6 posts • joined Wednesday 4th April 2012 17:56 GMT
Re: Micro USB charging
>> I would like to see induction charging on a watch.
>> My watch lives on my bedside table at night next to my phone. If I could just drop it on the charge panel with my phone that would mean it always gets charged.
>> Micro USB would be handy for the odd occasion that i'm not at home though.
>The aforementioned Agent watch currently on Kickstarter might pique your interest then. It is set to include wireless charging (QI).
The Citizen Eco-Drive system may be better still, depends if it could be made to work through a display.
Re: Getting closer to being cost effective
Possibly, the car she has at the moment would do it in about 7 seconds so she would be at an advantage at the traffic light Grand Prix if everyone else was that much slower...
That was not my point though, it is not about speed per se but the ability to vary it in a timely manner which enhances safe driving. Massively OT though so happy to agree to differ.
Getting closer to being cost effective
With the battery hire and charging costs factored in you would need to be covering 8-10K miles a year to start saving on this compared to an economical IC car. If you have a 30 miles per day or more commute then it could make sense, especially if you need to enter a congestion zone.
Get that down to 4K per year and a 0-60 of less than 10 seconds* and it would start to make sense as a commuter car for my wife. That is without factoring in the possibility of free charging at work or reduced maintenance costs so I can see us going for an EV maybe not for the next car, but for the one after, possibly.
* Anything above 12 is dog slow and potentially unsafe imho.
Re: So much for the referendum
" Media councils should have real enforcement powers, such as the imposition of fines, orders for printed or broadcast apologies, or removal of journalistic status.
But wait, who exactly is a journalist? The group doesn't even know - and doesn't want to say. Or as it puts it:
Within the shifting sands of the current media environment, the HLG regrets to refrain from offering any firm and consensual definition of either journalism or journalists."
Looks clear to me, a journalist is someone with a journalistic status that can be removed.
If you do not think of your self as a journalist then removing this status is a little like excommunicating an atheist.
An engineer through observation and feedback can produce a reasonable model to emulate empathy.
A medical professional could not change a plug to save a life...
Re: Sci Fi recomendations?
Jack Vance's classic 'Planet of Adventure' series is definitely worth reading.
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi, an excellent first novel.
Richard Morgan for "I can see the film in my head" sf action.