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Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 664
Views: 12257

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Yes, as the total cost drops, reducing it by a fixed percentage nets you less savings in real dollar terms. Diminishing returns (as Ned already pointed out). And even with the cost reductions, total cost of the battery pack is a lot more than your numbers indicate, since actual Tesla batteries are 7...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 664
Views: 12257

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

1. Do you not believe that EVs are much simpler - thus much cheaper to manufacture - platforms compared to legacy ICE technology? If so, Why? The EV power train is simpler yes. But ICEs are a very mature, well-understood technology so they are (relatively) cheap to manufacture, and furthermore don'...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 664
Views: 12257

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Look, I REALLY REALLY want EVs to succeed too. But when you make claims like "EVs have only 20 moving parts" and "battery costs will continue to fall at the same rate they have been", when these statements are trivially provable as impossible/false, your credibility goes right ou...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

Waco wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
C'mon, people, give 'em a chance. Don't be so quick to write TR's obituary.

I hope nobody is writing off the site for this little stumble!

Some of the posts in this thread certainly gave me that impression.
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

C'mon, people, give 'em a chance. Don't be so quick to write TR's obituary. Sure, the transition could've been handled better; but unless future events prove otherwise, I'm going to assume it was just a temporary stumble. You don't acquire a long-standing web property with the intent of killing it, ...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

Hard to tell from the tiny avatar on the front page story, but it might be this Renee Johnson . (Sorry, you need to be signed in to a LinkedIn account to view the profile.) Short version (assuming that's her): "Web and Product Consultant", looks like she has experience with WordPress and S...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 664
Views: 12257

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

So anyway, like mentioned earlier, the (real world) experts predict battery costs will continue to fall at the same rapid pace, They CAN'T. According to the data YOU posted on the previous page, we've shaved ~85% off the cost of the batteries since 2010, and the battery cost curve is, out of necess...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4529
Views: 189014

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Looks like it is official now - IBM's deal to acquire Redhat has closed, after passing all of the regulatory and anti-trust hurdles.
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

Reading between the lines, someone probably wanted to get the SEO changes in place for the release of the new Ryzens (and corresponding review). Edit: And to (partially) answer the people who are questioning how choice of CMS could make a difference in SEO, you'd be surprised at what search engines ...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?

You could probably rig something with a Raspberry Pi Zero to emulate the keyboard/mouse, and aim a webcam at the display. Kind of ghetto, but ought to get the job done. Requires that the target system support USB keyboard and mouse since the RPiZ can't emulate PS/2 protocol. For the video, perhaps ...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments
Replies: 49
Views: 1386

Re: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments

Interesting that the new chipset doesn't support 1st gen Ryzens. I wonder if that is a "it isn't validated but should work" thing, or a "it probably won't work" thing. I believe it's a 'not enough space in the BIOS EEPROM' thing. I recall reading a report that certain motherboar...
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?

You could probably rig something with a Raspberry Pi Zero to emulate the keyboard/mouse, and aim a webcam at the display. Kind of ghetto, but ought to get the job done. Requires that the target system support USB keyboard and mouse since the RPiZ can't emulate PS/2 protocol.
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

Can we get the HoB ported over to the new host ASAP?
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 664
Views: 12257

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Your wording implied that the entire vehicle had only 20 moving parts, not just the motor. If we're talking manufacturing costs/complexity it makes more sense to compare the entire vehicle anyway, not just the power plant.
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4529
Views: 189014

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

They already were a "household name" down in Texas, apparently. 4th best selling brand nationally according to Wikipedia.
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

Look on the bright side... it is less broken than the last Ars Technica site redesign was when they first tried to roll that out!
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370

The total number of USB3 ports on that PC matches the number supported by the X370, so it is likely they are all running from the same USB controller. I.e., this probably isn't a chipset or driver issue (otherwise you'd have the same crappy performance from the rear ports). I'm leaning towards an is...
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370

Also couldn't hurt to try a different cable even though the existing one seems to work fine on the rear ports. Front ports will almost always have slightly worse signal integrity than rear ports since there are extra connectors in the signal path. That, combined with a less-than-perfect external cab...
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370

Also, just checking... you're aware that the right two USB ports on the front panel of that system are USB2, correct? If you're plugged into one of those, that would definitely explain the crappy USB performance!
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370

If the rear and front ports are both using the same USB controller, it sounds like marginal case wiring to the front ports. If one set of ports is using the X370's built-in controller and the other set is using a 3rd party controller, then problem may be with the front port controller and/or its dri...
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 664
Views: 12257

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

What that graph is telling me is that most of the cost reductions available via cheaper battery tech have already been realized . That does not bode well for future EV price reductions. Also, claiming that EVs have only 20 moving parts is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read on the int...
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Zen 2: Ryzen 3000 series
Replies: 37
Views: 2307

Re: AMD Zen 2: Ryzen 3000 series

Oh, yuck. If that's it, that's a pretty sloppy bug. Hopefully it can be fixed with a BIOS or microcode update.
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I got married
Replies: 30
Views: 679

Re: I got married

Congrats!
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

Yeah, I think the best we can hope for at this point is the return of most of the original functionality via tweaks to the new CMS. Given that the site is operating on a shoestring currently, expecting them to maintain a custom CMS was unrealistic. And in spite of the issues with this redesign, I do...
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How many devices can go through a USB 3.0 connection?
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: How many devices can go through a USB 3.0 connection?

Does the current hub/switch have its own power brick or is it port powered?
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How many devices can go through a USB 3.0 connection?
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: How many devices can go through a USB 3.0 connection?

Try plugging the webcam to a different port on the laptop (assuming you have one)?
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD Zen 2: Ryzen 3000 series
Replies: 37
Views: 2307

Re: AMD Zen 2: Ryzen 3000 series

Looks like there's some issues with newer Linux distros. Something slightly older, like Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is fine, but newer distos (I generally use what ever the latest Kubuntu version is) such as Fedora, Manjaro, Arch etc are seeing a nasty Kernel/User space issue with the new Ryzen 3000/X570 syst...
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments
Replies: 49
Views: 1386

Re: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments

Ahh, OK. Tried to make a test post using the "Comments" button before I saw this. Really kicking myself for pulling the trigger on a 2700X recently; these new CPUs look VERY good. At least I've got an X470 motherboard, so a future upgrade should be easy. Interesting that the new chipset do...
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

Or they just don't want to maintain a custom CMS any more.
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1043
Views: 25085

Re: Something's different...

The homepage is loop-redirecting to itself, but checking remotely it does work. Dislike the new design. :( And the forums redirect and work thru an Amazon WS address. Try clearing your cache. Yeah, not sure how I feel about the new design either, but we'll see how I feel after living with it for a ...
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