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Comment Re: these new companies trying to get around old (Score 1) 257

Additionally it would be stupid for Tesla not to incorporate any stores in the states they are in because foreign corporations are at an disadvantage legally, it would be trivial for Tesla to draw up the legal agreements Michigan requires for franchised dealer, but Tesla doesn't want to be a franchised dealer, they only want to sell cars and the two aren't the same thing.

They tried this, and got denied. Now they're suing.

Comment Re:Laws (Score 1) 257

But then I saw a lot of companies arrive that were very successful at eliminating middlemen, but their products didn't get cheaper they just kept more of the profit. Not only that but they treat their 'workers' even worse then the middlemen did.

I fail to see how middlemen could prevent a company from increasing their profits or prevent a company from treating their workers badly.

Comment Re: these new companies trying to get around old (Score 2) 257

I'd like to open a dealership and sell brand new houses, but builders refuse to let others sell their products.

Having a company refuse to sell their products to dealers isn't unheard of if you look at other industries.

Personally, I'd like the Apple system. You can buy direct from Tesla OR from a dealer, just like how you can buy Apple products directly from Apple or from a "dealer" (ex. Best Buy). But thanks to the current laws, if Tesla started letting dealers sell their cars, then they'd never be allowed to sell directly to customers in certain states. The whole reason that they are allowed to is because they currently don't have any dealers there selling Teslas.

These laws are silly. Just like how it would be silly to make laws to stop Apple from selling products directly to customers and only go through stores like Best Buy.

Comment Re:Wot? (Score 3, Insightful) 79

Those panels pictured aren't a Tesla/Solar City invention. Those are solar shingles created by another company. Their image is used as speculation on what Tesla's solar roof might look like. Electric does this kind of thing a lot.

It does not mean that Tesla's solar roof will look anything like this.

Comment Re:Interesting Question (Score 1) 412

This case is an 18 year old. She is legally old enough to have had two kids by now, do service in the military and kill people on behalf of her govt; she can drink in pubs, and drive all by HGVs on the public roads. And yet you say they have no say. I wonder why. What do you get out of it?

Perhaps you're trolling, but whatever. I'm taking the bait.

I never said that the girl actually has no say in the matter (because I don't know this to be true), I was asking whether or not she has any say in the matter hoping that someone with more knowledge than I could answer. And what I get out of it is that I find law interesting, so the answer to this question intrigues me.

Also, yes, she's 18. But this case covers years of photos being posted, so I'm really only talking about the ones where she was not yet 18. Does she have a legal right to say "no" to the people who are making her legal decisions? Morally, the parents should respect her wishes, but I'm not talking about morals, I'm talking about law - again because I find it interesting.

Submission + - Oldest-ever proteins extracted from 3.8-million-year-old ostrich shells (

sciencehabit writes: Scientists have smashed through another time barrier in their search for ancient proteins from fossilized teeth and bones, adding to growing excitement about the promise of using proteins to study extinct animals and humans that lived more than 1 million years ago. Until now, the oldest sequenced proteins are largely acknowledged to come from a 700,000-year-old horse in Canada’s Yukon territory, despite claims of extraction from much older dinosaurs. Now geneticists report that they have extracted proteins from 3.8-million-year-old ostrich egg shells in Laetoli, Tanzania, and from the 1.7-million-year-old tooth enamel of several extinct animals in Dmanisi, Georgia. The teeth, buried at the fossil site that houses the earliest hominin remains outside Africa, came from extinct horses, rhinos, and deer. One team has also extracted proteins from 3.8-million-year-old ostrich eggshells from the site of some of the world’s earliest human footprints.

Comment Re:Interesting Question (Score 1) 412

I realized this and felt I was making a point absolutely related to the article. Since, there's a span of years that the photos were taken and posted most of them would have been prior to the girl's 18th birthday. So, wouldn't they have had the legal right to give consent for the girl?

Side question, when you turn 18 and have the rights to decide things for yourself, can you revoke previous decisions made on behalf of yourself? I presume, yes, but IANAL.

Submission + - 2 Fatal Accidents now linked to Tesla's Autopilot

minogully writes: New reports are coming out of China today claiming that the first fatality in a Tesla Model S on Autopilot was not the widely-covered crash in Florida in May 2016 that resulted in the death of Joshua Brown, but actually an accident in China in January 2016.
The accident was under investigation for the first half of the year, but the family of the victim reportedly sued ‘Tesla China’ back in July and now details of the crash are coming to light in the Chinese media.

Comment Re:Misleading (Score 1) 154

As a parent teaching a child, if they are still new then yeah you can be very attentive because you are basically driving as surrogate through them and they are doing all kinds wrong

Which is my point about how we should view the Tesla autopilot, and even you agree that you are capable of that level of attention.

...but once they've pretty much mastered it...

Once I feel that the Tesla autopilot has "mastered it" through software updates and the like, then yes, I'll pay much less attention. But just like with a kid learning to drive, that won't happen until it's been proven to have mastered it.

I imagine that the sporadic attentiveness that you speak of is a direct result of knowing or assuming that the driver has everything under control. But, that's just it, no where has anyone said that the Tesla Autopilot has everything under control 100% of the time.

Comment Re:Perpetual motion machine of the first type (Score 3, Interesting) 532

Well, if it violates the theory of relativity, anything could happen, I guess.

The guy ("scientist"?), Roger Shawyer, who invented it claims that it's actually due to the theory of relativity that it works. Here's a quote from the article:

based on the theory of special relativity, electricity converted into microwaves and fired within a closed cone-shaped cavity causes the microwave particles to exert more force on the flat surface at the large end of the cone (i.e. there is less combined particle momentum at the narrow end due to a reduction in group particle velocity), thereby generating thrust.

I'm not a physicist, so I can't speak to whether his explanation makes sense.

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