Words Fail… Because They’re Words

It’s a cold day, time for news on the upcoming season.  Brammo announced their 2014s, “the brmmWorld’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle in Serial Production.”  However, what’s more interesting than the ad copy itself is reading between the lines.

First off, Brammo explicitly says “…in Serial Production.”  That’s because at least one Lightning and at least one Mission are known to be on public roads.  Throw in the MotoCzysz, and Mugen Shinden.  All would spank the Brammo Empulse, and by an embarrassing factor.  However, their respective companies aren’t at the level of final production and public delivery at this moment.  (Mission had already sold out much of its 2014 Mission RS run, via preorders in 2013.)  Thus, Brammo has to qualify itself, and hasn’t lied… yet.

Brammo claims “its unique water cooled motor.”  Unique… to Parker Hannifin customers, as this too is a bit of a dodge. Continue reading

Light The Min(eral)-Oila

In my area, gas prices bumped in time for Thanksgiving, often the busiest 24 driving hours of the year, hmmm.  Now Ford announces their recalls, on top of Jeep’s ongoing quagmire.

2013 Ford Escapes (1.6L 4-cylinder) may crack a cylinder head- bad enough.  But oil may leak onto hot parts; this has already lit up 13 cars.  The affected vehicles recalled are about 160,000, US and Canada.  On top of that, some 2013 Escapes had a preexisting fix- leaking fuel lines in the engine bay.  Quite bad to begin with.  Ford’s now announcing repaired lines may leak again, in a different way.  Double whammy.

You’re a huge hypocrite if you complain about a Tesla fire, but ignore the 15+ gallon bomb under your passengers’ butts.  Then add a gallon of oil, transmission and power steering fluid, A/C fluid that’s toxic when burnt, carbon-based hoses and seals everywhere, etc.

I’m thankful I chose a 21st-century vehicle.

Phone-ys, Part BZZT

nnkSheeei… No, Nokia did NOT charge a phone with lightning.  I’m getting tired of these blatant, obvious lies.  What they didn’t brag about was:

-The “lightning” wasn’t lightning.  It wasn’t a few milliseconds, the demonstrators could turn it on and off at will via their lab equipment.  Basically, they took a phone and ran its charging current across an air gap, producing an arc and a cool display.

-The “charging” wasn’t charging much.  The phone only gained a few percent.

-The “phone” wasn’t a real phone and charger.  They used sophisticated equipment, which would not actually be handy for a consumer.

So what actually happened was that a team did a “Mythbusters”-style stunt show… except they’re trying to spread a myth, not bust it.  The CBC’s story is a decent takedown, after you get past the headline and the initial paragraphs of hype.  Desperate, Nokia?