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Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 1) 808

by phantomfive (#47934071) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

For decades, we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation.

This isn't as bad as it seems. At one time we were a farming nation, and we moved away from that. Hardly anyone works in farming anymore. A similar thing has happened with manufacturing, manufacturing output has increased in the US as more and more becomes automated.

Comment: Re:So what's wrong with systemd, really? (Score 1) 320

by phantomfive (#47933953) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

I'm getting sick of using 1000 different utilities to do one task or manage one system. Hate me, down mod me, argue with me, but I for one am a big fan of big software with multiple functions approach.

You mean, like the Windows Registry? Nothing ever went wrong with the kitchen-sink approach to design, right?

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 319

by AaronW (#47933913) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

While I don't get snow where I live from everything I've heard the Tesla does quite well despite being rear-wheel drive due to how smooth the electric motor is. I also understand the 19" tires last quite a bit longer. The 21" summer tires are crap in cold weather and especially in snow. I had to drive from Reno NV to the Bay Area last March and hit snow coming down and it wasn't too fun, especially since the 21" wheels cannot use chains. The traction control on the Tesla is better than most cars since the electric motor is much more responsive. I read that the TC is able to monitor and control the wheels around 1000 times/second. My experience is my model S is a hell of a lot better than the Toyota I used to drive. That car would lose power for a good second if I so much as ran over a pothole and good luck if a tire slipped on snow. My model S P85 is able to keep the wheels just on the edge for acceleration.

When I was driving back the snow was starting to really come down. I had just beaten the chain requirement. It was not fun with my tires but none of the problems were due to acceleration or traction control, more just from the fact that the tires had no grip and given that fact the car still did fairly well. Driving up to the summit to try and beat the snow was fun though. That car doesn't seem to care if it's a steep grade or not :)

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 2) 319

by AaronW (#47933813) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Much of the cost was the cost to replace the main panel which is something I have wanted to do for some time anyway since the old one was almost 50 years old. Additionally, the previous owners did a lot of less-than-legal electrical work on the house and I wanted it done right. I corrected a lot of mistakes but I wanted a licensed electrician to go over it as well (he found a few issues I had missed). I could have continued to use the 30A dryer outlet in my garage indefinitely or installed a 50A outlet for considerably less money but I chose to do it right. I might have been able to use my existing breaker box and just run the 6 gauge wire needed for a 50A outlet for a few hundred dollars but I chose instead to do something that is more flexible in the future. Besides, my existing breaker box was almost full. The upgrade allowed me to add some additional circuits for other things.

Afterwards I ended up rewiring most of the outlets in my garage and adding some new ones using a couple of 20A circuits since the previous owners had tied everything into a 15A circuit that the doorbell transformer was on. It's also nice now that my air compressor doesn't cause the lights to dim and I don't have to risk tripping a breaker all the time when using power tools. I also feel better running 10 gauge wiring on the long run between the main panel and my garage for those outlets. 50 years ago the power requirements for houses were a bit different than they are today and this allows me to continue to upgrade things as I see fit. The car charger uses 1 gauge aluminum wire for much of the run with 2 gauge copper in the conduit. I had a neutral line run as well so that the wiring could be used for other purposes in the future if needed such as putting in a sub-panel in the garage. I have a few more circuits I plan to add now that I have more room available in my main panel.

When I got the house I found boxes hidden under the sheetrock and splices made with just electrical tape without any boxes plus putting 20A breakers on circuits that can't handle more than 15A, light switches put on the neutral line, etc. Some people shouldn't be allowed electrical wiring.

Besides, my house is paid off in full. If it wasn't for that there's no way I would have bought that car, let alone run the charging circuit for it. Most owners just go for a 50A outlet, which is all the Tesla will handle without an optional charger upgrade.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 319

by AaronW (#47933733) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

I rarely use the brakes and typically only at very slow speeds. Even with my previous car, a Prius, people typically got at least 100K miles without needing to change the brake pads and Tesla's regenerative braking is a fair amount stronger than what my Prius was capable of.

The pre-paid service plan covers everything but the tires, so for at least the next eight years even if I do somehow wear down my brake pads they are covered. The service plan covers everything but the tires. The service also includes applying various fixes and changes that have been discovered since the car was manufactured, including minor things that affect things like rattles and noises. It includes a wheel alignment and check and replacement of all expendables. Combined with the warranty basically the only things I have to pay for are tires and some tire rotations.

So for at least the next four years I will pay $0 for brake pads.

It works out to around $475 per 12K miles, which for a car of its class is quite reasonable, especially given the level of service I get.

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 320

by phantomfive (#47933453) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
Your claims that systemD is well engineered are a little eye-raising. We're talking about a replacement for the init system here, and you say the main feature is logind. That's not really part of what I expect Init to do.....

In any case, in a few months, I'll have time to read the systemD source code, and I will have a better idea if it's well designed or not.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 319

by floobedy (#47931773) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
I don't think that's right. I've known a couple of EV owners in CA who claim that the electricity costs are less than half what gasoline costs, per mile. The Chevy Volt uses 10 KwH of battery capacity to travel approximately 40 miles. That's 0.25 KwH/mi, which is $0.0375 per mile with electricity at $0.15 per KwH (in CA). Gasoline is about $4 gal and can take a car about 35 miles, which is $0.1142 per mile, which is ~3x as expensive as the EV.

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 320

by phantomfive (#47931637) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Personally, I think the systemd opponents are too concerned with negative campaigns against systemd, that they entirely forget to code any alternatives, so I predict ever more distros like Slackware abandoning script based init systems; they simply don't have an alternative.

What will happen is other distress will add a compatibility layer so they can handle all the kludge that has added systemD as a requirement.

The problem is systemD is bad design. The systemD guys like to say, "but look at all the features!", which is cool, but features aren't an excuse for bad design. "Those who do not understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it, poorly" etc etc

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 320

by phantomfive (#47931531) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

However, I observe Linux is not a microkernel but it has a reputation for both reliability and being relatively secure.

It has a reputation for security compared to Windows, which is not saying much. Look through a database of security vulnerabilities sometime, it's depressing.

Also worth mentioning that the kernel guys keep as much stuff out of the kernel as possible. There's even a way to segregate drivers into userland. Doing so comes with a performance hit, but if that is relatively unimportant, then it's worth keeping out. Drivers for scanners are part of the kernel, but kept in userland (as one example).

Comment: Re:$50K would not be that out of line (Score 1) 319

by AaronW (#47931373) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

I replaced my 2006 Prius with a Tesla model S. I ended up selling my Prius because I just wasn't driving it. For those times when I need a car like that, it's cheaper to just rent a car than to pay the registration on my Prius, plus I no longer have it taking up space in my driveway. Surprisingly a lot of owners moved from non-luxury cars to the Tesla model S.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 3, Interesting) 319

by AaronW (#47931335) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Brakes are different in the Tesla than in BMW. In the case of Tesla there is a lot of regenerative braking so the brakes should last a lot longer. Tires on the other hand... I have the performance version of the Tesla model S with the 21" rims. When I got my car there was no price difference between the 19 and 21" rims. Anyway, I managed to get a bit over 15K miles on the original tires. The negative camber Tesla uses tends to be a bit hard on the rear tires, plus I tend to accelerate rather hard.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 319

by AaronW (#47931275) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

The battery should also last a very long time. I have read the post from one owner who has already racked up over 100,000 miles and still has over 95% of his original battery capacity. Tesla has a battery replacement policy where you can pay up-front to get a new battery after 8 years and get a $1000 rebate each year you wait beyond that.

Instead I decided to take some of that money and buy some stock when it was at $38. I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy more.

The electric motor in my Tesla won't need a lube job for another 10 1/2 years according to the person I spoke with when I had service done. While there is still coolant, many of the issues with ICE vehicles don't apply. The brakes will last much longer since most braking is regenerative. I still need tire rotations and the cabin air filter and the windshield wipers replaced periodically though. I suspect that even the coolant will last a lot longer since a gasoline engine generates far more heat.

A lot of other components should last much longer. There's no transmission, only around a dozen moving parts in the entire drivetrain and few friction points. The AC compressor is electric and completely sealed and there's no flexible hoses. Power steering is electric, not hydraulic which should last a lot longer as well.

Also, it is far easier to reach stuff than in an ICE car. Most things are easily accessible by removing the plastic frunk liner or removing a panel under the front of the car. The entire drivetrain is also easily removable as a unit. Similarly the battery can be easily removed. The car is far simpler to work on.

"Just think of a computer as hardware you can program." -- Nigel de la Tierre