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Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 4, Interesting) 63

The list of Tesla's enemies is long. It's very difficult to find a dispassionate analysis of their situation because you have several state governments, possibly the federal government (with it's anti-EPA EPA chief), dozens of state automobile dealership associations, the Big 3 automakers, practically the entire oil and gas industry, hydrogen fuel cell purveyors, wall street short sellers and generally a chunk of uninformed alt-right types -- all with vested interests in seeing it fail.

Then you have those who believe that the stock is already worth buying at practically any multiple, Musk can make no mistakes and builds golden space chariots.

The reality is they have a big set of tasks ahead of them, and they've made their share of mistakes along the way, but on the big items, they've proven themselves several times over. Long-term, I think they're in pretty good shape, assuming they can achieve volume manufacturing of the Model 3 (~5k cars per week) within the next 12 months.

At this point in its history, anyone offering unqualified strongly positive or negative sentiment regarding Tesla's position have vested interests in play or else are simply trolls not to be taken seriously.

Comment Re:the future of Mozilla (Score 1) 236

Well, I use Firefox. It's relatively stable these days, plus I don't have to keep checking my eye sockets to determine whether my eyeballs have been sold to the highest bidder -- which is more than I can say for most alternatives these days. Plus, with a small user base, it's become less of a target for malware authors too. Win-win if you ask me.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 53

> Malware unfriendliness is user unfriendliness

Really? So in your version of email utopia, people should just be able to send executable code to other people and have the code just run because any other option would be user-unfriendly? Blocking executable code is the right thing to do 99.9% of the time. Developers can bloody well use password protected zips and whatnot to share code. Boo hoo, the geek 1% is *so* inconvenienced by the dumb 99.

Comment Re:Drowning in Buzzwords (Score 1) 12

Leave it to the Slashdot misanthropes to find the negative in everything. Facebook's Oculus Rift, which you evidently haven't even tried, is actually a pretty impressive piece of gear for a 1.0 product release. I suspect they will have a mass market version in a couple years. The people who built it are shuffling themselves a bit to get themselves beyond the startup roles they've been in since 2012. Makes sense to me.

Comment Dealerships are a facade (Score 4, Insightful) 261

They're really just repair shops who've applied with an auto manufacturer to become a local monopolist middle-man for a brand of automobiles and associated parts. They make the bulk of their money on repair work (in-warranty from the manufacturer and out-of-warranty on highly marked-up fees charged to consumers).

As far as I'm concerned, the sooner we move to a world where all cars can be purchased online direct, the better.

Comment Re: Solar panels are nice, but what about storage? (Score 5, Funny) 60

Well, one thought is that they could put the building on a huge hydraulic lift and in this way store solar energy as potential energy, then slowly drop the building to release that energy post-daylight. This has the added advantage of forcing workers to stay inside rolling lithium until the wee hours of the morning when, presumably, the floor reaches ground level.

Comment Re:remember everything that savings mean (Score 1) 183

Yeah I think everyone gets it, but don't you think you're being a bit overly dramatic about Amazon warehouse pickers? Think of all the paper shufflers personal computers put out to pasture 30 years ago. That had a much bigger impact than the few thousand seasonal warehouse pickers that will be impacted by this. Society will survive.

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