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The Mass Market Tesla E Will Have A 200 Mile Range, Be Roughly 20% Smaller Than Tesla S

A few new details about Tesla’s upcoming ‘affordable’ electronic vehicle came out of a talk the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk gave last week, and Electrek has the key takeaways from the event. Musk shared info around what we can expect from the upcoming mass market ‘Model E’ from the electric car-maker, and those details suggest we’ll see a car with… Read More

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Doing Your Job Right: Captain Mike the Netflix Customer Service Rep Goes The Extra Mile

netflix-customer-service-conversation.jpg This is the online chat interaction between Netflix customer service representative Cap’t Mike and Netflix streaming user Lt. Norm. Obviously, Cap’t Mike really went the extra mile. That’s worth noting because it seems like the majority of employees these days (particularly those in customer service) don’t even want to run the original mile, let alone an extra one. And if there are any hurdles involved you can forget about it. Just last week I had a rep from the cable company hang up on me for demanding the nudie channels at a discount because my cable internet goes out so much. “Please tell me you’re joking.” That’s exactly what she said before I got the dial tone! Thanks to Tonenails, SR and becca, who agree a job worth doing is worth doing right.

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Audiovox XRO9100 900-MHz Remote Start and Alarm with Organic LED (1 Mile Range)

Audiovox XRO9100 900-MHz Remote Start and Alarm with Organic LED (1 Mile Range)

  • One OLED 2-way transmitter
  • One 4-button one-way transmitter
  • Single or two user programmable with separate control outputs
  • Single button lock/unlock, or separate button lock/unlock, or both
  • Remote keyless entry and remote start with 1-mile range

One-mile range, anti-hijack trigger, car finder mode, remote start, panic mode, hood trigger, and trunk release are just a few of the many features that come with the Audiovox XRO9100. This transmitter has an LED display that shows up to 24 descriptive moving color animations. It also comes with a clock and a parking meter timer, for when you’re pressed for time. And before you step out into the sweltering hot weather, just click on remote and your car can cool down before you get in. The one-mile operating range allows you to easily start or arm your vehicle from inside your home or office.

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Self-Guided Bullet Could Strike Laser-Designated Targets From A Mile Away

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You might remember the scene in The Hurt Locker where some soldiers are ambushed by a sniper and must do a little return sniping. That process of spotting, adjusting the sights, and altering the bullet’s ballistic trajectory bit by bit and degree by degree may soon no longer be necessary: Sandia Labs has developed a bullet with a built-in processor that guides its own flight via tiny adjustable fins.

The idea is that the bullet would go exactly where it was meant to go, and not deviate from the target because of wind, gravity, or other factors. They say that at the range of a kilometer, a normal bullet might be off by almost 10 yards, while this guided bullet would get within 8 inches.

It’s a similar principle to that used in guided missiles, but the small mass and relatively short path of a bullet necessitate a different approach. They moved the center of gravity forward, put an optical sensor in the nose, and added fins to prevent the bullet from spinning — normally a stabilizing motion, but in this case it would make flight path adjustment difficult. And because the fins stabilize the bullet only after its initial wobbles, a gun firing these would actually be more accurate at longer ranges.

Inside the bullet is a tiny 8-bit processor that can adjust the position of the fins up to 30 times per second, keeping a lased target in front of it. Check out this night shot of one of the bullets, with an LED attached to the back, firing down a range:

Fascinating, and at the same time slightly disturbing. More accurate bullets means higher lethality — but a researcher speaking to the BBC said that improved ground munitions would be extremely useful to troops, allowing them them not just to hit the bad guys better, but to avoid civilians. If you can be sure your bullet will go exactly where you’re aiming it, you can take the shot and not worry about a pocket of turbulent air nudging your bullet into the house next door.

There are still engineering challenges, and Sandia is looking to partner with another company to continue development. So these won’t be coming to an ammo shop near you any time soon.

It’s strange to think that every bullet fired might one day be intelligent, in a way. In the meantime, these four-inch bullets would likely be very expensive and require special hardware to fire, so they’ll be a specialty item for some time.

More information can be found at Sandia Labs’ press release.



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Watch Windows 8 Boot In 10 Seconds, Live Life A Quarter Mile At A Time

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My overclocked quad-core beast of a desktop takes 3 minutes to start after loading Windows 7, never mind the time it takes to POST and run through all the pre-Windows crap — and that’s with Soluto installed. The quick demo after the break shows a notebook booting from a hard power start to Windows 8 in 10 seconds flat. That’s about the time it took you to read my silly post that I’m required to write instead of just posting the video with the quick message of “Watch this. It’s awesome.”

Microsoft achieves this quick boot by writing the kernel sessions to disk, essentially putting the computer in hibernation mode rather than shutting it down completely. This improves boot time by 30-70% since the computer doesn’t have to load all the drivers and services every time. More here

Microsoft is set to unveil Windows 8 at its BUILD conference next week and will likely turn to quick videos like this to showcase its upcoming OS.



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Toyota debuts 100 mile Tesla-powered RAV4 EV, Musk says it ‘helps us with the Model S’

Toyota debuts Tesla-powered RAV4 EV, Musk says it 'helps us with the Model S'

Toyota and Tesla have been spotted holding hands behind the school gym on numerous occasions and now, finally, the result of their long hours working together in the craft room are being shown to the world. It’s the RAV4 EV, announced earlier this year and finally unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Current pre-production models are delivering 100 miles per charge but apparently still need some climate-proofing to ensure that the 2012 version will hit that range regardless of conditions. That’s a big deal for a big SUV, and of course it’s a big deal for Tesla, which is providing the powertrain. It’s also a good news for Elon Musk, surely injecting some much-needed funding to the company and, as he says, introducing other benefits as well:

We’re giving Toyota a window into the entrepreneurial, Silicon Valley culture and, vice versa, we’re getting a sense for the Toyota production system… I think we’re learning a lot form Toyota, bidirectionally, in this process and I think that helps us with the Model S. Having access to Lexus components in the supply chain is also helpful.

In other words, expect the production Model S interior to be a little less fanciful and a little more familiar.

Toyota debuts 100 mile Tesla-powered RAV4 EV, Musk says it ‘helps us with the Model S’ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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8 Mile Road -Eminem


8 Mile by Eminem Lyrics [Eminem] Sometimes I just feel like, quittin I still might Why do I put up this fight, why do I still write Sometimes it’s hard enough just dealin with real life Sometimes I wanna jump on stage and just kill mics And show these people what my level of skill’s like But I’m still white, sometimes I just hate life Somethin ain’t right, hit the brake lights Case of the stage fright, drawin a blank like Da-duh-duh-da-da, it ain’t my fault Great then I falls, my insides crawl and I clam up (wham) I just slam shut I just can’t do it, my whole manhood’s just been stripped, I have just been vicked So I must then get off the bus then split Man fuck this shit yo, I’m goin the fuck home World on my shoulders as I run back to this 8 Mile Road [Chorus] I’m a man, I’ma make a new plan Time for me to just stand up, and travel new land Time for me to just take matters into my own hands Once I’m over these tracks man I’ma never look back (8 Mile Road) And I’m gone, I know right where I’m goin Sorry momma I’m grown, I must travel alone ain’t gon’ follow the footsteps I’m making my own Only way that I know how to escape from this 8 Mile Road [Eminem] I’m walkin these train tracks, tryin to regain back the spirit I had ‘fore I go back to the same crap To the same plant, and the same pants Tryin to chase rap, gotta move ASAP And get a new plan, momma’s got a new man Poor little baby sister, she don’t understand Sits in front of the TV, buries her nose in the pad And

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