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Comment: Giga market play (Score 2) 151

by ElitistWhiner (#46687543) Attached to: Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

The real position in play is abstraction over the GRID and selling it back as a viable business model. EV's are transitional technologies on the way to the future. Tesla cars are proof-of-concepts that a future can work without petroleum dependancy. They spotlight those millions of tailpipe emissions which only electric and hydrogen eliminate.

Power markets refuse to invest in the capture of smokestack emissions at source so the exercise Tesla is running remains retail only. When hydrogen competes with electric fuel cells that day will mark petroleum's last tailpipe gasp. Then emissions at the smokestack are all that's left to capture then.

Tesla will be there and in position to sell you power for your business, home or car in whatever form required from an eco-conscious GRID that puts the cost of capture into the end product and puts producer's responsibility back onto the consumer end user.

Comment: Desperation or churning? (Score 0) 226

by ElitistWhiner (#45878877) Attached to: BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

Lawyers earn and no better way is there than to churn. In the interest of protecting a client, its a quick action to take because they can. Just because they could doesn't mean they should. SO this could be a legal action outside the sphere of Blackberry just doing what they do - churn to earn.

OR Blackberry in its desperation could be attacking all comers to its last remaining properties. It's interesting that there exists professionals for whom Blackberry remains an essential AND want to integrate other devices adding keyboard functionality. But this device looked like it was too much of a ' kludge' for my personal tastes. I chose not to pursue the $100 case for iPhone with keyboard.

AND I think that threshold barrier to purchase is reason enough that Blackberry have no case of patent infringement since keyboards have been around for awhile now. Adding a bluetooth keyboard case for iPhone doesn't equate to a Blackberry phone.

Comment: Euro-blindness incoming (Score 1) 295

by ElitistWhiner (#45873637) Attached to: CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

Europeans remark how comfortable and pleasant an experience driving in the U.S. at night. H.I.D. bright headlight illumination dominates there and people have no US-style incandescent headlamps which they prefer because it makes night vision so much more effective when driving against oncoming traffic.

Comment: Transitional door stop - EV (Score 1) 810

by ElitistWhiner (#45501383) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

That's right. EV, electric vehicles, are an industry solution to meeting NHTSA and EPA regulations that cars meet standards for GHG. Manufacturer's cars don't pass the standard, states close the door on their market. Its a bright, shiny doorstop. GM's EV-1 is the EV gold standard which the world deserves but obsoletes an entire petroleum industry in the process. So they had to crush every single example for posterity sake.

Hydrogen the technology wasn't ready, economically or infrastructure-wise for the 21st century. The zero emissions platform for the future is evolving slowly, infrastructure first. In the meantime, EV and HEV, keep the doors open for the manufacturers.

Comment: Bullshit (Score 1) 453

by ElitistWhiner (#45491525) Attached to: Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

On first principles this is bullshit. The public have been struggling to get antibiotics put back in the medicine bottle where it belongs. No one wants this stuff loosed. We struggle to get it our food paying premium prices for organic, antibiotic-free meats. We struggle to find it in the grocery isle to keep antibiotics out of products like our dish soap. This political bullshit right here on Slashdot in our face as the ' public' made us do it. Its the ' public' responsibility. Fuck off I say to BigPharma exactly the way BigTobacco. A moron understands the negative ramifications of antibiotic use. Stand up, push back and blow back JonQPublic.

Comment: Automotive judgement (Score 1) 100

by ElitistWhiner (#45244333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Developer Responsibility When Apps Might Risk Lives?

Stalled in the Mojave desert 106F in the heat of the day, a 2011 VW decided all three keys were ' not in range'. Two hours later I reached water, tow truck and ride 67 miles to civilization. It remains to this day whether the memory was wiped clean from extra-terrestial sunspot activity, fault ECU or programmed to lock-out the car at specified date/mileage.

Lexus' judgement renders the ECU behavior to be the vehicle ' owner' responsibility in California. So there's definitely a need to get tools, connections and programs on our cellphones to view logs at the very least. Programmer's are paid to build functionality. The liability unfortunately seems to rest with the end users.

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