There's usually something interesting there, and I'll probably post it - honestly, I have a suspicion that it'll be at Mahindra's booth.
They're apparently showing the Roxor - a licensed clone of old post-war Jeeps, being sold as a side-by-side off-road vehicle, which I'm not really interested in - but somewhere I saw something saying that they were going to bring what they make in Michigan.
...what they make in Michigan is the GenZe e-bikes and scooters, which I haven't seen in person.
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Oh, and there's a new diesel Ram with 1000 lb-ft of torque and 35,100 lbs of towing capacity, to compensate for the most Trumpian of micropenii.
There's some hotter trims of the Mustang and the WRX STi, if your micropenis isn't Trumpian, but still needs compensation.
There's three vaporware electric crossover concepts meant to try to Osborne Tesla (it won't work), and one of them didn't even last long enough to drive on stage.
There's also some new ICE crossovers. Yawn.
In any case, I'll be finding out what it's like in person on Saturday - some old VW TDI friends still go to Detroit every year for the auto show.
I know last year I wasn't that impressed - the most exciting car at the show was the frickin' Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (which had first been shown two years prior), and the story of the show was TRUCKS (Silverado!), TRUCKS (Ram!), and MORE TRUCKS (Ranger!)
This year... the big story is the new Toyota Supra. I... I don't care about it?
Looking at the Automobili-D floor plan (https://automobilid2019.mapyourshow.com/7_0/floorplan/?navbarlink=1), the basement actually looks decent.
I mean, it's your usual mix of suppliers (some Tier 1 that didn't want to be on the main floor, some lower tier), various contract manufacturers, and university projects, but there's sometimes some interesting shit down there (and IME, it's a good place to retreat to after the show floor gets packed with people around 11:00 or 12:00, at least on the first public day).
RK Rally - basically a douchebro wannabe Gumball Rally thing - has been there for the past few years (having replaced DUB), but they were always stuffed in the basement.
The food court was always either outside of the show floors entirely, or in the basement - this year, it's actually on the show floor.
There's a *local used car dealer* on the MAIN SHOW FLOOR. That's the kind of shit that's usually out front, before you even have to have a ticket.
*T-Mobile* has a main floor booth.
The 2019 Detroit Auto Show Filled the Void in Its Heart With Tuner Cars: https://jalopnik.com/the-2019-detroit-auto-show-filled-the-void-in-its-heart-1831773327
Seriously, when I saw the floor plan for the 2019 NAIAS (https://naias.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Public-Floor-Plan.pdf), I was amazed at the level of crap that was on the main show floor, that used to be downstairs.
I've gone almost every year since 2008 (I think I missed 2009), but in past years, it was actual automakers and Tier 1 suppliers on the main show floor.
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Picture shows cat with one arm casually resting on a perch, looking unusually human-like.
"Cat, what's your opinion on britain leaving the eu?"
"I think you should repeatedly ask to leave, then when the door opens just sit there and stare at it. That's what I'd do."
"i use linux as my operating system," i state proudly to the unkempt, bearded man. he swivels around in his desk chair with a devilish gleam in his eyes, ready to mansplain with extreme precision.
"actually," he says with a grin, "linux is just the kernel. you use GNU+linux."
i don't miss a beat and reply with a smirk, "i use alpine, a distro that doesn't include the GNU coreutils, or any other GNU code. it's linux, but it's not GNU+linux."
the smile quickly drops from the man's face. his body begins convulsing and he foams at the mouth as he drop to the floor with a sickly thud. as he writhes around he screams "I-IT WAS COMPILED WITH GCC! THAT MEANS IT'S STILL GNU!"
coolly, i reply "if windows was compiled with gcc, would that make it GNU?" i interrupt his response with "and work is being made on the kernel to make it more compiler-agnostic. even if you were correct, you won't be for long."
with a sickly wheeze, the last of the man's life is ejected from his body. he lies on the floor, cold and limp. i've womansplained him to death.
@alice As far as modern stuff... they've figured out how to pack enough battery into modern laptops, and optimize for specific workloads to claim 12+ hour battery life, although you won't get it if you're actually doing intensive work. Nothing like 200LX battery life, though.
@alice There's also the OmniBook 300/425 - basically massively overgrown 386SX/486SLC-based 100LX/200LXes, with ~8.5-9 hours of battery life with flash storage.
Had they put as much battery as normal laptops had in there, they would've had over 12 hours, and met the "all-day laptop" criteria that was predicted.
But, people complained that they were slow, didn't have backlit screens, and didn't have much storage (unless you went for a HDD model, which had half the battery life), so...
Even with that, though, SMP was far less of a world-changing thing than the microcomputer was.
SMP meant that some of the tasks you did on your Pentium 4 microcomputer were now faster, and multiple tasks were definitely faster.
It didn't really mean you could do new tasks.
And, battery life? That's not revolutionary, in 1991, the computer industry believed that the all-day laptop was inevitable in 1992. (Instead, people wanted 486s and color screens in laptops, and battery life went to shit.)
Mind you, a revolution did happen in the wake of nanocomputing - multi-core processors brought true SMP to the masses.
However, attempts had been made to make cheap SMP as early as 1993, with the VTech Platinum SMP (using 486s at 0.8 µm), but consumer software wasn't ready for it until WinXP and OS X.
And, for many manufacturers, 90 nm was far more about trying to maintain frequency scaling - a strategy that failed - than going multi-core. 65 nm was where multi-core took off.
Something amusing: we noticed the transition from minicomputers to microcomputers, as a revolutionary thing.
The transition from microcomputers to nanocomputers, though? 2004's nanocomputers were just 2003's microcomputers, a few hundred MHz faster, we didn't even think about the fact that they were "nanocomputers" even though the language switched from "0.13 µm" to "90 nm".
Lime says "it is currently investigating whether the malfunction is due to a software fault, where an update of the software causes a scooter inadvertently to reboot during a ride, thus engaging the anti-theft immobilization system" and throwing riders in the process
This is what we get when web-based “continuous deployment” culture is allowed to touch safety-critical code.
Can’t wait for the first pickup truck software update mass fatality.
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VW Accused Of More Cheating, 1.2-Liter TDI Diesel Now Under Fire: https://www.carscoops.com/2019/01/vw-accused-cheating-1-2-liter-tdi-diesel-now-fire/
Seriously, it's almost like I won't be able to retire this CW until diesels are completely banned.
Computing, transportation, energy... really anything interesting.
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