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Comment: Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (Score 1) 329

by mark-t (#46792341) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Most people don't need that

Irrelevant. It is what most people want, or else range anxiety would be a non-issue.

[ubiquitous charging] seems to be the case already

Only near very metropolitan areas. If you are needing to drive rural for any real stretch, then there's a problem. Sure that's not most people, but take a guess how many cars there are on rural roads every single day? It's not exactly a small numbeer

The Model S is cheaper than similar sedans

The model S costs $80k... which is a good $30k or more than what one could spend on a brand new car that is just as good in terms of features, but may not carry any sort of status symbol or prestige with it. Hell, it's $50k more than the most expensive car that I ever bought.

Comment: Re:Ivy League Schools (Score 2, Funny) 30

by ShieldW0lf (#46792269) Attached to: Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

The Ivy League was basically a formal gentleman's agreement (you know, back from the good old days where they banned women and blacks from campus and had strict quotas on Jews) that they would mutually agree to be terrible at sports in order to maintain high academic standards.

Everyone who attends an Ivy League school to play sports is someone who would have been a serious consideration for admission without their athletic ability.

Of course they're going to be terrible at sports. They don't have any black people on their team!

Comment: Re:they couldn't have just read Dilbert? (Score 1) 122

by Tablizer (#46792207) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

It's so universal it's seen everywhere.

Managers should also be formally judged by their underlings. If they score low or fail to improve in problem categories, they get docked pay.

It can be an anonymous survey with 20 or so categories such as "Shows respect to me (employee)", "Explains my tasks clearly", "Listens to and thoughtfully considers my opinion", "Gives me meaningful and relevant work", "Explains the purpose of my work in terms of organizational goals", etc.

Comment: Re:I hate personal definitions (Score 1) 166

by ShieldW0lf (#46792191) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

Dude, you're the worst sort of person to argue with. You've demonstrated poor reading comprehension and a willingness to hand-wave away the distinction between similar words if you don't think they are relevant to you or serve your position. You seriously make me wonder why I even bother trying to express myself precisely

I never used the word explosion. I used the word detonation. I contrasted it with the deflagration that occurs in internal combustion engines like we see in cars.

A detonation occurs when the shock wave expanding out of the reaction zone compresses the unburnt fuel ahead of the wave, and the compressive heating raises the temperature in the unburnt fuel above it's autoignition temperature.

10 m/s is well below the threshold. Try 2000 m/s.

Detonation produces a more efficient combustion than deflagration, gives higher yields, and generates more kinetic force relative to the thermal energy released. It's a whole different kettle of fish.

Comment: Re:Outsourcing! Management Sux! What?!? (Score 1) 122

by Tablizer (#46792161) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

But third-world labor is often cheaper because those countries don't have and/or enforce labor, safety, and pollution laws. Should we trash the USA in order to compete with those used to living in trashy country?

Further, individuals here don't have the ability to change their entire country even if they personally wanted the trade-offs offered by such an Ayn Rand "paradise".

And why reward trashy countries for being trashy by giving them our jobs? We should encourage them to get civilized.

Comment: Dilbert is Real (Score 4, Funny) 122

by Tablizer (#46792075) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers...One observation in this report...was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates.

PHB1: "This survey shows our employees think we in management are clueless superficial jerks. What do we do about it?"

PHB2: "I got it! Fire them all and outsource their work to new people who don't yet know we are clueless superficial jerks."

PHB1: "Brilliant! Let's vote ourselves a raise for this plan!"

Comment: Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (Score 5, Insightful) 62

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#46791989) Attached to: Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

In Canada you can parody anyone. For example Justin Turdeau instead of Justin Trudeau (leader Liberal party Canada). It's funny and you can't get sued never mind have the police come after you. It's called freedom of speech.

Legally, yes; but none of that kicks in until after some sort of legal proceeding actually occurs. If the cops just break down your door, shoot your dog, and seize everything that looks evidentiary and/or worth 'losing', and then no charges are filed? Well, if you have the resources to lawyer up, you could probably make a civil case out of it; but otherwise you just got protected and served.

Comment: How appropriate... (Score 4, Insightful) 62

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#46791927) Attached to: Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist
Hasn't Peoria been a cultural touchstone for humorless reactionary behavior since whenever "Will it play in Peoria?" was coined?

Also, can they not afford enough legal advice to tell them that basically every step of this plan is practically a textbook case of 'How to incur legal exposure in absurdly obvious ways'?

Comment: Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (Score 1) 329

by mark-t (#46791925) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"
Most people (not all, but most), I'd dare say, don't want to own an extra vehicle that they only use when making extended trips, and don't want to deal with renting a vehicle if they can just as easily own one, spending a loss less money than they would spend buying an EV.

Comment: Overcollection (Score 2) 68

by Animats (#46791557) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

The trouble with these things is that they want to "phone home" too much. For energy conservation, Nest talks to a Nest, Inc. server and tells it too much. The info it needs (outside temp, power grid load status) is freely available from read-only web sites. (Given a ZIP code, the National Weather Service site will return info in XML.) But no, it has to talk to the "cloud" and give out personal information. That's totally unnecessary.

Comment: Will it matter? (Score 4, Interesting) 68

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#46791331) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash
You start with the ones who don't care, give them discounts on their insurance premiums or electric bill or whatever. Over the course of a few years, you futz with the prices until it's less of a 'discount' and more 'the only way to approach the price you used to get'.

At that point, the ones who do care can either suck it up and wear whatever herd-management-solution you feel like telling them to, or they can pay (probably increasingly steeply) to maintain their precious little objections.

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