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Comment Re:Censorship. (Score 2) 405

Nice attempt at spin. I don't condone any violence, but Trump thinks he's King and you should be worried. His communication isn't "mean tweets", it's a display of unimaginable ignorance, stupidity, and lack of decency. What, just yesterday he used the office of POTUS to slam Nordstrom because they dropped her daughter's clothing line or something. Ridiculous behaviour.

President Camacho was better suited for the office than Trump - at least he showed some respect.

Comment Re:Very common legal requirement (Score 1) 245

Kinko's - transparency? Isn't that the opposite of the point you're trying to make? If I don't want people to know who I am, I'll perform my electronic comms through Kinko's or a coffee shop, etc. Is it so hard to require a verifiable name and address? I can do my banking online at home, but FOIA needs to be done over unencrypted fax from Kinko's?

Comment Re:Very common legal requirement (Score 1) 245

What? It is very easy to spoof a signature (or anything else) on a fax. Signatures are only verifiable in penned ink. Once you digitize it, it's next to useless. Also, that fax is likely travelling unencrypted over the internet like the rest of voice traffic these days (POTS is dead). Unless you're using end-to-end encryption with verified certs, fax is not secure. Man in the middle attacks are very much feasible.

I'm quite disappointed PGP never took off.

Comment Re:Do the right thing - stand against Trump's bigo (Score 1) 952

Curious how you came up with your figures. And as to countries with "civil unrest and poor-functioning central government", isn't that pretty much the definition of countries with refugees? So, according to your figures (how did you get 98%?), the order focuses the ban on refugees coming from countries with refugees (civil unrest and poor-functioning central government).

Comment Renewable Energy Excluded From New Energy Plan (Score 1) 333

The new administration's energy plan excludes renewable energy and emphasizes oil and gas.

"The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own."


Comment Re:Not impulsive at all (Score 5, Interesting) 1560

"He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured."

“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists And some, I assume, are good people.”

“Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”

“It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”

“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”

“My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”

"Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?"

"If she gets to pick her judges – nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know."

“When Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water."

"I’ve been treated very unfairly by this judge. Now, this judge is of Mexican heritage. I'm building a wall, OK? I'm building a wall."

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay? It's, like, incredible."

"We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated."

Comment Re:Reserved Model 3? (Score 1) 179

The Bolt's looking more and more like another compliance car. Notice they minimized any capital investment, outsourcing the drivetrain to LG and building it on the same line as the Sonic. They are only offering it in CARB states and at negative margins of 9k, which happen to coincide with the available ZEV credits. https://www.bloomberg.com/news...

I think it's clear by now that Tesla is 100% committed to the success of the EV. If the ZEV requirements were dropped tomorrow, GM would ax the Bolt without hesitation. As the old saying goes, vote with your wallet.

Oh, and I don't live in a CARB state, so no Bolt for me.

Comment Re:Solar has ALWAYS been the future, but (Score 1) 504

I suspect Africans will skip coal just like they skipped land lines for cell phones.

For electricity, African's don't have the demand we have. They need to charge their cell phones and run lights. Currently they travel hours just to charge their phone and use candles for light. As for heating, wood works well in many places and is much easier to gather than mining coal. These guys http://www.azuri-technologies.... have a pretty decent effort for solar electric in Africa.

Comment Re:Minecraft.... (Score 1) 161

Way to make his point.

And actually pull up Tesla's financial report before spouting that nonsense. I'll help. http://files.shareholder.com/d...

See the lines "Revenues" and "Cost of Revenues", where the former is greater than the latter. That's profit. Something tells me game developers don't require billions of dollars in capital expenses for manufacturing facilities, service centers, etc. Geese, why do I bother. You're probably just trolling.

Comment Re:Here's a thought (Score 2) 161

"never individually bought a car that cost more than $15k" You must be buying used or just buying the absolute cheapest new cars on the market. Don't compare used cars to new cars. You're absolutely right about the depreciation. The smartest thing to do financially is buy a 3 year old car with low miles. It's nearly 50% cheaper, but still practically new.

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk apples and apples. Looking forward to the Model 3, assuming a $35k MSRP, the 5 year TCO should be lower than a $35k BMW or something else in that price range. Why? $1,000 or more saved on gasoline per year. That's at least $5k over 5 years. If gas were to go back up to $3 - $4 per gallon, that would be up to $10k in savings. Reduced maintenance. No oil changes and air filter changes. While these aren't terribly expensive ($200-$300 per year), they're a nuisance. I value not having to carve out slots of time for oil changes.

Early adopter. Being an early adopter is never the financially prudent move. But when you buy your $10 DVD player from Wal-Mart, you should be thankful for the early adopters who shelled out $1,500 for the first DVD players because they made your cheap DVD player possible. Same with EVs. in 2010, battery costs were $1000 / kwh. Today, 6 years later they're under $200 / kwh and more advanced to boot. They're projected to fall under $100 / kwh in short time. This is thanks in large to the high volume producers/consumers of the "expensive" EVs.

There's nothing wrong with being financially prudent, but don't think just because your financial math doesn't work for you today, the math is "bleak" for EVs. And when you're buying your $15k used Model 3 in the future, remember to be thankful to the Model S/X and early Model 3 owners who made it a reality.

Comment Re:this is (Score 4, Informative) 1368


"After going through all of his comments from this past weekend, it seems that Trump definitely wants a database of Syrian refugees, and he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a database for all Muslims -- though he isn’t actively calling for the latter. And we’ll warn you now that many of Trump’s comments strike us as contradictory or confusing."

The last line pretty much sums up Trump's "stances" - contradictory or confusing.

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