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Comment: Unfortunately, this is a state's issue. (Score 2) 382

by Mysticalfruit (#47458671) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales
The reply is actually excellent. I was about to hate all over the page but actually read it first. Frankly, this is an individual states issue... Which only an act of congress can change, or have our local politicians change.

However, the auto dealership lobby is a serious nut to crack. With elections coming, I'm not sure many politicians are going to put their necks out so they can be labeled as against local businesses.

+ - Tesla Battles Trademark Troll in China

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Looks like Tesla is battling copyright issues over its name in China, as a single businessman there trademark trolls them. Zhan Baosheng has sued Tesla to stop the company from selling cars in China because he filed for the Chinese copyrights of the Tesla name in 2006 and was granted those trademarks in 2009. Baosheng had also set up a website and trademarked the Tesla logo--hoping to profit from Tesla's expected plans to sell in cars in China. Tesla, meanwhile, says its claim to the name has already been upheld by other Chinese authorities and that the lawsuit is without merit. The electric car company has actually considered using the phonetic name "Te Su Le" to sell its cars if needed. China drivers now buy more cars than those in any other country and the market is a key for luxury car sales."
Perl

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy? 536

Posted by timothy
from the perl-6-will-blow-them-all-away dept.
adelayde (185757) writes "In my day job, I work on a web based service with a lot of legacy code written in that older (and some may say venerable) web-scripting language, Perl. Although we use Modern Perl extensions such as Moose, the language just seems to be ossifying and we're wanting to move to a more up-to-date and used language for web applications, or even an entire framework, to do new development. We're still planning to support the legacy code for a number of years to come; that's unavoidable. This is a fairly big project and it's mission critical to the business. The thing we're afraid of is jumping onto something that is too new and too buzzy as we'd like to make a technology decision that would be good at least for the next five years, if not more, and today's rising star could quite easily be in tomorrow's dustbin. What language and/or framework would you recommend we adopt?"

Comment: Re:This just illustrates (Score 1) 365

by Mysticalfruit (#47343873) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet
How big is your house that it costs several million Euros? A buddy of mine (I'm the US fyi) bought a used fork lift battery. His system consists of panels on the roof, the battery(s) and a propane generator as an ultimate fallback. I'd like to say the battery cost him $2400 dollars. The way he uses it, it'll last indefinitely.

Comment: emacs, vi in a pinch. (Score 3, Insightful) 359

If I have to write a tool, I create a new buffer in emacs and have at it. If I'm standing in front of a machine fixing it, I'll reach for vi, only because it's on every platform.

I work in almost a 100% UNIX environment and what I generally see on people's desktops are: emacs, Eclipse (some flavor) and IntelliJ.

Comment: Re:What is the Dell CEO supposed to say? (Score 1) 173

by Mysticalfruit (#47243655) Attached to: Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'
Firstly, I'd forgotten that Dell had gone private. So replace stockholders with enterprise customers who buy dells higher end servers. That's where the high margin stuff is.
The beauty of the UNIX operating systems is the simple idea that everything is a file, period. Knocking down the wall between the filesystem which is just a file and memory which is just a file is a matter of semantics and drivers. So you've got an in memory file system, this filesystem instead of inodes has memory offsets. Getting the kernel to schedule a program now merely takes out the "open the binary file, and read it into memory" part and jumps directly to the schedule it to run. Yes, I'm making a straw man and knocking it down, yes I'm ignoring some sharp corners. However, none of this is like getting wolfenstein 3d that was designed to run on a 386 to run an i7. The whole idea behind unix is that the primitives are straightforward. Provided the kernel knows how to run binaries in such a machine, frankly the average unix command will work just like it did before, treating things like files and doing open/close/read/write/seek operations. It won't give a flying fuck it's running on a giant memsister machine, nor will it matter.

Comment: What is the Dell CEO supposed to say? (Score 5, Interesting) 173

by Mysticalfruit (#47235603) Attached to: Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'
HP is their competitor. HP just announced that they're working on something that even if the entire thing doesn't come to fruition, likely some part will and it will change the computing landscape. Understand, this announcement is pointed directly at Dell's share holders.

Best case scenario HP actually pulls it off and they've got some radically fast system running something that looks like Linux.
Mid case scenario, they figure out how to make memsistors at scale and then sell licences for everybody to make blisteringly fast SSD's, etc. Then others come along and figure out how to put the pieces together. HP makes out like a bandit in royalties, etc.
Worse case, nothing comes out of this. HP shrugs, files a whole pile of patent applications. Someone else takes bits and pieces of it (like IBM) and does cool things with it. In all three cases HP is going to be enhance their IP portfolio and possibly make their stock worth more.

All of those scenarios are bad for Dell. Dell doesn't do fundamental science. They design motherboards that use components supplied by everybody else and crank out cheap computers. If scenario #1 comes true... HP is NOT going to sell any of this to Dell, cutting them out of the market. If scenario #2 comes true, HP is going to get these components at a price that Dell can't compete with. If the last scenario comes true, Dell still ends up being a VAR like everybody else and HP racks in royalties.

The CEO of Dell is almost obligated to thrown cold water all over this, otherwise Dell shareholders are naturally going to ask if this announcement is going to make Dells stock worth less and/or worthless.

Comment: Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (Score 1) 230

As a driver of a range extended electric vehicle, I'd be perfectly happy to pay to quick charge my car at one of his charging stations. If anything it could encourage me to switch to a Tesla. Ultimately, what I want is for the battery technology to really take off. I'd rather have fewer charging stations and more robust battery technology...

Comment: My experience (Score 1) 148

I have a new car... 2014 Chevy Volt and I've found the thing pretty darn intuitive. I can do all of those functions from the steering wheel. The only exception would be if I'm at some FM radio station and I want to tune to some other FM radio station I have to use the tune scroll wheel... but I had to do the same thing on my 14 year old car I just sold.

Setting favorites is as easy as merely pressing and holding the spot on the favorites for 3 seconds... then it's set.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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