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Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990


When the majority of cars are electric, and people (and society) depend on them, do you SERIOUSLY think electricity is going to stay cheap?

I don't think so. Purchasing solar panels has now become a cheaper way of producing your own electricity, combine this is batteries which are also getting cheaper, you will be able to produce your own electricity for just the cost of the solar emissions which has been the same price it has always been - free.

Comment Re:Bork (Score -1, Offtopic) 281

Windows 10 Source Code
Subject: Windows 10 Source Code
(not too new, but slightly improved) /*
              TOP SECRET Microsoft(c) Code
              Project: Chicago(tm)
              Projected release-date: Summer 12016
            #include "winxp.h"
            #include "win7.h"
            #include "win8.h"
            #define INSTALL = HARD
            char make_prog_look_big[1600000];
Excerpt from Windows source code:
            void main()
                            if (first_time_installation)
                            if (still_not_crashed)

Submission + - 60 people killed and many more injured in terrorist attack in Nice, France (bbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A truck slowly drove towards a crowd, accelerated and then hit people on the famous Promenade des Anglais shortly after celebratory fireworks had ended. July 14th is a national holiday in remembrance of the attack on the Bastille which started the French Revolution. The truck reportedly drove more than a mile before the driver was shot and the truck stopped.

Submission + - Pokemon GO having unexpected health benefits for users (abc.net.au)

aphelion_rock writes: Users of Pokemon GO are reporting that they are feeling better, many reporting that the game is reversing the effects of mental illness. The simple fact that people who have spent most of their lives sitting in chairs are finally going outside and getting some exercise is having positive effects on their mental health.
"In the times since I've had the app I've been out just walking way more than normally would. It's made me feel really good," says Alex Tullet, a young game designer with anxiety and depression.

Submission + - SPAM: How to refurbish antique software

need4speed writes: Has anyone ever heard of the term "antique software?" Maybe not 35 years ago, but now there is an entire field around antique software restoration, and it's growing. For the games industry, it's already moving forward with "Witness Good Old Games selling preconfigured DOSBox instances coupled with old IP to make a one-click game that works on Windows 10," said the author.

The author writes that he has been working in the software restoration field for some time ever since he "discovered a parcel of unreleased Atari 2600 and ColecoVision games on bare EPROMS at a flea market in 2008." The next project was Habitat, the first graphical massively multiplayer game from 1986.

"In the end, we’re only to the point now where we can share the original code. The next step is the restoration process. That should only take a few years," he said. The best thing to do is to put all these things on GitHub. There are many solutions to restoring old software, said the author, but until then the museum of antique software can remain on GitHub.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Chilcot report: Iraq invasion 'not justified', UK government report finds (theage.com.au)

aphelion_rock writes: The UK chose to invade Iraq in 2003 based on flawed intelligence that should have been challenged but wasn't, and which was presented in a way that glossed over reservations and ambiguities, according to the long-awaited "Chilcot report".
British prime minister Tony Blair allowed the US's military timetable to override his own, abandoning plans to pull together international consensus and to properly plan for the post-invasion period, because he decided it was "right and necessary" to defer to his close ally, the report finds.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

You should never spend more than 20% of you annual income on a car.

Where did that rule come from?

Comes from common sense!
Of course the banks/credit cards / car dealers want us to borrow everything we possibly can borrow so that we spend our whole life paying mostly the interest on the loan. The reality is called living within our means. Too many people are bought up to believe we can have anything we want.

Comment Re:cost reduction (Score 1) 595

and they save a whole whopping nickel off each unit. move a few million units and it's easily 100k+.

The savings are not on the cost of manufacture, the savings are in the warranty.
I used to work in a repair shop back in the days of walkmans, the single biggest repair job with these things, despite all the delicate electronics on-board, was re-soldering the headphone jack which had broken from the circuit board from all the tugging on the headphone lead.
There must be a significant cost to the manufacturer on repairing these items whilst they are under warranty.

Comment Re: Technology can't stop these (Score 1) 1144

It is not about controlling guns, but controlling who can own them. In Australia, guns can only be bought from a licensed dealer, every firearm is registered and you need a license to own a firearm. You need to pass a background check before you can get a license or buy a gun. The Orlando shooter would have never qualified to purchase a gun in Australia because of his domestic violence record.

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