Friday, 1 December 2017

iTunes cards on sale (Australia)



Credit: Apple

Australia Post has 20% off $30 & $50 iTunes cards until Sunday 10 December

Target has 20% off $30 & $50 cards, &, unlike the Australia Post sale, includes $100 iTunes cards too. Sale ends Wednesday 06 December

Officeworks has 15% off $30, $50 & $100 iTunes cards – as usual, no end date available
https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/c/technology/audio/itunes-cards

More gift card bargains at Gift Cards On Sale:
https://www.giftcardsonsale.com.au
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Friday, 17 November 2017

Tesla Truck event – video – update



Tesla Truck, Elon Musk, Tesla Truck
Credit: Tesla/SlashGear


Tesla Truck – view through the windscreen – note central seating position & screens on either side
Credit: Tesla

Updates Saturday 18 & Monday 20 November – two new videos – text updates in this font.

Some highlights:

● 500 mile (800 km) range –
full load at highway speed
Megachargers add 400 miles of range in 30 minutes
Network of Megachargers world wide
● driver sits in the centre with a screen on either side
● passenger/alternate driver seat is behind & to one side

● one million miles (1.6 million km) without a breakdown! – guaranteed! – with four motors, two can fail & the truck can complete delivery – & still out-torque a diesel

“You never need to replace brake pads ever.” – long brake life is a recognised advantage of electric vehicles because in large measure, braking is provided by regenerative braking – also improving range, efficiency & total cost of ownership

● enhanced autopilot standard1
● platooning included2

● torque vectoring enabled by 4 motors with microsecond control makes jack-knifing “impossible”

“A diesel truck will be 20% more expensive than a Tesla semi per mile ... worst case scenario.” (6:00)

● with platooning, make that 100% more efficient
● with platooning, efficiency exceeds rail
“Production begins 2019.” (6:50)



And, “some unannounced”?3 – the new Tesla Roadster



● 0-60 mph 1.9 seconds – that's 1.44 g4 – first production vehicle to go under 2 seconds

● 0-100 mph 4.2 seconds
● quarter mile 8.9 seconds
● 250 mph (402 km/h) top speed

“The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made – period.” This means a top speed in excess of the 257.87 mph (415 km/h) (arguably 267.856 mph (431.072 km/h)) attributed to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, World Record Edition.5 Alternatively, as Elon Musk has done before, it may be a reference to the 0-60 mph time – &/or 0-100 mph &/or quarter mile times.

● 200 kWh battery pack
● range 620 miles (just under 1,000 km)

three motors – two driving the rear, one driving the front

● 2+2 seating
available 2020

“Roadster Test Ride” video below, includes 0-60 mph in under 2 seconds.


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1 “Enhanced autopilot”, aka, “full self driving capability”, as Tesla describes it on their Model S order page: https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/pdkXbCCJ7TzXm184bA-N2-w2PbE=/1800x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/9022425/autopilot.png


2 hhg2Tech: “Platooning lets trucks make better use of roads, save fuel & reduce greenhouse gasses”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2016/04/platooning-lets-trucks-make-better-use.html


3 hhg2Tech: “Tesla Truck – new teaser image + invites to unveiling event”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/11/tesla-truck-new-teaser-image-invites-to.html


4 60 mph = 96.56 kph
= (96.56 * 1000) / (60 * 60) metres per second
= 26.822 metres per second

v = u + at
26.822 = 0 + a * 1.9
26.822 = a * 1.9
26.822/1.9 = a
a = 14.117 metre/sec/sec

Acceleration due to gravity = 9.8 metre/sec/sec

a = 14.117 / 9.8 g
a = 1.44 g


5 Wikipwedia: “Production car speed record”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Production_car_speed_record#Bugatti_Veyron_limiter_removal

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Tesla Truck unveiling “will blow your mind clear out of your skull” – update


Update – teaser video


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After having been postponed from 26 October, this “mind blowing” event is just 15 hours away as of this writing.1

And ... video has appeared of what appears to be a test mule



No sign of exhaust, remarkably quiet as the mule moves away, & it bears a striking resemblance to a truck in the background of the previously published image of an apparent Tesla Truck prototype.2


Tesla Truck, with apparent test mule circled in red
Credit: Electrek

Electrek – “Tesla Semi working test mule potentially captured on video for first time”,
https://electrek.co/2017/10/10/tesla-semi-test-mule-spotted-video-driving-street/
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1 20:00 Thursday 16th November US west coast time

that's:

04:00 Friday 17th GMT

15:00 Friday 17th Australian east coast daylight saving time (NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania)

14:00 Friday 17th Queensland time


2 Hhg2Tech: “Is this the first sighting of the Tesla semi truck?”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/10/is-this-first-sighting-of-tesla-semi.html

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Tesla Truck – new teaser image + invites to unveiling event



Latest teaser image of the Tesla Truck
Credit: Tesla/Electrek

After postponing the original event planned for 26 October,1 Tesla has issued invitations to the rescheduled unveiling of its electric Tesla Truck2 on 16 November.

Plus, there is reason to believe that, “some unannounced”, will also be revealed at the event.

Electrek:
https://electrek.co/2017/11/03/tesla-semi-electric-truck-unveiling/
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1 hhg2Tech: “Is this the first sighting of the Tesla semi truck?”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/10/is-this-first-sighting-of-tesla-semi.html


2 Details about the Tesla Truck have been sparse, but at the link below, Elon Musk has a few interesting things to say on the subject, including:


“So this is a heavy duty, long range, semi-truck. So it’s like the highest weight capability & with long range ... out-torque any diesel semi & if you had a tug-of-war competition, the Tesla semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.”


“... so nimble & you’re in this giant truck.”


hhg2Tech: “Elon Musk – why Tesla is Boring, SpaceX, Mars, autonomy, semi (video)”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/05/elon-musk-why-tesla-is-boring-spacex.html

/ semi truck tractor trailer semi trailer semi-trailer prime mover Tesla semi truck 26th 26 October 26th Tesla unveil all-electric truck shake up the trucking industry truck Tesla teaser photo Tesla reddit user posted photo can’t confirm source undisclosed place California where they test Tesla vehicles logos other confirmation actual Tesla truck looks like headlights fenders match up nose angle windshield looks similar teaser photo spy shots automotive industry tested before release real-world experience test cars manufacturers design release Tesla single design look looks futuristic semi tractor semi tractors prime mover prime-mover prime mover aerodynamic shroud reduce drag reduce fuel consumption reduce energy consumption, but Tesla’s design step beyond other designs on the road today Tesla’s design semi tractor prototype large engine compartment electric truck motor located between the axles other Tesla vehicles Tesla’s design more aerodynamic more roomy cabin driver long-haul trucking market store batteries truck photo teaser photo image aerodynamic shrouds reduce drag trailer tractor trailer aerodynamic wheel covers aerodynamic benefits teaser image Tesla truck /

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Donald Trump is a humble man – much more humble than you would understand



Confession – I don’t understand either – perhaps I’ve been mislead by everything he says & does.

Although there may be another explanation –

The Hill – “MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch: Trump possesses traits of a sociopath”
http://thehill.com/homenews/media/347712-msnbcs-donny-deutsch-trump-possesses-symptoms-of-a-sociopath

Independent – “Donald Trump is a sociopath & I fear he’s losing his mind, says former US Labor Secretary – We know he’s a sociopath, but he seems to be growing worse”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-losing-his-mind-robert-reich-former-us-labour-secretary-us-president-white-house-a7777161.html

USA Today – “Donald Trump’s malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/04/trump-malignant-narcissistic-disorder-psychiatry-column/101243584/
/ mental health professionals duty to warn leader unfit to serve psychosis psychotic delusional delusion fixed false belief resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact despite all evidence to the contrary Trump asserts inauguration biggest crowd size in history Right Wing Watch published list 58 conspiracies proclaimed Trump effect rile up his base deflect blame distract from his shortcomings does Trump really believe the insane things he says it’s often hard to know Harvard psychoanalyst Lance Dodes put it Trump tells two kinds of lies ones he tells others to scam them those he tells himself he lies because of his sociopathic tendencies more serious loose grip on reality just plain crazy president Donny Deutsch Trump traits sociopath President Trump sociopath condition prevents people from adopting to ethical and behavioral standards of community MSNBC's Deadline: White House sociopaths extremely charming charismatic sociopath feel entitled entitlement believe their own beliefs opinions absolute authority disregard others /

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Is this the first sighting of the Tesla semi truck? – update



Tesla semi truck?
Credit: Electrek

Is this the first sighting of the Tesla semi truck? It is consistent with the teaser image first shown by Elon Musk at a Ted Talk & reported here in May of this year.1

Whatever the veracity of the image, we'll know soon:


Update – unveil delayed until mid November:


Electrek – “Is this our first glimpse of the Tesla semi truck?”
https://electrek.co/2017/10/03/is-this-our-first-glimpse-of-the-tesla-semi-truck/

Teslarati – “Tesla’s Semi-truck has been spied ahead of official unveiling event”
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-semi-truck-spy-shot-photo-first-look/
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1 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Elon Musk – why Tesla is Boring, SpaceX, Mars, autonomy, semi (video)”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/05/elon-musk-why-tesla-is-boring-spacex.html

/ tractor trailer semi trailer semi-trailer prime mover Tesla semi truck 26th 26 October 26th Tesla unveil all-electric truck shake up the trucking industry truck Tesla teaser photo Tesla reddit user posted photo can’t confirm source undisclosed place California where they test Tesla vehicles logos other confirmation actual Tesla truck looks like headlights fenders match up nose angle windshield looks similar teaser photo spy shots automotive industry tested before release real-world experience test cars manufacturers design release Tesla single design look looks futuristic semi tractor semi tractors prime mover prime-mover prime mover aerodynamic shroud reduce drag reduce fuel consumption reduce energy consumption, but Tesla’s design step beyond other designs on the road today Tesla’s design semi tractor prototype large engine compartment electric truck motor located between the axles other Tesla vehicles Tesla’s design more aerodynamic more roomy cabin driver long-haul trucking market store batteries truck photo teaser photo image aerodynamic shrouds reduce drag trailer tractor trailer aerodynamic wheel covers aerodynamic benefits teaser image Tesla truck /

Friday, 8 September 2017

Jaguar has an electric E-type



E-type Zero
Credit: Jaguar Land Rover Classic/The Verge

Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s electric E-type is much more than a one off conversion – the battery fits into the space previously occupied by the XK straight-six – the electric motor is just behind, displacing the gearbox. Battery & motor are a bolt-in replacement for the XK engine & gearbox. In other words, essentially a conversion kit for all of the cars fitted with the XK engine between 1949 & 1992.1

Power is delivered to the differential ordained by Sir William Lyons2 via a custom tailshaft – which may pose the greatest barrier to widespread use of the bolt in battery & motor unit.


E-type + power socket
Credit: Jaguar Land Rover Classic/The Verge

All-up weight is 46 kg lighter than the original. With weight distribution essentially unchanged, handling, braking & ride are likewise unchanged.



Why replace the tailshaft? Possibly to deal with the torque of the electric motor – no problem with retention of the standard differential & other components of the rear end, the strength of which is legendary.3

Electric Cars Report – “Jaguar Shows E-type Zero Electric Concept”
http://electriccarsreport.com/2017/09/jaguar-shows-e-type-zero-electric-concept/

TechCrunch – “Jaguar’s E-type Zero is a true classic with a future-proof electric powertrain”
https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/07/jaguars-e-type-zero-is-a-true-classic-with-a-future-proof-electric-powertrain/

The Verge – “Jaguar’s E-type Zero is the most beautiful electric car yet”
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/7/16265888/jaguar-e-type-zero-electric-car-announced
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1 Wikipedia: “Jaguar XK6 engine”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_XK6_engine


2 Wikipedia: “William Lyons”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lyons


3 Jalopy Journal: “How Srong Is Jaguar IRS?”, https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/how-strong-is-jaguar-irs.773904/

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