* Posts by Mage

5303 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Firefox hits version 50

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Re: constantly changing interface.

I use "Classic Theme Restorer" on Firefox on Windows and Linux. The GUI on Android isn't much different than the other mobile browsers.

Do Chromium usage figures get aggregated to Chrome stats in the article? They are very different on privacy.

I see in a another post: Chromium 0.17%

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Chrome

Why the high usage of Google's Chrome?

Is it due to phones/tablets, Android?

Do people not care about privacy?

I'm puzzled. Firefox seems to work OK on my Android 5.1 tablet. I can't see what advantage Chrome has for laptop or PC, or am I missing something?

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Forget razors and blades, APIs are the new gotcha

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Devil

Not just API charging

Never use 3rd party APIs or code at runtime. Have all the code on your own server or instance.

Web sites using APIs / 3rd party fonts / 3rd party scripts etc are nuts.

Apart from the future potential to be charged, there is the Websites are awash with using 3rd party servers at runtime. It's a security and privacy hole apart from the issue in the article.

Another reason to be suspicious of claims of cost savings with Cloud Computing. Service providers want profits. WIMPEY.

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If you can chdir you can hack CA's Unified Infrastructure Manager

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sequences like “..”

Amazing ...

First thing I check when I set up hosting is that public HTML can't browse at all and I can't get outside my own "home" via SFTP, SSH, control panel etc (otherwise other users maybe accidently ... never mind hackers)

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Marketing not Design

They like to pretend that rather plain shapes with generic insides (Jony doesn't actually do anything except appearance), mostly copied from Braun and Dieter Rams is their secret. But it's the marketing. The iTunes and record deals for iPod and the carrier data deals for iPhone.

Students of Industrial design would be wasting money on this piece of vanity publishing that can be got up in a slide show from Wikipedia if you really wanted.

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Samsung sets fire to $9m by throwing it at Tizen devs

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QT

Sadly Nokia bought Trolltech / QT and then messed it up, the original guys left.

What did Nokia do with all that stuff after they conned MS into buying the dying phone division? They didn't sell any IP to MS.

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Fake election news meltdown vortex sucks in Google

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Re: BBC

Nor helped by their own narrow agendas, nor their fake sense of balance. They DAILY print and broadcast information they later admit quietly (on Newsnight or Feedback) they knew was false. c.f. Brexit campaign.

BBC is regularly accused by Left (e.g. Guardian) of being Right Wing and by Right (Murdoch and others) of being Lefties. The fact is that they have given up fact checking, given up real journalism in favour of letting random member of public talk, or someone give a speech, that is NOT an interview. An interview involves research of the truth in advance and challenging the interviewee with it.

In contrast to BBC, the Irish PSB, RTE is merely incompetent. The BBC seems to do it deliberately as part of some sort of policy.

The BBC was less patronising when Rieth ran it before WWII.

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Re: Google vs Wikipedia

Google and Facebook are not interested in accuracy, only in Ad revenue and clicks, and they pretend they are not publishers.

Because of how they work, they won't be fixed, Facebook especially is broken.

Wikipedia does get pawned, does have deliberate and accidental errors but at least has a commitment and admits to being a publisher.

I'd imagine Snopes is fairly overwhelmed these days.

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Automated Production

Even 100% automated production would not be economic, because of the supply chain. I think that's why hard drives are not moving from Thailand any time soon.

Poor locally produced component quality and prices as much killed UK Consumer Electronics as labour costs. Actually the Labour costs on some products are such a tiny percentage that it's purely supply chain and existing factory automation investment that dictates build location.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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Re: misleading headline: NOT

"states there may be a problem with the drive (something fishy here)"

No, it doesn't

Something fishy = "BarraCuda inside"

"The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size, fearsome appearance and furious behaviour. The barracuda is a saltwater fish of the genus Sphyraena, the only genus in the family Sphyraenidae, and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide ranging from the Eastern border of the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and Caribbean Sea. They are found near the top of the water and near coral reefs and sea grasses"

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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

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Re: You missed the case where it has already started.

Automatic Trading isn't AI.

Also it's actually an immoral type of speculation. Someone wrote a book exposing it. If small guys do it they are sent to jail.

Can we have a more useful example that's actually AI?

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Watson?

No big change, just the incremental development of Big Data and human curated databases.

It's only AI in a very narrow sense. The application has to be trained and curated by expert humans. Thirty years ago we called such computer databases with specialist front ends "Expert Systems". Neither they nor Watson has matched the marketing hype.

Probably such a system, if well designed and trained (curated by expert humans) would improve on the USPTO. I doubt it would reduce the job count much. They also need to charge more for accepted applications and less for rejected ones. It's the wrong way round right now.

No doubt these specialist AI applications will reduce the job count in some companies. However technology has been affecting jobs seriously since about the 1790s, power looms and later the Jacquard attachment (1801).

The effect and capabilities of "AI" is oversold and hyped with a "biological" jargon.

The 1930s saw paper tape driven automated production of many items.

"The first power loom was designed in 1784 by Edmund Cartwright and first built in 1785. It was refined over the next 47 years until a design by Kenworthy and Bullough made the operation completely automatic.

By 1850 there were 260,000 in operation in England. Fifty years later came the Northrop Loom that would replenish the shuttle when it was empty and this replaced the Lancashire loom."

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

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Re: "I don't know what the standard term for rape in sweden is "

The UK was FAR more likely to ship him to USA than give bail and didn't. Sweden would not ship him to USA.

Wikileaks and Assange have no credibility on this.

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

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Attempted Apple Marketing

It sounds like good value from a UK orientated company.

The marketing style, lack of documentation and lack of support is worrying.

" WileyFox talked how it had added "17 steps to the production process, two rounds of diamond cutting CNC" and made the device using "aviation-grade aluminium"."

That's all fairly meaningless, even if 100% true.

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Australia teases binning x86 for Power CPUs in new supercomputer

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Old fogey mode

I remember when Windows (NT) did support Power, MIPS, Alpha 32, Alpha 64 and x86.

I think Windows went downhill due to migrating win9x /WinME features and programmers to the dev team and concentrating on Shiny (Ribbon in Office, Aero etc).

They ought not to be specifying Windows at all.

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GitLab to dump cloud for its own bare metal Ceph boxen

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Cloud

The Cloud owners have to make profit every month and have ongoing overheads.

A server is always going to be cheaper to buy (for a year) if the Cloud is making money. The actual real cost of both solutions is more complicated.

Cloud is OK for cross site collaboration, if you have your own local backups. Assuming issues of privacy and security are sorted (those are often unclear for the Cloud).

Cloud = Server of someone else, out to make profit.

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

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Re: This is deplorable at any level

"To place fake "remembrance" messages on unsuspecting people's FB pages is truly the lowest thing I've ever heard of"

--> Even if they are already dead

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Facebook agrees to dial back 'racial affinity' ads

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Mushroom

Pathetic

They are encouraging their users to post not just their own private info, but photos and info of 3rd parties.

They only exist to exploit people

They dishonestly track with the "like" buttons that web admins are pasting on their sites (that might be illegal. At least though El Reg has four Icons on mast head, they don't have the evil scripts provided by those companies.).

They profile people by ethnic background (so called "race"), age and gender orientation.

They constantly pester users to add more personal information. They allow lies, propaganda, marketing to be disseminated as news. They claim not to be publishers, but edit, curate and decide on useres reach even to their followers based on payment. They claim exemption from existing regulation because "tech" and only a "carrier". Both lies. Even phone numbers by having features only enabled by SMS code.

They should be shut down. They are poisonous to human culture, deceptive, and parasites on the Web.

They should not be permitted to run, own or fund any of their so called "free" filtered internet access programs.

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

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Alien

Not ethical

See title.

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Google's new VR Daydream View will cripple your phone

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Boffin

Photo

Needs a strap over top of head or going to be very uncomfortable, slip down, tiring etc, never mind the phone overheating.

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UK privacy watchdog sends poison pen letter to Zuckerberg et al

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Pirate

Wild West days are over ...

I'd hope so, but I fear the frost will kill these green shoots.

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

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Re: problem is not a lack of competence

It suggests what good programmers know:

1) They are not given enough time

2) Most programmers have learnt a language and never actually learned to design/program.

Quality of code, from translating, reviewing and translating it is abysmal. Most of the reason for it is bad management, often due to pressures from highest level.

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Re: Cheaper to pay bug bounties...

Wrong. It's merely cheap PR.

You can't test in quality or security. Patching found bugs is a doomed to failure method to secure a program or OS. Look at how many subsequent bugs (reliability/functionality or security) are found in the products.

You design in the quality and security.

You hire people expert enough and train more.

You allow proper amount of design time rather than pressure to produce code or a demo version.

You concentrate on improving quality rather than adding stupid features / gold plating /GUI candy on later versions.

You ban "agile".

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Re: Turkey is a godforsaken corrupt shithole

And Vestel (most UK branded TVs and setboxes?)

Still. Turkey might leave NATO and join with Russia?

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Google's crusade to make mobile web apps less, well, horrible

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Web Apps?

Most would be pointless if:

1) Websites sensibly designed.

2) If Adverts could be better managed

3) If all 3rd party scripts & cookies etc could be blocked.

Appifaction of websites is evil. It's a privacy busting walled garden.

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Joke

If they were serious

Fix REGULAR Android Apps FIRST!

1) No in App "reporting" to Google, other 3rd parties or seller

2) No in App adverts

3) Proper disclosure of App permissions, what they are for and reporting etc in the Playstore.

4) Proper disclosure of in App purchases (An upgrade to a different version is not the same as game add-ins).

5) Ability to turn off permissions per object, even if installed on older Androids such as 4.x etc.

6) info in Playstore if printing, screencasting, external storage etc is supported.

The user has too little information in advance of purchase and too little information afterwards.

Why so few Apps support printing and external storage? 1992 Windows and its applications were better thought out than the Android + Apps mess.

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Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

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Paris Hilton

may be possible one day to ask AI to create songs

Why?

There are no shortage of humans doing it well, though record labels seem determined to promote the poorer ones, we'd be worse off with AI songs.

Humans are self replicating and to an extent self repairing.

There are probably useful things real AI might do, just as there are useful things that can be done with other tools. Probably boring and tedious things that humans don't want to do, like sorting rubbish, being a prison officer or changing nappies.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Re: More testing needed

You need Blue Peter's Sticky Backed Plastic?

The legs look unstable.

The price seems high as I got nearly as much cardboard with my industrial 2.2m high MDF & steel shelving, which as the uprights are in two parts could make two standing desks. It's half that price too. Bolt free. No screw driver needed.

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Russia to block LinkedIn over data domiciling issues

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Linkedin are Spammers

Also encourage privacy theft. They encourage users to "share" their email address books / accounts with them.

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

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Market Dominance

If you have 0.5% or even 12% does a regulator care, compared to a Gorilla with over 80%?

Aside from the fact that Apple doesn't force any other maker to take their Apps and MS phones are irrelevant in the market.

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The state of today's machine learning: Short, wide, deep but not high

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Oh dear

Can we have it without the suggestive misleading jargon?

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IBM: Why our Power9 CPU is going to make data centers great again

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Alternatives are good

A CPU mono-culture is bad.

I hope IBM keeps supporting the Power Processor and that it's commercially viable.

Mines the one with list of CPU architectures in the pocket.

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Chirp! Let's hear it for data over audio

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licensing the technology

How absolutely trivial and basic. There is NOTHING about this worth licensing.

It doesn't seem very well thought out or secure either.

It's practically a scam.

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WiFi pairing

Short range two way IR would make more sense.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: With cloud computing, hackers have so many more points of entry

Your own servers you manage yourself, even if CoLo != "Cloud Computing", which is outsource to someone else's servers.

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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Re: hollowed-out trade mark

They only really do lights and healthcare. The Philips badge for TVs and AV licensed to two Asian companies, so less connection to that stuff than Argos has to Bush (Argos decide which Chinese/Turkish stuff to stick the Bush badge on).

Semiconductors spun off as NXP and now getting extinguished for the IP by Qualcomm, I mean bought.

No idea who does the kitchen stuff that used to be Philips, the tumble driers, fridge, freezer, washing machine.

In 1926 they only made light bulbs and diversified into Valves (tubes) then Radio. They were once the largest Consumer Electronics in Europe.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Torture works?

Only in the sense of getting some answer rather than nothing. However it's usually made up stuff that the victim thinks you want to hear.

Not only is torture a crime, it doesn't even work.

Nor do polygraphs.

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: What processer are you using

Probably an Intel made in Israel, Ireland, China or USA, packaged somewhere with cheap labour?

Assembly/test sites:

Chandler, Arizona, United States

Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Kulim, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Jerusalem, Israel

See also Intel's own website

Not all design is in USA either.

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IT Angle

Is Trump in charge?

Program for a puppet

Maybe it will be "better" (for a limited sense of better) if he is a puppet.

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Re: OMG! You mean I won't be able to buy, umm, errr, wait a mo, it'll come back to me

Intel has loads of Fab plants outside USA.

Non-US soy is often the main kind in Europe anyway as the USA soy is more likely to be genetically modified.

Is there a list of actually made or grown in USA products with no viable good alternatives? US branded doesn't mean USA made.

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What's that, Adobe? A Photoshop for faking voices?

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Re: Authenticity???

With cleverly added background hum that has frequency variations etc for the required time and place

proposed in 1970s

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Biometrics

Biometrics, as understood now, are inherently worthless for access security / password replacement.

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Japanese cops arrest serial 'foot licker'

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Re: "When she sat down, however, Nishiyama sprung at her right ankle"

Except in Okinawa due to USA presence. They also manage to have 50Hz AND 60Hz electricity on same landmass (I forget which bit).

Used Japanese cars from Japan used to be popular in Ireland. The UK ones have been more popular in recent years.

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

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Windows

Yes, lets have a XP/Win7 style Windows, ditch the crippled "Home" version and all the "Cloud" stuff and all the Telemetry / spying and all the eye candy (but proper shadow effect icons like Win 3.1 to Windows 2003). Even MS admitted that Aero was a mistake. Bring back a proper native Forms API, but move/keep GDI out of Kernel.

However don't drop important but little used features. Unlike never wanted (ribbon) or never used features, little used features might be important.

Instead of gold plating and adding features, reduce bugs, inconstancies and vulnerabilities. Write NEW kinds of software instead of version 15 of Word or 12 of Windows.

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Sega MegaDrive/Genesis lives again, in Brazil!

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the processors (68000 and Z80) are integrated into a single chip.

Maybe you can run Cromix on it then?

Anyone else ever have a Cromenco with Z80 and 68000?

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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Sceptical, but...

Lasers can work as propulsion, I can't see how this can be working, note the propulsion is so small that you can be looking at some sort of systematic error, like you can't shield from the effects of orbit or moving masses. They need three of them at right angles.

"One theory is that protons fired around the nozzle are providing thrust, but it's going to take a lot more testing to see if that's true."

Do you mean photons? Protons would use up the material of the engine.

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IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

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Meanwhile

Excellent points, Neil, that I really agree with, though I'm hoping someone is working on IP7, I don't like IP6, it seems to ignore too many real-world problems.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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Re: Protecting users from dodgy sites, ironically

Indeed, why is the setting on Firefox to block 3rd party cookies off by default? There is no reason EVER to allow 3rd party cookies.

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Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

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Tesla

Rich purchasers and rich owner subsidised by all tax payers.

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Re: hint to Tesla owners

You can't deep discharge Li at all.

The Lead is 100% recyclable.

The ONLY reason for lithium is lowest weight. It's shorter life and more expensive to recycle and can't take ANY abuse or it goes on fire.

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