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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Isca Re:Cannot stop progress (294 comments)

Tesla's and/or other electric cars will certainly be affordable for the average person at some point. When the Gigafactory comes online and is fully in production the cost of the batteries will drop dramatically. Economy of scale will kick in for all of the other production costs too. Eventually other manufacturers will come on board with fully electric cars as well.

This is still in it's infancy but I have no doubt that there will be multiple 250+ mile range electric cars under 30k in the next 5-10 years. The leaf right now is already in this price range - it would be even cheaper if it wasn't for the cost of the batteries (and the lower amount of those to keep the price down).

The Gigafactory is supposed to drop the prices of the batteries by at least 30%. But Panasonic themselves say that's a very conservative figure by 2017 (they would like to maximize their profits after all). New factories overseas will drop those prices even more, and Panasonic/Tesla is keeping an eye on those figures to make sure the gigafactory still remains competitive on price.

about two weeks ago

FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

Isca It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

Because at this point, they've already gone to war with us. It would be devastating for the US economy in the short term but long term I'm not so sure.

Free trade doesn't work if both sides are not playing the same game.

about two weeks ago

HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Isca Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

Well, for one ESPN wouldn't make enough money. Purportedly a HBO cable subscriber pays 15 a month for HBO, but only around 9-10 goes to HBO.

ESPN is getting an average of 8-10 dollars per cable subscriber. But it gets this from ALL of subscribers of "basic" cable.

HBO has seen it's viewership shrinking because the cord cutters can find alternative means to get their HBO shows, and the ones who don't watch sports are the ones most likely to cut the cord. So it doesn't really hurt them much to switch people over to cable. A lot of people know that HBO is owned by Time Warner. what they don't realize is that Time Warner Cable is a separate entity, so they are not cutting their throats by doing this. In fact they are really the only entity who could realistically go up against Netflix in the short term.

ESPN can't make that move without charging at least $25 a month. And at that price they wouldn't find as many buyers because of the growth of other regional sports networks - you'd have a smaller pool of sports fans willing to pony up. It may happen eventually but it will only come because the cable model is disintegrating completely. In the meantime they'll milk every cable company in the country for as much as they can by getting 8-10 per customer even if that customer hates sports. (BTW, as a lifelong University of Louisville fan now and a big sports fan I would be a cable cutter if I could pay ESPN $25 a month and HBO $15 a month.)

about two weeks ago

Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Isca I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

Chrome has plenty of innovations but it easily becomes a resource hog and bogs down the system. IE 10 keeps chugging along. Microsoft isn't quite the microsoft of the past. These improvements should be felt the most in the mobile space where they clearly have the best browser. Their only problem? it might all be too late if they can never get out from under the shadow of their reputation.

about a month ago

Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

Isca Re:celebgate (93 comments)

heh. You never worked in a photo lab.

about a month ago

Toyota and Tesla May Work Together Again

Isca My guess:Series Hybrid + recharge tech licensing (51 comments)

The current Priuses and other Toyota offerings are parallel hybrids. That is, they have transmissions that directly drive the wheels using the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine).

In a series hybrid, each wheel has it's own motor, and the ICE engine runs at a steady speed that is very efficient to generate electricity that is then used to recharge the batteries that are fed to the electric motors.

A second part of my guess is that Toyota is licensing the recharging technology from Tesla, so that they can use the supercharger network as well. This way they can have a vehicle that can run 100% off of electricity only, but have a ICE engine that is available at any time to back that up (faster refueling, can go anywhere there is a gas station, etc.)

about 2 months ago

How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Isca Re:where are we headed 5, 10, 15 yrs from now? (143 comments)

Don't forget that all of the old batteries that are returned to Tesla will probably go into large warehouses in rural areas where they can take those batteries that are only 70% of their effectiveness and use them for another 20 years as grid storage. I honestly think this is Elon's long term goal. Using them in transportation pays for the initial cost of the batteries - long term grid storage is what will make the money. Once the first few large scale grid storage "warehouses" come on line the financiers will join in to make purchasing your electric vehicle batteries a lease with the goal of making money over the long term, making it even cheaper for the EV owner to purchase them.

about 2 months ago

Sprint/T-Mobile Plan To Buy Spectrum Together May Be Blocked By FCC

Isca AT&T and Verizon have shown... (28 comments)

That they have the best lobbyists money can buy!

about 3 months ago

Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

Isca Re:The Air Force is also making an effort to repla (122 comments)

Quite frankly this is what should give you nightmares.

I can almost guarantee whatever replaces it will not be as secure.

about 3 months ago

Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Isca Re:Web = Garbage (315 comments)

It'll be interesting to see where C# is in 10 years. With Microsoft open sourcing it and the multiple compilers that recompile into different environments that are here and are being developed I'm wondering if it'll be everywhere or if it'll be fading away like VB is?

about 3 months ago

The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

Isca Re:Maybe it's just me ... (131 comments)

It's awesome except for the 35 dollars someone is out.

Hopefully it has a tool in it that deauth's it again when you are done to make it just inconvenient.

about 3 months ago

Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Isca Re:Slow shipping (152 comments)

Most anyone out of the country is already choosing not to purchase american built (or processed) equipment after the NSA scandals so it really doesn't matter now at this point does it?

I suspect it'll be a long time until it does.

about 3 months ago

Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Isca Until dell can pay it's bills with Bitcoin.... (152 comments)

....It needs to go through a middleman.

Employee Wages and benefits
Real Estate

Most all of these things need cash. And even if they could be paid in bitcoin most companies wouldn't want to do that infrastructure themselves and would outsource it.

about 3 months ago

NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

Isca Re:How foes this compare (146 comments)

The boosters are not bad on their own. They have been fairly reliable and reasonably cheap (not as cheap as SpaceX's approach could be however). The bad part of the boosters/shuttle setup was simply the fact that the vehicle occupants were located next to parts that could go boom instead of on top of and away from most potential blast paths.

about 4 months ago

NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Isca Re:More likely to big to be backed up (245 comments)

While I'm sure there is plenty of NSA Skullduggery to go around, in this case the parent is probably right on the money. I'm sure someone had an aha moment with this one - they most likely can't even begin to store all of this data - yet. Probably only a small fraction of it.

about 5 months ago

Spotify Announces Single User Hacked, No Personal Data Stolen

Isca This sounds like a proof of flaw 'hack'. (50 comments)

1 account only was hacked? This sounds like someone who was trying to prove that a flaw exists in their security. I'm guessing there is more to this story to come - this sounds like they are setting things up to go after this 'hacker'' that caused the security breach. If it was someone trying to do something malicious there would be more accounts pulled. Even if it was someone who was just curious to see if they could do it wouldn't have just stopped at one but someone who is trying to playing the role of a white hat would potentially only do this on one single account. I'll be really disappointed if that's what it turns out to be and Spotify decides to prosecute.

about 5 months ago


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