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Comment: Truth, Lies, or Exaggerations - I Don't Care (Score 2) 124

by Scot Seese (#46685967) Attached to: Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Thanks John McAfee, for making my Monday slightly less boring with your stories. Truth or exaggerations, we'll never be certain, but entertaining none the less.

Harkening back to the days of half insane envelope pushing entrepreneurs like John DuPont & Howard Hughes. Time to start stockpiling Mason jars!

Comment: Entitlement & Deferential Treatment (Score 1) 242

Silly readers, lawmakers expect deferential treatment. They think they're special. From the almost total inability of local police to pull them over or ticket for speeding or DUI to the number of actual hours/days worked in a year, the aides, assistants, staffers to fetch the coffees or arrange the plane tickets and the endless meetings with minions from Fortune 500, power elite groveling at their feet for legislation to protect their interests and so on.

You are sheep, they are the shepherds, and when they create rules, they think not of themselves, but of you.

Comment: Won't Affect Provisioning (Score 1) 101

by Scot Seese (#46457163) Attached to: Intel Rolling Out 800Gbps Cables This Year

So, data centers are going to realize a > 8x increase in speed. Awesome. Do you think Time Warner, Comcast, AT&T, and every regional carrier along the way are going to cheerfully provision more bandwidth to their customers? Or will their pencil pushers continue to view bandwidth as a scarce resource to be jealously guarded and sold for a kings' ransom?

We've had cable and DSL modems out in customers' basements for years now that are capable of > 10-20 megabit speed, yet according to a recent NetFlix study, the average U.S. household is actually getting something closer to 2.

Hurray to the boffins at Intel for devising a way for Pixar to allow their server farm to render Woody & Buzz's left butt cheeks 6x faster, university to run earthquake simulators at record speed and the NSA to read your grandmas sexts to Grandpa over at Shady Pines in real time, but someone please find a way to to put speed increases in the hands of consumers without affecting price.

Comment: Re:Maps not a mature product, inaccurate, dangerou (Score 1) 264

by Scot Seese (#46393231) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

I, and at least one friend I am aware of, have reported this when it was discovered over a year ago. The hospital is still being displayed in the wrong location.

Apple got my money when I bought the phone. I don't think they care. Their cloud services are as laughably award as Microsoft's mobile hardware.

Comment: Maps not a mature product, inaccurate, dangerous. (Score 0) 264

by Scot Seese (#46389973) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Disclaimer: Lifelong Android user, fully moved to iOS with purchase of iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and use rMBP as main computer.

Apple Maps continues to give inaccurate directions with implications ranging from incredible inconvenience to downright life threatening danger.

A lifelong Google Maps user, I bought an iPhone 5S on launch day. I switched to Apple Maps largely due to the tighter integration and full screen mode. I wanted to give it a fair shake. Let me share a few brief observations.

A large regional hospital in my home town closed down several years ago, and moved into a new building nearly ten miles away in a different city. The original facility was purchased by the city, and converted into a high school. Apple Maps continues to list the old location - now a high school - as the location of THE HOSPITAL, despite it having moved YEARS AGO. That is the kind of error that could quite possibly KILL SOMEONE.

I continue to receive weird route selections and inaccurate directions that would add miles and several minutes to my drive. Incorrect or inefficient exits. Favoring 55 MPH state routes full of small towns & numerous stop lights over interstate 80 running fully parallel a mile away with 70 MPH speed limit and traffic moving smoothly. Head scratching, bizarre route choices without the deep options available in Google Maps to correct it.

I think this is the problem - Google's army of of > 6,000 contractors endlessly driving & mapping the roads of America vs. Apple's flyover algorithmic mapping.

I still use Apple Maps, but largely only to keep track of distance driven/remaining and ETA on routes I'm already familiar with. It is, overall in my estimation, about as accurate as Waze - which is to say both products are damn far sight worse than Google Maps.

Comment: Re:Tesla = Apple (Score 2) 236

by Scot Seese (#46353801) Attached to: Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

No.. No, WindBourne I think you're confused. Here - let me clarify:

GM & Chrysler have fully repaid their TARP "bailout" money.
Ford never took TARP money - they did line of credit prior to TARP's existence.

I also think you are confused about the point I was making with the Ford F-150 pickup truck. Let me make it clearer for you:
I am not comparing the F150 to the Model S, or any other Tesla vehicle. What I was doing was demonstrating that Tesla is, and shall remain a small "boutique" automaker. Even if Tesla sells the 350,000 cars you claim they hope to in 2017, that number still come remotely close to the nearly 600,000 Ford F150 pickups that sold in 2013. That is just one vehicle, for one automaker. That does not include all the other cars & trucks Ford manufactures, nor does it include General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Range Rover, or others.

Tesla does not exist in a vacuum. Their only growth opportunity is to erode market share amongst wealthy buyers who were already in the market for a $70,000 + luxury vehicle, and would not have considered a cheaper car by a domestic, Japanese or Korean automaker. The problem is that there is a very small number of those buyers with six figure incomes to purchase them.

The average household income in the United States in 2013 was $51,017 with over 15% of Americans - 46.5 million people - living in poverty.

I assure you the 90+ percent of American earning those salaries are not lining up to buy $70,000 ++ Tesla electric cars. They ARE however gobbling up Honda Civics by the metric fuckton.

I hope this made my point clearer.

Comment: Tesla = Apple (Score 2) 236

by Scot Seese (#46349753) Attached to: Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

The only question left will be mainstream acceptance??

No, the only question left will be economic. Cars costing > $ 70,000 are not for middle income families. Middle (and low) income families make up the vast majority of the U.S. population.

Tesla offers unique differentiators in their product that may or may not be superior to competitor technologies but command a premium price - not unlike many Apple products.

Loaded out Lenovo or HP laptop? low to mid $1000 range. Comparable specs on a 15" Retina MacBook Pro? Mid $2000's. Differentiators - OSX, higher resolution IPS display, gorgeous unibody aluminum construction, tighter ecosystem between computer & mobile device, unparalleled retail sales & support experience through apple stores, SSD faster than spinny hard drive, better battery life. I unashamedly own one. I occasionally ask myself why.

The $1300 Lenovo with 16gb ram, Nvidia 750 discreet video, quad core i7 cpu, and Windows 8.1 will do everything you need in a laptop and 5x more. You just aren't getting those rMBP differentiators. If they are worth an additional $1000, go for it.

A completely loaded Chevy Malibu gets you a four door sedan with turbocharged engine, full leather interior and tons of options for under $31,000. It will comfortably carry you back and forth to work for less than half the cost of the Tesla, it has more than twice the range, refilling it with energy takes five minutes, and while it is using petrochemical fuel, the Teslas - lets not kid ourselves here - are using electricity overwhelmingly generated by dirty coal fired electric plants.

No one is pretending the Lenovo Y510P laptop is a loaded rMBP, or the Chevy Malibu is the equivalent of a Tesla Model S. But the point is this - the high end Apple laptop & 27" desktop products, along with Tesla's vehicles, are - so long as they occupy their current pricing strata - going to be luxury items that a very narrow percentage of the U.S. market can afford. They will accordingly occupy a small percentage of market share.

Apple and Tesla are both destined to exist as luxury brands that will always be around, always appeal to a certain well-heeled discriminating consumer, but are fated to occupy very narrow market share. Like Rolex, Gucci, Coach hand bags, those red-soled Louboutin heels your wife / girlfriend / both have had their eyes on - they are priced outside the realm of sanity for all but enthusiasts, the foolhardy, or the very well heeled.

If Elon can scale manufacturing to produce a vehicle similar to the Nissan Leaf, improve range to 200+ miles between charges, ++ plus the quality and options a little, and get the price down into the $25-35k range while still making an acceptable profit, Tesla might have something to talk about. Until such time, Teslas sales are going to exist in a range that to companies like Ford, GM, and whatever Chrysler/Fiat is calling themselves this week - is a rounding error on just one of their models' annual sales.

Tesla sold 20some thousands Model S sedans last year? Ford sold, on average, over 50,000 F-150 pickups PER MONTH in 2013. ONE manufacturer. ONE MODEL.

I love Tesla, I admire Elon, but the numbers are just wrong for most of America.

Comment: Consumers are irrational (Score 1) 264

by Scot Seese (#45377321) Attached to: Tesla Fires and Firestorms: Let's Breathe and Review Some Car Fire Math

History has proven repeatedly that the only thing that matters is shaping & controlling the message and swift and effective damage control. /. is full of technophiles who are willing to examine the numbers and make buying decisions accordingly. Joe Lunchbucket seeing "another Tesla on fire on the 6 o'clock news" isn't. "THEM ELECTRIC CARS CATCH FIRE!" is the only message that sticks.


Comment: John McAfee's REAL Latest Project: (Score 5, Interesting) 100

by Scot Seese (#44993645) Attached to: John McAfee's Latest Project: Shielding Against Surveillance

.. staying relevant, supporting his ex-stripper bride and not going totally broke.

Seriously though, I love this guy. Who needs "Bering Sea Gold Dredgers", "Duck Dynasty" or "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" when Johnny Mac is out there, popping up in my news feeds like the lovably insane, Hunter S. Thompson-ish "tech Uncle" for us to slowly laugh at before going back to work?

Comment: Processed, or Why You'll Never Know It (Score 1) 277

by Scot Seese (#44964993) Attached to: Clinton Grants $1 Million To Edible Insect Farmers

.. In order to get past the "yuck!" factor, what is most likely going to transpire is that food insects will be processed in a way that leaves consumers unaware that they are consuming insects. A ground, pleasantly colored, slightly nutty flavored paste to smear on crackers, for example.

I don't see grandma shoveling handfuls of giant Madagascar cockroaches in her mouth during Sunday night football - not anytime soon.

Comment: My $2 Chinese cables still work fine on 7.0.1 (Score 1) 663

by Scot Seese (#44917711) Attached to: Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

I purchased Lightning to USB cables on last week during a sale for a whopping $2 each, and guess what - as of right now, even after the latest update, they work fine for both charging and syncing.

If Apple is on the warpath about anything, it's the actual wall charger. The woman that was electrocuted in China three weeks ago was killed by a shoddily made third party wall charger that exposed her to full outlet current - not 5 volt USB.

Comment: Linux is an idea, Windows is a product (Score 1) 576

by Scot Seese (#44895135) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

Linux is a philosophy. Windows is a product created and sold by a company headquartered and registered in the United States, and as such, is subject to all laws and regulations of the U.S. Government.

Of course Windows contains back doors for law enforcement and intelligence authorities. Why should this be so surprising?

I have theorized for decades that the "zero day exploits" that hackers keep finding in Microsoft Windows are merely security holes created for government agencies. By dumb luck or determination, skilled hackers stumble across those exploits. Microsoft hires talented coders and engineers, and some of the security flaws revealed in Windows exploits are simply too egregious to be explained as "sloppy coding."

Comment: And in 20 years.. (Score 0) 94

by Scot Seese (#44849609) Attached to: Japan Controls Rocket Launch With Just 8 People and 2 Laptops

..the launches will be controlled by a repurposed Senior Care Autonomous Robotic Employee (SCARE) built by Hitachi Heavy Industries, that simply requires a ROM to be reflashed with its launch program, taking only two minutes and a WiFi connection.

It will look glorious, hooked into the launch control board, with its vacuum nozzle attachment and pill dispenser hanging off the side, as it guides the majestic rocket through the night sky.

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum