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Comment: Re:Hmm... I thought it was *my* vehicle. (Score 1) 157

by zwede (#49000425) Attached to: Automakers Move Toward OTA Software Upgrades
At least in the case of Tesla, the update will only be done if you allow it. The screen displays a message that an update is available and gives you the option of scheduling it for later that day, immediately, or you can close the message. If you close it it will nag you a few times but will eventually stop.

But I could see other manufacturers not giving the option to refuse an update.

Comment: Re:I use Gentoo - but not for much longer (Score 1) 175

by zwede (#48988811) Attached to: Greg KH Favors Rolling Release Distros

If package 1.2.3 is incompatible with my Xorg, I'll mask 1.2.3 and newer. There is a slight chance, however, that 1.2.4 will be compatible, but it doesn't matter, since Portage made me masked out 1.2.3 and newer, I'll never even know.

Gentoo lets you mask only a specific version of a package with =package-1.2.3.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 5, Insightful) 549

by zwede (#48035625) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

In Musk's case, though, I don't think he's crazy. I just think he's a charismatic con man looking to line his own pockets by selling a pipe dream.

Really? The man was independently wealthy. He could have bought his own island and lived in luxury the rest of his life. Instead he plowed his entire fortune into Tesla and SpaceX and was a couple of weeks away from losing everything. If the 4th SpaceX launch had failed like the previous 3 or if they hadn't figured out the drivetrain problems on the Tesla roadster he would have nothing now.

I'd think it's pretty clear that Musk is motivated by other things than money. You may agree or disagree with his dream, but there's no question the man is sincere.

Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 1) 267

by zwede (#48023121) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

My bad. I always thought that GM's main business was branding and marketing cars. Guess it's not, so what else is it?

Unfortunately GM figured out that there was much more money to be made in financing car buyers (GMAC). Before the bankruptcy GM was widely considered a financial institution who also occasionally made cars.

Lutz really is a car guy and I have much respect for him. He has had a very frustrated career at GM, fighting accountants and finance guys through the years.

Comment: Re:Why dilute the brand? (Score 1) 393

by zwede (#47931193) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

They SHOULD compete with supercars. No one, ultimately, is going to be able to compete with Ford or GM if they ever actually decide to make electric cars with the same seriousness they devote to building trucks.

That's the whole point of Tesla. Musk has stated several times that they want to push the big guys (Toyota, GM, Ford, VW etc) into building real electric cars, not just compliance vehicles. Tesla doesn't want to be the only on the market, they want to be one of many. That's why they opened up their patents.

Comment: Re:What they dont tell you ... (Score 1) 393

by zwede (#47931143) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

First show a proper cart of how the batteries charge capacity decreases with time.

Miles driven is a much better metric as charge/discharge cycles ages a battery more than age.

Such a chart was done on the Tesla forum where owners reported miles and the max range after a charge. The chart showed a very small deterioration with well over 90% capacity remaining after 100K miles (the highest mileage reported).

Second what proportion of the cars cost is the batteried which will have to be replaces in N years time

We haven't found the limit for Tesla batteries yet. How will we know what a replacement battery will cost in X years where X could be upwards of 15-20 years?

What is the 'carbon' footprint of the vehicles manufacture and how does that compare to the typical combustion engine cars manufacture and lifetime use.

All aluminum (easily recyclable) car with very few moving parts and no tail pipe emissions vs just about anything else... I'd think it compares very favorably.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 2) 393

by zwede (#47931065) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
The charge/discharge cycles is what wears a battery much more than age (although age also has some effect).

The highest mileage Tesla Model S I've heard about has a bit over 100K miles on it. The owner reports it's on the original battery and has only lost a few percent of range (battery capacity) compared to new.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 3, Interesting) 393

by zwede (#47930863) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Can the Tesla or Volt be connected to the charger and configured to only charge during a preset time period?

Tesla has a schedule function where you can set the time it will start charging. It's also geo-fenced (GPS), so the schedule is for a specific location. Pretty neat in that if you plug it in at home it won't start charging until your preset time, but plug it in somewhere else and it starts right away.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 2) 393

by zwede (#47930803) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Texas forbid someone in Texas want to drive one.

That who and the what now?

I live in Texas. I bought my Tesla in Texas. Thanks to the dealer lobby the paperwork says I bought it from California, but in reality the dealership bribes accomplished nothing except a slight tweak to a piece of paper. My car was delivered to the Dallas Tesla Service Center where I picked it up. Oh, and I had a California instead of Texas temp tag on it until I got my real Texas plates.

All in all the Texas "Tesla ban" is a non-event.

Comment: NOT stagnant (Score 4, Informative) 157

by zwede (#47826035) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia
Tesla had a 2 month backlog (time from order to delivery of a car) of 2 months early this year. In the spring it grew to 3 months. Early summer they upped production to address this, but backlog grew to 4 months. Tesla is building more cars than ever, yet the wait keeps increasing.

"Stagnant" my ass.

All this for a car that was introduced almost 2 years ago and has had virtually no updates during this time. Shows how far ahead of other manufacturers they were.

Comment: Re:Well that's a relief (Score 1) 157

by zwede (#47821023) Attached to: Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

...and watching the states trip over each other to "give away the store" in luring Tesla is just sad, and especially unfair to regular companies who don't have this kind of pull and will never get such sweetheart deals.

This is standard practice for any large business. Texas just gave Toyota tens of millions of dollars in incentives to get them to move their headquarters here.

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva