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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Re: I'll wait until...

Do you often drive over 300 miles non-stop to visit the in-laws and then leave again 15 minutes later? You're tough to please if an EV with a range (380 miles for the P100D) that accommodates probably 99% of trips doesn't impress you yet! Facetiousness aside, what it does need is for prices to come down dramatically and widespread fast charging infrastructure.

I'll wait until Jeremy Clarkson takes it around the track explaining it to us, then lets the Stig time a lap.

Then I'll be impressed.

You'll probably be waiting a while for Clarkson to return to the BBC...

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Range

It's the current Model S P90D that has a quoted NEDC range of 315 mi. The P100D's quoted NEDC range is ~380 mi.

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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

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Re: A race to the selfdestruction of big car manufacturs ...

I should probably say "...with the service that kills the market" as people probably wouldn't buy a personal car to share with strangers; they'd subscribe to a car-sharing service like the one Ford et al. are working on.

I suspect uptake is going to take long enough that the industry has sufficient time to pivot and no excuses.

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Re: A race to the selfdestruction of big car manufacturs ...

This is probably why everyone's so bullish, pouring so much money into the idea and ramping up so quickly. Nobody wants to be late to market with the product that kills the market.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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Sadly it seems that, like Kaby Lake, Zen's not going to support Windows 7.

So stock up on your Skylakes, boys and girls.

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Bitcoin 'targeted by state sponsored attackers' says Bitcoin.org

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As we saw not too long ago it can be effectively taken out of action by a bored guy with a couple of hundred dollars.

If "state sponsored attackers" wanted to bring it down it would be gone by now, but the community is so hilariously awful that they don't need any help in wrecking it from governments.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: Skeevy bastards

You're describing pixel dimensions, not resolution. Resolution is a measure of linear density (or linear detail), e.g. dots per inch, line pairs per millimetre etc.

I have a 1920 x 1200 pixel monitor on my desk. It's a 24" monitor, thus its resolution is ~94 pixels/inch.

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Re: Skeevy bastards

[UHD and/or 4K] screens have nearly 4 times the resolution of 'HD' screens.

Twice, actually. Resolution is a linear measurement.

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Re: Worse...

They're using pentile subpixel matrices in TVs now? Is there no god? Wait, don't answer that.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: The 'We thought you might like' conundrum

I tend to get the following ads on mobile:

1) For products I've recently purchased

2) Mature age dating, despite being half the age of the target demographic

So I'm saving the advertisers money by blocking them, obviously.

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Networking wonks say lousy planning, not DDOS, caused #Censusfail

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Re: I say DOS was orchastrated by locals!

Several million locals did try to access the system at the same time from numerous locations.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Re: Class divide?

I would have said age divide.

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

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Re: I wouldn't know...

It's probably trying to complete the Australian census.

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Uncle Sam set to flog Silk Road's Bitcoins

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Re: The Waiting Game

A "bitcoin" is effectively just a number in the memory of a computer with a synchronised local copy of the blockchain, so I don't believe that's possible.

The blockchain is public however, so all transactions by a particular address can be watched by anyone.

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Re: Odd

Ulbricht got life because he was convicted of multiple serious crimes (among them narcotics trafficking, money laundering and continuing criminal enterprise) with a combined minimum sentence of 30 years, and I believe a maximum above 100.

The way he refused to accept responsibility for any of it probably didn't help him when it came to sentencing. I did find it a little strange that the sentencing took into account the attempts to procure murder though.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Windows 10 did especially well

I wouldn't mind something that doesn't spy on me or force updates and software I don't want down my throat too.

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Broken BitBank Bitfinex shaves 36% from all accounts

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In recent times, and notwithstanding all of the other issues, inflation didn't budge when QE was conducted, suggesting that it in fact helped to avoid deflation. Everyone's debts increasing all at the same time probably would have been a bad situation...

How an economy gets into such a parlous state in the first place is another matter.

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Re: fork it

That was Ethereum, and it just led to more problems because the people who set the whole thing up (who didn't know what they were doing) and then the "DAO" which got hacked (because they didn't know what they were doing) bungled the hard fork so badly that it needs another fork to fix (...because they didn't know what they were doing). Also, the hack was a direct result of the protocol, this one is the result of poor third party security.

But the whole point of pseudonymous, decentralised cryptocurrencies is that there is no central authority or control. Whether or not it could be achieved, forking the bitcoin blockchain to reverse this hack goes against the core principle of the system.

And that's (one of many reasons) why bitcoin (and its descendants) is such a ridiculous idea.

On top of that, bitcoin's developers haven't even been able to agree on how to deal with congestion. Half of the devs want to simply increase the block size, which you'd think was the sensible solution. The other half want to preserve the congestion so that the company they work for can introduce some vapourware at some unspecified time in the future that they promise will solve the problem. Then there are the (primarily Chinese) miners who don't want it increased too far lest their internet connections fail to keep up, costing them money. And they're all behaving like insane children.

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Re: I wonder

I suggest that it is worse because apparently nobody learned from the Magic the Gathering Online Exchange debacle that giving your bitcoins to an unregulated exchange is A Bad Idea.

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Private moonshot gets the green light from US authorities

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"Moon Express says the approval makes it the first private company to venture beyond Earth orbit."

Counting chickens early?

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Hmm

65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws

The stupid, it burns.

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Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

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Will the Internet Archive be able to handle the extra traffic if this goes mainstream, and/or will Mozilla run a cache for popular requests?

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Re: McAfee

McAfee would certainly be exciting...

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Hitachi's Americas CEO resigns

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Losing your touch, Reg

Not a single mention of the Magic Wand. I'm disappointed.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

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Re: The Dutch have the perfect explanation

W10AU keeps making me think they made a version specifically for Australians. As if it's had something useful or entertaining removed to keep the censors happy, perhaps.

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Re: "Windows 10 now has an all-black theme"

So they're marketing the whole thing directly at New Zealanders now?

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Juno turns around and heads off to graze Jupiter's clouds

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Re: de-orbit date

And it's already in the mission plan. There's science to be done in them thar clouds! (perhaps)

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Re: Precessing

Does that precession look like about 38° total?

Jupiter will complete 38.3° of an orbit of the sun during the science orbits (461 days). Depending on the inertial reference frame for the diagram, that might explain the apparent precession.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Fuck.

This.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Why wasn't he paying attention?

Things that YOU can react to faster than any computer can sense, scan, locate a match in a database, determine a Threat Level, calculate the appropriate reaction, then begin those reactions. What YOU took about a heartbeat to think "SWERVE!" might have taken the computer a second or more of massive amounts of computational grunting to come up with, so by the time it thinks "Swerve" it's too damned late.

The computer doesn't have to decide that the vehicle's about to hit a cyclist, or a child, or a duck, or an elephant, it just has to decide not to hit whatever's suddenly in front of it and take appropriate action.

In the time you took to decide what is usually the wrong course of action (swerving) and act on that decision, the computer's already stopped the vehicle. Congratulations!

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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Re: Surface Pro

At one point I thought the idea of a tablet that's also a fully featured x86 Windows device might be a great tablet, given that it can perform double duty as a tablet and a PC. The more the Surface saga goes on, the more I suspect that I was wrong.

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Failing projects pray blockchain works as 'magic middleware'

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Re: But is that even useful?

He may have but that doesn't necessarily prove anything (remember what Carl Sagan said about Bozo the Clown?) A blockchain is a specific solution to a system that needs to be trustless (i.e. cryptocurrency) and is tremendously inefficient as a result. Sure, it's not widespread technology and is relatively new (although it has been in use in Bitcoin for seven years now), but it sure hasn't got off to an auspicious start...

Ethereum for example is currently a complete disaster zone as a consequence of its blockchain's programmability.

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Re: Missing the point

It can be. As far as I understand it, bitcoin's isn't, but ethereum's is, for example.

But is that even useful?

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Dolly the sheep clones have aged well, say scientists

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WTF?

Hi Curious...

...I'm Confused

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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

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Re: "dowsing"

Walking up and down looking down is just trusting to luck.

Whereas dowsing on the other hand...

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If they stopped using them they would have to admit that they pissed away millions on woo...

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WTF?

See icon ->

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Oz regulator eyes broadband marketing

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A coworker of mine recently fielded a call from a well-known FTTN network owner, whose FTTN connection speed is both distance dependent (being a DSL) and capped at less than 100 Mb/s. The salesdroid claimed that its service would be faster than the (100 Mb/s FTTP) NBN connection to which they were already connected.

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Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

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You got shares in Intel Joerg?

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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Re: We already covered this

(The) Mythbusters were exceedingly good at busting the notion that they were any good at rocketry!

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Bob?

Thanks to Poe's law I don't know which way to vote (so I didn't).

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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines may apply

And those who weren't aware of the launch despite the apparent publicity probably won't be aware of the opportunity to object...

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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

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Re: Zippo computer...

Naphthalene != Naphtha

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What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

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Re: Pointless and expensive technology

It's not much of an autonomous system if it waits until a collision is imminent before throwing its metaphorical hands in the air and deferring to the driver!

The point of autonomous vehicles is that they should react far more quickly and appropriately than humans to adverse events on the road, thus reducing the number and severity of crashes. Why would this result in insurance companies increasing premiums?

As for cost, the necessary hardware is commodity tech and the software development costs will be amortised over millions of units.

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

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Re: Passive?

umpteen thousand miles up

0.256 thousand miles up!

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Creative solutions

I recently upgraded a Win7 on a spare HDD to Win10 (twice), just to see what would happen, and then blew them away. On three occasions the Win10 update app stalled at 99% and started back at 0% when it was reloaded.

So they probably counted that as five.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Problems with OneDrive run much deeper than the bait and switch marketing

Christ on a bendy bus, that's absolutely fucking ridiculous

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Alleged Aussie plum plucker pleads guilty to motel tissue swipe

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For self-defence when the mad hatter Bob Katter comes calling? Hadn't thought of that!

(nb: self-defence is not a "genuine reason")

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In Oz, it's a 0 gun per person policy, unless you're a farmer and need to shoot roos (or other livestock threatening things).

Not quite. There are restrictions on the type*, calibre, capacity and number of firearms you can own here, while the supply, storage and use of both weapons and ammunition are are heavily controlled, but obtaining the necessary permits isn't particularly onerous for most people. You do have to have a clean past, have a "genuine reason" (e.g. hunting or target shooting) and demonstrate that you can use and store them responsibly. I'm not a shooter so there are probably gaps in that description so don't take it as read. Each of the states has its own legislation but here is the NSW act, for reference.

Most of us, however, don't see the need to own one.

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Newly spotted distant dwarf planet orbits the Sun every 700 years

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Re: 120 Earth-orbits

Well, show us your working!

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