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Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

von_rick Re:And, Folks, stay tuned.. (239 comments)

The AC comment mentioned tunring everything completely off. There must be some documentation that gives the breakdown of where all the 45W end up. But expecting to turn all the electronics OFF in a present day automobile is not the smartest of ideas.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

von_rick Re:And, Folks, stay tuned.. (239 comments)

Wan't to completely turn the battery off? You sure can, but that clicker to open/lock the door won't work, nor would the security alarm. These are the first two things that come to mind. There might be many other essential things that you might have to do without.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

von_rick Re:And, Folks, stay tuned.. (239 comments)

" to a mere 1.1 kWh per day, while doing nothing.."

- sorry, I am actually a Tesla fan (or would be, given the chance..) - but 1100w (per day) for doing sweet fuck all, presented as progress?

it's stuff like this that makes me say, thanks, call me when you have the finished article.

1.1kWh is equivalent to having a ~40W light bulb on. If you have a couple of circuits powered on, given it is a fully electric car with all kinds of gizmos built into it, this discharge rate is actually quite nominal.

about 8 months ago
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Android Hacked Via NFC On the Samsung Galaxy S 3

von_rick Re:And... iOS6 (198 comments)

If you are standing that close and are being creepy, NFC hack is less of a concern. Getting kicked in the balls is the bigger concern.

about 2 years ago
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Sprint Finally Joins 4G LTE Wireless Race

von_rick What about coverage? (67 comments)

They could roll out as many new technologies they want, but with Sprint it is hard to actually get the coverage and speeds they promise. Unlimited 4G data plans are meaningless if your phones keeps showing the "No service" symbol whenever you are indoors.

about 2 years ago
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Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore

von_rick Re:cool story bro (610 comments)

2012 is going to be the year of Windows desktop!

about 2 years ago
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GPS Spoofing Attack Hacks Drones

von_rick Re:Black Ops II (214 comments)

How long before someone hacks into one of these drones to scribble "Happy birthday grandpa" in the sky? Granted that the drones don't have white fumes, but it'd still be pretty cool.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Got Everything It Wanted For Christmas

von_rick Re:Meet the new boss (338 comments)

In a few years it will be sitting on a porch in a rocking chair and waving fists and shouting at you to get off its lawn.

more than 2 years ago
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Tesla Motors Announces Prices For Their Upcoming Models

von_rick Re:No (503 comments)

Can it be refueled from empty to full in 2 minutes like a gasoline engine? What is the battery lifespan? How much will they cost to be replaced?

Planning ahead is something thats needed no matter what you drive. No one embarks on a 300 mile roadtrip with the gas gauge blinking red. This one will have the "large LCD display" reminding you to recharge. The battery lifespan is usually in the excess of 100,000 miles, with typical NiMH batteries giving between 130,000-150,000 mile range. At this point, the batteries are expensive, but if you consider the amount of saving in fuel costs, oil changes, all sorts of filters and pumps, etc. over the course of 130k miles - you'd have saved up enough for a battery pack. Another interesting thing is that the cost of fossil based fuels is on the rise, whereas batteries are becoming less expensive over years.

The moral of the story is, if you can afford to spare $50K for starters, you can save quite a bit eventually.

more than 2 years ago
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Tesla Motors Announces Prices For Their Upcoming Models

von_rick Re:Tesla (503 comments)

Don't think you will be getting a shout out anytime soon.These cars are for daily commute, and some occasional long distance trips. People hauling heavy cargo over long distances isn't the target demographics.

more than 2 years ago
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Kyocera and Sprint Now Hyping a Dual-Screen Android Smartphone

von_rick Re:Fragmentation (75 comments)

Dual monitor support isn't really fragmentation. You can switch between single and dual screen, so devices with single screen will not be able to use all the dual-screen features available in Android. Same way having a slide-out qwerty keyboards in Android doesn't mean its fragmented, you just switch from on screen keyboard to a hardware keyboard.

more than 3 years ago
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Kyocera and Sprint Now Hyping a Dual-Screen Android Smartphone

von_rick Re:I can live with it (75 comments)

How do you make the screen sticky ...Ummm ...nevermind.

more than 3 years ago
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New Toshiba Drives Wipe Data When Turned Off

von_rick Re:Lots of uses for this technology... (239 comments)

Most of the applications you have listed are subsets of no.8 on your list, "A special hard disk just for /tmp".

more than 3 years ago
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BBC Builds Smartphone Malware For Testing Purposes

von_rick Re:Is this going to be the new trend? (60 comments)

Plus you would need a proprietary cable to have it transferred from another device.

more than 3 years ago
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Vonage Makes Free Facebook Phone Call App

von_rick Re:Just what I need (115 comments)

Its a good practice to install the applications on the device's internal memory instead of installing it on a removable memory. The advantage of having portable memory cards is that you can plug the card into different devices if you want to share what's on them. However if you have some device specific applications on them, you won't be able to use those apps if your card is being used in a different device.

more than 3 years ago
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4G iPhone Misplacer Invited To Germany For Beer

von_rick Re:Dear Lufthansa (164 comments)

But was she a prototype? But I forget, we are on slashdot and usually the only girlfriends for Slashdotters tend to be prototypes with no further developments .

more than 4 years ago
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Using Windows 7 RC? Pay Up Or Auto Shutdown Warned

von_rick Re:Hi, I'm a PC (430 comments)

If you know its gonna be two hours, its not that random.

more than 3 years ago
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Heat Engines Shrunk By Seven Orders of Magnitude

von_rick Re:what about my car... (168 comments)

Don't do it unless you know the efficiency of this heat engine. Something tells me that a micro engine (or an array of those micro engines) wouldn't help you much.

more than 4 years ago
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Encryption Cracked On NIST-Certified Flash Drives

von_rick Re:Truecrypt (252 comments)

If you were to check the flash drives partitioning, you'll see that it has two separate partitions. The section with encryption program is on the primary partition of the flash drive. When the program executes, you get access to the other partition.

Now I've mounted those drives under Linux by bypassing the login process. Instead of mounting sdc1 (assuming sdc is your encrypted flash drive), you mount sdc2. What I've learnt is that the drive isn't encrypted at all - nor password protected. If you can find a way to format the first partition, you pretty much kill the password protection that comes with the flash drive. The "protected" partition just becomes the default partition when the primary one is unavailable.

TrueCrypt or any other data encryption method is the right way to actually secure your data

more than 4 years ago
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Does Santa Hate Linux?

von_rick Re:Yes. (271 comments)

Apparently Santa can't be tracked in English - perhaps Norad's been taken over by non-English speaking saboteurs.

Selecting a language besides English gives the exact location of Santa.

When I selected Deutsch, here's what I got:

Willkommen beim NORAD-Programm zur Ortung des Weihnachtsmanns

Aktuelle Position Charleston, West Virginia, United States

Der Weihnachtsmann hält als nächstes in: Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States: 01:10

more than 4 years ago

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Plastic Memory Device Based On Electron Spins

von_rick von_rick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

von_rick (944421) writes "From the article: "Our main achievement is that we applied this [vanadium tetracyanoethanide] polymer-based magnet semiconductor as a spin polarizer — meaning we could save data (spin up and down) on it using a tiny magnetic field — and a spin detector — meaning we could read the data back," Jung-Woo Yoo said.

A memory unit that is lighter and draws lower power levels would be a good replacement for conventional semiconductors. However, since the spins are controlled by application of magnetic fields, this technology would be susceptible to strong magnetic fields just like the magnetic tape memories. The article also mentions that the heat generated is significantly low, so it could be made to operate at higher frequencies, if technology permits, without the risk of overheating."

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CIA Software Developer Goes Open Source

von_rick von_rick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

von_rick (944421) writes "Some of the people who manage and use the softwares used in CIA and defense related systems find it hard to work on cases when they have to pay, repay and keep paying for a program because it never becomes the property of the government even after paying hefty sums of money. Some of them seem to be in favor of open sourcing their work in order to share ideas and lower the costs involved in solving crime and managing the gathered intelligence."
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