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Comment: Re:Summary is just plain wrong (Score 1) 523

by mac84 (#36543992) Attached to: Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster
No. The summary is reading between the lines. If you can't sell a toy-for-the-rich roadster in tiny quantities with the drawbacks of an electric then you will have even more problem selling a workaday sedan that needs to actually be practical for people to want it. The death spiral has started. Tesla's sedan will never see production of 10,000.

Comment: Re:No need to worry yet (Score 1) 523

by mac84 (#36543812) Attached to: Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster
Nah. The business model was, that there are enough rich greenie executives in california that will own one of the roadsters just for the statement they make when one cruises Rodeo Drive in one. Problem is, Porsche took six months and developed the 918 plug-in hybrid which it will sell next year. 720 HP and 200 MPH top speed. And you don't have to stop for eight hours to recharge after 3 hours of driving. So the Halo on Tesla's "halo car" is looking quite tarnished.

Comment: Re:These guys are actually innovating (Score 1) 523

by mac84 (#36543550) Attached to: Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster
Elion Musk and company are just like Preston Tucker, Jean Carmichaels, and John DeLorean before them. Inflated egos and fraudulent business models which fooled enough investors for a long enough time to generate some capital. In the end, it turns out what Detroit has been saying is true. The electric car is not ready for prime time, The only way to sell it is at a loss, subsidized by sales of conventional cars and government tax credits.

Comment: Re:The lockdown begins... (Score 3, Insightful) 177

by mac84 (#33679530) Attached to: iPads On American Campuses? Maybe Next Year
"The thing makes a great toy but falls down for real work or anything that requires manipulating your own data..." HUH? Do you have a clue about what you are writing? Ever heard of google Apps? how about iWork? Cloud storage? These things are vastly easier to administer than a a laptop, and high school students by and large, don't need to know how to program a computer. Keep the piece of hardware in the user's hands simple and non configurable so they can't screw it up. An appliance instead of a tempermental, albeit flexible computer. Then put all the storage and processing programmability back in the cloud. Kind of a dumb terminal for the 21st century. But with the added capability of being a standalone ebook reader, media consumption device and web browser. And by the way, if your a registered developer (like a school district's net admin) you can do ad hoc software distribution to your own devices of any software you write outside of the Apple lockdown. So lighten up.

Comment: Re:Charge for support (Score 1) 635

by mac84 (#33340288) Attached to: National Park Service Says Tech Is Enabling Stupidity
The emergency charge is double what it really cost. The half of society that doesn't have insurance welches on the bill. The half that don't have 3 SUVs and don't have unlimited voice/data/text for their preeteen kid (since they view insurance as more important) forward the bill to their insurance company. And that insurance subsidizes the the other half. That is what the health care industry in this country has come to.

Comment: Re:Just because it's patented... (Score 2, Insightful) 381

by mac84 (#33314274) Attached to: Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones
Give me a break. I know some out there are just certain that Apple is the Evil Empire, consider this. An owner loses his phone. There is no market for the phone to be an "un-jailbroken" phone since apple and AT&T won't allow it to be activated on the network. Unless it's jailbroken. The rightful owner or police want to use the camera and GPS to see and localize the thief. Doesn't sound any more privacy invading than what On-star advertises that they will do with your Cadillac if you report it stolen.

Comment: Re:Hybirds are half-assed. (Score 1) 762

by mac84 (#33197906) Attached to: Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings
I'm not in the least interested in buying a hybrid. I want an all-electric car. I want a normal-size car that can do 80 mph uphill, and has at least 300 miles of range at typical highway speeds. Get the price under 50g, and..... Yeah, me too. And I want a beachfront mansion in the Hamptons,too, but only if it costs less than $20k. Oh well.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy