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Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 373

I don't grow much in the way of food these days, I don't have the time or interest, plus the growing season in new england is limited and intersects with times when I would prefer to travel.

That said, I regularly work on my own car, truck and motorcycle. I have renovated both the bathroom and the kitchen in my house on my own, I can sweat pipes and run electrical, I can put up drywall and mount cabinets. I have done structural work and finish carpentry.

Oh yeah, and I brew my own beer.

Maybe you should consider if your impression of city dwellers is just a little bit off.

Comment Re:Slashdot "experts" who were wrong. (Score 1) 164

Seriously? Apple has a fantastic history of pretty damn accurate battery life estimates. That hardware underwent extensive testing before the public ever heard of it, and you are saying that an obscure software bug... probably one of the most common occurrences in technology... is less likely that some a pervasive hardware fault in a product from a mature hardware developer that does extensive testing on all of its equipment?

Comment What do you know. (Score 0) 246

There really were flaws in the tests. It does surprise me a bit that this setting was enabled, but it also doesn't make sense that consumer reports and apple's self reported battery life numbers would be so far off. As manufacturers go, Apple has a pretty good reputation for not hyper inflating their battery numbers.

I'm glad that Consumer reports was willing to look at this again and re-test these machines with settings an actual user would have enabled.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 121

I do suspect it is their plan but I wonder how fast they can execute on it. As I understand it the chevy bolt batteries are supplied by LG, now its possible that this car will have some major electrical problems but assuming the roll out goes well those batteries can't be that expensive. It has a reasonable range (230 miles I believe) and it costs something like 36K before the tax incentive. Sure chevy gets some kickbacks from states on it but so does Tesla.

Now mind you, I'm not ready to throw in on a GM car that is brand new and untested (nor would I recommend it to others) but it does show the possibility that Teslas competitors for battery production might be able to compete pretty aggressively on price. Not that it doesn't make sense for Tesla to invest in the Gigafactory because they need to be making their own batteries if they want to get anywhere but it may not result in them beating out the Asian battery manufacturers in the long haul. Those guys already have pretty hefty capacity and they wont be standing still.

Long story short, I'm not holding my breath for an affordable electric with a decent range which is really all I want.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 121

They are claiming a 380 mile range or something like that. Thats pretty impressive and would certainly be more than enough for me to give up on a gas vehicle, Honestly a bit over 200 miles range would do it, 300 would be a no brainer.... but not if its going to cost me 100K.

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