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Comment Re:"mass market affordable car" (Score 1) 430

Also, just to be a pedant, Cheapest Toyota camry appears to be $23k - standard trim is closer to $33k and that is before taxes.

so if you were in a state of the US with EV discounts, a model 3 is definitely worth the price, considering it'd be closer to $26 or $27k with EV incentives.

Comment Re:"mass market affordable car" (Score 1) 430

Here in Singapore you can't even get a really cheap car for that price. A new Toyota Camry costs the equivalent of 103000 USD here.

Yea, but that is a special market, so you can blame your location, situation, and government for that.

The Model 3 won't be $35k there either.

A new Toyota Camry can be had here for under $20k.

well, in NZ we pay alot for gas (not Singapore levels for Cars) and the whole country will have supercharging coverage by end of 2017,
We're also around 80% - 100% renewable energy.

you are looking at around $46k for a camry hybrid or $51k for a Petrol Camry, I'd much rather spend around the same (plus or minus %10) on a tesla, something a bit different, and damn cool, than buy a goddamn camry.

and I'll still be saving money, as I was looking at a Ford Wildtrak / Raptor or Hilux Dominator (actually I still am to tide me over)

But this is the ideal work vehicle for me - and I like the fact it is Tech based.

do you know why Camry's are popular fleet cars? because they are reliable and boring as milky rice with boiled beef. yes it is perfectly acceptable sustenance... but joyless, it'll provide you with the necessary calories to ensure your body has the requisite fuel through the day.

we all only get a certain amount of time on this planet, and have no idea how long that is, might as well enjoy it if you can.

thats also why I race supermoto's but that's another story.

Comment Re:It is just data! (Score 1) 376

Just like the Iranian centrifuges, which successfully thwarted a determined enemy state, thanks to the use of an Air gap.

Oh wait that didn't help... and neither will an Internet kill switch.

I think the American politicians have been watching too much of the Terminator series.

the only practical purpose a switch like this could have is to cut off widespread uncontrolled communications amongst civilians or to prevent dissenting views being broadcast within the country.

the nefarious uses and benefits to an "internet kill switch" far outweigh the remote chances that are being touted.

but remember. Think of the children.

Comment Just argue for a discount... (Score 2) 313

Last time I bought a computer it was via Dell,

I rang them up and argued about the fact I didnt want windows.

they argued it was built into the price.

at the time windows home premium was around $250 odd, so I said I wanted $200 off the price, whether or not windows was installed.

it was easier for them to discount me the price of windows (and I doubt it costs them that much per computer) than it was for them to sell me a laptop without windows.

so forget about trying to get it without windows, the main thing is to not have to pay for it!

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 433

and there would be immigration queues like nothing you've ever imagined to move to little ol' Australia, until someone see's all the resources there, so then they'd all be off to little ol' New Zealand who would have been largely unaffected due to the isolation and mostly lack of ability to actually even contribute, and continued to trade with China.

seriously, New Zealand almost has the advantage of being able to respond to "you must fight with us" and we are like, no problem. we've got the dingy packed and 8 of the soldiers are ready to go, but 2 of them are a bit hung over.

of course you could invade with about 15 guys and a large stick, but meh. I digress.

Comment Re:are you ready for death? (Score 1) 108

of course there is an afterlife,

scientifically accepted too, however most religious wouldnt like it.

as for the religious side of the afterlife debate, I'll not get into that, but we do spend our entire life converting energy from one form to another.
this stops to a greater extent when we die, however forgoing being destroyed in a fission or fusion reaction the atoms that consist of "you" will continue for a long time,

and the energy that was "you" cannot be created or destroyed, but may be converted in many ways during your afterlife... however you may not be aware of any of it.

Comment Re:What about Wellington New Zealand? (Score 1) 168

I don't know what the cost is, but there are 2.5 times the number of people in Seoul as there is in the whole of NZ,

if one assumes economy of scale, then it would be much cheaper.

however if it is the reverse then it is not so.

that wouldn't stop the feasibility of using a hybrid wired/wireless system as has also been suggested.

Comment What about Wellington New Zealand? (Score 4, Informative) 168

Over here in Wellington New Zealand we have had all electric buses for a really long time, since 1949 in fact.

they aren't 100% always battery powered, but nobody said they had to be.

we have the dedicated trolly bus fleet, that can switch to running on batteries when there is no power, then back to overhead lines when power is restored,

from what I can see this achieves all the positives of the Korean system and none of the negatives (return times, charge times etc) as they are full time
electric but only require the battery power as a backup.

(ok the lines might be a bit unsightly to some, but my point remains)

so this might be the first electric bus system that requires no on the go charging, but is that necessarily a good thing? they still have to plug in sometime.

Comment Re:I remain unconvinced (Score 1) 335

Ok slightly offtopic, but I live in an area where we have planes flying over head all the time (i'm about 14 - 16 kilometres from a major international airport)

and in the 8 years I've been living here, I've never actually seen a contrail. and yet you guys in the states see them all the time?

(to be fair, where i live is renown world wide for being windy)

not to fuel the conspiracy guys, but in my little out of the way part of the world we don't get contrails...

so I have no idea what a missile trail vs a plane contrail looks like, but I certainly thought it looked like a missile (having now established myself in having no credibility at all)

Comment Re:CyberPriceGouging (Score 1) 58

I imagine that a majority of those exorbitantly priced books are available for free download by the "criminal element" if you know where to look.

this isn't a set of lock picks, an assault rifle or a hazardous chemical, its something that can be digitised and distributed pretty easily, and at 150 pages even in a huge pdf it'd probably take between 5 and 10 seconds on a slow broadband link.

so the idea that the "good" guys are going through training programs the "bad guys" aren't privvy to the information in is really more bollocks than anything else.

either the "bad guys" invented what the book is discussing, or they won't have much trouble getting access to it.

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