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Comment: Re:Bill Belichick (Score 1) 405

No such luck. The tablets have replaced the black and white printouts of player positioning and play development. Turns out those pictures were provided by the league itself to both teams - it's not something teams do on their own.

So if Belichick doesn't want the tablets to view those photos, he won't have any photos to see.

Comment: Re:Won't work with new chips (Score 2) 78

It varies. A lot of retail workers won't care, but some will. Especially the ones who are smart enough to be aware of credit card fraud but not so knowledgeable they know about Coin.

I don't think someone would have to be turned down from a purchase many times before they threw the thing in the garbage. It doesn't have to happen often.

Comment: Won't work with new chips (Score 5, Insightful) 78

All the major credit card companies will be rolling out soon-to-be-mandatory chip systems for their credit cards. The point of this chip is specifically to prevent copying of credit cards. Coin is dead in the water.

Beyond this, how many register monkeys will decline the transaction because it's not the original card? I was trained at my old retail job by an actual Mastercard representative never to allow use of a credit card without a signed back, much less a card that's literally a personal copy.

Comment: Re:I'm confused (Score 5, Informative) 262

by jonnythan (#47261641) Attached to: Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

They're talking about purchase and installation:

"Because less modules are needed for the same power output, less land, labor, mounting structures, wiring and support racks are also required, saving an estimate of 10 cents a watt for every point of efficiency gained."

So if you're installing 4000 watts worth of panel, using 23% efficiency panels costs $400 less to purchase and install than 22% efficiency panels.

Comment: Make batteries? (Score 4, Informative) 362

by jonnythan (#47020519) Attached to: Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

I was under the impression that Tesla vehicles used banks of off-the-shelf 18650 Li-ion batteries. Panasonic is their current supplier if I recall. Even their proposed battery plant in the southwest is really a place for Panasonic to manufacture batteries for Tesla. Yes, they package them well and I'm sure they have some great controls and associated hardware and software, but is there really something groundbreaking about their batteries specifically? They already make a powertrain for Toyota - a move that hasn't produced a fraction of the buzz and money as their own vehicles. Not sure I understand this suggestion.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.