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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

havana9 Re:Pay cash (903 comments)

We're talking about clunkers. I've noticed that car dealers on new cars are eager to sell you also a loan, normally adding insurance, curb side assistance and prepaid maintenance not making an extra discount on base price. For businesses having a leasing instead of having to pay cash is also a lot more interesting because instead of an asset you have an expense.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

havana9 Re:Oh good (903 comments)

If you're talking about a 1975 car, maybe it's true. Nowadays cars are fully controlled by CAN bus, so it's possible that the device will signal a 'switch off' to the engine. Actually my car alarm does exactly this, and it's not connecte to the solenoid of the starter motor.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

havana9 My mom says i've an iPad. (405 comments)

Actually I have a Nexus 7.

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

havana9 Re:Batteries? Seriously? (491 comments)

Normally the friends of friends that make buses make also trolleybuses, with the added benefit for trolleybuses that you can make a gift for the friends of friends that make overhead wires. The advantage with buses it that is easier to externalize the bus services to other friends of friends, and get rid of those nasty problem with unionized bus drivers that refuse to work unpaid overtime or drive a bus with worn tires.

about three weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

havana9 Re:They used to be called UHF TV tuners (237 comments)

I was told it was illegal. Whether that was just FCC strong-arming or not, I don't know. I was a teenager when I did that and I figured correctly that there was no harm or consequence to be had. Most of the TV sets, even in the 1980s could not do it.

I think because most TV sets to save components and making alignment easier used a so called intercarrier circuit, where if no video signal carries was present, no audio signal could be demodulated. Newer tv sets had also a mute cicuit that engaged when poor TV signal was present.

about a month ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

havana9 Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (137 comments)

THe cable manufacturer got a spec, then passed the order to a subcontractor. The subcontractor tried to shave costs buying cheaper cables. Cheaper cable while sold as on spec, actually were made under spec, say with tinned aluminium instead of tinned copper.
The cables pass quality checks, because maybe are lax, and then you have a low quality cable that will work most of the time. Sometimes doesn't work, in other word the last quality inspection is made unknowingly by the buyer...

about a month ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

havana9 Re:What's so American (531 comments)

Because the FCC has done such a FABULOUS job regulating teh airwaves, we just HAVE to get them involved in the Internet!

You coul come in Italy in the '80, that due a loophole in the law was possible to broadcast thelevision without license. The end result was a total chaos on TV reception with mandated complex antenna receving systems like this: http://i28.tinypic.com/nn2kvk.... and still have reception problems. Even when a CATV system was in use problem arose as high power transmitter were placed to overcome the signals of other tv stations. The problem born in that small chaos window are still affecting tv reception today after the digital switchover.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

havana9 Re:What does unwind mean?? (149 comments)

They aren't intereste to sell Wind branded phones. Even if the Italian phone company now sell Lumia phones. Maybe they had some disaagrement, I don't know.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

havana9 Re:I think the strategy should be obvious (149 comments)

I think the Noka brand will be used for tyres for consumer products and for consulting and business products. Microsoft likes that the phones will be branded "Microsoft", because Apple phones are branded "Apple".

about 2 months ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

havana9 Re:Useless (235 comments)

So you think that the favorite pattime for drivers is hit-and-run cyclist? It's not true: it's way better to hit-and-run the moms with a stroller.
The real effect to put a bright light on a bike, instead of no lights at all or some puny single-lamp lights, is that having bigger lights makes the cyclist more visible.

about 3 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

havana9 Re:My Anecdotal Evidence (455 comments)

You are looking at this from the wrong point of view. The way you should be looking at is, if you ALSO had the option of calling up Ford or GM or whoever your car maker was directly, and asking THEM if they could beat the dealer's price

If you want a Fiat and are in Turin the number to call is 011-004-2000. The price they make are a bit lower in respect of other car dealer, especially on cars in the park lot, but they're not the market killers you could think: i suppose that the mak up goes in the Fiat shareholders pockets instead of the car dealers pocket.

about 3 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

havana9 Re:We should have a choice (455 comments)

And where exactly do you live that you are buying your VCR directly from Sony or Toshiba

I actually bought Philips TV sets, VCR, lamps, fridges, dishwashes and hairdryers directly from Philips. I only had to drive to their facory outlet near thei warehouse. The price were lower than the special offer in supermarket, and sometimes you could buy refurbished products at very low prices. Unfortunately they closed the warehouse and the outled a couple of year ago.

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

havana9 Re:Cisco and Self-interest (337 comments)

This network paradigm it's soo 1994 with ATM and QOS and service classes.

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

havana9 Re:What About Electricity? (337 comments)

Does the electric company get to decide which devices will be shut down first? Can they shut down your devices before they shut down your neighbor's, because ?

Actually yes. For industrial uses there are there are different categories of avaliability: high availability, standard and interruptible. An interruprible contract means that the electic company could disconnect the transformer serving your factory if the power demand is too high. Conversely high availability contracts will be disconnected last: normally they have also ne transformaer in stand by in the case the main one fails. By the way if yuo have a 100 kW contract you'll get more power than a 10 kW contract...

about 4 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

havana9 Re:Here's the Scoop (340 comments)

I think that some content provider will goo in a free to air mode. This in obvious on terrestrial television and also on satellite TV: if you're getting money from advertising being FTA will make tour channel more interesting for advertisers than ona in a pay tv bundle because more people will watch it. Maybe for CATV the dynamics are different, or the fact that in USA there's not TV licensing is limiting the number of FTA or FTV channels.
Italy,France, Austria have a choice of free to view/free to air channels, not to mention UK and Germany that transmit a lot o free to air channels on satellites.

about 5 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

havana9 Daitarn 3 (769 comments)

They're annoyed by Daitarn 3 solar attack because they're meganoids and the monster of the week is always defeated with solar energy with the homungous robot that Haran Banjo stolen to them.

about 5 months ago
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Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

havana9 Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (399 comments)

You could buy a watch that doesn't require a battery for less than £ 50 with a design made in the '60s. The main advantage of a watch is that the power compsumtion is very low compared to a smartwatch, the functions are limited to keep the time and there's non need to have connectivity or software updates.

about 5 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

havana9 Next iPhone testimonials will be... (195 comments)

Joanna Lumley and David McCallum. Yes the new iPhone 6 will have a steel case too.

about 5 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

havana9 Re:Hardware requirements (641 comments)

I have an EPROM programmer thah works only under DOS, connected via the parallel port. My computer first partition is a 2GB fat16 one with DOS installed exactly fot this purpose. when i have to burn a prom, I copy the .HEX file on the dos partition, reboot and do the work.

about 6 months ago

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