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Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Musk introduces the Tesla Semi
« on: November 19, 2017, 07:22:36 AM »
I am sure it's not miles per gallon but gallons per mile type of thing..

Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Musk introduces the Tesla Semi
« on: November 18, 2017, 10:00:34 PM »
There is something unique to the electric car, where it immediately throws all the max torque at the drivetrain bypassing all the intermediate levels. Versus an internal combustion engine that has to rev up to a certain point.
 That's why the fastest car in the world is electric.  Remember that youtube video, where they build some Toyota POS into an electric monster that kicked the rear end of race cars like Camaro, Porsche, Lambo, etc.

So yeah, I believe his claim. Not sure it's as valid with the load, certainly. But empty - I believe it.

Understood.  It doesn't seem then that this will extend to the Linux host environment, if that is what the question was inquiring.

You can run the default firewall, ipchains and don't install crazy stuff.  I've never had any Unix/Linux based system get infected, ever.

I also scan the disks with various utilities to identify a virus. You can cron them.

Discussions - Public / Netflix: The IT Crowd
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:19:10 PM »

Currently engaged in that show, looks promising.

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: November 02, 2017, 03:35:05 AM »

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 31, 2017, 09:18:10 AM »
re: planned obsolescence

good point. Did you notice how fewer and fewer smart phones have removable batteries? A Li-ion battery is the primary and maybe the only thing that wears out. It can only take a finite number of chargers and that number is not very large. Between 1000 and 1500. And the capacity doesn't just walk off the cliff when you get to charge #1500, it gradually declines.  So a 6 month old iPhone with 200-300 charges on it just does not have the mAh capacity of a new one.

They had several flagship phones where you could easily remove the battery and install a new one without replacing the entire device. 30 minute charging? F-that, it's 20 seconds for me. As easy as removing the back cover and installing a new one.

samsung just released Galaxy Note 8, a fine device but sealed, tiny battery. LG released V30, another fine phablet but again, smallish sealed Li-ion battery, a deal breaker.

Designed to last about a year.

Just f-them. I am currently running Samsung Galaxy  Note 4 which is of 2014 vintage. Will upgrade to LG V20 which is 2016 vintage and keep the same model until they run out of it. No shortage of it on Ebay.

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:36:35 AM »
I think my numbers are off then. If iphone 7 is 769, then what does 8 and X sell for.

Discussions - Public / Dell came out with an 8K monitor
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:09:18 PM »

So there it is. All my ultra - bluray whatever disks are obsolete and I have just 2. Likely wont buy anymore until 8K is solidified.

Dell UP3218K

That's what I want for Christmas.  Meaning 2025 Christmas.  When the price comes down from the $4K mark.

what a sad, nostalgic view of things.


I see my posts from almost twenty years ago.

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 28, 2017, 07:57:02 PM »
iPhone 6 plus has sweet price on it at this point. I remember when it came - what, about 2 years ago? It went for 800 I think, now it goes for not much more than 200.\

That's a sweet price/performance ratio IMO.  iPhone 7 is just the same thing but waterproofed.

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 28, 2017, 06:31:24 AM »

You are right.

iPhone 10 is out or almost so.. Samsung Note 8 is out and LG has V30 and all of these devices are also to $1000 in price. Just wait a year and they will come down to something more reasonable.

Same thing for computer hardware.  I am waiting for SSDs to crash in price. They have come down substantially over the years when even Joe sixpack can afford one. Well, the smaller sizes like 128GB and 256GB. Smaller is  a strange word when you grew up with 1 or 2GB hard drives (or a lot smaller than 1GB)

I don't monitor what's latest-greatest. I don't think I ever have.

Discussions - Public / Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:43:16 PM »

I don't think I ever bought a shiny new expensive computer in my life.  Well, maybe once and that thing had 8MB of RAM.

The rest of the machines I got since my starving college student days,  I have always gotten them when they were about 2 years old and were pretty high end when new. Given how rapidly technology depreciates and how fast new things are introduced that's not hard. Yet the old tech doesn't suddenly turn into old typewriters. It's still very fast and respectable.

Case in point, just a few years ago, 4K displays were the shiny new fad. Not anymore. Even before it got widespread, it got -- well, *will* get replaced by 8K.  I suppose 4K will become the de facto standard before getting displaced like 1080.   Dell just introduced a stunning new monitor in 8K. I thought it was just a theoretical thing but no, it's reality. Right here and right now. I think it's price is very reasonable given how new and progressive it is. I think it's about 3.5 grand? That's in line with that 4K was when introduced and I think similar to what "regular" HD used to cost when introduced, what, 15 years ago?

I scored a huge 4K monitor for only 750. Damn.  4K prices are hitting the floor. Nobody will pay 2-3 grand for yesterday's technology.

so when does the Android OS get a patch? Meaning Samsung in my case.

Well they are all worthless anyway, so /turns on Hillary voice/ what difference does it make?

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