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Comment: Sounds like Tesla's Gigafactory can be used (Score 1) 491

by romanval (#47868655) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

.. to provide batteries at 1/3rd their current cost.. then the bus will have ~100 mile range while costing the same. (Space/weight isn't an issue, since a regular diesel bus already weighs around 75,000 lbs.)

Better yet, have batteries slotted into the bus like a giant laptop battery. A robotic arm can swap them out in seconds.

Comment: Re:The Gravity of Evil (Score 1) 327

by romanval (#47668645) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

I wouldn't say California is overpopulated. Sure the urban areas are pretty tight, but as this factory is solar powered it'll most likely be in the southern inland counties (Kern, San Bernandino, Riverside or Imperial).. these areas which are mostly desert.. some sparsely populated and economically poor.

Comment: Reagan: the environmental governor? (Score 3, Informative) 327

by romanval (#47667189) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

It's strange how California's environmental protection law was put in place by the beloved icon of Republican party... the same party who now say it's the reason for companies to stay away from California.

"California's landmark environmental statute, widely known by its acronym CEQA, was signed into law by former Gov. Ronald Reagan. It requires state and local government agencies to review development projects to identify potential threats to the environment and recommend ways to reduce or eliminate any potential damage."

Comment: children?? how about the elderly? (Score 4, Insightful) 437

In the next few decades there'll be plenty of elderly that need to get around: They're a huge part of active society, yet for simple physical reasons (eye-sight or limb coordination issues) many of them can no longer drive, and a lot of them are homeowners that live in the suburbs, far away from public transportation. I'd say that's a much bigger market, especially in the next 30 or 40 years.

Comment: Re:Not a market back then (Score 1) 272

by romanval (#46772019) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Microsoft indeed tried to get their Tablet to sell over 10 years ago, but their mistake was in adapting Window UI directly into a tablet without adapting the user interface. A pure hands-only tablet has no stylus, no resizeable windows and must support multiple finger touches + gestures.. which is totally different then WIMP. The genius of Steve Jobs is he figured that out early on and directed his engineers to tackle it appropriately- (hence a totally separate UI interface stack for OS X; hence iPhone OS = OS X core + different UI)

Steve Jobs also had the vision to know that people will accept something they've never seen before... as long as the usability is good beyond a reasonable doubt.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton