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Submission + - Invstors Concerned Over SolarCity Sale (bloomberg.com)

Thelasko writes: Bloomberg is reporting that investors are voicing concerns over Tesla's purchase of SolarCity.

“Investors expect Tesla to keep all its focus on completing the gigafactory and on quickly ramping up production of Model 3 in 2018,” said Salim Morsy, an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “Both of these goals are existential for Tesla. A SolarCity acquisition doesn’t help execute these critical milestones.”

Elon Musk States:

“From my standpoint this makes Tesla’s future execution easier, not harder,”

What's Elon Musk's plan for SolarCity?

Submission + - Chip Cards Are Not As Secure As They Should Be (consumerist.com)

Thelasko writes: Home Depot is suing Visa, MasterCard and several banks because the chip cards they are issuing don't use a PIN.

“Visa and MasterCard know perfectly well that a signature alone, without the additional step of requiring a PIN, provides virtually no protection against many types of payment card fraud,”

Looks like Home Depot has become much more conscious of security since their 2014 data breach.

Submission + - Is Going Into Finance Good for Society? (theatlantic.com)

Thelasko writes: The title of the financial historian William Goetzmann’s new book is hard to argue with: Money Changes Everything.

In the fallout from the Great Recession, it’s been commonplace to vilify those working in the financial-services industry. But Goetzmann argues that finance is a worthwhile endeavor, beyond just earning a ton of money: Its innovations have made the growth of human civilization possible.

Submission + - X-37B Celebrates One Year in Space (spaceflightnow.com)

Thelasko writes: The stubby-winged craft was boosted into space by a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on May 20, 2015, departing Cape Canaveral for a 20-minute ride into a 200-mile-high orbit inclined 38 degrees

This X-37B carries at least two payloads, revealed by the military before the ship took off — an experimental electric propulsion thruster to be tested in orbit and a pallet to expose sample materials to the space environment.

Submission + - Tesla is aiming for something the world has never seen before (yahoo.com)

Thelasko writes: In response to high demand for the Model 3, Tesla is preparing to build 500,000 vehicles per year by 2018. RBC analyst Joseph Spak notes, "...Tesla is increasingly asking the equity investor to sign up for a complex manufacturing ramp (5x in 2 years) the likes of which we don’t believe has ever been seen before."

Can Tesla pull it off?

Submission + - Poll: Web Conference Software

Thelasko writes: What is your favorite web conference software?
  • Adobe Connect
  • Genesys
  • GoToMeeting
  • Join.Me
  • Skype for Business
  • WebEx
  • Other
  • CowboyNeil
  • Talk to... People?

Submission + - Names That Break Computers (bbc.com)

Thelasko writes: The BBC has a story about people with names that break computer databases.

When Jennifer Null tries to buy a plane ticket, she gets an error message on most websites. The site will say she has left the surname field blank and ask her to try again.

These people are real life Bobby Tables.

Submission + - Epson to Release Continuous Ink Printer (consumerreports.org)

Thelasko writes: Inkjet ink can be extremely expensive. This has caused some consumers to refill their own cartridges, or even modify their printers to support cheap aftermarket ink. Epson has revealed that they will be releasing their "EcoTank" line of printers in the US this September that will support continuous ink from the factory. Of course, they will be significantly more expensive than their cartridge based models.

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