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Comment Re:Just switch to Natural Gas (Score 4, Informative) 147

It's actually not a conservative thing. It's that the Republican Party, which is sort-of conservative, is controlled by a few monied elite that have significant fossil fuel interests. Therefore, in the U.S., fossil fuels = conservative cause, but not because it has anything to do with actual conservative ideology.

Comment Re:Party breakdown (Score 1) 93

Wow... you missed a chunk of American political history.

There are a number of explanations on how and why the party of Lincoln became what it is today, and how the parties basically exchanged platforms. Certainly, the switch started happening before the Civil Rights Act in 1964, but there was a widespread swing after that act where southern Democrats switched to the Republican Party.

The references to this are all over the place:

Comment Re:Turd Anyway (Score 1) 168

On Mac OS X, since it has hot plug Thunderbolt support, everything just works. Under Windows, most systems do not have hot plug Thunderbolt support, so a restart is needed. Some Macs do have support for Thunderbolt hot plug while running Windows.

Comment Re:Erm... (Score 2) 130

Tesla PowerPack is being sold at $250/kWh. It is most cost effective at shifting energy from the lowest cost time periods to the highest cost time periods (peak shaving) where the demand charges can be extreme. At the consumer pricing of near $350/kWh now, the costs for regions like Hawaii make sense already. There are also those willing to pay slightly more either in areas that are difficult to be on-grid or where the grid is unreliable.

Comment Re:Suckers (Score 1) 59

Nonsensical comment since by definition, any money the company spends is "other people's money" depending on how you want to view it. Tesla raised money specifically to spend it to grow the company. So why would investor's have a problem with them doing exactly what they have communicated that they will do? The answer is, they don't have a problem with it.

Comment Re:Guests only or General Public (Score 1) 59

Your choice. I suspect most would make this for guests only. Likely your location or your home isn't targeting the right demographic at the moment - pretty soon though, the demographics will change and more people will have cars that want destination charging. Of course, since you don't have charging available, people might just be steering clear of you and choosing someone that does.

Comment Re: The authors found that batteries appear on tra (Score 4, Informative) 330

At the moment, the Tesla Model S battery pack is definitely expensive and likely costs consumers about $25,000 for the 85 kWh battery pack. It is likely to last somewhere around 300,000 to 500,000 miles. People are basically paying between $0.05 and $0.08 per mile for it. At a national average of $0.12 per kWh and you get 3 miles/kWh, the electricity cost per mile is about $0.04. With special time of use rates, it is possible to pay for electricity at half that price. Which means $0.02 per mile. That means the cost of electricity + the battery pack = $0.07 to 0.12 per mile.

Assuming super unleaded costs $2.50/gallon, here are some comparisons:
BMW M5, 16 mpg combined, $0.16 per mile.
Jaguar XF, 23 mpg combined, $0.11 per mile

Usually where electricity is expensive, gasoline is also expensive.

Of course, if you are doing this kind of comparison, you are basically removing $25,000 from the price of the car and placing it under the energy/fuel column. So looking at total cost of ownership makes the most sense. Most people aren't yet used to looking at the TCO for a vehicle so electric cars look more expensive up front but if you examine TCO, you'll see that, in many cases, they are less expensive.

Comment Re:I hope they succeed, but... (Score 5, Interesting) 426

GM's Michigan battery plant (joint with LG) that makes the batteries for the Volt and the upcoming Bolt (according to the WSJ) has only the capacity to make batteries for 20,000 Bolts *or* 60,000 Volts, which means the initial production runs of the Bolt is likely significantly lower than 10,000 vehicles per year. If they want to make many more Bolts, they have to build about 5.5-6 gigawatt-hours of production capacity per 100,000 vehicles. Their current plant needs expansion just to hit a little more than 1 gigawatt.

The Tesla Gigafactory is expected to make 35 gigawatt-hours of cell production and combined with another 15 gigawatt-hours from Panasonic's factories, they represent a doubling of the world's lithium ion production from 2013. Until GM/LG or others announce, finance, and build plants of that size, they won't have the batteries in any large quantity.

Comment Re:First 64bit (Score 1) 208

Many make the wrong assumption that 64 bit processor means only increasing the memory pointers to 64 bit. This is not the case with the transition from the A6 to the A7. The instruction set changed from ARMv7s to ARMv8 (or ARM64). There are performance gains to be made moving to a new, revised ISA for which 64 bit is but one of the characteristics. Further, Apple has been working on their toolchain and they can leverage certain software compiler improvements especially within the Objective C runtime, like tagged pointers and inline reference counting that are made possible with 64 bit pointers.


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