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Comment: Re:No Comment (Score 1) 107

This wasn't supposed to be an interview with a senior executive. A "Chief Engineer" should be the person responsible for making all of the critical technical decisions for the product line, not a PR suit. The whole point of these interviews is to have a frank/open discussion between an expert on the technical aspects of a product and the relatively tech savvy and intelligent people who frequent /.

Instead we get this. Lame.

Comment: Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 107

Current CA gas prices are $3.80/gal. If he's spending $8/ day in gas that means his Accord must be using 2.1 gal per day for the 45 mile commute, giving 21.4mpg. That's about what my mid-size truck gets (and the list cost was less than a base level Accord).

The thing that really makes it uneconomical is that (unless your current vehicle has been totaled) the cost of gas saved per year should be compared to the total purchase price of the Volt less the difference in operating/maintenance costs over 2/5/10 year intervals, not just the "EREV/hybrid premium" alone. This type of calculation almost always comes out in favor of keeping your current vehicle until the cost of repairs gets to be a large portion of what a new car payment would be. In fact, the only vehicle that I know of that can actually pay for itself in gas savings is the Elio and that's because the thing only costs $6800 and will likely get over 60mpg (assuming they eventually go into production).

Comment: Screw Tech Skills (Score 3, Informative) 302

by slinches (#49729017) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?

We should be teaching them home economics skills like time management, how to handle money (e.g. avoiding bad debts) and things like nutrition, cooking and how to navigate the health care system. That way they will be prepared to create a healthy & stable life for themselves, no matter what career path they choose.

Beyond that, some additional logic and problem solving focused courses would be helpful. Followed by increased focus on narrative based philosophy/history/social studies and hands-on skills like arts & (metal/wood)working. Once everyone is graduating HS with a basic competency in those areas, then maybe we should find a place for some tech only skills like programming languages and methodologies.

Comment: Re:While not as cool, I can afford an Elio (Score 1) 318

by slinches (#49642549) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016

While not necessarily cool, it would be almost stupid not to buy one for anyone who commutes more than ~5 miles to work if they ever start making them. Assuming the mileage and price numbers are even close, it'll pay for itself in about 6 years just in the gas savings compared to driving a small SUV. And that doesn't even include the reduced wear and tear on the heavier vehicle. Plus, since it has three wheels it still qualifies for HOV lane access so I can save time on my commute and I won't even need a motorcycle license endorsement (my state just passed an autocycle license waiver bill).

All that being said, I'm still not quite ready to put down cash until it's a sure thing. I plan to go all in as soon as the ATVM loan is granted.

Comment: Re:What about rejection before the interview? (Score 1) 634

by slinches (#49574589) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

IT may be a bit different, but in mechanical/aerospace engineering that isn't the case at all. I think everyone in my aero program had an offer before they graduated (though some decided to got to graduate school). It was just that there were only three women that graduated with me and about 26 other guys. The graduation rates have improved slightly in the last 8 years, but roughly 1/3 of our new hires have been female. Now it may be a statistical anomaly, but I think it still shows that any bias is likely in favor of women.

Just to be clear though, I have not seen any intentional bias for or against any category of people. Any discrimination is minor and due to the subconscious evaluation that everyone applies when meeting new people.

Comment: $10/GB is a bit pricey (Score 3, Informative) 112

by slinches (#49530621) Attached to: Google Launches Project Fi Mobile Phone Service

This plan is reasonable for calling and texts, but the data prices are way too high.

If I were to switch to this plan I'd be paying 4x as much per month than I am currently (@30GB/mo T-mobile unlimited everything = $80, Google fi = $320). The wifi hotspot thing wouldn't help much either since I don't spend much time in range of any publicly accessible networks.

Comment: Re:It all depends on the workload... (Score 1) 162

by slinches (#49517009) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

Yeah, I meant specifically PCIe mass storage support in consumer grade BIOS and OSs. If you know what you're doing (and have a MB that doesn't lock out most of chip set features), it isn't terribly difficult to set up. It's just that it's nowhere near as brain dead simple as a booting from a standard SATA drive.

Comment: Re:It all depends on the workload... (Score 2) 162

by slinches (#49515447) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

Booting from PCIe is not well supported at this point and that may be interfering with the boot times. As for the game loading benchmark results, these drives are usually used for high speed working file space in servers/workstations (e.g. latency critical databases, video editing, scientific computing). If you aren't trying to solve an I/O bottleneck problem for a specific application, PCIe SSDs probably aren't what you're looking for. And even if you are, you have to know exactly what type of I/O is critical for your application because the different models target different needs (various combinations of IOPS, sequential speeds, read/write balance, write endurance).

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