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Comment Re:Calling all rockets (Score 1) 98

No probably more like there's an understood level of accepted risk to buying a car by an automaker that didn't exist not all that long ago with technology that had never been implemented in cars quite like this to produce a true electrical replacement for vehicles that has never really been attempted before at any kind of reasonable scale. You kind of expect there's going to be bugs along the way since you're an early adopter. Now if in 10 years their cars are still highly unreliable, that's a different conversation but as the summary itself states -- Model S reliability has increased as you would expect from ample improvement cycles.

Comment Desktop user here (Score 1) 316

Been using Linux as my OS of choice on home computers for a while now. The desktop experience has come a long way to achieving what I would consider "expectation parity" with a few exceptions.

The biggest thing I hope to see change is Apple start publishing iTunes for Linux. That's not because I use it, but because many people who otherwise have no reasonable need to use Windows would be able to switch to Linux.

In a similar vein, I hope to see WINE get to the point that pretty much any random Windows based application just works so that migrating people is SUPER easy.

Lastly, and I'm sure this will ruffle some feathers, I hope Canonical gets convergence working properly across form factors so that for someone that wishes, they could turn their phone into their single computing device and not give up having access to a standard desktop in the process. If ever Linux were going to "win the desktop", this might be the best bet.

Comment Re:Note if we can stop.. (Score 2) 428

The reason most store bought produce lacks in taste has little to do with genetic modification and everything to do with when it was picked. Tomatoes, for example, are not typically picked when they are fully ripe. The natural ripening process is what generates all the flavor and most of the nutritional goodness. You can simulate this yourself with a tomato plant at home. Just pick a tomato way before it ripens. Set it in a bowl with ripened tomatoes and once it turns red, taste it. Then compare it to tomatoes that ripened on the vine from the same plant.

Comment Re:A story, and, for some, an opportunity (Score 1) 66

Allegedly, their revenue stream from licensing is going down while interest and revenue from software makers in assisting in porting their Windows apps to Linux using their platform is increasing.

I mean it stands to reason that people are not going to regularly upgrade Crossover if it's already running whatever app they want well. And so it stands to reason that they would target their development efforts to companies looking to port. Sooner or later, essentially all the important calls will be implemented such that only bug fixes and/or config tweaks will be necessary to get apps to run as they would on a stock copy of Windows.

Comment Re:Batteries with Solar Systems = No Net-metering (Score 1) 317

Depends on where you live and who your providers are. Laws and utility policies vary widely as there are no national governance rules on it (yet). In TVA territory, you currently are allowed to sell power back to the grid as a green power provider at a 2 cent premium over retail rate. This is for solar power and not strictly using a battery to store at off-peak hours and sell back during peak hours. I'm not sure how this battery will fit into their paradigm.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

Maybe a better way would be to say the last 2% or 3% of driving cases not already covered. Even the Leaf covers probably 70% of driving cases (random percent guess). But it's easy to think of very common use cases that it would not reasonably cover that are not in that last few percent. The current Tesla models do.

Driving cross country in a Tesla is doable *now* depending on your requirements (i.e. minimum stops and can't be stopped more than 10 minutes). I guess those use cases are things like you have to drive to a wedding 10 hours away and overslept. You can make it, but ....

Comment Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 514

Where in the world do you live that has 5 cents per kWh?

If you live in TVA territory (just one area, I know), it's currently 10 cents. Word has it that residential is getting moved to peak demand pricing soon, so a solar + battery combination could easily pay for itself in the 10 year window of the warranty on the battery and even longer warranty on solar panels.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

Extreme edge cases, not common edge cases. Examples:

1. Towing excessive weight
2. Driving long distances and needing to make extremely infrequent and short refueling stops (like 10 minutes max)
3. Driving all day in an area where there are no charging options or don't have time to stop and refuel at one.

I can count on one finger the number of times in a year something like that might apply to me. For those rare occasions, renting a vehicle is practical.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

The example I saw was an 11 hour journey in an optimal route as described by Google. The Tesla route was a little under 15 hours. It's probably important to keep in mind that the guy had a low battery, so I'm guessing at least 2 out of the 8 or 9 battery charging stops could have been eliminated saving 40 minutes minimum. Probably more like an hour and a half since the route had him going 20 minutes out of the way to the first charger. Make one of those stops a break for a meal (like most anyone would on an 11 hour journey) to fully charge the battery and it starts to make the journey even more like a regular gas powered trip.

If Tesla ever does figure out a model for their battery swapping tech that makes sense, then long journeys in a battery powered vehicle become no big deal at all. Even without it, it's approaching only edge cases that make battery powered travel impractical.

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