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Toyota Builds a Patent Thicket For Hybrid Cars

MarcoG42 Re:Car makers shouldnt be making these cars anyway (307 comments)

There are serial hybrid vehicles in development, at the moment, in the US. One example would be an serial hybrid Humvee being developed for the US military. The same shop is also developing serial hybrids for UPS. The only roadblock they're currently experiencing is with battery technologies. Their first problem was they could not charge the batteries fast enough to keep up with their rate of depletion. That has been solved, but now some of the batteries tend to catch on fire under heavy loads, e.g., when they vehicles are moving at high rates of speed or going up steep inclines.

Note: My father used to work in the hybrid division of this company, but has since moved into the integrated systems division. I'm not entirely sure if the hybrid systems are still being developed or if they were scrapped.

more than 5 years ago
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Will AT&T Charge Extra For MMS & Tethering?

MarcoG42 Re:Void contract? (326 comments)

This is a quote from a standard PDA messaging plan from AT&T:
"Message any way, to anyone in the U.S. Send and receive 1500 text, picture, video, and Instant Messaging (IM) messages. Additional messages are 5 cents each."
So, yes, MMS is included in AT&T's messaging plans. So, if they attempt to charge separately for MMS there will be quite a lashback. Alternatively, if they raise the price of the iPhone SMS package to encompass the new MMS ability, everyone affected will be able to drop their contract at with no ETF.

more than 5 years ago
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Will AT&T Charge Extra For MMS & Tethering?

MarcoG42 Void contract? (326 comments)

I understand charging for tethering, that's to be expected. I'm curious about how they're going to handle MMS. Will they just include it in the cost of the $15 I'm already paying for 1500 text messages? If I understand the contract correctly, if they raise that fee it means I can opt out of my contract with no penalty because there has been a material change in the fees being charged. I don't see AT&T opening themselves up to droves of users ditching their contract in that manner. Nor do I see them having a separate "MMS Plan" for iPhone users, as that would piss off *everyone*. So, with any luck, we'll only see a new fee for tethering.

more than 5 years ago
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Cablevision To Offer 101 Mbps Down, No Caps

MarcoG42 Re:Dubious speed claims (375 comments)

GAH! I meant 30 Mb/s down, 5 Mb/s up....

more than 5 years ago
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Cablevision To Offer 101 Mbps Down, No Caps

MarcoG42 Re:Dubious speed claims (375 comments)

I currently have Cablevision internet service and live in an urban apartment building in Brooklyn. The advertised speeds (30 Mb/s up and 5 Mb/s down) are what I get, consistently. In the three years I've had their service I have not had one outage, and I've never noticed a dramatic decrease in up or down speeds, no matter the time of day/week.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Now In Beta

MarcoG42 Re:What kernel is in this release? (180 comments)

I upgraded from Intrepid to Jaunty during Alpha 6, which at the time was using 2.6.29. I upgraded this morning, and it appears they have reverted to 2.6.28. I'm not sure why.

more than 5 years ago
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The Underappreciated Risks of Severe Space Weather

MarcoG42 Re:I'm Ready! (361 comments)

Cook it on the grill and it takes the gaminess right out.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple and AT&T Sued, Again, Over 3G

MarcoG42 Re:Sue-Happy (230 comments)

I'm assuming you live in a house you built with your own two hands without a telephone, cable, satellite, electricity, running water or any of those other luxuries we have in these modern times? Since you're posting here, I doubt it. So, while we may not be forced into signing into these contracts, the case is more often starting to be that if you're lucky enough to have a choice of provider they force you to stick with them, regardless of whether they can provide you the service they promised through bullshit contracts.

It appears that you're completely missing the point in order to call people whiny bitches. Consider your opinion refuted.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA To Stop Prosecuting Individual File Sharers

MarcoG42 Re:They have lowered the burden of proof. (619 comments)

That's a different animal altogether. Signing up to disconnect their paying customers is like cutting their own throat, and the big carriers have the money and lawyers to drive the *AA's into the ground. What happens when someone with a $40 net connection gets cut by his provider, who also happens to provide his phone and TV for an additional $90 or so. They'll cut that service, too, out of spite. There's no way the providers are going to open themselves up to that kind of thing, and I think they'll fight the *AA's every step of the way.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA To Stop Prosecuting Individual File Sharers

MarcoG42 Re:They have lowered the burden of proof. (619 comments)

You think the ISPs are going to sign up to disconnect paying customers? I think the ISPs have a pretty good idea of how many of their customers download copyrighted material, and they will take into account how many of those users are paying customers. That is aside from what kind of cases could be brought against the ISP for disconnect users without any kind of real justification other than a letter from some non-government entity that says "We think this party took our stuff without paying for it." I don't really see the ISPs wanting to get involved in something like that.

more than 5 years ago
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Circuit City Files For Bankruptcy

MarcoG42 Re:I can't bring myself to have much pity for them (574 comments)

A store posting a sign that says "we reserve the right to..." doesn't give them the right to do something, especially if that something is illegal. So, while they can post a sign that says that they can search your personal belongings, would it hold up in court? Merely walking into a store and buying a pack of gum, a DVD or a $5000 television does not give anyone the right to search through my wife's purse or to make me turn out my pockets unless they have some kind of evidence to suspect me of theft. And even if they do have evidence that might lead them to believe I stole something, I'm going to be damn sure there are police and a few witnesses present before I'm searched for anything.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

MarcoG42 Re:Two words (3709 comments)

I would rather take my chances with someone who *might* work to better our present situation than someone who I *know* will keep taking us down our current path.

more than 5 years ago
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HP Introduces First-Ever 30-bit, 1 Billion Color Display

MarcoG42 Re:Meh (236 comments)

*WOOOOOOOOOSH*

more than 6 years ago

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