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Comment: Re: How about we hackers? (Score 2) 863

by steveg (#48263367) Attached to: Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

I'm not going to comment on whether Linus intended Linux to be Unix.

However RMS wanted to replace Unix exactly with an alternative written by the community.

If I may quote Stallman:
"I was developing an operating system that was *like* the Unix operating system, but was *not* the Unix operating system. This was a *different* system, we would have to write it ourselves, from scratch, because Unix was proprietary, we were forbidden to share Unix, we couldn't use Unix, it was useless for our community."

He was specifically objecting to the licensing of Unix, and he wanted to reproduce Unix without the licensing restrictions that made it impossible to use for "our community." He was not trying to come up with a different design, just a different licensing model.

So from a licensing perspective, Gnu is Not Unix. That's a licensing statement, not a structural one.

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 1) 256

by steveg (#48214597) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Well, prices have come down, and will probably come down more. Once I get the new AC paid off (*that* brought my electric bills down) I'll have free money to consider solar.

But given that the hardware price is coming down, I don't see much upside for "Power Purchase Agreements."

But I don't lease cars either. :)

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 1) 256

by steveg (#48212809) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Electric is a slight cost savings in fuel if you live in California and pay Tier 3 or Tier 4 prices (which you do if you live in the Central Valley.) If I could afford to put solar panels on my roof that might very well change the equation, and prices for that are coming down, so I'm going to revisit that issue at some point.

My commute is far under what you cite as the average -- I drive about 6 miles each way. For most of my daily use (assuming I can bring the cost of electricity down) an electric would be fine.

Once every month or two I make a 200-300 mile day trip (round trip.) Once or twice a year I make a 2 to 3000 mile round trip. Flying could be an option, but not a very good one. It would still involve a decently long drive -- the local municipal airport would mean an expensive shuttle flight each direction. Overall, that's quite a bit more expensive and only a little shorter time-wise. Plus it would mean renting a car at the destination.

But I'm suspicious of what your notion of the "average American" does. I've never lived in a place where putting in a grocery order for delivery was an option. I've never lived in a place where most of the people I knew didn't make occasional trips out of town. I've never lived in a place where "I rarely drive" was an option.

Perhaps you live in a very big city or a *very* small town, but is that really the "average?"

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 5, Insightful) 256

by steveg (#48209789) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

I'm certainly no fan of the Republican Party, but the PATRIOT Act and all its progeny were bipartisan.

And the surveillance state got out of hand under the Republicans, but it didn't get any better under the Democrats, so I'm not seeing any partisan moral high ground here.

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 1) 256

by steveg (#48209765) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

A 40 mile range, daily would do me.

But it wouldn't cover the days when I need 7 or 800 miles.

A Tesla with 300 mile range and charging stations properly placed for cross-country trips would be great. I'd jump on that in a minute, if it were $30k.

20 - 30 minute breaks for charging and meals would be fine by me.

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 3) 256

by steveg (#48209703) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

If you're not carrying a logbook, then there are no legal limits on how far you can drive, at least not anywhere I've ever been. As far as that goes, if you *are* carrying a logbook, the limitation is on hours, not miles, but you're right that 800 miles would bust that limit.

I'm pretty sure this is true even if you are driving as an employee. As a wireline engineer there were no legal limits on how far or long I could drive, because I drove a passenger car. My truck crew were DOT drivers and they *did* have legal limits.

It's been 25 years, so it's possible details have changed, but I doubt the basic rules have changed that much.

Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 1) 256

by steveg (#48209653) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

That's really not very realistic. A couple of thousand mile trips a year would overshadow the cost savings an electric would bring. If you add in the half dozen or so trips in the 300 mile range that *might* be in the range of an electric but would be dicey, then it's really not very practical.

It also assumes that each trip has lots of lead time to arrange a rental. This would mostly be true for the very long trips, but rarely true for the short ones.

I'm always amazed by people who say "Sure, get an electric car, you can rent if you need to go further." In what world does that make economic sense?

Comment: Re:I'm sorry (Score 1) 282

by steveg (#48134939) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

When you say "free," I'm assuming you mean legal.

There are a couple of (rural, sparsely populated) counties where prostitution is legal. If there are a hundred legal prostitutes in all the brothels in Nevada at any one time, I'd be very surprised.

Now, Las Vegas, that's a different issue. But prostitution in Las Vegas, is definitely not legal. There may be thousands of them, but that doesn't make them legal.

Comment: Beta link (Score 1) 208

by steveg (#48083165) Attached to: Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Is anyone else irritated by an explicit link to the beta site in this summary? You can edit 'tech-beta.slashdot.org' to be just 'tech.slashdot.org' and they do still offer the link back to the real site once you get there, but it's still annoying.

Maybe the solution is "just don't click on links while on Slashdot." That's a grand old tradition here anyway, I guess.

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