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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

certsoft Re:Only 22% (377 comments)

Hybrids do make use of the battery and motor during highway use. When going downhill the engine will shut down and the battery will charge. This charge will be used by the motor on the next uphill to reduce engine use.

For plug-in hybrids with their large batteries several miles of all electric range can be generated on a long downhill.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

certsoft As Bender once said (149 comments)

"Up Your Face" Or something like that...

about 4 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

certsoft Re:Having used both (314 comments)

The SYNC system has nothing to do with the powertrain. It's only used for infotainment and climate control.

about 5 months ago
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Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

certsoft Re:OTA seems excessive...How about USB? (305 comments)

Ford did an update to the MyFord Touch infotainment system last year this way. Downloaded a bunch of files onto a USB drive, plug into car, wait 20 minutes. Since it uses an automotive version of Windows CE of course it needed to reboot a half a dozen times during the update. But for power-train related updates you have to take it into the dealer.

about 5 months ago
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Apple II DOS Source Code Released

certsoft Re:Then versus now (211 comments)

I was a programmer in 1978, still a programmer. Did assembly language for 4040, 6800, 6809, 68HC11, and PIC. Don't do much of that anymore, thankfully.

about 8 months ago
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Auto Makers To Standardize On Open Source

certsoft Re:MS isn't a major player and I don't like this i (160 comments)

Ah yes, the "Sync by Microsoft" warning label. Fortunately I don't have to use it much (C-Max Energi) as I rarely take my phone out of airplane mode and just listen to music from a USB flash drive.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla To Build Its Own Battery-Swap Stations

certsoft Re:reclaim their original battery? (377 comments)

I bought a Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid a couple of weeks ago. It's positioned between the Prius and the Volt in the marketplace. My usual trips around town fit nicely into it's electric-only range while having the gas engine for trips out of town.

about a year ago
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How Should the Law Think About Robots?

certsoft Simple (248 comments)

Robots are your plastic pal who's fun to be with. Who needs laws?

about a year ago
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Don't Write Them Off: A Palm Retrospective

certsoft That takes me back (102 comments)

I wrote a couple of programs using PocketStudio (Pascal based RAD tool) for a Tungsten C. One of them used the IR interface to show status and do configuration on a PIC-based solar power system. The other used WiFi to talk to a model railway signal and turnout control computer.

about a year ago
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Caffeine Improves Memory In Bees

certsoft Bacon (41 comments)

I'm still waiting for caffeinated bacon.

about a year ago
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How Power Failures Corrupt Flash SSD Data

certsoft Re:We encountered something like this (204 comments)

Fortunately the client has facilities to test various drives over a wide temperature range (down to -40, not sure how hot they test) while running. And yes, a lot of them are crap.

about a year ago
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How Power Failures Corrupt Flash SSD Data

certsoft Re:We encountered something like this (204 comments)

We use USB flash drives for a data logger. Most of the time the data is being buffered in the ARM based Linux board's RAM to save power. Once we get a complete file's worth (4MB at the present) we power up, validate, write the file, and power down. Supercaps have been a lifesaver. There's even enough capacity to do the write cycle if the flash was powered down when a power fail is detected. That allows to not lose whatever what was already in the RAM buffer.

about a year ago
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The Return of CISPA

certsoft Did anyone... (97 comments)

Did anyone else read that as "The Rectum of CISPA"?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your New Years Eve Tradition?

certsoft Chili! (256 comments)

Most years I'm busy New Years Eve making chili for the Margarita and Chili-Fest on New Years Day. Unfortunately a bit under the weather this year so that's been delayed.

about a year and a half ago
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Team Aims To Build Robot Toddler In Nine Months

certsoft Vatican (114 comments)

If they make an artificial boy lifelike enough they might get some orders from the Vatican.

about a year and a half ago
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"Self-Healing" NAND Flash Memory That Can Survive Over 100 Million Cycles

certsoft Interesting (76 comments)

Back around 1976 I was working in a group that used Intel 4004 processors and 1702A EPROM. They found they could get more program/erase cycles out of a 1702A if they periodically baked them in an oven.

about a year and a half ago

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Apple sells unlocked iPhones in Hong Kong

certsoft certsoft writes  |  more than 5 years ago

certsoft (442059) writes "According to the Hong Kong Apple store unlocked iPhones can be purchased for US$695 (8GB) or US$798 (16GB). From the site: "iPhone 3G purchased at the Apple Online Store can be activated with any wireless carrier. Simply insert the SIM from your current phone into iPhone 3G and connect to iTunes 8 to complete activation.""
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Apple sued over "visual voicemail" patent

certsoft certsoft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

certsoft (442059) writes "Klausner Technologies said the company has filed a $360 million (NZ$471m) suit against Apple and AT&T over voicemail patents that Klausner claims the Apple iPhone infringes. Of course Klausner filed the lawsuit in US Court for the Eastern District of Texas. NZ Herald Story"
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