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Comment I wonder if Musk was promised more Mars funding? (Score 1) 102

Hmm -- I wonder if Musk was promised more Mars funding from the toddler-in-chief in exchange for him staying on the advisors' group even in the face of all the tech world's outrage? I didn't blame him at the time -- you gotta eat -- but it looks like he found out like many have before, that our current fearless leader isn't the most trustworthy man around.

Comment Re:WTF!!! (Score 1) 513

Eh -- sometimes, sometimes not. If an employer really needs a job filled, they'll hold back (or massage) whatever information needed to get you in the door, knowing that if you're desperate, you'll stay.

I was in this condition once -- accepted a job I really needed after being told that there'd be a "two week training period" where I'd have to travel 1000 miles away from home... which quickly turned into six _months_. They paid for everything, but still, they were not forthcoming before I was hired.

Comment Re:Can Uber really make money at this? (Score 1) 122

There will be a point where it will be cheaper to just run "one" driver, replicated millions of times, instead of paying millions of drivers, yes. It might not be today, but eventually the two lines on the cost chart will cross.

As for maintenance on the cars, I expect Uber to wait until this technology is in most cars, and then they'll still "borrow" your car, so that you'll still be responsible for insuring, maintaining, etc. You'll just get a vastly reduced rate than Uber drivers do today, since Uber just needs the use of the car, not the car *and* you.

Comment Re:500,000? (Score 1) 112

300k to 400k, huh? I'm a fan of Tesla, and I even have one of these pre-ordered, but I'm willing to bet their yearly output won't be 1/10th of that. :) I expect to see 50k out the first year, and another 50k out the next. The rest of orders will either be cancelled by that time or they'll just be waiting much longer.

Comment Re:Location (Score 1) 587

Funny you should bring this up, because my company (which will not be named) has been doing this since the '08 financial crash in the US. We employ tons of developers and support staff in Alabama and Mississippi who work either full-time at home, or in rented office space. They generally get paid about 40% of what their counterparts on the coast get paid, and are happier than pigs in shit. The quality of work is the same, regardless of geographical location.

Oh yeah -- the lesser (lol, sorry, I mean completely non-existent) labor laws in AL and MI help, too.

Comment Re:Location (Score 1) 587

It's funny you should bring this up, because my company (that won't be named) has been doing this exact thing since the '08 crash. We have tons of programmers, developers, and more, all in Alabama and Mississippi. They work either full-time remote or at rented office space. They get paid about 40% their counterparts on the coasts, and they're happier than pigs in shit.

The lower (lol, sorry, I mean completely non-existent) labor laws in these states help quite a bit, too.

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