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Comment Re:So when are they making something we can AFFORD (Score 1) 323

The primary ingredient, Lithium, is only about 4x as expensive as pure iron. It's not actually all that expensive. You're totally right, though, I'm sure that Tesla will die as soon as we have an economic downturn, like the one we've been in since the company launched.

I'm afraid that the limited market for the resources and the batteries will not make it feasible to ever mass produce cheap batteries.

So are most automotive executives, and most investors, which is why it hasn't happened. It takes someone with the vision *and* the capital to make a revolution happen.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Group! (Score 4, Insightful) 198

If the time has come for the general to pick up a rifle, the war is lost. You should not be thinking in single-system mode. You should be able to trust your minions and underlings to do what they're paid to do, which is follow your direction. Read-only access is a great ask, since it ensures that any changes made are documented, and therefore repeatable.

Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 1) 446

The government is willing to take as much money as you're willing to give them in the interest free loan that is overpayment of taxes with the intention of a bigger return. When you file your taxes in the beginning of the following year (what most people call "filing their return"), is when it matters, because then you could be getting back more money / paying less taxes than you are legally required to, and that's when Uncle Sam begins to get peeved.

Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 1) 446

Married filing separately isn't the same as filing single. That's why there are three columns. Note the following is straight rates, no deductions.

Say a man makes $80k and his wife makes $150k. Single he pays $15856.10, and she pays $35175.60. Total together is $51031.70
They get married, they pay $51804.20. Which is $772.50 more.
They file separately and he pays $16023.35 and she pays $37452.10, with a total of $53475.45. That's $2243.75 more than when they were single and $1671.25 more than filing jointly.

The only way that it makes sense to file separately is if you're going to move all the family's deductions to the higher paid person's taxes to get an overall lower rate, and if the changes more than pay for the accountants and potentially lawyers. So, I'm afraid you're wrong, there are definitely ways that married people could end up paying more, but really only if they make enough to actually pay taxes in the first place.

Comment Re:Wouldn't apply to Netflix (Score 1) 85

But simply having their application return the same amount of traffic as it downloads would be cheaper for them to implement, since it would only be a few lines of code, and it would resolve the bandwidth mismatch at the peering point. It would hurt the users a bit as they tried to figure out why their video quality is suffering as the ISPs network chokes out.

It's a completely valid technical solution to an artificial problem, because it points out that by not balancing the traffic you're benefiting the ISP. Since almost all the traffic is downstream to the users, they can focus on providing higher downstream speeds without having to deliver higher upstream speeds. This enables bigger numbers on their advertisements. "50 mbps SUPER SPEED ULTRA FAST FAST* (*2 mbps upload)".

Comment Re:Recommended supplementary curriculum for HFA? (Score 1) 131

Purchased The Spark on this recommendation, and I'll read it through when it gets here. Much appreciated! I'll also continue to try to tie things into his interests more closely, though his primary interest is video games, and we *have* to limit that for everyone's sanity. I bought him some circuit builder starter kits and a couple other tinkering things and will continue to work with him to help him find more interests. Glad to hear of your work, I'm sure we'll all benefit from it in times to come.

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