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It's hard to see that completely overturned to the point of bankruptcy by the dinosaurs running the traditional car companies.
Here we are into pure speculation... but if you'll indulge me... it's true that Tesla has executed very well, but the fact is that they only produce two models, and the most popular model only sells 7000 units per quarter. Scaling up to the size of even a niche player like BMW means ramping up production about 70x. My analysis could be flawed or naive, but it seems to me that a company like BMW should find it much simpler to squish an electric motor into their product while retaining quality than Tesla will find it to ramp production by such an amount while retaining quality. I wish them luck, because frankly I like Tesla - but I don't think they will be successful in the long term. Lexus (Toyota!), BMW, and Mercedes will eat their lunch when electric demand improves.
Presuming that price is set by the market, they would have to maintain prices, which means giving up $7500 per vehicle. Assuming that they keep the 7000 unit per quarter pace, that's a loss of $52 million vs last year.
Their other option is to hold the price steady and lose sales, which would also hurt revenue.
Tesla, in addition to being subsidized per-car directly also gets environmental credits from the government which they can then resell to other automakers. This is another subsidy. As you say, the subsidies are there for a reason and the fact that Tesla can exist at all is proof that they are working on some level. I'm not really casting any judgement on the wisdom of these subsidies... I'm suspicious of them but time will tell. But the fact is that Tesla has no viable business model without government help. Even with government help, I'm a bit pessimistic about their future. The instant battery technology can make these things viable to the mass market, they will have very strong competition. Even today, where almost no one can justify an electric car economically, they have competition at the lower end from several other traditional car makers.
Bah. I still have a 20 MEG drive that works perfectly. (Actually, two. One MFM, one IDE.)
I got rid of most of my very old drives a while back too. And too late, discovered that some of 'em were worth big bucks to data recovery companies... $900 for that 10mb Rodine. [crying]
What I've noticed since the, um, Great Migration referenced in your sig, is that slashdot now has a lot of posters I don't recall having ever seen before..,. some of every stripe, but generally without the fire in the belly, if you know what I mean. I think that, more than the current crop of articles, has caused a shift in tone.
I now spend more time on SN. Fuck beta!
Not only this, but different areas (including differing microclimates) compost at different rates. The claim is meaningless unless they knew what the local rate was before the incident, AND to what degree it was accelerated by human activity (frex, foot traffic pulverizes dead leaves so they decompose faster).
It's not simply slurping up a sound file and sending it to the sound card. Audio is post-processed in the same way that textures and graphics are. Effects such as echo (reflection shaders), reverberation, radio communication. There was a previous discussion related to the need for games to need to use segments with both data and execution permission.
Credited in the titles as "55MPH Briefcase", but I don't think Jittlov ever got it going that fast.
Didn't he call it "killer" or something like it, because it was so difficult to control, especially on that down-the-hill run?
(I thought of it, too, buit posted following up something early in the discussion before seeing the WoSaT posting.)
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I want a flying car that folds into a briefcase like George Jetson.
Other "prior art" occurs in the 1988 feature movie version of Jitlov's The Wizard of Speed and Time.
See 1:05:25 throug 1:11:10
yeah, but its a similar situations with politicians.
So true. How can you tell a politician is lying?
His lips move.
No, the phone system is a network of compatible and standardized endpoints. No one really cares how they are connected, just like no one would care if Facebook didn't use the internet. I think the phone system is a pretty good example.
While I strongly feel that imported gasoline should be taxed to reflect its true cost, I have to disagree with you on your Exxon analogy. Oil would be profitable with or without government tax breaks. Only the "where" they choose to drill would change. Tesla is royally f'd if the feds discontinue the electric car tax credit, as it would completely destroy the already tortured calculus involved with total cost of ownership.
Of course I want instant gratification - that's the whole point of convenience. The sad fact is that I can get a better product for free than anything I can pay for.
Like the jokes "It wasn't more than 10 minutes after Maggie Thatcher went down to hell, that she closed down five furnaces to reduce capacity and the devils went on strike".
"Just think what trade with the daleks would do for the British electronics industry"