577 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007
The faulty car should sacrifice itself!
For two driverless cars to get into a situation where they are on a single-track road (otherwise they could just switch lanes) with an unsurvivable drop on one side and an unmountable slope or wall on the other, yet be travelling fast enough that a head-on collision would be fatal even with full brakes applied by both vehicles from the moment they entered each others field of view - at least one car has to be seriously broken!
> "Downloading mobile apps from non-official sources..."
And there we have the whole story summed up in the first line. Buying prescription meds under the counter from a guy at a gas station? You're going to end up in a bad way! Downloading apps from an unofficial site? Ditto!
Hydrogen is generally made from natural gas - so the power source for this car is natural gas. There is no significant natural source of hydrogen.
Re: And If...
In fact that option exists...
Re: Charging issues? Range?
Interestingly the guy responsible for managing the National Grid disagrees - I wonder who is right?
Not to worry...
The ASA will ensure that six months after this campaign is over the companies will be sent a letter telling them that the misleading adverts must no longer be used!
Re: Since the Tesla S P85
"How do you get from Cumbria to Birmingham and back in the same day?"
Well, Keswick to Birmingham and back is 382 miles. A P85 should do 300 of those on one charge without major problems, meaning that at some point you will need to grab about 85 miles of extra charge. Using a free-to-use Tesla Supercharger would add that in less than the time it would take to go to the loo and buy a latte (not counting drinking it).
Does not match!
If the film is like the trailer, and my recollections of the project are right, this is not accurate! Anyone else get the same feeling?
Re: Go Japan Go
"I truly hope that they succeed on several levels :
* That they really do manage to produce a mass production Hydrogen Engine.
* That they succeed in breaking the Oil cartels by doing so."
Oh dear, oh dear!
Have you any idea where commercial hydrogen comes from? It does not come from electrolysis as that is far too inefficient. It is made from natural gas, by companies such as Shell, BP and ExxonMobil. Guess which companies are pouring vast quantities of money into lobbying for a future based on hydrogen?
Of all the awful things that the BOFH and his PFY sidekick have ever done, this has to be the worst! Introducing someone to Access!?!?!?
Maybe you should read the highway code:
==== QUOTE =====
If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. You should take extra care and
be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light
keep close to the side of the road.
Re: "The 125kW Superchargers work much more rapidly than the existing charging infrastructure.."
"Well if a Tesla charges to full in an hour, and a leaf takes 8 to 12 hours then I would say much more rapidly."
Unfortunately these are not the facts (unless you opt to slow charge the Leaf and rapid charge the Tesla). Both take about the same time to charge, but you get more range in the Tesla.
Re: Still waiting to see where the power's coming from
"Would love to see automated hot swappable batteries in cars."
Re: Rapid Charging
"While it takes seven hours to charge a Nissan Leaf or Citroën C-Zero on the three-pin plug systems they use, a Tesla S will charge from empty to full in an hour with a Supercharger."
Erm... I can fully charge my C-Zero in an hour too. Please don't write electric vehicle articles if you don't understand how they work - your level of knowledge is reminiscent of Stephen Fry trying to explain how GPS works by your car sending messages to satellites.
Judging by that transcript it is no more than Eliza with a larger list of stock phrases. It even tripped up on a common Eliza fault with "do you like to eat $food" where $food="at home"
What's the point!?
I don't really understand why this story is here - it could just as well have been on the BBC website or in the Daily Mail.
If I read a story about IT failure on an IT news website I expect it to actually tell us something about the IT failure rather than just the "human stories". If you don't know the tech details, leave the fluffy bunny stuff to the BBC and the tabloids! Give us a story when you can make it a tech story!
Re: Quick get the oxycetelyne torches
My understanding is that the SpaceX rockets are already basically man-rated, but the capsule isn't yet. The main thing it needs is proof that the new side-mounted thrusters can be used to abort a take-off by lifting the capsule off a failing rocket.
Re: Obviously differnt in the US!
And unlimited caps are not THAT expensive in the UK, way better priced than the USA...
Try finding one in what is quaintly called "Market 1" where there are no unbundled services!
Obviously differnt in the US!
"To avoid crappy connections, Bezos expounded on said Amazon's Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) software, which automatically downloads requested material when it becomes available, and shows you may like based on what you've watched and Amazon's huge store of users' buying habits, which the Fire will add to significantly. That downloaded video will be ready and waiting for you to watch straight away, if you so choose."
Broadband must be different in the USA - many in the UK have usage caps and this is not cap-friendly!
The middle of nowhere?
Strange idea of "the middle of nowhere" - all of those places seem to be right next to major cities (mainly regional capital cities) and/or next to major motorways.
Does not add up!
One in five teenage boys under 18 going online were clicking on porn websites from PCs, and one adult site [Pornhub.com, in case you were curious] – which offers free, unrestricted access to thousands of hardcore porn videos – attracted 112,000 of the teenagers.
She added: "Key among them is legislation to make it possible for the UK payments industry to prevent funds flowing from this country to websites which allow children to access hardcore pornography.”
Something is not right here!
It's like being told by an Eton toff that I don't have a right to complain about being hungry because these modern food banks are really rather spiffing!
300Mbps link, and a 500MB monthly allowance (2GB if you are willing to pay £95 per month on a 10 year lock-in)
Re: Domestic Grid
"No country has a Domestic Grid that can take even 20% of people using Electric cars."
I wonder who can validate this comment? I know, let's ask the guy that controls the UK power grid:
Please read up on hydrogen, and then return with an answer to this question "where will the hydrogen come from?". Note, if your answer is from electrolysis you need to also explain how you will make it more efficient than simply using the same electricity to charge a battery (and I mean explain rather than just "it will be better - fool!")
few words, article done!
So does this ban smart-watches?
Smart watches are wearable computers... and they are visible to the driver while driving.
Affected me in the north of Scotland.
Was a real pain too as I discovered that a major road was blocked due to flooding and I had to take a huge detour. Using Waze as sat-nav works great... except when no signal. Google maps no good either! Also I discovered I didn't have the phone number of the person I was due to see and no way to search for it.
We really are too reliant on modern tech!
I hear that they are waiting for approval of a nice grant to bulldoze the entire site and build an Enigma-themed attraction with rides and fast-food joints. Just think of how much profit they'll make!!
Re: In der fence
You can't justify illegal practices by saying others do the same.
I hear that some roofing companies to very poor work and charge for lots of stuff that they don't do (because most customers can't inspect the work) but when a company is found to be doing this it is not a fair defence to say that all the local companies do it!
What you need is the drive to just appear as 1TB to the system, but automagically use the SSD to cache frequently used files.
But... wait... there also needs to be a way that the drive can be instructed by the user to fix certain files to the SSD or to never put them on the SSD. Then the OS can have a property for this in explorer (or similar) and you can tune as you see fit.
The problem is that the drive itself doesn't know enough about what is going on to do this - so how to solve? Perhaps you need a driver that works as a helper? Or perhaps you make the first nGB of space always cached in the SSD and the OS just places "high speed" files in the low space and "low speed" files in the high space. Perhaps you can configure the percentage of the SSD capacity that is used for this, but start with maybe 50% reserved and 50% frequently used data.
Yup - if it had been a Tesla rather than a BMW he would have been safe in the car while it burned!
Re: Have you tried...
>...just beating him until he realises he doesn't actually NEED a laptop, he just wants one?
How about reading the first line of the article:
"My son's school has decreed that next year he'll need a computer of some sort."
Actually it's the other way around. The "car" can't drive on land, but is a working submarine!
Re: Rocket Science is HARD
The secondary objective wasn't exactly a soft touchdown of the 1st stage - it was to run tests on the basic soft touchdown ability to learn how far they still had to go. It was expected to "fail" but to teach Space X enough to get closer to a soft touchdown with each test.
Re: This is the most assine article ever....
OK, lets have a race...
You do all that , and I will do:
1. Discover phone is missing
2. Fire up Find My iPhone
3. Lock and wipe
I wonder which of us will be finished first?
Why do we get shafted again with missing features in the UK?
Siri is awful in iOS 7, nothing like the version advertised. And where is iTunes Radio?
Re: Captured PIN
PIN pads on ATMs have to accept the PIN directly into the encryptor (with tamper protection to prevent people inserting secondary key membranes between the keys and encryptor), so that a PIN is never sent over a wire in the clear and the software on the ATM never gets to see a clear PIN. Why isn't the same thing mandated on POS terminals?
Erm... that's fine for genuine un-tampered terminals. This is a fake terminal, or a tampered one. You can't stop someone making a fake item that looks like the real thing just by adding rules to the manufacture of the real ones.
the interesting thing is that I don't remember the exact detail, only that i have never bought a belkin product since.
Yes - this article means that my opening comments when talking to anybody about using the internet for business will now be to explain that it is important that they don't use BT because of this. If BT don't understand why - then they should not be supplying broadband to businesses!
Re: The engine
That engine has been a nightmare in the MINIs. The turboed MINIs are far less reliable that the non turbo versions.
So it will probably be very like the original 205GTi then - they seemed to spend more time in the garage than on the road!
If is all starts to look wrong LOHAN may need to rely on:
Button Operated Termination Of eXperiment
"Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent as this article is published following the announcement."
Wow! That's some statement about his running of the company.
Re: Acorn Atom
Erm... the Atom came with 2KB of RAM as the lowest
Re: Trade in value will make it or break it.
They have done as much to tick that last box as they can.
Elon Musk has guaranteed that the buyback price of a used Tesla will never be lower than an equivalent second-hand Mercedes-Benz S Class. There is even cover if Tesla were to go out of business:
"Even if Tesla is unable to honor it, I will personally do so. That's what I mean by putting my money where my mouth is," said Musk in a conference call with reporters. Asked his net worth, he deferred, but said estimates of $11 billion were a "bit too generous."
We are the Judian Peoples Front!
... or are we the Peoples Front of Judea?
Really liking the sound of this type of car, just hating the price. If they produced a smaller version (astra/focus/c'eed, f.ex) for 14-18K, without some of the bells and whistles, and shifted the balance from performance to economy somewhat, they'd probably sell far more of them.
There's a very similar model coming out in two or three years time that is exactly the price you want. It's called the "second-hand V60 Plug-In"
Re: Large corproations fudge their numbers?
Next you'll be telling me I can't expect the achieve the mpg figures in my car that are listed in the brochure!
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