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Comment Re:Good News / Bad News (Score 3, Insightful) 841

If Tesla is keeping tabs on consumers, then that's definitely a bigger sin than Broder lying through his teeth. Any proof they do this for everyone? I'd be more likely to believe they only do it if you're driving THEIR car which they loaned you for a test drive for you to report truthfully on. Probably not safe to just assume they respect your privacy more than your cell phone company does though.

There is no bigger danger to democracy than an individual who is tasked with educating the public knowingly falsifying reports. There is a reason in our society that journalists enjoy strong protections under the constitution, but that protection comes with responsibility, and Broder has violated the trust. If the NYT doesn't act, then they are complicit.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:Good News / Bad News (Score 1) 841

They showed what would almost certainly happen in reality, under a given set of circumstances.

Then why didn't they arrange to have that set of circumstances and film it rather than inventing lies whole cloth? If it allegedly would have happened then why didn't it, and why did they have to fake the breakdown?

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:Good News / Bad News (Score 0) 841

It was an accurate review. The Tesla is a useless track day car. (unless your day is very short)

The only complaint Tesla could come up with is how they dramatized the out of power issue.

did you actually read the articles and ignore the parts you don't like, or are you genuinely not paying attention to reality. Top Gear was found to have done exactly what Tesla said they did, and only escaped having to pay damages because the judge determined that Tesla could not produce vehicles to meet demand and therefore not suffered any monetary loss (They sell every car long before its manufactured, and Tesla would be hard pressed to manufacture fast enough to keep up with demand). As for Top Gear, they are lying weasels of the worst variety. Anyone who trusts their word is either an idiot or a child.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:What happened at 400 miles? (Score 4, Informative) 841

The plots show a precipitous drop in charge level around the 400 mile mark that doesn't match the constant discharge slopes elsewhere. The only thing that happened at that time was the temperature increasing from 70F to 75F. It seems odd that at 35% charge the heaters would have that effect when nothing seemed to happen at other times with the temp above 74F.

I own an electric car (a Mitsubishi Miev in fact), and the heater sucks down a tremendous amount of power. The dash power draw meter indicates the total draw on the batteries, and in very cold weather, the heater draws as much power as cruising at 30 mph. If you sit in a parking lot for two hours with the heater set to 74 degrees (in 20 degree weather), you will use the same amount of power as driving 60 miles. Takes quite a chunk out of my battery life. It also happens to be a cheap and easy trick for messing with the range estimator on an electric car.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:TFA (Score 1) 210

One person cannot be culpable for the failure of a test program to verify this equipment would function as intended. Testing is baked into the engineered procedures to design and install this system, and their work controls dictate that they be reviewed and approved. It's obvious you know little regarding electrical distribution and protection, in addition to not rtfa.

He or she is culpable if they put the wrong values in for the operating parameters. If this had gone the other way and caused a fire or worse, then there would be criminal negligence charges. Engineers get paid to do the job correctly. Where safety is at sake, they shouldn't be putting their name on something unless it has been properly verified. I can understand an engineer wanting to be conservative in these values so that a problem will tend to be a false positive rather than a failed safety, but it doesn't change the fact that there is a narrow "correct" range for these operating values that will allow the device to operate correctly without causing false positives. The fact that the values were not within that range indicates that the responsible engineer did not know what that range was, and consequently had not done his/her job.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:Missing option: end the USPS (Score 4, Informative) 564

Not in the last 30 years they haven't. Unless you were a taxpayer in the 70s, your tax dollars _never_ subsidized USPS.

You should really know something before you make statements like that. According to the USPS annual budget report, the USPS has basically survived by borrowing close to $15 Billion from the Fed in interest free loans. About 2/3 of that debt is related to the pension costs, but the rest is simply operating losses. If the USPS goes under before paying it back, then yes, the taxpayers have to foot the bill for the entire amount. Even if the USPS does pay it back, we are still talking about interest free loans. Where do I go to get a 0% interest loan when I need one?

If you include a normal interest rate for a business loan, say, 5%, then you can tack an additional $4 Billion onto that bill. So in a very real sense we are subsidizing the USPS, and it becomes even worse if the USPS tanks before paying us. The only difference between the USPS failing and any other business at that point is that the union members pensions are largely funded so that they don't take it in the shorts as bad as the auto workers did...

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:Missing option: end the USPS (Score 1) 564

1) The USPS is NOT a monopoly. You are free to send your mail/packages via FedEx, UPS, DHS, local parcel and gasp e-mail.

The USPS is a monopoly. No other carrier may handle "letters", and only two entities can touch a mailbox, the owner and an authorized representative of the USPS. for everyone else there's jail time. If that's not a monopoly I don't know what is.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:TFA (Score 1) 210

How much redundancy do you want though? A complete redundant set of transmission lines and all the associated equipment to the stadium? Where are you going to put those lines? What do they cost? The last I knew, high voltage transmission lines were about $1million/mile in a rural area, and that was five years ago. I have no idea what they would cost in an urban area. If the football game is so important, maybe they should have their own power generation like hospitals do.

Something the size of a stadium might have redundant power supplies, or it might not, but no single piece of equipment should be capable of shutting down a supply line unless there really is danger. The offending piece of equipment should have had a failover / backup unit if needed. In fact it probably had such equipment, but it wasn't triggered because the problem was not equipment failure, but rather improper installation. No amount of redundancy can fully compensate for improper installations. There are just too many creative idiots out there. That having been said, the "idiot" here should be sent packing. When you're dealing with power levels that can cause major catastrophes, you really don't want someone with a track record of failure. Failures can be lethal in that business.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:TFA (Score 1) 210

That the electric utility is called before a city council meeting to "answer for" a power outage at a football game is, frankly, laughable.

When its an event with that kind of money involved, you bet they get called in to explain it. Power outages are just not common in the U.S. and are normally only due to human error, or acts of nature. Devices that can fail should be introduced into systems in ways that provide redundancy. This is done for the sake of continued up-time, and safety. Not having sufficient redundancy can easily be referred to as human error. Saying that the task is "hard work" is an unacceptable excuse. If the system design was insufficient, then it should not have been used. If it was sufficient but was installed wrong, then the installer is at fault. Cutting costs is not an acceptable reason for a system failure. If the proper equipment and installation cost more than there was budget for, then the issue should have been escalated until it could be resolved by adding additional resources, or scrapping the project. Endangering a $100 million operation for the sake of saving $50,000 on an electrical installation is cause for an inquest, and given the severity, likely someone will loose their job as a result.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:I hope this guy's good... (Score 1) 230

You really deserve a shiv in the liver, mother fucker.

Why?

Bush Jr did more damage to our freedoms than any other president in the history of our country. Given enough time he would have managed to revert us to a feudal system of government. He set the stage in which our current president is continuing to encroach on our rights unchecked. Bush Jr behaved more like a despot than an elected official, and played the nation for the fools that we are. I don't know who I hold more contempt for, Bush or the people who still can't see him for what he is.

So yes, I am happy that he got some limited kind of justice because he sure as hell will never see any real justice for his crimes.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:I hope this guy's good... (Score 1) 230

You're part of the problem.

I'm pretty sure I'm not.

I didn't vote for any of these asshats, and I find it appropriate when their sociopathic tendencies come back to bite them in the ass. Vigilante justice may not be the best form of justice, but it is the only form these people will ever face.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:I hope this guy's good... (Score 1) 230

I'm trying to sort out your twisted logic, but all I keep getting is a strange comparison between Obama and Bush, as if those were the only two presidents we have ever had. Both of them suck. At times I have a hard time telling where a Bush policy starts and an Obama policy ends. They are both ineffective partisan asshats who should never have been allowed to run anything. It should be noted that neither one of them has a scrap of integrity. The same can be said of pretty much every president in the last three decades with the possible exception of Reagan, but he was just acting.

The problem here isn't the individual in the white house, its the system that puts them there. That system virtually guarantees that someone who is able to make tough decisions based solely on the merits and not on the special interests, is doomed to fail. Once you have chosen a political ideology to stand behind (and the associated candidates), you have become part of the problem.

-=Geoskd

Comment Re:I hope this guy's good... (Score 1) 230

If evidence of wrongdoing is uncovered, this might be justified.

By that logic... the hack is justified from the beginning because without opening up these emails... we would have no way to know if there is any wrongdoing.

No... this is wrong. Period.

No, it really isn't wrong. The reason is simple. Bush Jr went to great pains to erode our constitutional protections, and successfully rendered our privacy moot. Thanks to Bush, the federal government can search my e-mail without a warrant . If the government has this right by Bush's admission, we the people should have that right. To my mind that makes Bush's e-mail fair game for public consumption. Any way you slice it, GW had this coming, and I can only hope that there is something in there that in some way diminishes Bush and his ilk in the years to come.

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