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+ - Elon Musk Releases Logs to Rebut NYT Reporter's story on Tesla S.->

Submitted by GodInHell
GodInHell (258915) writes "On February 8, 2013 the New York Times ran a story by John Broder reviewing the Tesla S and the "Supercharger" stations that Tesla Motors is setting up along the East Coast. In that article (previously slashdotted here) Broder said that he tried to preserve the battery life of the vehicle: "I turned the climate control to low — the temperature was still in the 30s — and planted myself in the far right lane with the cruise control set at 54 miles per hour (the speed limit is 65)" and later "as I limped along at about 45 miles per hour I saw increasingly dire dashboard warnings to recharge immediately." Elon Musk took to twitter to rebut the claims made in that story, alleging that he had data logs showing that Broder made a number of false claims in his report. Broder responded yesterday, challenging Musk to prove his claims. Today Musk delivered, posting a number of graphs using data from Broder's trip which, if accurate, directly contradict Broder's story."
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Education

+ - VT fallout affecting asian students already?

Submitted by GodInHell
GodInHell (258915) writes "The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that charges have been filed against an 18 year old high school senior of Asian decent for using violent imagery in a creative writing essay.

"Lee said Thursday he was "completely shocked'' to be arrested Tuesday for his essay, especially because written instructions told kids not to "censor'' what they wrote." "[T]he father would not comment on whether he believed authorities acted quickly because his son is of Asian heritage, as was the Virginia Tech campus shooter."

Can we arrest Quentin Tarantino for the same crime? He's certainly written a few hyper-violent stories."
Announcements

+ - UN report "downgrades man's impact on the clim

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GodInHell
GodInHell writes "The Sunday Telegraph reports that:

Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year.
Global warming doubters will probably make alot of hay of this. The report still focuses on human activity as one of the main causes of global warming, but the numbers are being adjusted "due to better data on how climate works rather than a reduction in the risk posed by global warming."

The FUD cometh."
Portables

+ - More on the $100 computer project

Submitted by GodInHell
GodInHell (258915) writes "The New York Times is running an article with a few (sketchy) details about the planned implementation for the "$150" laptop.

For instance — internet access:
The project leaders say they will employ a variety of methods for connecting to the Internet, depending on local conditions. In some countries, like Libya, satellite downlinks will be used. In others, like Nigeria, the existing cellular data network will provide connections, and in some places specially designed long-range Wi-Fi antennas will extend the wireless Internet to rural areas.

and, power usage:
The ultra-low-power operation is possible because of the lack of a hard drive (the laptop uses solid-state memory, which has no moving parts and has fallen sharply in cost) and because the Advanced Micro Devices microprocessor shuts down whenever the computer is not processing information."

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