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Comment: Re:Good grief (Score 2) 98

by cdrudge (#47509491) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Even if all the machines were identical top of the line machines, many of the things that was listed as requirements would still apply.

"Spend[ing] a couple bucks" isn't always fiscally possible in a education or non-profit environment which the computing lab is likely a part of.

Finally, given likely limited resources, it likely made a lot more sense to buy more lower end less expensive machines if they could adequately meet the needs of the majority of users while having just a couple of high end machines for those that need them. But they need mechanisms in place to prevent abuse between users and sessions.

Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 2) 171

by cdrudge (#47500197) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

I think most people would say that "clean energy" and "renewable energy" are synonymous with one another. Why would you exclude hydroelectric as a clean and/or renewable energy source? When considering ALL forms of clean energy combined, Texas is not first. Not first in total production. Not first in percentage of generation.

If you are going to exclude hydroelectricity generated energy because it's only available in certain parts of the country, shouldn't you also exclude wind generated power since it's only feasible in certain parts of the country too? I'd probably also include solar since the further north you go, the less viable it becomes.

Comment: Re: Texas? (Score 1) 171

by cdrudge (#47500023) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

There's major rail lines that crisscross the nation. Anywhere there is an automotive plant they've figured out how to ship any number of large and/or heavy items that are needed in large quantities for the production of automobiles. While there is no doubt that convenient shipping would be advantageous, my guess is that Tesla's investment for transportation of supplies and vehicles would be similar whether it's in Texas, California, or any other place that has developed transportation infrastructure. It's not like they would be paying for a dedicated rail line from wherever their plant will be all the way to a seaport.

Comment: Re:Texas? (Score 1) 171

by cdrudge (#47499935) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Building this factory in Texas would make it harder for politicians to fight "Texas Made" cars.

But that's a REALLY big gamble. While having a massive production plant may give you some extra leverage, once it's built it's not like Tesla will be able to just pack up and leave if they don't get what they want. I guess only time will tell which side wins.

Comment: Re:Do as they do in job references (Score 1) 424

by cdrudge (#47465769) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Check local laws. Many companies chose to provide only the information you suggest in order to essentially eliminate any risk of a defamation lawsuit. But that doesn't mean that they can't say more. If the statement is factual and can be supported or demonstrated with evidence, it very much could be revealed in a reference check. So I wouldn't say that is "the worst" as "the worst" may be much, much worse.

Plus, the above doesn't even consider your former employer breaking the law, blackballing you, whatever. If that does happen, you'd have to find out, then sue, and then win. And that takes money...something most people looking for jobs probably don't have much of a surplus of.

Comment: Re:No need to qualify (Score 2) 382

by cdrudge (#47459181) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

There should be no legal prohibition against me buying a car directly from Tesla, GM, Toyota or any other car maker if I want.

Is the opposition coming just from the dealers? Or is it coming from the established manufacturers by way of dealers?

Many industries sell only through distributors, dealers, or otherwise "authorized" retail outlets. The company I work for is in the HVAC industry. We only sell to our dealers and never directly to the end consumer. I don't know of any major HVAC manufacturer that sells direct to consumer. It's not that there are laws that prevent direct sales of furnaces or air conditioners, rather that's just how the industry chooses to sell. However if an new manufacturer decided to sell direct a new type of furnace or AC that was "better" and therefor a legitimate threat, I wonder if you'd see types of legislation from the established players to slow if not stop the new competition.

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