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Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 1) 147

by Hadlock (#47890711) Attached to: Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

In particular, Reno/Nevada offered this because it was beneficial to the state over the long term. Other states were also competing for this long term heavy industry by offering similar deals. The factory would have gone to another state if they had not offered this deal and then they would not be the national leader in battery manufacturing + all of it's cottage industries. The building the road part is genuinely a good idea as it adds value to their industrial park and is a good long term investment.

Comment: Re:Decisions, Decisions... (Score 2) 123

by Hadlock (#47873403) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

In the case of the "Exciting Choice", Astronauts will be riding in the same basic design as what Commercial Passengers will use, which means more flights and (theoretically) higher reliability due to a continuously refined manufacturing process, plus the loss of commercial passenger dollars. Going with the "Safe Choice" means you're riding in one of perhaps only four or five of a series that will ever be produced. The loss of commercial dollars is a big deal to SpaceX as it represents a much larger market than Government spaceflight will in the next five decades.

Comment: Re:HALO (Score 1) 367

by Hadlock (#47867603) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

EA tried to buy them for $100 million a couple years ago, they let the CEO in to the office and shortly after showed him out. At that point they'd already made enough to all comfortably retire and it's not surprising that they would turn down a billion dollars (that's what, $100 mil each per employee?) before caving at the $2 billion mark? It's hard to turn down that kind of money.

Comment: Replacable batteries? (Score 1) 482

by Hadlock (#47867555) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

The battery on the Model S is replaceable by robots, surely you could put a rooftop battery on there, and then just swap them out at large bus stations near neighborhood substations for charging? Who on earth builds an industrial grade public bus without swappable batteries in this day and age?
Propane and natural gas powered buses have had their fuel tanks on the roof for decades now. With hooks and simple optics it wouldn't be hard to lift an old battery pack off and swap it for a fresh one in under 5 minutes.

Comment: Re:Umm... WHY??? (Score 4, Interesting) 367

by Hadlock (#47867349) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Imagine you can leverage off of their existing user base, your minecraft character becomes your xbox equivilent of a "Mii", and now you have a 3D avatar in a 3D world you can legitimately interact with. Did you not read Snowcrash? This is Snowcrash. Someone bootstrapped the 3D virtual world we've been promised since the 1980's (and failed at with Second Life) and now Microsoft will own it. And will integrate it in to your living room and cell phone.
P.S. Go read Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson

Comment: Re:Can we have a [credible] MS Access equivalent? (Score 2) 185

by DogDude (#47836781) Attached to: Why Munich Will Stick With Linux
There is more control and power if another language like Java or C++ is used.

That's true. However, Access and C++/Java aren't anywhere near equivalents. One is a database and a front end that most people can have working in minutes. One is a programming language, that somebody may be able to use to develop a database front end after a few years of training.

Comment: Re:At home too (Score 0) 185

by DogDude (#47836635) Attached to: Why Munich Will Stick With Linux
Maybe even give them a free linux laptop for the home. They can afford that because of the license fee savings for not using windows.

A retail copy of Windows 7 is about $100. Nobody sells a laptop for $100. Tack onto that the extra training and support for Linux, and you're nowhere near as cheap as using Windows.

Comment: Re:The diet is unimportant... (Score 1) 587

by DogDude (#47805809) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study
No, you have it backwards. A single soda is about 300 calories, which would take most people about 2.5-3 miles of running/walking to burn off. It's relatively impractical to think that one can exercise off the calories consumed from a bad diet. It's much easier to change one's diet.

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