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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Rhywden Re:Recognition (150 comments)

Since they didn't acquire the whole of Nokia, I'm quite sure that this was the best result available.

They "only" bought the mobile part of Nokia.

3 days ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Rhywden Re:Recognition (150 comments)

Right, because they had a choice...

As part of the acquisition of Nokia's mobile business, they also got the naming rights for a limited time only (two years, if I recall correctly).

3 days ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Rhywden Re:The technology exists and is used (144 comments)

The same argument can be made about the death penalty. As the US justice system has shown repeatedly there are quite a lot of innocent people on death row.

Now the question becomes: Do you rather want to abolish the death penalty so that no innocent people are killed - or do you want to make sure that criminals are killed and accept the innocent victimes as collateral damage?

Benjamin Franklin stated: "It is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer". I find it interesting that the US have moved into the completely opposite direction.

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Rhywden Re:Reasonable (144 comments)

Riiight. Because US sex offenders lists contain people who made the mistake of drunkenly pissing against a wall in public... As long as you have those laws, your country doesn't get to be upset about anything regarding people who want to be forgotten.

Not to mention that US laws actually allows the prosecution of minors when their nude shot of themselves gets into the public internet. Because they created child pornography, or so the dubious logic goes.

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Rhywden Re:Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

From the (maximum of) 5 milligrams of mercury? What did you do? Break the lamp very carefully and then snort the contents?

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

No. The seat limit is also written into the C driving license (trucks) and D driving licenses (busses). Look it up.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

Please look up Fahrerlaubnis-Verordnung (FeV) 6:

Klasse B:
Kraftfahrzeuge – ausgenommen Kraftfahrzeuge der Klassen AM, A1, A2 und A – mit einer zulässigen Gesamtmasse von nicht mehr als 3 500 kg, die zur Beförderung von nicht mehr als acht Personen außer dem Fahrzeugführer ausgelegt und gebaut sind (auch mit Anhänger mit einer zulässigen Gesamtmasse von nicht mehr als 750 kg oder mit Anhänger über 750 kg zulässiger Gesamtmasse, sofern 3 500 kg zulässige Gesamtmasse der Kombination nicht überschritten wird).

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

That's nice. However, I originally quoted the rules of Mitfahrgelegenheit. And they specifically stated that THEY care about the number of seats.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

If the number of seats is above 9 then you need a different driver's license in Germany. Everything above 9 already counts as a bus.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Fuck these stupid morons (312 comments)

If they state that they're using their car for private needs and then go on to use it in a business setting - certainly.

Over here, you insure the car instead of the driver and you also have to tell the insurance company what you're using the car for. Lying to insurance companies was always a bad idea, y'know?

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Fuck these stupid morons (312 comments)

Riiight. You're forgetting one thing: The insurance companies.

As soon as you have been in an accident while driving for Uber, your insurance company WILL drop your contract AND sue you - because the standard insurance contract is not intended for transportation services.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

It's a grey area and the companies you link already have had some problems. However, the companies themselves already link the limits on their sites themselves:

  • No cars with more than 9 seats
  • No profit making - the money you collect may not exceed the costs you incur for gas and car usage (deprecation)
  • No regular routes
  • No drivers who make this kind of driving their job.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden This can get expensive for Uber fast (312 comments)

The linked article lacks one important detail: The fine of up to 250,000€ is for each instance of breaking the injunction.

Sure, the first violation may only cost 2,000€. But that will go up for every violation. And you can bet your ass that the competitors will use the apps to check on Uber. And they will report any violation they find.

about 2 months ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

Rhywden Re:Which Invasion? (205 comments)

But, hey, a tank needs holidays, too!

about 2 months ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Rhywden Re:They are a bit nutty.... (143 comments)

You're wrong there. The VW Up exists as both a pure electric and pure gasoline version. The difference in price? 10,000€

That's the price for the battery. In the case of the Up it almost doubles the price (from 12,000€ to 22,000€). And "all the other bits" being expensive? Seriously?

With the switch to pure electric you just god rid of the following: The alternator which provides the energy for all the gizmos in a normal gasoline car. And, more importantly, the transmission, one of the most complicated and intricate mechanical pieces in a car with a combustion engine.

Two complicated parts of the car, just poof! gone like that. The engine itself also just became way more easy - you don't need carefully timed pistons. You don't need the 3-way catalysator and the lambda probe. And so on and so forth. Hell, if you wanted to you could let each of the 4 wheels be driven by a separate motor! (which gets rid of the need for a differential!).

about 2 months ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Rhywden Re: Expert?? (442 comments)

"Complex / insane" and "aerodynamic" usually don't mix very well. Not to mention that there's the usability factor - you may get an insanely low cv from a teardrop shape. Doesn't mean that it's usable.

about 2 months ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Rhywden Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

Yes. But they're not cheap and the production process is quite involved. And he specifically drew a relation between material used and possible aerodynamics:

[...]Replacing metals with ultralight, ultrastrong materials like carbon-fiber composites can provide safer, lighter and more aerodynamic vehicles that consume severalfold less energy and could be simpler to produce with 80% less capital.[...]

From:"Reinventing Fire: Three Energy Gamechangers for China and the World, Nov. 15th, 2013, pg. 2

He specifically mentioned "more aerodynamic" in addition to "lighter". I'm also not that convinced of "ultrastrong" materials being safer due to the fact that you want a crumple zone to soak up kinetic energy.

Not to mention that "severalfold less energy" is a lie: The BMW i3 already largely consists of carbon-fiber and is not that much lighter and, if you calculate the average energy consumption, doesn't consume that much less energy.

Lastly, carbon-fiber is not more "simpler to produce". Folding, bending and melting metals is easy compared to what you have to go through for carbon-fiber. Not to mention that it's not recycleable. Metal is easy to recycle.

about 2 months ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Rhywden Re:"Dance" = rolling blackouts (442 comments)

Well, that's the problem with most renewable energy creators: They're dependent on an external factor. So, keeping some in "reserve" might not exactly yield the result you want. What use are additional windmills is there's no wind? What use are solar panels if it's nighttime or overcast?

Yes, there are others like biogas or waterpower, but most of those would fall under this heading of "energy storage" which this guy proposes to be superfluous. If they aren't storage technologies, they're usually not scalable enough, either due to provisioning problems (biogas) or geographical restrictions (water).

about 2 months ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Rhywden Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

I did read some parts of it. For instance, he proposed that switching to carbon-fiber instead of metals that we would be able to create more aerodynamic shapes. Which is rubbish, of course, the shape of a car is not dependent on the material used.

He also proposed that switching to carbon-fiber would reduce costs. Far from it: Production of carbon-fiber is a very expensive process due to the way the shapes are formed. One of the reasons, by the way, why the BMW i3 is quite expensive.

There were a whole slew of conjectures, shoddy/dubious reasoning and exaggerations in there.

about 2 months ago

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