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Comment Re:All-In-One likely to be the future norm (Score 0) 171

The brakes are actually fairly interesting. With the proper design, you could do away with the brakes entirely (I'm not saying you should, I'm saying you could). If you increase the resistance in the regenerative braking to the point where it will stop the wheels and hold them in place, you could do away with friction brakes entirely. Of course, you should still keep them as backup, but with a fully 100% backed up braking system, you can virtually eliminate brake failure.

Comment Re:Just Remember, Folks. (Score 1) 171

>> At 20 years in and 12,000 miles per year, 240,000 miles, they'll quite likely have 85% of their capacity

Not even close, especially in hot climates like CA and AZ. I used to work for one of the 3 big EV charging station companies and they also have a sister company that does EV battery testing for the government. I can tell you that no EV car battery lasts anything like 20 years. With a normal drive cycle its about 4 years max before you start noticing very significant amounts of dropoff (like 1/3) in max range, and depending on how determined to save money you are, it will be maybe 7-8 years max before even the most determined owner HAS to totally replace the battery.
Tesla is also using the same battery tech as everyone else so they are just as susceptible, no matter what their glossy advertising claims.

This is demonstrably false, as Teslas have been out for more than 4 years and are seeing minimal battery degradation. I have a 2012 Telsa (one of the first 2000 off the line) and the battery degradation is sitting at 96% of its original capacity. It has almost 100,000 miles on it. So I've lost 4% in 4 years and it's been holding steady for the past year at that rate. There are numerous other examples of this in the Tesla world. Do your research. Spewing false facts (ahem, I mean alternative facts) about EV batteries isn't helpful.

Comment Re:Just Remember, Folks. (Score 1) 171

Then don't charge your laptop to 100%. Charge it to 80% and try not to let it go below 20% charge and you'll have a laptop that has 94% of it's original capacity after 6 months, 12 months... probably 48 months.

It's when you charge it to 100% each time or drain it past 20% each time that the battery really starts to degrade.

Comment Re:It might be an issue in the future (Score 1) 304

I own two Teslas and I take a lot of road trips. It takes a bit longer than 10 - 15m for the most part, at least on road trips. If you are just cruising around town, you're probably right. But either way, I'm going to guess you live on one of the coasts. That skews your perspective. In the majority of the country (such as where I live) I have rarely, if ever, seen another Tesla at a Supercharger. All of the Superchargers between St. Louis and Denver are completely empty most of the time and are, quite literally, NEVER full. This change doesn't affect most of th country (geoloation wise), so they should just implement it on congested chargers, not on vacant, little used chargers.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial jud (Score 1) 23

Actually whoever the new guy is, I don't find the site to be "improved" at all; seems a little crummy. The story was butchered and incorrectly interpreted, and the all important software for interaction seems less interactive.

But what do I know?

As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse :)

Comment Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial judge (Score 4, Informative) 23

The story as published implies that the ruling overruled the lower court on the 3 issues. In fact, it was agreeing with the trial court on the third issue -- that the sporadic instances of Vimeo employees making light of copyright law did not amount to adopting a "policy of willful blindness".

Submission + - Appeals court slams record companies on DMCA in Vimeo case

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the long-simmering appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Vimeo's positions on many points regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In its 55 page decision (PDF) the Court ruled that (a) the Copyright Office was dead wrong in concluding that pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered by the DMCA, (b) the judge was wrong to think that Vimeo employees' merely viewing infringing videos was sufficient evidence of "red flag knowledge", and (c) a few sporadic instances of employees being cavalier about copyright law did not amount to a "policy of willful blindness" on the part of the company. The Court seemed to take particular pleasure in eviscerating the Copyright Office's rationales. Amicus curiae briefs in support of Vimeo had been submitted by a host of companies and organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.

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