The End of Cosplay
What holds for the Batmobile, holds for cosplay. End of Comic-Con.
459 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
What holds for the Batmobile, holds for cosplay. End of Comic-Con.
My Tesla got a firmware update 7/20 and another last night.
Around here amateur radio volunteers go to schools all the time to host a sked with (former) Space Shuttle or ISS. In 1993 I worked for Owen Garriott W5LFL the first ever to operate amateur radio from space (1983) and was shown the actual radio used which he kept in his office. The height of my career.
I find great disappointment these days with "action" movies. When the special effects action scenes inevitably start and camera zooms in close, I find myself reaching for the fast forward button. Camera zooms in close so the filmmaker doesn't have to connect all the action, doesn't have to make any sense. It doesn't matter, there is going to be explosions, punches, collapsing buildings, gunshots, etc to fill the allotted time then the characters will exit in whatever state the writer desired. Its no different than in American football on TV the quarterback throws a pass and the camera zooms in on the quarterback's face watching the ball fly, then the laces of the ball in flight. I want to see the play, not just one player. I want to see who is about to reach the quarterback, who is keeping others from the quarterback, and what the receivers have managed to establish position. I want to see who is running to catch the ball and who is chasing. But thats apparently not the way things are done with modern camerawork even when all the events to connect and make sense exist on the football field, and when it comes to making a movie they no longer think about making an action scene connect and make sense, they just film the individual punches, gunshots, and explosions then string them together. I close my eyes and wait, or fast forward.
MacPro and MacBook Pro have had PCIe FLASH since 2013.
Oh and FYI, I didn't get the electric motorcycle for the "save the planet" hippie crap... I got it because it HAULS ASS and handles really well.
Thats why I bought a Tesla Model S 85. After a test drive it was clearly the vehicle I wanted to drive every day. Initial purchase price was much greater than a new Prius plus lifetime supply of gasoline, but so what? I like it.
your argument makes sense except for one seriously critical oversight:
massive government subsidies.
with cash infusion to the companies at hand, even the crappiest electric car with no available infrastructure becomes "viable" for as long as the subsidies continue. Which in the case of Tesla has been a decade of State and Fed, with State still a cash cow providing free "EV Credits" to sell as well as other "alternative vehicle" programs that fill the trough.
Not true at all. Government provides no "EV Credits" at all. There are control-freak states such as Kalifornia who mandate quotas for production of low- and so called zero-emission vehicles. Some manufacturers have surplus and are allowed to sell this credit on the open market to manufacturers who do not. For instance Tesla has no need of these emission credits so by selling to other manufacturers Tesla is enabling the continued supply of supposedly evil petroleum burners. So without Tesla there would be FEWER hydrocarbon burners on the roads in these states.
As for the $7500 Federal Tax Credit, this does nothing for the actual promotion of EVs and everything for politicians buying votes from those who would be voting for them anyway.
Unlike an ICE you do not want to routinely fully cycle an EV battery. The battery wear is greatest at the extremes, discharged and charged. Tesla recommends no more than 90% of their full range charge for daily use, and no less than 50%.
So-called "stimulus" does not work because government is stupid. Keynes doesn't count value, only expenditures. Government is not smart enough to buy value, while individuals spending their own money shop hard for value.
If one didn't need value from one's CPU cycles then the greatest program in the world is "10 goto 10". This is what "stimulus" does. If government would leave money in the pockets of those who earned it then it will get spent as soon as something of value appears. If government spends they don't wait for something of value, they take the first pork project a favored politician asks for.
Be sure to tune in next week when the Obama administration sues God for designing the human brain with encryption beyond the administration's access with a court order.
Furthermore, Musk did not go begging for these breaks. Fool government tries to tilt economic balance by placing a heavy thumb on the scale, shouldn't fret about someone actually making use of it.
The big problem The Left has with Musk is that he is successful. Apparently thats not how things are supposed to work, see Solyndra for an example.
This smells of the kind of thing the NSA would insist upon as a back door. Then again Apple is on record claiming no back doors so perhaps an employee acted alone.
If only the NSA's database were used to prosecute those who do not honor the Do Not Call List, there would be widespread support for the NSA.
Have been receiving "Card Services" robocalls for at least 5 years. For a while was getting 2 or 3 per day. And it only just starting bugging the FTC in 2012?
$1.7M? Thats like $0.10 per call. They got off cheap.
If the NSA wanted public support for logging all phone calls all they had to do was rat out the robocallers and let President Drone drone them.
Ignoring the ancillary costs (installation, inverter, etc) a $3,000 7kWh Powerwall cycled 80% (5.6 kWh) per day for 10 years costs $0.1468/kWr in wear and tear (assuming no interest, no degradation until total failure on the day after warranty expires). My daily driver is a Tesla Model S 85 which is a heck of a lot of fun but also not a good economic proposition. I don't see any fun in having a Powerwall through which power costs half again more than I get from the grid.
“The model puts out just 2 kilowatts of continuous power, which could be pretty much maxed out by a single vacuum cleaner, hair drier, microwave oven or a clothes iron.”
Such is the sorry state of science & mathematics in journalism these days that the above fool sentence was published. At least in the USA none of the above is used on larger than a 120V 15A circuit which is rated for 12A continuos duty (1440 Watts). Admit one can not run much more but to imply "maxed out" one is suggesting one is at or over the limits, not 72%.
A 10 kWh unit at $3500 cycled 8 kWh/day for 10 years with no degradation and then assume total failure the day after warranty expires costs 12¢ per kWh just for the act of storage, not including the cost of the power stored.
ESPN's terms stipulate the cable company will pay for ESPN for all customers or none. Ever since ESPN decided *poker* was a *sport* I realized I had totally lost interest in ESPN programming. Is not in my Dish favorites list at all. Have not watched since they last aired a Formula 1 race.
By contract law Verizon is in the wrong. Morally, I have no respect for ESPN.
If recycled materials are more expensive than virgin new, then there is MORE consumption in using recycled.
Am disappointed in The Register for the quality of this article, "Exclusive Operator" is but one example. Expect one to be more fluent in digital technology.
Counter Mode for converting a block cipher such as AES into a streaming cipher encrypts a known text such as a counter (or disk sector number) then XOR's that with the data to protect. One beauty of this technique is that encrypting is exactly the same process as decrypting, run it right back through the exact same routines. Its good enough for the NSA.
My Model S was built December 2013 and as with every factory navigation system it is lacking. While it has live Google Traffic, it lacks a means of recording a waypoint. Can not "remember where I am" unless you can spell it out for search. Can't record a track log of where you have been, which even a 2007 Prius could do. Can not handle multi-waypoint routes. Can not compose a route on computer and upload to car. For important navigation tasks I carry an old Garmin Nuvi 1490 for which I paid about $130 (including rudimentary traffic and lifetime map updates) years ago.
My car is about a year too old to have the cameras and hardware for active cruise control or lane guidance the media is fixated upon.
The nearest Supercharger is 130 miles away. Routing advice as to whether I need to "pop in for a charge" isn't going to be very useful.
I have owned a Model S 85 for 15 months and believe it does just that. It knows all Superchargers and if one sets a destination where charge will be 8% or less it tells you just how close it thinks you are cutting things.
The only thing Tesla could do to reduce my "range anxiety" would be to build the Superchargers which were promised "by the end of 2014." Had to drive the diesel 1100 miles this week for lack of those Superchargers.
The Model S's "fuel gauge" is pretty darn accurate, I guess. Have never driven until it stops. But when it says 200 miles is available then 100 miles later its pretty close to displaying the expected 100 miles remaining.
Can't come too soon.
If you’ve read our review of the Tesla S, you might get the impression that all electric cars can make sensible petrol car replacements.
$100,000 of consumption is $100,000 of consumption no matter if its building batteries or refining oil.
It would be better if it weighed 2500 pounds? :-)
If the National Sheriff's Association is correct then lets take this to the logical extremes. Clearly mere citizens are all at risk having unique license plate numbers on our vehicles. At risk having a phonebook published with our name, number, and address.
If police cruisers were not INTENDED to be identified as police cruisers then they would use plain unmarked vehicles, which they often (mostly) do.
Have been "test driving" for 11,000 miles with no end in sight.
Tesla needs an interior designer with mechanics of human knowledge. The measly two cup holders are where my elbow needs to be. While the window switches on the door are Mercedes issue unlike Mercedes Tesla didn't place them where a human wrist readily flexes to reach.
Then with about $10k of solar panels one never has to purchase fuel ever again. Its a lot of capital, but its possible. Not everything free citizens do has to make economic sense. After all I'm using a luxurious 15" laptop to type this little message rather than a 13" which would be "good enough".
Am guessing SATA Express PCIe doesn't allow multiple volumes on one interface? If not that is sad. I think Apple got it right with their Fusion driver. The operating system knows best about what to cache on SSD vs HD. Hybrid devices such as Seagate and now WD can not take full advantage because they can only guess.
After all, Windows 8.1 no longer runs in my 640MB PC-XT. Clearly they didn't tell me the OS requires memory!
Tesla already builds Superchargers near restaurants, shopping, etc. Its one of the selling points to the landlord that they will bring a captive affluent clientele to the premises for the duration of a charge. Sometimes Tesla gets the lease for free.
… tax revenues are down. Employment is down. The "Google Tax" priced UK services out of the market. Tech industries moved elsewhere.
I think they are safe with "Banana" but Blueberry, Blackberry, or Apple Pi would have been asking for trouble.
Mail.app isn't fixed for me. Deleted emails don't stay deleted. Replies quote the "On ... wrote:" line. My MacBook Pro has more trouble with WiFi in 10.10.1 than 10.10.
Am prepping an external drive to revert to Mavericks. Or Mountain Lion.
… while being in most respects just as goof.
Is goof a Britishism like "kit" and "sorted"? :-)
Since when has Hollywood got anything right?
In the USA there would be support for the NSA's logging of all phone calls if only they'd use that data to prosecute those who ignore the government's Do Not Call registry.
... gun free zones. Mass shootings only occur in gun-free zones where the shooter knows there will be plenty of victims with no means of defense. Never in a bar where off-duty police officers hang out.
Torvalds reminds me of Obama in most every way.
It will be a real advance when appliance operators quit trying to invent drone service with off the shelf toys. One needs fixed wing aircraft to efficiently serve this remote island and quite frankly something like a Piper Cub or Cessna 172 with a human pilot would be cheaper and more reliable.
The 3.8% drop simply weeded out a few cowards and day traders. Nothing fundamental has changed in spite of the iOS 8.0.1 gaff.
I don't see any excuse for processing financial transactions on an OS which requires "antivirus" scanners. Should not be using a general purpose OS for a cash register.
Radio Shack has been virtually irrelevant to Amateur Radio for decades. Their stock of parts is down to a couple of cabinets which may or may not have half the bins filled. In years past they used to have walls of parts that could be viewed when searching for a match or solution rather than dig through the drawers.
In the past 5 years or so the only things I have used Radio Shack was for a CR2032 battery holder and a couple white LEDs that I had to have fairly quickly. The battery holder was something I needed to fondle before purchase because it was going in a tight space where one didn't exist before. I shaved a lot of its back off and re-routed one of terminals.
Edison said, "To invent one needs an active imagination and a pile of junk." Radio Shack was a poor substitute for the real radio stores we once had, but to Radio Shack's credit they stuck around longer.
AES is a block protocol, not as stream protocol.
Credit card clearing houses skim an average of 2% off every transaction so out of $100 they take $2 off the top (merchant gets $98). Then out of that $2 for facilitating the transaction more securely Apple gets $0.15, and somehow Apple is the greedy bad guy?
They are upset Yahoo!'s corrupt judge overturned their corrupt judge.
There hasn't been $2.7B of Yellow Pages in all the history of Mexico.
Obviously this solar flare must be due to mankind's wonton release of CO2 into our atmosphere!
Doom! Gloom! When Will We Ever Learn?(™)
Lesbian, nothing! Its beastiality! New frontiers for television!
Oh, wait. Nothing new here. These are long established characters in the Doctor Who universe.
I agree the "best is the cheapest" but Detroit failed due diligence. Is not cheaper if it doesn't do the job. Is incompetence to buy without testing. To implement without monitoring performance. But then again I'm being redundant as Detroit has demonstrated nothing but incompetence at every level, even down to the purchase of batteries powering devices which only serve to make easy money.
The clue is in the "rechargeable battery". The OP wanted to replace them with solar cell plus capacitor.
Not just any capacitor but an ultra capacitor. An ultra capacitor could run the meter for days. Its just a matter of balancing cost of an ultra cap vs rechargeable battery.
While you are at it what is Amazon contributing?
And why is it permissible for Amazon to behave this way and not Apple? Apple let the publisher set the selling price of which Apple would take 30% but on the condition no one else be given a better deal. Amazon is demanding to set the price and if the publisher balks at Amazon's demands then Amazon does everything short of dropping the publisher. Amazon claims their behavior is simply negotiating tactics but it has every earmark of policing a monopoly in their favor.