103 posts • joined Wednesday 4th July 2007 10:43 GMT
Does anyone still seriously consider an EV to be a primary vehicle? The electric car will be a luxury 2nd car for the environmentally conscious (hah don't start) well-heeled individual for a good long while.
Personally, I want one. But only for CONSTANT TORQUE from 0-100. Woosh!
Victim of their own success
I've been a Logitech users since I was wee and I own a large array of their products. The problem is, with the exception of a keyboard I drowned, they're all working perfectly - even the ones with built in batteries. I don't need to buy any replacements because the number of machines I own is reasonably static.
The comment on boutique pricing is absolutely relevant as well. They are very expensive products but then all peripherals are. I can buy a phone like a mini computer for the price of a what is essentially a handheld tracking laser. However their newer products like the DiNovo Mini, which I could find a use for, are priced out of what I'll pay for them.
I love my Blackberry, and tried to grab a Touchpad for £100 (had a Pre 2 at the time), but I think £250 is too high for what is essentially just a toy. I'd probably splash £150 on one. But until someone can show me a genuine use for these devices, I'll never buy one at netbook prices.
Button was called into the pits but elected to stay out as he thought the track conditions were improving.
Please don't headline GP spoilers
El reg, I often watch GPs the day after due to weekend commitments and I do a pretty good job of avoiding the result. However The Register is not on my list of sites to avoid and I don't really want to add it. I would appreciate it if you don't post GP results on your front page. Thanks!
When is that applicable though
How often would you be wearing a headset in a situation where your appearance is an issue? I use mine in the office and in the car, neither of which are fashion shows. If I'm about town I just use my phone like everybody else. No-one's going to see you looking like a comfortable goon.
Mate I use my function key all the time - for changing brightness, hibernating and activating the light. I'd be seriously pissed if they added loads of unnecessary keys for this stuff. I'd be surprised if everyone hates function keys as much as you.
Top tip for all us ThinkPad users on the ctrl key - rebind caps lock as control (http://johnhaller.com/jh/useful_stuff/disable_caps_lock/). It makes so much sense in every way, also it removes the risk of accidentally hitting caps lock all the time!
Alternatively get ctrl by crooking your thumb.
Out of all of my mates, dozens of them own Xbox 360s yet I'm only one of two people that has a PS3. I'm so surprised that the PS3 does so well, even outside of Japan, considering the 360's near total dominance amongst my circle of friends. What about other parts in the UK - has had a different experience?
Thanks for that - I was going to say more or less the same thing, but you've saved me the bother.
On a different note, I'm still really surprised that the PS3 is leading the Xbox 360 in sales and share. I have a lot of computer gaming friends and while almost everyone I know has an Xbox, almost no-one has a PS3. I'd say Xboxes outnumber PS3s 10:1 in all my circles of friends, which are quite varied. My Xbox also saw about 10 times more use than the PlayStation, until GT5 came out.
Is this an EU/US thing? Are there bajillions of PS3 sales in Asia or something? I'd be very interested to see those figures broken down by market - and presented properly.
So it's just pearlescent?
Yawn. Why have they used nanotechnology to achieve what car manufacturers have been doing for years? I mean, if some bearded men in a shed in Blackpool could do this in a decade ago, you have to wonder why they're bigging this up.
That was, without a shadow of a doubt, the most well-produced NASA video I've ever seen. Also I think more informative than usual.
I've seen some pretty big backlash over promoted trends so far, but trends and suggested accounts are only small parts of Twitter. To pollute people's timelines seems a step too far, especially this early. What would you say if Adwords started appearing in between search results?
I'm pretty sure the reason why all four of us bought a Pre was because of the physical keyboard. Bottom line is if you can do without one, buy an iPhone. They are just better.
This does not bode well for the future of Palm.
I don't mind
Any dirty tricks Microsoft wants to get more installations of IE6 off the streets are fine by me. As a web developer, I don't care if they want to blow up a busload of kittens as long as they convince people and companies to just get rid of it.
Me, three times
Er, I replaced the batteries in my SPV C500, Treo 650 and more recently my Pre - each for higher capacity units. The one I got for the 650 was amazing. So I think it's quite a good feature, actually.
They are a con. UK consumers just aren't stupid enough to stand for it. You'd be amazed at some of the scams that are commonplace in the US. A relevant example, US consumers pay to *receive* both calls and text messages on their mobiles.
Hoping for unlocked retail
My contract with Orange is absolutely killer and I'm dreading the prospect of having to jump ship to o2. I've been working my way to coming to terms with the idea, but this is a small ray of hope for me. Even if these people do look like cowboys.
Diesel-electric has got to be the way to go for these hybrid powertrains, I'm surprised it's taking so long to reach the market. I also really like the idea of generating extra power while cruising to be used for a boost when accelerating. What would you call that - power-shifting?
I think the real shame is that all these hot "futuristic" powerplants come is such awful futuristic designs.
I've had faster shits than that
I feel sorry for the retailers who have Checkout as their only payment provider here. Bam - a big chunk of their UK market has just gone down the toilet. There must be scores of people - myself included - who own only a Maestro card.
"What does the 'thopter design offer over a rotary wing alternative?"
Bags of win.
Looks like I'll be getting my upgrade and selling it on Ebay to purchase a Pre now. Why can't the EU do something useful and put a stop to this exclusivity racket instead of removing web browsers from computers.
That compass-enhanced Street View is pretty darn sweet.
@Adam: "Immediately afterward she was forcibly removed from the store and had her phone confiscated until the image was removed."
I call bullshit on this, no-one but the police (and rarely even them) can "confiscate" your phone for taking a picture of something.
@Ken Ryan, supersonic rotors
"This could find broad application commercially in several respects - reduction of noise in helicopters (rotor tips are usually supersonic), the windmills noted above, turbine blades, and so on."
I believe this to be false - the major limiting factor in helicopter top speed is that as the speed of the copter + the speed of the leading rotor blade crosses the sound barrier, there is a catastrophic loss in lift generated. Couple this with retreating blade stall and you have a bird in trouble.
The characteristic "chop chop" sound of a helicopter is created by interacting tip vortices between the main rotor and tail rotor. This is why fancy NOTAR helicopters are used in cities, as they are quieter (and safer, with no tail rotor to worry about striking buildings).
One of my TB disks had a firmware failure (Maxtor, a Seagate brand) recently. Although the machine wouldn't POST with the disk in, plugging in the disk once the OS has loaded works like a charm. Perhaps this technique could work for others out there?
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