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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Dynedain Re:Yiu haven't answered my question. (281 comments)

You can do this pretty easily, and I'm sure Tesla has done the math already for you (assuming you take them at their word).

1) Take lifetime costs for your typical car in a similar price range (so you can assume parts and service costs are equitable).
2) Check Tesla's fluid replacement schedule - much longer intervals, and much fewer fluids to replace. Only user-serviceable fluid is the windshield washer. Everything else is effectively sealed like a VW transmission.
3) Subtract anything involving drivetrain maintenance or rebuilds.
4) Subtract anything involving replaceable parts (hoses, belts, sparkplugs, filters, etc) as the Tesla has extremely few equiavlent parts
5) Subtract anything involving engine maintenance or rebuild.
6) Subtract anything involving exhaust maintenance. Don't forget smog checks!
7) Subtract out traditional battery replacements - you'll be accounting for it below in the battery swap - no double counting!
8) Keep tires and brakes the same, as that doesn't change.
10) You can leave in the alternator. In fact, double it, because you have regenerative braking system to account for.
11) Add a battery swap if you think it's needed - but be fair, and make sure your gasoline-equivalent lifetime goes as far as the lifetime of the Tesla *after* the battery is swapped. eg - if the swap is at 100K miles, make sure to set the lifetime of both cars to 200K miles to cover the full useful life of 1 battery swap. Don't forget to include any "core" credits for recycling that massive battery back.

3 hours ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Dynedain Re: my solution is the gym (812 comments)

I had a 14 hour flight to Hong Kong with those. Even with free entertainment and meals on a brand new plane, it was the worst flight of my life.

That slump-to-recline is literally unusable for tall passengers.

about two weeks ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dynedain Re:The 90's called (161 comments)

Developers are already using the tag today with javascript libraries to backport to noncompliant browsers. As browsers adopt the standard, the transition will be seamless.

https://github.com/scottjehl/p...

about two weeks ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dynedain Re:Not an open problem. (161 comments)

The tag gives a standard way of doing it, and javascript is used already for backporting the functionality to noncompliant browsers.

about two weeks ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Dynedain Re:Not an open problem. (161 comments)

Fantastic.

Except I have never seen a web client that handles JPG this way. Not a single one will stop at target resolution, and will continue to load until they have all the bytes of the image. Furthermore, there's plenty of reasons to download the full image size. Perhaps the image needs to resize dynamically after being loaded. Perhaps I rotated my device from portrait to landscape and now I need a larger image to fill the space. There's no pause/resume mechanism in the format to handle this, and the resulting interpolation during a resize effect would look horrendous. Oh, and btw, depending on the image contents, progressive format JPG can actually result in larger file sizes than non-progressive. Lastly, with responsive design, the contents of the image may actually need to be different for different resolutions. For example, embedded text or iconography may not be legible at smaller sizes.

Now solve for GIF and PNG.

<picturefill /> is at least a format-agnostic approach that doesn't require extra implementation on the server side, addresses all the above concerns, and can be implemented on browsers that don't currently support it using a little bit of javascript.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Dynedain Re: Pick a different job. (548 comments)

That doesn't require a union to fix. Get off your ass and leave. As plenty of other people have pointed out, there are tons of non-union shops that respect their employees and don't pull that crap.

about a month ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Dynedain Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

Optical is already used in those scenarios for line-of-sight networking. How does engineering a wind tunnel around a laser improve the effectiveness in any of those scenarios?

about 2 months ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dynedain Re:New potential battleground? (118 comments)

By contrast to get even the same small warhead to geostationary, with guidance and course course correction ability, will require a rocket very similar to that used to put geostats into orbit in the first place.

I think you just backed up my claim. Reread what I wrote. If you can get a satellite to a specific point, you can get a weapon there as well.

By payload I am referring to the use type, not the mass. Assuming equivalent mass, it doesn't matter if you're throwing up a few kilograms of circuitry or a a few kilograms of rock.

about 2 months ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dynedain Re:New potential battleground? (118 comments)

If you can put a satellite there, you can put a weapon there as well. Payload has little to do with the capability to get there.

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Dynedain Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

Yeah, I have KeePassX 2.0 as well. The UI is kinda flakey (hence why it's been in Alpha status for several years now)

about 2 months ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Dynedain Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

I love KeePass, but the community needs some help...

There's a myriad of client apps for it, but the 1.7 vs 2.X database formats fragments the market.

2.X requires Mono if you want to run it on Linux or OSX.

I wish they had a central dev team with first-class OSX, Windows, and Linux versions like VLC or Transmission.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Dynedain Re:Subpoena vs Warrent (749 comments)

Uh, no.

A warrant means that law enforcement has the legal standing to search and seize evidence in your control (forcibly if need be).

A subpoena means that you, the targeted party, are required by law to provide the evidence demanded.

Jurisdictional boundaries aren't the difference. A warrant can be issued internationally. The key difference is authorizing a government-operated search versus a legal demand that you provide evidence. The entities involved and their roles is the key distinction.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Dynedain Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (749 comments)

Tax avoidance is by definition, figuring out what is legal, what is not, and adjusting accordingly.

Claiming your charitable donations on your tax return (which you're supposed to do) is tax avoidance. If the laws allow for undesirable tax avoidance behaviors, then they should be changed.

about 2 months ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Dynedain Re:The pubic school system (530 comments)

I hear the pubic school system is also run by Foxconn beings. There takeover began when spell checkers was installed.

Literary irony, or subtle joke?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Dynedain Re:PHP is a very solid choice (536 comments)

Foundation is not a server-side or even an web app framework. Neither is Bootstrap.

Both are layout frameworks for HTML and CSS, with a smattering of JS thrown in to make some nice client-side widgets behave consistently. The original post is asking about languages and application frameworks, not layout systems.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Dynedain Re:Node.js (536 comments)

When building pages to send to the client, there's a lot of value in building DOM structures server-side. Having powerful DOM-manipulation tools is an advantage.

Plus, if you run the same language on both ends, you can start to do some really interesting things, like the Meteor framework, where the same functions exist on both sides of the fence, and work the same way.

Think of the power that exist(ed) in using .NET on both the server and IE. It was proprietary, but made huge advancements in rapid development and deployment.

Node.JS and other JS-on-the-server approaches are making this happen in a OS and browser agnostic way.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Dynedain Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

Until they start developing widgetFactoryFactoryFactoryFactory structures. I'm not exagerating. I've seen a senior developer/architect with a Java app build a PHP system that way, while spending every free moment bitching about how bad PHP is.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Dynedain Re:Smart-watches are for watch-wearers (427 comments)

Did you forget what you wrote?

because it's easier to look at my wrist (especially while driving) than it is to pull my phone out

In your justification for a watch you emphasized the one scenario where you are in the extremely small minority, to the point of it being almost incredulous. That's why people are focusing in on it.

Your larger point is valid, but got overshadowed by how you phrased your position.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Dynedain Re:Smart-watches are for watch-wearers (427 comments)

What are you driving that doesn't have a clock already built into the dash somewhere?

about 3 months ago

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