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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

lag10 Re:Misleading Article Summary (70 comments)

Well, it all depends on where you get your electricity. The vehicle is purely electrically driven. It does have a petrol driven generator to top up the battery, but the engine is not involved in driving the wheels, so could easily be described as all-electric as you can rip out the engine and the car still drives.

No, a hybrid is not an "all-electric car." The Fisker Karma is a series hybrid, not an "all-electric car." There is a huge difference between an "all-electric car" and a hybrid.

Being able to easily describe something one way does not necessarily make the description accurate.

The tesla has a large amount of batteries, charged from an external generator.

An "all-electric car" such as Tesla's Roadster, Model S, or Model X can obtain its electrical energy from any number of sources. That's one of the major selling points for "all-electric cars." Sure, The Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid, but it has a much smaller battery capacity than a comparable "all-electric car." Its ability to make full use of plug-in power is limited compared to an "all-electric car."

In summary, a hybrid and an "all-electric car" are not the same thing. They target different segments of the vehicle market.

about 4 months ago

Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

lag10 Misleading Article Summary (70 comments)

New submitter sumit sinha notes recent reports that Tesla may soon be joined again by Fisker in the world of high-end, all-electric car makers.

The Fisker Karma is not an "all-electric car." It has an electric drivetrain with a gasoline range extender. The article itself makes this quite clear:

The Karma, a hybrid-electric vehicle equipped with a small gasoline engine that kicks in when its on-board battery is depleted, previously had a starting price of around $100,000.

If you could try to make more accurate article summaries in the future, that'd be great. Thanks.

about 4 months ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

lag10 Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

Uhmmm, my credit union prints their own cards right in the branch and hands them to you when you open an account. With raised numbers like a normal card. The card printers for making properly-embossed cards are not that expensive.

That may be the case, but it's a moot point considering that some cards received in the mail (such as Discover IT cards) are now switching to flat printed (unembossed) formats. It's no longer an issue of how expensive embossing machines are.

Here's an article on the subject from MSE Money: http://money.msn.com/credit-cards/4-ways-credit-cards-are-changing

about 7 months ago

Foxconn To Employ 1 Million Robots

lag10 Re:Did I miss something? (372 comments)

According to Google Dictionary:

employ Verb /emploi/


verb: use, engage, utilize, hire, apply
noun: service, job, occupation, work, business, office, situation, engagement, place, berth
employed past participle; employs 3rd person singular present; employing present participle; employed past tense

1. Give work to (someone) and pay them for it

2. Keep occupied

3. Make use of

I would say that option 3 was used in this case.

more than 3 years ago

Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers

lag10 Re:Used this at HHGregg before (725 comments)

and I am going to try it again this year. Amazing what prices they will match when it comes to getting a sale. This year I need two 42 LCD televisions, they want 699 whereas I can get them from a certain major online retailer wants 599 and others 589 with no tax or shipping costs.

Will be curious what price they will go down to.

I have to disagree with your assessment of HHGregg's willingness to price match.

A local department store chain had a pedestal for LG washers/dryers on sale. I called HHGregg ahead of time to ensure that they could match the price, and the answer was "we sure can."

After a half hour or so of having the sales associate verify the deal on the competitor's website and asking his manager for authorization, he finally came back that they could not match the price. Apparently, the competitor's price was "below cost." Despite HHGregg's 110% price guarantee, they could not even match a competitor's price by 80%.

BestBuy had absolutely no qualms matching the department store's price, and they actually had the pedestals ready to go at the store. HHGregg would have had to order them from their warehouse, taking additional time.

I cannot honestly imagine myself ever again walking into HHGregg.

more than 4 years ago

Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies at 87

lag10 May the Force... (132 comments)

be with him.

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Discontinue Xserve

lag10 Re:OS X Server is a nice tool (304 comments)

One even went airborne and fell about 3 meters and other than some of the metal getting bent its perfectly fine.

What do you in your datacenter that would result in a server becoming airborne?

more than 4 years ago

From Apple To Xbox, Tech Companies Lean Left

lag10 Re:Tech companies (685 comments)

and Calfornia is often seen as the most liberal state

Which of course explains why Reagan, Nixon, Wilson, and Schwarzenegger came from there.

Which Wilson? If you're referring to Woodrow Wilson, he was born in Virginia and lived in New Jersey for quite some time. Hell, he was the president of Princeton and later NJ's governor.

more than 4 years ago

When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

lag10 Re:Luddites (506 comments)

I live in South Jersey. I pump my own gas. Not because I'm anti-service either, but because I don't trust anybody to properly put my gas cap back on. Every time I let someone else do it, they either forget to put it on crooked, leave it unlocked, or forget to close the gas door. I generally get gas at one location (I don't drive very far) and they know me well enough to let me pump my own gas. All you have to do is say, "this thing's a pain in the ass, let me do it." or "save your strength, I got it." and you're clear.

As an FYI, pumping your own gas into any sort of container (gas can, your car's gas tank, etc.) is against NJ state law.

If the gas cap ordeal bothers you so much, you might want to get a car with a self-sealing fuel filler. Ford has made such fuel fillers standard across its product line: http://wot.motortrend.com/6253125/technology/fords-capless-easy-fuel-filler-to-go-standard-across-range/index.html

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Hints At Theora Lawsuit

lag10 I know how the next codec standard will be chosen. (686 comments)

It won't be chosen by the likes of Apple or Microsoft. I won't be chosen by potential lawsuits (at least not to a significant extent.)

Nope. There's one industry that will dictate the next standard. That industry is porn.

The porn industry had effectively chosen Blu-Ray as the de facto new standard for high def video: http://www.pcworld.com/article/125618/porn_industry_may_be_decider_in_bluray_hddvd_battle.html

The porn industry chooses its standards. Everyone else follows.

more than 4 years ago

Yelp Founder Says "No Extortion — Just a Misunderstood Algorithm"

lag10 Re:This is not news. (120 comments)

Yelp has been bullshit for some time. It's a neat idea, but they've censored several of my negative reviews which were all factual.

As such, Yelp holds no value.

This seems to be a common problem with such reviews. Fortunately, I've never seen Google Local remove any review that I've made.

more than 4 years ago

Drunk History Presents Nikola Tesla *NSFW*

lag10 Slashdot Killed the Video... (91 comments)

It now displays, "This video has been removed due to a breach of the Terms of Service."

more than 4 years ago

City Council Sues Itself, Seeks Costs for Frivolous Lawsuit

lag10 Litigation-Happy Society... (5 comments)

Where even the government will stop at nothing to sue itself.

more than 4 years ago

Federal Judge Orders Schools To Stop Laptop Spying

lag10 This is good... (359 comments)

Except for the fact that this could be the perfect time to steal one of the school's computers.

The school originally stated that the cameras were activated when thefts were reported. If it's prohibited from activating the security features at all, there may be an enhanced window of opportunity to steal one and get away with it.

Regardless, the school had it coming, activating the cameras without their users' knowledge.

more than 4 years ago

White House Claims Copyright On Flickr Photos

lag10 Re:It would seem... (169 comments)

To my knowledge, the Feds are only allowed to restrict image use based on its classified status.

I thought use of the presidential seal was restricted. I've not seen the photos so I dont know if they
have it or not.

I believe that the Seal has a special status to avoid misrepresentation of official statements.

These images, on the other hand, are not currently involved with any sort of misrepresentation.

I also believe that the protection of the Seal is inherited from similar protection given to the British Royal Standard.

more than 4 years ago

White House Claims Copyright On Flickr Photos

lag10 It would seem... (169 comments)

That the Federal Government is overstepping its authority with these images.

To my knowledge, the Feds are only allowed to restrict image use based on its classified status. That is, if it is a matter of national security or not.

Since the Feds are not restricting these images due to security issues, they really don't have a leg to stand on.

You know things are in a sad state of being when even the government disregards the rules of copyright.

more than 4 years ago

Paypal Reverses Payments Made To Indians

lag10 Makes me wonder... (509 comments)

Why anyone trusts PayPal with their money.

more than 4 years ago

Another Attack, On Law Firm Suing China

lag10 Re:export 'em (131 comments)

Q: what do you call 80 tons of lawyers on a slow boat to China?

A: a good start.

Seriously though, if we really could figure out to export lawyers; it would balance the trade deficit, and just think what it would do for the quality of life domestically.

Wouldn't the idea of exporting lawyers for the purpose of balancing the trade deficit imply that such lawyers actually have value?

about 5 years ago

iRobot Introduces Morphing Blob Robot

lag10 Re:I, for one.... (177 comments)

While that may be true, the intention of posting such things is to induce some sort of amusement.

It obviously didn't work for you.

more than 5 years ago


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