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Comment Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 32

Freed patents are by definition not "proprietary".

Perhaps you mean "non-standard". But again, it's hard to declare Tesla to not be standard when there's more Tesla superchargers than others. And while there's a single widely accepted standard for lower rate charging (J1772 - which Tesla supports), there's a number of competing fast-charging "standards" for fast charging, so again it's hard to declare one arbitrary other standard to be "the" standard.

I'd also argue that Tesla's standard for fast charging is the best one. High peak power, compact footprint, broadly adaptable, etc.

Comment Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 32

A lot of it simply comes down to battery size. As cells charge in parallel, then for a given cell chemistry and format, the rate you can safely charge is proportional to the vehicle's capacity. And Teslas have huge capacities compared to most other EVs (for example, the Ioniq is only 28kWh).

Now, of course, that's conditional on vehicles using the same types of cells. For example, if one vehicle is using cobalt-based 18650s and another is using, say LiPo or high-rate spinel cells, then the latter can take a much higher power for a given amount of capacity.

Obviously the charger can limit your rate. But in general the charger will be designed to max out at the maximum capability of the pack.

Comment Re:Fear (Score 1) 178

If you're not building relationships with your co-workers and bosses during your contracts - even with the understanding that you could be let go tomorrow - then you're doing it way, way wrong.

I walk away from each job with glowing references from management that will get me my next job. As far as coworkers are concern, some become my bosses and my bosses became my team members on future jobs. Which is why I don't burn my bridges because Silicon Valley is a very, very small world.

If you're not memorable, you're completely replaceable.

Of course, I'm replaceable. I'm a contractor.

And that means the first Indian contractor that comes along who offers your employer a few bucks an hour less than you're asking for will take your job.

My job doesn't get outsourced to the Indians. Once the contract is over, the job no longer exists.

[...] I suspect this is close to your current lifestyle already [...]

I never asked to be contractor. But what makes me a great contractor is that I'm adaptable and hit the ground running.

Comment Re:Fear (Score 1) 178

I guess I was confused by your previous claims of 'no dead wood or slackers' in government contracting. This post pretty much directly contradicts that.

I don't think I ever used the term "deadwood" in a comment. Slackers on my government IT job do get fired and find themselves back on the unemployment line in two weeks. I don't understand how my statement about the contracting life and recruiter contradicts my past statements about my current job. Trump could get Congress to cancel my contract today and I'll get a new job tomorrow.

Comment Re:Unintended consequences (Score 1) 348

The problem still remains that "over-abundance" will only apply to labor. It won't apply to capacity nor to raw resources. We'll have lots of humans with not enough to do, whereas Marxism remains a "classical" economic system which still thinks in terms of scarcity of labor.

I don't think the future is Communist, but neither do I think it is strictly capitalist. I think we're still going to have a fundamentally consumer society, still at its core free market, it's just that labor will no longer be an issue. It will mean adjusting precisely how it is that society as a whole profits from the means of production. And remember that Marxism was always more than merely an economic theory, but was fundamentally a socio-political theory. It was innovative in that it viewed economics as the very core, but it proposed a good deal more than simply "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs", and involved revolution, dictatorship and what really does amount to a sort of single party state (because, after all, who needs more than one political movement when Marxism is perfect).

In the end, I expect we'll probably see a shift towards capital gains taxes, higher resource rents, transactional taxes (ie. taxes on the purchase or sale of bonds and shares) and other such mechanisms, and while lots of corporate interests will kick up a mighty storm, but there's little choice in the matter. At some point, robots will do a great deal of the work.

Comment Re:Fear (Score 1) 178

If recruiters, not former coworkers are your best route to a new job, you aren't very good at your job.

I'm an IT support contractor. I don't get to form long lasting relationships because I could get let go today and have a new job tomorrow. Meanwhile, all my former coworkers are hanging on their to jobs, 2% raises and hoping that seniority will protect them from the next round of layoffs. The difference between them and me is that I know I'll have to find another job. So do the recruiters.

Comment Re: where does all this money come from? (Score 1, Insightful) 348

Just because people pay you for your services doesn't mean you create more than you consume. Perhaps you have some sort of serious illness, which means your health insurance provider may be paying you more than you are paying them. Perhaps you have enough write offs to heavily reduce your actual taxable income, meaning others are actually paying more tax than you.

But do you really pay enough money in taxes that it covers the building of the road past your house, pay for the wages and equipment of the firefighters who may have to put out your fire? There's an entire infrastructure out there that is paid for by the economic output of an entire society, and the idea that somehow anyone, even a billionaire, can claim responsibility for a significant fraction of it is absurd.

Comment Re: Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the pla (Score 1) 348

It's called taxes. We can debate which taxes would be best, but presumably if someone is making something, whether it be with human beings, robots or some combination, they also have sales, which means there are any number of financial transactions which can be taxed. Pick your poison; corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, excise taxes, etc. etc. etc. In the end, money is just a means of counting value.

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