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Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 825

by kamapuaa (#49738363) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Is this really true? Even poor people get double-paned windows, a Prius C costs all of $17K (and generally speaking, cheaper cars are smaller and less performance-oriented, and therefore consume less gas). And there's laughably few tax credits for energy efficiency. It used to be a 10% deduction for $500, up to the lifetime of the house. A drop in the bucket. Now it's nothing, aside from special programs.

There's nothing magical about existing fuel taxes. If increasing fuel efficiency causes revenues to come up short, why not raise the tax a few more cents?

Comment: Re:Yep, they were... (Score 1) 369

by kamapuaa (#49643329) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods

It's very well understood that DVDs can't be copied. This is considered reasonable. While the restriction on coffee grounds considered unreasonable.

But I'd propose an alternative: Keurig 2.0 is going nowhere mostly because the only real advantage it has is the ability to brew pots of coffee. A lot of people simply aren't interested in doing that, much less willing to pay more/give up more countertop space for the privilege.

Comment: Re:I almost bought a 2.0 DRMed... (Score 1) 369

by kamapuaa (#49643209) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods

It's kind of nice being able to make a pot of coffee. If you have a dinner party and want to make coffee for everybody afterwards, somebody has to stand around the Keurig machine pressing buttons for ten minutes, handing out cups of coffee one-by-one.

While conceptually I don't like the idea of DRM'd coffee, realistically anything you buy is licensed, and using "my KCup" brews coffee that's so ridiculously weak. By the time you're grinding your own beans, just use a gold-filter pour-over.

Comment: Re:How do you *lose* money selling it at 75K a pop (Score 4, Insightful) 318

by kamapuaa (#49640943) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016

They're a small, growing company hoping to release an entirely new manufactured line in just a couple years. It would be bizarre if they were making money on a quarterly basis under these circumstances. I imagine if they were content being nothing but a niche player, they could be turning a profit.

Comment: Re:None of that will matter (Score 2) 429

by kamapuaa (#49639139) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

Have you paid attention to a computer stock, ever? They are anything buy short-term obsessed. The short term doesn't even exist for them. Everybody from a startup to Uber to Amazon can lose money quarter after quarter, and have no real intention of making short term profits. Yet the companies continue to do business, and are valued highly, purely because of long-term prospects.

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 125

by kamapuaa (#49633501) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

real work on real computers and we don't want to have to suffer through an over simplified touch-screen/mobile user interface because it gets in the way of us getting real work done. The best course going forward is for the OS developers to understand that and leave us with a choice of UI so that different people can use different systems for different things the way we want to use them.

An Apple A8 is more than powerful enough for the big important work you do. And Windows 10 or Ubuntu would alter the interface depending on whether your using it as a PC or as a phone (as was mentioned in both the article and in the reply you quoted).

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 125

by kamapuaa (#49632931) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

Do you really use them for wildly different tasks? Surely you browse the web and check your e-mail on each. Surely there's files you have on each.

I think the ideal would be a phone that had a single program with multiple modes. When (say) Word was in phone mode, Word mostly let you browse files and make simple edits. When a monitor was attached, you got the full version of Word.

And I'm guessing the current generation of mobile phone processors are already powerful enough for the desktop for most people, unless they game or do heavy graphic/video processing.

Comment: Re:One Criterion Missing (Score 1) 416

by kamapuaa (#49617261) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

The device has not been proven to work. The amount of thrust was minimal, equivalent to the weight of a grain of sand. The same amount of thrust was detected, even when the experiment was configured to do nothing at all.

If this works, it would have amazing implications for humanity. I hope it does, and I'm sure they'll continue doing research. But it certainly hasn't been proven to work, and I would say it's overwhelmingly unlikely. OK I'm just some random guy on Slashdot, but Elon Musk (among many others) have also expressed their doubts.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.