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Comment: Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (Score 1) 325

by rogoshen1 (#46784903) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

pure electric cars are doing no such thing, at all. the absolute number of luxury cars vs pure electric.. really? For every Tesla (and that's who you're talking about in the pure electric space) you'll see hundreds of BMW, Mercedes, and their ilk.

As for point C, 1k miles on a charge, I think that would be about the trade-off to justify a recharge time measured in hours (barring ubiquitous battery swapping services). In my gas powered car, i can drive about 450 miles, and then spend 15 minutes filling it up, where i can drive off into the sunset for another 450 miles. It's that level of convenience/range that people will need in order to get around that mental roadblock of range anxiety (even if the /current/ tesla specs more than meet their everyday driving needs.)

Don't get me wrong, i'd love a tesla, and i like the idea of a pure electric (or at worst, a car with a Volt-like drivetrain.) -- I just don't think they're ready to completely overtake gasoline powered cars as the standard.

Comment: Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (Score 3, Interesting) 325

by rogoshen1 (#46783085) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

from a previous story, how would you handle the quick charging of electric vehicles en masse? In the power grid's current form, this would probably end less than well. It'll be a long while until gasoline is so expensive that updating the power grid to handle electric cars makes sense.

(IMHO) It's more likely that we'll see cars that become increasingly lighter, more fuel efficient, more hybridized (or similar to the volt in drivetrain).

but the pure electric car isn't going to be ready until a) massive updates to the power grid b) swappable batteries c) battery tech that lets cars go 500-1000 miles on a charge.

Comment: bad news for everyone (Score 1) 321

by rogoshen1 (#46757255) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
On a long enough time-line, this is bad news for everyone; and not just netflix or comcast users. It's a slap in the face to network neutrality. Dane-geld in a manner of speaking; Will all ISP's need to pay for preferential access to content for their customers? Sure netflix can afford to pay, for now.. but how does a new player ever enter the market if they can't afford to pay for access to customers? =/

Comment: Re:So basically... (Score 1) 286

by rogoshen1 (#46751381) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

From what I understand the dutch and germans approach this in a pretty novel and effective way. Basically companies will hire 'interns' out of HS, and give them hands on training that amounts to university level learning, in exchange for long term employment.

the company gets able, well trained individuals, and the employees get free training (and no soul crushing debt) with a modicum of job security.

Though clearly the better way is to outsource or bring in h1b's.. that whole having a well functioning society with a vibrant middle class is sooo 1950's. =/

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