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Comment: Re:Bob's smokin' crack (Score 1) 250

by j2.718ff (#48023367) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

The Volt isn't an electric car. It's maximum range on batteries is 38 miles. So, as an electric vehicle, it's 19 miles going, 19 miles return, and if you need headlights and wipers be prepared to get out and push it at the end.

Apples and Oranges ...

The Volt isn't an electric car. It's a different type of an electric car than a Telsa, so yes, apples and oranges. If you're pushing a Volt because it ran out of battery charge, you've entirely missed the point of the Volt's ICE. The Volt's target customer is someone with a ~20 mile or shorter one-way daily commute. By charging it daily, they'll run on battery most of the time. The ICE means they can opt for longer trips without advanced planning (researching charging station locations, or getting a rental).

It's not for everyone. But for those (fringe?) customers, it's ideal. I think I could say the same about a Tesla.

Comment: Re:Nothing (Score 1) 471

by j2.718ff (#47874215) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

There's an app for that!

Seriously though, watches should be 90% voice/sound interactive.

"No" times a million! I like being able to look at my watch to know things. I don't want people around me to hear me using my watch. Also, I think Pebble and the like have done a great thing by replacing the traditional "beep" with a vibrate. Now even my alarm is (relatively) quiet.

Comment: Re:This could all be solved quite easily.... (Score 2) 364

by j2.718ff (#47873301) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

It would be trivial for Apple, Samsung, etc. to program their phones so that distracting features such as texting could be disabled once the motion detector in the phone detects that the owner is traveling at a given speed. When the car comes to a stop, it's all working again.

So in other words, I wouldn't be able to text while riding the train to work?

Comment: Re:Texting 911 (Score 1) 364

by j2.718ff (#47873201) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Honestly I really don't see text messaging to 911 being particularly useful and it certainly is not a widely available service (not yet anyway). Maybe there are some super rare corner cases I'm not thinking of but I fail to see why you would text instead of calling.

Yes -- for those times when you can't call. For example, you are in an area with very poor service. Your calls fail, or are dropped. Since a text is small, it can be delivered during that second when you have a good enough signal.

Comment: Re:For fitness? Really? (Score 1) 471

by j2.718ff (#47872925) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

My wife has a polaris band she can combine with an accurate chest strap heart rate monitor, they sync together via bluetooth and her phone to track progress.... all without needing some big clunky, ugly "watch," or the premium cost for Apple products.

I'd trade a little accuracy for the ability to monitor my heart rate without a strap. I've tried a variety of brands, and have yet to find one that doesn't chafe after 1+ hours of running.

Comment: notifications and fitness (Score 1) 471

by j2.718ff (#47872867) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Currently, I have:
a Pebble -- I use it to see notifications about incoming e-mail, texts, phone calls, etc. That's sufficient, and in my opinion, worth the price.

a Garmin GPS watch -- I use it when running, to track my distance and pace, and sometimes also my heartrate and cadence (requires using extra sensors). I don't want the bulk of carrying a phone when I run.

If a single watch can combine those, I'll use it. If not, I'll wear my pebble most of the day, and my garmin for workouts.

Comment: Re:What is the Tesla strategy? (Score 1) 157

by j2.718ff (#47826991) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

2) Dealers will definitely try to sell more gas cars as they break down more frequently and the $$$ for dealers is the service dept. They barely make a profit in the sales dept.

Whether a dealer is actually thinking in those exact terms or not, the fact is, they'd need to do some major re-work of their service department. All gas-engine cars are quite similar, and thus the same mechanic can work on most of them without much trouble. But a Tesla has some major differences that would require some significant training, and probably a number of new tools to work with them. This makes me think dealers would be either less willing to service Teslas, or would cut corners in doing so.

Comment: Re:Good, I say (Score 1) 502

by j2.718ff (#47614715) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

The technology of power transmission hasn't fundamentally changed in 100 years. Yea, there is some OLD equipment out there, but it is not like running electricity though wires somehow wears them out, so why would you replace it if it's still working just fine?

Do you mean to say you haven't experienced Digital Electricity? Though, to get the best out of it, you should only use the best Monster cables. I can't even imagine using my toaster with the old fashioned analog electricity I had to put up with growing up.

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