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Comment Re:I hope they're planning another model after tha (Score 4, Informative) 247

The compact Model E aims to be competitive with the Audi A4 and BMW 3-series, which both start in the low $30,000 range.

So... is there going to be a compact Model LC for the sub-30K$ market? A car for the majority of drivers?

I'm sure they are. They started with the premium sedan Model S, then next is the Model X SUV, then this 30k Model E. The trend is definitely towards more affordable vehicles. You just need to establish yourself as a solid manufacturer first with high-profit sales. The success of the 70k+ Model S has helped to fund the factory to allow them to build the cheaper models to come.

It just takes some time.

Comment Re:I genuinely cannot remember... (Score 1) 196

You wrote:

>It doesn't make it clear if it means Canadian dollars or Australian ones, and that would make the value different.

Actually, it's safest to assume that slashdot thinks in US$ -- like all the ads we Canucks get from below 49. And oddly enough, in the current market, A$, C$, US$ and NZ$ are about as close to each other as I remember ever having seen them. You have to hit the Fijian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar or Namibian Dollar to get really wild fluctuations.

Comment Re:Colored Incandescent Bulb (Score 1) 196

If a coal plant breaks, it does not do so in my home. It does not spill its mercury in my rug from which the best cleanup manuals seem to imply it can never quite be removed as a long term environmental toxin.

CFLs are the new "Green Run" and the LEDs are only getting better and better, in my insufficiently humble opinion.

Comment Re:They are following the app store model.... (Score 0) 214

Great and incisive commentary... except that iPhoto and the replacement app that will be bundled with Yosemite are free.

So, kill your pro app that costs money to force people buy a free app that comes with the OS (which is also free).

The level if genius in your analysis must be beyond me.

Comment Re:Earth is not Mars. (Score 1) 275

So we drop the cargo down with a sky crane/inflatable combination/retro rocket system then land the crew with something like the LEM.

It's not like we don't have experience landing small, rocket-powred craft on airless low-gravity environments, and that was 40 years ago.

We put Curiosity down onto the surface intact using a sky crane flown remotely (with automatic systems handling key bits due to time delay). It's not like we can't land car-sized objects on Mars already.

But no, that sort of "we can't possibly do it" thinking is exactly what we need in space exploration. Keep it up.

Comment Re:Confusion? Really? (Score 1) 207

Yeah, I went back and re-read the article on Ars, which I seem to have misremembered - it pretty much says what the slashdot summary says.

I had taken from the Ars piece that they had asked her previously to remove the adverts, but it seems I was incorrect. I read it during luck and I guess I didn't give it enough attention.

Comment Re:Confusion? Really? (Score 1) 207

I read this on Ars earlier in the day. The site has been up for eight years, and the C&D came recently, since the owner didn't want to take down the Ikea-style branding or the ads (Ikea said that it would be fine without the advertising if the owner ran the site as a non-commercial entity).

It's classic trademark/trade dress infringement, that has been either flying under the radar or simply hasn't been a concern to Ikea until recently - perhaps the ads being served alongside what could be confused for their branding changed, or maybe a new guy is in charge of legal over there now?

Who knows.

Comment Re:Isn't Samsung the largest UNIX vendor? *grin* (Score 1) 396

I think the actual question being "Is Android on Linux really Unix?" should cause very little heat since most people wouldn't care or think "No" is pretty obvious.

Tell that to the guy in a parallel thread to this one who thinks that because "any standard that doesn't include Linux is not a standard" and that because he doesn't think that the Open Group deserves to control what is and isn't Unix that he is taking the term for himself and declaring that it means whatever he wants it to mean.

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