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Comment: PDP11 (Score 1) 211

by danheskett (#47942197) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I had a PDP11 in my basement, all full working, with loads of equipment to go with it. I had a fun time learning about the genesis of the industry and learning about the internals and workings of the machine.

Then I had a housefire. The machine and all of its components were completely ruined. I had a good laugh explaining it to the insurance adjuster. I think I got decent money for it because it was an antique, but it was limited because I didn't declare it separately on my policy.

Comment: Re:Just wait 'til the Insurance Companies get it! (Score 2) 125

Imagine getting caught up in a construction or accident re-direct, and their being a batch of auto-tickets issued for using the wrong lane(s) or traveling on a closed section of road!

That happened in LA this week. Thousands of people were diverted onto the 110's Express lanes because of a gun battle, causing many of them to get automated tickets. But the tickets were quickly canceled and any money already paid is being refunded.

As much as we hear about technology run amok and mindless government bureaucrats, there are still plenty of sensible human being in the world and in most cases they can overrule any stupid things the machines do.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-metro-toll-fine-mistake-20140917-story.html

Comment: Re:some renewable techs didn't pan out (Score 2) 190

by michael_cain (#47932409) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise
Can't speak to wherever in Australia they were planning, but Oregon is a tough market. Lots of hydro, growing wind segment, and not enough transmission capacity to make sure excess can be shuffled off to other markets. 2011 was a wet year, and oversupply was already somewhat of a problem. The economics for intermittent renewable sources -- wind, solar, wave -- get worse in a hurry if you can't sell all the power you could potentially generate.

Comment: Re:Why dilute the brand? (Score 2) 378

by King_TJ (#47930229) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

I get your point, but I don't think that's the business model.

It looks to me like Tesla put out the high-dollar "elite" sports car as the first product, in order to generate enough revenue (higher profit margins on each one) to build more of a company aimed at the mass market.

So this isn't about "brand dilution" so much as the company knowing who it wants its customer to be -- and gradually lowering prices on the cars as the technology and profits from previous sales allow it to get there.

Tesla isn't trying to compete with Ferrari, Lamborghini, and the like. It wants to reach a point where it's considered a superior brand competing with brands like Nissan, Toyota, GM, Ford and Chrysler.

Comment: This is how it had to be (Score 1) 184

by rabtech (#47928063) Attached to: NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

You can't unwind the tentacles of the military-industrial complex all at once. You also can't ignore SpaceX and how well they have been doing.

This award is simply acknowledging reality. Boeing has to get some pork to keep the lobbyists happy, SpaceX has to get some money to keep them in the running. It will be a slow shift over time as SpaceX continues to deliver for less money.

SpaceX is playing the game... why do you think they are opening a spaceport in Texas? Gotta spread those jobs around to keep Congress happy.

The funny thing is, you can play that government game and get rich while still delivering an excellent product (SpaceX). It takes several generations of bloated military contracts to teach people to stop working so hard (e.g. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, etc).

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