Given the panel gaps, I wouldn't have wanted one when I was 6, either.
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Re: And then there's Insurance
Depending on your outlook, risk aversion, and local climate.... if you want properly fast accelleration, you buy a motorcycle. A ZX-14R can cherfully show a taillight to a tesla fancycrap edition, and for a fraction of the price.
That's the route I went, at least. A powerful motorcycle, and then a cheapish car for particuarly ugly weather (read: snow). Means the buck goes a lot farther on the 'fun' end, but without all the compromise needed when you just need to get from A to B.
(If considering this route, please budget an extra two grand or so and buy the best gear you can. It's completely worth it, not only for getting less hurt in a crash, but also for comfort when you don't crash.)
Re: I beg to differ
I'd go further. The shame is not that Microsoft tried to join the phone biz and failed. The shame is that they tried at all.
The focus on phone-like interfaces managed to really ruin their OS releases as well as a fair chunk of their major software output for a number of years, and it's fairly clear that the damage isn't completely healed yet.
That said, absolute agreement that it'd be nice to have a reasonable third choice in the phone market--but I don't think MS would be a good option. Heck, it's difficult (not impossible!) to name another company that I'd trust even less with controlling significant market share in the phone space. Imagine an HP phone, or a IBM phone...... Anti-emetics are in the pockets->
I am going to very politely not link to what my alarm is set to play. I suspect you would go directly through 'awake' and straight to 'cardiac arrest'. Some of us need a bit of a kick to get out of bed, particularly in the ridiculous early hours (seriously, if the sun isn't up, leave me alone), especially in winter.
(For the morbidly curious, find "The Great Southern Trendkill" and listen to the first, oh, ten seconds. Generally that's all the longer needed to get me up and turning the damned thing off! It helps that the alarm device is placed on the opposite corner of the room from the bed.)
ABS does not make a car stop shorter, ever. It allows you to steer while failing to have any decel force (which is why it's so miserable in genuinely low-grip situations like snow--rather than mandate it, why not just mandate better damned tires?)
This does not belong in the 'benefit' list at all. It's a useless pile of crap that just adds weight. That said, it does make it very much easier to add additional pressure when emergency braking, as most drivers are unable or unwilling to properly push on a brake pedal in an emergency, and a temporary massive boost can be provided in a detected emergency.
Intel offers desktop chip that can hit 6GHz if everything goes right, you can keep it cool, stars align, pigs fly
Re: Pure BS and security is really only a PR problem
I'd like a dis-connected car/account. Or at least, the option for one. I suspect it'll be like the ancient 'radio delete' option was years ago--sure, we can remove that, but there's a fee....
More and more, it's looking like my next car will have a number of previous owners and will be from the prior century.
>Have to think about the safety of the cleaners, nothing to do with that window's ability to open wide enough to allow an office chair to exit gracefully........ It might be on fire and need to be 'removed' from the office....
And to ensure safety, the chair must have adequate clearance to the windowframe to ensure that it fits through easily. Even if there's a CEO-shaped object tied to the chair.
Re: Energy doesn't HAVE to go somewhere.
It's good to see that we're developing interesting and useful technologies for batteries. There's lots of places (phones, cars, laptops, and a zillion other applications) that could use a really good, long-lasting battery.
Unfortunately, in pretty much every application, they're skipping the comparatively cheap and easy steps of making the battery easily replaced. Which would make the lifespan of the item tremendously longer and that makes it not only more user friendly, but more environmentally freindly as well.
Better than doing the same thing with a CPU heatsink!
Remember back then, when they came with preapplied thermal compound, covered with a sheer plastic layer covering it? Was not uncommon to have a 'new' cooler that didn't cool, and an embarrassed assembler after revisiting the installation.
[No, never happened to me. I always cleaned and lapped my coolers, so I could use Arctic Silver 7 or MX-4 or whatever, because I was far too cool for the stock thermal compounds. I had wholly different problems, but never that particular one!]
Re: Indians are slightly ahead of the AI game. Or are they?
>>There's been some changes recently to the phone systems mandated by the FCC which have cut dramatically the volume of Spam calls.
And yet, that's what I woke to this morning. Improved I can agree with, but like only adding half as much sewage to my coffee, it's still not acceptable.
Re: Thank you for the report
Even without a bare metal test, it's nice to see, as I'm in the process of using up spare parts to build a machine to play with--which oddly, requires ordering more spare parts, as it would be clearly terrible if I ran out [this may be tongue-in-cheek, but anyone with a big stockpile of spares knows this as it's why we have so many spares!].
If nothing else it makes me think that I'll do some back-to-back playi... testing, myself. I was going to just stick Mint with MATE on it, but it raises my awareness that I haven't run Lubuntu for awhile and have never tried Ubuntu with MATE, so I'll have to have a good tinkering session to see how it goes.
Thanks for that!
Re: The 1%
The American approach to freedom is MY freedom to tell YOU what you're allowed to do.
And I'm not sure when that really happened, as it seems really common today with the modern public, but if I think back to childhood I can pick up examples regularly. Perhaps social media has just made it easier to see and recognize, as you don't have to go to the PTA meeting or whatever gathering to notice that attitude.
Re: Not just tech
Uh no, the big commercial guys would much prefer to buy parts off the shelf cheaply and hire a cheap mechanic or two to be on staff for preventative maintenance when not fixing the big stuff.
The big commercial guys like to make money, you see, and not spend it at the JD service department.
I would still love to see alternative aftermarket support happen, though it'd be kinda a weird crossover to get the guys from microsquirt (an open-source ECU) working on tractors.
Re: They can be completely bricked, sadly
" Fun fact: where in a car your steering more or less self-centers when on a level road, so that when you let go of the steering wheel you end up going straight ahead again, "
Shouldn't. Almost no roads are level, they're always crowned for water runoff. If you drive on the right side of the road, the car should pull very slightly to the left to fight the crown. It's not a very noticable effect, but drive with the car set up for the street on a much flatter surface (an airstrip, a racetrack, etc) and it is distinctly present. [Reverse for driving on the left, of course].
Point stands though, you're describing the 'on-center' feel that comes from caster/trail in the way the wheels are held to the chassis in relationship to the normal direction of travel (and is a big part of why your car becomes very unstable when driven backwards fast).