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Comment Re:range (Score 3, Interesting) 181

This is the opposite of trickle down economics. Trickle down says that you should give money to rich people first, so that eventually it finds its way to poorer people.

Tesla's model is to take money from rich people first, to fund research that eventually helps poorer people too.

You are completely wrong.

Tesla isnt a government entity taking money against people's will. They are a company selling a premium product to wealthy people. They are reinvesting that money to refine their product and make more money. If they are successful this will have an economic ripple effect that will produce more jobs. The government has been supporting this by taking money from others to provide loans to the company and tax incentives to the wealthy buyers. If that isn't trickle-down economics I dont know what is.

Tesla will produce an inexpensive car when (1) it can be done profitably and (2) they want to be in the business of dealing with many low-margin customers instead of few high-margin ones.

Comment Re:Tuition math lesson (Score 2, Informative) 359

Dont know where you get your numbers from.

USA Today: In 2009-10, average published tuition and fees for in-state students at public flagship universities in the U.S. are $8,353, compared to $7,797 at all public doctorate-granting universities and $7,020 at all public four-year institutions:

Annual in-state commuter student tuition at state schools in my area

Delaware - about 11,500. http://www.udel.edu/admissions/finance/
NJ Rutgers - $12,755. http://admissions.rutgers.edu/Costs/TuitionAndFees.aspx
NY SUNY - $14,750. http://www.suny.edu/student/paying_tuition.cfm
Pennsylvania - 15,000 - 17,500. http://tuition.psu.edu/tuitiondynamic/rates.aspx?location=up

Comment Re:A link about "really, really heavy subsidies".. (Score 2) 219

So many questions, so few answers. I'll help you with the first ones

I'm standing on a road.
It's made of asphalt, largely a petroleum product
It was built to facilitate the movement of people and goods from point A to point B
It was paid for by the taxpayers who wanted it and who's lives would be a lot harder without it.

It is just silly to consider a road a subsidy, graft, or handout to a particular industry sector. Try riding your bike to get to work through miles of mud.

Comment Re:"OMG! THEY'RE TRYING TO TAKE MY OIL!" (Score 1) 225

This is nonsense. The article brings to light some battery risks people and even auto manufacturers may not be aware of. I just read a book called 'Bottled Lighting' which is about the development and use of lithium batteries and how important they are to modern technology. But early on they found the batteries had serious risk of fire, including thermal runaway conditions. The risk has been mitigated by new developments and careful manufacturing. Check the book out at the library. It may surprise you to find out that Exxon was a lithium battery pioneer.

But I don't recall in the book or the press any discussion of the danger associated with a battery that has suffered a minor puncture. It is something to consider that might lead to a requirement to replace batteries after a crash, or some technical ability to detect physical damage.

To just dismiss it so lightly is just ignorant.

Comment Yes, we are heavily linux (Score 4, Informative) 339

I work at a major wall street bank. We used to be heavily Sparc/Solaris/C++. Over time the Intel platforms became much faster and much cheaper than the Sparc ones. There was some early concerns about reliability but it was not warranted. The boxes are so fast now we are almost exclusively using virtual linux boxes too.

We are doing a lot of Java these days. The JVM's are much improved. It is very easy to write large heavily multithreaded Java apps to replace the our large C++ distributed systems. The Java development, build, debug, and deployment tools are great.

One can spend time arguing the merits of C++ vs Java. The reality is in most cases the C++ development time is slower, and the coding patterns used do not produce code that is faster than Java. C++ development and deployment across different platforms is a pain.

Comment Re:I'm not sure I see the problem. (Score 1) 415

I think your comment really highlights what is wrong with the legal system. This is a completely frivolous lawsuit. You would never even consider filing a lawsuit over something like this if you thought you could be on the hook for the legal costs.

ATT had a promotion where they were giving away a free phone. No one claimed they didn't deliver on their promise.

The state charges sales tax on this transaction. Some people were unpleasantly surprised by this, just like when some people found out that some states charge tax on the money they got in the 'cash for clunkers' program.

In both cases, if you don't like taxes, complain to your government.


Research Suggests E-Readers Are "Too Easy" To Read 185

New research suggests that the clear screens and easily read fonts of e-readers makes your brain "lazy." According to Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer, using electronic books like the Kindle and Sony Reader makes you less likely to remember what you have read because the devices are so easy on the eyes. From the article: "Rather than making things clearer, e-readers and computers prevent us from absorbing information because their crisp screens and fonts tell our subconscious that the words they convey are not important, it is claimed. In contrast, handwriting and fonts that are more challenging to read signal to the brain that the content of the message is important and worth remembering, experts say."

Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot 225

An anonymous reader writes "A robot met its end near Coors Field tonight when the Denver Police Department Bomb Squad detonated the 'suspicious object,' bringing to an end the hours-long standoff between police and the approximately eight-inch tall toy. From the article: "'Are you serious?' asked Denver resident Justin Kent, 26, when police stopped him from proceeding down 20th Street. Kent said that he lived just past the closed area, but was told he would have to go around via Park Avenue.'"

Comment Re:Parenting skills? (Score 1) 184

Good luck with your daughter. I can relate, my oldest was diagnosed with emotional issues almost 4 years ago. It's been a difficult time for him and for the family.

Verizon Wireless offers parental safeguards for about $5/line/month. With this you can define texting and calling restrictions that may meet your needs.

Comment All responders please post how many kids you have (Score 1) 184

I think all responders to an article that starts with "If you're parenting skills aren't up to snuff" should indicate how many kids they have and their ages.

Before I was a parent I thought I was an expert too. Only after do you realize that being a kid isn't the same as raising one.

I have four, ranging from age 4 to 15+. As a parent I welcome any help I can get.

Comment Re:Would it be legal to do this to an adult? (Score 1) 709

I agree with you. I have never understood why we consider it ok to run schools via the laws of the jungle. Students don't even have a choice to not go or to change schools. Were an adult subjected to any such behavior at work they would expect it to be stopped immediately or they would sue.

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