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Comment Re:Goodbye Amazon Employees (Score 3, Interesting) 130

The reason Amazon treats its warehouse employees so badly is because it considers them a temporary and costly inconvenience. Their only role is to serve as temporary placeholders until robots get good enough to run the warehouses entirely, then there will be no more meatbag employees.

Comment Re: oh no (Score 1) 423

A few years ago I came across my old BBS number during a Google search and decided to call it and see who answered.

It rings once and then...a modem sound.

Freaked me out until I discovered it was just a fax machine that actually blasted that noise on answering.

Comment Re:TSLA is a sentiment stock (Score 1) 289

People are betting on the success of the Model 3 and probably also the solar shingles. Neither of which are crazy bets, but still they are bets. My guess is that the Model 3 will be a success. I'd put that about a 70% chance based on the quality/popularity of the Model S and the large number of pre-orders.

Comment Re:The Leaf is a niche vehicle (Score 1) 289

Your point that the LEAF is "ugly" is an opinion. It is not a fact. I personally like the looks of it. I own a LEAF and I agree with what you are saying about the range. The range is fine for me in town, but I can't take the car out of town. My wife and I also have a Toyota Highlander because we have a large family and often need a car with third row seating. So we are covered when it comes to long trips and mostly needed the LEAF as a car to get around town. And for that purpose, its awesome.

Comment Re:Hey GM, how about that EV1? (Score 1) 289

Two quick things. There are some improvements to lithium ion batteries that are coming which should reduce or eliminate the loss of capacity over time. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/... Second is that the cost of Lithium Ion batteries goes down over time. Its going down a bit faster because of the Gigafactory. The battery in my LEAF would cost $5K to replace today, but I'm betting that it will cost $3K to replace by the time I need to replace it.

Comment Re:Expensive (Score 2) 108

100 years ago companies were in business to actually build stuff. Sure they wanted to make money, but it was understood that you had to spend money to make money. Today, nobody has any interest in building anything that won't be insanely profitable right away.

Throwing money away on "app companies" that will never be profitable such as Uber, Snapchat, etc no problem at all. VCs never tire of wasting money on anything that attracts eyeballs, figuring that someday they can somehow monitize it. But building physical infrastructure, sorry that's too expensive!

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