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Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 67

Yes, I had thought about that, but I like smaller cars (MR2, STi) and the Model S is a huge car. The Model 3 is just about the size I'm looking for... BMW 300 series size, not Lincoln Continental Ocean Liner ;-) And besides, I'm assuming Tesla will be charging that much for the Ludicrous version with maximum range...

Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 67

The Model 3 won't come to the UK before next year anyway, so I'm looking at the end of 2018 to pick one up after they work all the bugs out.

I'm doing the same thing. I'm actually thinking 2019-2020 to get a model 3, specifically because of what you said: Tesla seems to have a lot of problems building a car with good reliability. I tend to like sporty cars that are very reliable (Toyota MR2, Subaru STi). I anticipate a lot of problems with early Model 3s, but am hopeful that Tesla will fairly quickly figure out the problem areas and address them. I already have an electric car, but look forward to one with greater range. A fast 0-60 would be nice. I'm figuring I'm going to have to spend between $50K-70K to get what I want... but I want to be sure it'll be reliable (and that Tesla will be around to fix it when it breaks).

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 626

This is a very good suspicion. By downloading a full image of his phone's storage, the FBI or NSA gets photos of all the places he's been along with GPS breadcrumbs. It could very well be that this engineer crossed paths unintentionally with another surveillance target while traveling. Checking these breadcrumbs helps them determine whether they should add him to the surveillance list.

I wholeheartedly disagree with his compliance with their requests. I just want to support the AC's rationale for why the engineer was selected.

Comment Re:Actual implementation... (Score 1) 652

Israel has been doing it for years (including access to your emails), for example. I do not like it, but I don't like my luggage and person being searched either — this is not especially more outrageous.

I actually feel this is a lot worse than searching my luggage and person, although I don't like that either. As our lives increasingly leave digital fingerprints, access to that data conveys a lot about you (which is of course why they want the data). The search surface of my luggage and my body is pretty small. The search surface of social media is pretty darn huge, especially for younger people (and some of my friends who seem to have to post about every little boring detail of their life).

Personally I'd be much happier if they just make sure I'm not carrying any bombs or weapons and not try to determine at the border whether I'm a nice person or not.

I've watched some of those CBP reality shows on Netflix, and I've been amazed at some of the stuff people get turned away (from Canada and Australia I think it was) for. Like... omg, you committed a crime 45 years ago... Sorry, we don't want you in the country... Kinda surprises me that they look/care about stuff so far back. Is that going to happen with social media? "You made a bad posting on Twitter 20 years ago, we don't want you in our country" ???

Comment Re:Why do people use Oracle? (Score 2) 198

It's fast while huge.

If you care about your transactional data, it can't be beat by any other on-premises RDBMS.

But the major reason is Oracle's customers are using web applications built to run on top of Oracle. They buy the web application and then purchase Oracle as the infrastructure.

The reason Oracle is trying to dissuade customers from hosting on AWS is that they're desperate to get those customers hosting on Oracle's own cloud solution. AWS has a slick Database Migration Solution.

Comment Re:Utter nonsense. (Score 1) 288

That sort of thing does happen when you do things without appropriate planning permission.

That was the way I understood the world to be before Uber came along and demonstrated that with enough money and placated constituents, local regulations can be ignored by big business.

Perhaps Trump is proactively offering Musk a pardon for his personal airport tunnel route in exchange for not productizing the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machines) and selling them to Mexicans looking to circumvent the border wall.

Comment Re:My public school system is great (Score 2) 386

San Francisco has implemented a school lottery. Siblings get first priority, followed by kids from low-income neighborhoods, followed by actual local residents. Almost everyone I know who had kids while living in S.F. either paid for private school ($25k/year and up) or moved out of town, because they didn't get into a good school.

Yes, housing is expensive and public transit is inferior and the crime rate is undesirable and there aren't enough public parks. Most people I know would tolerate all of that if they could get their kids into a good school. Instead you can get a better house, a better school, a better crime rate, great big parks, possibly even a better public transit system by simply moving 30 minutes drive away. It means giving up the big city life and anyone I know would do that happily to give their kids a better shot at a good education.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 238

Yeah, the TV was state of the art when I got it, replaced a 34" CRT. Since then I'm boycotting Sony because of the Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal. Every now and then they come out with something really nice that I would otherwise be tempted to buy, but I don't because of that dick move they did. They deserved to go out of business at the time, and I'm still hoping they will.

I must have bought that TV back around 2003 - at the time a good plasma would have cost at least $10,000, would have been 780p instead of 1080p, and would have been thicker and used a lot more power. So, at the time it seemed like a good tradeoff even if the black level left a lot to be desired.

Comment Re:Cold weather? (Score 1) 198

What happens then? Does cold weather affect battery performance? Without an internal combustion engine, the only way to get heat in the cabin is via electricity, which is going to impose a considerable burden on the battery.

Not really...Consider this, if the battery is powerful enough to drive the car around for miles then powering a little heater and fan isn't going to tax it that much. I'm driving my Nissan LEAF in Pennsylvania in 20 degree F weather this week and I drove it all through last winter too. There is an ~10-20% hit to the range in colder weather, but the heater [and my heated steering wheel] isn't that big of deal, certainly no more than running the AC in the summer. It gets along just fine. In fact, last winter I jumped my wife's Honda Accord car with my LEAF when her battery died on a very cold morning... in that regard, EVs are more reliable to at least start in the cold.

I drive a Honda Fit EV and have a slightly different experience. In cold weather (it's been around 0 here in Boston the last few days) I lose about 50% of my range if I don't use the electric cabin heater. I attribute this to:

1) Denser air increasing aerodynamic drag (happens to ICE cars as well)
2) Can't charge the battery to the full 19kwh

Later versions of the Leaf use a heat pump rather than just a resistive cabin heater, so that may explain why your Leaf does better than my Fit. I believe the Tesla uses heat from either the battery pack or electric motor to help warm the cabin - I'm sure a Tesla person will jump in and correct me.

My point is that a compliance car like the Fit EV (so, I'm curious about the Bolt) can take a huge hit if you try to keep the cabin warm. I find that I lose about 1 mile per khw if I keep the cabin at about 65F, my daughter tends to keep it 70-75F when she's driving around town, and that can eat up another mile/kwh...

My only purpose for posting is that this is something that EV manufacturers need to keep in mind - seems like Tesla may have done the best job of this, Nissan addressed it a couple years into production, and some compliance cars don't do anything special and it can make them much less useful during winter months in northern states.

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