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Comment Re:Illusions (Score 5, Insightful) 177

Yeah, like this car that crashed into a painted tunnel scene: People make mistakes. Machines make mistakes, because people made the machines. It's good to improve the machines through testing like this, but let's be honest: the time when the machine is the better driver is fast approaching, especially considering the number of distracted drivers there are on the road.

Comment Re: bunch of lazy sobs (Score 3, Insightful) 274

When I moved to working from home, I became more productive. If you suck at self management, I suppose there would be a problem, but I don't. My boss tells me that I regularly turn out 1.5x to 2x what he expects from any employee, and some weeks 3x, and I very rarely put in more than 40 hrs/wk. I'm approachable to all my coworkers, so they can still use me as a resource. They just message me in jabber, and then I either answer them there, on the phone, on a video call, or with a screen share depending on what makes sense, but it doesn't break my train of thought the way someone walking up does. I wouldn't go back to working in an office unless I had no choice. I don't like unnecessarily wasting my time in a car, risking my life on the drive, wasting my company's time on idle chatter, wasting my money on lunch out or more of my time on packing one. I like actually getting to see my kids grow up, and being able to support my autistic son in therapy. And I like being the best at my job. All of that means I work from home.

Comment Re:So when are they making something we can AFFORD (Score 1) 323

The primary ingredient, Lithium, is only about 4x as expensive as pure iron. It's not actually all that expensive. You're totally right, though, I'm sure that Tesla will die as soon as we have an economic downturn, like the one we've been in since the company launched.

I'm afraid that the limited market for the resources and the batteries will not make it feasible to ever mass produce cheap batteries.

So are most automotive executives, and most investors, which is why it hasn't happened. It takes someone with the vision *and* the capital to make a revolution happen.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Group! (Score 4, Insightful) 198

If the time has come for the general to pick up a rifle, the war is lost. You should not be thinking in single-system mode. You should be able to trust your minions and underlings to do what they're paid to do, which is follow your direction. Read-only access is a great ask, since it ensures that any changes made are documented, and therefore repeatable.

Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 1) 446

The government is willing to take as much money as you're willing to give them in the interest free loan that is overpayment of taxes with the intention of a bigger return. When you file your taxes in the beginning of the following year (what most people call "filing their return"), is when it matters, because then you could be getting back more money / paying less taxes than you are legally required to, and that's when Uncle Sam begins to get peeved.

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