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Autonomous Trucking

Computershack Re:Inherent problems (142 comments)

Well, we do have the technology. We could have pallets with big fat QR codes slapped on the side (and by "big fat" I mean three inches or so) and robotic pallet jacks unloading the trucks, or trailers with floors that would shove pallets out the back of the truck automatically, and trucks loaded in proper order for that to make sense. For stuff that's delivered by the truckload, a whole trailer or shipping container could be unloaded and just dropped off to be dealt with by someone other than the trucker entirely.

Lots of loads can't be palletised. There would also have to be massive investment by the delivery locations as well.

about 2 months ago
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Autonomous Trucking

Computershack Re:Highway Only to Speed Deployment (142 comments)

I've said for a long time that I would much rather be driving next to an automated vehicle that only experiences an "incidents" once every 100,000 miles or so

I'm a trucker. I've driven over 2 million miles accident free. Many truckers have. An incident every 100,000 miles would be one a year for me and at that rate I'd hand in my license.

about 2 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Computershack Re:my anecdotal evidence differs (238 comments)

My Toyota Aygo claims 65mpg for 'motorway' driving. I used to regularly get that when I drove 30 odd miles a day on the motorway - at a steady 55mph! Was passed by everything.

So I think these figures are acheivable if you don't let your ego drive the car.

That's terrible. I get that out of my MK4 Ford Mondeo doing 70MPH on a motorway. The most I've had is 70MPG.

about 3 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Computershack Re:rules (238 comments)

They all do that. Its because it senses the temperature is cold so therefore runs in "cold start" mode which involves using a richer fuel mix, the modern equivalent of using choke on an engine with a carburettor.

about 3 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Computershack Re:I dissagree ... (238 comments)

I can exceed the values and not have to drive like a nun. I was lucky enough to do an economic driving course with a previous employer. Part of that was driving round a course around Birmingham and surrounding countryside. You were timed at the start of the course and at the end you repeated the run but not only had to improve economy but also do the route quicker and use fewer gear changes.

The biggest mistake and most fuel hungry is how people slow down. Engines use no fuel at all when you take your foot off the accelerator. You should be using engine braking approaching lights, junctions etc backing off earlier than driving to the point where you need to use the brakes to stop. It takes no longer to do the journey but all that distance you're slowing down using engine braking is free. As for the old wives tales about it wearing clutches out, the last car I sold had 165,000 miles on and was on the original clutch. The next mistake they do is not trying to time it approaching lights/junctions/roundabouts so you don't have to stop.

about 3 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Computershack Re:watch the program on 5th gear (238 comments)

Some people drove sports cars in the 70s and 80s, but most people drove heavy-ass sedans that had some of the worst acceleration imaginable. 90s, I agree, are much closer to current cars in capability.

Even 1980s US sports models such as the Mustang were quite poor. The 5L 1987 Mustang had a 0-60 time only 1 second faster than my 1.6L Escort.

about 3 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Computershack Re:watch the program on 5th gear (238 comments)

My gutless early 1980's European Econobox with a poxy 1.6 litre engine had a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds which was only 1 second slower than the Ford Mustang which had an engine more than three times the size. Just sayin....

about 3 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Computershack Re:taxes will lead to kludges (238 comments)

Various European nations tax cars based on calculated mpg.

No they don't, they tax them based on emissions which has little to do with MPG or engine capacity.

about 3 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Computershack Re:Real-world conditions (238 comments)

Also set up wrong by the manufacturer. The 2007 honda civic has a highway MPG rating of 40mpg. I regularly get 44-46 while speeding after I fixed their design flaw in the rear end. they set the car with significant negative rear camber and with about 2 degrees of toe, I reset it to zero and zero and not only did fuel mileage numbers skyrocket by 10-15% but rear tire wear dropped to zero or undetectable.

Oh. Dear. So what you've done is make the cornering worse. Mind you given that US cars are a bit crap when it comes to bends you probably don't notice any difference.

about 3 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

Computershack Re:Compromise is implied by multipurpose (432 comments)

For example: the dual fuel engines that can burn gasoline or methane, where because of the design compromises for the two fuel convenience, neither fuel operates at optimal function.

You're full of shit. Modern engine management systems take care of it all.

about 3 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

Computershack Re:Indirect tax (462 comments)

I thought they just had to have a certain fleet average fuel economy,

Given that European and Japanese cars are massively more economical than American ones, it certainly isn't that. The gas 500s do 59MPG (Imp) and the diesels 76MPG (Imp).

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Computershack Microsoft Optical Mouse (702 comments)

Microsoft Optical mouse, the basic white model with just the scroll wheel. I've had it well over a decade.The bottom is perfectly smooth now but it refuses to die. Best money I've ever spent. A friend of mine is still rocking a Nokia 6310i and refuses to part with it.

about 4 months ago
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The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

Computershack Re:Nah (227 comments)

Nah... there won't be any good games released for these consoles that aren't on PC already. Which is probably the #1 reason.

There is no PC equivalent to the Forza series.

about 9 months ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

Computershack Re:Giving up the essential for the trivial (195 comments)

If you want to support the artist, go to their concerts.

Because the revenue off a 300 person venue is really enough for a band to live off. Just how much money do you think that gets them? How much do you think it costs to put on a gig at a large venue?

When you don't have to pay for logistics and you don't expect any profit, the final ticket cost is incredibly low.

BWAHAHA. The gear doesn't transport itself for free and neither is the gear free. Very few venues provide anything other than a stage to perform on and maybe some lighting which you have to pay someone to operate on. And if the final ticket cost is incredibly low then doesn't it follow the musicians are getting less as well?

about 9 months ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

Computershack Re:Giving up the essential for the trivial (195 comments)

If Mariah carey had gone independent instead of being with Columbia or Virgin Records etc. she would have been able to retain all of the profits

Without the promotion of the record companies and the money they had to finance recording and releases, she'd have still been a waitress.

about 9 months ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

Computershack Re:Giving up the essential for the trivial (195 comments)

The world is caving to the slightest whims of an industry that we would survive just fine without.

So if you can survive fine without it why do you care that they restrict releases, own the copyrights and want to prevent people from pirating it?

about 9 months ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

Computershack Re:Giving up the essential for the trivial (195 comments)

The public is getting nothing but censorship out of the bargain,

Sorry but there is no censorship. Not being able to freeload stuff that you have to pay to access doesn't amount to censorship. If it were censored I'd not be able to see it all however the reality is I can see it by the methods those who own the property and therefore get the right to decided have provided - public TV, pay TV, cinema, movie rental, legitimate online streaming services, by purchasing DVDs/Blu-Ray etc etc.

about 9 months ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

Computershack Re: Well then... (195 comments)

are you being ironic and sarcastically making fun of the fact that Brit rights have been stolen to build a money vacuum for sucking pounds & pence from limey wallets into yank coffers?

What rights have been stolen? None.

about 9 months ago

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Ebay screws UK on Final Value Fees again.

Computershack Computershack writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Computershack (1143409) writes " Ebay increases Final Value Fees for UK

From 12th March, eBay has increased the FVF for private sellers by an extortionate amount yet again for the UK. For those of us selling technology related items, the FVF for £0.01-£30 has doubled and from £30 — £400 the FVF has increased between 300% and 500% depending on price breaks. So for someone auctioning a laptop which ends at £200, you'll now have the priviledge of paying eBay £20 in fees, instead of £6.75 under the old fees. And that's even before eBay screws more money out of you via Paypal. As a consolation though, eBay has decided not to charge a listing fee or charge for the first photograph if the start price is 99p or under. Whooptie friggin doo. Notably, there's no increase for many other countries.

For those of you wishing to vent your spleen at them, please feel free to call eBay's new UK Customer Support on 020 8080 2105.

If anyone knows of a better online auction site in the UK, I'm open to suggestion."
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Apple lags MS in security response

Computershack Computershack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Computershack (1143409) writes "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/apple_security_response_pants/
Apple is trailing way behind Microsoft in security patch responsiveness, according to a study by security researchers from IBM.
Stefan Frei and Bernard Tellenback of IBM's X-Force security division analysed several years of vulnerability disclosures and patching processes from various vendors.
They found that Apple is getting worse at dealing with security problems while Microsoft is improving. Apple is experiencing more vulnerabilities, longer patching times, and more attacks on unpatched vulnerabilities, according to the duo.
Frei and Tellenback presented their findings at a presentation entitled 0-day Patch — Exposing Vendors (In)Security Performance at last week's Black Hat conference in Amsterdam.
Colleagues of the duo reckon Apple's antagonistic attitude with security researchers is one of the reasons for its poor response.
"While I think that there are quite a few reasons why this is probably so, I'd be inclined to say that Apple's biggest problem appears to be that they treat every new vulnerability as a potential PR disaster rather than an opportunity to visibly reinforce their work in securing their customers," writes Gunter Ollman of IBM's X-Force.
"In recent times this has most critically been reflected in the way Apple works with security researchers.""

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Microsoft Income Up 23% in Fiscal Q1 2008

Computershack Computershack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Computershack (1143409) writes "Courtesy of Betanews
In early numbers from Microsoft prior to its quarterly financial results call to analysts this afternoon, the company reported revenue gains of 27% annually to $13.76 billion, and net income nicely higher by 23% annually to $4.29 billion, in what the company is calling its fastest first quarter of growth since 1999.

In the early afternoon statement, the company is crediting increased consumer demand for Windows Vista, primarily the Premium Edition, though analysts are likely to ask whether the Vista "sales mix" is actually weighted more toward pre-installations. The release of Halo 3 will also have played a factor, but certainly not to the tune of several billion more dollars in revenue in three months. All that means the company's stellar performer could turn out to be, once again...SQL Server, which has blossomed to becoming a principal profit center whose growth rivals its applications division.

Comment: I wonder how much of a kick in the teeth this must feel like to those sysadmins trying to push Linux in the corporate sector. I also wonder how much of it is due to reduced piracy because of the way Vista's product activation works by checking every week or so instead of just on installation."

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