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Comment Re:Funny they mention the environment (Score 1) 285

Agree 100%.

Another question: How many people throw their old iPhone in the trash when they get a new one?

I've had 4 or 5 iPhones over the years, my wife about the same. Every single time we upgraded, we either sold the old phone back to Apple or gave the old one to a family member. (Same thing with previous non-Apple phones, by the way.)

Why should I care how recyclable an old iPhone is? I haven't recycled a phone ever.

Comment Tesla? (Score 1) 68

The system also gives Cadillac's vehicles a safety check not available to Tesla, which can't stop drivers from using Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot even when they're not on a highway.

Pretty sure Tesla can roll out that change to all their self-driving models if they want to. Heck, they already have the capability to geofence to raise the suspension of the car at places set by the driver (ie: a dip in your driveway).

Hopefully Cadillac and Tesla nudge each other on to the point of completely self-driving vehicles.

Comment Re:To be fair... (Score 1) 46

I think I see where MS is headed with "mobile" - a future where a device runs the same kernel (OneCore) as a desktop or game console. The device may or may not have a screen (similar to Roku or Google Alexa).

Windows has been heading this way for quite some time. Heck, it's almost 5 years since Windows 8 was released (with a desktop that was optimized for touch screen devices).

5 years is a long time to wait (on the mobile side) for convergence. Especially since they haven't even perfected it on the desktop version yet. Meanwhile, Android may beat them to it with the new Samsung phone docking station.

Comment Basic economics (Score 3, Interesting) 50

Sounds like basic economics of supply and demand.

The total number of Tesla Model S vehicles is small. Therefore the number on the second hand market is small. Add that to the hype of the car and associated demand and you end up with user cars that sell fast at a premium of similar priced luxury cars.

As a Tesla owner, I'm not sure I would trust a Tesla being bought from another owner and would certainly pay a premium for a "certified preowned" model. This is because a damaged battery (due to draining it completely) is not something that would be obvious on physical inspection or even test drives.

While Tesla batteries are warrantied for 8 years/unlimited miles, the warranty is void if the battery is damaged by draining it to 0%.

Comment Re:Madoff is small time compared to Musk (Score 1) 289

Well, I guess you aren't interested in my review.

I love my Tesla Model S. I don't drive a lot compared to you. Maybe 80 miles a day on work days and may a hundred total on the weekends. I've owned mine for just over three years and have nearly 80k miles on it.

* The pickup is wonderful. Not just the 0-60, but the 50-80 on the highways.
* The battery gets just as much out of a charge now as it did when I first got it. (It's apparently warrantied for 8 years unlimited miles so long as you don't damage it by discharging it completely)
* Streaming audio is free and great (mine has 3G built in and free so far, newer ones have LTE built in and free so far). They don't use your phone at all. You can stream audio from TuneIn streaming radio and a service similar to Pandora in functionality.
* Software updates can add functionality; they come out a few times a year and are free. They download in the background and you are given the option to install them after you leave the car or overnight.
* Map updates (separate from software updates) occur a couple times a year and are free.
* Maintenance is minimal. One service a year and even then it's just to check the brakes (still original and with almost no wear) and top off the windshield wiper fluid.
* I get the equivalent of 24 miles for every dollar of electricity. (This was even more impressive when comparing it to $4/gallon gasoline a few years ago.)

* The wheels wear down a bit faster than I expected. I'm on my third set and plan on getting replacements next year.
* The software is mediocre. Though it has gotten better since I've gotten it.
* The media system to play your own music is substandard. Doesn't apparently sync iPods. If you want MP3s, you have to play them on your phone and use bluetooth streaming or use a USB drive. The USB drive gets all your metadata so you can browse by artist or album, but there's no playlist functionality.
* Software updates can remove functionality. Sometimes the updates make minor changes in the UI that appear just cosmetic.
* The maintenance schedule is confusing. They don't give me a recommendation on when to bring the car back in. So I take it in once a year.
* It's an expensive car. Even among luxury cars.

About electric vehicles in general:
* Most of your charging is going to be at home, overnight. So have a garage available to plug in nightly. Roadside charging is available but time consuming compared to gassing up a gas-powered car. The Tesla superchargers are significantly faster than plugging in anywhere else, but even they will take more than an hour to charge a car from near-empty to near-full.
* Charging at home means never leaving home without a "full" charge (Tesla recommends charging to 90% most of the time). I never stop at a gas station, let alone during rain or freezing weather.
* Regenerative brakes mean your disc breaks will last a lot longer than in a gas or diesel car.

All in all, I'm very happy to own my Model S. It's pricey and I probably wouldn't want to get another can at that price range. But I will definitely get another luxury all-electric car as my next car. If it's a Tesla depends on price breaks on the Model S going forwards rather than offerings from other luxury car manufacturers. Tesla has to lose me as a customer before someone else can win me over.

Comment Re:TSLA is a sentiment stock (Score 1) 289

Absolutely agree.

A lot of people with a bit of "play money" are putting it in TSLA. I know I did when I was buying individual stocks a couple years ago. I sold (at a reasonable profit) and got out, but a lot of friends get anxiety frequently with the turbulent ride of TSLA in the market.

The cars are excellent (I own a Model S), but there's no way the company can justify the valuation of the stock (nor are they trying).

Comment Re:Rotten Tomatoes is getting self-important (Score 1) 395

As for Rotten Tomatos I find that their average rarely coincides with my tastes anyway, I've realized that when using Vudu and noticing that I've enjoyed a lot of movies that had a poor Tomatoes score yet a rather good Vudu user score (the interface shows both scores when looking at the movie info.)

I've found that Criticker ( ) is a lot closer to my ratings, because they adjust the ratings I see based on how I rated similar movies.

It's gotten fantastically close after I rated ~20 movies there.

Comment Re:Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 1) 118

The stupid thing is, you could easily make a secondary UI for tablet users and even protocols for a UI switch for when a tablet becomes a desktop (ie: docking).

But, no. UIs are not built by engineers anymore. We've got to hire touchy-feely liberal arts guys that have no idea what good UI design means to make these decisions.

For instance, I like the close/minimize/maximize buttons on the top left of the window. Linux Mint Cinnamon allows me to set that without a problem. But Gnome applications don't follow the OS settings. They apparently know better.


Comment What I'm waiting for... (Score 1) 266

Purely autonomous personal vehicles will solve this.

Recline your car seat back all the way and get in at 9 PM and have the car drive you all night long.

No TSA hassles. No rumblings about paying extra for a carry on bag, a snack that should cost $1 instead costing $5, or being kicked by the guy behind you getting out of his seat because he has a small bladder.

Driverless cars won't be the end of domestic airlines, but they will have to adapt to keep customers.

Comment Re:Industrial accident (Score 1) 407

That's it. That's all this lawsuit is about, faulty failsafes on industrial equipment that lead to an accident. Probably with merit.

But sure, call it "rogue robots" and "killing"...

They lost me when they said 'colleague'. I don't have any robot colleagues. I do have a toaster I use at work, and a microwave. But we're not colleagues (and I don't think either the toaster or microwave considers me a colleague, either).

Comment Re:False assumption (Score 4, Insightful) 202

And that's the point of the argument.

If breaking the encryption was easy, they could just decrypt everything they get off of the wire and not have to insert back doors into software and target into a suspect's OS.

But since encryption is (financially/time/computationally) expensive, it's cheaper to exploit flaws in software.

Comment Security levels (Score 2) 498

The problem isn't password rules. The problem is the idea of security levels.

For a site like /. or, just about any password should be allowable. This is a password you will likely use on lots of different sites. Also, the password should never expire. Account should be locked if a thousand bad passwords in a row are tried. The password reset should go to your email, and you should not have the ability to change your email address (but you can add a secondary email address) for a month after a password change. That way if someone breaks into your account you can get back in afterwards.

For your home computer, it should also allow any password. Passwords should never expire. The account should never be locked but you have the option of added security (ie: encrypted home directory).

For work, a more complex password that changes every six months to a year.

For your banking, a complex password that changes every year or two. Account lockout if 10 tries in a row fail.

For your email account, two factor authentication all the time and a password that needs to be changed every 3-6 months (since your email is used as a lockout to all the other possible accounts).

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