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Comment Re:The best summation I've seen (Score 1) 97

> Look for sponsored articles in the media soon
> about how ad-blocking is "theft" or "stealing".

No need to wait. They've been saying that for years, and they're pounding that drum louder than ever.

"As abetted by for-profit technology companies, ad blocking is robbery, plain and simple..."


And this douche thinks the problem is with device makers and browsers. Yeah. It's Apple's fault that a Verge article is 9.5 MB and 263 HTTP requests.

Comment Re:250M Range? (Score 1) 322

I think you're correct. As far as I know, all known laws of physics apply to this car. That's why they named the company "Tesla" and not "Einstein" or "Roddenberry".

Anyway, how much power gets used is related to weight and drag. Say it's 50-50. Adding 900 pounds (5 people at 180 each) to a 5,000-lb car = 18% weight increase, so we might expect a 9% reduction in range. Call it 10% and that means 225 miles instead of 250. Not too horrible. Back-of-the-envelope stuff here, but it's probably in the neighborhood.

In any case, I'm sure they have some smart maths people working there, and maybe they've even taken measurements from some of the thousands of cars they've sold so far. But maybe they don't and maybe they haven't. You should call them.

Comment Re:Apple is a cloner now too (Score 1) 105

> Any news on that modular Google phone?

Yeah. August 8, 2015 -- Delayed.

The funny thing is, it should be SO EASY for Samsung to compete with Apple. The iPhone is practically a stationary target.* You know when the next one will be out: late Summer/early Fall. You know what they'll be like: thinner. Samsung should go after the low-hanging fruit and do what Apple won't. Here, Samsung, I'll give you the first two for free:
1. Offer 32 or 64 GB storage at the entry level.
2. Make it a few mm thicker with 2x the battery life.

I like most of the stuff Apple makes, but 16 GB has been the entry-level storage of the iPhone since the 3GS. That means the 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 6, and 6S all started at 16 GB. Do you see that? They've been standing still for SEVEN GENERATIONS.* Partner with Amazon and sell cheaply (or give away) many GB of storage for pics. They've ditched the Fire so they shouldn't mind. 16 GB drives me NUTS. A single photo on my 5S is 2-2.5 MB.

And thinness -- the original iPhone at 11.6mm was TOTALLY FINE. I'd HAPPILY carry a phone that "thick" if it meant I could have way better battery life. Instead, Apple shaved off 4.5mm but they still have that ridiculous camera bump. How much easier do they have to make it? COMPETE, you retards, don't just copy.

Oh yeah, and please make a 4" model for those of us who don't like gigantophones.

You don't have to try to be cool like Apple. You can be the Corolla to Apple's BMW. The Corolla is the best-selling car of all time, you know, and Toyota seems to be doing OK.

* I'm not saying Apple hasn't innovated or hasn't done anything worthwhile in all that time -- I'm just saying they're leaving some big things on the table here, just WAITING for someone to come along and snatch them up.

Comment Re:It should... but what about Ecto-1 (Score 1) 138

What if someone wants one but doesn't know how to make one, but I do? Can I help them? Can I be paid to help them? Where do you draw the line?

It seems to me (which means I am probably 100% wrong) that he could quit making them first and selling them, and instead he could switch to I-will-make-you-one-upon-request. Or "help" people make them, and as long as the buyer does a certain amount, it's all OK. Or do what he's been doing, but deliver it in pink, and it's up to the new owner to paint it a different color if they want.

Like anything else, if there is a line between "legal" and "illegal", it has to be a clear, definable line. How different does it have to be to no longer be considered a batmobile?

Note: IANAL, I didn't read the actual opinion, and I only skimmed the article.

Comment Hilarious on many levels (Score 4, Insightful) 535

1. "PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in." -- Palm CEO Ed Colligan, 2006, on Apple's prospects with their (at the time) rumored phone.

2. One of the guys in charge of GM during its recent bankruptcy is going to give financial advice to the most valuable private company in the world? I'm sure Tim Cook will give it all the consideration it deserves.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.