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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Chandon Seldon Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

Manual doesn't bother me in the same way. If I'm shifting gears, that's fine - the car does exactly what I expect it to do.

The thing that annoys me is shift pauses in automatic. The only thing I told it to do was go faster, and it takes a break do do something else. On some cars, this can be like a 1.5 second pause.

about 2 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Chandon Seldon Re:Why would I buy a Prius (377 comments)

The Matrix is discontinued.

A 4-door Yaris will probably come in at $16.5k new. It'll give you 15.6 cu ft of cargo space and burn a gallon of gas to go 30/36 miles.

A Prius will come in around $25.8 new. It'll give you 21.6 cu ft of cargo space and burn a gallon of gas to go 51/48 miles, while having a much more comfortable interior.

A better comparison would be the Prius C, which will cost about $20.1k new. With that you've got 17.1 cu ft of cargo space and go 53/46 on a gallon of gas.

Toyota doesn't actually sell a car cheaper than the Prius C with more cargo space.

about 2 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Chandon Seldon Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

I've got a 2002 Prius which still runs great. It's still using the factory battery pack, which isn't showing any signs of needing replacement.

Admittedly, they're expensive. I recently got a 2013 Prius C as a second car, and the reasonable alternative would have been a Honda Fit for about two thirds of the price. But after driving a car with a no-shift transmission there's no way I'm going back to the stuttery shifts of an automatic. When I hit the gas, I want the car to go - not start going and then pause to think about what gear it should be in.

about 2 months ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

Chandon Seldon Re:I'm afraid you're wrong. (166 comments)

The biggest change happened in late 1800's / early 1900's when refined sugar and bleached flour became widely available. There are a bunch of interesting studies when native groups who ate traditional diets transitioned to high refined carb diets. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/cont...

about 2 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Chandon Seldon Re:It's the contents of the files... (396 comments)

It turns out that you can have this problem even with a RAID. I'm running RAID-1 with 3 disks for my long term storage, and I need to move it from ext4 to btrfs at some point to avoid the failure case where it selects a bitrotted copy to read from. It would be nice if the RAID layer were smart enough to use the matching two of three, but that would make reads slower...

about 2 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Chandon Seldon Re:Legacy file systems should be illegal (396 comments)

Btrfs (at least) can store multiple copies on one disk and use a checksum to identify the good copy to read. Obviously more disks is better, but...

about 2 months ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Chandon Seldon Re:Annoying. (347 comments)

Why even have "providers"?

Just give me an IPv4 address and a /64 of IPv6 addresses and charge me a reasonable price for the link and bandwidth. Maybe have an upcharge for 5 static IPv4's and a /48 of IPv6's. Charge local providers for datacenter space and advertising space in the "how do I get email, streaming television, and VoIP phone service" brochure.

about 3 months ago
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Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System

Chandon Seldon Re:price (110 comments)

That hasn't been a serious thing in years. If you bought a decent gaming PC in 2006 you'd still be playing new games on it today.

about 8 months ago
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

Chandon Seldon Re:Diffie was awesome (324 comments)

You absolutely should have produced a result against the judge in that case. A late jury dismissal can't look good on appeal.

about 9 months ago
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Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

Chandon Seldon Re:feasibility (578 comments)

Really, any manufacturer who implements that should be liable for the time wasted for people trying to get real work done with their 3D printer.

about a year ago
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FSF Uses Android FUD To Push GPLv3

Chandon Seldon Re:Locked Bootloaders (282 comments)

> While not impossible to get into the radio, the FCC (I could be talking out of my arse here, so someone with more knowledge can confirm or deny this general memory of mine) doesn't want the entire population walking around with fully open phones, even if the companies would supply them. They would fail to get licensing. If you're not sure what you're talking about, why are you making claims that defend bullshit policies? Factually, there are several software controlled radio products that run fully free software and don't have significant problems from the FCC.

about 3 years ago
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Knuth Got It Wrong

Chandon Seldon Re:Why trust the OS? (298 comments)

Very simply, because the OS developers are usually pretty smart and when you try to outsmart them and fail you look like a tool. And you're going to fail. If I knew that everyone who I posted a response like this would pay up, I'd bet you $1k that you'd fail and make mad cash.

more than 4 years ago
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Set Free Your Inner Jedi (Or Pyro)

Chandon Seldon Re:Fully Automatic Weapon (463 comments)

or someone WILL get hurt.

That sucks.

But banning dangerous equipment just because people frequently and predictably get hurt is absurd. Anyone who wants to can go down to any hardware store and every aisle has five things that they could seriously injure you with. Mostly they don't, and if they did you'd file charges.

more than 4 years ago
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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

Chandon Seldon Re:Fat Chance (482 comments)

It allows Apple to *attempt* to get the developer to re-reimburse the cost, but any judgment against Apple is still a judgment against Apple.

more than 4 years ago
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"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3

Chandon Seldon Re:Sorry kids (739 comments)

You are absolutely wrong.

The PS3 was advertised as having a set of features, including the ability to run an alternate OS. The alternate OS feature was explicitly publicized and reasonably well supported by Sony when the PS3 was released. This isn't some third party hack - the PS3 was being promoted intentionally as a Linux based Cell dev kit.

Anyone who purchased the PS3 in order to use both the alternate OS feature and the online gaming feature has been defrauded by Sony.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day

Chandon Seldon Re:The sad thing (678 comments)

maybe it is time to switch to a console

Why does everyone insist on making irrational choices here?

For single player video games, the best option - by far - is to pirate PC games. A pirated PC game downloads overnight for $0 and just works with absolutely no bullshit. In 20 years, you might have to run it in a VM for the old operating system, but it'll still run.

With that option on the table, buying games is silly and even considering doing the console thing is absurd.

more than 4 years ago
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The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

Chandon Seldon Re:Down (1027 comments)

Really? Does that even sound like a vaguely logical argument to you?

For someone who has a flaky network connection, turning stuff that should work offline into online only stuff is bullshit. This should be completely obvious.

more than 4 years ago
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The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

Chandon Seldon Re:Sweet spot (1027 comments)

Correction: Exactly one person will buy the game. He will pay cash.

more than 4 years ago
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Busybox Developer Responds To Andersen-SFLC Lawsuits

Chandon Seldon Re:Proposition (316 comments)

At that point I just wouldn't do it since it could be a huge legal hassle and risk for no real gain to me.

Put the source on the CD, and you don't have a problem. It's not like it takes up a lot of space.

more than 4 years ago
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Busybox Developer Responds To Andersen-SFLC Lawsuits

Chandon Seldon Re:Backing Bruce's Copyright (316 comments)

Have you, perchance, heard of BSD Unix?

I wouldn't argue too loudly that it's entirely impossible to code your way out of copyright liability for being a derivative work.

more than 4 years ago

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Shadowrun Online Kickstarter trending on 10% short with 24 hours to go.

Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chandon Seldon (43083) writes "Shadowrun Online is an online multiplayer tactical RPG set in the world of the venerable Shadowrun tabletop RPG. Their kickstarter is asking for $500k, and with 24 hours to go it's looking like it'll come up just short of that goal. They have an awesome concept: A turn-based tactical RPG based around four-player online co-op missions with persistent characters. They're planning to support Linux and that ridiculous Ouya console. They're trying to use Kickstarter to bring an amazing setting to life without publisher interference. Your pledge could make this happen."
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Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chandon Seldon (43083) writes "According to Hot Hardware, Intel has entered negotiations with graphics card manufacturers to make mid-range discrete graphics cards based on Intel graphics chipsets. It looks like AMD has a deadline on actually providing Open Source 3D drivers (or at least programming documentation) — once Intel starts competing they really don't want to be stuck playing catchup like they are on CPUs."
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Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chandon Seldon writes "Contrary to many earlier expectations, it turns out that Dell's prices for its Ubuntu PCs are cheaper than similar Windows Vista PCs for all three Models. With the savings for skipping the Microsoft Tax ranging from $50 to $140, it looks like kickbacks for pre-installed software weren't that big a deal after all."

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