2169 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
Re: Re. 49gm/km
well if you want to cherry pick then ariel atom would be a weapon of choice. You could buy that and 5 series to tow it for 95k.
4WD Nissan GTR can be had for not much more than 50k. Had a go in one on a track day pressie once (along with an R8 and lambo) the GTR was easily the scariest of them all, seriously pins you in your seat when you floor it. The R8 has similar specs to this and was pretty underwhelming.
Re: "(the prius) would have struggled to keep the MPG in the 30s "
It was a review car. I suspect the pedal was fully to the floor for most of the rides (regardless of gear). I very much doubt your SL350 would perform as well given to the same reviewer.
Re: Please compare to Tesla?
compare it to a tesla? Sure. The tesla looks shitter, wont take you round a holiday without spending the day charging, cant realistically hoon it about as you'll drain the battery in no time but at least it costs less so you can buy a focus to drive between cities.
I'd love one of these.
Re: But why?
indeed, the current thinking is probably along the lines of a small hybrid plant to get it through emissions testing knowing full well it wont be used as much. Add another 10k on the top and the market being aimed at will still pay.
Re: Since the Tesla S P85
Bu therein lies the rub. How do you get from Cumbria to Birmingham and back in the same day? There aren't that many luxury cars that combine city electric and fossil range. As soon as more domestic grade cars combines a small engine for range and charging with a small battery hybrid then it will take off more. Prius works well but I found to be pretty shit to drive (wallowy and far too cheap inside), the newer focus and mondeos are pretty reasonable to drive IMHO and would be great to hybridise.
That being said, if you charge 5k more for the same model then until resale you'll not make up that 5k on a hybrid. With start/stop engines you can make a fair saving too.
25% for my current 2.5 Ford SMax. Unless you are private with a good practice dentists don't earn that much. There have been a few adverts up here in Cumbria for about 40k.
But the overlander wont go like stink if you floor it. This is a decent grand tourer with a "trundle in city traffic" electric motor. Cruise on the motorway on dead dinosaurs then switch to electric for the last bit of city commute. Switch back to dead dinosaurs on the way home to charge up.
This is the car concept that would work for my particular driving pattern and i'd be happy to use this sort of hybrid. Just not in a prius or wallet busting Porsche.
I seem to remember Renault having a petrol/diesel FWD with electric RWD prototype, that would be a good idea too.
Re: Storage cost
network speed has increased just not at the cat6 consumer end.
Re: Reg unit?
nah, he has poor internet so only gets DVD5s
why do you need 10gb? I run a small business with a two host cluster. I use HBA SAS as an interlink for my CSV. Much cheaper than 10GB and since I only have 2 hosts then I can still have failover. In time I can add other cards so that I can add other hosts, still it is far cheaper than a 10gb solution.
Old servers with buckets of bays are great for openfiler too (or readynas etc).
Re: Stop making sense?
Empire strikes back was the best of the lot IMHO.
I didn't see the original star wars in the cinema but I did see empire strikes back first time around and that was simply epic.
or out of copyright media. Or game updates. Or multitude of other legal torrent stuff.
forgot to add. If you need a lot more power then look at an itx board. With an external PSU they are still quite small. My PI replaced an already small AMD e350 that I had shoehorned into an old hollowed out DVD player case (wife friendly looking) but it still needed a 120mm fan (quiet) to keep some sort of airflow so did make "some" noise. The PI is silent (and naked, it is just shoved behind the tv cabinet! only an IR "eye" pokes out of the side of the cabinet)
Next job is to fashion an IR power on function on the PI GPIO as the old e350 had a CIR socket that let me do that from "suspend". Cant say I have ever had an issue with the USB, granted im only using it as a media centre so I probably wouldn't notice the odd frame oddity.
Or to put it another way. £26 for a pi, get an 4gb uSD card (2gb might be enough, cant remember) from back of the sofa or ebay for £2, a cheap psu that can supply 5v for £2 on ebay, download openelec and you have a fully functional media centre that can have internet radio, youtube, iplayer, streaming.... all for £30
Seriously I spend more than that at our local takeaway per month.
It is small enough that you can glue it to the inside of your TV if you so require. Have your TV power it from a usb/relay/voodoo séance and it is wife friendly. Openelec works with cheapy windows remotes+usb IR so what more do you want?
usb Ethernet adapter? Now the PI has 4 USB ports then you can have a few usb devices.
don't get me wrong, i'm not complaining, just saying. 4x USB is a great improvement in itself.
something else has changed on the board though as I thought the hub only had 4 USB. I thought the SD card took a USB slot up along with the 2x USB already there and the Ethernet had the last one.
Just an alternative for people. Need more USB and don't care about a standard composite out? get the B+ Don't use >2 USB and have only full size SD cards? Get the model B. Both are the same price.
to be fair, £26 is nowhere near £50 though. The hummingboard might suit your needs, there is a 1gb/2 core or 2gb/4 core version allegedly shipping soon. Banana Pi is a dual core/1gb board that can be bought for under £50 too so there are options for you if you need a small Linux computer with some more oompf.
Re: Composite Output
old Samsung omnias did too. I used an old camcorder lead that had a 4 pole socket - that worked well enough.
yeah, its a shame. I also run an openelec and would have loved just a tiny bit more oompf.
Re: It's all very wonderful
Portsmouth to Bilbao overnight ferry is pleasant enough. Price was on par if you factor in all the extras such as airport parking, luggage, hire car etc. Plus it meant no weight limits on your luggage.
Re: I have your missing bits...
better to use a cheap cordless drill with a hex bit, saves your index finger bruises (on bigger builds). Cheap drills wont strip the heads either (or I suppose an expensive one with proper torque controls, my £6 BandQ one does the job nicely, it hasn't the power to overtorque)
Re: Better than FYRKANTIG Close
where aisle 12 is not next to aisle 11 or 13 but for some obscure reason is in a different building.
nothing to see here, move along
I'm sure the beak would call that contempt if you or me tried it.
Re: Turn off the computer, then turn it on again...
standard interview scenario for our last technician post. "teacher has no sound, sound was working for them last lesson".
You get all sorts of remedies ranging from reinstalling drivers, checking cable continuity, swapping donor sound card. The person who got the job started that scenario question with "check the speakers are plugged in to the socket, powered on and plugged into the PC". The rest of his answers were along the same lines as someone who has dealt with people who consider PCs a nuisance to their way of working.
Invariably "email isn't working" could be anything from "forgotton password so I cant log in" to their monitor is on fire. Internet is down can generally be an obscure blog page that they happened to have as their home page (he was a bee keeper) that is now taken offline.
Re: My frustration with 8.1 and opinion on such matters of why upgrade
Ironically we had some keyboards (Yamaha) that worked in windows 2000, wouldn't work in XP or vista but *DID* work in windows 7 out of the box! That really shocked us (and made our Sibelius teacher very happy).
Re: Shrinking Pool
depends on the metrics too. We buy windows 8 machines then put our windows 7 image on them.
Re: History repeating @Joseph Haig
XP->Vista was a UAC nightmare for us plus they screwed up the NTLM security initially before first patch which rendered our (at the time) filtering ineffective. Back to XP we went and stayed there till 7 came along. 7 was a joy to work with (over vista) and since we already deployed GPP packs to XP all our GPO were 7 friendly.
8+ 8.1 started playing silly tricks again. This time it was the pre-network logon, for some stupid reason, if the system has a wireless card then it reaches out to networks pre-logon (good), handshakes if it can (good) logs onto the network (good) then proceeds to ignore the proxy settings for the first "check to Microsoft to see how our licencing is doing" (bad). I believe this has been patched but still, getting "log onto proxy" before a CTRL-ALT-DEL screen is bad, especially on tablets (where typing usernames and passwords once is bad enough).
coupled to that the metro/lack of proper start menu that can be easily organised into alphabetical order is bloody shocking - try using server 2012 RDP (R2 at least dumps you on the desktop and does have a "start" button but it still has silly metro. Core is a much better option and teaches you to do things properly anyway.
Re: Cheltenham again?
Nah, BT's intern simply went to virgin instead.
Re: Vimes This is news?
half the people posting here would last 5 fucking seconds in Russia with those laws. Visit British First to piss them off with a bit of logic on their facebook page? Doesn't matter! you posted there you must be part of them; off to Siberia you go.
Laugh at greenpeace doing daft things again? Nope, you must be a supporter comrade. Time for some social re-education.
Britain isn't that bad yet.
Re: Oh how the x ray scanner operator laughed...
or a carrier bag with the remains of the controlled explosion (followed by the bill in the post for wasting their time)
Re: Hard to find volume buttons on either side of the power button?
I don't think ive ever had the volume on anything other than maximum on any of my phones ever. From nokia 6230, palms, SE's, omnias, SG2 etc. This might change with headphones in but ive never found the volume loud enough.
Too many rock concerts probably.
nice idea and at least it looks like a car rather than something a hippie imagined a car should look like. But useless for me, it really needs a small engine for emergency use or casual charging. For the market it is aimed at then it would be too large for the majority of London use, if you are "big" enough to have your own parking space in London then you'd surely want a more prestigious car too. How many charging spots are there at heathrow? Youd be annoyed if you turned up and saw that piddly little nissans had taken them all (or a 4x4 without electric which is what usually happens).
Im surprised the euro hasn't cottoned onto charging, afterall there is plenty of electricity flowing through electric trains.
But on the plus side the intern knows that deleting zones can be bad.
Re: What puzzles me ...
I remember looking around York university in the 80s. It was a concrete dive, something like this would have taken the edge off it.
Re: Good to see students haven't changed...
it was only a half hearted attempt as it seems his legs got stuck, not his head or an arm (or cock, that would have been impressive).
not sure why the downvote, I was going to post pretty much the same thing. How can this patent be revolutionary?
Re: Tell me about it
adding things like nuke the president does the same. It pings you on all sorts of radars.
radio controlled helicopters with gas engines are cheap enough too, these will pack FAR more a punch if they hit you.
Re: @Lee D and Don Jefe
our mondeo has voice control and it works quite well. You press a button on the stalk and it activates the "listener". Top level controls such as "climate", "radio", "cd", "bluetooth", "phone", "playlist" etc then sub commands. It doesnt have false positives very often, even the "phone" bit.
I think ive used it half a dozen times in the years ive had the car. It is easier to twiddle the air con temp control or press the down arrow on the wheel.
Re: On-Off switch
simple solution in our house, double wall socket. One has a 4 way with TV, amp, xbmc and xbox. Other socket has 4 way with router and cable modem (and a free standing light). Leave one switched on (router and modem), other gets switched off when not in use. If you were that lazy you could get one of those remote control switches (that would consumer power....)
Re: Something for the next firmware update
infrasound is only an issue at high power. Obviously if a powerful sound wave at 5HZ is projected to you then obviously the air is going to be pushed and pulled out of you. "brown notes" are a myth though.
At the power TV speakers are it would make no difference (assuming they could play so low which they cant). Even domestic subs wouldnt do much either. Mythbusters used some pretty impressive kit when they tested it (as did NASA)
Re: Tinfoil hat time
we had a dog named "dog" once so having an xbox respond to "xbox" isnt too far fetched.
"that's cool, I want to share it"?
but put a copyright logo and your name on it so noone else will share it?
Re: Probably good
I have a dell venue 7 and 5x venue 10s, we got them as evaluation models. The 7 is a bit meh but the 10 is pretty good. If the fold up keyboard had USB ports (and a network port) it would have been really good.
We have a docking station for the 10 which basically turns them into desktop machines. They can be imaged successfully too (the bios needs a few settings changed first). Runs all our apps nicely.
if the pro 3s are as good then i'll certainly get a few.
Re: Given its a stealth designed aircraft
The SR-71 flew many times over enemy territory. Quite a distinguished career. According to wiki, a fifth of its flight time was spent at Mach 3 which goes to say something. There arent many vehicles spending a fifth of their time at the red line so that says something about the engineering. Also not a single one was shot down so the concept worked, noone could catch it simply because you would never be able to accelerate fast enough to get to it, unless you knew the flight plan beforehand and were loitering.
If it had a data link then it would have been even more useful.
Re: not arithmetic overflow..
Good job the shuttle didnt pass overhead then. Or a meteor. Or Ming the Merciless. Im sure that the software would have been better served sounding a klaxon and having a human clarify an "anomaly" before it had to reroute hundreds of flights.
Re: Those bloody monks
MY EYES! NEED BLEACH FOR MY EYES!