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Comment Just want to point out (Score 3, Insightful) 69

Tesla changes their accounting methods. Dumb money is excited that TSLA is profitable. Smart money has no idea what to make of these numbers but know something smells musky.

As far as I can tell (Yes, I am a forensic accountant) they sold a lot of now-obsolete cars at a big discount and did some other tricks to prop up sales and push Q4 revenue into Q3, Q3 expenses into Q4, etc.

Now, it really doesn't matter if they're profitable or not because they have plenty of money in the bank and $22 million is a rounding error. Except Tesla is trying to buy Solar City. Why? Basically to bail out Elon Musk since Solar City is a turd circling the drain and Elon has a lot of money tied up in it (directly and indirectly through his other company, Space X). A lot of Tesla stock holders recognize this shit for what it is. But if Tesla can eek out a profit, dumb money thinks Elon is a fucking genius and let him buy up Solar City.

I just want to point out that the OP is:

1) Claiming to be a forensic accountant
2) online
3) as AC.
4) Framing his position in emotional terms (dumb money, smart money)
5) While showing no specifics. (Tesla changed accounting methods? Using nebulously-defined "tricks"?)
6) For a company whose analysis is largely partisan.

I don't know why people bother reading up on Tesla, news and analysis is all over the map. Price points from $150 to $400 per share, negative/positive outlooks, baldfaced lies about specs, dangers, and recalls, and all absolutely certain of their analysis.

It's almost as if there are large groups of people who would personally benefit from Tesla's success or failure, and who are willing to lie and mislead to bring about that result.

Comment Noise (Score 1) 215

Noise isn't a problem. It's unpredictable noise or unwanted noise that's a problem. Or noise that cannot be controlled.

In IT, working in a deathly silent office is bugging. I need the background of fans spinning to "feel right", but I don't think it needs to be loud, or even immediately audible. And anything beeping will drive me to distraction as my brain is tuned to find that beeping thing and fix whatever the problem is.

But a tap dripping? Or headphones tizzing? Or someone tapping their foot or banging a door? Even a mouse clicking? That drives me mad. That's why the background hum is good - it washes them all out.

I work in an office with a technician. He's young, keen, not used to workplaces with lots of other young people.

We have a "swear jar" of sorts. It's for when he hums, whistles or breaks into song. Playing music, I've told him, is right out. Like others, I've worked in places with fed-in music and it drives me insane. I spent a year in an IT office with a badly-tuned radio locked to BBC Radio 1 and it drove me mad.

I work in schools, so some weeks/months of the year there is nobody around. All my speaker-sets go missing as the office and teaching staff use them to take advantage of the empty offices by having their music up louder than they'd ever be allowed while others are around.

Run an after-school event and all the kids want to plug themselves in while they work. I'm sure that's good for them but the noise leakage from their tiny in-ear things is immensely annoying and often means it's banned even through headphones (not just by me). Even on the school PC's, no apps, games or anything else that makes a sound and internal speakers are switched off - when you have 20 PCs in a room, that's just a cacophony of nightmares.

It's a matter of courtesy. Even if you NEED sound to concentrate, you need to understand that others NEED silence. If you can find a way to have your sound without interfering with their silence, they won't have a problem with you. But blanking out sound is immensely harder than drowning out silence. and there's a fascination with having music so loud that everyone can hear, even out of sound-insulating headphones. That's just unnecessary and rude.

And when you get into singing along, humming, drumming, tapping or anything else, I will break your fingers and shove them down your oesophagus. That's not necessary at all and does nothing but inflict your sounds on others that have already chosen not to listen to your music.

I own a couple of sets of headphones. At a reasonable price, set to a reasonable volume, you literally can't hear a thing from outside them. And I couldn't hear a thing outside when wearing them. So it's not impossible to cater for such tastes. But people don't do it. The problem is that there's no earplug or set of headphones that can provide silence in such a situation. The closest you get is bassy tinnitus coupled with heartbeat, blood-rush, swim-ear sounds, with the background slightly muted in the background.

So when you're on your own, out of earshot, do what you like. When there are others around who don't like sound you need to get a decent set of headphones and keep it to yourself. I know that means restraint in your personal tastes, but you also have to stop picking your nose, scratching your feet, farting, undressing, and all the other distasteful habits at that point too.

I will make one exception: With babies around, you should not be asked to be silent for them to sleep. All you're doing is breeding people like me who can't relax in silence by doing that. And a baby will sleep through ANYTHING. Babies will fall asleep outside in a noisy shopping centre, at a party, with a movie blaring, etc. *Sudden* noise might wake them but that's only more sudden and scary against the silent background than if you just all talked normally over the sleeping child and someone sneezed or whatever.

And if a baby wakes, it wakes. Nobody INTENDS to wake them. That's my one exception - talk normally around babies and even sleeping children. You're subconsciously teaching them to be able to cope with a noisy environment without actually disturbing them at all.

But otherwise? Shut the hell up or isolate your noise from me.

Submission + - Hotel CEO Openly Celebrates Higher Prices After Anti-Airbnb Law Passes (

An anonymous reader writes: A hotel executive said a recently-passed New York law cracking down on Airbnb hosts will enable the company to raise prices for New York City hotel rooms, according to the transcript of the executive's words on a call with shareholders last week. The law, signed by New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday, slaps anyone who lists their apartment on a short-term rental site with a fine up to $7,500. It "should be a big boost in the arm for the business," Mike Barnello, chief executive of the hotel chain LaSalle Hotel Properties, said of the law last Thursday, "certainly in terms of the pricing.” Barnello's comment adds fuel the argument, made repeatedly by Airbnb and its proponents, that a law that was passed in the name of affordable housing also allows established hotels to raises prices for consumers. It was included in a memo written by Airbnb's head of global policy, Chris Lehane, to the Internet Association, a tech trade group, reviewed by the Washington Post. LaSalle, a Bethesda, MD-based chain, owns hotels around the country, including New York City. The memo is the latest volley in a bitter fight that has pit the hotel industry, unions, and affordable housing advocates against Airbnb and its supporters. At the heart of the fight is a debate over the societal value of the Airbnb platform and its role in the economy of cities throughout the world. The question is whether Airbnb has been a net benefit, by enabling middle class city-dwellers to make extra money by renting out their homes, or whether it has had the unintended consequence of exacerbating affordable housing crises in expensive cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

Submission + - 28,882 Emails From Hillary Clinton's Private Server available online (

Okian Warrior writes: [Note: This information is 10 hours old as I type. If Slashdot wants to post this, perhaps with an appropriate warning, they could potentially scoop all of the the MSM and Breitbart/Drudge for this news item.]

The twitter group PunishmentPosse appears to have released 28882 E-mails from Clinton's private server, available from as either a torrent or direct link.

The files appear to be 28882 PDF files, each of which appears to be state department E-mails to Hillary from 2012 to 2016. Some E-mail addresses have been redacted, and occasionally an entire page has been blanked out. Everything seems legitimate at first glance and to my untrained eye.

Note that this is not a wikileaks drop, and the data might not be authentic.

KimDotcom has previously hinted that Clinton's E-mails might be released on Hillary's birthday (October 26th). He has not claimed responsibility, but has recently made a few cryptic tweets today.

(Kim Dotcom may have an axe to grind, because Hillary Clinton signed his US extradition order)

Submission + - Rogue Green Bank Observatory Begins Search For Life Around Tabatha's Star 1

unclejimstroutshack writes: It's hard to survive in an era of budget cuts and constraints. The Green Bank Observatory has in fact flourished going rogue Going rogue is never easy the largest fully steerable and most modern United States radio telescope has turned the corner and is lighting up Tabatha's Star tonight, which created a huge internet sensation last year when it's unusual and prolonged dimming led conjecture that it could be due to the construction of Dyson or Near-Dyson sphere around it's host star KIC 8462852. At some points Tabatha's Star dimmed up to 22% of output. The Green Bank Telescope has faced budget cuts from the Nation Science Foundation which is odd considering it is the United State's most modern radio telescope. Her first light was in 2000 and she is true behemoth. going rogueYuri Milner, a Russian internet tycoon has financed Setis Breakthrough Listen project to the tune of 100 million over the next ten years in the search for life in our universe and the investment at Green Bank has been phenomenal through UC Berkeley including water cooled processors and a new multi-band addition to the telescope that can pull down a terabyte of data every hour or two. History is being made and amateur astronomers are leading the charge. In fact the data is readily available. Code example: perhaps a signal has already been found .

Submission + - Students announce 2017 solar-powered land speed record attempt

is_this_gdog writes: According to the New York Times, students from the Prototype Vehicles Laboratory (PROVE Lab) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (CA) have revealed plans to break the international land speed record for a solar-powered vehicle. The current records stand at 23.5mph (official FIA) and 56.75mph (Guinness World Records). The car will use conventional solar cells to generate around 2kW, which the team believes should allow them to exceed 65mph — without any help from batteries — in the Mojave Desert in June 2017. The completed vehicle design was revealed in a video and in a press release on the team's website — construction of the ultra-lightweight chassis appears to be underway already.

Comment Temporarily Brick 'em (Score 3, Informative) 45

The other problem is what a do-gooder hacker could do once they took over the botnet. The options are: brick the devices, making them completely unusable; change the default passwords, locking out even their legitimate owners; or try to fix their firmware to make them more resistant to future hack attempts, and also still perfectly functioning.

I say brick them. Perhaps when bad security starts costing ordinary people time and money, they'll take it more seriously.

If I understand the process correctly, most hacked IoT devices aren't firmware hacked, the exploits live in volatile memory while the device is powered. The exploit can't get into the firmware because that's much more difficult, and in many cases the firmware is read-only.

Power cycling the device will clear the hack, but it can be taken over again using the same exploit.

Bricking the device, or perhaps making the device access an online site intended to catch the owner's attention(*) seems like a reasonable solution when used in concert with all the other solutions - going after the perpetrators legally, going after the device manufacturers, changing net rules to disallow IP address spoofing, and so on.

(*) Lead to a website with a landing page alerting the owner of the issue, or (for cameras) upload video to the user's account alerting the owner to the issue, and so on.

Comment Re:Appeals court fails basic facts (Score 1) 90

So if you use a copy of Microsoft Office that you didn't pay for but got from "a guy", you can't have civil action against you?

I think you'll find that's not how copyright works, has ever worked or will ever work.

Because at that point, it's not really *copy*right you have to worry about, it's licensing for the original work. To copy it would have been infringement, and you're using an unlicensed copy whether you were the one to copy it or not.

The problem is exactly that judges spent too long reading the law, because that's what's enforced and convicts you, not the dictionary definition unless there is absolutely no legal definition anywhere that's been previously established by a court of law or a legal statute.

Submission + - Tesla shocks Wall St. with huge earnings surprise and actual profits (

anderzole writes: Tesla on Wednesday posted its earnings report for the quarter gone by and investors will have a lot to cheer about. While analysts on Wall St. were expecting Tesla to post a loss, Tesla during its September quarter actually posted a profit, and an impressive profit at that. When the dust settled, Tesla posted a quarterly profit of $22 million and EPS of $0.71. Revenue for the quarter checked in at $2.3 billion.

Illustrating how impressive Tesla’s performance was this past quarter, Wall St. was anticipating Tesla to post a loss amid $1.9 billion in revenue for the quarter.

Comment Re:Least worst (Score 1) 897

I think people should vote for the person who most closely fits their worldview who actually has a prayer of getting into office. Voting for a third party candidate who might get 2% of the vote is a waste of time. It just is. If it makes you feel good I won't quibble as long as you understand that it will accomplish nothing of value.

So you're saying that an overwhelming majority of the electorate should just stay home, since they don't live in swing states and their votes have [statistically] negligible odds of being practically meaningful?

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 897

While mostly true, for a medical doctor she still willingly hinted at buying into standard anti-vaccination stupidity (whether sincere or not, that's a problem).

I'm not sure that that's accurate.

Now, full disclaimer, I'm not some anti-vaccine nutjob, and to the best of my knowledge I don't suffer from autism, nor am I very sympathetic to the argument that vaccines may somehow cause autism. I'm keenly aware that the FDA is very conservative when it comes to approving drugs, treatments, procedures, etc., and that EU nations often enjoy early access to novel healthcare products/services relative to the US. I don't intend my comment to suggest that the FDA is too cavalier in approving vaccines.

That being said, Dr. Stein has taken what appears to me to be a reasonable stance. She has never even hinted at buying into standard anti-vaccine stupidity, although it's true that she has [disappointingly] failed to denounce such stupidity when the opportunity presented itself, instead pivoting to a somewhat nuanced statement about regulatory capture (which really had very little, if anything, to do with the original question). Note, she did not express any support for an anti-vaccine position, at all, though she did fail to dismiss someone else's anti-vaccine position as irrational. In the end, I'd gladly take this sort of weak pandering over the much stronger pandering that both major party candidates are guilty of, on issues that are much more important to the country, personally.

Submission + - Carriers to Implement Do Not Originate List to Defeat Robocalls

Trailrunner7 writes: An industry led strike force is preparing to take away one of the most valuable pieces of technology used by phone scammers: caller ID spoofing.

The Robocall Strike Force, convened by the FCC and comprising wired and wireline telecom companies, has been working since August on a handful of new technologies, standards, and other techniques to help address the robocall problem. On Wednesday, members of the strike force delivered their report to the FCC and said that a trial of a new Do Not Originate list has shown tremendous promise in preventing scammers from being able to spoof numbers belonging to government agencies, charities, and other legitimate organizations.

A trial of the DNO list that’s been running for the last few weeks on some IRS numbers has resulted in a 90 percent drop in the volume of IRS scam calls, officials from AT&T, which leads the strike force, said during the FCC meeting Wednesday. The carriers on the strike force, which include Sprint, Verizon, and many others, plan to continue testing the DNO list in the coming months, with the intent to fully implement it some time next year.

Submission + - Dilbert creator Scott Adams enters the fray (

Okian Warrior writes: Many tech people enjoy Dilbert, and Scott Adams' notes and blog entries have given us a new and different perspective on the election. In a recent blog entry bemoaning DNC bullying, Scott has endorsed Donald Trump and intends to do something about the bullying.

"Team Clinton has succeeded in perpetuating one of the greatest evils I have seen in my lifetime. Her side has branded Trump supporters (40%+ of voters) as Nazis, sexists, homophobes, racists, and a few other fighting words. Their argument is built on confirmation bias and persuasion. But facts don’t matter because facts never matter in politics. What matters is that Clinton’s framing of Trump provides moral cover for any bullying behavior online or in person. No one can be a bad person for opposing Hitler, right?"

He invites everyone to watch and follow while he baits, trolls and otherwise uses his methods of persuasion on the opposition in an attempt to influence the election.

His first shot over the bow came today: "No terrorist attack before Election Day “means ISIS prefers Clinton”.

Professional trolling, by a *real* professional troll? This should be interesting, informative, and entertaining.

I hope everyone has stocked up on popcorn!

Submission + - SPAM: Trump-supporters assaulted and harassed nation-wide

mi writes: Though often portrayed as violent and otherwise "deplorable", Trump supporters — including children — continue being assaulted and harassed nation-wide with nary a condemnation from the Democratic campaign or TV-personalities.

The article enumerates numerous incidents of not just verbal abuse, but punches and projectiles thrown, property damaged, and even one legal threat — whereby somebody claiming to be a "human rights lawyer" called the boss of a Trump-supporter claiming his tweets violate somebody's "civil rights".

Link to Original Source

Comment Re:Why have ademocracy at all? (Score 1) 636

Oh I don't deny that you did respond. If you'd actually read the contents of my post, you'd notice that I said that you didn't address any of my points. Which you didn't. But this conversation, if it can even be called that, isn't really getting us anywhere. So, again, cheers!

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