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Comment: Re:Two things (Score 2, Insightful) 128

by zifferent (#49130809) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping
And lazy is inherently bad, why exactly? I'd bet it's great for the bees as they aren't wasting precious energy making wax. (It takes several times the weight of honey to produce an equivalent measure of wax.) And just because these cells have honey in them doesn't mean the bees aren't keeping honey elsewhere in the hive.

Comment: Re:Moving away from consumer products (Score 3, Informative) 177

by zifferent (#46125333) Attached to: Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO
Seriously, if you think MySQL is anywhere near as scalable as MS SQL, you are delusional. I've used all of the database softwares out there and only MS SQL is standard, scalable and fast, Oracle is scalable and fast but not standard by a long shot, killing productivity. MySQL is neither fast, scalable nor standard. I really don't understand what anyone sees in that piece of shit when at the very least they can have PostgreSQL which excels on all accounts and is open sourced. I blame popularity contests.

Comment: The MATH the Media (Score 4, Informative) 526

by zifferent (#45392807) Attached to: Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened
So I did a little math. I know, a bad habit, but I can't help myself.
In any case, I was curious as to the numbers behind the recent Tesla vehicle fires and how that compares to the rest of the vehicles on the road.

So last year 21,500* Tesla vehicles where sold. To date there have been 3 fires. That makes 21500/3 equals roughly 1 fire out of 7167 vehicles. That looks pretty bad, wow. Tesla vehicles must be terrible. Right?

For comparison, there were 194,000** vehicle fires between 2008 to 2010 or to oversimplify things 97,000 per year. And in 2008 there were roughly 256 million*** vehicles on the road.
256000000/97000 equals about 1 fire out every 2639 roadable automobiles. Doh!

It appears that it is almost three times as likely that any random vehicle on the road will catch fire than any random Tesla. That bears repeating. You are just about 3 times safer from dying by fire in a Tesla.

And yet another sensationalist story that the media is getting wrong.

* http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahelliott/2013/11/05/tesla-up-9-as-production-hinders-growth/
** http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v13i11.pdf
***http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_01_11.html

Comment: Re:Bad news for Elon haters (Score 2) 243

by zifferent (#43118799) Attached to: Tesla Motors To Pay Off Government Loan 5 Years Early
Not big at all, because GM is still around and ostensibly still paying taxes, and employing people who in turn pay their taxes, and they are purchasing goods and services from companies that employ people that are also paying taxes, etc. Consider the opposite if GM went out of business it would in the process bankrupt most of their employees, suppliers, and whole swaths of service and goods industries that rely on their employees' patronage, as well as the many local governments where GM manufactures their cars. It's easy to see that propping up an industry temporarily even at great cost can return value to the government many times the cost of the bail-out program itself.

Investments often have paybacks in the wide economy that far outstrip the initial investment. The government is in the unique position to profit off all of it through taxation.

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead

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