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Comment Re:It breaks extensions (Score 2) 187

As I said in the last thread on FireFox... extensions are the only things that keep me using it. If they break extensions, I'll have no reason left to avoid switching.

(Hint to Mozilla: don't break extensions!)

If I could only reliably stop Chrome extensions from auto-updating, I'd have made the switch already. Basically, a dumb forced feature on Google's part is what is helping to keep me using FireFox.

Comment Re:Yay for weight reduction! (Score 1) 555

I still feel like the EV needs another 20 years or so.

After 2 years and 20K miles in an EV, I will never again have my daily drive be an ICEV.

Forget the lack of tailpipe emissions.
Forget the "clean/green" vehicle (mine is 90% charged from solar).
Forget even the complete lack of engine noise and rumble.

Just focus on the 100% torque when you press the accelerator. That silent "whoosh" as you pull away and leave the other cars behind in their exhaust fumes.

EVs are just more fun to drive.

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 2) 555

I don't think there are many LEAFs that "have barely any degradation" after 150k miles. The original battery chemistry in the 2011 and 2012 models (when it was first introduced) have had terrible battery capacity losses, especially in hot climates. It's reported all over at MNL. A typical one: http://mynissanleaf.com/viewto... Many folks with LEAFs that are 4+ years old have been getting warranty replacements of the battery pack.

(In fact, I don't think there are that many LEAFs at 150k miles total yet)

What's the standard for replacing EV batteries?

In the LEAF community, there isn't a standard. You only replace it if the cost of a new pack ($6K) is worth what it adds to the range of your vehicle. Alternately, if it hasn't lived up to the guarantees under the warranty, and you can get a replacement for free. Nissan's warranty is it will hold more than 8 of 12 capacity bars (as shown on the dash); that's not 66%, since the as people have discovered over time the bars are not completely linear. Hence the subject of the above linked post: the owner wants to know when he'll lose the 4th bar in order to qualify for a warranty replacement.

Not all older LEAFs are fairing so badly. My LEAF is down to 94% capacity after 2 years and 20K miles in New England weather. This is with the 2013 battery pack which has (overall) held up better than the 2011/2012s.

That said, a used LEAF with 30% capacity loss is still a car that can travel 50+ miles one-way, which is more than enough for many commutes. This is why used LEAFs selling for $9K are a bargain.

Comment overblown (Score 3, Informative) 77

This "research" is overblown hyperbole based upon tricking the user into falling for a phishing attack or by installing malware. But this big news because this shows that IOT is unsafe!

Now excuse me, I have email from PayPal telling me to update my account, so I have to go click the link they conveniently sent me.

Comment internal algorithms! (Score 1) 93

When I read the headline, I was immediately concerned that they might be using an external algorithm! What a disaster that would be! I was relieved to see that the editor pointed out that they are using an internal algorithm. Whew!

My next worry was .... what if they only used one WiFi channel and one sensor!? That would be horrendous! But then I read TFA and saw a quote from CEO Franky Zapata saying "And inside the remote we have three different Wi-Fi channels, plus we have three sensors". Whew! Another design botch happily missed.

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