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Comment: Re:Questions: (Score 3, Informative) 93

by zwede (#46614449) Attached to: Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

* Can the owner switch off the remote control/access to their car ?

Yes.

* Can the owner switch off the remote control/access to their car by Tesla as well as the owner ?

No.

* 6 character password. Is that the minimum length or the length it must be (Ie can't set a longer one) ?

Minimum. The password can also contain special character.

* It mentions an iPhone app. What if I don't have (or want) an iPhone ?

There's an official android app. I think there's an unofficial winphone app too. There's an unoffical chrome plugin and stand-alone JAVA app.

* What cars made by companies other than Tesla have similar systems ?

No one has anything as comprehensive. Closest is probably on-star.

Comment: Re:I had issue with this day one when we took deli (Score 4, Informative) 93

by zwede (#46614425) Attached to: Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S
The article is a bit misleading. The Tesla account requires a MINIMUM of 6 characters for the password. You can use a much longer one. The password also allows special character. You're not brute-forcing mine this side of the end of the universe. It's a generated password, very long and all kinds of special characters.

Comment: Re:Or I could buy three Ford Fusion Hybrids (Score 1) 318

by zwede (#46340917) Attached to: Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

A fully loaded Fusion Hybrid Energi Titanium is about $35K.

And from 50 feet away it's nearly indistinguishable from a Tesla.

It also has a gasoline engine that'll get me home when the batteries are depleted.

I've seen 'em, sat in them. I think it'd be a tough sell convincing me it's $55K better.

It's easily $55K better. Sorry.

Comment: Re:2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year (Score 1) 318

by zwede (#46340905) Attached to: Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

Renault Alliance was Motor Trend's Car of the Year. My dad bought one and it sucked. I quit listening to anything they had to say after that.

In their defense: What other new cars were there in the early 80's? The Chrysler K-car? Maybe the Renault really was the best (least sucky) at the time.

Comment: Re:Sooo.... (Score 3, Insightful) 603

by zwede (#45326061) Attached to: TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Are you suggesting that passengers be allowed to carry guns on a plane? OK Corral at 30,000 feet. I think I'll take the train.

Concealed carry is legal on trains and tons of people do it. Yet I've not heard of any OK Corral shootouts on trains. Maybe licensed concealed carry holders are not as trigger happy as you think.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Canidate (Score 1) 688

by zwede (#44819121) Attached to: How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

Only naive ideologs argue for "no government regulation" or "no taxation" or "privatize everything". It's a sophomoric position, easy to spew but it doesn't make any kind of sense.

That's nice to know. However, most of the people who I know who describe themselves as libertarian promote some combination of those ideas to me. Should I be telling them that they are not really libertarian?

Sounds like your friends are anarchists, not libertarians.

Comment: Re: It was a myth (Score 1) 986

by zwede (#44618569) Attached to: Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

There will be two kinds of people in a true libertarian society: the super-rich and the minions. That's why so many rich people want to shrink the govt. - so the people have no recourse against their power.

And we know this because the rep-dems told us so... We haven't seen a true libertarian society yet. Maybe it will suck, maybe it will be great. Would be interesting to try, though. What we have now doesn't look to swell.

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