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Comment: Re:Didn't break but helped to fix... (Score 1) 306 306

I only know of two such instances where this happened or something similar happened. One was only about five years ago and the other was longer - it made the news. Assuming it was the latter then that grocery store chain either begins with an S or a K? I can not recall which one it is but I do recall hearing about a computer mishap that took out warehouse access for a major grocery chain. The more recent one was due to a malware infection that spread across their network (as I recall) and its primary goal had been collecting credit card data but it had spread much further. That one was covered in eWeek and noted, by me, simply due to its proximity to me.

Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 42 42

Mac Pros, which run certified Unix (OS X) are possibly the _best_ option for serious professionals.

Who cares whether a Unix is certified? Linux is the big daddy of the server rhythm these days. It's all been over but the tears for Big Iron Unix since you started seeing people consider the GNU toolchain 'indispensable' on it.

There are also a couple other companies making one or two choices in well-built hardware you can install enterprise Linux on, of course.

There's a lot of companies making much more capable hardware these days, particularly in the graphics department, and featuring considerably more expandability. Much of it comes at significantly lower cost, as well, and if you spend more money, you'll know what you got for it in most cases.

Comment: Re:Advanced users do not use Apple products (Score 1) 42 42

This isn't a feature. There are good reasons to want to customize your tags.

- The "official" ones are often wrong or inconsistent. It is especially bad for compilations and collaborations.

- You want custom fields.

- You want to change language (e.g. transliterate names into Japanese)

Tagging hasn't been a time sync for over a decade. When you rip the tags are grabbed off the net, the same as what iTunes does for you.

Comment: Re:Road trips. (Score 1) 499 499

It doesn't actually matter. What you have to ask is not whether people live in cities, but how far they live from work. I've known people to commute for two hours in California, and I'm not even talking about heavy traffic situations. A lot of people are now living up here in Lake and Mendocino counties and working way the hell down in SF and the like, that's a two hour drive on a good day.

Comment: Re:Range and recharging time (Score 1) 499 499

Some of the weight difference definitely gets eaten by the vehicle frame, so it's capable of the hauling and towing capacities that make it "super duty", but there's a whole lot of room there for more batteries than any sedan could reasonably carry.

Physically, there is room. Economically, there is not. Pickups are already brushing the top of what people are willing to pay for them.

I'm assuming Tesla has already thought of this, but just can't build yet another line simultaneously with all the others.

The only manufacturer who might reasonably pull this off any time soon is Ford, because they're the only ones with a lightweight pickup big enough to stuff batteries into and still do work. They would need to make a lightweight chassis that was designed to accommodate the battery packs, but they could do that with in-house expertise now. And nobody is going to buy a Tesla pickup. People are married to brands in trucks.

This conversation does take me back to when Ford was playing around with Capstone turbines in C-Max people movers and so on. Perhaps Ford should offer an Aluminum F150 EV with a turbine range extender option :)

+ - Some consumers habitually pick losers

AmiMoJo writes: If you’re still crying into your pillow at night over the demise of the Zune MP3 player or Crystal Pepsi, take a long, hard look into the mirror: Your shopping habits might have foretold the doom of your favourite, discontinued products. At least, according to a group of researchers pointing the finger at certain early adopters. In a study published in the Journal of Marketing Research, researchers identified particular kinds of consumers whose preferences can predict products that will flop, calling those folks “harbingers of failure.” “Certain customers systematically purchase new products that prove unsuccessful. Their early adoption of a new product is a strong signal that a product will fail.”

Comment: Re:EVs are a PITA (Score 1) 499 499

So, I am helping everybody (and the planet) out by burning three dinosaurs to every one you do not.

Oh no, you've got it twisted. I live in the sticks and I'm two meters tall and I can't afford a new car either. I have a 300SD and I'm working to bring up an A8 Quattro right now. You can buy a lot of fuel for twenty thousand dollars...

Comment: Re:I don't think it's so much speculation (Score 1) 499 499

A quick google disagreed with this "fact", showing a slight increase in median household income over the last half century....

You mean, as compared to inflation? Because the minimum wage hasn't kept up with inflation in over twenty years, and more and more people are living on it.

Comment: Re:Hint: (Score 1) 15 15

So you're saying that http://slashdot.org/comments.p... up the page didn't happen?

If you are trying to make a claim that I wrote that comment to talk about myself, then it appears you are doing more to further my claim - of you seeing what you want to see, regardless of what is actually in front of you - than your own.

Oh, and it's currently:
Moderation +1
30% Underrated
20% Flamebait
20% Overrated

What you are showing is an incomplete picture of the moderation (a result of how poorly slashdot displays such things). We know it was already moderated up more than once. Those three numbers don't only not add up to the complete moderation history of the comment, they don't even add up to 100%.

Granted, slashdot has a weird insistence on showing the moderations as percentages, rounded to 10% increments - which makes pretty well no sense - and they end up not listing all the moderations as well. If you have slashdot sent to send you messages regarding moderation of your comments, it will give you a much more complete picture.

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