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Submission + - Disney Cuts Ties with PewDiePie, Top YouTube Submitter, After Anti-Semetic Clips (techcrunch.com)

jo7hs2 writes: Disney's Maker Studios has cut ties PewDiePie, the YouTube submitter with 53 million subscribers, over anti-Semitic clips the submitter released earlier in the year. The clips, three videos published in January, have since been removed from the channel. According to TechCrunch, "They included one skit in which Kjellberg paid a Sri Lanka-based group of men to hold up a sign that read “Death to All Jews,” while another featured a clip of a man dressed as Jesus saying that “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong.” Kjellberg used freelance job finding site Fiverr for both clips. He argued that he wasn’t serious with either and instead wanted to show the things people will do for money."

Submission + - US National Weather Service suffered "catastrophic" systems issue today (miamiherald.com)

jo7hs2 writes: As the Miami Herald reports,

"On a day when a blizzard is pasting Maine and Northern California faces a dire flooding threat, several of the National Weather Service's primary systems for sending out alerts to the public have failed.

As of approximately 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time, products from the National Weather Service ceased disseminating over the Internet, including forecasts, warnings and current conditions."

The systems are back up as of Monday evening.

Comment Re:Meanwhile, you can buy a Chevy Bolt today... (Score 1) 112

I was assuming demand. GM, and to a greater extend, Ford, learned their lesson about pumping out cars just to meet production numbers. In fact, Ford nearly bankrupted themselves trying to maintain their status as #2 automaker by dumping large numbers of cheaper than reasonable fleet cars (Taurus at $12k for example, etc...) onto the market. There are several good books addressing Ford's recovery that get into this issue. I confirmed when I looked quickly into it. GM says they are not production limiting the Bolt, and they aren't just making compliance numbers to get credits for emissions and whatnot, they are limited by demand. This is from a very pro-EV source: http://evobsession.com/chevy-b...

Comment Re: The old adage (Score 1) 112

That's not entirely accurate...customers are often advised to avoid initial model year after refresh/introduction by various sources. It's not FUD targeted only at Tesla, it's commonly given advice for people who absolutely do not need to buy a car immediately or who aren't jonesing for that brand new model. Cars unpredictably have failures, even from well-reputed makes, that often do not show up u too the vehicle is in wide use. Giving it a year lets the leaseholders and people who absolutely HAD to have the car the first year test it out for you and find them. Most cars have a small spike in recalls and TSB type issues after a refresh, some have a LOT, and it is often completely impossible to predict. For example, to use a car that was a relatively recent introduction for Ford, the Fusion had an initial spike in recall issues when introduced, despite being based on the Mazda 626, then had spikes in 2010 when a new power train (particularly new transmission) was introduced during a refresh, and again in 2013 when they had a platform and power train change. Ditto on the Escape, which are both vehicles selling ae Undo the numbers Tesla is anticipating. And this is no isolated issue at Ford, it happens with carmakers all around the world of all pricing and quality levels.

Comment Re: The old adage (Score 1) 112

No, that's not how cars have historically worked out...any significant change results in a noticeable spike in recalls and reliability complaints for a model year or so after the change. New platforms or changes to platforms are usually the most notable times for such issues, and "based on" is not enough to negate this being a platform change/introduction.

Comment Re: The old adage (Score 1) 112

This is a particularly true adage for all car makers and models. Even "quality" of an established make's existing model diminishes briefly after most refreshes, redesigns, or platform changes. It may be a slight reduction or a major one, and it usually resolves within one model year. However, it is good advice to avoid the first model year of any new vehicle model or any recently changed car. In the case of Tesla, you have them not only being a relatively young carmaker but also introducing a new model on a new platform. Unless they are exceptionally careful, they'll probably get stuck in the recall/defect doldrums for a year or two.

Comment BASIC (Score 1) 339

As someone who has been involved with the development of programming languages, do you think it is still possible to come up with a modern-day replacement for BASIC that can operate in modern GUI environments? It seems like all attempts since went went GUI (aside from maybe early VisualBASIC and Hypercard) have been too complicated, and all attempts have been platform-specific or abandoned. With the emphasis on coding in schools, it seems like it would be helpful to have a good, simple, introductory language like we had in BASIC.

Comment Re:Guess I just never paid attention (Score 2) 201

You would imagine wrong then, the 18650 is THE cell for eCigs. I know because my brother-in-law vapes and has the things laying around everywhere, which I find mildly disturbing. Regardless, a quick Google search shows plenty of proof. http://ecigarettereviewed.com/... http://vaping360.com/top-5-186... https://www.vapinginsider.com/...

Comment Re:Doesn't pass the smell test. (Score 1) 428

Their claim in the summary is that the primary savings is in the shipping costs. If you've ever moved a full pack of asphalt roof shingles, you know they are EXTREMELY heavy for their size. Apparently, these solar shingles are lighter (which is also true with metal roofing products, usually), hence much lower shipping costs. I'm skeptical but traditional shingles do weigh enough that it *might* be possible. Plausible but unconfirmed.

Comment If they can deliver... (Score 1) 428

If they can deliver, I happen to be in the 1-3 year market for a new roof. If it really is price competitive, I might actually give it a try. However, I'm guessing it will be rolled out geographically and will be hard to get for a few years, even when they do finally make it available, so I don't hold out much hope.

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