* Posts by Van

200 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Jan 2012


Arm says it has 'successful working relationship' with Chinese joint venture run by CEO who refuses to leave


Re: This is a no-win for China

Same woke universities preaching about climate change yet fly students in for profit.

Can we talk about Kevin McCarthy promising revenge if Big Tech aids probe into January insurrection?


Re: The law and order and right to life party say what?

Nobody had guns. The windows were broken by ant-fa as proven on video.


Re: 5 dead on the day

Sshhh. Aren't you loonies supposed to keep quiet about male suicide being one of the biggest killers? in the current climate


Re: Don't you just love it ?

"It's no surprise that you brexxiters align with the MAGA morons."

No surprise from the outcast of society given a voice by the internet and feels powerful by joining the 'no borders' ideology with the rest of the mentally ill lefties.


Re: Let me remember who started the largest gathering of personal data to "combat terror"....

Grow a back bone, stop getting lied to , then you wont be terrified any more.


Re: Republicans see themselves more aligned with the Taliban than America

Ex generals are stock holders in arms companies and they've been supporting Obama for the last 12 years.


Re: i.e. he confesses there is evidence

Utter disgraceful comment. It's Christian patriots who have been airlifting refugees from Afghanistan. Basically cleaning up the crap of socialism yet again.


Even the people on the scene dont think Jan 6th was justified have you actually watched any videos? The people breaking in were getting booed and jeered. Trump was disgusted despite the lies you've been fed to go on to lie here.

Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break


a better quality of life in the long run. If only to see an early ban on Harley davidsons and the rest of the nosie making industry


yet not crucial to powering an electric motor with evolution of materials


There's a huge market for people who want to buy superior cars though, or even cars that are simply perceived as superior like VW Audi for example.

Electric cars are a vastly superior ride and have that all important performance factor for a certain buyer. Once the neighbour effect kicks in it wont even matter if they remain a bit more expensive than the ICE equivalent.

So long as they are no worse polluters than ICE cars, they will still have the edge for a huge amount of buyers.

Then you've got the noise pollution issue once health departments get onto the science showing the damage the constant abuse of noisy ICE engines do to our ever increasingly denser way of living. Roll on Oxford's ban on ICE cars if not just for the noise.


I bet you'll invest in their stock if your rhetoric sends the price lower


Re: Musk smart????


although iirc Musk left the president's advisory board because Twitter nutcases told him to via constent harrasment.

One of his early Tweets after a Trump meeting, seemingly wanting to set himself apart from Trump's views, implied he wasn't interested in Politics, yet he was hounded and abused regardless by the types who spend their days screaming 'small hands!' and 'orange baboon' thinking they are onto a winner.

Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement


Suddenly more people care about the environment because they hate Trump. Result.

Now let's have the London mayor grow balls as big as the Paris mayor's (she's female) and sort out the pollution in London (both air and noise)

Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit



I've known peope with epilepsy theyve always been careful around screens.

Very surprised Eichenwald didn't have autoplay turned off. Gifs on twitter soon get annoying anyway.

USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade


Re: Am I missing something?

That wouldn't enrich enough contractors.

Scaled down drone Harriers controlled by F35s would be cool.

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


Re: Civil War

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


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


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.

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


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

Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire


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.

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


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."


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.



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.

British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike


Good shot

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


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.

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


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.

Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting


bird strike

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

Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab


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.

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


Re: £1800?

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

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


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.

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


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

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


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.

Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover


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.

Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed


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.

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


re: chav exhaust

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

Windows 10 heralds the Minecraft-isation of Microsoft


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

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

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


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

Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES


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

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


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?




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


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.


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.

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


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

SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early


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.

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


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


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.


Re: Free forever

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

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

Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim


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.

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


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.

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


Re: Facebook, What's that?

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

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


"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.