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I'm that snarky, sometimes cranky YouTube person who told you about how dishwashers work.

I post many things which should not be taken too seriously (on account of the cranky snark thing). If you think I'm mad at you, I'm almost certainly not!

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sol_hsa , to Random stuff
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I've seen this kind of stovetop design in some (primarily american?) media, and I wonder..

Why are the controls that control the hot things on top of the hot things?

Sounds like a really unsafe design to me.

@TechConnectify might be able to comment?

TechConnectify ,
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@sol_hsa I suspect the main reason for this is technical - generally, electric stoves have them in the back panel which would make wiring easier, and gas stoves have them at the front which makes piping easier.

Personally, I don't find them at the back to be dangerous at all. First, as others have identified, they are harder to accidentally bump. And much harder for small children to get to. Second, the outer knobs almost always control the front burners. You reach around for them, not over.

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@sol_hsa but most importantly, with an electric stove, if you've found yourself with an emergency like a grease fire, shutting off the burner isn't going to help you. You have more pressing needs, and the dangers of not shutting the gas valve off immediately (i.e. open flames below or gas leaks if they go out) just aren't there.

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@crit @sol_hsa having lived with and gotten used to both, having them at the back is not even an inconvenience that goes through my mind at all.

And as a matter of fact, being able to see the full circle and where exactly the knob is pointing to is helpful compared to only seeing the top of the knob as you look down at it.

I actually think this is part of why some people prefer electric or gas stoves - you judge output mostly by flame size on gas and don't need to see the scale

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@crit @sol_hsa elucidating a little further, one thing I've never really understood in the debate of which is better is how the blatant non-linearity of the gas valve doesn't bother people.

I have never used a gas stove where the knob had a perfectly smooth gradient. There were always several pronounced steps. So you could not use the knob's position to mean anything; you had to react to the output and fine-tune.

Electric doesn't react quickly, but you can plan ahead since the dial is linear

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@erincandescent I'm pretty confident that they're not perfectly linear. I suppose the more proper term is repeatable.

If I'm doing the same cooking task on an electric stove, then I know the number I need to point to for it to work correctly. Or for instance, there's a dish I like to make. To get perfect results to my taste, I need the dial to point straight down.

I was never able to operate in that paradigm with a gas stove. I had to fiddle with it a lot and couldn't be sure it was right.

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@brad @sol_hsa @crit seems logical but I'll bet the valves have some sort of compensation for this and that may be what produces the stepped behavior.

Sometimes I wonder if people know what I'm talking about when I say that - Every single gas stove I have ever used has had several dead spots where the flame (and sound) doesn't change until you get past them. Then suddenly it changes a LOT in the next 5° of the circle. But then there's another dead spot for the next ~20°

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Scantron, Pennsylvania

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New Internet Annoyance Unlocked:

Nitpickers who know a lot about specific things chipping away at (and not seeing) a holistic argument.

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@lienrag No, I'm saying that some facts which are important to one person's understanding of a situation may not actually be that important in the broader context. They're fixating on issues they know sometimes come up and not questioning whether those issues are pertinent to the discussion at hand.

Oftentimes these folks have specific knowledge which they don't understand is irrelevant in the moment. So they're arguing things which don't matter and they don't realize it.

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@jeffm @lienrag It's kind of similar, but I'd say it's closer to making a mountain out of the molehills which are pet issues.

Snow build-up on traffic signals is a real problem. But it can be fixed.

There are other folks who think some things are problems which just... aren't.

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Just having a wild night over here.

TechConnectify OP ,
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@EmuAGR I won't tell you that, in no small part because the car won't let you do that. It knows it's plugged in even if the station is dead!

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@monorailtimes it's not mine, I'm prepping it for install though

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@nul42 ah, this isn't for me. I have a Clipper Creek already.

But I hope you're enjoying your Ioniq as much as I am!

TechConnectify OP ,
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@craigtheguru I won't go so far as to call it bonkers but because J1772->NACS adapters exist (and vice versa) I didn't see that as important.

This will be charging my folks' Bolt until it dies and if/when they replace it with a car with a NACS port, then sticking on the adapter is all that's needed and that's effectively permanent. It would only be annoying (and even then only slightly) if they got a second EV but I don't think that's in the cards for them.

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@craigtheguru Why not just stick the adapter on and leave it on forever? That's what I mean.

Sure, it's less elegant, but I'm generally not a fan of paying more for elegance.

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Real thought:

What depresses me most about the state of the world at present is that we've stopped caring to live up to the spirit of our ideals.

When we fail them and are pressed, we can rationalize our terrible actions based on technicalities - and large swaths of our culture have normalized doing this very thing.

It is my most sincere hope that we can walk our way back from this. I see some signs of this, but would prefer to see many more.

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@glyph First, this isn't helping. Congrats?

But second, the reasons these thoughts are intensifying for me come from many places. An acute one right now is what media is popular and how much of it doesn't seem to have any spirit behind it.

Watching older television (I'm on a Perry Mason kick atm) and being able to see that there were overt principles being demonstrated and the writers were true to their morals makes it feel like we once had a healthier understanding of our duties of care.

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@yacc143 There is some cynicism which is healthy, but I don't think this is.

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@franktaber @glyph The trouble, as I see it, is that two things were shattered: the illusion of our moral superiority (a good thing to have shattered) and the idea that we need to care for one another (the terrible thing I'm lamenting).

There's some combination of fatalism, nihilism, and narcissism which seems disturbing popular at the moment. If I have a guiding light, it's that things can change and we can learn from each other. I hope my work speaks clearly enough to that.

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@shandrew It may be more acute in the US but I don't think we're alone.

stephen , to Random stuff

@TechConnectify would you consider doing a video in J3068? More V2X opportunities plus North America joining the type 2 AC standard (with some tweaks). Will it catch on or remain niche to commercial?

https://www.sae.org/blog/j3400-NACS-standard-rodney-mcgee

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@stephen In a world where J3400 also exists, I suspect it will remain very much commercial.

However, part of the J3400 standard includes moving to a more European-like system for public charging where you are expected to carry your own whip - with the Type 2 connector on one end and whatever your car takes on the other. That might fix the compatibility problem between various EVs and various connectors in a really elegant way.

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@TechConnectify watching your informative rain sensor video and have a(n) unrelated question(s):

Are those OEM seats or do you have 3rd party covers? If the latter, what did you install, and do you like them?

My partner is interested in covers for her new Kona EV and I am looking for 1st hand recommendations.

Thanks!

TechConnectify ,
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@rickscully they're OEM, no covers

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Anybody need a wet wipe?

https://youtu.be/TLm7Q92xMjQ

TechConnectify OP ,
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@LyleDAL absolutely! I have a few small irritations with it as you do any car, and boy should it have a rear wiper. Really dumb miss on Hyundai's part, there.

But on the whole it's by far the best car I've ever owned, and its extremely fast charging makes it very future-proof. The only thing I'd say is avoid the matte paint options. They're a pain to take care of and will show scuffs you can't buff out - in fact I'm considering having a clear coat put on my car. But gosh it's pretty.

TechConnectify , to Random stuff
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Proposal to refer to solar arrays as amp farms.

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@teotwaki I think it has potential, personally.

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root42 , to Random stuff
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Great video about simmerstats in stovetops:

https://youtu.be/ff04ecF9Dfw?si=p2Fr8KgeC16YIePT

@TechConnectify Can you also explain European stovetops with
A) 3-phase 400V power compared to the two 120V phases?
B) knobs with individual positions, compared to the continuous cams?

I am especially wondering about the latter. I remember our stovetop from my childhood having something like 6 discrete steps or so.

TechConnectify ,
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@root42 I'm not intimately familiar with the three-phase setup but I think it's likely that each element is wired phase-to-neutral and thus only has 230V across it. Access to all phases just allows for better balancing.

As far as those with discrete positions, it depends. Some hot plates have multiple resistors and you're selecting different combinations (apparently this was big in Germany?), others might be stepped simmerstat-like controls.

TechConnectify , to Random stuff
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Things are really heating up in this new video:
https://youtu.be/ff04ecF9Dfw

TechConnectify OP ,
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@vykend Indeed. Couldn't... resist.

TechConnectify OP ,
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@trantion Yes, induction is a whole other kettle of fish relying on very high frequency switching through copper windings.

TechConnectify OP ,
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@cs My guess is that these select between different resistor values to heat up the bimetallic strip at different rates.

I have seen really thick coils which could have multiple heating elements going through them but that doesn't look to be the case here, so I think it's more likely this is basically a conventional simmerstat but with several discrete settings (which would absolutely annoy the living daylights out of me)

TechConnectify , to Random stuff
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I don't know who needs to hear this (that's a lie: ~80% of drivers) but when you're in a turn lane or an exit only lane, you should still signal to confirm to those around you that you are aware of the lane you're in and where it's about to go.

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@qgustavor Whether it's a law depends on your jurisdiction, but I don't care about that. It's just the right thing to do and I want to help people understand why.

TechConnectify OP ,
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A point of clarification:

If a new lane appears which you have to enter in order to exit, once there I consider that "on the ramp" - your choice to move into it is clear enough.

I'm mainly talking about lanes which become exit-only up ahead.

To describe this more generally, if there's a situation where an inattentive driver could find themselves on a path they don't mean to take, then if you, the attentive driver, intend to take that path - signal to confirm this.

Don't make people guess.

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@admin In fairness, I think that's an edge case which is effectively impossible to solve. Reckless drivers gonna do reckless things.

TechConnectify OP ,
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@andrewt Yeah, in turns lanes - signal on, no exception.

TechConnectify OP ,
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@wonka Oh to live in a country where I could assume everyone A) understood the rules of the road and B) actually followed them.

TechConnectify OP ,
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@TomF I was on a road trip through Washington about a year ago, and there were some signs on two-lane country roads explaining this but with the most confusing verbiage I could imagine. It took reading three of them for me to parse!

(edit: well, not specifically this but something about slow vehicles must use pull-offs if they're causing a blockage)

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@CrisLuengo In fairness, I simply do not understand how signaling that you're entering a traffic circle is helpful. Any car at the entry points WILL enter, they have no choice.

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@skolima You should be. We all suck. It's a miracle there aren't more traffic fatalities.

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@bhtooefr @CrisLuengo I have effectively zero faith that Americans, who barely understand roundabouts in the first place, could manage this and I'm certain this is not taught.

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@TomF I think it was even worse. I tried googling for it but since search is crumbling I didn't get anywhere useful

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@darwinwoodka (this is one of the reasons I'd be OK with us ending right-on-red. It's very pro-car and anti everything else)

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@jmht You know you don't have to advocate for the devil.

You're not wrong, but we should all strive to be as helpful and clear as we can be.

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If Back to the Future was made today, Marty would travel back 30 years to the 90s; ten years after the original movie was made.

TechConnectify ,
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@thomasfuchs I had this thought recently. It does freak me out a bit that my nostalgia for the 90s is equivalent now to that era's nostalgia for the 50s

mwichary , to Random stuff
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Doing something in LaTeX for the first time in my life and I am so NOT impressed!

(Granted, I’m trying to make a poster with images which might not be the main use case, but… what a mess.)

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@mwichary This is wonderful!

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