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    iPhone supplier Foxconn confirms US EV factory for 2023

    Tangentially related to the whole Fisker Karma thing I have never had anyone explain to me why building a diesel-electric drivetrain (ala locomotives) isn't a good option for cars also? A small, hyper-efficient onboard diesel paired with a small(ish) battery pack Similar to a Vold/i3 But, you...
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    Google pulls time heist, robs Boreth; discovers a new phase of matter in the process.

    You forgot, "and not know how to stop". One of the things I loved from "The Expanse" was the dude who figured out how to make interplanetary drives . . . absolutely died b/c he couldn't reach the "stop" control, because he wasn't expecting it to work "THAT" well, and G-Forces are . . . a thing.
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    Google pulls time heist, robs Boreth; discovers a new phase of matter in the process.

    Oh god yes. Probably 999,999,999 times out of 1,000,000,000 big discoveries like this are due to a math error of something that has been measured before a 1,000,000,000 times. When they aren't, well, by-and-large those peoples names end up in, at the VERY least Science textbooks, if not popular...
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    Dutch queen and robot open 3D-printed bridge in Amsterdam

    I don't know if I'd say "ugly", but I definitely agree with doesn't fit the neighborhood. But, fortunately, it's a temporary bridge, to be used for about 2 years while the normal 'old-skool' bridge is being renovated. And, it's a living (well, steel I guess) laboratory, based on the article...
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    Anyone pickup the new iPad Pro for 2021?

    This, oh so very this. Yes, it's nicer, yes it's better, yet if I hadn't gotten $500 in trade, I wouldn't have bothered. I am hoping that they figure out that an iPad Pro that has the hardware capability, really needs the OS support.
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    Very white paint

    So, no. Sorry, y'all probably didn't realize you were casting "Summon Geology Professor and Research Scientist" did you? ;) The basic physics of this have been know since approximately the 1850-1890's (so, no blaming Al Gore dammnit, that's really boring at this point) Approximately 70% of...
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    Very white paint

    All this Black and White, and not one mention of: "By adding this product to your cart you confirm that you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your...
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    Shocking: Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

    Came here to post this, beaten to the punch
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    Google's product cancelling is killing their reputation.

    True, it is, in a very real way one of only 2 reasons I'm still in the Apple Ecosystem at this point. I don't like a lot of their choices/directions/but it's about the only mobile/computer ecosystem that is stable, isn't not monetizing my personal data, and well integrated. (The other reason...
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    Google's product cancelling is killing their reputation.

    Yeah, you cannot be an innovative company if you aren't willing to try new things. Sometimes, those things do not work. It's better to acknowledge that, and move on, than hang on purely out of pride/subbornness/etc.
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    Nvidia's Tom Peterson leaves for intel

    Also, the guy at Apple that designed the A7 - A12 SOC's (which, regardless of your stance on Apple, are beasts of chips, especially for their powerdraw) apparently also left Apple for destinations unknown. Wonder if Intel is getting serious about mobile finally?
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    Toyota Has a Curious Justification for Not Selling Any EVs

    We ran into this when we were looking at Rav4/CR-V's for my wife. A 2-3 year old was less than $1,000/yr less than brand new (e.g. 2 year would be $2,000). We bought new. And these were this "super-awesome-rare" care like Icpiper is talking about. This is bog-standard Honda CR-V EX (which...
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    Toyota Has a Curious Justification for Not Selling Any EVs

    Yup, not really rare, relatively speaking, it's annoying to get, but not outrageously so.
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    Toyota Has a Curious Justification for Not Selling Any EVs

    I honestly figured Hydrogen was going to be the better solution. I still do honestly, but damned if BEV's come a LONG way, a lot faster than expected. As it stands now, my next car will be a BEV almost certainly. There are a lot around which have the "magic" range of 250 miles, Bolt, Leaf 2.0...
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    Volvo to Impose 112 MPH Speed Limit on All New Cars from 2020

    Heh, don't you understand, we here in FreedomLand are right, and the ENTIRE REST OF THE PLANET is wrong on this one. Metric is communist and wrong and hates freedom!
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    Volvo to Impose 112 MPH Speed Limit on All New Cars from 2020

    Why do you hate Freedom? Not that I disagree AT ALL, I think SUV/CUV/Large Trucks are an ego-centric abomination that needs to be destroyed, or at least severely curtailed. (outside of valid use cases, but those would realistically represent less than 10% of current totals) Editing in...
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    Volvo to Impose 112 MPH Speed Limit on All New Cars from 2020

    Heheh, This here's 'Murcia, that kind of a system would laughably screamed at as government overreach. /shrug, my car's navigation system (that I didn't want mind, my phone works, but my wife wanted the 360 Backup Camera and they came as a set), already knows what the speed limit is. I...
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    Samsung Unveils a Folding Smartphone

    This is the sort of thing that might get me to finally get off my lazy ass, and get out of the iOS ecosystem. I'm pissed at Apple for killing the SE/4" screen format (I want smaller in the pocket) and the XS is just stupid expensive. This kinda might be a decent compromise, you know, if it...
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    Rumor: AMD Ryzen 3000 "Matisse" Launching July 7

    Yup. My GTX770 is mighty long in the tooth, and yet, there is not a compelling reason to upgrade for any of the games I actually play. And no upgrade that isn't stupid expensive for what performance I'm getting.
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    Volunteers Find Working USB Stick in Leopard Seal Feces

    One of the easiest ways to figure out what a high level predator is eating, is looking at their crap. People who don't understand science, often make it obvious that they don't understand science. . .
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    Tesla Model 3 Owners Vent about Polar Vortex Affecting Cars

    Yup, the cold impact on batteries is the only reason I'm still probably going to get a Plug-In Hybrid (of the "Range Extended EV" Variety) instead of pure electric on my next car. It bottomed out at -30 during the polar vortex here, that's going to have a . . . dramatic impact on battery life...
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    Californian Cops Outfit Tesla Model S as Future-Friendly Police Cruiser

    good god, I love all the posturing in this post. It's a first-adopter mindset. Is it going to work 100% of the time? Of course not. Is it going to be a great learning experience, and done in a way that is pretty much cost-neutral? Damn right. Let them experiment. There will be lessons...
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    Watch AMD's CES Keynote Here

    Yup, not sequestering myself exactly, but noise isolating, memory foam tipped "Dead to the world" headphones ready to go!
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    Ultima Thule Looks Like a Peanut

    Meh, it's a function of perspective. Before that picture, the best they had was a single pixel, so this is an order of magnitude more data. And New Horizons is built around "observe, store and transmit later" because bandwidth from the edge of the solar system is . . . limited. So, it was only...
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    Mass Effect Andromeda 1 Year Later

    What he said. I didn't play Andromeda when it first came out. Just the nature of Parent-of-Toddler-Game-Time-Delay. By the time I started it, they had pretty much fixed everything they were going to fix, and I enjoyed it a lot. I felt it was a much closer "spiritual" successor to Mass...
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    AdoredTV Discusses the Recent AMD Ryzen and Radeon 3000 Series Leaks

    So, my 4770 proc/board died 3 weeks ago. Which, was in time to get the 2700x that was available on Black Friday, but now it had waited to blow up until after these came out. I don't need anything bigger, but ARRRRGGGHGHGHGHGHGHG ;) same time, I did NOT upgrade the GTX770 (since I'm just now...
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    Apple Allegedly Cuts iPhone Production Again

    Both of these honestly. I'm quite happy with my phone. I would like to upgrade because "new toy", but I am not going to do so when the only options are $1000+ I've been in the iOS ecosystem since more-or-less the iPhone 3GS, mainly by inertia, but the day is coming I think when an AndroidOne...
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    Parker Solar Probe Survives its First Pass Around the Sun

    Nice 213,200 MPH Fastest thing ever built by man. 0.000318c I am occasionally reminded in a real way that the speed of light is fuckin fast
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    Breakthrough Extends the Life of Aluminium-Air Batteries

    y'all know it takes years to get tech like this to market. Li-Ion's took 2 decades to really develop to be useful. And now they're in freaking everything. This is a good thing. It might not show for years, but this is a very good thing. Aluminium is super common, super cheap, and super...
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    Apple Shifts XR Production to Older iPhones

    Heck, not just people like your parents. I have a tablet if I want a big screen. What I want is something small in my pocket. I got rid of the George Costanza wallet a while ago, slimmed down a bunch, and minimized my keychain. Why would I want to go backwards and get a bigger phone.
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    New Macbook Air Incoming!

    Bigger, heavier, more powerful, but still light and portable. Macbook "turned up to 11" /shrug. (or should I say 13, bah bum bum)
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    New Macbook Air Incoming!

    meh, I preferred the non-Retina screen. Realistically, Retina has always been "gimmicky" in my opinion, but I recognize I'm in the minority. 4x the resolution, system has to work that much harder, but the actual "work area" is no greater. It's a 'nicer looking' 1440x900 screen. Gimme a 1080p...
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    DHS Seizes Aftermarket Apple Laptop Batteries from Independent Repair Expert

    Umm, you realize that "both" of those links show you as being wrong, yes? You actually read the links, yes?
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    DHS Seizes Aftermarket Apple Laptop Batteries from Independent Repair Expert

    Where are you getting 2 year EOL status? Like, can you actually point to something? Maybe I missed it. Hell, even the whole B.S. about the batteries was because Apple implemented a software fix to allow older phones, with failing batteries, to keep working longer, by slowing down the powerdraw...
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    DHS Seizes Aftermarket Apple Laptop Batteries from Independent Repair Expert

    a 2015 MBP is still supported, not sure what crack you are smoking. The "newest" computer on the Apple Legacy list (i.e. no longer repairable at all) is 2010 MBP's. The 2011 MBP's are Vintage (so only valid for repair in CA due to CA requiring it by law for 7 years). This is straight from...
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    GE Reveals Jet Engine for Commercial Supersonic Aircraft

    The one listed as "getting close" is a 120 million Private Jet. Nobody buying one of those cares about "premium cost" for plebe's. This is for the ultra-wealthy to jet around the world in 1/2 the time.
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    American Truck Simulator Oregon Expansion Is Coming Soon

    I have issue with this game if you can't die of dysentery Just sayin
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    iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr. Let's Discuss

    Disappointed they didn't update the SE, this is a big market that Apple's ignoring. Look, I get that most folks want a bigger phone. But I don't, and a decent chunk of the market doesn't. I don't really care what the phone looks like, it's going straight in a case cause I have a toddler. I...
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