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Comment Ha. Let me explain why you're on this page... (Score 5, Informative) 396

It's because the media is a piece of fucking garbage and take practically every goddamn thing that's said by anyone out of context. Oh, and the folks who run Slashdot do effectively zero checking on anything they post. /rant

Now the explanation: Prior to the answer Musk gave indicating that Teslas would do 1000km on a charge, he was talking about a recently set record where a dude (Casey Spencer) did 500 miles (~800km) in a Tesla Model S, driving at something like 24mph for like 24 hours. In that context, Musk said that similarly, a 1000km could be achieved in a Tesla by 2017, given battery density improvements of 5-10% annually. All that would be necessary would be a 20% improvement on the record by 2017. I might add that the dude who did this was in a 85kWh car going downhill for a decent portion of the drive and took into account weather effects, temps and whatnot to achieve his 500 miles. I wouldn't be surprised if the latest 90kWh Model S as is could do another 100 miles if tightly controlled in the right conditions (high altitude, ideal temp/wind), so really a 5% improvement in both 2016 and 2017 is all that's really being predicted here.

Comment Am I the only one that sort of liked Flash? (Score 4, Interesting) 202

By having the majority of undesirable web content stuck in easy-to-flag Flash buckets, it was inherently simple to block that content. I could simply whitelist a handful of sites whose flash content I wanted to see (e.g. Youtube) and block it pretty much everywhere else.

Now with everything moving to HTML5, I fear the necessary blocking ruleset will gets many times more complicated and with more false positives and negatives to boot. Am I wrong?

Comment Re:Smart (Score 3, Insightful) 291

Furthermore, why all the hate over the credits? Tesla collects government incentives, Oil and gas companies collect government incentives, other automobile manufacturers collect government incentives. Yet plenty of folks constantly point out how the first successful auto manufacturing upstart in 80 years in America, apparently reaps some mythical unfair advantage over everyone else.

Comment Re:Smart (Score 4, Interesting) 291

They *are* doing them, but there are several manual steps currently. Go to if you don't believe it.

For what it's worth, battery swaps are a dead end. Few people need them with Supercharging becoming more ubiquitous by the day . Tesla won't be doing widespread swaps for privately owned cars any time soon, if ever. Maybe for commercial vehicles 5-10 years down the road...

Comment Re:no electric car likely, but maybe a motorcycle (Score 1) 291

> an electric just cannot now, nor is likely to be able to, in my lifetime, do the kinds of things for which I use one.

Hmmm... I don't think Tesla's are much smaller than say S class Mercedes, but maybe even that's too small for you. In any case, I'm sure they could serve you, but I imagine that will come 10+ years down the road as electrics slowly replace all the smaller markets.

Unless you're in your 70s, I sense you'll live to eat those words by the way.

Comment Smart (Score 5, Insightful) 291

Hey I like Tesla as much as the next guy, but wake me up when a corporation lobbies government in a way that goes against their own self-interest.

The theory here is that if more stringent fuel mileage standards are maintained, it will force traditional automakers to either make more tiny, anemic 4 cylinder gas engines (early 1980s anyone?) or push further into hybrid and electric car territory in order to deliver meaningful power without as much (or any) gasoline. In either situation, Tesla stands to gain as either they compete with comparatively fast, powerful vehicles (Model S, X, 3) or they are competing apples to apples in electrics/plug-in hybrids for which they'll have significant control over lithium ion battery production with the Gigafactory, and a 5-10 year head start at building ground up purpose-built all-electrics.

Comment This is interesting (Score 4, Insightful) 163

There's this huge movement against GMOs, artificial ingredients and other scapegoat ingredients du jour, despite the fact that virtually all of them have undergone rigorous testing and long-term studies and have proven to be safe for human consumption in reasonable quantities. But I guess if it spooks consumers, companies are going to do what's necessary to maintain their revenue streams. Never mind that a diet high in simple carbs like sugar and HFCS (which are highly and conspicuously represented in General Mills products) are the real enemies that shorten your life and bring on obesity and all its nasty side effects like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Then again, I guess it's better to simply green wash them as "organic evaporated cane juice" and the like than to risk making things less palatable?

Comment Too much automation by computers (Score 2) 253

FTFA: "...Without the vital data parameters, information from the engines is effectively meaningless to the computers controlling them. The automatic response is to hunker down and prevent what would usually be a single engine problem causing more damage. This is what the computers apparently did on the doomed flight, just as they were designed to do."

So, in other words, each engine did exactly what is was designed to do, which is to act independently and shut itself down. There's no executive override function that says "hmmm, maybe we shouldn't shut down 3 engines at the same time!" The crew had no chance against an obviously buggy software implementation. Pilots need more control to override complex software like this in emergencies.

Comment Yeah I noticed it too... (Score 3, Insightful) 351

Initially thought it was a new mozilla-run service, but when i clicked through to learn more, it was clear that it was a 3rd-party proprietary service. That's when i removed the 'Pocket' icon from the toolbar: Hamburger --> Customize --> drag it down and out. Kind of annoying that the plugin code bloat remains, but guess that's just something I'll live with for now.

I've been a big user and supporter of Firefox, even through all the performance problems, mis-steps, yahoo search shenanigans, but this is the first time I feel they blatantly went against their philosophy of an open web. Tsk tsk Mozilla.

Comment Hey morons (Score 1) 84

Vapor? Kickstarter's don't lead to serious hardware? That's your insight?

What part of John Carmack, Atman Binstock, Michael Abrash, two shipped development kits over two years, the Samsung GearVR and a $2B Facebook acquisition don't you understand? This is not vapor and it's not a kid's garage Kickstarter.

Semi-informed douchebaggery is the not the same as an informed opinion. Jackasses.

Comment Re:Show me the math on the Tesla. (Score 1) 280

Well, it all depends on where you're talking about. The thing electrics have going for them is that *if* you can move toward clean/renewable sources of electricity, then you're doing more than displacing pollution by going electric. For example in California, less than 10% of electricity comes from coal ( and almost half is natural gas, which is somewhat "cleaner" than gasoline, all factors in.

And with solar on it's current growth trajectory ( it could rival natural gas for top dog in as little as a decade.

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