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Comment Why not do an end-run around the laws? (Score 1) 252

If they cant get the laws in places like Michigan overturned via the courts or lobbying, set up independent dealers in those states.

Put out an offer and say "if you are willing to follow all our rules, we will give you an exclusive license to sell Tesla cars in Michigan". Set the rules in a way that they comply with Michigan laws but dont hurt Tesla.

Insist that the entity that is given the license is not allowed to have any connections to any other car company or dealership and must only operate and sell Tesla vehicles. (this would then take away any possibility that the dealer entity and Tesla dont have the same ultimate aims).

Insist that sales and service staff at the dealership must undergo mandatory training from Tesla corporate (same training as staff at Tesla owned stores undergo) so they know how to properly sell the virtues of electric cars.

Do what Apple does with 3rd parties that sell iPhones and things and insist product be sold at a fixed price with no haggling.

If the franchise agreement is drawn up properly it should be possible to have dealerships in Michigan that meet the requirements of Michigan dealership laws AND keep all the things that make Tesla different from other car companies in place. (note that I haven't read the laws that apply to car dealers in Michigan so I dont know if there are things that would prevent Tesla from making such an agreement)

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 386

I print because my local fast food joints insist on paper vouchers for the discount offers.
I print because my LEGO collection is in one room, my PC is in another room and I do most of my building in a third room. So when I have a list made up of parts I need to find from my collection for a project, I have to print that so I can refer to it when I search my collection.
I print custom stickers for my LEGO creations
I print airline e-tickets, store e-gift-cards, notifications that something I ordered online for in-store pickup is ready to be picked up and online discount vouchers valid for in-store spending.
I print maps when I am going somewhere and I need a map to tell me where to walk or what buses to catch (loading Google Maps and some route planner on my PC connected to my fast ADSL connection, planning my route and printing it out is much faster than trying to do it all on my phone over a slow expensive cellular data connection)
I printed my lease renewal on my rental apartment because it was sent to me electronically but the real estate agent wanted it returned as a piece of paper with my signature on it.

Comment Another reason to boycott HP (Score 1) 386

I will NEVER spend a cent of my own money on any HP product. And I will recommend to friends and family not to buy HP gear either.

And if I am ever in a position to make decisions in an office environment (or recommendations to co-workers/bosses/etc) about gear, I will recommend against HP in that situation too.

Comment Re:Down with the CA (Score 1) 45

The EFF Sovereign Keys proposal. (although it was developed in the days before block-chain technology became widely known so replacing the centralized servers with a block-chain style system may make the proposal better)
DNSSEC and DANE (it would be harder to compromise the DNS system and get a fake DANE blob that matches the bogus info for the hackers servers but also passes full DNSSEC validation)
PGP style web-of-trust where certificates get signed by multiple different entities and you choose whether to trust a site based on whether enough entities you already trust have signed it or not.

And there are probably others out there.
The big problem is convincing Microsoft, Apache, Mozilla, Google, Apple and the other major makers of web browsers and web servers to support one or more of these alternatives out-of-the-box.

Comment King Corn and Food, Inc. (Score 5, Informative) 526

If you haven't seen them, you should go watch the documentary films King Corn and Food, Inc. King Corn in particular goes into detail about the transition in the US from a diet with lots of fat and lower levels of sugar into one where eating fat is evil and will send you to hell and not eating sugar is evil and will send you to hell.

Food, Inc is more general but it shows clearly why food production in the US is so screwed up.

Comment Re:able to take SLR-quality images (Score 1) 551

I have yet to see a cellphone camera that is as good as even my Canon PowerShot SX 120 IS and that is a few years old now and wasn't exactly top-of-the-line even back then.

My camera has a physically bigger sensor and lens than any phone I have ever seen. And it has a proper optical zoom.

Comment Re:Monero (XMR) is the most private payment method (Score 1) 212

Anyone who creates a truly anonymous cryptocurrency (one that even law enforcement/intelligence agencies cant track) will be a huge target. Governments of all sorts wont allow an untraceable method of moving money around the world to exist, it would hurt their interests too much.

Comment Re:I"m safe! (Score 1) 98

I have a Nokia N900 Linux phone which is so obscure and unpopular no-one is going to bother writing exploits specifically for it. And with the unofficial updates from the community I get fixes for a lot of the general bugs going around (e.g. more recent OpenSSL than the phone came with for example). And being Linux and using so much open source software I can contribute directly to the development of the thing (e.g. I have done a lot of work on updating the included set of root certificates to the latest set from the Mozilla team as well as documenting exactly how you do that)

The N900 also has some hardware features that make spying a little bit harder (for one thing the cellular radio has no ability to access the microphone, speakers or audio hardware and record audio on the sly nor can it access the main Linux filesystem of the device, everything the cellular radio does is done by the main CPU pushing data/audio/etc to it)

Comment Re:Hurry up and get the fuck out of my country Kim (Score 1) 72

The New Zealand government has been bowing down to the US government for years. Look at what they did to Bruce Simpson where the NZ tax office was used to shut down his "cruise missile" project (actions that were illegal under the laws the tax office is supposed to operate under I believe).

Comment What I do (Score 1) 366

I have a Western Digital external HDD and every so often (whenever I have some free time but trying to do it as frequently as possible) I connect it up to my PC and run a program (SyncBackFree) that does a copy of my 3 main drives. When I am not using it to back up, the external disk lives in my desk drawer.

If I had the money I would buy a second external HDD and keep one offsite swapping the 2 periodically just to deal with issues like a house fire that could destroy both my main PC and my external HDD but even without that, I have a reasonable solution that will help protect against viruses, hardware failure and many potential disasters (e.g. authorities saying "there is a bushfire/flood/massive storm/whatever comming, you need to pack a suitcase and evacuate to a safer place")

Comment Re:GPL was definitely right for Linux (Score 3, Insightful) 238

Lots of entities would share their code in that circumstance because its in their best interests to do so. But a lot MORE companies (especially companies running Linux on all kinds of embedded hardware like routers and phones and tablets and such) wouldn't share if they didn't have to because its in THEIR best interests NOT to share their code.

Me personally, I think there should be MORE enforcement (via lawsuits if talking directly to the company that is violating the license doesn't work) of the GPL against companies who use the Linux kernel and dont share their code when legally required to.

Plenty of companies violate the GPL on the Linux kernel and many companies are well known as repeat offenders (taking months or even longer to release the source code corresponding to a new device or a new firmware update, releasing code that is incomplete or wont compile, releasing code that doesn't match the binaries or otherwise not properly following the GPL)

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