351 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 14:30 GMT
Blackberry has Android-envy
If Blackberry is going to expose themselves to all the faults and flaws in Android then they might as well ditch the excellent QNX and go Android-native.
The Model S with air suspension option rides unusually low at highway speeds in attempt to minimize wind drag. Its already Cd=0.24.
"Beneath Apple DOS"
"Beneath Apple DOS" was the definitive work on how to communicate with Apple DOS 3.3. iIRC it included complete disassembly with comments. Through the Apple //e one could buy a printed copy of the original source code for the monitor ROM (what people call BIOS these days). Was $10 for the //e. Was essential for understanding why characters were dropped at 1200 baud when the //e 80 column screen scrolled (bug in firmware disabled IRQ at the wrong time). Once I understood the problem I found it pretty easy to write work-alike routine which did not disable IRQ yet used the same working variables as the firmware so if something I had no control over wrote to the screen it wrote in the right place and my next write followed.
Re: That's some battery
In the USA the traction battery is considered an emissions component which has a mandatory no-deductable non-prorated 8 year 100k mile warranty. In California and certain other heavy-handed states the warranty is 10 years or 150k miles on emissions equipment.
Tesla warrants their 85 kWh battery 8 years unlimited miles while the 60 kWh only gets the standard Federal warranty.
Re: 3 of 30 would be bad. 3 of 300 000. But how many Tesla "S"s *are* out there?
Other sources have pointed out the average for internal combustion engined vehicle fires is one in 15 million miles traveled. That extrapolating current Tesla data they are having one fire in 40 million miles travelled. Darn those Model S's are dangerous!
Rather than lead, Microsoft is following.
Rather than invent, Microsoft is buying the work of others, and only for appearances.
Apple builds their own solar installations and started many years ago. IIRC Apple uses hydrogen generators and hydrogen fuel cells to fill the valleys between peaks. Without such storage someone has to keep peakers on line for service at a moment's notice, and that mostly negates any advantage from undependable "green" sources.
Waiting for Aperture 4.0
Its great for Aperture 3 owners that Apple has kept the app updated for so long but just as the author recently purchased now-free apps I am not going to buy Aperture 3, waiting on 4.
And shouldn't Mavericks be released soon?
Re: Facts and figures?
A big problem with capacitors is the relatively high self-discharge rate.
Re: That slight "ding" in the door
I'm not so worried about the cost to repair the ding in the door so much as I'm worried about the cost of replacing the vehicle after a ding in the door shorts and starts a fire.
Its the Electric Boat Division which makes submarines. Even nuclear submarines.
So an electric underwater car is *conventional* and not the exemption. Other than for being a car.
Curious if Netflix offers distributed servers to ISPs the way Akamai does? Could do same for CATV.
My Samsung UN46C8000 has a Netflix client which hasn't been updated in a long time but sorely lacks closed captioning or language control. Lately Netflix has changed the defaults on most Anime to Japanese, and I don't understand Japanese well enough to watch on my Samsung. Oppo BDP-103 does much better.
But the lithium battery is not near the center of that fire.
What fuels the fire on the OUTSIDE of the car? Metal body panels and dry paint don't burn like that. Neither does the road. I say the vehicle had to be doused with something flammable.
Lewis Page, I expected better of you
Trivial research would show the Tesla Model S battery is *not* in the front of the car as this article claims. Its under the floorboard behind the front tires and in front of the rear tires.
Now look at the video. The top of the hood (front bonnet) is on fire. The front fenders are on fire. The road under the car is on fire. How could that be? How could batteries ignite the road? Something spilled over the car and ran off under the car.
Initial reports state the car hit something large and metal. Then the onboard systems told the occupants to stop and run.
Looks to me as if they hit a 5 gallon gas can in the middle of the road. No other vehicle would have fared differently.
Re: Thermal runaway
*SOME* lithium chemistries are prone to thermal runaway.
Re: Palm Pilot with BMW prices
And with ACA we will get a Classic Bell rotary-dial POTS for BMW prices. But it will be government subsidized.
The problem is when the consumer and the payer are not one and the same then the provider loses motivation to please the consumer or hold down prices. The provider is motivated to increase prices and not fix the consumer's problem so the consumer has to keep coming back time and time again.
What we need is to ban mandatory healthcare insurance, just the opposite of what ACA attempts to do. Ban employer-provided healthcare insurance, just the opposite of what ACA attempts to do. Those who desire healthcare insurance should have to shop for it, and pay for it, out of their own unsubsidized pocket.
Employers who are no longer paying for healthcare insurance can make those payments direct to their employees instead.
Look what has happened to the cost of lasik, rarely covered by insurance. Look what has happened to the cost of eyeglasses, rarely covered by insurance. Look what has happened to the cost of dental care, not covered as often by insurance. All have gone down almost as much as AAPL has gone up.
What about The Poor? Open free clinics. Limit the care, no heart bypasses, no liver or kidney transplants.
"Probabilistic estimates of quantified measures of uncertainty in a finding are based on statistical analysis of observations or model results, or both, and expert judgment".
Statistical analysis of faulty computer models somehow yields superior results?
Its like trying to teach capitalism to a socialist. No matter socialism has never raised the poor, only profits those in power, and that capitalism and free markets is the only means any society has ever risen out of poverty. The socialist's superior brain power has analyzed the situation and reached an error free conclusion no matter one has never worked for a living outside academia. Just as with the IPCC.
I wish the US D.O.T. was this smart!
I believe roads are managed in the USA to maximize the time to arrive.
Register Missed a Gag
Fully expected the WARRANTY VOID IF BROKEN sticker of the RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms unit Steve Davis won to be broken.
That might have been in the proper low-budget spirit of the project to give used/broken/reverse-engineered prizes. Even if the prize was new in the box, show a picture of a used/damaged item. :-)
Re: He's right. (Not)
Once software has read an ID off the SOC then how much more "discoverable" do you have to be? Once you know its an Acme RoadRunner Special mkIII you should know everything there is to know about the hardware.
Don't Tell Jeremy Clarkson!
Clarkson will be in apoplectic shock for a week!
Re: Or one like that for M. Night Shymalan
How about a collaboration between Shymalan and Boll? I'd call it M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction).
Clearly the greenies at Facebook are not worried about polluting the electromagnetic spectrum if they don't bother putting covers over their servers.
The Law of Unintended Consequences
When will Progressive Leftists ever learn the Law of Unintended Consequences has priority over every law and regulation you enact?
Re: Not passing through walls is the major advantage of 5GHz
Once documented it is no longer a bug but a feature.
Termination of Operations?
How does termination of operation of his business in any way terminate his obligations under the court order he was served?
I must say I'm underwhelmed. The brilliance of Raspberry Pi isn't performance so much as its the ability to throw a huge codebase at relatively simple tasks with very little development effort. Networking, big displays via HDMI, perl, html, etc, cheap and easy.
Many years ago I was involved in a project which used FreeBSD on a Soekris board. 486 compatible at 133 MHz or so running off compact flash card. Needed a sound card and had trouble finding one that ran off 3.3V PCI. A Raspberry Pi would have been just the thing.
A heavy-handed high-tax regulate-everything government doesn't understand why things cost more under their jurisdiction?
Corporations Pay Taxes, But are not Taxed
All taxes are pass-through items. Cost of business. Passed on to consumers. Passed on to stock holders.
The problem with government debt is not that someone or something is not paying enough tax, but that government is spending too much.
If government received the tax revenues of today, 10 years ago, government would be rolling in excess. But the didn't, and kept raising expenditures anyway. Proof that government can not be trusted with tax revenues equal to current expenditures.
Utility companies, Public Service Commissions, and free range lawyers are very sensitive to the accuracy of electric power meters. For this very reason when I worked for a "smart meter" company we declined the opportunity to design our own meter. We connected to "dumb" electronic meters via diagnostic port provided on the back by their manufacturers.
Thats ignorant F.U.D.
Dumb electronic meters have a port in the back and and IR port in the front for automated reading. It makes no difference whether you have a "smart" adapter behind it or not as to the meter's fundamental ability to meter.
I worked for a "smart meter" company and designed two different adapters which fit behind conventional meters. One used a cellphone relay, the other used ethernet for FIOS systems.
I think "anger" got it mostly right. Broadcasters have to pay for programming based partially on the number of viewers. They sell advertising based on the number of viewers. But advertisers don't want to pay for channel-skipping DVR viewers while content providers do expect to be paid for those.
Plus we have the socialist redistributionist tradition of letting broadcast sources charge CATV systems for use of their signal. So broadcasters have come to expect the privilege of putting their hand in everyone's pocket. Sadly the early days of CATV didn't have a Charlie Ergen who was willing to say "NO" to broadcasters.
Taxing the Economically/Mathematically less-abled
This is a terrible bargain if AT&T does not discount the service plan commensurate with the phone's monthly payment.
Just look at eBay, it has long been known the cheapest way to own an iPhone is to buy the 3 year AppleCare contract up front then 18 to 24 months later when AT&T permits an "upgrade" one "buys" a new $200 iPhone plus $100 AppleCare and sells the old on eBay for $250 to $350. The buyer gets a used iPhone warrantied by Apple for another year or so. The subscriber gets a (seemingly) no cost upgrade. Its cheaper than replacing the batteries.
Time To Try A Free Market?
Government isn't holding prices down, they hare holding prices up. If government would get out of the way companies would cut each other's throats for your wireless contracts.
In the USA wired lines were heavily regulated protected utility services whose prices must be held down "so all can have access." Wireless was relatively unregulated and initially much more expensive.
Today wired phone service is more expensive than wireless, and thats even after the "Apple Tax" for iPhones.
*The* Land Speed Record
The ultimate land speed record is 6,400+ mph set at Holloman AFB in 2003 on a 9.5 mile rail.
Dish Didn't Lose
Dish did Clearwire's stockholders a favor in forcing Sprint to pay more. That may make it harder for Sprint to survive and easier in the future for Dish to pick up the pieces. Or it may not. Dish played, the cards have been dealt. Now lets see what happens.
Re: Dear Apple
That is your right to chose to receive something, or nothing.
Just remember the same applies to patents when one choses not to license use to others.
Where is the good music?
I'd love to sympathize with the artists but fair is fair. Broadcast radio or internet radio, rate should be same per listener.
Perhaps I'd be on the artists' side if there were any artists today. Last interesting new album anyone has released came from Phish. No point in paying for something when there isn't anything.
SSD's are generic so order quantities doesn't tip Samsung's hand as to what future Apple products are coming or build quantities the way a CPU order does.
Witness the rumor mill and how inaccurate it has been in the past. When Samsung has a contract to produce chips for Apple then Samsung has months of advance notice for marketing to respond with competing product.
It is good for Apple to severe ties with Samsung. Samsung will have to start thinking for themselves rather than have Apple show them the way.
Somehow in twisted minds Apple is guilty of price fixing by offering book publishers *more* for their product than they were getting from others? What is this world coming to? Marxism, I say.
In a just world one freely sells to the highest bidder. It works on eBay.
Stops it for .DS_Store files on network drives but you still get .AppleDouble directories. Removable storage still gets .DS_Store and ._* splattered everywhere.
Only if you have a limited Microsoft filesystem on your removable media. Put a MacOS filesystem on your media and it will behave as Steve Jobs intended.
Re: nice speeds
Excellent question but what is described is a terrestrial system which should be comparable to cable TV latency. Possibly better as straight line to tower is shorter than wire. And speed of light through air is faster than through coax.
Speed of light through coax is about 60% to 70% of the speed through free space.
Barack Hussein Obama II
Nobody Will Find Them On Amazon
Amazon's steaming services have the 2nd worst user interface imaginable. As a Prime subscriber it is painful to watch an entire season as each episode must be hunted down with a search from the top. Especially painful under Yahoo! Widgets, which is how Amazon is often implemented in "smart" TVs.
The all time record worst user interface is used by Dish in their PVR 722 for Blockbuster streaming. Its so bad it makes Windows 1.0 look innovative.
Netflix's user interface is not necessarily good, but at least its not awful.
The Yardstick By Which Linux Is Measured
Have long stated Microsoft was the yardstick by which Linux measured itself. While Apple and FreeBSD were more concerned about making a better OS, better tools, than just making a better Windows.
Re: Chicken, Meet Egg.
Its not a good idea even on paper. Only works in wet dreams of armchair environmentalists.
$0.23/mile lease on battery is $11.50/gallon at 50 MPG. The Better Place "solution" consumes 3-4x the resources of less expensive readily available more flexible solutions. Consumers really are smarter than wishful thinking environmentalists. Better Place is proof that consumers are better environmentalists than environmentalists.
Leasing the battery only forces economic realization of the true daily cost. I can lease a whole Prius for less than Better Price's battery-only lease. Heck, I can get a Mercedes Benz M-class for less.
Until costs (and therefor resource consumption) is close to par for conventional (and hybrid) vehicles "solutions" such as offered by Better Place are no more than indulgences for the affluent.
They forgot to charge a fee for the cost of administering Daylight Savings Time. It must cost something awful to have to change the clocks on all those towers nationwide.
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system
- Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job