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A man in an Atlanta suburb was confronted by a police officer for plugging his electric car into an outside outlet at a school. Ten days later, he was arrested at home and charged with theft for taking about 5 cents worth of electricity "without consent."
Kaveh Kamooneh plugged an extension cable from his Nissan Leaf into a 110-volt external outlet at Chamblee Middle School while his son was practicing tennis. A short time later, he noticed someone in his car and went to investigate—and found that the man was a Chamblee police officer. "He informed me he was about to arrest me, or at least charge me, for electrical theft," Kamooneh told Atlanta's Channel 11 News.
Kamooneh said that the car, when plugged into a 110-volt outlet, draws a kilowatt an hour. "Over an hour, that's maybe eight or nine cents" worth of electricity, he said, depending on the rates. He was plugged in for less than 20 minutes, so he estimated the amount of power he drew from the school at less than 5 cents.
Major Nelson has addressed complaints about party chat on the Xbox One, saying, "things will get better."
Nelson (also known as Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's director of programming) waded into a reddit discussion thread where disappointed Xbox One owners were discussing their issues with the new system.
The discussion stemmed from a post by redditor azGRIMES that read, "I should be able to chat with friends and play a different game" alongside a picture of an error message generated by trying to do so while playing Ryse.
Ars asked for your questions about the recently released final draft of the first section of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, and you delivered. A number of the questions were about the climate change impacts and mitigation sections that have not yet been released, but we’ll certainly keep those topics in mind when that information comes out next spring. There are also a few questions related to complex topics that we plan to cover in more detail soon.
All that said, here are some of the biggest reoccurring questions we were able to answer.How are the IPCC reports written? Do governments get to edit it?
The process is laid out nicely on the IPCC website. A number of scientists are chosen from nominations to be lead authors for different chapters of the report. For the physical science section, for example, 259 lead authors were chosen for its 14 chapters—each summarizing existing research on a different topic. The lead authors take on this project as unpaid volunteers, receiving nothing but some time from their employers to fit the work into their schedules.
Continuing our giveaways this holiday season we have a couple of mini ITX bundles from MSI. We've got two of these motherboard + video card combos to give away, and they start with MSI's Z87I Gaming motherboard. I'm personally a huge fan of the mini-ITX form factor and think it's a great platform for any single-GPU gaming system. The Z87I Gaming AC offers a single PCIe Gen 3 x16 slot, two DDR3 DIMM slots, 5 x 6Gbps SATA ports and an eSATA port. Networking duties are handled by a Killer E2205 Gigabit controller and a dual-band Intel 802.11ac WiFi solution (Intel dual-band Wireless AC 7260). The use of Intel's own 802.11ac WiFi solution enables Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) support. There's also an integrated HDMI 1.4 output on the board itself capable of driving up to a 4K panel.
Complementing the Z87I Gaming AC motherboard is a small form factor GTX 760 Gaming ITX video card. The card itself measures only 17 cm in length (under 7"), making it a great card for any mini ITX build. MSI is particularly proud of the GTX 760 Gaming ITX's compact cooling solution, featuring MSI's hybrid radial/axial fan that it claims is best in class. The card ships with MSI's software bundle including a one button overclocking Gaming App and MSI's Predator screen capture software. The GTX 760 Gaming ITX uses what MSI calls Military Class 4 components. On its motherboards, Military Class 4 refers to certain components being subjected to a number of MIL-STD-810 tests - implying a higher quality of component and a potentially longer lasting device.
We have two of these Z87I Gaming AC + GTX 760 Gaming ITX video card bundles to give away and will be picking two winners at random. To enter, make sure you're a resident of the US and post a comment below (please post only one). We'll be accepting entries until 9AM ET on December 7th. For complete entry details, read the legal copy below. Good luck!