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Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 137

It's interesting how the Model 3 is already screwing all the other EV manufacturers so badly, even though it isn't out for more than a year (and likely 2019 for general availability in the UK, first year's production is already sold).

Other manufacturers are struggling to catch up. For example, Nissan say they will start offering some kind of auto-pilot soon, but it will be single lane and limited to 30-60 MPH. Pretty useless really, can't operate in start-stop traffic or at motorway speeds. Nissan don't do software upgrades either, so the only way to get the next version due out a year later with two-lane support will be to buy a new car!

Then you have the supercharger network. Chances are Tesla will offer some kind of pay-as-you-go option for people who want to do occasional long trips without spending thousands up-front for lifetime access. Other manufacturers are relying on commercial charging networks, most of which are less than impressive. In the UK, for example, we have the Electric Highway but it's all 50kW chargers (Tesla's are 120+kW) and there are typically only two (!) at most sites. And one is often broken, and you need a stupid mobile app to use them.

The Model 3 is going to offer Ludicrous mode, and the base model is expected to be pretty quick. Most other manufacturers are still hovering around the 10 second 0-60 mark. Tiny little touch screens that never get updated, and small batteries.

People are thinking, do I really want a 3 year deal on a Leaf or i3 when the Model 3 or a used Model S will be available in the next year or two, especially when a used Leaf to tide me over is pretty cheap. Or just go back to ICE for a bit, because why buy a car that will be out of date almost immediately, never get updated and depreciate rapidly?

Comment Re: Criminal (Score 1) 225

Wouldn't work.

The system is designed to provide stability, because unstable governments that can be toppled by trashy tabloid scandals or are sandbagged by and endless barrage of no confidence motions are undesirable and cause people to lose faith in that country's economy.

Mixing it up sounds like fun, but actually direct democracy is vastly over-rated. Look at Brexit. People are fucking idiots. They can't tell obvious fiction from fact, and they ignore overwhelming expert advice despite knowing that they are extremely ignorant and constantly requesting more information because when the information comes it contradicts their established view. They vote based on their won stupid issues that they know next to nothing about, and based on bigotry, fear and xenophobia.

The only solution to this, which is far from perfect, is to adjust your system so that it has to be governed by coalition. Force the asshats to work together. It's moderately successful in parts of Europe, and it's the best system anyone has ever come up with. It's a fine balancing act though, not easy to get right.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 161

Maybe the original data was fine, exported from some other application and then imported into Excel for publication, at which point it was corrupted. CSV files don't have formatting or data type information, for example.

TFA seems to be saying that while the results are valid, Excel is a crappy format to distribute the data in.

Comment Re:Nah (Score 1, Insightful) 137

It must make you so angry to realize how much more Musk has accomplished already compared to what you will ever be able to accomplish. He's become a billionaire three times over - paypal, tesla, spaceX - and driven those arenas far further forward than anyone else at the time.

And the most you're capable of is calling people moron on the internet.

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