Conditions/routes/driver habits are completely inconsistent, and thus results are too variable to be of any real use.

Which is why I suggested using Consumer Reports as a Sanity check. They have the largest consistent database of Fuel economy testing outside of the EPA.

But you shouldn't need to drive 55 MPH to meet EPA Highway numbers.

Consumer Reports tests at 65 MPH averaged in two directions, and nearly every car beats the EPA highway number.

Here are some Hybrids as an example (EPA ratings vs testing at Consumer Reports 65 MPH):

Toyota Prius: EPA 50 MPG, CR 55 MPG, Difference: +5 MPG
Honda Civic Hybrid: EPA 44 MPG, CR 50 MPG, Difference: +6 MPG
GM Tahoe Hybrid: EPA 20 MPG, CR 25 MPG, Difference: +5 MPG

Note that every hybrid here easily beats the EPA rating. Now the Ford Hybrids:

Ford C-Max Hybrid: EPA 47 MPG, CR 38 MPG, Difference: -9 MPG
Ford Fusion Hybrid: EPA 47 MPG, CR 41 MPG, Difference: -6 MPG

Not only does it not beat EPA number like just about every other car in existence, while competing hybrids are averaging 5 MPG over EPA, the Fords are averaging 7 MPG UNDER.

In the comparison of results, Ford stands out massively as an outlier here. More than any car ever before, more than Hyundai BEFORE they were corrected for cheating.

Ford is either cheating, or has managed to game the test to the extent that I would still consider it cheating.

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