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Comment: Re:Sexism and racism (Score -1) 376

by Carnivore (#47337527) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

Yeah, we white guys have it so hard. So, so hard. Cry more. Cry into that gigantic pillow that your white male privilege gave you.

It really would behoove you to look out of your insulated bubble and try to understand the pervasive pressure that's exerted against people who aren't like you. Just try. It's hard, I know. But we can be better than you are being right now. That's not that hard, because you are being a real dick. But we can get even better than that and be pretty good and inclusive. And we can listen and do better when we make mistakes.

I hope you will.

Comment: Re:So that's the problem! (Score -1, Troll) 376

by Carnivore (#47337459) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

You're a jerk and you're the problem. You are why this program needs to exist. Having you in a programming class is driving interested minorities away. You. You and the very large number of people like you. You are holding society back.

How could you possibly have a problem with this? It's not affecting you. You already have yours. Let someone else get hers.

Comment: Re:Canceling out the problem (Score 0, Troll) 376

by Carnivore (#47337407) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

I don't even know what you're trying to say. How do you propose to fix the obvious and real problem of underrepresentation of over half of our population? Is it to have more classes dominated by white guy brogrammers? Get the one token girl in there, right?

Your attitude is the problem. I'm going to make some assumptions, here: you're a mid- to late-twenties white guy. You've never been in an office full of people who are different than you are. You've never spent any time in a work environment in which you have no peers of your gender. You have _not the slightest clue_ how much privilege you have had and continue to have.

I _am_ a white guy who had a very large amount of privilege globally-speaking, but through various life experiences I have developed the ability to recognize that. You should, too.

People who espouse this attitude are scared that they won't be able to get a job because they're the white guy who showed up. That some woman who is better than they are is going to be allowed to show that she is good, and it's not so easy for you to walk into a job.

I find your dismissive attitude repulsive.

Comment: Re:I don't know about this one... (Score 1) 376

by Carnivore (#47337319) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

Many industries spend decades hand-wringing about "finding out why" and end up doing nothing. This isn't covering up symptoms, it's reaching out to people who are underrepresented in the field.

Make a course that's much less likely to be full of brogrammers and you'll likely get more talented women and other minorities. This is a good thing.

Comment: Re:Fixed costs & whining (Score 1) 462

by Carnivore (#47080779) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

Just a correction, they own (for whatever value of "own" is appropriate in modern business terms) the Fremont factory:
From Wikipedia
On May 20, 2010, Tesla Motors and Toyota announced a partnership to work on electric vehicle development and collaborate on the "development of electric vehicles, parts, and production system and engineering support". This included Tesla's partial purchase of the former NUMMI site, mainly consisting of the factory building,[11][12] for $42 million.

They're using about half of the facility now, with full-time Model S production and getting ready for Model X and building battery packs, etc. They're now the largest auto employer in CA.

I don't think Tesla is interested in licensing deals now; their contract for RAV4 drivetrains is expiring and no one is very sad about it.

I really do think that the other CEOs are having nightmares. They have to know that we hate the dealer model and if Telsa can operate without that middlman, it will accelerate their growth even further. I cannot wait until I click the "send order" button and get one of my own.

Comment: Re:Hydrogen Vs Batteries (Score 1) 659

by Carnivore (#47002665) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

I think one thing that you might not have been considering when thinking about volume required at "electric filling stations" is that unlike hydrocarbon vehicles, most of the time EVs are fueled at home. There are not very many days that I drive more than I'd replace by charging a Model S overnight even on 110V 15A (~3MPH).

Comment: Re:Sponsor? (Score 1) 131

by Carnivore (#46949845) Attached to: Tesla Logged $713 Million In Revenue In Q1 and Built 7,535 Cars

That argument is as fallacious as claiming that you need to own the biggest SUV there is because once every couple of years you want to tow a boat. It can be extended to any extreme: "Oh, your new pack is 500 miles of range? Well, I want to do a 1500 mile trip without charging, so EVs are impratical!"

Comment: Re:By way of context... (Score 1) 208

by Carnivore (#46900411) Attached to: Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

Ooh! I also have an anecdote! One of my LTO tapes' leader broke off in the drive, ruining not just the tape but the drive itself. $5k oops.

It was great for offsite backups, but my data needs have eclipsed LTO's capacity. I don't have the budget to keep upgrading my drives to chase my ever increasing storage needs. On the other hand, I scrounged up a server and a disk array to make a 28TB backup server for no extra cost.

Comment: Re:Conspiracy theory? (Score 1) 328

by Carnivore (#46843415) Attached to: FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

The laws are wrong and outdated. I do not ever want to go to a car dealer again. I am the consumer and I am demanding direct sales. I fully support Tesla's full on attack.

Hardly any other manufacturer takes EVs seriously. The most prominent one is the Leaf, but there are reports that dealers can be reluctant to sell them. Toyota makes the RAV4 EV, with a Tesla drivetrain. They only sell it in California and go out of their way to make it a pain to own. Chevy has the Spark EV, a city car. Fiat will have the 500e. None of these even come close to the practicality of Tesla's model with large batteries and very fast DC charging. The quick research I did just now suggests that using a Chademo DC charger on a Leaf puts in about half of the range per unit time as a Tesla Supercharger (remember that the Superchargers are free, too)

The statement "Meanwhile everyone else makes electric cars without all the drama queen nonsense!" is extremely misleading and dismissive.

If I want an EV, why does the first step have to be convincing a third party to offer to sell it to me? That's insane.

Comment: Re:What does it mean? (Score 1) 328

by Carnivore (#46842999) Attached to: FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

No it's not. I bought my Fitbit from Fitbit. I was thinking of buying a Nest from Nest. Nexus 5 from Google Play. Kilt from Utilikilts. Kettle from Adagio. Apple computers. Kindle from Amazon. Many more examples.
Most of those things are pretty mainstream.

I don't want to have to wait for a middleman to decide that there's enough volume potential for them to start stocking the stuff I want.

And this is all ignoring how _awful_ car dealers are. There's a whole industry dedicated to circumventing them as much as possible!

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