* Posts by Van

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

Van

Re: Civil War

I don't get it, i must have called 100,000 people racist, but we still lost :(

;)

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

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but it's perfectly fine for so-called car and motorcycle enthusiasts to bombard our lives with their modified and excessive noisy exhausts. (the latest fashion, pop and bang noises on the overrun)

Note that the Health department has already warned on the sale of laser pointers over a certain power, presumably making the seller liable incase of injury, yet the noise making industry is sponsored by certain MPs who constituents include the makers of loud pipes. Illegal and an MOT failure, yet fine to sell in the UK according to the health dept and trading standards.

btw, havnt seen a laser pointer in public use for approx 10 years, yet get woken up 3-4 times per night by Harley riders and ricers.

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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good to see The Guardian news-site getting some 'Brexit' keywords in their article and their readers comments (over 1000) lapping it up.

"will come as a blow at a time when the UK is trying to position itself as an attractive option after the Brexit vote."

nice work

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Supply commitments?

Funny how these 'competent hands' can not for the life of them provide an accurate/honest cost for de-commissioning a nuclear site (the last ones increased 20- fold) or an accurate time-scale, again, obscenely longer than predicated.

All we know is that our Grandchildren will likely be heavily taxed to pay for it. These are the real reasons for Nuclear hesitancy, we simply don't have the money to put aside. Also, if there should be a population implosion, not only will the extra energy not be needed, there wont be enough people left to tax. Last one out hit the 'off' button, then hope for the best.

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Who gets Teslas made and throws Apple shade? It's… MUSK!

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Re: Dissing the competition always works right?

"He seems to be laughing at Apple. As other companies have learnt the hard way, that is a dangerous thing to do."

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Q: How do you see the role of Asia in the future of the e-car? We just saw the Taiwanese Thunder Power e-car at the IAA…

"you do have to take them seriously. There are four China-funded electric vehicle start-ups in the United States alone at the billion-dollar level."

Q: Do you take Apple’s ambitions seriously?

"seriously: It’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction"

Q: The German automakers just presented their reponses to Tesla in Frankfurt at the international automobile show. What do you think of the Audi e-tron quattro and the Porsche Mission E?

A: Any action in the direction of electric mobility is good. Our goal at Tesla is for cars to transition to e-vehicles. That’s why we opened up all our patents for use by anybody.

Q: You used to also maintain partnerships with German automakers. Is that a model for the future?

A: The problem that we found with programs we did with Toyota and with Daimler was that they ended up being too small. They basically just calculated the amount they needed to keep the regulators happy and made the program as small as possible. We don’t want to do programs like that. We want to do programs that are going to change the world.

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context

Well done to the author for taking the least interesting and most minor of the questions put to Elon.

How about :

Q: The German automakers just presented their responses to Tesla in Frankfurt at the international automobile show. What do you think of the Audi e-tron quattro and the Porsche Mission E?

A: Any action in the direction of electric mobility is good. Our goal at Tesla is for cars to transition to e-vehicles. That’s why we opened up all our patents for use by anybody.

Q: And who has used them?

A: Maybe the companies you already mentioned. When I saw a diagram of Porsche’s Mission E, I thought: It looks exactly like our car. Which is fine. It’s more important to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport.

Q: What role will German manufacturers play in the future?

A: The longer the delay of getting into electric cars, the worse off the German car industry will be. We have reached the limit of physics for what gasoline and diesel can do. You see what’s happened with the current diesel scandal at Volkswagen. In order to make progress, they apparently had to cheat. I think if you intentionally mislead governments around the world with software that is designed to only be effective at the test stand, this is a very conscious action.

Q: Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said: “No one will make money on electric cars.” When will Tesla?

A: I hope to be profitable next year. I agree, we cannot be making losses forever. This year we’ll be investing a lot into the manufacturing ramp-up of the Model X, and in the long term, the Model 3 as well. So our goal from next year onwards is to be cash-flow positive. But we wouldn’t slow down our growth for the sake of profitability.

Q: How do you see the role of Asia in the future of the e-car? We just saw the Taiwanese Thunder Power e-car at the IAA…

A: Thunder Power? Never heard of it. But you do have to take them seriously. There are four China-funded electric vehicle start-ups in the United States alone at the billion-dollar level. We are facing some challenges in China because we don’t get produced domestically. We have to pay 25 percent import taxes; when China exports a car to the United States, it’s 3 percent. If China expects other countries to have a level playing field then they should too.

Q: Do German politicians understand what’s happening in the mobility market?

A: I think the public understands better than the politicians and the automakers. If you judge the public reaction in the room, they know what should be done.

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British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

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Good shot

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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Re: versus?

"ground attack system"

"...it's a cannon with wings."

"It's a weapon platform with a weapon."

Still a man pressing a button or squeezing a trigger as per Roland Garros in 1915.

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

Van

Imagine being faced with massive depreciation of this Audi in an era where our roads simply can't do it any justice.

Buy an old BMW Ti compact for £300 and turn it into a track car for 1/20 of the cost, inc a years running costs.

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

Van

bird strike

what's the difference between a bird strike and drone strike?

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: Get yer skates on Argentina!

I read that three Eurofighter Typhoons are enough to take out the whole Argentine air force if it was thrown at them. A 4th Typhoon is stationed on the islands to cover for refueling.

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: £1800?

Start your own factory then. China has a million millionaires. Million and one if your theory is correct.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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No, it's saying the Daily Mail is worse than The Sun. A fashionable statement.

The media is mostly Narcissists who try to run the country. We should never pick and chose between them.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

Van

Re: Won't Work [on] Hipster[s]

"a bit, well, racist"

So there's some kind of code in there stating, 'white only' ?

This is all sounding a bit, well, stupid

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

Van

Nothing to see here. Just another user who thinks it less hassle to buy a new PC than do a clean install, without the initial bloatware.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

Van

Re: Cactus?

Of the Renaults and Peugeots I've serviced as a competent DIY mechanic, I give Renault the nod above Peugeot. Leaky gearbox oil seals and ball joint wear were common on both, but the Peugeot ball joints went at much earlier mileage.

Mechanics at garages both cars had previously been to had been negligent in several areas. There is talk of banning us from doing repair work on our own cars which is farcical until garage standards are raised.

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

Van

Roughly 35 million dollars per mile

It amazes me how they drastically underestimated its life. I would have insisted on robotic brush to clean the solar panels though.

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Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy: Hands-on gizmo-packed motoring

Van

re: chav exhaust

It will need something to avert the MOT tester away from the fail

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

Van

Re: " an operating system that crosses the streams ......"

Minecraft wouldn't have taken off without the charm of basic graphics

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

Van

Something is wrong when more people want to inhabit Mars than the Pitcairn Islands

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Are there enough Cessna 150s to send all of the Narcissists up?

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Weather and price

"Not that practical in places that actually have weather."

and you compared it to a scooter? Have you seen the price of Golf carts? Why is nobody having a pop at road legal Golf carts that cost 3 times as much?

http://www.motorculture.co.uk/garia-golf-buggies.html

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shopping

I'm pretty sure if you can squeeze a passenger in the back, you'll get enough food in to survive a week.

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Van

Re: Good idea, wrong price

"except some metropolitan exhibitionist with more money than sense."

Do you realize people spend more than that converting gas cars to electric? There's a great DIY scene for electric conversions, few appear to be exhibitionists or have more money than sense.

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Van

Re: Wrong location

Spot on.

The review and many replies here, appear to think the motoring world revolves around the UK for some bizarre reason.

I've seen these in Milan, where cars were parked up and over curbs in between trees lining the middle of large streets, the Twizzies were parked at the base of the trees, a spot that no other car could use.

I've also seen them in France used as Hotel errand cars, a chef for example going out to buy last minute supplies from the local Butcher.

Renault originally stated these were aimed at teenagers who would otherwise look at scooters.

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

Van

Re: I don't watch much TV.

The selfie-stick is a wonder of modern science that allows the center of the universe to be filmed in real-time

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

Van

Re: Be fair

"Can you imagine how many man hours it took?"

Going through the bins to retrieve stuff you through away is indeed very time consuming.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

Van

Wasn't Windows 8 about £29 on launch for a set period?

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Van

Surely it's easier to install all of your disks and disable them in the bios when not needed and/or use a boot loader. Which you can also do on a laptop by emptying the DVD drive bay. Downside is the extra draw of electricity and noise of disks spinning when they wake, upside you can access data from other system's disks.

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Van

Re: Free forever

"They should write something like "upgrading to Windows 10 will free for one year"

As in losing the 'will' to live ? ;)

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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The tune has changed it a bit around here, from the one claiming this was just a dustbin lid that at best left a nice new crater in Mars. Tw#ts.

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

"On a roundabout I can steer whilst signalling to come off the roundabout"

That might explain why mainland europeans struggle with indicating around or over roundabouts.

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Facebook? More like FOGEYBOOK: Zuck's hangout is a cyber-retirement home

Van

Re: Facebook, What's that?

You might have learnt to spell had you spent time on Facebook though.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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"Electric car owners as a tribe can be quite hard work"

I'm not surprised. Critics tell them way too often what toys they should have spent their money on instead. Nobody rambles on at high end Audi and BMW owners who would have course saved money with a Ford Mondeo and got from A to B just as quick.

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Van

Re: Hmmmm.

"Have you got any idea how many dozens of second-hand cars can be bought for the same hundred grand...?"

Surely a new luxury car is aimed at people who want and can afford to buy new luxury cars?

I have no idea how many dozens of second-hand cars can be bought for the new Porsche spider hybrid, but I'm sure it will sell.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

Van

Perhaps Ofcom would like to get on the case of a 'typical household needing' an SSD, as they can improve the browsing experience

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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I wonder if Justin Bieber and that Bitcoin miner are having second thoughts? They're booked on the first trip along with Branson and his kids.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: My dad and my brother...

"Twin carbs and an exhaust that popped and crackled like crazy. You could hear that car coming into the village from about two miles away"

Luckily, the world revolved around him

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

Van

Re: Hypocrite!

I would've loved to have seen what Jonny Ive came up with if he only 'applied' Dieter's principles without seeing any of his work. Or if he hadn't applied them at all after designing that tacky imac.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

Van

Those UBUNTU netbooks were ahead of their time yet got a right slagging off, not least from Steve Jobs.

Downvote city

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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"When I reviewed the Fiesta Black I spent the whole time with a nagging doubt that it was the car you bought if you couldn’t afford the ST"

You seem to review cars mainly on their feel good factor. An ST would be too extreme for my local roads. for me there's no point having something heavily depreciate that's not being used anywhere near to it's potential. I looked at the Fiesta range due to finding a base model hire car interesting to drive. I'vs also driven the 500 and don't care how great the interior or motor makes you feel, the steering feedback isn't enjoyable.

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

Van

Re: TOP TIPS

They would still need a small amount of time to pick up the bottle and get their old man out. They should fit them with catheters piped directly to the sewer outside, via brushed Aluminium piping of course so people on the outside think it's cool.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

Van

Re: The road tax won't go...yet

Plenty of people are screwing the system by altering the exhaust system on their cars, potentially upping the emissions. The whole system is null and void until the lucrative business of MOT testing can't do favours to their valued customers with modified cars.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

Van

Re: Extra, Extra, The Daily Sermon from Rev Jasper is here

Which Casio smart watch had a battery that lasted "months, if not years"?

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Van

Ideally Apple would have designed it for the military (like the original wrist watch) and tradesmen, who no doubt will find a smart watch/communicator/notifier very convenient, but Apple want to sell their products to the mass consumer.

I reckon the likes of DeWalt, CAT and Dockers will eventually make the "masculine" device you so desire.

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Van

Re: That side-on picture of the phone looks just like...

That's because you obviously consider a wrist watch to be an item of jewellery for showing off with.

Wrist watches were clocks invented for the Navy, depth gauges and Altimeters followed suit by conveniently being wearable on the wrist.

At some point in the future, when all of our tech can be miniaturised to the size of, errrr, a wrist watch lets say, there's going to be a clash of interests. Although I imagine a complete nobber somewhere will wear a Rolex on one arm and computer/communicator on the other though. Either that or stay in the dark ages carrying a slab around in the pocket.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: Well I never

"Watch.......still trying to solve a problem that is not there."

Bullshit. Are you a Jeweller? Tech is getting smaller, the wrist is the obvious place to store it for those who don't want a slab of glass in the pocket to reach for. Just like what happened with pocket watches, altimeters and depth gauge funnily enough.

The watch needs to be allowed to evolve just like the mobile phone was.

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

Van

Re: I think i remember this.

You don't look so hot your self

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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"I used to have wearable connected technology, back in the day, and it was actually very handy.... It was light enough to wear at festivals .... It was a Nokia 6230i."

"The new inconvenience is a £200 watch that you have to charge every day"

Did you consider the phone bills in the early to mid 00's for those inane phone calls and texts on your 6230 to be good value?

I don't agree with your assumption that wearables should do something smartphones can't. I carried Netbooks and MacBook airs around until I was reasonably happy with smartphone performance. I'm still not 100% happy, but can now hopefully watch smart watches evolve, despite these wonky reviews.

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