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Comment Re:charging per device used (Score 1) 595

Net neutrality does not specify how devices or bandwidth use are licensed. Net neutrality only deals with the potential gatekeeping abuses by providers and peering points. Providers are still free to segment the market for accessing the Internet in any way they see fit . . . obviously within the general constraints of market forces.

Comment Re: Absence?! (Score 1) 595

One of the early advantages of NAT is that providers charged for individual addresses. Having only a single address prevented providers from charging per device. I bet that within a year of IPv6 going mainstream providers will then have a means of counting devices on private networks and start charging accordingly again.

Comment Re:Absence?! (Score 1) 595

You don't need to map a second web server to port 8080. Just use another public IP address! Just because you need two web servers does not mean that every toaster and doorknob needs to be publicly addressable.

In reality it sounds like you have an issue with your home network and are not thinking at an enterprise level. There are still some valid uses of NAT and why there are provisions for NAT in IPv6.

Comment Re: We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 4, Insightful) 356

"Quite frankly, government subsidies for these are a waste until the fundamentals line up."

Are you suggesting that the government should only be subsidizing mature industries?

I am not a fan of any subsidies . . . especially for mature industries. If the economics do not line up for a mature industry then the industry creates a net economic drag on the economy and should not be subsidized.

The entire point of a subsidy should be to test and support the viability of new ideas that have the potential to create large economic benefits in the future. Instead what we have is a 100 years of subsidies for a handful of companies while pointing the finger at peanuts that should fundamentally change the world if allowed to compete on a level playing field.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable (Score 2) 119

Typically a company has to undergo an assessment to qualify for the insurance and then periodically reassess annually. At least that has been the case for every information security insurance policy with which I have been involved. Where companies can veer off track is if they are not consistent in their application of the assessment. For example a new system or process goes on line and a senior manager just wants it done, NOW! The new system or process may never be considered under that annual assessment because the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. In another example an IT manager runs everything by the seat of his/her pants and forgets to consider the insurance requirements when deploying new systems or processes, or allows staff to "fix problems" in production without evaluating the fixes against the original requirements.

Comment Re:Or, it could be unrelated to actually extending (Score 2) 286

I am betting that the feature will manage speed based on destination and charging. Many people either over or under estimate how speed affects range. By integrating speed/range calculations into driving, a Tesla should be able to manage max speed for the driver without the driver having to constantly guess.

For bonus point the software update would be able to incorporate other range affecting factors into the calculations such as traffic, speedlimits, elevation changes, weather and driver habits.

Comment Re:Not quite comparable (Score 1) 215

Fair enough. As I say I was not sure what your point was. That could be on me, but even after rereading your post I am still not sure. Your follow-up provides some clarity.

I agree that the market will have to evolve. Currently most electric cars can only travel 70ish miles per charge. This limits ownership to people who can charge at home. Incidentally approximately 60% of adults in the U.S. live in a home where they could charge a car. I don't think that home charging is limiting the market. Range is likely the limiting factor.

I expect that as we see affordable pure electric cars with ranges of 150 ~ 200 miles that market will explode from the current 1% to 5%~10% all still comfortably within the home charging footprint of the market. Outside of the reduction of range anxioty the economics of electric cars becomes increasingly compelling with increased miles driven.

But to your point regarding the need to increase public charging on the scale of gas stations, I just do not see that happening or even important. I think that there are more incentives for appartment property owners to outfit premium electric car spot and charge a small fee than to have gas station like charging.

Comment Re:Not quite comparable (Score 1) 215

I cannot tell if you are stuck thinking in a traditional gas station paradigm or are making my point for me. You are correct that there needs to be many more places to charge electric cars. But you seem to be mixing home charging with public charging. You should never have to wait in line at home unless you have two electric cars and only one outlet. By the way, it can cost as little as $150 to add an outlet. Of the approximately 600 times I have charged my car I have only plugged into public stations three times, and none of those times was absolutely necessary.

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