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Comment Re:So much Elon cocksucking. (Score 1) 207

It's not about Elon, its about the car and the people who make up the company. As a Tesla owner, I thought I'd respond to your comments.

1) They are taking the opportunity to do the right thing, check out every car for other issues, and getting great publicity. If they find one more car with an assembly problem like this, and however remotely possible that car is in an accident, this recall paid for itself.

2) It probably won't cost them anything at all because the techs are paid a salary and need something to do anyway. From our experience the cars require little maintenance.

3) OK

4A) The Model S is fairly priced for what it is; its not the car for everybody.
4B) The Model S has a 4 year Warranty with everything but tires covered. We paid another $3500 a year and a half ago to extend that to 8 years. This warranty policy makes 3rd party repair obsolete and I cannot think of another car of any kind that you can maintain for flat rate of $3500 for 8 years. I don't understand your point that maintenance on the Model S is expensive.
4C) You are correct; the Model S is a beta test of sorts. People who can afford a relatively expensive car are funding a business model that develops the capacity to make lower priced electric cars. Problems with any new technology is to be expected, but this one has been remarkably smooth for us. We got our Model S in April 2013 and I knew I was taking a pretty big chance. It paid off - we have had almost no trouble at all.

Comment Re:That will go well (Score 1) 129

They are probably going to harvest deep sea metal nodules. This was a big thing back in the 70's but I don't think it ever got past the research stage. If all they are doing is harvesting the potato sized nodules from the surface of the sea floor, it may not be that big of an environmental disaster.

This article is incredibly short on details, but it's inconceivable that they would try to smelt the ore on the ocean floor. How they process the ore once on land is another matter, but we're already doing this with ore obtained on land so the environmental impacts are well understood.

Comment Re:He's got his talking points (Score 1) 478

On top of all that, communications can be encrypted with ssl so I'm not sure how router packet sniffing would be totally effective. They could easily use peer to peer technology to defeat any possible IP filtering strategy. Seriously, Microsoft could have the ultimate botnet tomorrow, but why would they do that?

Ignorance may be bliss, but from a information security standpoint, most of us place implicit trust in bios vendors, circuit board vendors and their firmware, Intel, AMD, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple and the list goes on. If any of these people really want your data they have the means to get it. If you think they aren't smart enough to hide their activity you're delusional. The fact is, our activity isn't really that interesting and these people aren't crooks so it's an acceptable risk.

If you run Windows you implicitly trust Microsoft. If you run Linux, you implicitly trust the open source movement. If Microsoft wants your data they have the means to get it. If for some reason they needed to hide that fact, nobody would likely know.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 1) 104

What I've noticed on the older processors that get hot is that the internal bond inside he device doesn't conduct heat as well and the processor goes into a death spiral of increasing temperature if it overheats. I've learned that monitoring the cpu temp and making sure it never gets too hot is critical. If you really want to milk a processor for 10 years (and I have servers older than that) an ounce of thermal prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 104

The real improvement these days is low power, increased performance from ssd, faster i/o with new chip sets and faster memory with ddr4. Additionally, decent integrated graphics bring overall system cost down. Strictly looking at cpu benchmarks paints a darker picture that is really the case.

That said, i agree Moore's law seems to be on the ropes...

Comment The best is yet to come... (Score 3, Interesting) 115

Using XPoint as a successor to mass storage in my mind is short term thinking. Maybe its a quick way to sell the technology in the near term, but certainly not the best use case.

We should get away from mass storage altogether and use this as replacement for RAM. It will take a rethinking of operating system structure, but promises to provide instant on computers with all programs and data always loaded and ready for immediate access. Database systems would immediately be orders of magnitude faster because all data is always ready for access.

I for one will not miss virtual memory...

Comment Re:Skylake is awesome (Score 1) 152

I was trying to compare overall system performance, not raw cpu capacity. Also, I'm trying to compare moderately priced components. I'm lumping all the contemporary parts of a typical Skylake system to what was contemporary several years ago in the same ballpark price range. The benefits of the new high end Skylake stuff is dubious. In any case IMHO, compared to what I've been using, Skylake is awesome. FWIW, see my post below for details of what I was trying to talk about.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten