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Comment Re:Awful article (Score 1) 113

Instead again, TheRegister correctly reports: 8GB SRAM, which is typically used for caching purposes: small size but fast, just like L1 to L3 caches in most/all CPUs which are also for caching.

Neither slashdot nor pcworld senior editor can correctly transcribe a simple news tidbit from another site.

I think you mean 8MB SRAM, and you can't transcribe either ;)

Comment Re:No one hurt . (Score 4, Informative) 596

This isn't something I can imagine doing anywhere near as badly in a manual. You panic, you stomp brake and clutch. Miss the brake and go for the accelerator, and you rev like crap but don't accelerate. You miss the clutch, you stall it. Seems like quite a challenge to miss the clutch and hit the foot rest, whilst simultaneously missing the brake and hitting the accelerator.

Researchers reviewed each crash narrative to determine whether the crash actually resulted
from a pedal application error. Of the 2,930 crashes, 2,411 were caused by a driver applying the
accelerator when he or she intended to apply the brake. Fifty-eight were the result of the driver’s
foot slipping from the brake and pressing the accelerator, 47 were the result of the driver pressing
the wrong pedal in a vehicle with manual transmission (either clutch or accelerator rather than the
brake, or the brake rather than the clutch). Reviewers determined the remaining 414 crashes not to
11 be the resultt of a pedal misapplication; these 519 incidents were therefore excluded from the present

Comment Re:ignorant idiots on slashdot (Score 1) 91

Sure that wasn't the kernel that fixed a miscalculated load average? There were some niggles around that for sure, but there's hardly a consistent pattern of Redhat introducing bad kernel updates.

* Due to prematurely decremented calc_load_task, the calculated load
average was off by up to the number of CPUs in the machine. As a
consequence, job scheduling worked improperly causing a drop in the system
performance. This update keeps the delta of the CPU going into NO_HZ idle
separately, and folds the pending idle delta into the global active count
while correctly aging the averages for the idle-duration when leaving NO_HZ
mode. Now, job scheduling works correctly, ensuring balanced CPU load.

Comment Re:Hardly surprising (Score 3, Informative) 216

Small diesel passenger cars are really an abbreviation, which is why they aren't common in the US or Australia where we never subsidised diesel fuels for passenger cars. Diesel engines are heavier and more complex than petrols, they require turbochargers regardless (if you want to know what a truly gutless car feels like, drive a naturally aspirated diesel). The returns are less than non-turbo petrol engines of the same size, if you turbo a petrol engine, you could easily knock 25% of the capacity off and still have a faster car with the same fuel efficiency and is kinder to the baby foxes.

I'm not clear that's the case. Find me a good turbo petrol match for a BMW 320d, and on the whole I think you'll be slower or less efficient, even with turbos and direct injection.

BMW 320d 72.4mpg 163bhp/400Nm 7.8s 0-62mph
BMW 320i 51.4mpg 184bhp/270Nm 7.3s 0-62mph

The gap's definitely closed between the two since diesel tech has come over to petrol.

Comment Re:more ports, please (Score 1) 179

I agree it was far more common with firewire, although monitors would be another one that often did include a hub. They went and stuck card readers in them, along with extra USB ports. Some even let you control brightness/contrast and other settings via USB.

Chaining also made sense with firewire, as devices were not all slaved to the host like with USB.

Comment Re:Cattle (Score 2) 400

That's tosh. This isn't about executing people, it's about balancing risk, and we do it all the time. When you set safety standards for equipment, you do so accepting a level of risk, not pretending you've made the activity safe and this is no different. In the UK, buses pull off before people have sat down, and indeed traditional London buses allowed you to board and alight at your own risk from the platform at the rear.

You encourage people to make better decisions, but you can't always encourage them to make the perfect decision.

Comment Re: Volvo have screwed themselves (Score 1) 147

Either Ford have screwed up, or you got a bad example. Small engined VWs (1.2/1.4 TSI) I've driven have exhibited none of this, with plenty of torque available from ~1400rpm, with no effort required to spool the turbo. Compared to a 2.0TDI, you get far less noticeable boost.

Comment from someone here who owns one suggests they're not all bad.

Comment Re: Volvo have screwed themselves (Score 1) 147

I drive a 1.4 TSI, so not quite as small, but not worlds apart from the 1.0 Ecoboost. As long as you've got 1400rpm it's fine, more than 2000 and the rest of the power arrives. But that's not wildy different to my last naturally aspirated Toyota, and all in there's lots more low down torque, so you can accelerate uphill at 40 in sixth.

Comment Re:Volvo have screwed themselves (Score 1) 147

I'm not convinced this is that big a deal for most people. UK average mileage was 7900 miles in 2014. Even if you say the engine goes pop at 120k miles, that's still 15 average years of driving. Let's be honest, somebody buying the 1.0L Mondeo is probably going to drive fewer miles than average, so I don't see that being a bother for anyone, even if it does suffer reduced engine longevity. Any slight bump in an old car turns it into an insurance write off anyway. Average age of a car in the UK is 8 years.

If I had a choice between a modern 1.0L Focus, and a 1.6L Focus of roughly a decade ago, you see what difference you're talking about. Better performance (25% more power, 33% more peak torque), far better MPG, lighter. General torque curve means much more lower down power, so you have to work the gearbox less.
Hell, look at the current 1.6 Duratec engine, and convince someone to get that over the 1.0L.

If these engines were going pop at 50k I'd think you had a point, but they're not.

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