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by Sargent Duck
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

Anyways, I'll keep off the front page for a bit and hope it turns to a more useful environment. For this subject going forward I'll try to keep my salt to myself. I'm definitely skeptical but I'm also hopeful. The worst that can happen is that I go away. The best that could happen is that I continu...
by Sargent Duck
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

and has information that the other websites didn't have. (the serial-number change and the FCC filing). The problem is that other sites DID have that information and got it out (Slashdot) sooner: Slashdot (Serial number is linked) Extremetech I've always gone to Slashdot for the quick and dirty new...
by Sargent Duck
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

Since the redesign, I've switched my home page to the forums so that I get taken here directly, bypassing that horrible front page. I visited the front page daily to see if there were any positive changes but having seen no progress, daily turned into every 2 days and now it's going on 3 days betwee...
by Sargent Duck
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

Captain Ned wrote:
Sidetracks are fundamental to the zeitgeist of this place.[/color]


The TR community wouldn't be TR without sidetracking
by Sargent Duck
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

dashbarron wrote:
The TR BBQ isn't a far drive for me and I'm debating it, but I just feel so depressed over this whole business.

Who thought I'd be so attached to a website, the staff, and what it used to be.


I'd absolutely go, it could be the last one. I'd love to go if I could, but it's a bit of a drive for me.
by Sargent Duck
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

To all the staff, volunteers, writers, editors, business guys, admins, web designers and any other positions I haven't mentioned, Thank You. Thank you for all the hard work and sacrifice you've put in. Thank you for the amazing reviews that were written Thank you for the amazing community you foster...
by Sargent Duck
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

He embodies everything I hate about the current events. YES! Just to be clear, us writers were told to carry on operations as normal and not reveal any details of the new situation until this week, when new management decided to spring the new design on us. No one is blaming the writers we know! (a...
by Sargent Duck
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

tanker27 wrote:
Im trying to wade through posts here and on the front page....but TR was sold? There's new owners!? Hmmmm.


Don't worry, everybody else was kept in the dark just as much as you. I just found out this morning after reading through 5 pages of this thread.
by Sargent Duck
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

I know this sounds counter, but I find it easier to deal with something just "ending" then having it slowly degrade in quality to the point that it is a rubbish shell of itself. For example: Firefly: It just ended abruptly, but my memories of every episode are amazing. I can look back on t...
by Sargent Duck
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1468
Views: 56774

Re: Something's different...

Well, everybody else has pretty much said everything there is too say, I really have nothing new too add. I agree with all the complaints.

This brings me back to when TR went with the "tan" option. Heh, there was a lot of outcry over that.
by Sargent Duck
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I believe Tesla buying Maxwell was largely in part due to the technology Maxwell had concerning their ultra-capacitor technology. Could be, Maxwell also has this "dry electrode coating" technology that may give Tesla a nice savings on battery costs as well as an increase in energy density...
by Sargent Duck
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

wierdo wrote:
Maybe some day they'll dabble into adding ultra-capacitors, now that would be hardcore, would love to see that lol.


I believe Tesla buying Maxwell was largely in part due to the technology Maxwell had concerning their ultra-capacitor technology.
by Sargent Duck
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

There is a ton of venture capitalism money right now sustaining "zombie companies" (see Uber, Lyft, Tesla). These companies lose on the order of ~$1Billion / year, with no actual plan of becoming profitable. I'd have to disagree with you lumping Tesla in with Uber & Lyft. Tesla actual...
by Sargent Duck
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Just throwing my hat into the Tesla debate, but their past quarter was pretty impressive: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/02/tesla-q2-2019-production-and-delivery-numbers.html?__source=sharebar|facebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR2aJRr7SPEcDtZviLU1G2A_ojitx_NNYAiinprVBqX9tGANf08CKOYVSmA They had a...
by Sargent Duck
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Hey, nobody got hurt, and $300 is likely a substantial fraction of the vehicle's current value. In retrospect, I should've insisted that he also take the dead rear projection TV sitting in the back of the van that I still need to dispose of! The dealer is only offering me $500 for my ENTIRE car, so...
by Sargent Duck
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

LoneWolf15 wrote:
Redocbew wrote:
Swiss cheese tastes better.


I dunno, I'm kinda think cheddar tastes gouda, too.

I need to eat some cheese now.
by Sargent Duck
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

A trouble I foresee for the big car manufacturer's is how they are going to deal with inherently lower need for service on electric cars? As was said earlier, that's ~40+% of their actual profit. Even if say 10% of their sales are EV's, that starts eating into their bottom line pretty noticeably. C...
by Sargent Duck
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

So mine is rated at 150km, In the winter I see 110km to maybe 100km on the guessometer on the very coldest days where I have been driving down the 417 on the previous day - the Soul isn't aerodynamic and highway speeds seriously hurt its range. I live in Bayshore area so whether I'm going downtown ...
by Sargent Duck
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Captain Ned wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
Are electric vehicles also susceptible to demonic possession?

Well, severe malfunctions tend to result in metal-melting flames ...

I've always said that when I go out, I want to go out in a big way. I'm glad that my next car shares this same feeling with me.
by Sargent Duck
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: DisplayPort 2.0
Replies: 6
Views: 1242

Re: DisplayPort 2.0

Maybe VESA got jealous of how quickly PCIe 6 was announced after PCIe5?
by Sargent Duck
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Anyway, maybe it would help if I shared more of my personal cult story too? When I was younger, I would go door-to-door, selling the best $700 knives in the market (arguably, the only $700 knives on the market). It was ultimately a multi-level marketing scheme. I worked very hard to sell as many kn...
by Sargent Duck
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

The other problem, and this gets political, is that the #1 riders of a bus system will typically be poor people who can't afford a car. If you don't have a car, the bus system is your only option for suburban transit. Suburban carless people are the primary users of the bus system, and as such the ...
by Sargent Duck
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I think you missed his point. Yes the net density by province is lower, but most of the population they do have is concentrated in a strip fairly close to the southern border. You can serve a pretty large percentage of the population by putting a charging network there. Agreed. 90% of Canada's popu...
by Sargent Duck
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"
Replies: 32
Views: 1848

Re: For movies on disc (yeah), do you ever register your "digital copy?"

I still buy DVD's and I don't bother registering the digital copy. Seems like too much of a hassle and besides, who's to say they'll keep the service running? I'm not worried about my DVD's wearing out or losing them. Although there are a few dvd's that I own that refuse to play on my media center b...
by Sargent Duck
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I found this video to be extremely helpful in the whole EV vs ICE TOTAL pollution debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RhtiPefVzM

It is a fantastic video and really breaks everything down.
by Sargent Duck
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Not to mention that electricity is generally generated by fossil fuels, and Alberta of all places is certainly no exception to this. Ontario is MOSTLY green. Generally speaking, an EV in Ontario isn't transferring the pollution from the tail pipe to the power plant. Lease vs buy (original question)...
by Sargent Duck
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Tbh I think anyone buying a new ICE engine in 2019 knowing about the climate issues needs to give their head a shake. I'm fully in favor of a ban on ice engine sales by 2030. Until you can convince all the old people that climate change is real, electric vehicles really are cheaper, and they'll be ...
by Sargent Duck
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Couple things: A kona and a soul Ev are not the same. The soul Ev only gets like 200km per charge. Why it's on the market with that same old system for almost the same price as the kona is beyond me, especially since the new soul is based on the kona platform. Buying probably makes sense, and they'...
by Sargent Duck
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

The 2019 Leaf/Leaf+ still lacks battery thermal management, but thankfully the 2019 Kona does have this. So for the Ottawa summers, I should be good. I know our winters will drop the battery capacity (my friend who drives a 2017 Nissan Leaf here in Ottawa says about 25% loss, but I'd like to hear w...
by Sargent Duck
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 698
Views: 20276

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Normally I wouldn't suggest leasing anything, but given the uncertainty of EV battery life running through repeated Canadian winters and the lousy resale value on both (a) Hyundai Group vehicles and (b) EVs in general, this might be an exception. The usual caveat being that you're already financial...
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