130 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
"And of course you can now plug your Panamera into the mains as you can Toyota’s Plug-In Prius, a car particularly close to the new Panamera hybrid in spirit and engineering, if not performance and price."
Once again, El Reg has a writer who has no idea what a car is. How can you compare a Toyota PiP with 134HP (gas and electric power combined) to a Porsche Panamera with 416HP (gas and electric power combined). How is this anywhere close in performance?
Please do yourselves a favor, and stop writing car articles.
This is NOT Top Gear!
I'm fucking done reading your reviews of electric cars. They constantly have errors and a distinct bias against these vehicles.
Since when does the Nissan LEAF have an odd quirk about being electric? Other than an unusually-styled shifter knob, how would one even know this car was electric? The i-MiEV has a standard shift knob. It's even less obvious that you're driving an electric car.
"You can, however, unlock the car from the app, meaning if someone steals your phone they can steal your car."
WRONG! They can unlock your car. That is not stealing the car. Driving the car away requires the actual Tesla car-shaped fob in your pocket.
I wish you would do some fucking research on these articles and stop trying to make electric vehicles look bad!
CONSUMER GRADE machine
Why is everyone up at arms about a CONSUMER GRADE machine? This Mac is NOT made for The Reg readers. It's for grandma trying to receive emails or Facetime with the grandkids.
FFS, when did a 1.4GHz dual-core Core i5 become slow? It's PLENTY fast for everyday tasks. Consider the target audience.
All her data is already backed up with Time Machine, right? (If not, you are at fault for not showing her this painless way to back up her files.)
Restart her Mac folding Command-R and restore the computer from the Internet. Fresh OS, hard drive erased. After the install, restore the files from Time Machine. (Once again, automated and easy.) Done.
Re: Can you afford $15K to replace the battery pack?
Where are you getting your $15K figure from? A 16kWh pack for the Volt is $3K. That's the same size as the i-MiEV. The LEAF is 1.5 times larger, so make that $4.5K. There are LEAF drivers with over 100,000 miles on their cars and they haven't had to replace their battery. Stop spreading FUD.
If you are having that many problem with your battery going flat, the problem isn't the car nor the infrastructure. IT'S YOUR INABILITY TO PLAN YOUR ROUTE EFFECTIVELY.
I have never run out of power, nor even come close, in a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Why? Because I plan my route. I don't drive farther than I know the car can go.
I thought this was The Reg, not Top Gear.
The C-Zero scored a 4 on the NCAP tests, like the Nissan LEAF.
Re: 145/65 front, 175/55 rear
The narrow front tyres are for less aerodynamic resistance. The C-Zero comes with a tyre repair kit, no spare. The tyres are not run-flat, though they are LRR.
Many cars comes with different sized tyres on the front and rear, however most tend to be for performance reasons rather than efficiency.
Another poorly-researched review?
A few days ago, I complained about the lack of research done on articles. Here's another.
The range indication is on the right-side of the dash. You must push the button (trip reset) several times through the 8 options to get the "range remaining". Like all EVs, the range remaining is incredibly inaccurate, so I rarely use it, instead choosing to display the outside temperature on the right and watching the battery gauge on the left.
Rear drum brakes mean little when your drivetrain is running the rear wheels. Regenerative braking makes rear discs unnecessary.
No climate control? Are you mad? There are three knobs in the middle of the dash!
Obvious cut 'n paste error: "Ecotricity has 150 charging stations that will charge a Leaf in 30 minutes but they are not compatible with the Tesla and the Leaf cannot be charged at Tesla stations". WHAT? The CHAdeMO standard works on the LEAF and the C-Zero (and Peugeot iOn and Mitsubishi i-MiEV). It's the Tesla (as your copy 'n paste error suggests) that is incompatible with these fast charging stations.
Do some research already!
Poorly researched reporting
Hey Reg: Not only are the gull wings of the Model X designed to work well in a crowded car park, the Nissan LEAF and Citroen C-Zero (and Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Peugeot iON) are all capable of charging via CHAdeMO, which will bring them to 80% charge in approximately 30 minutes. Try researching your topic before writing.
Why have ultra-secure hardware with an ultra-insecure OS? Seriously! Android has over 99% of mobile malware (source: http://bgr.com/2014/01/21/android-mobile-malware-report/).
Layers of unnecessary shite. Run SSH/SFTP at home; use Filezilla or some other app to access it... done.
Re: Too little, too late.
That's not correct. Ironically, my elderly neighbors gave me a laptop sitting in their storage for somewhere around 13 years. It still had its initial Windows 98 install alive and working... though McAfee complained that its virus definitions were over 2000 days old.
I put Windows XP SP 3 on the computer, after putting a dusty 256MB DIMM into the computer's innards, and other than a 5 minute boot time, the computer works fine. I even have 2.5GB free on the 6GB hard drive. Oh, and the 256MB DIMM? Only 128MB of it was recognized. :)
Maybe your employer is a penny pincher, but mine ain't. The BASE workstation where I work has a 3.4GHz Core i7 with 16GB RAM and dual 24" monitors. It goes up from there.
Ballmer didn't see that Apple's integration of hardware and software made for a wonderful user experience? Instead, he uses the unholy matrimony between Android and Samsung as an example? Wow, he really was oblivious.
I think he needs to go back much farther than 10 years.
"...you can expect a certain level of reliability that accompanies the Intel logo."
That's what I thought until I purchased a 160GB Intel 320 SSD. Within a week it did the whole "your partition is now 8MB" thing. Fortunately I found instructions to fix it and waited for updated firmware to appear and fix the problem. Haven't had a problem since, but the first taste was pretty sour.
It is important to remember that Google's head of Android was recently on the record as saying that Android was built to be open, NOT secure. Why is Boeing using Android? Why not BlackBerry OS? Why not an OS of their own design? I know OSes take a long time to design, test, and build, but of all the available mobile OSes, why Android?
We'll build our own Internet... with hookers and blackjack!
The read/write speed isn't much faster than my first-gen Drobo on USB 2.0. What gives, WD?
Re: Re. Not a bad idea
Wow! You're a patent lawyer? Tell us more?
Windows Phone is a decent enough platform. It makes phone calls. It plays games. For many people, it's "good enough". The difference here is that Android makes cheaper kit. For a majority of punters, the cheapest option is the best option. They don't care about RAM, CPU speeds, screen resolution... as long as it is £0, they're happy.
Re: Internet of American Things
But what about those who already purchased one?
Re: Buyer Beware
Don't deal with Butterfly Labs. I ordered one last year in March with an expected delivery date of June. I waited until September and still wasn't getting anywhere. Their support personnel just said, "we are making them as fast as we can", yet their support site didn't show delivery of a single one of the model I requested, nor the most expensive model.
It was quite challenging getting my money back from them. Fortunately I paid through PayPal on a "Pay It Later" account. I was able to do a chargeback and get my money back. Most people aren't so fortunate.
I loved the Sega R360 systems. They were amazing! To be able and play After Burner and actually do a loop in real life was incredible.
I get motion sickness quite easily, but even doing inversions on the R360 didn't get me sick. There was a connect between the action on-screen and how the game was rotating the canopy. Amazing stuff.
Re: cheap iMac clone?
Maybe design-wise, but performance-wise, the iMac leaves this in the dust. The iMac costs more, of course, but you get what you pay for.
Re: It's not the concept, it's the vendor ...
You misspelled "Samsung".
One particular 4chan thread made me laugh. Someone was trolling about how he could hack anyone's computer. One anon gave him his IP address: 127.214.56.12. The troll told the thread how he was able to see "this guy's" files -- not realizing they were his own! He was so happy to be able to delete the \windows\system32 folder on the "remote" system. We didn't see any more posts from him...
Re: FCC Speed Test app
There was an FCC Speed Test app many moons ago on iOS. I guess they're having a second go at it.
Re: samsung does the same in 13.3"
OS X does not lock retina displays to a 1x or 2x mode. In the System Preferences, you choose the "virtual resolution" you want and all the elements scale to that resolution. It's quite impressive hands-on.
The first 64-bit mobile phone is just "meh"? With the first fingerprint reader that doesn't make you want to throw the phone against the wall? With CPU and graphics performance that beat all Android phones AND tablets currently on the market? Are you mad?
There's more money in the high-end phones than in the low-end phones. Just like there is more money in high-end PCs than in low-end PCs. I don't understand why this is a difficult idea to understand. Although Google's Android operating system is on more phones than Apple, Apple continues to make significantly more money in the segment than ALL the Android phone manufacturers combined. Apple is looking out for shareholders, not the people screaming "I want this, I want that".
Lost in translation
Kobo (kobou) is Japanese for "workshop". Does that mean this was just a work-in-progress?
Sorry, not another "your anus" joke... but with Uranus' odd vertical rings, wouldn't that be a good choice for a potential rogue planet?
Re: "Grow more pot!" - Jello Biafra
Hmmm. Why NOT use hemp instead of paper? Interesting...
"Dump default image, slap on win7, instal codec pack."
Really? That doesn't sound intuitive to me. Yes, I am fully aware of how to do it, but why the hell should I HAVE to? While AC may have been trolling, some good points are there, and it has nothing to do with ASUS... it has to do with Microsoft. It is not the hardware that's holding PCs back, it's the software.
I don't think the point of the article is to say "don't do sports". It's more like "be reasonable about what you want to be". It's not reasonable to expect to be a pro basketball player. The mathematical odds against that are pretty great. The odds against being a scientist are extraordinarily low -- an interest in things of science and a reasonable aptitude for science are pretty much all that's required.
That being said, talking sense into kids sometimes, especially when shattering their dreams of becoming the next Shaq, is completely useless.
Even if it's €200, the copy protection is still good. Without the leak of the key, there's no way a €200 FPGA could discover it on its own... at least within a reasonable amount of time. Intel isn't worried and neither should we be. This "flaw" isn't a big deal at all, just the basis of a thesis of a very smart PhD.
I keep my Octopus card in my wallet. Nothing would annoy me more than being on the phone, boarding the MTR, and having to say "hold on" and moving my phone to the NFC reader. That, or having to bend down in an odd fashion to put my phone and my entire head near the NFC reader...
Nothing to worry about
Notice the issue is when the drive loses power. Keep this in your notebook with its battery charged, or in your desktop with a UPS and you're fine.
I have a Intel 320-series 160GB SSD in my MacBook Pro and I'm not concerned one bit. First, it's a laptop so it's unlikely to lose power while writing. Second, I set up wireless Time Machine backups to my NAS. Even if I lose the entire contents of the SSD, restoring it is painless.
...Google's gone closed-source on their latest OS. Should have gone with an Openmoko.
I drove the Nissan Leaf at a free drive event. It's quiet -- almost too quiet (damn Tinnitus). We got to drive it on real roads at real city-driving speeds. The car is remarkable in that it is completely UN-remarkable. It feels like a real car (sans ICE noise). The switches feel good and are in the right places; the seats are comfortable and the interior feels "expensive" with good soft-touch surfaces, not hard plastic.
Round-trip for my daily commute is 18 miles. This, and the other electrics, are perfect for me. If they're not for you, that's fine, but don't go damning the electric cars or call me a tree-hugger. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I want my electric car because of a lack of maintenance and trouble.
Shrinks in the cold
A Mini-E driver reported that, when the temperature is below 30'F (-1'C), he lost around 5% of the battery power. Not too bad.
Redmond, start your copiers!
Now Google knows how Apple feels...
"Some listeners are happy to push their iPhone speaker all the way to 11, while others won't consider using an audio cable without a "direction of flow" indicator."
Please tell me that's a joke... analogue audio cables carry AC voltages.
"Those who don't know history are bound to repeat it..."
I'll stick with my EFI-BIOS system, thank you.
Double-jointed Russian gymnast...
Then again, if PCs were using EFI BIOSes, this wouldn't be a problem. Macs, having EFI BIOS since the Intel switchover, have no problems using these 3TB drives internally.
If you were truly an Apple lover, you would NEVER say anything to defame Our Supreme Leader!
Make sure you don't download those malware applications on the Android app store. There ARE advantages to the "walled garden"...
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