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Comment Re:if bolt is any indication (Score 1) 65

Tesla delivered 22,200 cars last quarter.
Take into account that those are much more expensive, and Tesla is production-constrained, and the Model 3 Had around 400K reservations last we heard (this might have decreased, but it'll still take years to fulfill the orders even if it's half that).

I don't really know the Bolt situation in depth, maybe they're not making an effort to produce and sell them because they're just meant to fill a regulatory quota, maybe the car itself is not that appealing, or maybe the dealership sales model is indeed biased against electric cars, but I wouldn't extrapolate from it to electric cars in general.

Comment Three? (Score 1) 116

"But what many people may not realise is that there is actually more than one Boaty. The name covers a trio of vehicles in the new Autosub Long Range class of underwater robots developed at Southampton's National Oceanography Centre (NOC)."
Three? My extensive research of Scottish culture left me under the impression that there can be only one!
I hope this doesn't invalidate the authenticity of my traditional Clan McBoatface tartan kilt.

Comment Re:They did it to themselves (Score 1) 266

You seem to be comparing a professional tool to consumer goods.
A tractor is going to cost a significant amount of money and it being out of commission at a critical time can cost you a lot of money and possibly your whole crop.
If you run a kitchen you buy professional grade stoves and professional grade blenders and professional grade pots.
If you run a VFX company, you're going to buy workstations with ECC RAM that would prevent random bit flips and a chasis that allows you to slide out a fried PSU and replace it in 30 seconds so your artist can continue working and you don't miss the deadline, and you're not going to worry too much about it surviving for 20 years because by that time a newer machine will be 1000x as efficient and your old machine will be an historical curiosity.

If you're sitting at a Starbucks, pretending you're working on your novel on your Macbook Air, there are completely different considerations in play, like how evenly lit the Apple logo is on the back, or how heavy it will be to carry on your way to the Whole Foods, but that is a completely different class of product.

Comment Re:Too little at any time (Score 1) 142

I remember I had a whole semester at some point in grade school where I had to sit in front of a computer and use some stupid educational application that made me move a turtle around from one point to another.
It's only when I got to college and one of our instructors mentioned Logo that I realized I was supposed to be learning a programming language.
I can't even imagine what infinitesimal fraction of an impression an hour would leave, I doubt you could even fully teach how a for loop works in that amount time.

Comment Re:Supportive (Score 3, Informative) 171

As far as I know they offered free supercharging for five years, and anyone who bought a car in that time period still has it, hardly bait and switch.
Do you expect a company to continue offering an option in perpetuity once it's been introduced, regardless of how the scale and economics change?

Comment Gametrailers Anecdote (Score 1) 244

A few years ago I used to visit daily.
One day I started viewing a trailer and I got a message that I must disable my ad blocker to continue viewing.

I'm fucking actively seeking out ads on my own volition and you're trying to waste my time with other ads I'm not interested in?

I stopped visiting that site then.

A few weeks ago I decided to check out what it looks like now, and apparently it redirects to a Youtube channel, I guess they couldn't make enough money pushing all those extra ads to maintain a site.

Comment Re:Solar panels in Nevada? (Score 2) 115

As mentioned by others, Tesla produces and sells the panels themselves, they don't build heliostats.
In addition, they have a lot of rooftop real-estate at their factory and presumably it's a lot easier and cheaper to cover the roof with panels than construct a heliostat on a neighboring piece of land.

I'm sure that at a certain point one monolithic power plant has advantages in efficiency and other economies of scale, but I don't think Tesla+SolarCity is looking to become a traditional power utility company, and there are advantages to the approach of small nodes of power generation and storage that might be connected in a mesh-network to balance loads, cover local failures, and don't require running long distance power lines to isolated locations.

Comment The least of your problems. (Score 1) 1081

Speaking as someone who's neither a citizen or resident of the US, but would no doubt will still be affected to some extent by the results of your elections.
Whether the electoral college system has more or less merit than a simple popular majority seems to be the least of your problems.
The founding fathers came up with a pretty good system, no doubt, but it seems to me to have a fundamental flaw in that it reaches an equilibrium with only two viable parties.
Does it seem reasonable that the opinions of 325 million people are divided into two nearly equal halves (to within less than a percentage point), votes for the smaller parties are functionally equivalent to liking someone's post on Facebook, and the party in power just flips over to the other one once people get bored with the one that's in the spotlight, or because the other party managed to spend a few more million on advertising and managed to get marginally better brand recognition?
Does it seem reasonable to sum up all your values and make a binary choice based on which side of the threshold you land on?
Well, the answer to those questions doesn't really matter, because you're fucked regardless, your political system has a fundamental flaw, and through the processes that turn a novel upstart concept into a baroque series of rituals observed out of habit, anyone who has any hypothetical power to change it is formed by it and reliant on it to keep their place and win their little victories within its framework.

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