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Comment: Re:Am I the only one... (Score 1) 166

by Guspaz (#48656127) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

You're not the only one. If I was spending $70 million on a home, it'd look nothing like that. It'd probably be a good deal smaller, or if it was the same number of overall square feet, it'd probably be more subdivided. To me, a room for a given purpose has an optimal size. If the room is too small for that purpose, it's not going to work great, but also if the room is too big for that purpose, it will also not work great.

I'd probably focus less on strange decorations (some ornamental motorcycle? A wall of candy?) and more on practical stuff, like going whole hog on expensive home automation. To me, luxury involves making something easier to use or more functional (like electronically tinting windows or a Washlet toilet), or more comfortable (like a nice mattress or a good carpet), or making it look nicer (like a nice wood finish)... not stuff whose sole purpose is to look expensive. I want something to look luxurious and pleasing, not expensive.

Comment: Re:Tesla owners keep telling me no... (Score 1) 133

by Guspaz (#48655635) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Gas stations currently have no involvement in Tesla's charging infrastructure. I believe the prototype battery swap station is inside a converted gas station carwash, but that's probably more because it's a prototype that isn't fully automated than any indication of what a final fully automated station would look like. Further, I highly doubt that the gas station next to the prototype swap station has any involvement in it beyond providing the land and/or structure.

The space required for battery storage would be non-negligible, but they don't take up very much space, considering they're thin and can be stacked (you'd expect them to go on racks) The original goal was also for the system to be fully automated, minimizing labour costs, and the total number of batteries at a station would never change since any swap would result in a new battery being deposited. While occasional trips by Tesla to replace batteries might be required, they'd be rare, only happening when a given station accumulated a sufficiently large number of defunct batteries. Normally it would take years for a battery to reach that state.

The problem currently is that the prototype system isn't fully automated, and isn't as space-efficient as an automated system would be, hence why they put it in a carwash.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 5, Informative) 359

by Guspaz (#48654885) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

No, they're not. Sony's annual revenue is $64.7 billion USD. North Korea's GDP is $12.4 billion USD. Sony's market capitalization is also larger than North Korea's entire economy. The drop in Sony's stock value after the hack was roughly a quarter of North Korea's GDP, although the stock has since recovered somewhat.

Sony is far larger than North Korea, economically.

Comment: Re:Tesla owners keep telling me no... (Score 1) 133

by Guspaz (#48653229) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

And if Tesla said something about battery swaps to their customers that was credible, the news would spread, starting most likely with their own discussion forums. Besides that, I'd dispute that Tesla owners are really getting any sort of inside info, particularly since all the Tesla owners that you know appear to be wrong on this subject.

Comment: They're helping us (Score 1) 247

by Guspaz (#48650261) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

I work for a large annual convention, and at our most recent event we took our first baby steps into using pallets. We got a bunch of plastic pallets and a pallet jack to move them.

For us, it's about doing our load-in and load-out at the venue quickly. Before, we'd have one or two trucks doing the rounds between our storage space and the venue. The trucks would arrive, and then we'd load everything into the trucks one piece at a time (using boxes, at least), and then the trucks would go off and we'd sit on the loading dock waiting for them to return. With pallets, the trucks arrive, we stick the pallets in with the pallet jack, the trucks (very quickly leave), and then while waiting for the truck to return we're loading stuff onto pallets and wrapping it for the next truck. By the time the truck has returned, the pallets are ready to load.

We're not fully converted to using pallets, but the first steps have already shown us how much extra speed we can get out of them, mostly just by letting our people work on loading the trucks before the trucks even get to the dock.

Comment: Re:You seem to think .NET is a language (Score 1) 417

by Guspaz (#48644329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

There are dozens of languages that compile to the .NET CLI, including BASIC, C++, Ruby, PHP, Java, JavaScript, Python, Lisp, Pascal, Perl, Scheme, etc. C# is the most popular language to compile to the CLI, yes, but almost any other common language out there can be used too.

Comment: Re:3 minutes is slow? (Score 5, Interesting) 133

by Guspaz (#48638125) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

It seems like they're going to be doing part or all of the battery swap manually, so the improvement from 3 minutes down back to the target of 90 seconds is more about getting everything automated again rather than simply improving the process. It's not practical to roll out large numbers of battery swap stations all over the world if they need a pit crew at each one.

From their press release, it sounds like the culprit is the additional armour that was added to the car to avoid damage to the battery packs from road debris. The original swap demonstration was fully automated, but then they went and stuck a bunch of other stuff on the underbody, invalidating their existing automation work for it.

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