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Comment Re:Note if we can stop.. (Score 2) 428

The reason most store bought produce lacks in taste has little to do with genetic modification and everything to do with when it was picked. Tomatoes, for example, are not typically picked when they are fully ripe. The natural ripening process is what generates all the flavor and most of the nutritional goodness. You can simulate this yourself with a tomato plant at home. Just pick a tomato way before it ripens. Set it in a bowl with ripened tomatoes and once it turns red, taste it. Then compare it to tomatoes that ripened on the vine from the same plant.

Comment Re:A story, and, for some, an opportunity (Score 1) 66

Allegedly, their revenue stream from licensing is going down while interest and revenue from software makers in assisting in porting their Windows apps to Linux using their platform is increasing.

I mean it stands to reason that people are not going to regularly upgrade Crossover if it's already running whatever app they want well. And so it stands to reason that they would target their development efforts to companies looking to port. Sooner or later, essentially all the important calls will be implemented such that only bug fixes and/or config tweaks will be necessary to get apps to run as they would on a stock copy of Windows.

Comment Re:Batteries with Solar Systems = No Net-metering (Score 1) 317

Depends on where you live and who your providers are. Laws and utility policies vary widely as there are no national governance rules on it (yet). In TVA territory, you currently are allowed to sell power back to the grid as a green power provider at a 2 cent premium over retail rate. This is for solar power and not strictly using a battery to store at off-peak hours and sell back during peak hours. I'm not sure how this battery will fit into their paradigm.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

Maybe a better way would be to say the last 2% or 3% of driving cases not already covered. Even the Leaf covers probably 70% of driving cases (random percent guess). But it's easy to think of very common use cases that it would not reasonably cover that are not in that last few percent. The current Tesla models do.

Driving cross country in a Tesla is doable *now* depending on your requirements (i.e. minimum stops and can't be stopped more than 10 minutes). I guess those use cases are things like you have to drive to a wedding 10 hours away and overslept. You can make it, but ....

Comment Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 514

Where in the world do you live that has 5 cents per kWh?

If you live in TVA territory (just one area, I know), it's currently 10 cents. Word has it that residential is getting moved to peak demand pricing soon, so a solar + battery combination could easily pay for itself in the 10 year window of the warranty on the battery and even longer warranty on solar panels.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

Extreme edge cases, not common edge cases. Examples:

1. Towing excessive weight
2. Driving long distances and needing to make extremely infrequent and short refueling stops (like 10 minutes max)
3. Driving all day in an area where there are no charging options or don't have time to stop and refuel at one.

I can count on one finger the number of times in a year something like that might apply to me. For those rare occasions, renting a vehicle is practical.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

The example I saw was an 11 hour journey in an optimal route as described by Google. The Tesla route was a little under 15 hours. It's probably important to keep in mind that the guy had a low battery, so I'm guessing at least 2 out of the 8 or 9 battery charging stops could have been eliminated saving 40 minutes minimum. Probably more like an hour and a half since the route had him going 20 minutes out of the way to the first charger. Make one of those stops a break for a meal (like most anyone would on an 11 hour journey) to fully charge the battery and it starts to make the journey even more like a regular gas powered trip.

If Tesla ever does figure out a model for their battery swapping tech that makes sense, then long journeys in a battery powered vehicle become no big deal at all. Even without it, it's approaching only edge cases that make battery powered travel impractical.

Comment Re:awwww, poor sports, no game ball for YOU (Score 1) 329

If you move to an on-demand model, there is no such thing as leaving on the TV and the meter keeps running.

I suppose they could try to keep the outdated "scheduled" way of showing movies or other programming and stream that, but why would you do that? And if you aren't doing that, how are you going to monitor usage?

Just charge a premium for a scheduled non-stop stream and be done with it.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

Range issues are a concern

Not quite so much in a Tesla. With their latest software, you put in your destination and it will plan your route based on supercharger locations. They're adding more all the time to make efficient routes. But wait ... there's more! Not only do they route you to superchargers, the route planner tells you how long you have to spend at each location charging to get to the next charger.

At the rate they're installing superchargers and combined with any future battery improvements, range anxiety won't be any worse than it is for gasoline vehicles. Possibly less so.

Comment Re:awwww, poor sports, no game ball for YOU (Score 1) 329

I seriously doubt that's where it's headed at least not in the way you describe. The trend is towards on demand streaming. Even HBO who I thought would be the last is one of the first with their no landline subscription needed access to their on demand service.

There may be usage based billing, but a set fee makes more sense so that even if people get really busy and barely watch anything for a while, companies still make their money.

Some cable companies are looking into turning essentially every channel into nearly on-demand with features such as rewinding any show back to the beginning even if you didn't record it on your DVR or have it playing with the real-time buffer to go back on.

The future is trending towards what customers want and when they want it. The holdouts run the risk of having an upstart that full-on embraces new tech replace them.

Comment Re:Too speculative right now (Score 1) 359

Sure, I mean it could be as simple as they're looking for a way to transport their workers and/or goods and maybe hope to make some additional money off broader sales. Could also be that they have a whiteboard in a room somewhere with tons of "what if" written down on future projects that could be tied into their own transportation infrastructure.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux