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Submission + - Tesla Performs Stealth Recall With Misleading Messages, Customer NDA (

schwit1 writes: In early 2014, a Tesla Motors Model S that was part of the test fleet suddenly lost power while merging onto a freeway. The car flashed several warning messages — "12V Battery Power Low — Car May Shut Down Unexpectedly" and "Car Needs Service — Car May Shut Down Unexpectedly" — before coming to a stop on the freeway onramp. Eventually a tow truck came to haul the stricken vehicle to a Tesla service shop, where the company replaced its drive unit for the third time.

This was a big deal. Not only is it embarrassing when a media outlet's car breaks down in such a dramatic fashion, but any defect that causes a sudden loss of vehicle power is typically considered safety-related. There was also a grim point of comparison: the GM ignition switch scandal that was just starting to explode into the mainstream media had involved a defect that produced a similar sudden loss of vehicle power. Several months later, on Tesla's second quarter earnings call, CEO Elon Musk addressed the incident by telling analysts:

"Well, there's definitely some genuine issues we have with the car, but they had one of our early production units, and in fact most of the problems that they have encountered there are not present in current cars. We also — I think this may be ending up being counterproductive, but the service team was ultra proactive with the Edmunds car. So they would — they were doing their best to make Edmunds happy, and I think unfortunately that resulted in them changing things up, just on the off-chance something might go wrong.

So that drive unit issue that I mentioned earlier were, the drive units [were] replaced even though it wasnt a drive unit problem, that happened with them twice. So, unfortunate sort of case, but I dont think its broadly correct."

Comment Spurs Small Business Growth (Score 4, Interesting) 113

These posts are always about individuals and families, but fail to mention small businesses. I live in Boulder, CO, and a lot of new small and medium businesses are opting to move ten miles North to Longmont because they have municipal fiber. (It's certainly cheaper to live or operate a business in Longmont, but many have pointed to the availability of high-speed synchronous fiber as the driving factor.)

Comment Re:Dot-bomb? What's a dot-bomb? (Score 1) 55

"We have incurred operating losses in the past, expect to incur operating losses in the future, and may never achieve or maintain profitability."

I don't even know what we legally define as a scam anymore when companies that project running in the red forever file for IPOs.

A scam is when you try to hoodwink someone. This is more like the Pet Rock. It's very clear what you're buying if you decide to take that leap. It's actually a little refreshing to have someone say, "we have absolutely zero chance of ever turning a profit. Can we have some money, please?"

Comment Re: Nah... (Score 4, Insightful) 659

The weird shit is the nature of the many lies he's told. It's one thing to make vague claims to further a political agenda (e.g., WMDs in Iraq, 'Obama was born in Kenya and is muslim,' 'if you like your insurance, you can keep it, etc...). It's another thing entirely to deny you said something last week, when there's video and audio of you saying that thing. It's like these petty, childish lies for no reason other than lying. It's bizarre that so many people were ok with that. If it was your six year-old child, you'd tell them how ridiculous it is to lie about something when the people you're lying to know it's obviously a lie.

Comment Re:Lack of trusted options conveniently available? (Score 1) 26

I looked, but I don't see anything recent. It's still getting regular patches and I don't use whatever 'cloud thing' some of the older posts mentioned. Anyway, are we talking hardware or software vulnerabilities? If it's in unpatched software, I don't see how different hardware is going to make a difference.

Comment Re:Lack of trusted options conveniently available? (Score 1) 26

There may be better options, but (at least some) Asus routers come with DD-WRT out of the box. My Asus RT-N66R (no AC and due for replacement, but it's still solid) runs DD-WRT and still receives regular firmware updates all these years later. It's also relatively easy to switch to other variants (e.g., Tomato). I'm moving to a new house and have been wanting to give Ubiquiti products a try, but if I had a similar situation where I wanted to get back up and running with as little downtime as possible, I'd definitely pick up another Asus.

Comment Re:Channels (Score 2) 80

Though it has far fewer channels, SlingTV works kind of in a hybrid mode like that. You can switch to a channel and watch whatever is currently being broadcast live. However, you can also select a channel and click "down" on your remote and watch recorded content as well. Clicking an individual channel doesn't give you everything that channel has to offer, but it's usually relevant content. Hopefully they'll offer something similar. Sometimes I like the live broadcast for the simple sake of editorialized content (e.g., don't want to think about what I want to watch), and other times I have in mind exactly what I want to watch.

Comment Re:Typical abusive prosecution (Score 1) 110

Naaa, In a police-state you always prosecute people to the maximum possible, no matter how stupid and unjust. After all, you have to send a message to the population who the masters are!

It's not a police-state problem, it's a for-profit prison system problem. Gotta pay those lobbyists to push for harsher sentencing laws.

Comment has trashy web pages. (Score 1) 67

Stuart Mackenzie: Well, it's a well known fact, Sonny Jim, that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.

Tony Giardino: So who's in this Pentavirate?

Stuart Mackenzie: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, *and* Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"

Comment Re:It's to bad it's not like there is an other cho (Score 1) 101

I think you just have a shitty device. I've used all of the Rokus and I now have an Nvidia Shield. Voice search will find it across providers, many of which I subscribe to (Netflix, Hulu, Sling, Amazon) and I'm there in one click. Just because you have a shitty setup doesn't mean it's difficult -- it just means you have a shitty setup. I gave my parents my old Roku (they're pushing 70 years-old) and they have no problem.

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