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Comment Re:Buying the bakery (Score 1) 185

Why would Tesla sell to Ford?

Lots of reasons...

First, Ford has a dealer network and service network that is far greater than anything Tesla can put together.

I see what you're doing there: I've been to said ford dealer, I have no wish to ever experience that again! You see a dealer network as a cool way a company can squeeze every last dollar from the customers, but I see a bunch of dicks wasting my time while they walk back and forth to their manager. As for the service side: Let's make this Telsa thing more fragile so that we can overcharge folk and have them constantly coming back for more.

Second, Ford might well say, we have done well with EcoBoost, what if we offered EV versions of everything we sell. Musk has said that his goal is to promote EVs, not just sell them. If Ford came to him and said, "Merge with Ford and you'll be the head of the EV division, tasked with making EV versions of every Ford product" he might find that idea attractive.

I doubt it. The idea of slapping an EV kit into existing versions of those cars is ass backwards. Take a look at the design decisions of the model 3. We're talking major chassis changes to accommodate that battery pack, you end up with a whole different car. But, I suppose if you tried to sell the idea as, "Let's take that Tesla chassis, and bolt on some Ford styled bodies". At that point you'll ask why bother buying Tesla. Why not pay Telsa a license fee to build their own Telsa clones? If I were Ford, I'd seriously call Musk's bluff and offer to license the Telsa chassis/battery combo. Instead of a free license, $1 per chassis should be enough. So, Ford can build their own clones. Musk keeps saying how their IP is free to copy, so Ford should just make clones. But, we know how that'll go: Ford would just make cheap knock offs and end up killing folk left and right like their current business does.

Finally, while Tesla is growing, they have a huge challenge in front of them. Going from 50,000 cars to 500,000 cars is not nothing, selling and servicing them isn't as simple as you'd think, and many things could yet prevent him from hitting his targets.

That's very true. But, Ford did it 100 years ago. Perhaps it's as hard as, say, sending some mice to Mars..

A lot of people consider Tesla's success to be a forgone conclusion. That is never a good idea and it isn't true either. All companies run into challenges both big and small, some break through and win, some do not.

Very true. It's not as if the government will bail Telsa out if it runs into problems. I'm sure Ford would love to see Tesla fail, so would Mercedes etc.. I'm sure a lot of money is flowing to the US government to help stop this disruptive force in the auto/gasoline business. And that circles back to why Musk won't sell to Ford: because it'll be the death knell of the awesome electric car. They'll declare cool electric cars an unsupportable fad, and return us to crappy golf carts, and try and up sell you to a V8.

Comment Re: Calling it a Trojan Horse is a bit much (Score 1) 490 homepage? You sure they're not just sniffing OS version on the website?

We have a winner! The lame Windows 10 popup triggers from the MSN.COM site. I have the update, and only saw that popup when going to - but it only shows the popup once. Closing IE11 and opening MSN.COM does not show the popup again. Maybe a reboot or tomorrow's visit to might pop it up again.

Comment Re:...and I predict (Score 1) 242

The #1 show in that list was the Big Bang Theory, raking in $6.5M per episode in commercial spots with a viewership in 2014 of almost 20M people ( So to generate equivalent revenue, without the bullshit, a viewer could pay just $.33 to watch the episode commercial free, and they'd win.

They re-broadcast that show with new paid for commercials, they sell rights to re-broadcast that show all round the world, then there's the DVD collections, iTunes etc... I'm sure they make a lot of money off that show: Far more than that $.33. They're only selling advertising during that first broadcast because they can. They should consider not showing commercials during the first broadcast - Oh, hold on, isn't that what this article is about?

I think if people stop watching programs with commercials, then they'll stop broadcasting programs with commercials.

Comment Re:Then what are they going to do with the extra t (Score 1) 242

TV shows are now 23 minutes long.

Perhaps you should be asking, "How are they fitting in more Ads into those older shows?". They speed up the shows. So, in the future, they'll turn off that speed multiplier.

Currently they're not frequency shifting the sound, I'm sure they'll fix that.

Comment Re:Massive Economic Benefits = Going to Happen Fas (Score 1) 142

people say this a lot. Got any data on that. And citation if you will.

Just for speeding tickets: 6 billion dollars: An average of $152 seems a bit low to me.

If you look at parking meters in San Francisco you'll see they get about $50 million for paid parking, and get $80 Million in parking violations per year.

Comment Re:Massive Economic Benefits = Going to Happen Fas (Score 1) 142

Not to mention, that self driving cars will very rarely commit traffic violations (speeding, etc). That will dry up a major revenue source for a lot of smaller towns, another billion dollar industry.

Actually, at first, you'll see the reverse:
Oh, that car in the next lane is driverless - so you know it's safe to cut it off. Stopping at a stop sign and the car to your right is driverless: you know it's safe to go ahead of it. etc.. Driverless cars will start uploading driving violation videos to you tube or some police agency, cities wanting their cut, will start writing tickets as fast as possible based on these videos. Very quickly, drivers will start behaving - but road death rates for the human drivers will still be disproportionately higher. Soccer moms will very quickly use peer pressure to eliminate drivers. Maybe it'll get to the point where, on bad weather days, the roads will be empty.

Also, with all these electric cars driving themselves, owned by some fleet service, what's going to happen to the $50 billion auto service industry?

Comment Re:Doesn't it already? (Score 3) 182

sorry, not reading the article. But doesn't an iPhone automatically fallback to cellular data when out of wifi range? I'm pretty sure mine does.

What's new here? Is it faster? More fault-tollerant?

Yes, that's what I thought. I had expected this feature to be "ignore crappy wifi that has no route to the internet". I'm disappointed that it's something else. I loath the TWCWiFi around town, some spots work and others turn the phone into a useless brick. All the TCSWiFi spots have the same ID, so the phone happily hooks up to it whenever it sees it - even when the router has no route to the internet. Lame!

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