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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

David Kelly 2

Re: "Best is cheapest"

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.

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Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

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.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

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Re: What is Hachette contributing?

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.

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Hollywood Doesn't Understand

Hollywood doesn't understand anything they can't manipulate at the whim of a screenwriter.

Romance, wars, faster than light travel, Klingons, they understand. Science they do not.

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

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What are the losses?

EcoNuts are already screaming bloody murder about vampire drains, of devices plugged in drawing power but doing nothing. Yesterday the cry was over simple transformer wall-warts perpetually plugged in to the wall but intermittently connected to devices.

So now you want to add complexity, cost, and massive transmission losses with wireless charging?

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Tesla and Panasonic to build NOT-SO-SECRET GigaFactory in US

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Where?

They haven't said where the Gigafactory will be built.

If they build in California then I'm dumping my TSLA stock.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Arapaho used Left-hand Screws?

I don't think the photoshop operator knows screws (or photoshop) as the Arapaho image has been mirrored into a left-hand screw.

Seriously, 0.02%? That seems awfully high to me. Several orders of magnitude too high.

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Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over

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Mozilla Lost Me

Tired of perpetual updates (are you listening Adobe FLASH?),

Thunderbird is an ugly mess,

And then intolerance for Eich daring to have his own opinion drove the final nail in their coffin.

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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Better than Al Gore

Anyone with talent is welcome.

Al Gore got there on political patronage.

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Piece of Apple close to smashing CRAZY 2012 share price record

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Not Newsworthy, Yet

AAPL is $95.32 as I write, $4.82 short of its adjusted high of $100.14. Way too early to celebrate. Unless your goal was to simply get published. To beat others who don't have any ideas who will do the same thing. This is only the first of many.

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LightSquared backer sues FCC over spectrum shindy

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Re: Why, we might as well have been buying AIR

This demonstrates markets work just the way they are supposed to: Stupid people lose.

Fortunately if FCC bureaucrats were bought they didn't stay paid for. The spectrum in question was allocated for space transmitters whose overlap into the GPS spectrum would be very weak. GPS receivers were designed for those conditions. Thats what GPS makers were promised. Am glad to see the FCC standing by that promise.

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Elon Musk to fund Tesla museum with 'ONE MEEELLION DOLLARS'

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Re: Great Marketing

$1m is pocket change to Elon.

10 nicely equipped Model S's.

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Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

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Better Memory Management?

Mavericks is pretty well loved by owners of older Apple gear. Possibly its biggest under-the-hood improvement is its revamped memory management system, which means it can run – and run well – on some relatively old devices.

Thats an interesting claim. I have a script to open 46 URLs of online comics, one every 30 seconds, which since the latest Mavericks security update brings my 8 GB MacBook Pro to its knees with a 23 GB VM space and 12 GB swap file.

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

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Where is the FTC?

What Apple did is nothing compared to what Amazon is doing.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

David Kelly 2

Re: iODB2 Engine Data Reader - Cheaper option

Problem is the ODB socket in my car is just above my feet so I'd worry about kicking the ridiculously big plug out if I left it in all the time ...

They don't have to be connected to the ODB2 socket, they can be connected most anywhere you can tap the CAN bus.

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

David Kelly 2

What Does Microsoft Have To Offer

What do government bureaucratic robots need that Microsoft Windows offers over and above Linux or FreeBSD? Irrespective of bugs, viruses, and other malevolent code?

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Look for results in the same file as lost IRS emails.

Perhaps the CO2 experiments keep failing because someone at NASA knows full well their foregone conclusion is wrong.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: Wow. FUD sprayers are *still* at the electric car?

There's certainly an argument that for the journeys the vast majority of car owners do - under 10 miles in mostly urban areas - that this vehicle is an excellent choice. I find it a bit odd that so many commenters will suddenly, with no warning, need to undertake a drive of over 300 miles. Perhaps those bringing up this objection are either projecting their particular use case onto everyone ('I need to do this, therefore so does everyone'), or maybe it's a case of FUD as you allude to.

Its American to demand range out of one's vehicle. To demand things we only use 1% of the time. Thats why the Ford F150 is so popular. Its the liberating knowledge one may go anywhere, do anything, on a moment's notice.

I routinely drive 160 miles round trip on a Saturday. Recently I went the other direction and drove my Tesla Model S 85 247 miles round trip before returning to the 240V outlet in my garage.

Even so I feel forced to keep a conventional vehicle for when the Tesla won't serve. Tesla says the first Supercharger within my range will be online in August, 130 miles away.

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David Kelly 2

Re: Wow. FUD sprayers are *still* at the electric car?

All standard controls are in the places you'd expect to find them on any vehicle. Gas and brake pedals on the floor in front of the driver NOT on the touch screen. Ticky thing on the steering column. Almost all the crud you need is on the steering wheel or on the Ticky things sticking out from it.

Not headlight on/off or fog/aux/driving lights. Those are only on the touch screen.

Now. STOP buying in to the horsecrap about range --> for normal day to day use, I have a round trip commute from *one* end of my city to the *other* grand total of 190Km each day. This car will certainly handle that. And more if needed. This is *not* typical or average in north america. And I seriously doubt that this is *average* in Europe either. Yes, you will have *some* folks who have longer runs in general, but not a typical day to day commute.

80 mile range of lesser EVs is totally unacceptable. The range of the Model S plus the promise of Superchargers makes Tesla a serious player. I waited 7 months with my Model S 85 to try this but Saturday-week I drove 247 miles round trip to see a friend, without stoping to charge. Had 35 miles remaining when I arrived home.

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David Kelly 2

Re: Keyless

What is the big deal of the keyless driving? My 2010 Toyota has that as well. It is very comfortable to just climb into the car and hit the start button. No key to unlock it - it unlocks itself when you touch the door handle - and no ignition key slot, just a button marked Start/Stop.

Tesla Model S doesn't even have the start/stop button. Open the door and things start lighting up, radio starts playing. Foot on brake, put in gear, drive away. Drove 2007 Prius Pkg 6 (leather, SmartKey, Nav, everything but satellite radio) 7 years before replacing it with a Model S 85 this past December.

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David Kelly 2

Also where are you getting your battery swap pricing?

Tesla once publicly discussed the possibility of a battery futures contract where for $12k they would replace the 85 kWh after the 8 year unlimited mile warranty expired. There was some question as to whether this was an on-demand replacement or whether it was only a warranty extension. Warranty does not replace until capacity falls below 70% of new.

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David Kelly 2

Re: how are they likely to be in Winter?

An internal combustion engine keeps the car nice n warm and the ice away. An electric car is going to need a big fat heater to stop them freezing which would kill their range?

I took delivery of my Model S 85 in December 2013. When temperatures are low my 10 mile commute at 14°F was often around 400 Wh/mile. Same commute at 70°F to 80°F with A/C on is usually around 250 Wh/mile in the morning and nearly 300 Wh/mile in the late afternoon.

At low temperatures the car will actively heat the battery (and cool when hot). Can select an Eco mode which is less aggressive at heating the battery but also limits power output and regeneration until the battery reaches safe temperatures.

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David Kelly 2

Re: Google maps? Really?

Why would any sane person choose a navigation system that requires a permanent connection to t'interwebs?

Originally the Model S was to have a healthy allocation for digital music storage. When the car was finally released that feature was deleted, nominally the excuse given was to allocate storage for maps to reduce bandwidth consumption. In the USA Tesla is paying the 3G data costs for the first 4 years of ownership. So its in their best interest to be efficient.

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David Kelly 2

Re: @ big_D: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Apart from the fact that things like lights and wipers are mostly automatic these days, the Tesla S does have manual on/off for all these controls on standard steering wheel stalks, just like any other 'normal' car.

Not the headlights which are touch-screen only. And wipers are not on the touch display, they are on the turn signal stalk exactly like older (pre 2012 M-class that I know of) Mercedes-Benz.

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David Kelly 2

Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

I don't know for sure, but I suspect you still have regular stalk controls for those basic operations in the Tesla too,

The Model S's steering column is borrowed from Mercedes-Benz models. Its the one with the turn signal stalk on the lower left, many grab the cruise control stalk the first time they reach for turn signals.

Headlights (but for high/low) are only on the touch screen. The car complains if you leave with the headlights manually turned on, but automatically turns them off anyway. What bugs me is that the car always boots with headlights in Auto mode. I don't need the lights to exit my garage and there is no way to keep them from coming on before I can turn them off.

Likewise the fog/aux/driving lights can only be controlled from the touch screen. Thats an important function to have at the driver's fingertips to turn off quickly so as not to blind other drivers.

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David Kelly 2

Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

The difference is, that the Prius (and most other cars) also have mechanical switches for the important stuff, like turning on the lights!

Prius has more hard switches to supplement the MFD but if the MFD fails the Prius owner will have significant trouble controlling everything.

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Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals

David Kelly 2

Not Buying Aperture

A year or so ago I thought I'd like to have Aperture but with Apple's all-or-nothing upgrade policy I knew it would be foolish to buy 3.x because as soon as I did 4.0 would be released and my 3.x worth nothing toward the newer version. I was right.

iPhoto (or whatever its replacement) needs better management of its library or libraries. Its sad when what once would have been thought of as an infinitely fast computer takes significant time to open a library of a few thousand photos.

Can't bring myself to purchase an Adobe product based on great user experiences (not) with Acrobat Reader and FLASH.

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

David Kelly 2

Predictable

Any idiot could have predicted MS's records would be stolen and offered for sale.

Newsworthy would be the thief gave up for lack of a buyer.

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

David Kelly 2

What fool would trust the Russians not to insert the very same back doors they are accusing the NSA?

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FTC seeks DEFCON help to finger illegal robocallers

David Kelly 2

I've been saying...

I have been saying that had only the NSA used their huge database of all phone call origins and destinations to prosecute Do Not Call List violations the public would have supported the NSA's "spying".

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

David Kelly 2

Crony Capitalism

Freedom is lost when government's leash is used to lead us around.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

David Kelly 2

10 years ago?

I thought all this doom and gloom was supposed to happen 10 years ago when all the IPv4 addresses were supposed to be exhausted?

IIRC all US Federal Government purchases were supposed to be IPv6 back in 2006.

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MAC MEN: Apple hiring 1,000 people for internal ad operation

David Kelly 2

More Control or Less Flexible?

IIRC in the past John Scully played off Apple's advertising agent against another, and fired the old. And rightfully so because the old was safe and boring while the new was a breath of fresh air.

So once advertising is all in-house how will they ever again sweep clean with a fresh breath of air?

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Sprint eyes T-Mobile, grabs $32 BEELLION from wallet, prepares to SLURP

David Kelly 2

Technical Compatibility?

Sprint appears to be moving to LTE. Perhaps acquisition of T-Mobile is seen as a quick and dirty way to suddenly have an LTE network.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

David Kelly 2

CryptTrue

Seeing as how the license for TrueCrypt lists forbidden variations of true followed by crypt, I suggest reversing the order and calling the fork, "CryptTrue".

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

David Kelly 2

Cross Platform

One of the most attractive features of TrueCrypt was that it is/was cross platform.

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Watch this! How to use OS X Server for mobile device management

David Kelly 2

$1000 buys a Mac Mini Server which is the least labor server solution avail. It works out of the box. I retired a couple of FreeBSD systems in favor of Mac Mini Servers. Was educational to configure and manage the FreeBSD systems but MacOS Server uses much the same core tools with much less hassle.

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Once Upon A Time the mobile device management tool was the only way to do things such as define VPN on an iOS device. Thats the last time I played with it.

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

David Kelly 2

Ice Cream

100% nutritionally complete balanced diet ice cream. Ice cream is relatively cheap to make, easy to serve. Feed the world's masses with ice cream. And nothing but ice cream. Eliminate payments for food via public assistance, replace with an ice cream allocation.

Of course people will get sick of eating the same old sweet tasty healthy former junk food ice cream all the time and will flock to fruits and vegetables in protest.

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SAVE NET NEUTRALITY, urges Steve Wozniak in open letter to bigwigs

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The Left's "free" Is Not Free

A free market means no government thumb on the balance scale.

If I want to charge extra on my wires for content from certain providers then I must be allowed to dig my own grave or build my own mansion, whichever it happens to be.

Based on Comcast's past history any decision which might require Comcast service gets a lot of black stars. We are fortunate at work to have options for two cable companies on the poles plus the phone company via DSL. Comcast was one, and didn't get our business.

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

David Kelly 2

Healthcare.gov

Hey Lockheed Martin! Healthcare.gov is hiring your kind of expertise!

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

David Kelly 2

Not Adventurous Enough

Long tunnels under water: BTDT.

Why not bore directly through the center of the Earth? Then there would be no need for powered transit, one could just "fall" to one's destination!

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Just What One Would Expect

This is the natural result one would expect from the progressive left. Everything needs to be taxed on a progressive scale. Flat Tax is too fair and simple, not enough knobs for the intelligentsia to use their superiority to tweak for our own good.

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Drink me: Adobe pours Flash Player bug squash

David Kelly 2

Death to FLASH

Seems every time I permit Click2Flash to display a site, a popup appears demanding I update. What a horrible buggy piece of software. Its death can not be too premature.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

David Kelly 2

Re: If they wanted to boycott Firefox, where would they go?

I deleted Mozilla products from my computers due to the intolerance of the organization.

I believe an organization and individual may associate with whomever they chose, or not, for any reason. Including termination for any reason including race, sex, religion, or politics. And of course that applies in both directions.

Opera is OK so far. Haven't figured out how to make it open with a blank screen. Haven't figured out how to disable the damned tabs. Doesn't have the rough user interface edges of Firefox. Or the really awful Thunderbird.

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BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

David Kelly 2

What is the big deal?

When my phone was on T-Mobile (pre-iPhone) they routinely pitched Blackberry to me. And Android. Blackberry is simply proving their demise is well earned. Blackberry is afraid their customers might learn of better opportunities elsewhere.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

David Kelly 2

Briefcase, Cane, and Hat

The sign only instructs those with briefcase, cane, and hat to walk this way. Without, one may not use the crosswalk. :-)

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What price justice? 73 CENTS in book price-gouging case

David Kelly 2

So what is wrong with a "most favored nation" clause? Retailers do it all the time with "lowest price guarantee, we'll beat any advertised price". US Government often does the same on purchase contracts demanding refunds if the price drops. So this is a matter of "do what we say, not what we do."

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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

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The same-old same-old

Restrictions on Uber and Lyft are no different than allowing unions to control who is allowed to practice trades. No different than New Jersey preventing Tesla from selling direct.

Yes, it is just terrible that hotels have to collect taxes that informal B&B's do not. The problem is not that the B&B doesn't collect taxes but that the hotel does. Its the same with b&m stores vs Amazon with sales tax. The problem is not that Amazon does not collect sales tax but that the local brick & mortar stores are handicapped with the obligation.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

David Kelly 2

Re: Suck it, Apple.

> If down the road Type-C is found to be so much better that it's worth updating the standard, then by all means the EU should do so -- they can do that you know -- but the future existence of Type-C is in itself in no way an argument against having a EU mandated standard.

How is that any sort of improvement? A government mandated standard restricts the future to the past. Then when government "upgrades" the standard it then creates the same mess it claimed to be fixing.

Apple's Lightning is a no-wrong-side-up solution right now. USB-C could be a right now thing too if only others had Apple's foresight. Let the market decide, thats how we got to micro-USB in the first place.

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